Neeley School of Business

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. 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
November 16-17, 2021

Cost: $1,695* and includes all class materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
Certificates will be awarded based on successful completion of the 2-day training.

Click here to see the list of safety measures we are adding to our in-person programs.

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 30 percent discount will be given to TCU Alumni and TCU Faculty/Staff.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to U.S. veterans and employees of non-profit organizations.

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.
  • Receive feedback from a TCU Faculty Advisor during the program to help develop and apply practical tools and approaches for improving your executive presence and communication.
  • Learn how to extend positive impressions through crafted virtual presence within the digital sphere and how to stage yourself and engage with your audiences.


  • 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
  • Virtual Presence within the Digital Sphere

Faculty Leaders

Photo: Olga Taylor

Olga Taylor

Olga Taylor has worked as an organization development consultant for more than 20 years with a proven track-record in change management, executive coaching, leadership development, team effectiveness and global diversity/intercultural competence across industries that include telecommunications, information technology, energy and manufacturing. Among the many programs she delivers is a signature focus on effective presentations that enhances self-awareness, authenticity, communication, and leadership presence. She is certified to facilitate 30+ courses for Leaders and Individual Contributors. During her Frito-Lay career, she had responsibility for productivity and change management initiatives at 14 manufacturing plants including implementation of leadership development programs.

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. She earned her PhD 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.

Photo: Jim Roach

Jim Roach

Executive Director
Executive Education

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as executive presence and communication, authenticity, presentation style, leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois.
Photo: Adam Brooks

Adam Brooks

Assistant Professor

Dr. Adam J. Brooks is a national award-winning public speaker and communication expert focused on helping people make their ideas more effective. With a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences, an MA in Communication Studies, and a professional background in Public Relations, Dr. Brooks has coached numerous individuals to national acclaim by helping organizations like Southern Light, Regions Bank, & All State Insurance cut the noise and lead with meaning. He is also the author of the recently published book “Engineered to Speak” from Wiley Press on how technical professionals can use communication and presentation skills to make their ideas more effective.
Photo: Alexa Chilcutt

Alexa Chilcutt

Associate Professor

Alexa S. Chilcutt, PhD is an Associate Professor and award-winning faculty member of the College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama where she has directed the Public Speaking Program since 2010. Chilcutt is also a faculty member of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School's Executive Education program. Her research on organizational impression management and leadership communication has been published in Public Relations Journal, Journal of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Impact magazine, and MedEdPORTAL. Chilcutt is the co-author of the book "Engineered to Speak: Helping You Create and Deliver Engaging Technical Presentations" published by Wiley IEEE Press' Professional Series.


Please contact

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement

You may also be interested in:

The Adaptive Leader Online

Our #1 leadership program is now online! Adapting to your needs, we've created an engaging curriculum that allows you to participate from your home, office or wherever you are most comfortable. In this multi-week program, you will engage in 11 program sessions including adaptive leadership, influence and change, strategic adaptability, inclusive leadership and more. Learn more about this virtual program and updated schedule!

July 13 - August 24, 2021 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

TCU Advanced Leadership Certificate

The Advanced Leadership Certificate is a premium, comprehensive and immersive experience for leaders of all industries seeking a refresh of critical business fundamentals and innovative, applicable strategies.

September 13 - February 25, 2022 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

The Adaptive Leader Program

Our flagship leadership program is new and improved! Combining both in-person and virtual learning, the new Adaptive Leader combines the original core program sessions including adaptive leadership, leading innovation, strategic thinking and influence and change with additional live-recorded sessions, a case competition, networking opportunities and a virtual leadership lab. Learn more about the new Adaptive Leader program and how this new format combines convenience, value and innovation for our participants.

October 05 - November 19, 2021 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

The Emerging Leaders Program

The role of the leader has never been more important. In an age of complexity and uncertainty, leaders at all levels can absolutely make a tremendous impact for their team, for their organization, and for their community. Accepting and navigating the challenges of leadership takes courage, creativity and a new range of capabilities focused at succeeding in a challenging and unpredictable landscape.

November 01 - December 20, 2021 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

The Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program

Four universities created the Advanced Economic Development Leadership executive education course – an experiential two-week program designed specifically for mid and senior level economic developers who want to examine contemporary issues on a deeper level. Learn more about this unique leadership program.

November 08 - November 11, 2021 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Open Enrollment

Executive Education Students
Check out all of our open enrollment options.