Student Based Professional Training & Development

About Us

USPEAK is a student-based professional training and development firm housed in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. We specialize in the creation of training seminars tailored to our clients’ specific needs. 

Our training expertise includes: 

  • Public Speaking
  • Personal Branding
  • Social Media
  • Translational Research
  • Technical Communication
  • Storytelling and Scripting
  • Data Visualization
  • Presentation Development
  • & more!

Our Mission

USPEAK provides training and development opportunities to students that enhance knowledge and develop skills to enrich the organizations and the employees of our clients.  

Our Vision

To become a trusted training and development partner in the Greater Cincinnati area for organizations seeking qualified, specialized training and development.

Team Members


Morgan Hillis

Morgan is a senior at The University of Cincinnati majoring in Communication and is receiving a certificate in Public Relations. Upon graduation in May, she plans on staying in the Cincinnati area and building a career in the training and development field.

Morgan is the Co-Director of the training and development sector of UCommunicate, USpeak. With USPEAK, Morgan assists businesses, non-profits, students, and University of Cincinnati programs and organizations by developing curriculum and delivering training seminars on a variety of topics including personal branding, public speaking, translational research, and other areas of communication. Morgan aims to take USpeak to new levels by branding the program, increasing its client base, and developing an extensive curriculum. She looks forward to expanding and exercising her training and development skills.

Mariam Elgafy

Mariam is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, earning her Master’s degree in Communication. Mariam is a proud Bearcat alumna and is returning to UC for her Master’s degree. She received her BA in Communication, BS in Education, and minor in Political Science. Her Bearcat journey is full of high academic achievement, campus mentorship and leadership, and continuous strive to embark on new adventures. Mariam’s achievements, drive, and advocacy earned her the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence. Mariam continues her involvement with governance as the Graduate Student Association A&S Communication liaison.

Outside of school, Mariam leads mentorship programs in the Greater Cincinnati area and is a dedicated tutor for students K-12. Mariam is Co-Directing USpeak, where she plans to work with clients on growing their businesses by providing training programs to assist employees with personal branding, public speaking, translational research, and many other areas of communication. She hopes to expand the USPEAK program to reach student organizations on campus, provide workshops for faculty, and build a strong curriculum that is tailored to diverse areas of studies.

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