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Hilary Blair

Hilary Blair

CEO and Executive Communication Coach

Hilary Blair trains high achievers craving honest feedback in order to reach the next level in business and/or life. She is impassioned by moving beyond habits and learned behaviors to uncover what is unique and authentic in individuals and groups. A presentation and speaking voice expert, Hilary is a highly regarded coach and facilitator working extensively across the globe with a variety of businesses including American Express, Janus Funds, Staples, Liberty Global, Slalom, Merrill Lynch, and Hunter Douglas.  Whether facilitating workshops that use improvisation to improve leadership skills, team building and creativity, or training trainers to hone their craft, Ms. Blair’s 30 plus years as a teacher combined with her professional stage, film and voice over career present a unique skill set. She has participated as a Making Cents’ speaker and mentor at three YSEALI exchanges (Singapore, 2014 and Vietnam, 2015, 2016) to deliver expert training on verbal communication and presentation skills. Her skills-building sessions were ranked highly by YSEALI young leaders and many have stayed in touch with Ms. Blair in informal mentorship relationships.

Ms. Blair is founder, CEO and lead coach at ARTiculate: Real&Clear, a communications company which has grown exponentially since its inception. She is an active member of NSA and is on the board of the Colorado Chapter.  She is a former board member of VASTA – the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. She is on faculty for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and has been adjunct faculty for a number of universities. Hilary holds an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA from Yale University.

Taylor McPhail

Taylor McPhail

Strategy & Operations Lead

As ARTiculate’s Strategy & Operations lead, Taylor’s main role is to keep the wheels turning for all things Sales, Marketing, Projects, & Operations.

After growing up in Michigan and graduating from Michigan State University, Taylor accepted a job at The White House doing advance for President Obama. She spent the next few years traveling all over the world planning and executing presidential visits. During that time, she honed her skills in logistical management & media relations.

She eventually craved experience in the private sector and jumped across the country for a communications job in San Francisco. Working at a music and tech company, Taylor was able to refine her communications skills, along with project management and data & analytics.

While she was moving from coast to coast, many of her family and friends were settling in Colorado and she eventually had to join the party. In Denver, Taylor worked as a Project Manager at a digital marketing agency before finding her home with the amazing ARTiculate team.

When not at the office, Taylor is probably expanding her incredible vintage sweater collection or caving to her dog, Wyatt’s, latest request to play fetch.

Gabriella Cavallero

Gabriella Cavallero

Voice, Voiceover & Dialect

Gabriella is devoted to helping you discover and improve your presence and your voice (both literal and figurative) to show up in the world with confidence, strength, and grace. Whether in a business or personal setting, she coaches individuals and groups in finding and finessing their unique messages clearly and authentically. She specializes in voice and speech, breath work, accent acquisition, and body awareness and movement.

Gabriella brings her 25+ years of experience as a professional actor, teacher, director, and voice, dialect, and movement coach into her work with ARTiculate. She has been an adjunct professor of voice, speech, acting, and movement and at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado and guest instructor at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. As a professional actor at the highly acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company and on many of Colorado’s top stages, she has played a wide range of roles for the past 26 seasons. Gabriella is also a voice-over artist, having narrated several Emmy-nominated documentaries for PBS, over 900 audio books for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service, and countless commercials and industrials in both her native Spanish and English. Gabriella holds an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA in Theatre from Vassar College.

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

COO, Executive Coach, CPCC & PCC

Robin A. Miller, PhD, is an energized executive coach and COO for ARTiculate: Real&Clear. She focuses on executive communication, leadership development, presentation, conflict management, and Aikido communication.

Her clients come from a variety of businesses including University of Denver Daniel’s College of Business, Bentek Energy, Slalom Consulting, The City of Northglenn, elected officials from Westminster, Denver and Jefferson Counties, Colorado Health Institute, Colorado Health Foundation, Strategic Connections and the NFL.

She has held positions as business communication coach at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Customer Relationship Manager for the financial industry with the Federal Reserve Bank Houston, and in healthcare as a development specialist in some of Denver’s leading Level 1 trauma centers (Swedish Medical Center and Denver Health Medical Center).

She earned an MM in Music from Baylor University, a PhD in Musicology from the University of North Texas, a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology, and executive coach training through CTI (Coach Training Institute).

