Valeri Furst

As a communications consultant, Valeri counsels and trains people to become more compelling speakers. Using her skills as a reporter and lawyer, she works with clients to help them become as effective and persuasive as possible in a variety of settings including media interviews, formal presentations, meetings, and courtroom appearances. Her specialty is helping people to stay on message in the face of difficult questioning whether facing a reporter with a microphone or a tough audience.

Valeri has conducted hundreds of training sessions and her client list is varied. It includes high level executives from both corporate and non-profit organizations, politicians, school districts, and public relations personnel. She works very closely with Burges and Burges Strategists, a strategic planning and consulting firm based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Valeri worked as an anchor/reporter in the broadcast media for over 16 years, providing her with unique insight and understanding of the working media. She has been employed in Los Angeles, Syracuse, New York, and Connecticut in both television and radio and, most recently, at FOX 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. She has received awards for her work which involved hundreds of stories on a wide range of topics including education, business and medical. Her specialty is consumer advocacy and legal issues.

Valeri is a graduate of Syracuse, University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. In addition, she holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University Law School. She practiced at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio specializing in labor and employment law. Valeri is currently an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School teaching a course in leadership and communication skills.

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