Sarah Holtan

Location: Sherwood, WI. Willing to travel 90 miles (e.g., Green Bay, Chicago), possibly fuspeaker-badge-400pxrther upon special arrangement.

Sarah Holtan is an Associate Professor of Communication at CUW. She holds a Ph.D. in Journalism Education from Marquette University, a M.S. in Education from Concordia University Wisconsin, and a B.A. in Mass Communication and Political Science from Augsburg College. She’s held a range of positions at CUW in the past 15 years: faculty, administrator, and staff. Before coming to CUW, she was a television news producer at the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee (WISN-TV, Channel 12) for four years. She lives with her two young children in Shorewood, WI. Before she had kids, she loved to read and practice yoga. Now she plays a lot of trucks and holds dance parties in her kitchen.

Holtan’s speaking style is lively and interactive. She infuses personal stories and audience feedback to create an accessible and dynamic climate. She presents a theoretical basis or framework for her topics and then walks audience members through the practical application component. Her goals are for each audience member to feel more informed, uplifted, and with at least one “take-way” nugget from her presentation. Holtan loves to share her passion for speaking, writing, and service with others, which she believes is a calling.

Holtan is proud to have a significant history with WLI.  As one of her (many) jobs at CUW, she was the administrative assistant for WLI in 2002.  Since then, she has presented at several conferences and events.

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:

Speaking 101 – Delivery that Delivers

Speaking Topics:

“Public Speaking for Christians: A Climate of NO FEAR”

Public speaking is considered the greatest fear a person can have, even greater than the fear of death. But there is a Christian imperative for using the gift of speech to faithfully serve our neighbors. Basic techniques for controlling apprehension are introduced along with practical tips for enhancing speaking skills.

“(Trying to be) A Woman of Service and Influence”

We will explore what service and influence mean and how our God-given gifts can be utilized in service to others. How do we use our gifts to further the work of the Lord? A framework for determining when to say yes and when to say no to service opportunities will be presented.

“Esther Moments: Women’s Ways of Leading”

What is leadership, exactly? And what does the research say about women’s ways of leading? What are the implications for how we serve others at work, church, and at home? Five lessons from Esther will be examined and how they could apply to you.

“Empowerment: Using God’s Gifts for His Good”

What is YOUR gift, special talent, or ability? God gives each of us at least one. Have you thought about what you are doing with your gift(s)?  Are you using it for what God intended you to use it for? The focus on this topic is recognizing your gifts and cultivating them for His work.

“Service Learning Opportunities for Teachers and other Servants of Christ”

How do teachers create authentic learning activities rooted in Christ? How can teachers get students and even themselves engaged in coursework? How can servants of Christ make a difference in their communities? The main points in this presentation include the Biblical basis for servant learning, principles of servant leadership, building curricular connections, and types and examples of service learning projects.


Phone: 414-607-7252


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