About Us

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Our mission: enable business leaders and their teams to communicate globally

Our Team

Our coaches combine years of practical experience in their professions with coaching & training expertise

English Connection team 2015
  • University Degree
  • 5+ years international business experience
  • Certified in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA …)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity and engaging personality
Jennifer Cortright english connection director

Jennifer Cortright

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.

English Connection Caitriona Delacroix

Caitriona Dunne-Delacroix

executive coach

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

Ginny Slocum

Ginny Slocum

executive coach

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)

Duncan Ashworth

Duncan Ashworth

executive coach

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)

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Claudia Iselin

executive coach

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)

English Connection Vanessa Bellendir

Vanessa Bellendir

executive coach

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

English Connection Mirta

Mirta Gomez Lavalle

executive coach

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

Erica Labous

Erica Labous

executive coach

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

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