The Global Ambassadors Program features interactive workshops on strategic planning, human resources and financial management; public speaking and key message development; and social media and personal branding. Meet the professional trainers in our network.


Aaron Kisner

Aaron Kisner is the owner of Hundredth Monkey Collective, a strategic communications company specializing in connecting extraordinary ideas to targeted audiences. Through storytelling, film, photography, animation, public speaking, live events and messaging, Aaron supports those whose ambition is to change minds. He has been involved with Vital Voices since 2005, and in that capacity, he has had the opportunity of working with women leaders in more than 30 countries. 

Karla Ruiz Cofiño

As an interactive communications and social media specialist, Karla Ruiz Cofiño has been a business developer focused on online and mobile technologies for 10 years. She has expertise delivering interactive, integrated solutions through a wide range of digital platforms combining web, mobile and social media. For many years, she has been studying the impact technology has had on the evolution of the human being, how this has affected the way we relate with each other and our behavior as consumers. As an entrepreneur, her biggest accomplishment is MILKnCOOKIES, a digital agency declared "top 5 leader in E-Entertainment" by the World Summit Award organized by the UN, and declared one of the eight "Global Champions" awarded by the World Summit on the Information Society during the 10 year review by UNESCO. 

Kathleen Holland

Kathleen Holland, founding partner of KMH Associates, is a global strategic planning consultant providing both North American and emerging country SMEs with the guidance and training to sustainably build their organization based on a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) platform. Kathleen’s career has spanned executive roles with major Canadian corporations to consulting roles with small craft companies. She was the lead consultant on a multi-country African initiative, Design Africa, which garnered worldwide recognition as an innovative global brand showcasing Africa’s best talent in the craft, textile and furniture sectors. Kathleen is currently working on a number of innovative global training initiatives in Afghanistan, Swaziland and a Pan African program. 

Allison Shapira

Allison Shapira is the president of Global Public Speaking LLC. A former opera singer and diplomatic speechwriter, she has taught public speaking and presentation skills to executives, diplomats, government ministers, elected officials and entrepreneurs. She has taught international graduate students and senior fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan School of Management. Allison gives keynote speeches, teaches at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and offers executive coaching and group training programs for private companies, federal agencies and international organizations. She’s a TEDx speaker and songwriter who performs worldwide and uses music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak; she recently returned from teaching training programs for businesses, nonprofits, and the U.S. State Department in East Africa and the Middle East. She particularly enjoys helping women around the world learn communication skills so they can start a business or run for office.