The Better Angels of our Natures
Jan 12, 2018
Jenni Prisk
The Better Angels of our Natures

Taking the risk out of public speaking Prisk Communication

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.

Jenni was born and raised in New Zealand. She has 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, London, England.

Jenni is the co-author of Communication Skills Training, published by 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 chaired the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from 2015-2017. She remains on the Commission. In June 2016, she was elected President of the Association of California Commissions on the Status of Women (ACCW). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Women Peacemakers’ Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at USD. She is an advisory member of the Women’s Regional Network of South Asia, who assist IDPs.

In 2001, Jenni 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 presented 80+ educational events, and raised funds for global nonprofit organizations including the Daraja Academy for Girls in Kenya. Jenni is a co-founder and host of iVOW, a Podcast Program featuring voices of global women.

Jenni is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club where she chairs the Peace Committee. In 2013, she received the Rotarian of the Quarter award. Jenni is the CA State Representative for the National Women’s Political Caucus San Diego Chapter. She is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego. She is a board member of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF)

Jenni was a speaker at TEDx SDSU; she has emceed TEDx programs. She is featured in a SUE Talk on YouTube. For two decades she anchored (live) KPBS-TV San Diego fundraisers and interviewed numerous guests: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Sarah Brightman, Paul Anka, John Tesh, Patti LuPone, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Andrew Weil (and more.) Jenni is a theatre critic – you can read her reviews on Scene by Jenni Prisk on FaceBook.


1994 & 2016: 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 Finalist