Allison Shapira

Public Speaking Expert. Trainer. Performer.

Meet Allison

Allison is the CEO and Founder of Global Public Speaking LLC. She is a former opera singer who teaches public speaking and presentation skills at the Harvard Kennedy School and develops training programs for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits around the world. She has worked with elected officials, military veterans, businessmen and women, diplomats, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Allison helps people speak with confidence, network with authenticity, and handle difficult questions. She is also a TEDx speaker and songwriter who speaks and performs worldwide, using music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak.

Allison also travels around the world with the nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership and with the US Department of State, teaching public speaking as a way to help women leaders find their voice and their confidence to speak. She has taught training programs in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian language from Boston University, a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a member of the National Speakers Association. She speaks Italian and Hebrew and has studied 8 other languages.  She lives in Washington, DC and works with clients around the world.  

Allison is also a professional folksinger.

In 2011, she picked up a guitar for the first time. One year later, she was writing her own music. After performing she returned to Boston to record her first original album, Coming Home, which was released in December 2012. That same year she moved to Washington, DC.

Since then she has partnered with award-winning singer/songwriter Kipyn Martin to launch a second album titled Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. She continues to perform in concert houses and music halls around the world.

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