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Why Portico?

We cracked the science of great presenting. By combining insight from communication, cognitive learning, psychology, graphic design and the performing arts, we give you the knowledge and tools to create and give remarkable presentations. We’ve distilled these disciplines into a 5-part process to ensure you connect to your audience.


Our approach to working with clients is a bit different. Based on what we’ve learned about adult learning, behavioral psychology and from years of working with clients, we know there are limitations on what you can absorb from a single session. You might take away some ideas, but you’re not positioned to make a long-term, measurable improvement. It takes time to “unlearn” less productive habits and to “find your sea legs” with a new approach.

Beyond giving you knowledge and tools, we work with you 1:1 to give you an outside perspective and suggestions on how to frame your messages. We help you fine- tune your executive presence and find the confidence to engage whoever makes you nervous – the investor, the board chairman, the managing partner or the prospective client — in a relaxed and compelling manner.


100% of our business is from referrals. We’ve trained, consulted and coached clients in the Fortune 500, two of the five biggest associations, as well as universities and venture capital firms. We’ve helped organizations design their off-site meetings and prepare individual speakers to make sure they are getting the most out of bringing their colleagues together from around the world. We thrive on seeing our clients achieve whatever their presentation goal is, whether inspiring the crowd, winning new business, or guiding the board to make a critical decision.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact us for a 30-minute complimentary consult. If we’re not a good fit for your needs, we can help you find someone who is through our network of communication and presentation colleagues.


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Biography. I’ve always enjoyed helping people convey their ideas in a way that resulted in better decisions, more collaboration or less tension.  My communication career began in New York at one of the largest independent public relations agencies in the U.S. In order to understand the business drivers behind PR, I joined a global Fortune 200 company as head of external communications, where I earned the nickname “the engineer whisperer.” I’ve worked with clients to launch business lines, advocate for issues and manage crises. 

Throughout a good portion of my career I realized that sub-par presentations  – my own included – were missed opportunities.  I opened Portico to make it easier for others to build and deliver great presentations. My formal education includes an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. I’m a believer that learning evolves over a lifetime, and I’m sharing some of my favorite resources on the Present Better blog.