Successfully Speaking is located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and was founded by Lynda Katz Wilner, a Corporate Communication Specialist and Maryland licensed Speech and Language Pathologist. She is a Preferred Trainer with LDS & Associates providing professional training in Accented Speech and is certified by the Institute of Language to conduct training with the Compton P-ESL program. In 2006, Lynda and her colleague, Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, formed a joint venture, ESL RULES, LLC, to present workshops and produce and distribute their unique training materials for accent modification and communication training.
Lynda is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been working with clients for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Michigan. She is a member of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), ATD-Maryland (American Society of Training and Development), CHRA (Chesapeake Human Resources Association), ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association), MSHA (Maryland Speech-Language and Hearing Association), National Speakers Association (NSA), and Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
Successfully Speaking provides professional speaking skills training for individuals and groups. Lynda has worked with major hospital systems, corporations, technology firms, research laboratories, small businesses, and the clergy. She developed her own unique and comprehensive training program for accent modification with the medical profession (Medically Speaking: Accent Modification for the Medical Profession, The Medically Speaking Inventory) and she has collaborated with her colleague, Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, to publish RULES, RULES BY THE SOUND, RULES to Go, RULES on the Run, Medically Speaking Idioms, and Medically Speaking RULES, an innovative, comprehensive, cutting-edge approach to accent modification and pronunciation designed for intermediate to advanced English speakers. The Pronunciation Screening Tool and Boston RULES are part of their product line.
Lynda Katz Wilner was an Adjunct Faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County where she taught international allied health students. She also operates a clinical practice and evaluates and treats adolescents and adults with speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing disorders.
Lynda combines an excellent ability to communicate, an understanding of individual communication concerns and their impact, knowledge of techniques and strategies to address these issues, and an enthusiasm to help individuals from diverse backgrounds achieve excellence in communication.
Education and Credentials:
- Communication Specialist/Consultant
- Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology, University of Michigan
- Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Speech and Language Pathology
- Maryland Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist
- Certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
- Certificates of completion of accent modification (train-the-trainer) training – LDS & Associates, Compton P-ESL, and Daniel Dato
- Over 35 years healthcare experience
- Over 30 years corporate communication experience