Edna’s virtuosity comes from experience not only as a speaker, but as a speech competitor, musician, and standup comedian. She brings fresh, practical, and effective solutions for managing nerves, infusing humor, and finding inspiration in your unique business and personal stories.
Edna’s drive comes from overcoming adversity and stage fright in school. Her parents encouraged her to pursue a BA in broadcast journalism. After graduating from SDSU, Edna was afraid to be on camera and scrutinized. She felt more comfortable working on her computer and became fascinated with the digital art that was emerging on the web. She taught herself html and Adobe Photoshop. She felt so safe expressing herself in this medium that she became a graphics designer specializing in supercomputing and computational biology.
Edna’s web design ranked in the top 50 web site designs in Genetic Engineering News. In her first 2 years as a professional designer, she worked on over 100 web site projects. After being laid off from corporate, she started her own graphics design business. She noticed one important aspect about her competitors – they gained clients through excellent presentations and public speaking abilities.
Edna decided to join a local Toastmasters club. She won many speech competitions, gained more clients, and eventually became a professional speaker. She realized that public speaking was the essential part of building confidence for career advancement, business growth, and creativity.
San Diego State University
– Journalism, Bachelor of Arts
– Economics minor
Dr. Jeeyoon Kim Piano Academy (current)
Royal Conservatory of Music (music theory)
National Comedy Theatre
– Stand Up Comedy under comedy veteran, Tony Calabrese, and comedian Maria Herman
– Musical Improv
EXTRAS During the pandemic, Edna performed in over 60 Zoom open mics and 20 virtual comedy shows. She still does one virtual open mic per week.
AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Speech Competitor
- Competed in over 50 Toastmasters speech contests
- Garnered district awards in humorous speech, international speech, table topics, evaluations
- Speech Communications and Web Development at Fashion Careers College,
- Voted by students as Inspirational Teacher 2011
- Speech Trainer – San Diego Charger Girls
- Guest Speaker – UCSD Extension, Women Business Expo, San Diego Community College, District 5 Toastmasters Clubs and Leadership Institutes, UCSD Extension (Business)
- IGNITE Speaker (IGNITE is similar to TED talks)
- Master of Ceremonies
- Announcer El Cajon Mother Goose Parade
- Amateur Pianists Piano Palooza
- Amateur Pianists Piano Festival
- Comedian (Clean comedy)
- In Person Shows: Comedy Palace, Comedy Heights, Vinz Restaurant, National Comedy Theatre, The Comedy Store in La Jolla, Cam @spacebar, MD&M Trade Show
- Virtual Shows: Flappers Comedy (Los Angeles), International Comedy Online Show (Hosted in Jerusalem, Israel), No lines to Cross Comedy (Ottawa, Canada), National Comedy Theatre (San Diego), International Comedy Show (hosted in Brussels)
- 2021 Kings Peak Music Competition – Special Recognition Award
- Solo piano and comedy shows:
- 2020 – Notes to Self
- 2018 – Second Chances