CEO and Founder
Allison is the CEO/Founder of Global Public Speaking LLC. A former opera singer and TEDx speaker, she teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School and offers keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits around the world.
Allison works with global brands as a highly-rated speaker, trainer, and executive coach. She also travels around the world teaching leadership communication to help women leaders grow their business, run for office, or launch a nonprofit. She holds a master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, is a member of the National Speakers Association, and is an internationally-renowned singer/songwriter who uses music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak. She speaks Italian and Hebrew and has studied 8 other languages.
Allison is the author of the forthcoming book, The Leader’s Voice: A Handbook for Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, to be published by AMACOM, a division of the American Management Association. She has spoken at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit and was recently named a finalist for 2017 Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, San Diego Chapter. She lives in Washington, DC.
Director of Business Development
Meghan moved her life to Washington, DC from Dallas, Texas in December 2015 after working in security software sales at a large international technology corporation. In January 2016, she began working as a Communications Associate at Global Public Speaking and grew into her role as the company’s Business Manager in less than 2 years. Now she is driving the company’s growth as the Director of Business Development.
Meghan works directly with CEO/Founder Allison Shapira in numerous areas of the company including client communications, writing, editing, workshop facilitation, marketing, and sales. With a background in sales, technology, performance improvement, health, and music, Meghan provides a well-rounded perspective and essential problem-solving skills to help the company grow and its clients flourish.
Meghan completed her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement as well as a minor in Music at the University of North Texas. She put both her business acumen and musical talents to use as a student leader in the premier college acapella group, the UNT Greentones. Outside of the office, Meghan practices hot yoga, sings classic jazz tunes, travels around the world, and spends time with her sisters at their home in Washington, DC.
We are thrilled to have Britt join our team from the other Washington…state, that is. Britt is an entrepreneur groupie/apprentice with more than a decade of experience in marketing, sales, and business development. In addition to her time in the United States Air Force, she has spent most of her career helping smart, creative people get their innovative ideas off the ground. At Global Public Speaking, she’s doing just that by managing operations and logistics as well as increasing our social media presence. Her rich experience, innovative thinking, and focus on performance tuning continue to drive our company forward.
Brittan has worked with fair trade jewelers in Guatemala, lived in remote Africa with the Big 5 in her backyard (no joke!), and started up an international NGO focused on safe housing and education for vulnerable children. She’s traveled all around the world and still only caught a glimpse. She is moved by social justice activism, has a penchant for dark chocolate, for dancing to Pacific Northwest sunsets, and for keeping her house clean from her sticky-fingered little ones.
John Watkis joins Global Public Speaking with a solid background in speechwriting and stage performance.
John Watkis is an international speaker, speechwriter, and public speaking coach who helps leaders find their rhythm when they get up to speak.
He has been in the speaking and coaching business for over 20 years. In addition to delivering keynote speeches and workshops in six countries and on three continents, he has written speeches for corporations, government officials, non-profits, professional speakers, and hall of fame athletes.
He brings the perfect mix of inspiration, entertainment, and education to his presentations, and he delivers interactive experiences that move audiences to take positive actions after his sessions.
A partial list of his clients includes: BMW Canada, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Human Resources Professional Association, RBC, TD Bank, Canadian Federal Government, Moneris Solutions, and Hills Pet Nutrition.
John is the author of the forthcoming How to Make Your Speech Sound Like Music to Their Ears and Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You – How to Avoid Mistakes That Cost You Customers and Credibility. He wrote and appeared in the Fred Pryor/Careertrack video, “Management Skills for New Managers & Supervisors,” and his articles have appeared in Profit Magazine, The Toronto Star, and Ragan Communications. He’s also been interviewed on BBC and appeared on the CBC network.
John studied Adult Education at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer. He has advanced designations in Behavior Change, Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement, and Weight Loss.
He is an Academy member of the National Speakers Association Central Florida chapter and serves as the videographer and video editor. He has a passion for inspiring youth and has volunteered his time speaking to students in local schools and youth in prison.
