Speakeasy, Inc. Names Inaugural Winners of The Leader’s Edge Awards

  Speakeasy, Inc. Names Inaugural Winners of The Leader’s Edge Awards

Four business leaders receive recognition for a commitment to authenticity in
                            personal communication

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- December 05, 2012

Speakeasy, Inc., a nearly 40-year old executive communication consultancy
recognized for its work with Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola
Company, Accenture, Ernst & Young and Schlumberger, today announced the
inaugural winners of The 2012 Leader’s Edge Awards. The honorees include three
Inspired Leadership Award winners and one Rubicon Award winner.

All four awards were presented to nominees who exemplify a commitment to
continually improving the way they connect with those around them, and their
willingness to inspire others by sharing that commitment. The Rubicon Award is
presented exclusively to a Speakeasy Alumnus.

The winners of the 2012 Leader’s Edge Awards, by category, are:

Inspired Leadership Awards

Mona Sabet, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Cadence.

When asked to share her ideas on her continuing development as a communicator
Sabet stated “… to get people inspired I have to be sure my own, internal
inspiration is visible… I’m working to be less concerned with perfection and
more focused on actually talking with those I need to influence.”

Bouvier Williams, Vice President, Talent, Learning and Leadership, Viacom
Media Networks

In describing his beliefs on continual improvement, Williams quoted Moshe
Arens, an Aeronautical Engineer and former Israeli Minister of Defense, saying
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80.” He went on to state
that “Opting not to do what was simple and easy, but to try something new for
our organization has been the key to changing a mindset – to getting at the
true power of communication.”

Lynn Wylde, Owner and Agent, State Farm Insurance Companies

“Really feeling what its like to connect with an audience has inspired and
encouraged me to continue developing my skills.” Say’s Wilde, “I’ve embraced
the importance of ‘listening’ versus ‘telling’ as the most effective tool in
leading the self discovery process.”

“Mona, Bouvier and Lynn all have one thing in common: they take their
commitments to this journey seriously, personifying the core philosophy upon
which Speakeasy is built,” said Scott Weiss, CEO, Speakeasy. “The Inspired
Leadership Awards are designed to recognize those members of the business
community who carry that torch, and to demonstrate that continually working to
be authentic is among the most rewarding things one can do in business and in

Rubicon Award

Lynne Segall, Global Markets and Accenture Management Consulting, Talent
Management, Accenture

Nominated by Sandra Ashe one of Speakeasy’s most senior instructors, Segall
stated, “Learning communication is not a ‘once and done’ thing and being a
strong communicator requires practice on a constant, sustained basis…. there
is ALWAYS room for improvement. Having watched dozens of people struggle with
marrying their communication style and content together in training sessions,
I am committed to providing repeat learning experiences. There’s no such thing
as ‘check the box’ and be done with real communication development.”

“When reviewing the nominations for the Rubicon Award, it was clear that a
significant number of our Speakeasy alumni are committed to the journey they
began when they entered our classroom. Lynne’s commitment stood out because of
her determination to push her journey forward and her desire to motivate
others to join the cause,” added Weiss.

For more information about Speakeasy, or to register for any of Speakeasy’s
upcoming communication programs, please visit www.speakeasyinc.com.

About Speakeasy, Inc.

For almost 40 years, Speakeasy has defined and pioneered executive
communication. The growing and dynamic practice helps the global Fortune 500
impact markets by developing more powerful and strategic communication.
Speakeasy instructors help executives discover, and better use, their unique
communication capabilities. The Speakeasy team travels the globe for clients
like Accenture, Coca-Cola, and Ernst & Young, and also works out of exclusive
executive learning environments in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta. Find
out more at http://www.SpeakeasyInc.com.


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