Upgrade Your Communications Curriculum: A Public Speaking & Business Communication Product Event

Tara Williams and Tom & Elaine Winship


TARA WILLIAMS: With a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on creation of innovation through partnerships, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Biotechnology Management, Tara Williams’ passion lies in integrating business and academic activities with community development. Tara uses her ability to see others' assets to connect and create community impact. Tara is an instructor in the School of Business & Continuing Students at Medicine Hat College in Alberta, Canada and has been teaching there for 15 years. Her areas of interest include public speaking, organizational behavior, service leadership and its connection to corporate culture, and entrepreneurship. Over the last 10 years she has taught public speaking and has loved creating a challenging environment watching students grow in their abilities and comfort level when sharing with an audience. ELAINE & THOMAS WINSHIP: Elaine is an Associate Professor of Communications at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, where she researches and teaches various courses in communication, social media marketing, business, and public relations. She has been awarded Professor of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and the inaugural Faculty Service Award (for exemplary service to the community), and many of her public relations events have earned Event of the Year awards. Before transitioning to academia, Elaine spent fourteen years in the telecommunications industry, managing and directing sales and training, and development teams for Verizon Wireless. Her hobbies include antiquing, reading, writing, traveling, learning new languages, and spending time with her husband and co-author, Thomas. is a Business professor within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, where he researches and teaches management and communications. He is Chair of the Accounting Program and Faculty Advisor to the Alpha Beta Gamma National Honor Society for Business and Professional Majors. Previously, he served as MBA Director for St. Thomas Aquinas College. Before transitioning to academia, Tom spent twenty years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, first within operations and then within training and development activities for human resources. His hobbies include reading, writing vampire novels, traveling, and spending time with his wife and co-author, Elaine.