School of Communication
Gillie Haynes is an accomplished communications expert with over 25 years of experience, which includes print, broadcast journalism and public relations. Currently, she is Public Affairs Specialist for the Office of Communications with the Prince George’s County Council in Maryland, and also works as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communications at American University teaching Public Speaking. Her professional work also includes Public Relations Manager for a national program within the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., and, in Business Development with EDS. She also developed, produced, and served as host for a number of on-air programs in her position as Public Affairs Director, KBLX/KRE Radio in the Bay Area of California.
Gillie is passionate about helping people discover the excitement of public speaking, which led to the creation of her business…Simply Speaking. She is quite at ease facilitating and conducting public speaking seminars, and enjoys sharing her knowledge on confidently presenting and articulating thoughts and ideas comfortably. As a keynote speaker, her dynamic message focuses on encouragement, confidence, and finding one’s nerve. Each presentation is accented with her lighthearted humor and a wealth of personal experiences.
Gillie is also a poet and has been featured nationally to diverse audiences across the country. Her work has been published in Surviving, a magazine dedicated to Cancer survivors, published by Stanford University. She is a former columnist for Silver Vixens, an on-line publication for women. Gillie is currently promoting her new book of poetry, Sounds Like a Poem to Me.
M.A. Public Communication, American University
B.S. Journalism, Jackson State University
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