Our mission: enable business leaders and their teams to communicate globally
Our coaches combine years of practical experience in their professions with coaching & training expertise
founder, executive director
Jennifer Cortright established English Connection in 1992 in response to the growing need for specialized corporate coaching in English. Holding degrees in Political Science from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the University of Virginia, Jennifer has earned a reputation as the “secret weapon” of French executives.
She implements executive coaching and training solutions across global organizations, working closely with business leaders in media, advertising, executive search, IT consulting, rail and aerospace.
Jennifer is skilled at helping executives and entrepreneurs deliver powerful presentations and successful pitches. As Executive Director, she has proven her ability to build long-lasting client relationships and deliver results.
Areas of expertise: Law and Legal English, Corporate Governance, Leadership Coaching
Professional background: Irish Ministry of Agriculture; CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre law firm; Saint-Gobain legal department; Lecturer, Ecole Française des Barreaux (EFB), Université de Paris Panthéon-Assas
Education and qualifications: M.A. in French history, University of London; B.A. in Law, University of Paris 1; Translation and interpreting certification, Institute of Linguists (London); Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Cambridge University
Areas of expertise: Public speaking, International Seminars, Media Training, Making the Pitch
Professional background: Event coordinator for the IMF; Communications for humanitarian associations
Education and qualifications: B.A. in French, Hood College (USA), Certificate of public speaking, Communication Center (USA), Member of steering committee, Toastmasters International (Paris)
Areas of expertise: Finance, Banking, Financial presentations and roadshows, Annual reports
Professional background: Institutional asset management, Société Générale (London); Development director, interest rates, ForEx and derivatives, Natexis (Paris, New York), Delta Global Trading (Boston); Financial analyst and adviser (New York)
Education and qualifications: B.A. in Economics , University of Manchester (UK)
Areas of expertise: English for Human Resources professionals, Career Transitions
Professional background: Christie’s (London, New York); Gallery manager (New York); Antiques dealer (Paris)
Education and qualifications: M.A. in Art History, University of St. Andrews (UK); Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), WICE (Paris)
Areas of expertise: FLE (French foreign language), cultural adaptation for expatriates
Professional background: French training and orientation for expatriates from Europe, China, India and the United States; Introduction to French language and culture; Practical workshops for everyday life, role plays and French corporate culture.
Education and qualifications: M.A. in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, B.A. in Linguistics, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne
Mirta Gomez Lavalle
Areas of expertise: Business Spanish, trade and tourism industries
Professional background: Interpreter – translator for the UN and UNESCO; Adult education for tourism professionals; Corporate Spanish training
Education and qualifications: B.A. in French and English, National University of Buenos Aires; M.A. in Foreign languages & civilizations, Sorbonne University – Paris IV; Tourism and hotel training certificate, CCIP; Certified examiner in business Spanish, Mairie de Paris
Areas of expertise: Business English, marketing, merchandising, trade show and event preparation
Professional background: Market Research, Siemens (Germany); Marketing Communications, General Motors (Germany); International Marketing Manager, DaimlerChrysler (USA)
Education and qualifications: B.A. in Marketing & German, Michigan State University (USA); Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL); Certificate in French Language & Civilization, Sorbonne University – Paris I
English Connection is proud of the long standing relationships it has built with a prestigious list of clients: