Peggy Klaus
Author, Brag! and The Hard Truth about Soft Skills

Peggy Klaus, the author of BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It, provides customized, cutting-edge leadership and communication programs on topics such as executive presence, branding, self-promotion, political savvy and networking. In 2004, she founded Brag! Connections, which pairs teenage girls with professional women to help them learn and practice self-promotion and networking skills. She also created the curriculum Soft Skills 101: Lessons for Teens on Getting Ahead at School, at Work and in Life, based on her book The Hard Truth About Soft Skills, which is offered to middle school and high school students. Klaus earned advanced degrees in drama, speech and theatre from the London-based Royal Academy of Music and the Drama Studio. She began her career as an actor and classical singer before moving to Hollywood to become a producer, director and talent coach. She has worked with actors, comedians, musicians, and broadcast news talent in productions for Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, ABC, CBS and NBC. Klaus’ client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-sized organizations, including JP Morgan Chase, MasterCard, Chevron Corporation, Deloitte, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Oracle, National Football League, Gap Inc., American Express, Mattel, PricewaterhouseCoopers and many others. Klaus has taken her message to students and faculty at The University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University; the University of California, Davis; the University of Virginia and other universities. She has appeared on Nightline, The Today Show and 20/20 and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, The New York Times, Bloomberg Business and O magazine. She serves on the board of The Young Women’s Leadership Network and has served as a board member for the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco and the SAGE Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley.