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Zumwald wins 3 Cicero Speechwriting Awards in 2021 competition

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio, April 21, 2021 – Teresa Zumwald, the CEO, speechwriter and storyteller at Zumwald & Company, has won three 2021 Cicero Speechwriting Awards from Vital Speeches of the Day. One speech was a category winner and two speeches received honorable mentions.

This makes Zumwald a 13-time winner of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards since 2014.

The Cicero Speechwriting Awards competition, now in its 14th year, recognizes the speechwriters and the speakers who make great speeches.

Zumwald’s speech that won the 2021 award in the Commerce and Retail category is “Reps, You Have a Chance to Help Wholesalers Get Better.” It was written for Rob Ferguson, president, Local Company Group, Winsupply Inc.

Ferguson delivered the 20-minute speech at the Association of Independent Manufacturers’/Representatives, Inc. 48th Annual Conference, Virtual Meeting, on Oct. 23, 2020.

The speech is featured on page 16 of “These Vital Speeches: The Best of the 2021 Cicero Speechwriting Awards,” a commemorative anthology of the winning speeches now posted on the Cicero Speechwriting Awards website.

Zumwald’s speeches that received honorable mentions were:

  • “We Need to Follow Two Parallel Paths at the Same Time,” a 30-minute speech also written for Ferguson, who delivered it at the Winsupply National Training Meeting, a virtual event on Sept. 16, 2020
  • “Their Bonds are Strong,” 60th wedding anniversary remarks in honor of Jerry and Eileen Armbruster, Zumwald’s parents, a speech she delivered on June 27, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio

These speeches are listed on page 2 of the commemorative anthology.

Zumwald and the other 2021 winners of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards will be recognized at the 2021 World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association Oct. 18–22.

These winners help “set the standard for modern speechwriting,” said Cicero Speechwriting Awards Program Chairman David Murray.


Presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the prestigious monthly collection of speeches, the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the work that makes the speeches that help leaders lead – in every sector of business, politics and society.

The Cicero Speechwriting Awards website notes that “since Cicero called rhetoric a ‘great art’ more than 2,000 years ago, the world has seen the Gutenberg Press, radio, television, the internet and social media. These fundamental advances haven’t diminished the transformative social power of a great speech.”