Amy Storey

Amy Storey

Business Development & Writing

Amy does Business Development and writing for ARTiculate, which means she helps us tell and sell our own story while helping clients tell and sell theirs.

Amy comes to us from a nearly 20-year career as a freelancer in corporate communications strategy and writing. Freelancing gave her flexibility to be home and around while raising three kids. Working in the corporate communications space provided interesting work with clients all over the world—and almost kept her from getting over-involved in her children’s school and sports. Yet, she was missing teamwork and collaboration, which ARTiculate is happy to provide.

Amy is a native Michigander who came to Colorado by way of Atlanta and Chicago. She studied English at Indiana University and earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She lives in Wheat Ridge with her husband, Tim, a shrinking number of growing children, and Patty and Selma, lab mixes with noses for trouble.

Diana Dresser

Diana Dresser

Coach

Diana Dresser believes that everyone has a great story to tell. She loves helping clients discover, craft, and deliver their stories with confidence and joy. At ARTiculate: Real&Clear, Diana coaches teams and individuals in all areas of public speaking and presentation, including keynotes, sales meetings, board presentations, pitches, and interview skills. She is a skilled writer and editor and works with each client to ensure his or her message is clear, succinct, and powerful. Additionally, she specializes in teaching on-camera skills and has developed the on-camera talents of news anchors, sports commentators, television hosts, educators, and corporations creating videos to promote products and services.

Her clients include Hunter Douglas, COBank, Trent Wearner Golf, The LGBT Center of Colorado, and University of Denver.

Diana has over 30 years of experience as a professional actor, director, choreographer, and teaching artist. She is on faculty at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and as an actor has appeared with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, Buntport Theater, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She has appeared in numerous commercials and films, and she recently filmed a principal role in the independent feature What We’ve Become. Diana also has worked behind the camera, as a Production Assistant and Associate Producer for the long-running PBS series NOVA.

Diana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas with a BA in History and a BA in Theatre and Film. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and a licensed Broker Associate with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. She is a designated REALTOR from the National Association of Realtors and a CARTUS Affinity Team Member, specializing in relocation.

Courtney Cauthon, PhD

Courtney Cauthon, PhD

Production Manager

Courtney Cauthon, PhD, is a forward-thinking researcher, educator, and artist. She is driven by projects that bring together her love of theatre and communication with her desire for creating a more equitable world.

Courtney loves the challenge of finding innovative ways to help people share their ideas more clearly and efficiently. Courtney brings over 10 years of experience in higher education to the creation and organization of programming at ARTiculate: Real&Clear. In addition to developing curriculum and managing projects at ARTiculate, Courtney is an adjunct professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Denver and the Special Projects Coordinator for Denver’s Athena Project. Courtney has worked at The Denver Centre Theatre Academy, The Community College of Aurora, The Aurora Fox, Theatre Research in Canada, Toronto’s Summerworks Festival, and The University of Toronto. Courtney holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Executive Office Administrator

Emily is ARTiculate’s Executive Office Administrator. She handles coach scheduling and travel, assists on a wide-range of projects, manages a variety of administrative tasks, and will greet you warmly when you visit our office. With an extensive background in hospitality (and a naturally kind demeanor!), she is excellent at making sure everyone who comes through our doors feels welcome.

Emily grew up in Indiana, where she majored in Hospitality & Food Management at Ball State University. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Fort Collins, where she planned & managed logistics for a massive music festival. Craving life in a big city, she moved to Denver and managed projects for a restaurant group before joining the team at ARTiculate.

Outside of work, Emily likes to spend time outside with her dog, Penelope. She enjoys traveling and frequently visits her family in Seattle.

Tamara Meneghini

Tamara Meneghini

Coach

Tamara Meneghini is a professional actor, voice/movement coach, and teaching artist.  She belongs to the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). She has taught courses in acting, movement training, and various sections of voice/speech to actors and non-actors.  She holds an MFA/Acting, a BA in Theatre/Music Performance, and is a certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework and the Williamson Movement Technique. Her coaching work includes professional speakers, period-style performances, and specific dialect/speech and presentation projects.

