OUR FULL-TIME TEAM AT HEROIC PUBLIC SPEAKING

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MICHAEL PORT

CEO & Co-Founder

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Michael Port is an American entrepreneur, author, and angel investor. A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Michael's nine books have been translated into 29 languages. After spending a decade delivering thousands of paid speeches on the world’s biggest stages, Michael sold his first company, Book Yourself Solid Worldwide, and founded Heroic Public Speaking with his wife, Amy Port. Heroic Public Speaking develops and nurtures the next generation of thought leaders, as well as CEOs and founders, bestselling authors, business owners, and movement leaders.

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AMY PORT

President & Co-Founder

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Amy Port is the Co-Founder and President of Heroic Public Speaking; her work extends from the execution of corporate training packages, to development of CEO keynotes, private masterclasses and coaching.

After earning her MFA in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, Amy spent years acting professionally in theaters such as Seattle Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare and Yale Rep, and working consistently in commercials. She now applies the skills of performance that only well-trained actors know to the coaching of ‘non-actors’ looking to crush their sales presentations, to make their voices heard in TED Talk style presentations, and to take the big stage keynoting major conferences.

Geoffrey H. Garrett, a senior attorney at Byrd Garrett Wealth Preservation, said: “As a military pilot and B-747 captain over a forty-year career, I received every kind of skill-specific training and encountered every sort of teacher. I consider Amy to be, hands down, the best trainer-coach I have ever met. I cannot recommend her services highly enough."

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ANDREW DAVIS

Partner & Chief Marketing Officer

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As Partner & Chief Marketing Officer, Andrew Davis champions Heroic’s thought leadership in the business of speaking. The co-author of The Referable Speaker one of the most in-demand speakers working today, Andrew helps our students master the speaking industry and build sustainable careers as thought leaders.

Andrew is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt. He's appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and on NBC and the BBC. Davis has crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. Recognized as one of the industry's "Jaw-Dropping Marketing Speakers," Andrew is a mainstay on global marketing influencer lists. Wherever he goes, Andrew Davis puts his infectious enthusiasm and magnetic speaking style to good use teaching business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.

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AJ HARPER

Partner

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As Partner and Head Writing Coach, AJ Harper champions Heroic’s thought leadership in the art and business of writing. A key leader in our programming, AJ guides students through developing and writing their speeches, and she uses her decades of experience in publishing to help them develop book projects.

AJ Harper is an editor and publishing strategist who helps authors write transformational books that enable them to build readership, grow their brand, and make a significant impact on the world. As a ghostwriter and developmental editor, AJ has worked with newbies to New York Times-bestselling authors with millions of books sold.

As co-founder and senior editor for a small, award-winning LGBTQ-focused press, she acquired and edited novels that helped change the publishing landscape for LGBTQ fiction and launched the careers of several bestselling Young Adult authors. AJ is a steadfast advocate for representation in literature. AJ and her co-founders sold the company to Chicago Review Press in 2021.

As our Head Writing Coach, AJ helped develop Heroic's 1st Term speech development program. She was part of the coach team for TEDx Cambridge, one of the longest-running and largest TED events in the world. She has coached renowned economic research scientists from Harvard, Yale, MIT, and the World Economic Forum, and has helped create keynotes for bestselling authors, award-winning thought leaders, and inspired agents of change.

She is the author of Write a Must-Read: Craft a Book That Changes Lives—Including Your Own.

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JULIANNE HITNER

Sr. Director, Operations

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Julianne doesn’t just crunch numbers: she crushes them, saves them, and plans them for bigger, better student experiences. As our Senior Director of Operations, Julianne is in charge of helping our leadership team make smart decisions that support the financial health and growth of the company.

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SHANA BOOKER

Director, Events

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Big things are always happening at Heroic Public Speaking, and Shana is the behind-the-scenes events wiz who brings it all together. With an elevated personal touch and a keen knack for making meaningful connections, Shana spent years producing high-profile events featuring icons like Julius Erving, Allen Iverson, and even Tha Doggfather himself, Snoop Dogg.

Shana’s glowing personality and strong leadership have earned her recognition by the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia NAACP, and Philadelphia City Council as one of Philly’s most influential leaders.

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ALEX MOTTERSHEAD

Senior Experiential Design Manager

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At Heroic Public Speaking, moments of magic happen all the time. Stirring performances, creative breakthroughs, those aha! instances when everything suddenly becomes clear—that's what we're all about.

Only, it's not (just) magic. It's result of fine-tuned, perfectly calibrated experiences that have been designed, refined, and whipped into shape by Alex Mottershead. As Heroic Public Speaking's Experiential Design Manager, Alex draws on her history in events, entertainment, and education to identify and drive innovative strategies that enhance (and maximize) our students' experience. When magic happens at Heroic Public Speaking, take a close, close look, and you'll see Alex's fingerprints all over it.