John is a professional entertainer who was the first Canadian-born actor to play “Mufasa” in the Disney musical, “The Lion King.” He is also passionate about fitness and dance. He has run his own fitness studio and is a champion salsa dancer and instructor.
What do clients have to say about John?
John is perhaps the most engaging, humorous and relevant speaker I have had the pleasure of working with. I was so intrigued with his presentation on the topic of “How to Make Your Speech Sound Like Music to Their Ears!” that I brought John to London to present to the local chapter of my speakers’ association. He did not disappoint!
– Mia Doucet, Founder, Speed to ROI, LLC
John Watkis is truly gifted as a speechwriter and speaker. What a combination! I have seen John hold an audience in the palm of his hand and elicit laughter with seemingly no effort (he only makes it look easy). Best of all, he leaves the group with key messages they’ll always remember.
– Donna Papacosta, Principal at Trafalgar Communications
Casey Carpenter comes to Global Public Speaking with an impressive background as a professional speaker, coach, and mentor with an expertise in sales, leadership, and confidence.
An introverted, shy, and highly sensitive wallflower turned dynamic business-builder, Casey knows that anyone can improve their skills with the right training and the right mentor. In 2014, she founded The Sales Breakthrough Coach for organizations that want to exponentially improve their sales, communication, and leadership skills.
Casey has led sales and leadership-boosting workshops for the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, Women in Health Management, and the Association of Image Consultants International. As a sales and pitch coach for Rising Tide Capital, she judges pitches and helps founders refine their messaging and sell their products.
An accomplished speaker, she is a national board member of the National Speakers Association. She recently became a C Suite Advisor, an invitation-only thought leadership platform for leading business coaches.
Recent speaking engagements include B.I.G. (Blacks In Government’s National Training event), where she spoke about, “How Women Leaders Can Release Untapped Talent & Soar at Work.” At ConnectOne Bank, Casey’s talk inspired leaders to use sales techniques to lead their teams. She has spoken at the National Speakers Association Influence 2016 conference, empowering introverts to, “Use Their Peaceful Power & Rock Out Their Sales.”
Casey serves on the Dress for Success North Jersey Steering Committee, the Morris County Chamber Women In Business Committee, and is the Public Relations Chair and docent for the Montclair Art Museum African American Cultural Committee.
Casey earned a BA from Tufts University, a certificate in coach training from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI,) DISC Certification, and a Training Generalist Certification from Langevin Learning Services.
In her spare time, Casey plays Tai Chi, lifts weights, creates felted scarves and gemstone jewelry, and cuts a mean rug on the dance floor.
What do clients have to say about Casey?
I had the pleasure of meeting Casey at an excellent presentation she facilitated for the New York Chapter of the Association of Image Consultants International. Her program, “3 Secrets to Booking Clients When You’re Scared to Sell” was highly informative, engaging and a huge success. As a seasoned sales professional, I found the points she discussed were relevant and easily put into place for immediate impact on my sales strategy.
-A. Stills, Carey International
Casey recently led a workshop for our members focused on “Balancing the Communication Scale: How Introverts & Extroverts Can Stand Out, Get Noticed, & Rock It At Work!” Casey was dynamic, engaging and received rave reviews from our members. Her presentation was full of practical takeaways, which we were able to implement immediately. Personally, I have put into practice many of Casey’s real-world tips such as “bodybuilding” my words and being aware of “leadership landmines”. I highly recommend Casey Carpenter for any team building, leadership training and personal effectiveness coaching engagement.
-R. Jones, Anthem
Casey recently spoke to the National Association of Professional Organizers, Northern New Jersey Chapter. She focused her presentation on the challenges we face as small business owners. She had us role-play and gave us tools to present solutions to our potential clients that addressed their needs and therefore led to an easier close. Casey hit upon a struggle that many in our chapter and industry face (which is heavily female focused,) which is how to “sell” without coming on too aggressively. I heard from several members that they took extensive notes and learned a couple of new takeaways they hadn’t thought of before.
