Learn to present your best self through persuasive and concise public speaking. Attendees will gain confidence in presenting to small teams and large groups, and learn to improve communication skills. Hear from Dr. Laura Sicola
of Vocal Impact Solutions about how to be seen as a leader through speaking and communication.
About Dr. Laura Sicola:
Laura has spent more than a decade coaching, training, lecturing, researching and publishing on cognition, pronunciation, culture, the voice and related effect on learning. She is a speech coach for the TED Fellows program, and has delivered TEDx talks, workshops, presentations and keynote addresses on topics ranging from the art of persuasive speaking to intercultural business communication, for audiences across the US, as well as in Egypt, Japan, Spain, China and Germany.
Laura recognizes that strong leadership communication skills are fundamental to success regardless of one’s formal role or position, and tries to pay it forward whenever possible. She is on the board of advisers for Women Network and the California Women’s Conference, and helps pre-seminarians develop public speaking skills for sermons and spiritual guidance through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She also does business pitch coaching to help rising entrepreneurs – especially women and minorities – develop a vocal identity for their companies through organizations such as The Enterprise Center, NAWBO and the PA Commission for Women, and Great Dames.
An entrepreneur at heart, Laura’s first company was the Sicola Consulting Group, focusing on intercultural communication and business communication skills training for international professionals in the US. She has also been a part of DreamIt Ventures, a high-tech startup incubator in Philadelphia, and has run programs on international business communication skills in cities ranging from Philadelphia, PA to Cairo, Egypt.
Laura was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, through 2013, and has lectured at the Wharton School of Business, and guest lectured at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
She earned her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, has an MA in multicultural education and bilingual teaching credential (Spanish/English), and a BA in international studies and Japanese. She speaks English, Spanish and Japanese and has studied Arabic and Italian, and is an avid swing dancer and chef.
Registration ends Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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