Hank Walshak, founder, owner, and CEO of Walshak Communications, Inc., is a communications consultant, executive presentation coach, and author. He focuses on helping knowledge entrepreneurs in small and mid-sized businesses and their owners create expertise-related content to differentiate themselves as experts.
He is recognized for his ability to empower experts to creatively articulate themselves and to stand out vis-à-vis their competitors in the markets they serve. He is adept at helping executives and business owners articulate their ideas in ways that energize and stay with their audiences.
In the last 25-plus years, Hank has helped hundreds of clients at start ups, small, and mid-size companies develop the three R’s of cogent communications – recognition, resonance, and receptivity among their clients, customers, and prospects. Creativity and conceptual prowess drives his ability to listen deeply to clients and to elaborate stand-out communications for them.
Since 1984, he has consulted with, coached, and implemented programs for business experts across a number of industries, from start ups, pharmaceuticals, energy, high technology, manufacturing, and advanced materials to health care, law to petrochemicals, sales, accounting, and higher education.
As part of his work for clients, Hank has written three books, the most recent being Driven: A How-to Strategy for Unlocking Your Greatest Potential, a work of creative nonfiction, written with Razi Imam and published by John Wiley & Sons (www.drivennation.com).
Earlier, he authored two histories — Meeting the Challenge: The Wesley College Story 1873-2003, and Elmira College: Still Ahead of Its Time. He is currently at work on a new book about gender fairness in the workplace. He is a contributing author to Top Ten Tips for Lasting Happiness and 29 Perspectives: Success Strategies for Business and Life.
He writes on issues in business, healthcare, higher education, and psychology. His work, under his bylines and the bylines of clients, has appeared in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TEQ Magazine, New Home, Pittsburgh Metroguide, The Strip Magazine, The Presidency, Convene, Oncology Times, Hematology Oncology News & Issues, Western Pennsylvania Hospital News, Chicago Hospital News, and South Florida Hospital News.
From time to time, Hank lectures on communications at institutions of higher learning. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Point Park University, Chatham University, and Carlow University.
Before starting his own communications consulting and coaching firm in 1984, Hank excelled as a public relations executive at the world’s leading agencies in New York at Burson Marsteller Public Relations and in Pittsburgh at Ketchum Public Relations where he served as vice president and director of media training.
He received his higher education in the United States and abroad. After completing his B.A. degree in languages from St. Bernard’s College, stateside, he transferred to the Universite de Louvain in Belgium, where he received the B.A. degree in education and completed work toward his Master’s Degree. He also completed graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business. In studying abroad he developed the ability to relate cross culturally to businesses and to speak and read French and German.