Principal of Bennett Ink, LLC
“You have a terrific ear and you turn straight thinking into straight writing.”
– Warren Buffett
I had a baptism by fire as a speechwriter. Less than two years after I signed on to write for the CEO of Salomon Brothers, scandal forced the executive to resign. In stepped investor Warren Buffett. I had always wanted to work with him—after all, he’s the best writer in the business world—but I figured it would never happen because, well…Omaha.
Since working with Mr. Buffett, I’ve continued to advise the CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, professional services firms, and leading nonprofits on their communications strategies. I unearth the stories behind business data and help executives shape those stories into memorable messages. I also coach solopreneurs and other individuals looking to develop executive-caliber communication skills.
Along the way, I developed specialties in financial services (yes, I even understand derivatives), ethics, and diversity and inclusion. In fact, I won a Cicero Award for the best-written speech on Diversity. I’ve also written several award-winning annual reports, although my most memorable annual report story involves a job I lost. (Ask me about Enron.)
I enjoy helping my clients add unexpected touches to business speeches, using humorous anecdotes and bits of history to illuminate even the most serious topics.
Born in New Jersey, I graduated from The Brearley School and Smith College. I root for the Mets, but named my dog Fenway. And in case you’re wondering, the Seinfeld character was Elaine Benes.
Co-leader of TEDxCellence™ programs
Marie Incontrera is the CEO and Founder of Incontrera Consulting, a thought leadership consulting agency, which helps thought leaders leverage their online presence through social media, podcasts, and TEDx and other speaking opportunities. Her media clients have been booked on popular podcasts such as HBR Ideacast, ForbesBooks Radio, Entrepreneur On Fire, The Coaching Habit, and The Daily Helping.
Marie is the author of the Amazon best-sellers Social Your Book Launch and Spread Your Idea. She has spoken at TEDxSevilleSq and TEDxBeaconStreet and organized TEDxBayRidgeWomen. She is also a writer, musician, and a fitness enthusiast—who delivered her second TEDx Talk on roller skates.
After meeting each other through master coach Dorie Clark, Marie and Elaine realized that their areas of expertise complemented each other perfectly: Marie has a 100% track record (as of June 2020) of getting her clients booked on TEDx stages, and Elaine can find a compelling message in almost anything—and help clients craft a great speech around it.
With almost 20 years of experience in administrative management, Janelle keeps Bennett Ink running smoothly. In addition to supporting our customers, her primary responsibilities include preparing online content materials for distribution, creating social media images, maintaining the website, and translating Elaine's ideas into action.
Janelle has a Master of Science in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University. She is native Washingtonian who now calls the Rocky Mountains home. When she isn’t organizing Bennett Ink, she spends her free time hiking and biking with her husband, two children and two French Bulldogs.
Director of Well-Being
A fluffy orange dog of indeterminate heritage, Fenway is a friend to all humans and sworn enemy of chipmunks. After eight years as Canine Assistant at Bennett Ink, she earned her current title during the Great Isolation of 2020.