Speak with Purpose

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About the Program

We get it… public speaking is scary. Of the estimated 75% of Americans that experience fear and anxiety from speaking in front of others, less than 10% take steps to overcome it.

Speak with Purpose is designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence necessary to organize and deliver effective presentations. Over the course of five interactive sessions comprised of one-on-one, small group, impromptu, and sit-down situations, individuals will learn how to organize a presentation and deliver it to audiences large and small. Through practice and personalized feedback from peers, individuals will learn how to Speak with Purpose.

What You’ll Gain

  • Focused, engaging presentations that promote results.
  • A surge of confidence as associates apply their organizational and presenting skills with confidence.
  • A consistent presentation approach that clarifies messages inside the organization and for customers.
  • Increased individual impact that brings strategic and practical benefits for the business.
  • Improved morale and reduced turnover as associates apply new skills and achieve new standing in the organization.

Chamber leadership programs prioritize creating spaces where diverse perspectives can come together to learn, grow, and push our community forward.

2023 Session Dates

Cohort 2

Sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Wednesday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Program Cost

Tuition must be paid in full by the first class session. 

Chamber Member

$ 1,500


$ 2,000

If you have questions on payment or need to discuss setting up a payment plan, please contact Monica Mendez, Director of Talent & Leadership Development, at monica@grandrapids.org. There are a limited number of partial scholarship funds available. Please submit the following scholarship application form NO LATER than 30 days prior to the first session to be considered.

Meet the Facilitators

Questions or Comments?

Headshot of Summer Sharrard-Neering

Please reach out to:

Summer Sharrard-Neering

Talent Program Manager

Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Trustee Sponsor

Chamber Champions