Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Opportunities


Building a Career in Politics as a Woman of Color 

with Canadian Senator Bernadette Clement

Friday, March 31
1:00-2:00 PM
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Join the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) and Women In International Security (WIIS) as we welcome Canadian Senator Bernadette Clement to speak with our community! Senator Clement, the first Black woman to serve as a mayor in Ontario, will be discussing her career journey in politics as a woman of color in the Senate of Canada. She will also discuss current US-Canada relations and foreign policy efforts. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this incredible woman in politics!

Strategies for Professional Communication  

with Michael Sheehan

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022
4:00 - 5:30 PM

IPS and CMU/WSP students are invited to join us for a special professional development session with Michael Sheehan on communication skills for Zoom interviews, presentations, and more. Fast Company describes Michael as "the secret weapon behind the world's best communicators," so come learn from the best! We will learn more about Michael's professional journey and dive into the best tips for presenting yourself well on Zoom versus in person. Michael will share practical tips that you can implement in your next Zoom interview, class, or event.

Michael Sheehan

About Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan has been training corporate CEOs, policy makers and political leaders for more than thirty years. One of America’s leading communications trainers and strategists, his expertise embraces every format and every forum whether media interview, major speech or high-stakes Q&A. His ability to help people communicate at the highest possible level was dubbed by New York Magazine as “the Sheehan effect.”

He prepares CEOs, CFOs and senior executives to step into and withstand the media/public affairs spotlight. Nationally known for his skill in message development and spokesperson training, he has been called upon to help in critical business situations such as IPOs, shareholder meetings, media interviews, government/regulatory hearings, hostile takeovers and much more.

Michael has coached more Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies, Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, Mayors and Members of Congress than anyone else in the country. Since 1988, he has been called upon to coach every Presidential and Vice-Presidential debate series as well as the principal speakers at the Democratic National Conventions. For the Obama and Clinton administrations alike, he has coached Inaugural Addresses, States of the Union, prime time addresses, and press conferences. Even media channels retain Michael’s services. Four different national publications have retained him to prepare their journalists for television interviews and commentary. He’s been brought in to help coach best-selling authors, Hollywood stars, professional athletes and others for the widest possible range of interviews and speeches.

Michael regularly guest lectures at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale University, and Northwestern University. He has received the Individual Achievement award from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and the Freeing Voices/Changing Lives award from the American Institute for Stuttering. Michael earned his BSFS from Georgetown University and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.