Allison Shapira

Expert Speaker

Driven Entrepreneur

Best-Selling Author

Former opera singer


She is the Founder/CEO of Global Public Speaking LLC, a communication training firm and certified woman-owned small business that helps people speak clearly, concisely, and confidently - both virtually and in person.

She teaches public speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School and has spent nearly 18 years developing leadership communication programs for Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world.

She also travels around the world with the nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership, teaching leadership communication to help women leaders grow their business, run for office, or launch a nonprofit.

Allison is a Certified Virtual Presenter and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and is an internationally-renowned singer/songwriter who uses music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak.

Allison is the author of Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others (HarperCollins Leadership) which was a Washington Post best-seller. She has spoken at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, the Most Powerful Women in Banking LEAD Conference, and was a finalist for 2017 Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, San Diego Chapter. She lives in the Washington, DC area.

Speak Clearly, Concisely, and Confidently

  • Overcoming the fear of public speaking
  • Public speaking around the world
  • Public speaking as an essential business and leadership skill
  • Career reinvention
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Modern-day folk music
  • Business networking
  • Speak with Impact: A Program for Women

    While everyone needs to speak with impact, when women lack these skills, it disproportionately holds them back. This interactive session helps women overcome the specific challenges they face when speaking in public in order to speak with confidence every day. This program is highly interactive, engaging, and practical. Allison incorporates music into her program to share a memorable message of authenticity over perfection. Participants will leave the program with immediately applicable tools that they can use every day and with the inspiration to bring their best self to work.

  • The Power of Your Authentic Self in a Virtual World

    In our new reality of working in a hybrid or home environment, the power of authenticity is more important than ever. In your professional role, how do you remain both positive and genuine in your interactions with clients and colleagues, even in the face of adversity? What are the pitfalls to avoid? In this highly personal, interactive keynote, you will learn strategies to find and use your authentic voice in order to create meaningful connections with clients and colleagues every day.

  • Build your Executive Presence: Speak with Authority and Authenticity

    What is holding you back from being an effective leader? When you enter a room or log on for a meeting, pitch, or presentation, your presence speaks before you even say a word. Allison Shapira reveals three critical components of executive presence. She provides strategies to authentically build your presence and tools you can use to develop the presence of others on your team. Allison incorporates music into her program to share a memorable message of authenticity over perfection. This program is highly interactive, engaging, and practical. Participants will leave the program with immediately applicable tools that they can use every day – at work or in their community.

  • High-Impact Virtual Meetings, Pitches, & Presentations

    This is a highly engaging virtual keynote to help you master virtual meetings, pitches, and presentations. Learn immediately applicable strategies to feel comfortable and confident on camera, effectively engage your audience, and demonstrate executive presence in a virtual medium. This training will enable you to quickly adapt and create human connections online through authentic and engaging virtual presentations.

  • Leadership winter what effective leaders do when the context is tough

Allison Shapira has become not only a master of public speaking but one of the best speech coaches in the U.S.

David Gergen, CNN senior Political Analyst, Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Service.

Allison provided a fun, impactful and practical presentation to Beacon’s executives, managers and RISE program professionals and one day later I am still smiling because of how successful it was! I continue to receive fantastic feedback as I knew I would and in just two short hours Allison helped to make our company better.

Pam Alarie, Vice President of Human Resources, Beacon Mutual

Allison is a dynamic and motivating speaker who is exceptionally talented at conveying tactics for improving public speaking. Her session was wonderful at helping me identify areas on which I can improve and tools I can use to gain comfort speaking to large groups.

Managing Director, Global Corporate Investment Banking

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