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COURTNEY FORSBERG

Senior Enrollment Manager

Courtney

As Heroic Public Speaking’s Senior Enrollment Manager, Courtney is laser-focused on making sure the student onboarding experience is smooth, seamless, and even a little fun. (Or a lot of fun!) Before joining Heroic Public Speaking, Courtney worked in wine sales for sixteen years—so not only can she answer your questions about the student enrollment process; she can also recommend a pitch perfect Chablis.

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TERAYAH OVERTON

Events Associate

Terayah Overton

Creation. Innovation. Execution. That's what Terayah Overton specializes in, and she does it for our students all the time as our Events Associate. With experience in festivals, corporate events, and event management, Terayah curates transformational experiences that maximize our students' time with us. Whether it's getting all the necessary preparations in place or facilitating a pitch-perfect event experience, Terayah does it all with her trademark touch of white-glove service.

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GILIAN ORTILLAN

Marketing Operations Manager

Gilian Ortillan

Gilian is an award-winning marketer who's worked in travel, non-profit and fintech. As Marketing Operations Manager, she's all about making the marketing wheels turn and driving businesses forward on their road to growth.

Gilian is very proud to be part of the Heroic team. As a passionate speaker who has spoken at industry conferences and job fairs, she understands and the power of performance and how it can change lives.

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COURTNEY SODEN

Graphic Designer

Courtney Soden

As Heroic Public Speaking’s Graphic Designer, Courtney is at the center of our creative design strategy. With years of experience in print, web, and advertising, she knows how to take big ideas and give them real-world impact. Courtney previously worked in publishing, but found her true passion for making a difference while working with nonprofit organizations such as the Susan G. Komen New Jersey breast cancer organization and Move For Hunger. Courtney uses her creative acumen to create change in the world. A positive attitude and innovative spirit inform her approach to all our projects.

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BREANNA STAGEMYER

Project Manager

BREANNA STAGEMYER

As Project Manager at Heroic, Breanna Stagemyer brings an innovative, strategic mind-set to everything we do. With a background in the construction industry, Breanna has the nuts-and-bolts knowledge to lead cross-functional teams to deliver cutting-edge solutions. Using emerging technologies and fostering a collaborative work environment, she helps take Heroic projects to their highest potential.

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PRISCILLA DESIENA

Executive Administrative Assistant

PRISCILLA DESIENA

As the Executive Administrative Assistant at Heroic Public Speaking, Priscilla plays a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless operation of daily activities and providing crucial support to the executive team. Possessing a strong background in administrative management, she is adept at coordinating complex schedules, managing communication channels, and facilitating efficient workflow. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for organization, Priscilla brings a wealth of administrative expertise to the dynamic environment of Heroic.

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NICOLE SOLAREK

Bookkeeper

NICOLE SOLAREK

As a dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional, Nicole has been meeting the bookkeeping needs of small- to mid-size businesses in various industries for the past seven years. At Heroic Public Speaking, she uses her sharp eye for detail and aptitude for numbers to expertly record financial data and general ledger entries.

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MARYLIN ANTHONY

Writing Coach

Marylin Anthony

Marilyn Anthony joined Temple University’s Fox School of Business in 2016 as an assistant professor in strategic management and as business development director for Fox Management Consulting. Through the Fox Translational Research Center she co-authored numerous international award-winning business case studies emphasizing women-led and social impact enterprises. She stepped down from full-time teaching in 2021 to pursue a career as a ghostwriter. Her first book was published in 2021 and was a finalist in the International Book Awards business category. She is at work on her eighth book.

A multifaceted entrepreneur in both for-profit and not-for-profit arenas, Anthony has conceived, funded, and executed large-scale operations. She has served as regional director for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and as the founding executive director for Lundale Farm in Chester County. Her for-profit work was in the hospitality sector, where she was CEO of the farm-to-table innovator the White Dog Café in Philadelphia. She later launched her own local foods restaurant, Summerhouse Grill.

Anthony received her MA in teaching from Brown University and a BA in English literature from Cornell University. She lives in Philadelphia, where she suffers the fate of loyal sports fans.

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KATIE MARTUCCI

Education Technology Manager

Katie Martucci

Katie joins the team at Heroic with a background in higher education and student professional development. She is driven by mission-centered work, is committed to closing the communication loop on any open thread, and is endlessly curious to learn new things. With past experience in Learning Management System course development and running educational tech training for diverse stakeholders, Katie is adept at building, documenting, and refining tech platform processes that enhance the student experience.

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MORGAN WIDER

Senior Admissions Manager

Morgan Wider

As Senior Admissions Manager—and also as an alum of HEROIC’s GRAD program—Morgan is committed to helping our students experience all that HEROIC has to offer. With her extensive experience in retail fashion and image consulting, Morgan brings valuable insights into customer needs and growth strategies. She previously worked for Gap, Inc (which includes Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic), Carter’s, and OshKosh B'Gosh. Her intimate knowledge of our programs and industry, coupled with her background as a speaker, allows her to build meaningful connections with our students.

To get in contact with any one of our team members, please email
questions@heroicpublicspeaking.com for more information.