On the professional side of things..I’m a seasoned educator, curriculum designer, presentation skills coach, and performing singer/songwriter, with over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching students in public speaking, writing, performance, interview technique, and communication.
As a public speaking facilitator and coach, I’ve worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Information Builders, Inc. where I developed and taught innovative professional development workshops for sales staff and engineers for fifteen years. As an instructional designer and facilitator, I have worked for twenty years with CONNECT communications program at the top ranked college, The Cooper Union School of Engineering. I’ve also enjoyed designing and teaching career building and student success courses for numerous other schools and organizations.
In my work with students, I often incorporate the life and career skills curriculum I developed, ThinkBuildLive Success, which has been used by over 50k students and teachers around the country, at high schools, colleges, and numerous non-profit organizations. It is filled with highly effective, easy to use best practices for succeeding in school, improving communication skills, finding and obtaining a well-matched job, and building confidence in all areas of life. You can check out all my programs here.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters in Education from Pace University, and hold certifications as a Higher Education Professional (CHEP) and an EQ Educator. My ongoing professional development includes training through The Youth Mental Health Project, Mindful Schools and The Prison Mindfulness Institute, amongst others. My extensive background in communications and performance includes founding both theater companies and comedy groups in NYC, producing shows for public radio, and writing for educational and cultural organizations.
I am passionate about social justice and the arts and love finding ways of intersecting the two. To that end, I have founded and continue to work with a wide range of arts based non-profit organizations, including Ecomix, Sing for Hope, Storahtelling, Cherub Improv, Community Access to the Arts, Earth Celebrations, Music to Life, Songs for a Cause, and Hope Sings. Music is my favorite means of creating awareness around social and mental health issues--which I do through stories from my own and other's lives. You can hear some of these on my recent album, The Weight of Mortal Skin at: ElizabethErinKemler.com and on Soundcloud.