Kerri was amazingly insightful. It was eye opening to learn how body language impacts communication and how the brain processes things. I wish Kerri worked here at John Hancock because she brings an amazing amount of humor and engaged us brilliantly.
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Founder and CEO of Ovation, Kerri has trained hundreds of executives internationally on presentation skills, storytelling for business, etiquette, and emotional intelligence. Her enthusiasm, humor, and energy inspire multiple repeat client engagements.
Kerri is a Business Etiquette Expert, certified by The Emily Post Institute, and an Emotional Intelligence Expert, certified by The Hay Group. She ensures that every Ovation consultant delivers the highest level of client-focused professional training. Company-wide dedication to this standard sets Ovation apart from the competition.
A professional actress since childhood, Kerri began her studies in voice and theatre at The Baltimore School For The Arts before earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. She has starred in productions of Evita, Singin’ In The Rain, and The Lady With All the Answers (a one-woman play about Ann Landers), to name a few. 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 Actors' Equity Association.
Kerri's first book, Presentation Skills for Managers, is available now from McGraw-Hill.
What’s one thing you wish the business world would borrow from the acting world?
Observation! Business people are smart, very smart. Here in New England, they are “wicked smaht” but not always the best observers. As actors we’re taught and encouraged to people watch. This begins to hone our social awareness skills — vital in acting and the business world.
What do you consider your personal trademark as a trainer?
My humor. I strongly believe that humor can alleviate stress and bring people to a more open state of mind, which is great place to be in the classroom.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could decorate my home above the college dorm level of decoration that I’m capable of now.
What can’t you start your day without?
Coffee and Crossfit (don’t roll your eyes).
What is your most treasured possession?
My husband and daughter.