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The Speakers Lab

Meet the Tutors

AlexisAlexis Schmidt


Why the Speakers Lab:

“It's not often that we feel, as normal, mundane humans, that we have a super power. Working at Speakers Lab, however, makes me feel like I have a very cool super power: the ability to help others fight their fear of publish speaking. Very fun!”


Ashleigh PorterAshleigh Porter

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I like helping my peers through my own experiences. I came to the lab several times during COM 101, and it really helped.”


speakers lab brandonBrandon Beck

Finance, Economics

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I take great pride in seeing the progression and success of the students that come in.”


speakers lab ClaudiaClaudia Casa

Finance, Marketing

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love seeing how students transform their confidence in as short as a 30-minute session. Whether they walk in a bit overwhelmed, nervous, or shy—they always blossom, loosen up, and have more confidence in their presentation and themselves!”


speakers lab courtneyCourtney Irwin

Organizational Communication

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I enjoy working at the lab because I am able to help inspire and bolster the confidence of new speakers.”


Emma RichardsEmma Richards

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I struggled with public speaking and I found that going to the lab helped me prepare and I want to help students the same way the lab helped me.”


speakers lab hannahHannah Hartzell

Strategic Communication, Spanish

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I am passionate about encouraging others! At the lab, I get to both encourage and equip students to do their best, and that's so rewarding. Plus, I get to learn a little bit about every major!”


speakers lab jamesJames Dombro

Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Management Information Systems

Why the Speakers Lab?

“Working at the lab has always been an exciting way to engage my peers and help them develop speeches.”


speakers lab janisaJanisa Bondoc

Marketing, Digital Media Production

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I've had a couple of great public speaking mentors and love sharing what I've learned with others. I also know how powerful words can be, so helping people project their voice in a strong manner is so rewarding to me!”


speakers lab kateKate Richards

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love the one-on-one setting. This allows both the tutor and tutee to have a great and specific experience.”



speakers lab katherineKatherine Heckel


Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love helping students gain confidence in their public speaking abilities. I also love to hear how different students interpret the same class assignments in various ways.”


Katie AlleeKatie Allee

Communication Sciences & Disorders, Spanish

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I really enjoy having the opportunity to see what other students are studying and shat they are interested in!”


speakers lab lauraLaura Altman

Strategic Communication

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love helping people feel more confident about public speaking!”


speakers lab oliviaOlivia Schwan

Marketing, Spanish

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love learning so many new faces and names on campus and helping others become the best they can be at public speaking.”


Rachel MoranRachel Moran

Organizational Communication, STS

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I get to learn so much about a wide variety of topics?”


speakers lab rachel-oRachel Overby

Human Communication & Organizational Leadership, International Studies

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love helping people get over their fears and gaining confidence in their speaking abilities.”


Siena AmodeoSiena Amodeo

International Business, Marketing

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I think my favorite part of working at the lab is helping students build their skills and seeing their progress.”


Stephen GrahamStephen Graham

Finance & Economics

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I enjoy working at the lab because it allows me to share my passion with other students while helping them to grow in their speaking ability.”


Tyler SpringerTyler Springer

Digital Media Production & Journalism 

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love coaching presentation skills and helping students look at their presentations from the audience perspective.”


speakers lab vanessaVanessa Maligno

Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Why the Speakers Lab?

“I love enabling clients with confidence in themselves, their presentations, and their future presentations.”


Interested in Becoming a Tutor?

Do you have what it takes to become a tutor? Speakers Lab tutors:

  • Commit to assisting others with presentation and communication skills
  • Devote to helping the lab grow and better serve the Butler community  
  • Spend 4–6 hours per week tutoring throughout the semester
  • Complete a 1-credit-hour course, ORG 300: Tutoring and Mentoring, during their first semester as a tutor
  • Be sure to take a look at our policies and our code of ethics 

Still interested? Please contact Kate Richards for an application or to inquire about the position. Applications and letters of recommendation are due in mid-March. The interview process occurs in late March and early April, and decision announcements are made by late April.