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Brandt Johnson

Co-founder Brandt Johnson conducts all the Syntaxis executive presence and presentation skills training.

A former investment banker and speechwriter, Brandt has trained executives of major corporations across the United States and around the world. He is the author of the book Practical Presentation Skills: Authenticity, Focus & Strength. He is also a playwright, actor, and lifelong athlete who played professional basketball in Europe and on tour against the Harlem Globetrotters. He is the director of the documentary film Rebel with a Clause, which is now in post-production.

Brandt graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in mathematics and has an M.B.A. in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Ellen Jovin

Co-founder Ellen Jovin teaches all the Syntaxis writing, grammar, and email etiquette workshops.

Ellen, the author of several books on writing and grammar, has trained the employees of hundreds of major organizations. Her latest book, Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian (HarperCollins), was a national bestseller in 2022, and her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle. Ellen is the creator and proprietor of the Grammar Table, a traveling pop-up grammar advice stand that has been covered by The New York Times, CBS Evening News, NPR, and the BBC. Earlier in her career, she worked as a freelance reporter and college writing instructor.

Ellen has a B.A. in German studies from Harvard College and an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA.