For more than 25 years, Janet FitzGerald has been helping organizations and their professionals achieve their goals through her insights and creative and practical communication strategies for every profession. She melds both her scientific and business backgrounds to create comprehensive approaches for such organizations as IBM Research, Bayer Corporation, Gartner, Aetna, CNBC, Cintas and Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry.
As a nationally-certified and state-licensed clinical and academic Speech/Language Pathologist with experience in public relations, media training and sales, Janet provides her clients with holistic communication-skill approaches dedicated to their success. In her role as the Director of the Curriculum for Non-Native Speakers at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, she created, taught, and expanded her award-winning program to include Presentation Skills for Non-Native Speaker, American Pronunciation, Interpersonal & Intercultural Communication, “Communication Station Help Desk,” and Business and Social Customs.
Shortly after broadening her communication skills in public relations for Burson-Marsteller’s Health Care Division, Janet segued into Presentation Skills Training and Sales for The Executive Technique in New York where she re-wrote the company’s marketing materials, and won the New Sales Account Success Award.
As an adjunct faculty member at New York University, Janet taught Improving Your Speaking Voice for business professionals, team-taught Acculturation for multinational Ph.D. teaching assistants, and created an audio pronunciation program for NYU’s Library. She has also been a facilitator / instructor for American Management Association for the past 13 years, teaching such courses as: Strategies for Developing Effective Presentation Skills, Executive Presentation Skills, and Business Conversations When English is a Second Language.
Janet received her B.S. and M.S. in Communication Disorders at Marquette University, which was enhanced by a Junior Year Abroad program at Loyola University’s Rome Center. To round out her interest in working with multi-nationals, she completed Cambridge University’s CELTA (English Language Teaching) program at St. Giles in San Francisco.
Pro bono work has included such organizations as: US Speed Skating, Sail-to-Prevail (a sports-achievement organization for spinal cord injured teens and adults), the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, Greenwich Hospital’s Patient Billing Revamp Project for the Chronically Ill, and Pet Therapy for Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, New York. Personal interests have included: PR for the victorious Fremont Citizens Network, Communication Skills and Social Skills for grade school children, and the Girl Scouts.
Janet lives in San Francisco’s Southeast Bay area with her husband, their creative 10-year old daughter adopted from China, and several entertaining pets.