Executive Education for Women from Wellesley College

Finding Your Voice - Communicating and Presenting with Influence

Key topics include:

  • Creating a compelling presentation/argument
  • Speaking under pressure and thinking on your feet
  • Using storytelling techniques for business impact
  • Achieving consensus and gaining buy-in
  • The importance of nonverbals

Who Should Attend:

Women would would like to enhance their communication and presentation skills with theater-based techniques. 

Leadership is part performance, and some of the most effective powerful, persuasive speaking comes from techniques based on theater. This course is dedicated to the acquisition of the skills necessary for the effective formulation and delivery of business communication. Using a variety of means of expressions, physical presence, voice, gestures, storytelling, and compelling content, you’ll learn to practical theatrical performance techniques, and apply them to the delivery of argument. Considerable focus will be placed on vocal production, breathing techniques, posture, and placement. The results will be enhanced ability to speak with confidence, impact, and influence.  


Diego Arciniegas

Diego Arciniegas

Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies

Diego Arciniegas has been at Wellesley College for over twenty years and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies teaching acting, Shakespearean performance, and rhetoric. In addition to conducting an annual workshop for Wellesley faculty and teaching as part of the Maurer Public Speaking Program, Diego has given lectures and conducted workshops for Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School on personal presentation skills and women’s leadership. An award-winning actor and director, he has been teaching, performing, and directing in the New England area for many years, including serving as the Artistic Director of The Publick Theatre in Boston for ten years.

A native of Colombia, South America, Diego holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and trained in theatre at the British and European Studies Group in London. He most recently directed The Piano Teacher at the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca, New York.

Program Details:

Length2 days

Session Dates: March 10-11, 2020 OR September 15-16, 2020 (Choose One)

Program Fee: $2,400 (includes tuition, materials, and most meals; travel not included)*

*Residential option available for $250 (accommodations at Wellesley College Club or local hotel.)


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