2014 Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

2014 Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

February 19-21, 2014
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Standard Price: $1295
Price: $1045
  • Write speeches that get results in tough times
  • Build thought leadership that supports your organization's strategy
  • Manage time to meet deadlines a month, a week or even a day away
  • Use audience stories to personalize your speakers' words

Presented by Ragan Communications and Public Relations Society of America

Twitter hashtag: #raganspeech

PRSA members receive an exclusive $250 discount on this conference registration.
Product Code: Y4CS0DC


Caryn Alagno Caryn Alagno is Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs Group Head at Edelman. Caryn leads the Washington office's Corporate Affairs group, which serves some of the firm's largest global clients, including several in the Fortune 50. Her 15-person team of professionals provides message development, speechwriting, writing, competitive benchmarking, and executive visibility services to clients in diverse industries. Caryn helped to create Edelman's Global Executive Positioning offering and today serves as its deputy lead.
Traci E. Carpenter Traci E. Carpenter has written for former presidents, sitting governors, CEOs, entertainers, and leaders of global philanthropies. She serves as Senior Speechwriter at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she leads speechwriting and executive communication strategy for President Judith Rodin. Before the Rockefeller Foundation, Traci served as senior speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Foundation, where she also provided editorial support to the Foundation's initiatives, including the Clinton Global Initiative. Traci has also written for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, and her work has appeared on behalf of principals and clients in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Bloomberg's Businessweek, among others. Before entering speechwriting, Carpenter was a columnist and freelance reporter at Newsweek.
Justina Chen Justina Chen is an Executive Communications Strategist and Storytelling Consultant. She was the former Executive Communications Manager, Speechwriter and Publicist for the President of Entertainment at Microsoft.
Jan Cook Jan Cook is a veteran speechwriter with more than 20 years' experience writing for high-profile executives, including the leadership of Fannie Mae, Georgetown University, the American Red Cross and the National Association of Realtors.
Fletcher Dean Fletcher Dean is an award-winning speechwriter and author. He is Director of Leadership Communications at The Dow Chemical Co. and holds an MFA in professional writing from Western Connecticut State University. He's a four-time winner of the coveted Cicero Awards, including the Grand Prize for Best Speech of the Year. He is the author of 10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech.
Jon Favreau From 2009 through early 2013, Jon Favreau served as the Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama, a role he also played for the President during the 2008 presidential campaign. Favreau began writing for President Obama in 2005, when Obama started his first term as a U.S. Senator. Before that, Favreau served as Deputy Director of Speechwriting for John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign. Favreau's passion for writing and public service first developed at the College of the Holy Cross, where he graduated with degrees in political science and sociology in 2003. He is the co-founder of Fenway Strategies and a columnist for The Daily Beast.
Rob Friedman Rob Friedman is Senior Director of Executive Communications for Eli Lilly & Co., supervising a team of writers and writing for Lilly's CEO and other senior executives. In the late 1980s at Ragan Communications, Rob was Editor of Speechwriter's Newsletter and a workshop instructor. He has taught workshops on speechwriting and editing to thousands of professional communicators. Rob was a speechwriter for Ameritech and the American Medical Association before joining Lilly in 1994. Twenty of Rob's speeches have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day; his 2010 speech for Lilly's CEO delivered to the Detroit Economic Club earned a Cicero Award.
Dean Foust Dean Foust serves as Director of Executive Communications for UPS, where he oversees speechwriting and other thought leadership initiatives. From 2009 to 2012, he worked as president of Inspirent LLC, providing thought leadership consulting and content to Fortune 100 clients. From 1987 to 2009, Foust worked as a writer, editor and bureau chief for BusinessWeek magazine in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. He received the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 1998 and was a Loeb finalist in 1995 and 2007. Foust also taught for five years as an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate journalism program at Emory University.
Douglass Hatcher As part of MasterCard's Worldwide Communications function, Douglass Hatcher leads a Thought Leadership Communications team that works with C-Suite members and other executives across the globe to help articulate and advance MasterCard's vision of A World Beyond Cash. Underpinning this vision is the company's belief that in the 21st century Doing Well and Doing Good isn't a "nice-to-do," but a "must-do," as more consumers, merchants, and governments from more countries gain greater access to, and opportunity to participate in, a more global, inclusive economy. Before MasterCard, Douglass served as Senior Advisor and Speechwriter to U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, who during a three-term tenure served on the Senate Committees on Small Business, Finance, Commerce, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Aaron Hoover Aaron Hoover, Executive Speechwriter to the President of the University of Florida, has spent a decade writing speeches for senior executives at UF, UF Health and the Savannah College of Art and Design. His speeches have won several Cicero Awards since 2011, including best commencement, dedication and education speech. Before becoming a speechwriter he was as an award-winning science writer and daily newspaper reporter in North Carolina and Florida.
Rose King Rosemary King, Ph.D., is an acclaimed communications professional and owner of her own writing business. She is a master at crafting messages that move people to action. Before entering the charitable sector, Rose served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. She was selected to be a speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers and General Peter Pace. Her work has reached international audiences (Russia, Hungary, Belgium, Mexico, Colombia, Estonia, Macedonia and Kosovo, among others) and has been delivered on the U.S. House and Senate floors, in world-class think tanks, and at university commencements.
