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Barbara Roche

Managing Partner at SpeakWell Partners

Professional Training and Coaching

Boston, MA, USA


Barbara is an organizational development specialist with over 20 years helping organizations thrive. She is also an executive coach and lecturer in the Management Communications program at the Wharton School of Business. She is best known for blending her theatrical experience, Irish Catholic humor, and hard-won leadership skills to help professionals become more effective leaders and communicators. She is the author of Commit to Confidence: 30 Strategies to Help Women Step Up and Stand Out. A native Bostonian and proud member of Red Sox Nation, Barbara holds a master's degree in psychology from Northeastern University. Ten years ago, founded two consulting companies: Barbara Roche & Associates (leadership development and team-building) and SpeakWell Partners (public speaking and leadership communication).


Eliminating Death By PowerPoint, Eradicating Workplaces of Bad Bosses, and Helping Women Rise

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I generally get paid for speaking but make exceptions


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Business is Better When Women Speak

Origin Story

There I was sitting through the most boring workshop, strategizing a legitimate reason to leave the room when I realized that it was a sign. It was time for me to do what I love: help people thrive at work. Six months later, my boss gave me the opportunity to facilitate the next professional development program, and I never looked back. Now I specialize in women's leadership development.