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Zumwald a panelist for industry discussion on leadership communication

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio, April 3, 2020 – Teresa Zumwald will be a panelist at an industry niche discussion about how independent speechwriters can convert their speechwriting skills into in-demand leadership communication counsel in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The online event, hosted by the Professional Speechwriters Association (PSA), will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time April 8.

“As independent speechwriters and leadership communicators, it’s our job to always stay on top of what’s needed to deliver professional services and counsel to our clients,” Zumwald said. “It’s an honor to be a panelist for this discussion. I’m looking forward to contributing and learning on Wednesday.”

Zumwald is CEO, speechwriter and storyteller at Zumwald & Company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. Zumwald’s speeches have won 15 international, national and regional awards including nine Cicero Speechwriting Awards from Vital Speeches of the Day. Among her speechwriting clients are board chairs, CEOs, presidents, vice presidents and a former chairman of the board of two global manufacturing companies based in Europe.

The panel moderator will be PSA Executive Director David Murray, who says the discussion will help speechwriters brainstorm ways to be “visible, useful, solvent and sane” by exchanging “experiences, ideas and advice.”

Zumwald said the panel is important right now since so many in-person events that demand speeches – including conferences, commencements, awards events and annual meetings – have either been canceled, postponed or reimagined for the virtual world because of COVID-19.

The other panelists are:

  • Cheril N. Clarke, founder of Phenomenal Writing, LLC and
  • Dan Gerstein, founder and president of Gotham Ghostwriters
  • Rosemary King, Ph.D., a leadership communication consultant

The leadership communication discussion, dubbed “Hard Times Happy Hour: Independent Speechwriters Gather Online,” is free for all PSA members.

To register, send an email to

UPDATED, April 9, 2020 – Independent speechwriters from across the United States and from Canada, UK, France and Australia gathered online April 8 to share ideas for providing leadership communications counsel to clients and landing business opportunities in new markets in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The panelists were (clockwise from left):

  • Dan Gerstein
  • Rosemary King
  • Teresa Zumwald
  • David Murray, panel facilitator
  • Cheril Clarke