Michael Long A popular speaker and educator as well as a writer, Michael Long is Director of Writing for the Master of Professional Studies Program in Corporate Communications at Georgetown University, where,he designed the writing curriculum and teaches graduate courses in PR writing, speechwriting, and business and persuasive writing. As a speechwriter, he has prepared remarks for members of congress, senators, cabinet secretaries, governors, diplomats, presidential candidates, and c-suite executives, including more than a dozen Fortune 100 CEOs. Mike is also a successful playwright and screenwriter, earning top honors at the 2012 Vail Film Festival and at 2013 Slamdance. His stage plays have been produced in New York, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. See his website, SoMikeSaid.com, to sign up for his eclectic writing newsletter, issued weekly and featuring real-world advice for writers of every stripe and at every level.
David Murray David Murray is Editor of Vital Speeches of the Day and Vital Speeches International. Formerly editor of Speechwriter's Newsletter and chair of Ragan Communications' annual Speechwriters Conference, Murray has covered speechwriting and executive communication for nearly two decades. David edits the weekly e-newsletter Executive Communication Report, and writes and speaks widely on business communication. He also covers politics, society, sports and adventure for publications ranging from ESPN the Magazine to the Chicago Tribune, and websites ranging from the Huffington Post to Vibe.com. See more of his work at his personal blog, Writing Boots.
Nate Osburn Nate Osburn has served as Director of Speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Commerce since 2012.  Before that, he was the Senior Speechwriter at the U.S. Small Business Administration, starting in 2009. His experience includes speechwriting and executive communications for leaders at the U.C. Davis Health System, the American Medical Association and the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a master's degree with an emphasis in strategic communications from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Vincent Rhodes Vincent Rhodes serves as Director of Marketing and Communications for Eastern Virginia Medical School—a medical school founded in the early 1970s from a grassroots community effort to attract high-quality physicians to the Hampton Roads area. Previously, Rhodes served as Communications Manager and Clerk of the School Board for Norfolk Public Schools, the largest urban school system in Virginia and one of the 150 largest school systems nationwide. Rhodes also taught high school English, journalism and TV production courses. Before becoming a teacher, Rhodes served as managing editor of the national scuba diving magazine Sport Diver and as a scuba instructor.
Tom Rosshirt Tom Rosshirt, a Founding Partner of AR Strategies, LLC, is a writer and strategist who works with leaders in business, philanthropy and academia. He served as a national security speechwriter for President Clinton, foreign affairs spokesperson for Vice President Gore, a speechwriter and press aide to a Governor, a press secretary for a Member of Congress, and a communications and policy advisor to a State House Speaker. Rosshirt has written a nationally syndicated opinion column and was a co-founder of one of the world's premier speechwriting firms, West Wing Writers.
Dana Rubin Dana Rubin is an accomplished speechwriter, message consultant, and presentation coach who helps leaders define themselves and command attention through words and images. Speeches and presentations she has created have helped clients deliver their ideas to audiences around the world, with messages that cut through the noise and get quoted, printed, broadcast and shared through traditional and social media. She leads presentation and public speaking workshops and teaches persuasive communication skills to MBA students at the NYU Stern Business School. She is the Founder and Director of the New York Speechwriter's Roundtable, a group for speechwriters and executive communicators in the New York area. 
Eric Schnure Before opening his own firm in the fall of 2013, Eric Schnure served as Director of Executive Communications at GE, where he created communications platforms for the CEO and other leaders, as well as helped develop and execute strategies that built, enhanced and protected the global industrial conglomerate's reputation and brand. Schnure worked on developing storylines for major company initiatives, including the Industrial Internet, advanced manufacturing, ecomagination, healthymagination, and leadership and skills development.  Before joining GE, Eric was a principal at the Dewey Square Group, where he assisted some of the nation's biggest organizations meet their communications challenges. He began his communications career in the White House in 1993 as a speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. Schnure served in senior communications roles at the United States Department of Housing and at NASA.
Jerry Tarver Jerry Tarver is a retired Professor of Speech Communication from Richmond, Va. He has designed and conducted speechwriting workshops for Ragan Communications as well as for the International Association of Business Communicators and for government and corporate writers in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Singapore. Dr. Tarver has published a variety of articles in professional and academic journals. He co-authored a textbook in business communications and wrote THE SPEECHWRITER'S MANUAL published by Ragan Communications.
Desson Thomson Desson Thomson, a graduate of American University, was a longtime movie critic for the Washington Post. After that, he became a speechwriter for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis Susman, in 2010. In 2011, he joined the U.S. Department of State as a speechwriter for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Since February 2012, he has been a speechwriter and senior advisor for the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Desson is a singer and composer for the Washington-based band Cairo Fred.
Lori Zetlin Lori Zetlin is Managing Partner and Co-founder of S3 – Strategic Speaker Services, Inc. She has 20+ years of conference, event and speaking experience which enables S3 to create winning speaking programs for Fortune 500 clients and start-ups throughout the country. Before starting S3, Lori was the creator and founding director of the speakers' bureau for Brodeur Worldwide.