Jimmy King

Jimmy King is a businessmen, activist, retired professional basketball player, and one of the members of the Fab Five. Currently the Vice President of Business Development for Schechter Wealth Strategies, he also works with local non-profits mentoring youth. Jimmy will certainly drop a heavy story on the Failure:Lab stage.

jimmy king


Andwele Gardner better known by his stage name Dwele is a singer-songwriter and record producer from Detroit. He’s released six albums including his last Greater Than One. He was featured on multiple Kanye West tracks and brings his vintage soul to the stage once again — to share a story behind the songs.



Jessica Care Moore is an internationally renowned poet, publisher, activist, playwright and frankly a flat out rockstar. She is a five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner and has been featured on the album “Nastradamus” as well as Def Poetry Jam. She’ll take the F:L stage to expose the pain behind the global success.

Jessica Care Moore BK

Charlie Wollborg

Charlie Wollborg is a Marketing Strategist and Creative Director at Curve Detroit. He’s a speaker, innovator, and one of the main instigators behind TEDx Detroit. He is an educator and grower of brands and businesses. On this stage however, he will be sharing some of the struggles behind the success.

Charlie Wollborg

Marsha Music

Marsha Music is the daughter of a pre-Motown record producer; a writer, blogger, communicator, wife of a celebrated artist — and a 2012 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, for her tales about historic Detroit. At Failure:Lab, she will delve deep into her own dynamic history to reveal a life-altering fiasco.



Diana Sieger

Diana Sieger is the president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and has spent 38 years pouring herself into community development. She was shaped by her youth, growing up in Detroit during the tumultuous ’60s. She will come back to Detroit to share a haunting personal story of violence, recovery, and the aftermath.

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FAILURE:LAB features a diverse group of six storytellers and six performers in a fluid 90 minute format. Each storyteller shares a personal failure in under nine minutes. No talk of lessons learned or who’s to blame – just the intimate story of what went wrong.



After each narrative there is 90 seconds of silence for the audience to internalize and reflect on what the story means to them. A four-minute performance follows to clear the air and recharge the room. Audience members are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter using #failurelab during the performance.



FAILURE:LAB is growing everyday and we’d love to come to your city. CLICK HERE to fill out our form and get all the details you need to host your own. We can arm you with the resources needed to organize the event yourself, or bring in our team. We also do private performances for companies and organizations.


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