WICT Speaks is excited for the 2021 program!

Applications for this year’s program are now closed. Please check back for future sessions.

About the Program

Don’t let a phobia of public speaking overshadow your ability to communicate! Transform your fear into positive energy to nail your next presentation or public speaking opportunity.

WICT Speaks provides participants a safe and guided experience to improve their public speaking skills, increase their self-confidence and showcase their skills in a public forum consisting of key executives in their sphere of influence.

The WICT Speaks Program uses the following WICT Touchstones:

  • COMMUNICATE by creating and delivering a public speech.
    CONNECT by audience engagement.
    Anyone who delivers a public speech is FEARLESS.
    The topics and the engaging speakers INSPIRE.

Important Program Information:

  • All dates are mandatory
  • You need to obtain your employer’s/manager’s support for your participation in this program and fully understand any limitations your manager may have on your participation.
  • This year’s program will contain a combination of virtual learning and in person sessions. The WICT Speaks program will continue to deliver on the promise of teaching and strengthening public speaking skills, with an added element of how to do so in a virtual space, to help our program participants thrive in their ever-changing work environments.


Program Cost

  • Program cost $1000.00
  • You will be invoiced via email upon your acceptance to the program.
  • If you are not currently a WICT RM member, please consider joining! You can learn about membership here: www.wictrm.org


Why Choose WICT Speaks?

Public speaking is a critical skill for personal and professional success. Whether you’re working to overcome a legitimate phobia, or need a boost of confidence to speak up at work, this program will help you get there.

WICT Speaks offers a chance to advance your skills as a speaker, employee, and manager with a professional development program that encourages self-awareness, facing challenges, and cultivating empathy.

You’ll leave the program with a public speaking accomplishment and the skills to communicate with confidence in any situation.



Learn more about WICT Speaks by connecting with our program committee at wict.rm.speaks@gmail.com

2021 WICT Speaks Dates (all dates are mandatory)

Program Acceptance

  • Participants will receive confirmation of their participation in WICT Speaks and an email of detailed program information and pre-work, including speech topic selection

Program Kickoff

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (via Zoom)

  • Meet fellow participants and review program details, expectations, and opportunities
  • Explore speech topics

Session 1 – Public Speaking Basics

1 p.m. –  5 p.m. (via Zoom)

  • Foundations for confident and compelling presentations. Participants leave this workshop with the tools to create their WICT Speaks presentation.

Session 2 – Personal Brand, Virtual Presenting and Professional Polish featuring Lida Citroen of LIDA360

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Explore how personal branding and reputation accelerators will enhance confidence and credibility.
  • Learn how to present virtually with impact as well as best practices for stage presence and speech delivery.

Session 3 – Refining Speech Content and Practice/DEI In Speaking

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Participants practice and refine their presentations and specific skills. Coaching and feedback is provided allowing participants to refine their presentation before the final capstone event.
  • This session will include a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presentation by WICT Speaks alum and former Director Devaki Parma.

Virtual Speech Rehearsals

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Participants will practice speeches virtually with feedback and opportunities to refine.

Virtual Speech Rehearsals

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Participants will practice speeches virtually with feedback and opportunities to refine.

Full Dress Rehearsal – The Cable Center Auditorium

  • Dress rehearsal with complete wardrobe, visuals, etc.

Capstone Event

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Capstone Event, participants deliver their WICT Speaks presentation to an audience of invited guests at The Cable Center

For questions, please contact the WICT Speaks Program Director: wict.rm.speaks@gmail.com