I am passionate about creating an academic life in the way that works best for each individual. I believe that success comes through building community, prioritizing personal goals, and positive management of speaking and presentation anxiety.

My Ph.D. is in Communication & Performance Studies and I am an Associate Professor in the City University of New York. I have extensive experience facilitating workshops in professional settings, teaching public speaking & communication, and professional theatrical training. I’m a Fulbright Scholar and a Fulbright PRISM mentor for LGBTQ scholars, and I love talking about developing international research networks and life outside of the United States academic ecosystem.

During twenty-five years in academia, I’ve navigated a lot of job interviews, institutional bureaucracy, funding applications, and other minutiae that comes along with our chosen career–and I am still committed to it.

I’m a critical thinker, a close reader, and a creative researcher who is quick with new ideas. My clients develop pitches, prepare for job interviews, and create and practice research presentations. My workshops cover confidence in public speaking, creative brainstorming and design, and digital storytelling as a way to introduce yourself in virtual contexts.

My goal is to help you create a comfortable space for yourself where you can’t wait to invite your audience to enter into your world and share your experience.

Together, we will identify strengths and challenges in your career goals, including teaching, research, and service–and determine how to build your most confident and invitational self in everything you do in academia. We will design a tailored plan for growth that, when practiced regularly, will positively influence your life well beyond your academic career.

I bring expertise in the following:

  • Cooperative leadership
  • Fostering inclusive environments
  • Navigating academic bureaucracy
  • Building confidence
  • Dynamic storytelling
  • Diction & articulation
  • Deep breathing and relaxation techniques for anxiety

This is easier than you think, and absolutely essential for your professional advancement and personal satisfaction. I love working with people who are excited about what they do, and I would love to help you find new ways to balance work/life and grow your confidence. Take this on as a challenge and learn to enjoy speaking in public forums.