Virtual Event
Saturday, February 06 at 3PM (pt)



in conversation with KEITH DAVID

One of the most sought-after vocal coaches in Hollywood, Denise Woods has worked with Mahershala Ali, Halle Berry, Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Idrim s Elba, Laurence Fishburne, Taraji P. Henderson, Ray Liotta, Mike Myers, and Will Smith among many others, teaching them how to use their voice as the paintbrush to their art.


Now more than ever it is crucial to possess the skills to make a lasting impact when we speak. From America’s number one most feared task public speaking to asking for a raise, from establishing one’s presence in video meetings to a marriage proposal, we are judged by our voice, our most crucial instrument of expression.  In her book, Denise Woods reveals how to develop our voices and be heard in everyday life and addresses:

  • Aligning voice with the passion and determination to demand change

  • Being heard as a person of color

  • Conveying who we are by embracing our culture, region, and heritage

  • Healing trauma through vocal mastery

  • Mastering job interviews, speeches of all kinds, giving a wedding toast or a eulogy

  • Speaking powerfully even through a mask in public or on video conferences, and more.

In The Power of Voice, Woods reflects on her journey from shy child in New York City to successful performer, graduate of and teacher at the famed Julliard School and later the California Institute of the Arts to her work with a host of legendary stars.  Providing valuable lessons and exercises to overcome common voice and speech issues and become confident, effective communicators, this first-of-its-kind guide reveals how to master the voice’s full capacity to achieve our goals and express our true selves in relationships, family dynamics, business, and more.

“As a woman of color, I can’t think of anything more meaningful than knowing the importance and power of my own voice. Denise has helped me understand how to use my voice and how to ensure that my authenticity is heard. In The Power of Voice, Denise describes the voice as a super power, we are as powerful as we allow our voices to be.”

— Halle Berry, Academy Award-winning Author

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Denise Woods is a graduate and former faculty member of The Juilliard School, and a long-time faculty member of California Institute of the Arts.  One of the nation’s most sought-after voice and dialect coaches, her clients include such luminaries as Halle Berry, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs, Ray Liotta, Laurence Fishburne, Jessica Chastain, Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, and many others.



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Keith David is a classically trained actor, winning 3 Emmys out of 6  nominations as well as being nominated for a Tony award. He starred in the recently concluded tv series "Greenleaf" for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Upcoming films include "Horizon Line" with Allison Williams ("Get Out") and“Black As Night,” for Amazon.