The Art of Speaking Advanced Seminar

A unique opportunity for Orthodox women educators and leaders 

An intensive seminar course for intermediate and advanced speakers 


Develop your “Art of Speaking” in both live presentations and virtual forums. Engage in workshops with experts in the field, participate in small group coaching sessions led by professional coaches, develop relationships with a select cohort of accomplished OU Women’s Initiative educators and leaders. 


Topics include: 

  • Gauging the audience and expectations and keeping them engaged
  • Creating content that inspires –  building a shiur or pitch
  • Building warmth and credibility authentically, communicating in a virtual sphere
  • Presenting oneself – eye contact, posture, gestures, expression, vocal modulation, dress
  • Presenting in a virtual world – lights, camera, sound, positioning, backgrounds
  • Providing feedback, receiving feedback, and self-critique
  • Getting past the anxiety of speaking and recording
  • Understanding contracts and ownership of recordings
  • Enhancing your presentation with clear data, sources, stories, and pop culture
  • Building a shiur and “recycling” the shiur for multiple audiences
  • How To Construct and Deliver a Compelling Case


Presenters include:

Barbara Gottesman, LL.B, CPCC, Certified Executive & Communications Coach, Keynote Coach TEDx Palo Alto 

Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin, Director of Education, NCSY, Instructor, Yeshiva University, podcast host and author

Rebbetzin Sima Becker, Founding Director of Jewish Blueprints

Mrs. Amy Katz, Leadership Coach & Organizational Consultant

Mrs. Sivan Rahav-Meir, Israeli news reporter, journalist, TV & radio anchor, and international lecturer

Rabbi JJ Schacter, Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish Future and Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, Yeshiva University

Rachel Sims, Esq., General Counsel of the Orthodox Union


Seminar Overview:

  • November 18: Application period opens
  • December 16: Final date to submit applications
  • December 23: Cohort announced
  • January 9, 16, & February 6: Seminar workshops and related assignments with Mrs. Barbara Gottesman Click here for schedule.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, February 1 & 2: Evening sessions (choose at least 2). Click here for schedule.
  •  Weeks of February 7 & February 21: Small group coaching sessions (guidance and feedback on final presentation) Click here for schedule.
  • February 27: Reflect, Recognize and Celebrate


Cost: $350

This course is heavily subsidized by the OU Women‘s Initiative, through a generous donation by Stacey (Art of Speaking Cohort 2021) and Amir Goldman.

(A limited number of additional subsidies are available.)


For FAQs click here.

Click here to apply.


For further questions, or to inquire about further subsidy before submitting an application, please contact Mrs. Adeena Mayerfeld, Program and Operations Manager, at or 646-459-5131