The Baruch Executive Presentation Institute

The Institute will be delivered by leading academics and practitioners in the field with over 30 years experience.



Our Instructors

David S. Birdsell: David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. He studies public access to information technology and advises nonprofit and governmental institutions on their communication and technology programs. His recent work on developing public sector leaders has led to the creation of more than 20 leadership programs offered in partnership with government and nonprofit organizations in New York.

An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for local, national, and international television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders.

David serves on the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee and the Media Advisory Committee of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights as well as on the boards of the Volunteer Consulting Group and the New York Census Research Data Center. He chairs the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration's Committee on Executive Education.

He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.

Will Carlin:

Will Carlin the managing partner of VShift, a strategic communications firm that works with corporate, advocacy and political clients.

Will is an experienced consultant, manager and entrepreneur, active in the New York interactive industry for 15 years. Will is the former Managing Director for OgilvyInteractive where he was responsible for overseeing all of its New York operations. He joined Ogilvy after serving as Managing Partner for the New York office of marchFIRST. Will also co-founded a multimedia company, worked as a financial analyst and, prior to his professional career, was a sixth-grade school teacher.

A communications and process specialist, Will has taught interview and presentation skills at Columbia Business School and is currently an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching effective presentation skills and project management. He graduated with Honors from Yale, received an MBA with High Honors from Columbia Business School and studied advanced pre-med for two years at Harvard.

Before entering Columbia Business School, Will was a child actor and a world-ranked squash player on the men’s professional touring circuit. He won the U.S. National Championship in squash and was the United States’ #1 ranked player in 1990 and 1995. Will also served on both the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the US Olympic Committee.


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