Sharon Welsh has over 25 years of experience as a communication expert for diplomatic, political, military, intelligence, business, and academic audiences. She has taught at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for over 25 years. At FSI, Ms. Welsh has taught 15 courses to U.S. diplomats from the Ambassadorial- to entry-level envoys, including to political, economic, and public diplomacy Foreign Service Officers. Ms. Welsh has taught Briefing Skills for Political and Economic Tradecraft, Economic Commercial Studies, and IRM Tradecraft. She has taught Interviewing and Briefing Skills and Advanced Briefing Skills to hundreds of Foreign Service Nationals working for U.S. diplomatic missions, including on-site at U.S. Embassies in Paris, Kabul, and Tbilisi. She has recently taught diplomatic and development professionals in Trinidad and Tobago, Armenia, and Georgia. She has provided writing, briefing, and speechwriting training to major components of the U.S. Department of State, including the Bureaus of Overseas Buildings Operations, International Security and Non-Proliferation, and Information Resource Management.
She has served as an executive speech coach for numerous U.S. ambassadors, foreign ambassadors, a U.S. senator, White House appointees, and CEOs. She teaches Public Speaking for Attorneys, a course accredited by the Virginia State Bar. As an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University for over 25 years, Ms. Welsh has taught Communication in Organizations to graduate business students and recently for Georgetown University’s Wounded Warrior Project and the Pivot Program for returning citizens. She has taught MBAs and executive MBAs for several years at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She has a Master’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.