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:
"I believe you heard this from each and every one of your students, but you really help not only with the accent but you boost the self assurance of each of the persons that is lucky enough to be on your training. I did enjoy the experience not only for the improvement on the way I communicate but also for the professionalism and concern you put into the task of helping me. It is (normal for me) to keep the upmost respect for the teachers I had during my learning years. You sure have a special place among them due to your dedication and for the tremendous impact your teaching has had in my career."
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