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Spoken Word Communications Trainers

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Dave Scallan

SWScallanwebAn expert in crisis communications, strategic messaging and executive coaching, Dave is the founder and president of Spoken Word Communications, a global media and crisis communications training firm located in Houston Texas. Prior to that, he had a successful career as a journalist for more than a decade. Dave’s journalism career began as an assignments editor at KXAS-TV in Dallas, TX. He then launched his “on-air” career at KTXS-TV in Abilene, Texas. Dave then became one of the youngest reporters ever to grace the airwaves at legendary WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. In 2002 he was hired to run the Houston, Texas offices of Fox Sports Net.

In 2007, Dave left the media and began counseling CEOs and other senior executives of global Fortune 500 companies. Since then, he has provided counsel to executives in over 25 countries around the world and worked with 5 of the Top 10 Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked regularly with the CEO of the world’s largest company, based in the Middle East.

Dave’s professional career has taken him to places such as Singapore, Russia, Brazil, Dubai, China and Saudi Arabia. Dave graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Business Administration.


Beth Archer

SWArcherwebBeth Archer began her spokesperson career as communications manager for Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear energy plant located 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, Pa. A few short years later, she was promoted to oversee both internal and external communications for all of Exelon’s nuclear plants in the Eastern portion of the U.S. In that role, her duties included helping senior leaders engage with employees, media and community influencers.

She most recently served as vice president at a crisis communications and issues management firm in New Jersey, providing strategic counsel and service for clients in the energy, healthcare and higher education sectors.

Beth graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate communications. She was named to Drexel’s Inaugural class of “40 Under 40,” which recognizes “bright, innovative, entrepreneurial” alumni. She served on the board of directors for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary for the past two years. She is past president and chair of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and has been a volunteer with Children’s Village and People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia. She is a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow.


Mary Jo Caliandro-Hansen

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Recently retired from Schlumberger Limited, Mary Jo Caliandro-Hansen began her career with the world’s largest oilfield services company in New York. During her career at Schlumberger, which spanned over 30 years, she held a range of management positions including Director of Internal Communications, Public Affairs Manager and Marketing Communications Manager.

While at Schlumberger, Mary Jo contributed to several communications platforms such as crisis leadership, media relations and investor relations. She also led company efforts in regards to training, coaching and mentoring technical and executive staff for media interviews and presentation skills.

She began her career in New York, but has been based in Houston for the past 20 years. While at Schlumberger she often travelled to South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East to provide communication, presentation and media training within the company.
Mary Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is a current member of the International Association of Business Communicators, European Association of Communication Directors, and the Public Relations Society of America.


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