Marla Carano has over 15 years of experience in education and communication teaching, coaching, and training. She graduated from Youngstown State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Comprehensive Communications focus), and in 2009 she earned her Master of Arts in Communication from The University of Akron. Marla is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Youngstown State University with a primary focus on dual-enrollment research and evaluation methodologies. For the last ten years, Marla has served as an adjunct communication instructor at The University of Akron, Youngstown State University, and Kent State University. In addition to the basic speech course, Marla has taught advanced undergraduate courses in Group Decision Making, Research and Statistics, Advanced Rhetorical Analysis, Communication Theory, Business and Professional Speaking, Interviewing, Intercultural Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. From 2010-2014, she served as the Coordinator for Youngstown State University’s dual-enrollment program. Marla’s consulting services have included training on leadership and interpersonal skills, etiquette, personal imaging for individuals and companies, and public speaking, primarily for those delivering reports, keynotes, and campaign speeches. She has also presented at high schools throughout Northeast Ohio on college readiness programs and development and at several national conferences including the American Evaluation Association, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, and the National Communication Association for which she won best overall Scholar to Scholar presenter in 2007 and a top-student paper award in 2016.