She developed and has performed the award-winning original solo work, The Great Goddess Bazaar (written by David Rush and directed by Jane Page) at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013, the Stratford Circus (London), United Solo Festival (NY, Best Variety Show), and the Boulder International Fringe Festival (Fringe Encore Award).  She also garnered the Denver Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance in 2012.  She is currently working on an original performance piece about Elizabeth I and played the role of Mary in The Testament of Mary, in the regional premiere, Spring 2017.  She has studied with commedia del’arte master teachers and performers, Antonio Fava and Giovanni Fusetti.  She is a recipient of a Kennedy Center American College Theatre, Festival (KCACT), Teaching Artist Fellowship, Kennedy Center American College Theatre, Festival Acting Teacher Award.  Tamara also serves as a KCACTF VASTA representative.

 

Diane Lowry

Diane Lowry

Coach

Helping people to communicate effectively has been Diane’s passion for the past 30 years. As a speech-language pathologist, she has focused on helping clients to find their voices, pronounce words, create sentences, and to connect with others; as a communication coach, she has focused on helping clients to feel confident, show authentic energy and to reach out and connect with the audience.

Diane has been instrumental in developing communication therapy programs for a hospital in Louisiana, early learning center in Denver, and for Down Syndrome Ireland in Cork, Ireland. While an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she taught a variety of voice, speech, and language classes. She recently returned to Denver from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where her focus was on coaching clients to develop their authentic style of communicating. Her clients consisted of directors and managers from HP, EY, Microsoft, Merck and Accenture.

Diane holds a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.

Wyatt James

Wyatt James

Office Dog

Wyatt is our resident office pup, and he likes to credit himself for a big chunk of ARTiculate’s revenue. While our Project Manager, Taylor, is technically his mother, he favors those who are eating and has a particular affinity for our co-founder, Robin.

Wyatt has an extensive sweater collection and occasionally adds some extra pizazz with a bowtie. He’ll appreciate any attention or treats you’re willing to give him when you visit our space. Note, however, that if you hear Taylor use his middle name, “James,” he’ll soon be in time-out.

Mark Gipson

Mark Gipson

Coach

 

The Importance of Being Human in a Digital World

Think about all the ways we are out in the world, and all the stories that are continuously being told about each of us. We generate data just by moving through our daily lives. We create–and curate–our personal brands through social media. As our personal data threatens to eclipse our personal stories, giving a strong voice to who we are is more important than ever. And, as machines learn to do more for us, human connection remains our unique space and a primal need. How do we claim our stories and use them to build authentic relationships? We can start by paying attention to the messages we send both literally and figuratively. Once we figure out who we are, then the real connections can begin.

Stop being so nice

We’ve been taught to be polite and nice, but those priorities can get in the way of connecting and building trust. We need to honor people, not placate them. Great leaders master kindness, empathy and authenticity while delivering tough messages. We become more successful when we understand that authenticity leads to trust and trust leads to influence. In our world of heightened sensitivities, we might be conflicted between saying what we mean and what we think our audience can handle. Counterintuitive actions, while uncomfortable, will generate high performing teams and create a more inclusive and intentional culture.

Awkward Conversations Suck. You Don’t Have To.

Counseling an underperforming employee. Calling a customer to tell them you have made a mistake. Helping people work through conflict. Does the mere thought of these types of discussions make your chest tighten? You’re not alone. But you could enter an elite group of people, those who own the awkward and manage to bring their full voice and best selves to even the hardest of conversations. If working with people were easy, we wouldn’t be so busy pursuing AI and automation! As long as we need to deal with messy, we may as well have some tools to make it through.

Women: Claim Your Powerful Voice.

There’s no doubt that female leaders face unique challenges as they seek to advance their careers. Communication style is judged as either too harsh or too soft. Even voices are criticized and can hold women back as they move up the ladder or forward in their career. These unique challenges need to be discussed in a supportive and honest environment. This interactive keynote provides tools that will reframe confidence and executive presence–empowering women immediately to deliver clear, efficient, and powerful leadership communication.

Executive Presence: Are You Showing Up the Way You Want To?

We’ve all seen them–the executives who dominate the conversation, oblivious to the fact that everyone around them has tuned out. Or the ones who are super smart but unable to make eye contact as they share their brilliance. Being an executive is more than about what you know, it’s about inspiring confidence and earning trust. Understanding how we come across to others–for better or worse–opens up space for growth in our ability to connect and lead. Because leadership without connection won’t take you very far.