New York Speechwriters Roundtable


speechwriters · executive communicators · public speaking & delivery coaches · presentation designers · communications consultants

Let’s face it, speechwriting is a niche service. There simply aren’t many people around doing what we do, and precious few places to seek out career advice and support (no, bars don’t count).

That’s why the New York Speechwriters Roundtable is so valuable.

Roundtable members work in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. And we’re not just speechwriters, but ghostwriters, scriptwriters, storytellers, presentation designers and delivery coaches – anyone who helps leaders communicate is welcome to join us.

We get together four times a year in midtown Manhattan to eat a brown bag lunch, swap stories, share tips, and hear a guest speaker. Among the topics we explore: the art and craft of speechwriting, message development, thought leadership, branding, and other strategies to boost visibility and influence.

Joining our group is a great way to expand your knowledge, develop your skills, and get some job advice in an environment of mutual support and camaraderie.

Dues are a nominal $65 a year. So come and “brown bag it” with fellow members of your tribe. We are waiting to meet you.

The New York Speechwriters Roundtable is a professional organization for executive communicators in the greater New York area.

Who’s Talking?

“Gives members the information and inspiration they need to excel.”

— Erica Klein, eBay, Inc.

“Showcasing world-class speakers who share their knowledge and perspectives.”

— Assaf Kedem, OppenheimerFunds

“Helps executive communicators stay on top of trends and topics.”

— Ken Askew, MUFG

Guest speakers

Jeremey Donovan, Head of Sales Strategy at Gerson Lehrman Group, author of How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations, December 2015

Shelley Spector, founder of the Museum of Public Relations, President of Spector & Associates, October 2015

Barton Swaim, former speechwriter for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, author of The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics, July 2015

Dean Meyers, “visioneer” at OGSystems, publisher of, March 2015

Victor Navasky, journalist, publisher emeritus of The Nation magazine, author of Naming Names, December 2014

Erica Orange and Jared Weiner, consultants at futurist advisory firm Weiner, Edrich, Brown, October 2014

Lissa Muscatine, speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, May 2014

D. Mark Schumann, senior VP and National Communications Practice Leader, The Segal Group, former International Chair of IABC, April 2014

Amy Binder, CEO of public relations firm RF Binder, December 2013

Richard Amdur, speechwriter for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, September 2013

James Braly, speechwriter, author of Life in a Marital Institution: Twenty Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir, May 2013

Richard Edelman, President and CEO of global PR firm Edelman, March 2013

Mary Kissel, member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, November 2012

Matthew Spieler, co-author (with Eleanor Clift) of Selecting a President, October 2012

Gene Zelazny, Director of Visual Communications at McKinsey & Company, author of Say it with Charts and Say it with Presentations, July 2012

Lee Huebner, speechwriter for Richard Nixon, professor at George Washington University, April 2012

Michael Sheehan, speech and presentation coach at Sheehan Associates, November 2011

Jeff Shesol, West Wing Writers, speechwriter for Bill Clinton, author of Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court, September 2011

John Pollack, speechwriter for Bill Clinton, author of The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More than Some Antics, June 2011

Larry Kirshbaum, former book publisher, literary agent at LJK Literary Management, publisher of Amazon Publishing Group, March 2011

Fred Siegel, speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani, author of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life, December 2010

David Murray, editor of Vital Speeches of the Day, October 2010

Daniel Pink, speechwriter for Al Gore, author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, June 2010

Peter Quinn, former Time Warner speechwriter, author of Banished Children of Eve, March 2010

Bob Lehrman, speechwriter, author of The Political Speechwriter’s Companion: A Guide for Writers and Speakers, November 2009

Fraser Seitel, speechwriter for David Rockefeller, president of Emerald Partners, July 2009

Linda Bird Francke, ghostwriter for Benazir Bhutto, Barbara Walters, Queen Noor, Geraldine Ferraro, May 2009

Joan Detz, speechwriting teacher and author of How to Write & Give a Speech, January 2009

Robert Schlesinger, editor at US News and World Report, author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters, October 2008

Bill Heyman, head of executive search firm Heyman Associates, July 2008

Bill Lane, speechwriter for Jack Welch, author of Jacked Up: The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the World’s Greatest Company, March 2008

David Frum, political commentator, speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush, December 2007

Bob Shrum, Democratic political strategist, speechwriter for Ed Muskie, George McGovern, Ted Kennedy, September 2007

Gil Schwartz, VP communications for CBS, aka business humorist Stanley Bing, author of What Would Machiavelli Do?, June 2007

Harold Holzer, head of communications at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln scholar, speechwriter for Mario Cuomo, author of Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President, March 2007

Joseph Persico, speechwriter for Nelson Rockefeller, author of Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage, September 2006

Susan Isaacs, onetime NYC political speechwriter and bestselling novelist, author of Compromising Positions, June 2006

Hendrick Hertzberg, New Yorker magazine editor, speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, and author of ¡Obámanos! The Rise of a New Political Era, March 2006

Harold Burson, founder of PR firm Burson-Marsteller, December 2005

Ted Sorensen, JFK speechwriter and attorney, September 2005

Ken Askew and Tom Rosshirt, Republican and Democratic White House speechwriters, June 2005

Charles Francis, founder of Idea Bank, March 2005

Jean Cardwell, head of executive search firm Cardwell Enterprises, December 2004

Henry Ehrlich, author of Writing Effective Speeches and The Wiley Book of Business Quotations, September 2004