Executive Communication Training Instructors

Jenifer Sarver

Jenifer Sarver has two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training. Her career has spanned the corporate, nonprofit and political worlds.

In launching Sarver Strategies, Jenifer focused her skills on training and storytelling, helping clients develop a narrative that effectively conveys their core values, and then preparing them to effectively deliver that message. Jenifer has extensive experience in media and presentation skills training, having conducted workshops and one-on-one trainings for a wide range of public figures including CEOs, foreign leaders, local and state political candidates and office holders, and nonprofit leaders.

Jenifer teaches courses on public speaking, advocacy communications, speechwriting, storytelling and confidence in communication, among other topics. She has lectured at UT Austin, Texas Woman’s University, Concordia University, American University and UT Dallas, among other institutions. She has taught at the Yale Women’s Campaign School. She has conducted international trainings in Kenya, Tunisia, Kazakhstan and Australia.

Jenifer spent nearly six years as Chief of Staff to Ambassador Karen Hughes, the Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller. In addition to supporting Ambassador Hughes, leading the Austin office and helping drive new business development, Jenifer managed a wide variety of accounts, from corporate communications to crisis response to overseeing all aspects of grassroots and media relations for a coalition.

Jenifer was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush Administration. She also served as the Director of The Archer Center and was a Senior Advisor on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. She received the degree of Master in Public Administration from American University. In 2017 she was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Marjorie Clifton

Marjorie Clifton is principal of Clifton Consulting LLC and has two decades of experience in communications, advocacy and public policy. Marjorie began her career as a product manager and spokesperson working for Sony and Kodak technology startups in Austin, TX. She founded her consulting business in Washington, DC in 2004 while working as a media trainer and messaging expert for senior administration officials in the federal government. 

As a consultant for corporations, non-profits and federal agencies, she establishes platforms for organizations and individuals by building and executing internal and external communication plans. She is also a published author and media commentator, appearing multiple times a week on CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, PBS and global radio. She is an expert in building and leading training programs and leadership initiatives, and her programs and campaigns have spanned five continents and nearly all fifty states. Her clients have included the U.S. Department of State, U.S.A.I.D, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Department of Energy, Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen Consulting, Verizon, General Motors, Coca Cola, the American Red Cross, Boeing, Pfizer, Ebay, the American Medical Association, Conservation International, the Women’s Media Center and the American Association of University Women.

Marjorie’s projects also include developing strategic coalitions and strategy for policy initiatives. In 2011, she was called upon by the White House to build and lead a coalition of Internet companies to address online counterfeiting of prescription drugs. Over the past five years, she has led a global initiative with 12 major corporations including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, GoDaddy, Rightside and UPS to create consumer education initiatives, facilitate policy dialogue and develop strategic partnerships with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Global Trade Organization, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, APEC and ICANN. Her structure has now been adopted in the EU Parliament and the Asian Pacific Economic Forum.

Marjorie received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from the University of Texas.  She received her master’s from Drama Studio London. Marjorie is currently a fellow and advisory board member for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas and serves on the board for the School of Undergraduate Studies. She is also an executive board member of the non-profit Running Start, and a founder of their Next Step program, which trains young women in career development and politics.  She was awarded a female “Profile in Power” by the Austin Business Journal in 2015.