Lauren Roselle, one of Southern California’s most sought after experts on the topics of interpersonal communication, assertiveness, and self-defense, is the founder and president of Esteem, a communication consulting firm. Lauren’s expertise includes personal coaching, group trainings, and motivational public speaking. With 25 years of experience in self-defense and assault prevention, Lauren believes that communication is the key component to confidence and personal safety because most conversations about self-defense gradually circle back to concerns about verbal and nonverbal communication.
After volunteering as a counselor on the Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline, supporting survivors who shared their assault stories, Lauren was highly motivated to begin working to reach women before they were in need of counseling. She moved from intervention to prevention, becoming a certified self-defense instructor and founding Esteem in 1991.
Lauren holds a Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication and has provided programs to a diverse array of corporations, organizations, colleges, middle and high schools, and individuals reaching over 27,000 participants with her lively and enthusiastic teaching style. Lauren’s mission is to empower those around her to communicate confidently and with Esteem.
Berit Elizabeth is a professional speaker and trainer specializing in body language and emotional intelligence. Her signature approach focuses on developing Emotive Agility® for leadership, personal development and enhanced communication skills in the workplace. Berit studied theatrical directing and social psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and New York University.
She is also certified through the EI Skills Group and through The Science of People. Her interdisciplinary background affords her a unique insight into designing interactive trainings for lasting impact. She has been invited to work with professional groups such as the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, Brattleboro Hospital and Wharton School of Business.
Residing in Massachusetts, Berit enjoys partnering with Esteem and bringing her trainings to audiences from coast-to-coast.
Meredith Gold has been teaching Adrenal Stress Scenario Training (ASST) programs since 1992, having worked with a variety of self defense organizations, including Impact Personal Safety in Los Angeles and Rocky Mountain Combat Applications Training in Colorado in addition to teaching her own program, RAW Power Real World Self Defense and Empowerment Training.
Jude M. Whitton holds a Master’s degree in Human Communication, with a specialization in Interpersonal Communication and an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. Jude has an engaging personality and a passion for teaching and informing others in various areas of communication. More specifically, she specializes in public speaking, intergenerational communication, classroom communication and management, relational aggression in girls, bullying, and other aspects of interpersonal communication. What Jude finds most rewarding about sharing her knowledge with others is not only seeing the transformation of the students’ behavior throughout various sessions with her, but also hearing about how the knowledge gained has impacted them directly in their lives. When not working with Esteem, Jude teaches Communication Studies at several Southern California colleges. In her free time Jude enjoys reading, traveling, gardening and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Allison Mennie, a social media expert, is the Director of Marketing and Social Media at Esteem. As well as managing our online presence, Allison is an Esteem Class alumna and from this experience can speak to the importance of these classes. Prior to working at Esteem, Allison ran her own small-business strategy consulting firm. When she isn’t updating Esteem’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, she’s out paddle-boarding or hiking with her two dogs. Allison is excited to be working at Esteem and feels fortunate to be a part of empowering people to communicate better and learn self-defense.
Ron Vizansky has been teaching men, women, teens, and children self defense since 1989. He joined the Esteem team in 1995 as one of our “muggers,” giving students the opportunity for adrenalized training against a padded assailant. He’s worked with many organizations in this capacity including Impact Personal Safety, Kidpower, Project Blind Ambition, RMCAT, and R.A.W. Power. Traveling to many states, and several countries, Ron has empowered thousands of students to use their voices and bodies to stay safe.