Why

PORTICO

We’re mildly obsessed with helping people present better

We’re committed to helping you prepare better presentations – and in less time. Too many workshops can be informative, but fail to translate to helping speakers make measurable improvements. We provide you with the tools and templates you need to start developing and delivering a better presentation – right away. 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 methodology and toolkit to make sure you connect to your audience. Each and every time.

Meghan Dotter

Founder + CEO

Lane Ryan

Facilitator + Coach

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Stephy Hogan

Lead Designer

Meet The Team

One of my greatest joys is helping people convey their ideas and connect. Throughout my career I realized that sub-par presentations were missed opportunities, and that creating them is often inefficient, if not frustrating.  I founded Portico to make it easier to build and deliver great presentations so that ideas and careers can move forward.

My communication career began in New York with the Ruder Finn Group.  In order to learn more about business drivers behind PR, I joined AES Corp, 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.

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 an avid reader (and podcast listener) and regularly share favorite reads and recommendations.

I love the Albert Einstein quote: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” It elegantly captures the balance required in storytelling with data. As someone who is a self-described PowerPoint disciple – yes, if I had to send my grandma a birthday card, I’d build it in PowerPoint – I love the chance to teach others how to weave a story vice fill out painfully monotonous slides.

In one way or another, I have been in communication my whole career, whether it be running research teams across the globe, building web-based dashboards or developing faculty members to deliver leadership development courses.  I actually become a verb; colleagues ask me to “Lane-ify” their presentations.

My education includes a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University, majoring in Finance and International Business with a minor in Psychology. I also hold an MBA from George Washington University and completed studies at Oxford University in business strategy and global finance. When not building the perfect slide deck, I’m most likely reading an article on behavioral economics or shuttling a family member to a sports practice.

I used to be a total design snob until I was thrust into the world of presentation design. Ever since, I’ve been passionately evangelizing the field in an attempt to elevate the industry as high as its other design counterparts. I am also a web developer and believe that user experience isn’t limited to the internet and its principles apply just as strongly to presentations.

I’ve been a designer in marketing and communications for a variety of places from small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies since 2002. I am a founding board member of the Presentation Guild and am a Certified Presentation Specialist.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and French from Lebanon Valley College, completed graduate chemistry classes at George Washington University. and have studied abroad at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III in southern France.

Helping our neighbors give voice to their stories

Portico is proud to support Miriam’s Kitchen, whose mission is to end chronic homelessness in Washington D.C. Our team provides training and coaching to help give voice to the stories of their guests, volunteers, colleagues and partners. Learn more about how you can help, as an individual volunteer or corporate partner.

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