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Allison Shapira, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, focuses on the art and practice of public speaking. A former opera singer and diplomatic speechwriter, she is the founder and president of Global Public Speaking LLC, a company that helps people give confident and authentic speeches and presentations. Shapira is a keynote speaker, trainer, and coach who works with multinational companies, nonprofit organizations, and the federal government. Through her work with organizations such as 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 past president of the Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council. She lives in Washington, DC.