Focus areas: Communication Skills, Vocal Production, Presentation and Interview Coaching
Maren Swenson Waxenberg has served as a consultant to Columbia Business School's Professional Development Center teaching presentation and interview skills seminars to MBA students. She coaches students in presentation skills and leadership poise at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Institute for Public Health. She currently consults with the Professional Development Company, Inc. teaching a variety of presentation skills and public speaking material. She is a CTI trained professional coach serving both private and corporate clients.
Ms. Waxenberg has a 35-year background in special events, performing arts production and the entertainment industry. In 1996, she founded Maren Productions, a company that provides special event production and consultancy services to corporations and not-for-profit organizations. In 1998, she joined George Trescher Associates as director of special events where she produced the grand opening of the refurbished Grand Central Station, the inaugural gala for the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, and four Cabaret events for the New York Weill Medical Center, among many others. Ms. Waxenberg has worked in theatre production and management at the TheatreVirginia in Richmond, the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, and The New Dramatists in New York. She edited and formatted feature films for ABC Television Motion Picture Post-Production. Ms. Waxenberg also does voice-over work for television and radio. She produces and narrates audiobooks for Audible.com, a division of Amazon, and has produced, directed, and performed in numerous Off-Broadway theatre and Cabaret productions.
Ms. Waxenberg completed her undergraduate study at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota and her post-graduate work at the University of Oslo, Norway through a Rotary Graduate Scholarship. She is certified to teach Norwegian as a second language and has graduate degrees in contemporary Norwegian literature, Theatre Science, and the History of Ideas.