The Center for Speech & Debate will host a panel “Unlocking Career Success Through Speech Skills” on Thursday, November 2 from 6-7 in CMU 120.

Everyone knows that “soft skills” are important on the job, but how far can they take you? Join us on November 2 in CMU 120 from 6-7pm as the Center for Speech & Debate talks to three professionals who leveraged their speech skills to craft rewarding careers. 


Mikayla Hall is a content editor for the non-profit, Foundation for Government Accountability, where she prepares opinion pieces and edits original content. She was previously the Director of Communications for Congressman Bob Latta and Content editor and speechwriter for Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington.


Maddy Epstein is a Senior Communications Manager at Microsoft. Prior to that, she worked for years as a Communications Account Director at the PR firm, WE Communications. Maddy has drafted executive speeches, helped manage Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability Communications Agency Team, and launched a Corporate Responsibility Campaign for AT&T’s CEO. She also helped lead communications for Capitol Hill Block Party.


Elizabeth Woolf works for the business consulting service, Slalom, where she has served as a keynote speaker for their events. At Slalom, she consults in the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry. Recently, she started her own communication consultancy firm, Communication Code, focusing on software engineering managers. Elizabeth is also a Make-A-Wish Ambassador, delivering speeches across Washington.


During this panel discussion, our speakers will address questions like:

  • How did their careers unfold?
  • How did UW equip them with speech and communication skills?
  • What do they wish they had done while at UW?
  • What career advice do they have for others?

Panelists will also answer your questions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into the world of career development through speech skills! Whether you’re a student looking to enhance your prospects or a professional seeking to sharpen your communication toolkit, this panel is for you.

RSVP now to secure your spot. Turn your love of speech into a rewarding career!