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Executive Presence in Action: The Importance of Oral Communication, Advocacy, and Authenticity in Creating Cultures of Inclusivity.

  • 09/22/2021
  • 12/31/2023
  • Online Video Series


  • As a member of CLI you can enjoy this program for free
  • As a law student, CLI is offering FREE registration
  • Registration for non-members of CLI this program is $50.00 to attend


Session Description: This session will analyze what “executive presence" means and why it is important to develop. It will explore ways that executive presence can be tailored to your authentic self to enable you to project self-confidence, clarity, and credibility in communications with peers, partners and clients. The primary goal of the session will be to provide tools to develop the necessary qualities of an effective speaker and leader, while remaining true to one’s self, while cultivating a culture of inclusivity for your legal workplace. Two communication experts will facilitate this training:  one is an author, and the other is an attorney. This interactive training will leave the audience with relevant, actionable tips on how inclusivity starts with communication.   

Christine Clapp is the president of Spoken with Authority, a Washington, D.C.-based presentation skills consultancy that elevates the presence and expands the influence of professionals, and promotes inclusion in their organizations. Since 2008, Christine and her team of seven expert coaches have provided virtual and in-person training programs and coaching engagements to dozens of law firms and thousands of attorneys and legal professionals. Christine is the co-author of Presenting Virtually: A Guide to Public.

David Henderson has more than two decades of experience in high-profile communication-based roles, including 20 years as a trial attorney during which he tried over 70 jury cases to a verdict. Previously, he served as an associate at Vinson & Elkins, LLP, and as a prosecutor in the Special Crimes Division of the Bexar County’s District Attorney’s office. Currently, he serves as a civil rights attorney at Ellwanger Law PLLC, and a workshop facilitator and coach at Spoken with Authority. 

David joined Toastmasters International in 2007, and in 2010 he was named World Champion of Public Speaking in a competition of more than 30,000 elite speakers from 113 countries. He has been featured on CNN and MSNBC providing legal analyses of high-profile cases involving police shootings. David holds a B.A. from the University of Texas, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.    

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