presenters

Laura Sicola

Founder, Vocal Impact Productions

Dr. Laura Sicola is a professional speaker and leadership communication coach, and the founder of Vocal Impact Productions in Philadelphia, PA. Laura Sicola is known for her coaching and live on-camera trainings that turn C-level executives and other leaders into master influencers who get to yes and close the deal.

Her mission is to help people project their best leadership image; create loyal, effective teams; and establish their ideal corporate culture by mastering “The 3Cs” of Vocal Executive Presence: to Command the room, Connect with the audience, and Close the deal.

Dr. Sicola recognizes that executive presence and strong leadership communication skills are fundamental to success regardless of one’s formal role or position. She has spent 20 years coaching, lecturing, researching and publishing, and has delivered keynotes, workshops, training programs and keynote addresses on topics such as executive presence, vocal empowerment for women, public speaking and presentation skills, vocal impact for networking and interviewing, and power-pitching.

She has spoken to audiences in the US, Egypt, Japan, Spain, China and Germany, and has worked with clients and students from around the world. She is a coach for the TED Fellows program and works with clients such as Comcast, Chubb, Wikimedia, Amerihealth Caritas, Independence Blue Cross, Boston Scientific, the US Department of Commerce, IBM, and Women Against Abuse.

She earned her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania where she also was faculty from 2001-2013.

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Watch her TED talk: “Want to sound like a Leader? Start by saying your name right.” TEDxPENN 2013 (4.5MM views)