Matthew Cossolotto is an author, guest speaker, executive speechwriter and coach. In 1996, he founded Ovations International, providing speechwriting, speech coaching, and Podium Power! workshops and forums designed to help corporations and other organizations enhance the public speaking and leadership skills of their executives.As The Podium Pro, Matthew works with leaders and aspiring leaders who want to advance their careers and enhance their influence by reaching their Peak Podium Potential. As The Empowerment Pro, he works with people and organizations who want to escape from self-defeating FAILURE Traps, get on the SUCCESS Track, and reach their peak personal and organizational potential. He has created a series of Personal Empowerment Programs (P.E.P.) based on this potent principle: Success is an inside job. His P.E.P. programs can be customized for various audiences and purposes – from corporate leadership and management development programs to associations, schools, and nonprofits.Prior to launching Ovations International in 1996, Matthew spent eight years on Capitol Hill, working as a speechwriter and special assistant to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jim Wright, and as legislative assistant to Representative Leon Panetta. His multifaceted communications career also includes senior-level speechwriting and executive communications positions at MCI Communications, GTE, and Pepsi-Cola International.Matthew has developed speeches and/or coached speakers for a variety of prestigious venues, including the Economic Club of Detroit, the National Press Club, Houston Forum, Cleveland City Club, SuperComm, the Microsoft CEO Summit, and the UN General Assembly. Visit www.ovations.comfor a free copy of “The Power of SPEECH: The Six-Point Checklist for Powerful Presentations.”In 1991, Matthew helped found The Center for Voting and Democracy and served as its president and board chair for five years. Currently president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society, Matthew is actively involved in forming Study Abroad Alumni International.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Matthew Cossolotto and other top speakers and celebrities.