Jezra Kaye is the President of Speak Up for Success, and an acclaimed public speaking coach, workshop leader, and keynote speaker.
Jezra’s communications career began in music.
A performing vocalist from the age of 16, she worked with jazz bands, jug bands, society orchestras, and Top 40 groups in Boston and San Francisco.
She studied improvisation, voice, and piano for more than a dozen years, and holds a Bachelors degree in jazz improvisation from the world-renowned New England Conservatory of Music.
Jezra’s uniquely rhythmic and audience-oriented approach to speechwriting and speaker coaching stands on the foundation of her music education and performance background.
Following a move to New York, Jezra’s focus shifted to her second love, writing. In the early 1990s, she became a marketing communications expert and corporate speechwriter.
In that role, she assembled and led teams that wrote speeches, videos, training materials, and more for Fortune 500 clients including Pfizer, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, AT&T, M&M Mars, K-Mart, Aramark, Roche Laboratories, Mastercard, Lucent Technologies, and more. She also coached C-level executives, marketing and sales VPs, medical directors, brand managers, and others on presentation skills and stagecraft.
In 2003, Jezra launched her own company, Speak Up for Success. Her goal was to work with a broad range of people, and to use public speaking skills to empower anyone who had an important message to deliver.
Today, she coaches private clients from all backgrounds and industries, in person and via Skype, while continuing to write speeches, design and lead workshops, and deliver keynote speeches.
Jezra is also the author or co-author of five business and public speaking books (a sixth is coming in late 2014).
Jezra lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is married to celebrated jazz guitarist and bass guitarist Jerome Harris, and has one adult daughter, Laurika Harris-Kaye.