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Welcome to SpeakWell
Creating a Better World ..One Voice at a Time


“When working with students, educators seek to impart skills and knowledge. The fascinating thing about the SpeakWell program is that it allows students to see immediate growth and gain skills that positively impact them in the long term!”

-Phil Lazzaro, Head of the Upper School, Harvey School

SpeakWell Rocks is an experiential leadership and public speaking program that teaches leadership, social emotional, and communication skills — necessary in school, business, and life — to help students build confidence and become more effective communicators.

In addition to teaching critical skills, the program offers unique opportunities for students to learn from successful professionals in acclaimed career paths including notable business leaders, professional athletes, actors, and entrepreneurs, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills through first-of-a-kind speaking opportunities.

SpeakWell students became the first in the country from a K-8 school to deliver TEDx talks, and speak at international companies including UBS, BT, and Meta.

Working in collaboration with educators, business leaders, and coaches, the award-winning curriculum was developed by international communication advisor and speaker, Patty Kennedy. It is delivered through programs for schools (grade 6-12), higher education institutions, and companies, and also integrated into SpeakWell basketball camps led by retired NBA player, John Wallace, and acting camps led by ‘Homeland’ Actress, Amy Hargreaves.

It is now possible to license the SpeakWell curriculum.  The curriculum is customized and adapted by level. For educational intuitions, programs can be integrated into the core curriculum or as an enrichment activity. Licensing includes a trained instructor, all support, resources, and access to guest speakers, camps, and speaking opportunities.

For companies, the program is offered as an online professional development training taught by a senior SpeakWell instructor.

High School Friends

“SpeakWell should be a staple in all schools. I can only imagine the impact on future generations because the impact on my children has been extraordinary."

-Annette Cremin, SpeakWell Parent

College Friends


  • SpeakWell students became the first in the country from a K-8 school to deliver TEDx talks
  • SpeakWell 7th-grade students far exceeded 12th-grade speaking and listening standards
  • SpeakWell high school students became the first students – ever – to speak on corporate panels with senior executives, CEOs, and peers at international companies including UBS, BT & Facebook
  • SpeakWellstudents became the first from a K-8 school to write and publish national articles
  • 100% of SpeakWell graduates (8th-grade) received multiple accepts into prestigious NYC high schools
  • "It changed my life." - Zena, SpeakWell student
  • "SpeakWell has managed to package their secrets of success and teach them in an incredibly engaging way to students - very impressive!" -Anne Paoletti, Teacher  

"It’s magic what SpeakWell does! The program has given the students lifelong skills, confidence beyond measure, and astonishing exposure. SpeakWell is a treasure."

-Jeremy Hines, SpeakWell Parent  


“I honestly thought they'd be good speakers, but they are well above any students I've heard speak and well above many adults. Their ability to discuss tough topics in a productive way is incredible.

-Eric Berger, Senior Vice President, UBS Wealth Management