Sarah Gershman, Executive Speech Coach and Presentation Skills Trainer in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Gershman is an executive speech coach with more than 20 years of teaching and theater experience. Sarah specializes in helping clients clarify their message in order to cultivate stage presence and inspire an audience.


Whether preparing for a keynote address, briefing senior officials or pitching a product, Sarah helps clients find their core message – and make that message stick. Sarah works with executives in Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including Microsoft, General Dynamics, national political campaigns, One, and the United States Department of Defense.

Sarah is an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she lectures regularly to students from around the world.

Sarah has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a Masters in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a Wexner Graduate Alumni and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Literature.

“Sarah is an outstanding trainer. Her workshops are sharp, relevant, and fun. She has an amazing ability to both build participants’ self-confidence, while at the same time challenge
them to reach past their comfort level.”
-Elie Kaunfer, Executive Director, Mechon Hadar

Benjamin Shaw, Green Room Presence Coach

Benjamin Shaw is a Broadway director, event producer, and executive presence coach. He brings a rich theater background to his work with corporate leaders. Over the past decade he has served as the associate director for multiple Broadway productions including Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, The Glass Menagerie starring Cherry Jones, and the upcoming movie-turned-musical, Sing Street. For Disney Cruise Line, Benjamin associate directed Beauty & the Beast, a post he also held for the national tour of Elf, the musical, which played annually across the country for six years. In honor of their fiftieth anniversary, Benjamin produced a gala honoring Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts, which paid tribute to luminaries Angela Lansbury, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and late, Jessye Norman. Among his favorite corporate projects: L’Oréal Paris’ one-night only supper club atop the 53rd floor of the Chrysler Building and an original art installation project for the partnership between Alessi and Delta Airlines. Benjamin produced several segments for Oracle’s first digital annual conference. A graduate of Muhlenberg College, he was raised in Pittsburgh and is now based in NYC.

Ebony Blake
Green Room Event Host/Emcee

Ebony Blake is Green Room Speakers’ fabulous Emcee. Most recently, she hosted Inclusion 2020 and Inclusion 2021, SHRM’s groundbreaking digital conference on diversity and inclusion in the workforce. She brings her joyful, magnetic presence to bring conferences to life. Blake

opened the San Francisco production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Curran Theatre.  Her regional theatre appearances include Little Shop of Horrors (Portland Center Stage), Black Nativity (Classical Theatre of Harlem), and Nefertiti: A Concert of Music and Dance (alongside the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater).  Ebony’s favorite job was traveling across the U.S. in the first national tour of the musical, The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park. She’s an avid reader, loves to make her husband snort-laugh, and she thinks she could be on Jeopardy, but is probably more suited for Family Feud.