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.
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."
Julianne doesn’t just crunch numbers: she crushes them, saves them, and plans them for bigger, better student experiences. As our 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. She’s also proven to be a fantastic project manager for many of our events and programs. You’ll never hear Julianne say “that’s not part of my job.” She’s been a team member of a global accounting firm, on her family’s farm, and now she’s with us.
If there’s a new tech platform our team needs to learn, Becca will be the first to master it. A CRM + InfusionSoft analyst, Becca sends out all of our communications, ensuring the tech side of your experience is smooth, whether it’s in virtual programs and events, learning platforms, or simply updating your information. She doesn’t drop balls. In fact, as a lacrosse coach in her spare time, Becca makes sure balls stay off the ground, at all times.
Big things are always happening at HPS, and Shana is the In-Person Events Manager who makes the magic happen. A logistics wiz with 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.
A podcast host and mover and shaker in her own right, Shana is HPS’s very own in-house influencer — no, really! Shana’s glowing personality and strong leadership have proven so effective over the years that she’s been celebrated by the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia NAACP, and Philadelphia City Council as one of Philly’s most influential leaders.
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 Manager of Experiential Design, Alex draws on her experience 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 find that Alex's fingerprints are all over it.
From emails, to websites, to podcasts, posts, proposals, and blogs, story drives everything at HPS. That’s where Dylan comes in. With years of experience as an award-winning writer, independent filmmaker, and messaging strategist, Dylan’s an unshakable believer in the power of compelling storytelling, and he feels most comfortable when his fingers are clacking away at the keyboard. The voice of HPS’s brand, Dylan dreams up, writes, and revises content that communicates HPS’s vision and brings it to life across all platforms.
As the Assistant to the Director of Sales, Courtney is laser-focused on making sure the student onboarding experience at HPS is smooth, seamless, and even a little fun. Before joining HPS, 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.
We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes: Queena Bergen’s title really is “Creative Swiss Army Knife.” (How cool is that!?) When you witness the cross-platform creative magic that Queena’s capable of, you’ll know exactly why.
A natural born performer, talented producer, and professional poet whose wordsmithing skills have carried her around the world, Queena’s a writer and social media guru who can seamlessly jump from videos to podcasts to the stage and beyond. Find her deploying her Swiss Army knife creativity to craft captivating content and coordinate eye-grabbing campaigns that help tell the Heroic Public Speaking story.