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   Alltel Information Systems
   A.N. Derringer
   Assn. of American Medical
   Bausch & Lomb
   Blackwell Publishing
   BlueCross BlueShield
   Brown Brothers Harriman
   Deloitte and Touche
   Rochester Democrat 
      & Chronicle
   Eastman Chemical
   Eastman Kodak Company
   General Railway Signal
   General Mills
   Grand Circle Travel
   Harris Communications
   Harvard Medical School
   Heidelberg Digital
   Jewish Home of Rochester
   John Hancock Funds
   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   National Assn. of Realtors
   Paine Webber
   Philadelphia Newspapers
   PriceWaterhouse Coopers
   Rochester Chamber of
   Rochester Museum and
       Science Center
   Sara Lee Corporation
   Specialty Minera's
   Smith-Kline (Centocor)
   Texas Governor's Conference for Women
   Texas Instruments
   The Kellogg Foundatin
   U.S. Government
   University of California
   University of Michigan Medical
   University of Rochester
   U.S. Coast Guard
   Vitale, Cutrano, Inc.
   Wegman's Food Markets
   Wells-Fargo Bank
   World Bank
   Xerox Corporation
   Xerox European Research
      Centre (Grenoble FR)

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   Puerto Rico
   The Netherlands

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Dr. Phyllis Mindell

Dr. Phyllis Mindell founded and has led Well-Read since 1979, overseeing its growth into an international supplier of the world’s finest communications seminars and leadership development programs. Well-Read’s customers benefit from her commitment to meet their precise requirements swiftly and with measurable outcomes.

As an original thinker in her fields, she has written four books and dozens of articles, columns, and research papers on all aspects of leadership, language, and communications. Power Reading was selected one of the thirty best business books of the year and provides the foundation of all Well-Read’s reading seminars. Her other books, How To Say It for Executives, A Woman’s Guide to the Language of Success, Communicating With Confidence and Power and How to Say It for Women, have sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into German, Chinese, and Arabic. In addition, Well-Read’s series of women’s seminars and speeches have enriched the lives of thousands all over the world. Phyllis’s message, that women can lead and succeed without compromising their femininity, integrity, or moral compass, shines as a beacon for women at every professional level.

An engaging, inspiring, and provocative speaker, she has keynoted and addressed major international audiences. Well-Read and Dr. Mindell count among their clients dozens of corporations, universities, and medical schools. In the newest venture, she is crafting seminars and resources to help parents apply current research to daily experiences that foster language development, reading, and writing in their children.

She earned the doctorate from the University of Rochester, the MS from City College of New York, and the BA from Brooklyn College. She has also done postdoctoral study in neurolinguistics, literature, and writing. Dr. Mindell holds the title of adjunct professor at Georgetown Medical School, where she helps scientists and doctors hone their professional and patient communication skills.

After the death in 2011 of her husband and partner, Marvin I. Mindell, she moved Well-Read's office to Washington DC. Her children, Joseph Mindell, Ossie Borosh, David and Pamela Mindell, and grandchildren Ari, Samuel, Lucia, and Clara light up her life.


About Well-Read

Well-Read designs and supplies advanced communications and leadership seminars. From our offices in Washington, DC. Our Family of Experts serves three major audiences: professionals and business people who must absorb and express ideas and information quickly, powerfully, and efficiently; leaders who must share their visions; and companies that must ready their workforces for the communications requirements of the digital era.

How Does Well-Read Serve Our Clients?

Our services include:

  •  On-site seminars anywhere in the world
  •  Custom programs in our areas of expertise
  •  Private labeling for large corporations
  •  Speeches for major conferences
  •  Private coaching for executives

For more detailed information or a proposal, please email:
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(202) 362-4338.

Why Well-Read?

Do you hear words like these at your firm?

bullet I was just wondering...
bullet I’m the boss — you do what I want.
bullet I disagree with you...
bullet You’re wrong...
bullet I’m not really sure how I feel about this but it sort of sounds good.
bullet I feel this project is really very important.
bullet I don’t have enough time to finish that job.
bullet I expect you to do this now.
bullet I get bombarded by reading material.
bullet I have a Ph.D. but feel like a dummy when I have to lead my organization.
bullet I read perfectly well and immediately forget what it said.
bullet I know how you feel
bullet It takes me too long to write anything, then it doesn’t look right.
bullet I’d rather die than give a presentation.
bullet No one listens to anyone else around here.
bullet Our meetings start late, end late, and often end in rancor.
bullet My team acts like a kindergarten class.
bullet I’m so excited.
bullet She’s a good manager yet she remains a woman.

These sentences reflect the kinds of weak, poor, inefficient communications that crush your bottom line, poison your work atmosphere, interfere with your customer relationships, and speed the departures of your valued employees.

Business and professional people spend most of their work time reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This means that you spend most of your salary and benefit money on communications: if you add efficiency and power, you’ll see immediate, concrete benefits. Well-Read delivers those benefits through quality learning experiences.

Since 1979, Well-Read has researched, designed, and presented the world’s finest communications and leadership seminars. Contrary to the popular view that communication and leadership are "soft" skills, we assert the they are "hard," measurable, and essential if businesses are to succeed. Our programs differ from others in ways that ensure your employees learn more, learn faster, learn deeply:

  • Small classes
  • Research-based original programs
  • Extensive materials and resource packages
  • Pre- and post- individual consultations
  • Reduced classroom time
  • Guaranteed, measurable behavioral changes
  • Expert consultants — no generalist "instructors"
  • Special features such as transcript analysis, electronic support, and others created to speed and compress learning


Family of Experts

The Family of Experts includes specialists in all aspects of language, leadership, and communications: we have no generalist "instructors." This means that the consulting team on each job brings the specific skills that job demands. For example, a recent Leadership Week tapped experts in leadership, advanced reading, speech writing, film direction, audiovisuals, drama, and team communications.


Recent speeches: (Phyllis Mindell)

  • Giving Voice to Leadership NY State Association for Women in Administration
  • Clear Scientific Writing Georgetown Medical School
  • Language that Heals Georgetown Medical School
  • Language and Power: What We Learn From Charlotte's Web Bryant College Women's Summit, Northstar Network, MPI
  • A Developmental Approach to Leadership
  • Language as Hope University of Rochester
  • Running the World: A Guide to Leadership
  • The Language of the Scientific Presentation, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Power Reading, Boston Center for Adult Education
  • The Language of Leadership, American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Executive Writing, Hispanic Association for Professional Advancement
  • Clear Writing in the Sciences, Georgetown University Medical School
  • The Language of Instruction, American Society for Training & Development
  • Women, Language, and Power: A Global Perspective, Xerox Intl. Women's Conference,
  • On the Money: The Language of Success in the Financial World, Boston Financial Network,
  • The End of Babel: Toward a Global Language of Success, Bausch & Lomb
  • Business Conversations, Paychex Executive Development Program
  • Language for Women Who Lead, Greater Rochester Assn. Women Attorneys
  • Engineering Success, Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference
  • Governing and Leading Through Language, State of PA Leadership Development Institute,
  • Our Heroes, Ourselves: Leadership Lessons From the Matriarchs, NEWBO
  • Women and Reading, Gannett Newspapers
  • