noun. One who facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Jill Kirby

Jill Kirby

Oxford, CT


  • US Northeast


Jill Kirby is a seasoned facilitator with 18 years of experience as a public speaking and business faculty member. Throughout her teaching career at DePaul University, Roosevelt University and Harper College, she developed expertise in Business Communication, Speech, Professional Speaking, Leadership Development, Business Context Storytelling, and Business and Professional Communication.

Training Experience

Jill specializes in assisting technical clients and possesses extensive experience in guiding individuals and teams through creative problem-solving. Her unique perspective illuminates previously undiscovered pathways. Jill’s unparalleled passion for continuous learning and knowledge-sharing is evident in her work. She has collaborated with numerous consumer brands, and some of her select clients include:

    • Harvard Business School Executive Education Programs        
    • Leidos, Inc.
    • RTX
    • Bloomberg
    • Mölnlycke Health Care
    • Bayer Crop Science
    • Boston Consulting Group
    • Traveler’s Insurance
    • KPMG Advisory LLP
    • NERA
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Prudential Financial
    • Korn Ferry
    • Syngenta
    • Procter & Gamble
    • Citi

Business Experience

Jill worked as a sales representative and then marketing specialist for Sprint. She then transitioned to venture-backed startups, where she developed communications programs for direct marketing to business partner engagement to grow market share. She has also owned a private college consulting business helping students navigate the complicated college application process.
Currently, Jill facilitates the training for several clients with content that includes, Empowering Innovation, Leading with Courage, Strategic Thinking, Driving Accountability and Emotional Intelligence. Jill has traveled Internationally to Japan, London, and Costa Rica for her corporate clients.

Education and Credentials

  • M.A. in Communication Studies from Michigan State University
  • B.A. from Northern Illinois University in Sociology and History

Sample Coaching Assignments

  • Coached C-level at an AI Platform on Webinar Presence: This involved helping executives enhance their online presence and communication skills for internet webinars. Topics included effective use of body language, tone of voice, slide design, and engagement strategies in a virtual setting.
  • Guided Economists on Conflict Management and Teambuilding: Focused work on interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, and fostering teamwork among economists. Strategies included communication techniques, conflict resolution models, and team-building exercises.
  •  Primed High-Potential Leaders for Innovation Showcases: Prepared emerging leaders by refining their pitch, highlighting innovation, and effectively communicating the value of their ideas to a panel.
  • Prepared Executive-level Leaders for High-Stakes Presentations: Coached leaders for critical events including annual meetings, conferences, TED talks, and sales pitches. Focus areas included crafting compelling narratives, mastering public speaking techniques, and handling Q&A sessions with confidence.
  • Led a Four-Month Program on Difficult Conversations: This program included: active listening, empathy, conflict resolution, and strategies for delivering difficult feedback.