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Jane Praeger

Jane Praeger is the founder and president of Ovid, Inc ( a firm that provides speech, presentation, and media training and customized workshops for corporations, nonprofits, and individuals. Ovid’s corporate clients have included Nickelodeon, Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, Coach, Estee Lauder, Pfizer, Euro RSCG Worldwide,Inc., Siegel+Gale, as well as other technology, entertainment, and consulting firms. On the nonprofit side, Ovid has worked with Harvard University, The World Health Organization, The American Public Health Association, NYU Medical School, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Atlantic Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations, Girls Inc., the Ms. Foundation, and the U.S. Tennis Association, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Her individual clients include TED talkers, American Idol finalists, National Book Award winners, 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, Inc. in 1993, Praeger also 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.

Jane Praeger is on the faculty of Columbia University, where she teaches in the Masters Programs in Communications. Her current courses include The Strategic Storyteller, Delivering the Strategic Message, and The Power of Opinion.