Jane Praeger is the founder and president of Ovid, Inc., a 20-year old strategic communications firm that specializes in speech, presentation, and media training. Ovid's corporate clients have included Nickelodeon, Cartier, Viacom, AT&T, Coach, Estee Lauder, and other technology, entertainment, and professional services firms. On the nonprofit side, Ovid has worked with Harvard University, Columbia University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The World Health Organization, The American Public Health Association, NYU Medical School, Doctors Without Borders, Atlantic Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, the American Jewish World Service and the Ms. Foundation. Ovid’s individual clients include TED talkers, National Book Award winners, rising film stars, and college commencement speakers.
A former writer, producer, and director of documentary films, Praeger has created award-winning programs for PBS, WNET, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Before starting Ovid, Praeger conceived and executed national media campaigns for Pro-Media Public Relations, a social issues public relations firm in New York City, wrote William S. Rukeyser’s nationally-syndicated radio program “Inside Business”, and was the Director of Communications for the Victim Services Agency (now Safe Horizons) in NYC. Praeger received her bachelor's degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was also a graduate teaching fellow in literature and film.
For the Strategic Communications graduate program, Praeger currently teaches The Strategic Storyteller, The Persuasive Presenter and Delivering the Strategic Message. She has also developed and taught The Power of Opinion, and the Advanced Writing Workshop.