Key4Women to present public speaking workshop

If you have ever cringed at the thought of public speaking or suffered through a shaky voice and red face, Key4Women has a workshop that may help.

On March 24 at noon, Key4Women will host “Know Your Voice,” a free, one-hour virtual workshop that will highlight techniques based on classical singing to help those who want to enhance their public speaking skills. The class will teach participants to harness the expressive power of their voices.

Jennifer Litwin, vice president at the Forem, will share how to avoid vocal pitfalls such as “vocal-fry” and “upspeak,” as well as offer tips on proper breath support and stage presence. Litwin will advise participants on how to look and sound more confident when giving presentations, participating in panels or speaking up in meetings on screen or in person.

“Key4Women looks for ways to bring women together to discuss the challenges, opportunities and ideas they face at every career stage,” said Pamela Suro, KeyBank vice president, branch manager and Rochester Market Key4Women co-chair. “Jennifer has maintained successful concurrent careers on Wall Street and as an opera singer. We’re excited to have her share her unique perspective, experience and insights with our Rochester audience.”

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Anti-racism coalition to host theater-based virtual allyship workshop

Rochester Anti-Racism Action Coalition will team with Impact Interactive LLC to host a theater-based virtual workshop on allyship next month.

“Uncomfortable Conversations: Confronting Privilege, Bias & Racism” is designed to help white people become better allies and accomplices, and develop effective tactics to face racism head-on. The innovative virtual workshop will present realistic scenes that illustrate the challenges of speaking up for racial justice at home and at work.

When tensions heighten the scenes will freeze and facilitators will invite participants to interact with the characters to learn more about their thoughts, feelings and motivations. Together, attendees will confront and identify some subtle and not so subtle expressions of privilege, bias and racism, while exploring strategies to overcome common challenges so that constructive conversations can be held, officials said.

Impact Interactive is a theater-based training company that uses interactive theater techniques and trained performance educators to simulate dialogue, challenge assumptions, engage groups in collaborative problem-solving and explore practical strategies for change.

RARAC’s mission is to collaborate with like-minded organizations and individuals to foster effective communications, elevate social consciousness and develop actionable and sustainable steps to dismantle systemic racism through education, advocacy and community organizing.

The $45 event will be held via Zoom on Nov. 8. Registration is available on Eventbrite.

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