Elaine Bennett had a baptism by fire as a speechwriter. Less than two years after she 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,” Elaine notes. “After all, he’s the best writer in the business world. But I figured it would never happen because, well…Omaha.”
“You have a terrific ear and you turn straight thinking into straight writing.” – Warren Buffett
Since working with Mr. Buffett, Elaine Bennett has continued putting words in the mouths of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits. She unearths the stories behind business data and helps executives shape those stories into memorable messages. She also coaches individual professionals looking to develop executive-caliber communication skills.
Along the way, she developed specialties in financial services (yes, she even understands derivatives), in ethics, and in diversity and inclusion. In fact, she won a Cicero Award for the best-written speech on Diversity. She has also written several award-winning annual reports, although her most memorable annual report story involves a job she lost. (Ask her about Enron.)
Elaine enjoys bringing unexpected touches to business speeches, using humorous anecdotes and bits of history to illuminate even the most serious topics.
Born in New Jersey, she graduated from The Brearley School and Smith College. She roots for the Mets, but named her dog Fenway. And in case you’re wondering, the Seinfeld character was Elaine Benes.