“Jennet Robinson Alterman was a great choice to address this year’s Convocation. Several people stated she was the best speaker yet. As someone who has taught his share of public speaking classes, I can tell you that Ms. Alterman did a stellar job of analyzing her audience, organizing her speech, and delivering it. Just the right tone – serious, but with some humorous touches. I liked how well she tied the book and herself to the audience and the occasion. I wish all of our convocation and graduation speakers were as accomplished.”
– Professor, College of Charleston
J. Robinson Alterman LLC offers professional development topics in two different formats – keynote speeches and interactive workshops:
Purge Your Inner Wonder Woman
How often are women held back by the notion that they CAN do it all? In this lively and highly interactive presentation participants will learn strategies for creating achievable expectations while sharing their own attitudes toward their life and work.
Women and Power
Consider some of the facts. The US Senate has only 21 women (21%) and 83 women in the House of Representatives (19%)SC is tied for 50th in the nation in the number of women elected to the state Legislature. Only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are female and in many states there are few women in any decision making positions. With women’s issues dominating the news it is time to determine what keeps women from seeking and/or achieving positions of power. More of us need to step forward and into power positions. Look at all of the things that impact why more women aren’t and what women can do to take on more leadership positions either professionally or personally.
Passion and Purpose
J. Robinson Alterman shares her story about finding her place and path during different times in her life. How does a debutante from a southern town end up in Afghanistan and then traveling the globe to empower women. Learn how to become a risk taker for good causes and embrace your strengths. One woman’s story.
The Status of Women in S.C.
A continuing wage gap, pay inequity, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, single mother households, little or no representation in the Legislature or business leadership all combine to make S.C. a perfect storm for women. Look at where the state ranks both negatively and positively and learn about creative economic and leadership approaches to address these challenges.
Women of the World
Learn how women in different cultures address their needs and work to support their families. The similarities are both exciting and shocking as are the conditions under which so many live.
Drawing from the personal experience of having worked on programs in over 40 countries, your speaker will challenge you to get involved in empowering women around the world and here in the U.S.
Honors, Keynotes and Featured Presentations
Women’s Business Advocate of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2013
Named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive individuals, Charlie Magazine, 2012
Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2011
Ashley Hall Alumnae Association Award for Community Service, 2010
SKIRT! Magazine 10 Women of Distinction, 2004
Women of Distinction Award, Lowcountry Girl Scouts, 2003
Keynote Speaker, College of Charleston Graduation 2008
Keynote Speaker, Ashley Hall Graduation 2008
Keynote Speaker, Charleston Southern University, Women’s History Month Program, 2006
Featured Speaker, the Links Annual Statewide Meeting, 2006
Keynote Speaker, Freshman Convocation, College of Charleston 2005
Keynote Speaker, Domestic Violence Awareness Day, 2005
Keynote Speaker, Charleston Women in International Trade Annual Banquet 2003
Featured speaker at international aid conferences in Washington, D.C.; Chiang Mai, Thailand;
Quito, Ecuador; Nairobi, Kenya; and Yaounde, Cameroon, 1990‐ 1995
Distinguished Lecturer, Ashley Hall Leadership Series 1989
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