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A Conversation with Cicero Award Winner Matt Kivel

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Join members Roundtable in a conversation with Cicero Speechwriting Grand Award Winner Matt Kivel, author of 'The Power of a Story' delivered by Gregory L. Fenves, President, the University of Texas at Austin:

Matt has been writing professionally since 2007. He started as a freelance music critic, and soon became an editor and writer for the entertainment industry bible/trade publication/newspaper Variety, where he interviewed prominent members of the entertainment industry including Warren Beatty, David Lynch, and George Stevens Jr. Later on, he took a job at The Aerospace Corporation and wrote speeches for the company's President and CEO, Dr. Wanda Austin.He is now the speechwriter to Gregory Fenves, President of The University of Texas. He enjoys the mosaic-like process of developing strong written material that can strengthen and intensify the bond between speaker and audience. Matt holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

In this call we'll discuss the process Matt used to create his award-winning speech and the lessons for all speechwriters as they write the speeches that will be candidates for the 2019 Cicero Awards.

Conference call details:


Starts at 11:45am (Pacific) Thursday July 19