The Speaker Sisterhood was founded in August 2016 as an experiment that came from an innocent question asked in Angela Lussier’s Speaking School for Women. The question, “Where can we practice our speeches?” led Angela to think about the options for women to get together and practice sharing their voice. Her conclusion: The options were very limited. In that moment, the Speaker Sisterhood was born.
It started as a journal entry and has become a network of speaking clubs for women who seek public speaking skills, the confidence to share their voice, and a strong, supportive circle of friends to help them do it. The Speaker Sisterhood is just getting started and we hope you’ll join us as a club leader, member, or donor* to our new startup. We’re gathering women who are ready to make their voice heard and become role models for other women. We dare you to check out a club meeting. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself.
*Note: Donations are not tax-deductible. Any donations received will be used to advance our mission to build public speaking clubs for women.
Letter from Angela Lussier, CEO:
Welcome to the Speaker Sisterhood! This opportunity is like a dream come true for me. Not only am I excited to witness the members of our clubs growing their confidence as speakers, but I also look forward to the friendships and support we will create. I learned early on that groups of women doing challenging work builds an unbreakable bond and I can’t wait until more women join us. I hope you will check us out as we build the Speaker Sisterhood and create more opportunities for women. The most important things we have are our voice, our perspective, our creativity, and our leadership. It’s time we start sharing all of it.
To the journey,
Angela Lussier, CEO + Founder
Angela Lussier started off as a self-described “shy girl” and is now an award-winning professional speaker, four-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and entrepreneur. After starting a career consulting business in 2009 with no marketing budget, Angela decided to offer free workshops to become known in her field. In her first year of business, she gave hundreds of presentations, published her first book, spoke at TEDx, and started to receive calls from corporations and conferences asking her how much she charged to speak. This launched her into a speaking career she never expected to have.
Today, Angela is the founder of the Speaker Sisterhood and the Speaking School for Women where she trains women to become paid speakers. She also hosts a weekly show, Claim the Stage, a public speaking podcast for women. Her motto: Stop waiting. Start creating.
Amber Ladley, Creative Director
Amber finds tremendous joy in being creative and helping others. Becoming the Creative Director for the Speaker Sisterhood is a dreamy combination of all of her favorite things. Since joining the team in November 2016, she’s had the pleasure of brainstorming ideas, creating handmade gifts for members, and building the Speaker Sisterhood website.
As a business owner and educator in the creative reuse and technology fields, Amber enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. She regularly teaches on topics such as how to create your own website and crafting with repurposed materials. Her speaking journey began shortly after meeting Angela in the Spring of 2016 and taking part in the Speaking School for Women. Since becoming involved with the Speaker Sisterhood she has enjoyed meeting many incredible women who have encouraged her to speak up — especially when her palms are sweating and her heart is thumping. She looks forward to contributing to this movement, so that women all over the world can find comfort and support in finding their own voice and speaking their truth.
Lenore Braun, Club Director
A vision board + small steps = Anything is possible. That’s Lenore’s guiding philosophy. While on her own personal and professional journey, Lenore began taking small steps towards being a part of something bigger than herself, something focused on helping others and driven by effective and meaningful communication. These small steps landed her on the doorstep of the Speaker Sisterhood. She joined the Speaker Sisterhood as a club member in 2016, and she was instantly hooked by the idea that in small steps (5-7 minute speeches) you could make powerful discoveries about the person you are, and at the same time grow your confidence to become the person you want to be.
Leveraging her administrative, project management and career coaching experience, Lenore is thrilled to wear a new hat as Club Director with the Speaker Sisterhood. She is excited by the opportunity to team up with two dynamic women, Angela Lussier & Amber Ladley, who are dedicated to bringing more speaking clubs to women within our communities: a place for women to discover their voice, and build courage to reach the places they dream of going.
Erin Counter, Bookkeeper
Erin joined the Speaker Sisterhood in 2017 with the goal of making a difference from behind the scenes. Erin holds a unique combination of analytical and creative skills (including a one-two punch of accounting and psychology degrees under her belt). Erin leverages her natural go-get-em’ drive and love of behind-the-scenes strategy to get things done. It’s not that she’s obsessed with mindless number crunching, it’s that Erin believes power lies with numbers because they tell the real story of how to get from point A to B successfully. Small picture goals and big pictures goals are equally important, and with her professional background, education and love for helping others, she finds the perfect balance. Erin is thrilled to be a part of the Speaker Sisterhood’s dynamic, driven and creative team, and to do her part in building a network that is empowering women all over the world.
Mira Kennedy, Intern
Mira Kennedy was born and raised in Massachusetts. She is currently a rising junior at UMass Amherst, studying English, and has been reading books about girls who save the world since learning how to read. As an English major, she loves writing, reading, and editing, and hopes to one day make a living editing books about girls who save the world. At the Speaker Sisterhood, she proofreads and edits blog posts, curriculum, and other Speaker Sisterhood written content. Mira is thrilled to be working with such passionate women at such a meaningful organization.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Carol Leary has served as President of Bay Path University since 1994. Bay Path, named in 2014 and 2015 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 20 fastest growing baccalaureate colleges in America, was the only women’s college to be included in the ranking. During her tenure, over 25 graduate and post-graduate degrees have been established for women and men.
Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to protect creative folk like herself was to attend law school. She is currently General Counsel of Vroom.com, changing the way people buy and sell cars. Previously, she spent nearly a decade scaling Etsy as its first in house lawyer. You can also find Sarah giving inspirational talks, hammering silver, and chasing her child.
Formerly the President and General Manager of WAQY FM and WLZX FM in Springfield, MA, Larry currently works for iHeart Media as an Inbound/Outbound Advertising Consultant. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Business Management Department at Springfield College.
In 2009 Rick became an entrepreneur after thirty years as a corporate “intrapreneur” — developing new products, customers, markets, and businesses. Rick shares the techniques and tools of the Lean LaunchPad and the Business Model Canvas with students at a number of local colleges including Smith, The Elms, and UMass. He is a mentor and facilitator for early stage start-ups at Valley Venture Mentors and independently is a board member and mentor for a variety of early stage enterprises.