Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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If you have any difficulties registering, please just send an email to: jacklgates@leadershipbreakfast.org and indicate your plans (attend or not), and your name and organization as you wish it to be shown on your name badge at the meeting.

June 5, 2015

Finding Your Voice Amidst Failure

How many times have you looked at failure as evidence that you or the people you lead weren’t good at something? 

Failure in one area can actually put you on the path to success in a completely new and surprising area, causing you to reinvent yourself and move forward with purpose. 

This session will prompt you to look back through professional or personal failures (sounds fun, right?) and recognize their role in your current or future success (sounds much better!).

This session will also prompt you to think about the things in your work that bring you or your employees joy and to give yourself (and them) permission to spend more time on them. 

Takeaways from the Sessio

  • How to re-think professional failures in your life
  • How to find your professional voice and sense of agency and purpose
  • How to help the people you lead find their own voice

About Our Facilitator:


          Allison Shapira

Allison Shapira is a former opera singer and the president of Global Public Speaking, LLC, a company that helps people give confident and authentic speeches and presentations. Three years ago, she left a great job at Harvard, turned down a lucrative consulting gig in DC, and traveled around Europe with a guitar. She moved to Washington, DC to start her own company teaching public speaking and presentation skills.

Allison now teaches the Harvard Kennedy School and at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She is a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach who has worked with executives, diplomats, salespeople, bankers, government ministers, elected officials, engineers, lawyers, military veterans, and entrepreneurs. 

Allison is a also TEDx speaker and songwriter who performs worldwide and uses music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak. She has taught training programs in East Africa, South America, Europe, and the Middle East; she particularly enjoys helping women around the world learn communication skills so they can grow their business or run for political office. She also launched a new program to train military veterans in public speaking and networking skills to help them successfully find their next civilian job.

Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian Literature from Boston University, a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a member of the National Speakers Association. She speaks Italian and Hebrew and has studied 9 other languages. She lives in Washington, DC and works with clients around the world.

Contact Information

If you have any difficulties registering, please just send an email to: jacklgates@leadershipbreakfast.org and indicate your plans (attend or not), and your name and organization as you wish it to be shown on your name badge at the meeting.


The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
Map & Directions

Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.