A team from the Alda Center will visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help researchers learn to communicate more effectively with people outside their field, including the general public, policy makers, the media, students, potential employers or funders, and prospective collaborators in other disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will focus on fundamental skills — knowing your audience, connecting with your audience, and speaking clearly and conversationally about your work and why it matters. This event is private, with participation by invitation only.
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James Rea is a communications coach and consultant who specializes in helping scientists, engineers, and other technical experts reach their key audiences with clear, engaging stories. James started on this path nearly 20 years ago, when he took on a communications role with the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment Program.
Marcy McGinnis is a professional career and life coach and a communications trainer. Her areas of concentration include the scientific and media industries. She is an award-winning television news network and cable senior executive with university journalism school administrative and academic experience. She was instrumental in the creation of the Center for News Literacy, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, all housed at Stony Brook University.
Carol Schindler has been a creative director, writer and speech coach for corporate conferences for the past 25 years. She has worked in every area of the corporate world from pharmaceutical, high tech, service industries and financial institutions.
David Calvitto is an improvisation instructor for the Alda Center Workshops on the Road. He is primarily an actor and theater director.