Executive Presence & Communication 

In this program, you’ll discover approaches for deepening your own self-awareness, improving your ability to communicate, and enhancing your capability to project authenticity and stronger “leadership presence” to lead even more effectively in your organization. 

November 6-7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $1,695* and includes all class materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to TCU staff/faculty/alumni, U.S. veterans

Who Should Attend?

Business leaders at all levels who want to become more self-aware, improve their ability to establish genuine connections, and deepen their ability to communicate, influence and lead positive change.

What You Will Learn

Real life leadership approaches and practical tools you can put into practice immediately. 

How You Will Benefit

  • Deepen your understanding and awareness of your style, values, & “leadership purpose” to draw upon your own “authentic” leadership to build workplace connections and relationships.
  • Refine your approach to communication, refine your communication style, and deepen your ability to connect, influence & lead.
  • Receive individual feedback from a TCU Faculty Advisor during the program to help develop and apply practical tools and approaches for improving your executive presence and communication.  


  • Communication Style
  • Clarity & Focus for Message Development
  • Authenticity & Leadership Style
  • Leadership Purpose & Personal Branding
  • Influence & Persuasion
  • Presentation Approaches & Structure
  • Storytelling & Handling Difficult Questions
  • Leading & Communicating During Challenging Situations

Faculty Leaders

Olga Taylor
Executive Presence

Olga Taylor has worked as an organization development consultant for more than 20 years with a proven track-record in change management, executive coaching, leadership development, team effectiveness and global diversity/intercultural competence across industries that include telecommunications, information technology, energy and manufacturing. Among the many programs she delivers is a signature focus on effective presentations that enhances self-awareness, authenticity, communication, and leadership presence. She is certified to facilitate 30+ courses for Leaders and Individual Contributors. During her Frito-Lay career, she had responsibility for productivity and change management initiatives at 14 manufacturing plants including implementation of leadership development programs.

Beyond leadership development, Olga holds two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission certifications: EEO Investigator and EEO Barrier Analysis. Moreover, she is also certified as a Creative Problem Solving Facilitator and in Intercultural Sensitivity Assessment. Well qualified to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research, Taylor holds graduate degrees in Intercultural Relations and Applied Sociology. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas in Public Policy and Political Economy. An Adjunct Instructor at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business, Olga Taylor earned a Teaching Excellence Award and receives ongoing high marks as instructor.

Chris Westfall
Executive Presence

Chris Westfall is the principal strategic consultant for Westfall & Associates where he regularly consults with leaders and organizations on authentic leadership, influence & persuasion, communication style, and branding and delivering pitches and presentations. He is the author of BulletProof Branding, The NEW Elevator Pitch, and his newest book, Leadership Language. An influential executive coach, he is also the producer and co-host of “The 118 Pitch Course” with Bloomberg TV’s Jeffrey Hayzlett. Chris’ experience includes working with well-known organizations such as HP, Cisco, Unilever, RE/MAX, Experian, Ernst & Young to create innovative new strategies on leadership communication. His keynote presentations help organizations to understand the new rules of engagement: an authentic persuasion that’s compelling, not pushy, artificial or aggressive.

As the US National Elevator Pitch Champion, he’s coached clients onto Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den, helped entrepreneurs to raise capital from investors, and successfully re-branded companies, products and services around the globe.

Originally from Chicago, Chris resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two daughters, is a graduate of the TCU Neeley MBA program and an avid supporter of the performing and visual arts.

Please contact:

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement