JENNI PRISK founded Prisk Communication in 1990 to provide exemplary public speaking and communication skills. She has coached hundreds of individuals and corporate teams in the United States and internationally. Jenni is a dynamic motivational speaker.
She is the author of Communication Skills Training, a publication of the American Society of Trainers and Developers
(ASTD). For six years she was a faculty professor at the University of San Diego in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program. In collaboration with PRIDE Inc. San Diego, she developed and led a recurring course in public speaking for developmentally disabled adults.
Jenni was born and raised in New Zealand, where she gained a Diploma in Adult Teaching and qualified as a Human Relations and Communications Instructor for the New Zealand Marriage Guidance Council. She has a Diploma in Speech & Drama from Trinity College of London, England.
Jenni is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club where she serves on the following committees: Rotaract Vice Chair (SDSU students pre-Rotary); Small Clubs Joint Venture Initiative Chair (with SouthEast San Diego Rotary Club) ; Chair: Peace Committee.
Jenni presented at TEDx SDSU; she emcees TEDx programs. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Women Peacemakers’ Program at the Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at USD.
For two decades she has anchored (live) KPBS-TV San Diego fundraisers and has interviewed numerous guests: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Sarah Brightman, Paul Anka, JohnTesh, Patti LuPone, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Andrew Weil (and more.) Jenni is Chair of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women.
In 2001, she founded Voices of Women (VOW), a nonprofit organization with the Mission to support and promote local and global educational programs that uplift and empower women and children. VOW has presented 80+ educational events, and raised significant funds for global nonprofit organizations. VOW supports the Daraja Academy for Girls in Kenya. In San Diego, VOW collaborates with refugee women from East Africa to provide professional development workshops.
1994: (first) San Diego Business Journal’s Award for Women Who Mean Business
1995: finalist in Bank of America’s 1st Enterprise Award Program; honoree in Women Together Awards
1999: regional finalist in Working Woman magazine’s first Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Program
2006: Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center (WIC)
2008: Community Leader Award from the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project
2009: nominee in San Diego Magazine’s Women of Worth Awards
2011: YWCA TWIN Award Recipient
2013: Athena Pinnacle Awards Finalist; Heilbron Awards Finalis