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Allison Shapira, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, focuses on the art and practice of public speaking. A trained opera singer and diplomatic speechwriter, she is the founder and president of Global Public Speaking LLC, a company that helps people give powerful and authentic speeches and presentations. Shapira is a keynote speaker, trainer, and coach who works with multinational companies, nonprofits, and the federal government; she also teaches at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Shapira consults to the nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership; she travels around the world teaching women leaders in developing countries, using communication training as a form of economic and political empowerment. She is a TEDx speaker and songwriter who performs worldwide and uses music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak. She graduated from the mid-career MPA program at the Harvard Kennedy School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian Language and Literature, with a minor in Vocal Performance, from Boston University. She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the president of the Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council. She lives in Washington, DC.