New Business Supports Individuals in Becoming More Authentic and Confident Public Speakers

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Reading, MA – Redwood Speaking, LLC, is a new business to support individuals who want to become more authentic and confident speakers. It was founded by Reading residents Jennifer C. Hillery and Theresa Wiggins.  

Redwood Speaking’s approach is to help people connect with their voice, and guide them to identify the public speaking strategies that work for them

“We believe there is no need to contort and fit into someone else’s idea of a successful speaker. We guide you to understand your own style of speaking, so you can use your voice and make an impact,” says Theresa Wiggins, co-founder.   

The business’s name was inspired by Redwood trees, which gain strength not from the depth of their roots, but from the fact that their root systems intertwine with the roots of other trees around them. Redwood Speaking’s philosophy is that we are all made stronger and gain sustenance when we connect and support one another.  

Redwood Speaking’s first offering will be virtual Speaking Circles for women, which will meet approximately two times per month on Mondays (12–2pm EST) and Thursdays (11:30-1:30 pm EST). The Circles will provide an opportunity for members to connect with one another, to learn and develop specific public speaking skills and strategies, and practice both the formal and informal art of speech delivery. The first meeting is complimentary.  

“We are passionate about this work because we believe every woman has a voice that deserves to be heard. Sharing our ideas, our thoughts, and our stories, is the key to building successful businesses, personal relationships, and communities,” remarks Jennifer Hillery, co-founder of Redwood Speaking. 

Theresa and Jennifer have both professional and personal experience in public speaking. Since 2018 and 2019, respectively, they have led public speaking clubs for women under Speaker Sisterhood, LLC. For the last decade, Theresa has also been providing workshops for parents, staff development for educators, workshops for businesses, and mental health awareness for various organizations through her other entrepreneurial venture Village Parenting. Jennifer is a lawyer by background, who wears many hats from an elected town meeting member for over 8 years to an Alumni Board Member at her alma mater. Both Jennifer and Theresa are also regulars at The Moth story-slam, where they have told stories several times this past year.    

To learn more or to attend a Redwood Speaking Circle, go to or email

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