Gina Dahlia is a teaching associate professor and the Journalism chair at the WVU Reed College of Media and an award-winning documentarian and former television news anchor. Dahlia quickly understood the “power of effective public speaking” when she taught her first class at WVU in the fall of 2001. She propelled her speaking skills from the classroom to the boardroom when her film, “The Monongah Heroine,” received national and international attention in December of 2007. She traveled all over West Virginia promoting the film and its message of the resilience of the immigrant
widows left behind after the mining disaster to raise their families. Dahlia found herself on the public speaking circuit once again in 2012, after receiving the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. She harnessed the power of “Ted Talks” in her public speaking engagements focused on contagious optimism and the power of positive thinking. You can follow her on Twitter @ginadahlia.