Allison ShapiraAllison Shapira trained as an opera singer at Boston University before deciding to focus on more global issues.

She went into the field of diplomacy and became a speechwriter and director of public diplomacy for the Israeli Consulate in Boston, using operatic techniques to help diplomats become better speakers. Soon she started teaching public speaking and presentation skills to business executives, government ministers, medical chiefs, elected officials, and entrepreneurs.

In 2006, she started working at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, managing the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program for Israeli public officials. She consulted to David Gergen on his graduate-level course The Arts of Communication and taught communication workshops to Harvard students through the HKS Communications Program and HKS Executive Education as well as at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In December 2012, Allison moved to Washington, DC to launch her business, Global Public Speaking LLC, which helps people become powerful and more authentic speakers.

Allison is currently adjunct faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Through her company, she coaches private clients from around the world and runs training programs for companies, federal agencies, and international organizations.

Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian literature from Boston University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She loves learning foreign languages; she speaks Hebrew and Italian, is working on her Spanish, and has studied Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Georgian, German, Modern Greek, Polish, and Turkish.  A TEDx speaker, she recently “found her voice” as a singer/songwriter and performs regularly in the DC area.