-K. Roberts, National Association of Professional Organizers
Bill Beaman comes to Global Public Speaking after 30 years in journalism and extensive experience teaching and coaching public speaking and branding.
Bill has worked with clients at the highest level—from CEOs to government officials to Supreme Court plaintiffs—to assist them with critical communications. He has specialized in presentation coaching, media training, strategic messaging, and brand awareness and re-positioning.
Bill has particular experience in assisting women in business—especially those in leadership positions—both within the US and internationally. He has provided messaging and coaching assistance for such organizations as the US Chamber of Commerce, PBS (the Public Broadcasting System), Wells Fargo, the International Association of Women Judges, and the NFL Players Association. In addition to his work for clients, Bill teaches both Public Speaking and Strategic Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.
Previously, he spent three decades as a journalist in leadership positions within prominent media organizations—including National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, and Voice of America. His postings included Bureau Chief positions in both Washington, DC and Hong Kong. He has been a guest analyst on major American networks including CNN and MSNBC. Bill earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in International Security and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.
When he’s “off the clock,” Bill loves to play basketball with his two sons and two stepsons, even though they won’t bend the rules for the older guy on the court. He and his wife, Nancy, share a love for travel—and have a special fondness for Tuscany where they spent their honeymoon.
What do clients have to say about Bill?
Listening to a presentation by Bill Beaman was truly a moment of awakening for me. I was completely enamored by his message to our audience of professional women. I have kept in touch with him since and always feel inspired and renewed after our conversations. He will definitely be included on my dedication page or acceptance speech one day!
-Claudia Lapkin, Senior Associate, RSM International, Los Angeles, CA
Bill’s ability to distill a client’s priorities into effective messaging points is remarkable. We engaged Bill to media train members of a co-operative for one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant brands. Three weeks later, the president of the co-op received praise from the brand’s global leadership for how effectively he engaged local, national and international media to tell the brand’s story of resilience and community involvement. This co-op president said to me, ‘Thank God we just did that training with Bill!’
-Jeremy Little, Principal, The CKP Group, Houston, TX
I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Bill Beaman and ‘he had me at hello.’ Bill has since helped me with C-suite presentations, enabling me to present my thoughts and ideas to those who aren’t experts in my field. With his coaching, my presentations are not only eloquent but genuinely in my voice.
-Celia Seigerman-Levit, Director, Risk Management, Yeshiva University, New York, NY
I was facing a critical presentation and needed to increase my self-confidence since English is not my native language. Bill was outstanding in identifying my most important messages and helping me express them eloquently and comfortably. His coaching made all the difference!
-Claudia Tordini, Director, Liquidity and Markets, Hilton Worldwide, McLean, VA
Shaun comes to Global Public Speaking after 11 years in Los Angeles, CA. As a writer, director, producer, and cinema enthusiast, Shaun graduated from Columbia College Hollywood in Los Angeles and worked hundreds of days as a production assistant on such shows as “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Six Feet Under,” “Nip Tuck,” “Mad Men,” and “Big Love,” and movies such as “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”
During 11 years in Los Angeles, Shaun created TriForce Pictures, producing high-quality short films, music videos, and commercials. TriForce produced the highly awarded short “The Job” and the Snoop Dogg music video “Candy.”
In 2011, Shaun’s short film “The Breakup” was featured at the Sarasota Film Festival. TriForce Pictures has since collaborated with the Sarasota Film Festival to create television commercials, web content, and film trailers, in addition to launching a project to teach local military veterans documentary filmmaking and shoot a film, “Returning.” Shaun has also taught filmmaking, production, and screenwriting to International Baccalaureate students at Riverview High School in Sarasota, FL.
When Shaun isn’t writing, directing, or teaching, you can find him reading Sci-Fi, admiring early 20th century American painters, practicing Muay Thai, meditating, or traveling.