Board of directors
For over a decade, Bethany has been helping clients communicate clearly and visually. Initially in the courtroom and later in boardrooms, training facilities and international conferences, Bethany works with her clients and their content to create narrative and visual interest where there were once only bullet points. Bethany Auck co-owns and operates SlideRabbit, a presentation design boutique. Visit Bethany’s website.
Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Steve Rindsberg is the Lord of All He Surveys at PPTools, where he develops popular add-ins for PowerPoint. There he presides over a vast staff (himself) and reports to the cats and any of the many foreign students that he and his wife have serially adopted. Visit Steve’s website.
John H. Rahmlow is a globally-known expert in presentation design and delivery. He is currently an Online Retirement Education Consultant (aka webinar specialist) for one of the largest financial services companies in the world. In this role he conducts webinars and assists with the development and maintenance of the presentations he (and the other members of his team) delivers.
Most people know Ric Bretschneider because he spent 17 years at Microsoft helping make PowerPoint into the business communications juggernaut it is today. He’s a technologist, trouble maker, and problem solver whose interests outstretch his available time by a significant magnitude. Professionally he splits his time between attempting to raise the quality of business communications, particularly presenting, and a love of software design and development. Visit Ric’s website.
Geetesh Bajaj is an awarded Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for over 15 now, and has been designing and training with PowerPoint for 20 years. He heads Indezine, a presentation design studio and content development organization based out of Hyderabad, India. Visit Geetesh’s website.
As a presentation & visual communication leader, TEDx speaker coach, Microsoft Office Apps & Services MVP and expert trainer on the LinkedIn Learning platform, Chantal and her business partner help speakers and small businesses improve their PowerPoint presentations and public speaking, Microsoft 365 & Teams skills, and equipment/IT security for remote work. She is part of our founding members and worked for our Standards & Certification committee. Visit Chantal’s website.
I’m the author of the presentation skills book Before the Mic, rated 5-stars by Readers Favorite. I’m an award-winning speaker, list of awards below*, and I am the Global Technology Evangelist for a global software company. In my role, not only to I write and deliver keynotes, analyst presentations, board presentations and sales pitches, I also coach our executives in the deliver of the presentations I write for them.
I am super passionate about connecting more members with each other and learning who has strengths in various skill sets. Perhaps discuss mentorship opportunities, learning common challenges for many Presentationists and how to tackle them,
From social media, to advertising, to membership, to certifications – I want to help and learn from others. Grow and challenge myself while serving others!
Strategist, Lobbyist, Storyteller, Broadcaster and Presentation professional (content, design, public speaking). I have many hats on many seats. Working globally.
When I attended the meeting the other night to learn more about the board, Bethany mentioned that the team was looking to diversify their representation and broaden the skill sets found amongst their directors. I feel I can bring a new perspective to the board, as I am part slide designer, part copywriter, a frequent public speaker, and an entrepreneur.
I knew in high school that I wanted to do two things with my life: Work in the business communication field and do what I love every single day. And fast forward to today, I have achieved doing just that. After 20 amazing years in the communication agency industry having had management positions as well as being Partner, I founded my own presentation and PowerPoint design agency about 10 years ago. Today I focus on helping my clients become better at using PowerPoint – a critical skill for successful business communication.
Sheila B. Robinson
I am a career educator and professional learning designer with experience in K-12 public education and higher education, and a certified program evaluator with particular interests in data visualization and survey design. At my core, I am a learner who enjoys teaching and sharing the joy of learning with others! Visit Sheila’s website.
While working full-time as a Presentation Specialist for Goldman Sachs, I attended grad school for several years and received an MBA in Finance & Marketing. During that time I was an active member of the American Marketing Association. As a member of the Presentation Guild since 2016, I have attended the Presentation Summit on multiple occasions and in 2021 I joined the Guild’s “welcome committee” to help onboard new members and make them feel at home. I’m also very active on social media, where I do my best to promote the Presentation Guild on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Passion. That can sometimes be an overused word, can’t it? But when I sit down and think about how I feel about presentation design, and promoting this industry, it’s the only word that really fits. I am passionately committed to spreading the word about what we, as members of the presentation community, bring to the table. That includes getting recognized for the value we offer our employers and clients, and promoting our profession as a whole. Visit Cindy’s website.
Echo started her PowerPoint career working in the MedEd industry in 1997 and was awarded Microsoft MVP status three years later. Fast forward nearly 20 years and she’s self-employed, specializing in developing PowerPoint templates, presentation creation, and training for large and small corporate clients. Echo holds a Master’s degree in New Media from Indiana University School of Informatics. She’s written a number of PowerPoint books and has been a featured speaker for the Presentation Summit user conference since its inception. Visit Echo’s website.
She helps presenters PowerPoint. Responsibly. A certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise, Sandra has been creating presentations for corporations and individuals around the globe since 2001. She’s been a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2008. Visit her website at www.presentationwiz.biz.
Past Board Members
Founder, Art Director emeritus
Cliff Atkinson helps organizations when they absolutely have to win a pitch or presentation. He crafted the presentations that helped persuade a jury to award a $253 million verdict to the plaintiff in the nation’s first Vioxx trial in 2005, which Fortune magazine called “frighteningly powerful.”
Cliff’s bestselling book Beyond Bullet Points (published by Microsoft Press) was named a Best Book of 2007 by the editors of Amazon.com, and has been published in three editions and translated into a dozen languages including Chinese, Korean, and Russian.
Cliff’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News. Visit Cliff’s website.
Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture, and has created more than a quarter of a million presentations. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. Resonate, her second book, spent nearly a year on Amazon’s top 100 business book bestsellers list.
Duarte, Inc., is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as one of the top woman-owned businesses in the area. Nancy has won several prestigious awards for communications, entrepreneurship, and her success as a female executive . She has been a speaker at a number of Fortune 500 companies, and counts many more among her firm’s clientele. Nancy has spoken at numerous conferences and her TEDx talk has had over a million views. She speaks at business schools and lectures at Stanford University a few times per year.
Nancy has over 25 years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders, and she has influenced how the world perceives some of the most important brands and entities, including Apple, Cisco, Facebook, GE, Google, TED, and the World Bank. She is the author of five books. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences identifies the hidden story structures inherent in great communication, and it spent more than 300 days on Amazon’s top 100 business book bestsellers list. Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations teaches readers to think visually, and has been translated into eight languages. Harvard Business Review published The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Her self-published eBook, Slidedocs: Spread Ideas with Effective Visual Documents, has been downloaded more than 40,000 times. Nancy co-authored her latest book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, with Patti Sanchez.
Nancy has three grown children who walk in their destiny, a husband who has loved her for over 35 years, and her grandson is the cutest baby on the internet! Visit Nancy’s website.
Garr Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed communications consultant and the author of best-selling books including the award-winning Presentation Zen, Presentation Zen Design, and The Naked Presenter. Garr’s approach to communication takes the principles and lessons from the Zen arts in Japan to reveal simple, concrete tips for communicating — and living — better. His fresh approach has inspired millions to communicate more clearly, creatively, and visually.
A sought-after speaker and consultant worldwide, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. An award-winning designer, writer, and musician, he currently holds the position of Professor of Management and Design at Kansai Gaidai University. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric Industries in Osaka, and the former Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc.
SAY Media out of New York City said in 2011 that Garr is one of the “100 most-influential people on the Internet.” A longtime student of the Zen arts and resident of Japan, he lives in the beautiful countryside of Nara with his wife, two children, and two Siamese cats. Visit Garr’s website.
Jerry Weissman is the world’s number one corporate presentations coach. His private client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Dolby Labs and many others. Visit Jerry’s website.