Public Speaking

Public Speaker For Your Group’s Personal and Professional Progress

Will your audience benefit from a public speaker who goes beyond what’s just stock to provide customized opportunities for their personal and professional growth? Let’s combine your goals, knowledge, and interests with my diverse background, expertise, and experience. Our creative collaboration for learning, enjoyment, and empowerment can result.

Based on our conversation beforehand, I will carefully organize my talk for your group’s immediate benefit. During the talk, expect spontaneous adjustments to reflect their needs and chemistry. Such themes may relate to the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as to national and international matters.

Thanks to experience in a range of cultures and ease with people of different ages, interests, and educational backgrounds, I will appreciate unique aspects of your audience. Messages about personal and professional growth have additional power when audience members move beyond their comfort zones and silos without feeling threatened. As I encourage mutual trust and respect, they will sense I care about their progress.

Among other audiences, I do public speaking for:

Professional organizations and groups

Groups within organizations

Community groups

Social groups

Audiences in educational settings

Energy and interaction are encouraged with questions and responses adapted to the concerns and curiosity of your audience. To brace the process, related free handouts can be provided before and after the talk. Also, my “Choose Courage” book and handbook series are available for continuing development.

Costs and arrangements will reflect design and preparation, group size, materials, length and location of the talk, and other related aspects. I look forward to our conversation about your interests and needs.


In addition to your ideas and combinations of the following topics, here are themes to consider:


  • Building teams and trust
  • Using conflict as a positive catalyst
  • Encouraging your own and others’ originality
  • Infusing charm and care in interpersonal skill building
  • Using storytelling to inspire, engage, and lead
  • Listening as a key to effective communication and relationships


  • Expressing your courage
  • Developing your career from the inside out
  • Mastering mutual mentoring
  • Preparing for the future of work
  • Taking your leadership and management skills to the next levels
  • Clarifying expectations for yourself and others


  • Identifying how to make the most of your present situation
  • Getting the attention and recognition you merit
  • Making stress work for you
  • Opening windows to your wisdom
  • Unfreezing your professional life: beyond fears of success and failure


  • Creating worthwhile collaborations in work, love, friendship, and/or play
  • Transcending silos and specializations
  • Encouraging happiness and joy in work
  • Expanding career development repertoires of helping professionals* for themselves and their clients (*psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, community and nonprofit professionals, for example)


Below are some examples of recent workshops, training, and facilitation experience.

In addition to three years as Chief, Executive Development for the State Department as a diplomat and manager of The Schimel Lode, promoting innovation and collaboration for the public good in the DC area since 1998:

  • Society for Human Resource Management (DC SHRM)
  • Washington Network Group
  • Temple Micah
  • Cornell Club DC
  • The Association for Women in Communications, Washington DC Chapter
  • District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association
  • Cornell Entrepreneur Network
  • Washington Independent Writers
  • Forty Plus
  • 9th and 10th Annual Public-Private Partnership Conference (Sponsored by DC Government)
  • Greater Washington Women’s Network
  • American Association of University Women
  • Association of Haitian Professionals
  • DC Web Women
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • Inova Health System
  • Unitarian Universalist Church

Let’s explore possibilities and opportunities, discuss your goals, or start planning your group’s event.