Judy Ravin is the Founder of the Accent Reduction Institute, Inc. and Co-Founder of Accents International, LLC. She is also the author of bestselling software-based learning systems for rapid language acquisition. Ravin is dedicated to minimizing communication barriers in a global workforce while maintaining each person’s unique cultural identity. She’s earned international recognition for helping Fortune 100 corporations create high performance teams, achieve greater client satisfaction, and promote non-native English speakers to leadership positions.
Ravin is best known for her two learning and development programs: Powerful Pronunciation and Inclusive Listening: Global Accent Comprehension; collectively known as the Ravin Method®. Powerful Pronunciation gives non-native English speakers articulation techniques for the sounds in English that do not occur in other languages. It lets fluent speakers take their pronunciation to the next level and speak with greater clarity, confidence, and ease. Inclusive Listening teaches people, regardless of language background, how to systematically ‘tune their ear’ to global accents.
Ravin has taught at the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business, Cornell University-Johnson School of Business, and the U.S. Defense Language Institute. She is a Fellow at George Mason University-Center for Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security. Ravin has served as a subject matter expert for: NATO, the National Education Association, General Motors, Cisco, Korn Ferry, Thomson Reuters, Hewlett Packard, and others.
Ravin has been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, DiversityInc.com, the Los Angeles Times, AOL-Daily Finance, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNN.com, NPR, Voice of America, CBS Radio-National News, and NBC Nightly News: www.lessaccent.com.
Brief sampling of recent speaking engagements:
Barb Niemann is Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder of Accents International, LLC. She is a learning and development executive with a proven ability to provide high-value client solutions that demonstrate business impact. Her specialties include:
Barb has a track record at Fortune 100 corporations of helping them onboard and execute learning programs that align talent development initiatives with their organizational objectives.
As CLO at Accents International and, prior to this position, at the Accent Reduction Institute, Inc., Barb has been responsible for the overall design and delivery of live (synchronous), web-based accent reduction training programs. Satisfaction with services rendered has been over 99%; many participants acknowledged the training as being the most transformative professional development opportunity they received.
Barb has excelled as a learning development leader and has:
"This training was not only for improving my accent and making it understandable for others, but it was to eliminate/minimize the inferiority complex I had, before this course.
I must appreciate that you are extremely knowledgeable on the subject (I remember you demonstrating different accents and I could hear the difference and the way I was sounding before). I must also say that you are a thorough professional, even after the long duration of the course you kept us motivated all the time and managed the session timings impeccably and gave equal opportunity to all of us.
Thanks once again for everything."