I am an experienced public speaker, and have had the opportunity to present to a variety of audiences.
I had the opportunity to speak about adblock and its effect on the Digital Media Industry at the Digital Media Viability Conference in Beirut, Lebanon in 2016. The conference, hosted by the Maharat Foundation & DW Akademie, focused on Middle Eastern and International Perspectives in the future of digital media and journalism.
I love pitching. I have delivered startup pitches for a variety of business opportunities and competitions. I gave the winning pitch at the Dublin Startup Weekend for Education for my team’s augmented reality flashcard business in 2016. I have also pitched on the Google Stage at the 2014 Dublin Startup Weekend for my team’s travel tech business, and to investors at NDRC LaunchPad, a Dublin-based, early-stage accelerator program. For my master’s degree in Creative Digital Media, pitching was a regular part of our ongoing assessment and a determining factor in our final grade for our Travel App, Travel Kandi.
I have delivered several speeches to small and large groups. I’ve given acceptance speeches for both Teach for America Miami-Dade’s Diversity Award and the New Jersey Hero's Award. Perhaps the greatest honors I’ve ever received was to deliver the commencement speech at my graduation ceremony from Rutgers University. I spoke at the Humanities graduation ceremony to several hundred of my peers, their families, and university staff.
I began my career as a high school reading teacher, in which time I became very comfortable speaking in front of small groups, leading activities, answering questions, and facilitating workshops. Like anything, learning to speak in front of a classroom was challenging at first, but over time and practice it became easier!