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Jesse Scinto

Jesse Scinto is the Associate Director for Curriculum Development in Columbia University’s Strategic Communication program and a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar. He provides presentation consulting services to leading organizations worldwide, including Coca-Cola, Bloomberg and the United Nations Foundation. And his articles appear in Fast Company, Forbes, and Toastmaster magazines.

Scinto’s communication career began at Ogilvy & Mather, where he worked on consumer brands such as Kraft and Motorola. He later went into medical advertising at Harrison and Star, where clients included pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Bayer.

Over the past eight years, Scinto has also held several leadership posts within Toastmasters International, the public speaking organization. As an assistant division director, he supervised the professional training of more than 700 culturally diverse members. Scinto’s academic interests include critical conversations, executive presence training and improv.

Prior to advertising, Scinto was a professional saxophonist, touring with well-known blues artists and performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Chicago Blues Festival. He produced two CDs and led his group in dozens of radio and TV appearances, gaining much useful experience in music management and publicity.

Scinto earned a Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Modern European History from the University of Chicago.

He teaches Principles in Persuasion.