Who We Are

PETER YAWITZ is the founder and president of Clear Communication, which specializes in communication strategy, training and coaching for global organizations in a variety of disciplines, including financial services, economics research, technology, management consulting, and marketing. He counsels companies and coaches executives on how to identify and deliver clear and compelling messages to specific audiences, such as institutional investors, business leaders, and the media.

He conducts custom-designed seminars around the world in presentation skills, communication effectiveness, and business writing for entry-level business people, new managers and vice-presidents, and high-level business leaders.

He also works with a great number of global equity and fixed income research analysts, portfolio managers, institutional salespeople, traders, private equity groups, and investment managers helping them synthesize and communicate investment information so that messages are purposeful, actionable and timely. Programs focus on creating effective and compelling pitches to new, potential and existing clients in presentations, emails, written reports, morning calls, marketing letters, and voice mail messages.

He has taught management communication at Columbia Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and Dartmouth’s Tuck School. He received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is also an award-winning songwriter and performer. He received the Nightlife Award from NYC’s cabaret, jazz and comedy critics for Outstanding Musical Comedy Performance for his one-man show, “A New Man.”

The Archstone Partnerships, Avondale Partners, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Behind the Numbers, Booz Allen Hamilton, BTG Pactual, Canaccord Genuity, Chilton Investment Co., DA Davidson, Ernst & Young, Evercore Partners, Fidelity Investments, Fir Tree Partners, Givaudan, GSO Capital, Investidor Profissional, Itaú BBA, JP Morgan, Ketchum, LaBranche & Co.,Lazard Frères, Lyster Watson, Macquarie Capital, Marakon Associates, Medley Global Advisors, MetLife, Mills, Morgan Stanley, NERA Economic Consulting, Pacific Crest Securities, The NPD Group, Pzena Investment Management, Restoration Capital, RiskMetrics, Roth Capital Partners, Rothschild, Russell Reynolds Associates, Santander, Scotia Capital Markets, Scout Capital, Standard & Poor’s, Standard General, Stephens, Inc., W.P. Stewart, Stifel Nicolaus, T. Rowe Price, TIAA-CREF, Tyrian Investments, UBS, Wedbush Securities, and York Capital.

JOANN BANEY is the co-founder and vice president of the Professional Development Company, Inc., a communications consulting firm in New York City. She coaches senior executives and presents customized communication training programs to corporations, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Her clients include Del Monte Foods, Henry Schein, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Federal Aviation Administration, UJA and the University of North Carolina.

At Columbia Business School Executive Education, Joann is faculty director of the FDNY Officers Management Institute, is on the faculty of the NYPD’s Police Management Institute, and teaches in a variety of other programs through Columbia’s Institute for Not-For-Profit Management. For many years Joann has taught at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, its Executive MBA program, and in its Speech Department. She is an adjunct professor of management communications at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and NYU’s Stern School.

Joann was previously the associate director of the Professional Development Center at Columbia Business School. In that role, she oversaw the management communications program for MBA students, supervising a staff of 16 instructors that taught presentation skills, writing, interviewing, and interpersonal skills to over 500 students annually. Before working at Columbia, Joann was director of communications for a management consulting consortium, managing all marketing and public relations activities.

In addition to consulting and teaching, Joann has performed as a singer and actress in numerous off-Broadway productions.

Joann holds a BA with Dean’s Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia. She is the author of Guide to Interpersonal Communication published by Prentice Hall.