Jackie Gartner-Schmidt,


I'm Jackie. I have my PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders and am a Fellow of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. I've been a voice-specialized Speech-Language Pathologist since 1995 and am co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

For over 25 years, I've been working in professional voice as both a clinician and clinical researcher. I have published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented approximately 400 lectures around the world.

I created Voice Now, LLC in 2013 to help people present better. With Voice Now, you will receive access to one-on-one coaching and workshops on presentation effectiveness including: content creation, slide design, and delivery.




The Voice Now Method

Image by Green Chameleon


Audience analysis, content creation, clarifying next steps



Visual storytelling and "glance media" slide presentations



Voice modification, word choice, owning the space

Presentation Coaching

Whether you're looking for presentation effectiveness training for your whole company or just for you, there is a Voice Now coaching option for you!

  • One-on-one training

  • Custom group workshops

  • Virtual coaching

  • Invite Jackie to speak


"I love the way Jackie weaves together presentation skills, messaging principles, and smart slide design to help you build an engaging, entertaining, yet educational presentation! She models what she teaches.  At each seminar that I have attended, I have walked away with new strategies I could implement right away."

Matthew W. Ryan, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Vice Chair for Education and Quality

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

"I had a high stakes presentation to give. Jackie came highly recommended. I worked with her remotely. I’m on the road a lot and needed a quick turn-a-round. Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Learning are complex topics. Jackie’s keen focus identified the key message and she built an elegant slide deck around it quickly. I couldn’t have done it without her!”

Khurram Jamil, MD

Area9 Lyceum

President of Strategic Initiatives, Co-Managing Director