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Kerri Garbis

CEO & Founder of Ovation, Kerri has trained hundreds of business professionals internationally on presentation skills, storytelling, etiquette, and emotional intelligence.  Her enthusiasm, humor, and energy inspire multiple repeat-client engagements.

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In collaboration with Ovation's design team, Kerri creates a customized and dynamic curriculum, tailor-made for every client.  Our company-wide dedication to this signature standard sets Ovation apart from our competition.  Kerri ensures that every Ovation consultant delivers the highest level of client-focused professional training.

Kerri is a professional speechwriter, certified by the Professional Speechwriters Association; business etiquette expert, certified by The Emily Post Institute, and an emotional intelligence expert, certified by The Hay Group.

A professional actress since childhood, Kerri began her studies in voice and theater at The Baltimore School for the Arts before earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from Syracuse University.  She has starred in productions of Evita (as Evita), Singin' In The Rain (as Lina Lamont), The Lady With All The Answers (a one-woman play about Ann Landers), Angels (Broadway-bound musical), That Time of the Year (off-Broadway), Spelling Bee, Ruthless!, and I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.  You may also have seen her catching a pass from a New England Patriot, singing a Christmas carol or complaining of bloating in a television commercial.  She is a member of Actor's Equity Association.


Kerri's first book, Presentation Skills for Managers, is available from McGraw-Hill.


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