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I've been teaching and coaching presentation skills and executive presence for more than 20 years now. I have worked extensively in the financial services sector with executives driving innovation in their organizations. I specialize in finding the personal story, voice, and presence with a focus on supporting women both in personal and professional environments. Clients include Citibank, PNC, Raymond James, AD Little, TIAA, Vapotherm, Microsoft, Sunovian, Precision Marketing Group, and YPO, among others. I particularly enjoy teaching storytelling and coaching teams, both of which allow me to infuse the collaborative work of theater professionals into the business world.


As a private coach, I have worked to strengthen presentations as public as TED Talks and as personal as speaking at family events. I work to infuse my coaching with humor, personal experience, and compassion, knowing that the best work comes in a safe, comfortable, and open environment.

I coach in person, via videoconference, and over the phone. Click the blue box above and let's get started helping you to present your best self.


"Traditional presentation training often leads the speaker to a robotic approach, with a lot of rules to follow. Ilyse realizes that any presentation, whether to a small group or a large audience, is actually a performance... and a chance to draw the group into your story. She carefully adapts this to your personality so you feel like your best authentic self in delivery, and her positive energy is infectious!" 

Holly Harrison, Managing Director, PNC Capital Advisors


Participant in a Mohr Collaborative innovation and leadership development program

"Ilyse was a high energy, experienced, and motivating speaker. She taught the team some great tips and tricks for presenting, which I still leverage today and often. With Ilyse’s coaching and tips, I built the confidence to present in an auditorium setting, in front of an executive panel, and with no notes. This is the first time I had such an experience and it was invigorating, thanks to Ilyse."

Era Ziroe, SVP, PNC Credit Card Customer Experience, Retail Lending

Participant in a Mohr Collaborative innovation and leadership development program

"...all your suggestions for speaking in a group have been very helpful.  I have had a few opportunities (probably 4 or 5) to speak in large groups, either when I knew in advance or when it was a surprise, and I did not have a panic attack.  Even though I may have been nervous, I managed to hide it. Of all the things that resonated with me, I think the one that stuck was realizing that many people dislike public speaking as much as I do. Thank you so much!"  

Lyn S.

Private Client

"AMAZING! I was nervous but prepared. Your advice was so incredibly helpful.” - Regarding her TEDx talk seen below!

Jodi D., Managing Partner, Orange Grove Consulting

Originally contracted through Ovation

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