About Brenda


Brenda lives and breathes using words and images to inspire and motivate people. She’s an Emmy award-winning marketing and communication strategist with over 20 years’ experience as a media executive and producer. Her career includes work for PBS, CBS, and NBC stations, and her executive roles include journalism, product development, and marketing. Listening to thousands of pitches for causes and business ideas have given her the instinct for what connects with people and what fails. She’s created marketing and communication plans for brand image and product launches across all messaging platforms from traditional media to social media. Brenda has taught marketing and communication in the master’s degree programs for both the University of Oregon and Oregon Health Sciences University.

The Portland Business Journal named Brenda as a Woman of Influence and she’s received a lifetime achievement award (Silver Circle) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Northwest chapter. Brenda is a member of the National Speakers Association.

Who I work with

Progressive and non-partisan political candidates, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and professional and citizen organizations.

The method

What exactly makes you special? I help you figure that out and articulate your unique value proposition. I craft key messages that make strong connections with your audiences. Coaching on effective presenting and speaking techniques gives you the power to convey your ideas with confidence!

Amp up your speaking and presentation abilities

Go from nervous to knockout! Learn how to deliver presentations that get results. Start with content that connects with your audience. Then I help you polish your personal presence. From the words you choose to the tone of your voice and how you carry yourself, transform your speaker experience from mediocre to your audience jostling to meet you after your speech.

Topics for breakout sessions and breakfast or luncheon talks

  • Make Your Message Memorable
  • Effective Written Communication
  • Supercharge Your Career with Social Media
  • Effective Marketing through Storytelling
  • Managing Time to Achieve Your Goals

Professional and Academic Memberships

  • National Speakers Association
  • Silver Circle Member, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, NW Chapter
  • Kappa Tau Alpha

Right Now Communications offers consulting, coaching, and speaking services that help you persuade and generate action through effective emotional messaging.

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