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Jane Praeger

Lecturer; Founder and President, Ovid Inc.

Jane Praeger is the founder and president of Ovid, Inc., a 30-year old strategic communications firm that specializes in speech, presentation, and media training. Ovid's corporate clients include Bloomberg, HP Enterprise, Nickelodeon, Viacom, AT&T, 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, Robin Hood Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Open Society Foundations, UJA, and many others. Ovid’s individual clients include TED talkers, National Book Award winners, 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 has taught The Strategic Storyteller, The Persuasive Presenter, Delivering the Strategic Message, The Power of Opinion, the Advanced Writing Workshop and the Capstone Project.  She also teaches in the Women in Leadership and Executive Education programs at Columbia Business School.

Education

  • B.A., University of Michigan