Zumwald wins Nonprofit category and honorable mention in 2024 Cicero Speechwriting Awards competition

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio, April 25, 2024 – Teresa Zumwald, the CEO, speechwriter, executive speech coach and storyteller at Zumwald & Company, has won two 2024 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 20-time winner of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards since 2014.

The Cicero Speechwriting Awards competition, now in its 17th year, recognizes the speechwriters and the speakers who make great speeches.

Zumwald’s speech that won the 2024 award in the Nonprofit category is “Beyond the Binary Choice: Let’s Start Talking About Adoption.” It was written for Terri Marcroft, executive director and founder, Unplanned Good Inc.

The speech is featured on page 23 of “These Vital Speeches: The Best of the 2024 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 “Curiosity is the Muscle of Inclusive Leadership.” It was written for Charlotte F. Hughes, CEO and principal leader, Inclusive Leaders Group.

This speech is listed on page 2 of the commemorative anthology.

Zumwald and the other 2024 winners of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards will be recognized at the World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association Oct. 21–23 at Georgetown University 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 monthly magazine that’s collected the best speeches in the world for almost nine decades, 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.”