Zumwald wins 2 Cicero Speechwriting Awards in 2022 competition

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio, April 24, 2022 – Teresa Zumwald, the CEO, speechwriter and storyteller at Zumwald & Company, has won two 2022 Cicero Speechwriting Awards from Vital Speeches of the Day.

One speech was a category winner, and one speech received an honorable mention.

This makes Zumwald a 15-time winner of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards since 2014.

The Cicero Speechwriting Awards competition, now in its 15th year, recognizes the speechwriters and the speakers who make great speeches.

Zumwald’s speech that won the 2022 award in the Commencement/Convocation Address category is “This is Your Moment – Now is Your Time.”  It was written for Ann M. Keehn, director of operations, Health Services Division, and senior consultant, John Snow, Inc.

Keehn delivered the speech at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., for the 2021 and 2020 graduates of the College of Business Administration on May 16, 2021.

The speech is featured on page 56 of “These Vital Speeches: The Best of the 2022 Cicero Speechwriting Awards,” a commemorative anthology of the winning speeches now posted on the Cicero Speechwriting Awards website.

Zumwald’s speech that received an honorable mention was “We Need to Give People the Chance to Be Great,” a speech in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

This speech was written for Dena LaMar, the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Advance Auto Parts, who delivered it at a company-wide event on Sept. 17, 2021. This speech is listed on page 2 of the commemorative anthology.

Zumwald and the other 2022 winners of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards will be recognized at the 2022 World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association Oct. 11–13 in Washington, D.C.

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.”