This workshop will be led by Melissa Collom, a professional opera singer who has performed on many of the United States’ most celebrated stages. Opera News has called her an “expert raconteur” and the New York Times has praised her “appealing amber mezzo.” Her work as a presentation coach combines performance training with cognitive science to help speakers unlock the unique power of their own voices.
Melissa applies her communication skills in non-profit and political arenas at local, regional and national levels. Her political engagement work ranges from the President's staff at the national headquarters of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to the political satire ensemble Billionaires for Bush which has been featured on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Daily Show. She has been a featured speaker at the Write/Speak/Code conference for women in tech and Pivotal Labs' Lunchtime Talk series. She is a national trainer for the New Leaders Council.