Executive Presence & Communication 

In this program, you’ll discover approaches for deepening your own self-awareness, improving your ability to communicate, and enhancing your capability to project authenticity and stronger “leadership presence” to lead even more effectively in your organization. 

November 6-7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $1,695* and includes all class materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to TCU staff/faculty/alumni, U.S. veterans

Who Should Attend?

Business leaders at all levels who want to become more self-aware, improve their ability to establish genuine connections, and deepen their ability to communicate, influence and lead positive change.

What You Will Learn

Real life leadership approaches and practical tools you can put into practice immediately. 

How You Will Benefit

  • Deepen your understanding and awareness of your style, values, & “leadership purpose” to draw upon your own “authentic” leadership to build workplace connections and relationships.
  • Refine your approach to communication, refine your communication style, and deepen your ability to connect, influence & lead.
  • Meet individually with a TCU Faculty Advisor during the program to help develop and apply practical tools and approaches for improving your executive presence & communication.  


  • Communication Style
  • Clarity & Focus for Message Development
  • Authenticity & Leadership Style
  • Leadership Purpose & Personal Branding
  • Influence & Persuasion
  • Presentation Approaches & Structure
  • Storytelling & Handling Difficult Questions
  • Leading & Communicating During Challenging Situations

Faculty Leaders

Jacqueline Lambiase, PhD
Chair of Strategic Communication and Professor
Bob Schieffer College of Communication

Dr. Lambiase teaches writing, principles, ethics, advocacy, cases in strategic communication, and diversity courses, often combining service-learning and public service opportunities with course instruction. She is a founder and co-director of the Certified Public Communicator program at TCU, in partnership with the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers. She is also one of the founders and an organizer of the TCU Nonprofit Communicators Conference, which meets at TCU each May and provides workshops and learning for about 150 nonprofit professionals. She has written 20 book chapters on a variety of topics, including the Arab spring and social media, public relations ethics, gender, rhetorical analysis of media and digital communication, LGBT media images, and advertising culture.

Johny Garner, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Bob Schieffer College of Journalism

Dr. Garner joined the TCU faculty in 2010 after four years as an assistant professor at Pepperdine University. He specializes in organizational communication. His primary research interests involve how employees and supervisors communicate with each other and how that communication can be improved. He also examines dissent, suggestions, and feedback in nonprofit organizations and churches and how work is portrayed on television0.

Dr. Garner is a member of the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. He was recently awarded the 2009 B. Aubrey Fisher award for top article in Western Journal of Communication. His research has also been published in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and other academic journals.

Laura Bright, PhD
Associate Professor
Bob Schieffer College of Journalism

Dr. Laura F. Bright, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Strategic Communication in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication and co-director of the Certified Public Communicator Program at TCU. Her research focus is on interactive advertising, media planning, and consumer behavior in online environments, including social networking sites and news feeds. She has published dozens of refereed articles and book chapters on advertising and digital media and frequently speaks at conferences on topics related to communication planning and digital engagement.

Olga Taylor
Executive Presence

Olga Taylor, a former Food Chemist and Production Superintendent, has worked as an organization development consultant for more than 20 years. In her previous career, she was responsible for productivity initiatives at 14 manufacturing plants including implementation of leadership development programs at Frito-Lay. Olga Taylor has a proven track-record in change management, executive coaching, leadership development, team effectiveness and global diversity/intercultural competence across industries (telecommunications, information technology, energy and manufacturing). In the public sector, she serves higher education institutions, municipalities and the State of Texas. Two signature programs, Global Intercultural Competence@Work and Effective Presentations, exemplify Olga’s approach to training-pragmatic, real-world application, enjoyable. Both products are customizable for direct application to real world situations and receive high marks as transformative from attendees. She is certified to facilitate 30+ courses for Leaders and Individual Contributors. Beyond leadership development, Olga holds two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission certifications: EEO Investigator and EEO Barrier Analysis. Moreover, she is also certified as a Creative Problem Solving Facilitator and in Intercultural Sensitivity Assessment. Well qualified to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research, Taylor holds graduate degrees in Intercultural Relations and Applied Sociology. Her PhD was earned at the University of Texas at Dallas in Public Policy and Political Economy. An Adjunct Instructor at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business, Olga Taylor earned a Teaching Excellence Award and receives ongoing high marks as instructor.

Please contact:

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement