Rock the Stage with Your Whole Self! That was the title and rallying cry of Christine O’Leary, the award-winning comedian, teacher, and public speaker expert who led the most recent Ms President US session. With more than 50 girls in the room, O’Leary challenged the participants to be true to themselves, to support each other, and to give it their all as they plan for their own campaign for President.
O”Leary is a big fan of the Ms President US program – she immediately made herself available when asked if she could teach the girls public speaking skills, saying, “I am deeply interested and invested in helping – I have lots of prior experience working with kids and young people in professional, personal and public speaking arenas and am scored to contribute to my home plate in the name of young women Presidents to be!”
Following O’Leary’s highly interactive and energetic presentation, the girls started to practice their own speeches, with O’Leary’s support as she walked around the room coaching and encouraging them in their efforts. From the perspective of a parent, Amanda Bergen, “Christine O’Leary’s can-do message really resonated with the girls. She was funny, relatable, and inspired them to think about the importance of having more women in leadership roles.”
The participants and Mentors, concurred. According to Maggie Fleuette, a 5th grader in the program, “it was one of my favorite sessions – she made public speaking really fun and it was good preparation for us.” Girls in the program who choose to run for President will participate in an election on May 6th at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Ali Hagani, a Mentor from Woodbridge, CT, remarked, “It was amazing to watch the girls overcome any fears and self-doubt to passionately and confidently share the platforms they are most eager to pursue … I am so happy that I got to be a part of it by helping them, too.”
O’Leary is a comedienne who brings the ‘funny’ to companies, colleges, charitable events, clubs and prides across the country – her favorite role is that of the host that ‘can make a show out of anything.’ Visit christineoleary.com to learn more.
The mission of Ms President US is to inspire and prepare girls to aim for the highest leadership positions and to know that they can achieve them. More information is available on the website, mspresidentus.org.