Tuesday, August 4, 2009

our contest judges: bring it on!

I'm so excited to have expert help from a panel of three judges who'll help decide the winner of the Eloquent Woman's 15 Weeks to Step Up Your Speaking contest. Each of them has extensive speaking experience, and works with, researches or writes about speakers--between and among them, they know what it takes to get from starting-out to experienced speaker. They'll review our entries and deliberate on who'll win the chance for 15 weeks of online coaching and a Flip Mino HD camcorder. Here's more about our panel of judges:

  • Jennifer Collins, president and owner of The Event Planning Group, a Washington, DC-based event management company that helps organizations create strategic events and meetings. The company has been named the 2009 Outstanding Women’s Business Enterprise for the DC Region by the Women President's Educational Organization and a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise, among many other honors. Collins is a frequent speaker and mentor for communications students at her alma mater, The American University, and is active with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Girls, Inc. of Washington, DC – an organization providing educational programs to young girls in high risk, underserved areas.

  • Dr.Carolyn Kitch, professor of journalism at Temple University's School of Communication and Theater, where she also directs the doctoral studies program in mass media and communication. She teaches, among others, courses in gender and American mass media, and focuses her research on media and memory and on journalism history, with particular attention to gender issues and to the medium of magazines. A frequent speaker, she is a former editor and writer at such magazines as Good Housekeeping, McCall's and Reader's Digest, and is the author of The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media.

  • Dr. Jeff Porro, a speechwriter for Fortune 250 CEOs, diplomats, and other government leaders, as well as executives of some of the nation’s leading trade and professional associations. He is also an award winning screenwriter and a PhD with 20 years of experience in research, public policy, and business. Jeff discovered and researched the true story of a Jim Crow–era African American college debate team and helped turn it into the 2007 feature film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington. He is one of the founders of the Debate Consortium, which is reviving the tradition of debate at historically black colleges and universities.
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