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Our Mission

The Center for Business Communications works with Kogod School of Business community to help them become better writers, speakers, thinkers, and readers.

We believe that writers and speakers at all levels of ability benefit from sharing their written text and verbal presentations with people who will provide honest, yet supportive feedback. Our staff serves as both readers and audience members, and will ask questions and suggest revisions to improve clarity.


The Kogod Center for Business Communications can help you with:

  • Brainstorming and formulating your bottom line
  • Revising any written assignment in progress
  • Organizing and practicing individual and team assignments
  • Preparing for case competitions
  • Developing PowerPoint slides and other slideware
  • Overcoming nervousness when presenting
  • Videotaping presentations
  • Writing professional documents (emails, cover letters, reports, and other documents)
  • Practicing elevator pitches and interview skills
Caron Martinez, Director of the Kogod Center for Business Communication

Caron Martinez


Caron spent eight years teaching and building relationships with AU students as a writing professor in AU’s College Writing Program before moving to Kogod in July 2016. In her role as KCBC Director, she collaborates with faculty to integrate strong communication skills - both verbal and written- across the business curriculum and teaches business writing as part of the MBA program.

Shenandoah Sowash

Assistant Director

Shenandoah Sowash is the Assistant Director of the KCBC. With a professional background in public speaking, writing, and research, she is honored to serve and teach Kogod students. She came to AU from a D.C. trade association where she worked closely with major law firms such as Latham & Watkins as well as notable corporations including Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb.