About Us

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Founded in 1998, Accent On Business is the premier Indiana Public Speaking & Communication Skills Firm, and extends its reach nationally.

Meet Our Team

Ellen Dunnigan
Ellen DunniganPresident and CEO
Ellen Dunnigan founded Accent On Business in 2001 specializing in public speaking, communication skills, and executive presence for leaders in business. She has 25 years of experience with professional and nonprofessional speakers in healthcare, media, politics, engineering, sports, and other industries. Ellen’s coaching in speaking skills gives established and emerging leaders greater confidence and credibility. Her leadership programs in accountability, alignment, difficult conversations, and organizational communication have helped leaders expand their influence. Ellen is known for her practical “how to” style.

Ellen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Pathology with emphasis in voice and brain science — and further post-graduate training in organizational development, leadership, and public speaking. She believes firmly that it’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it that makes the winning difference. To that end, she helps businesses and leaders communicate well and deliver stellar presentations. Ellen is the speaking coach for Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University and is active on several Indiana boards. She and her husband live in Indianapolis.

Alexandra Rufatto-Perry
Alexandra Rufatto-PerrySpeaking Coach, MA, CCC-SLP

Alexandra Rufatto-Perry is Director of Public Speaking and Professional Presence at Accent On Business. She is a nationally certified Speech Language Pathologist with over 16 years of experience in adult neurology and communication. She delights in speaking on the topics of Mastering Your Fear of Public Speaking, Professional Presence for Leaders, and Persuasive Public Speaking. In addition to speaking publicly, Alexandra coaches clients individually on becoming exceptional leaders, savvy communicators and thought influencers. She is passionate about teaching professionals how to say what they need and want to say. Alexandra and her husband Clark reside in Noblesville and enjoy spending time with their three children Kayla, Phillip and Carmen.

Sally Perkins
Sally PerkinsSpeaking Coach
Sally is a story performer who can make audiences of all ages laugh, cry, learn, and jump out of their skins through stories of all sorts. Sally offers coaching to help individuals use storytelling in professional presentations. She started off telling stories to children at Riley. She now holds a Ph.D. in rhetorical studies and has taught rhetoric and public speaking at the college level for over 25 years, including Butler University, and has received numerous awards for teaching excellence. She currently teaches as a speaking coach for Accent On Business.
Theresa Bareither
Theresa BareitherSpeaking Coach
Theresa has been a certified Speech-Language Pathologist for 45 years. During that time, she has worked in Corporate settings as well as hospitals, clinics, and public and private schools and universities. Over the past 20 years, she has helped hundreds of people from more than 40 different language backgrounds with their spoken and written English. She has published articles on Speech and Language Development, and has been a guest on local radio and television programs. At Accent On Business, Theresa provides accent modification services and advanced English training for its foreign national clients.

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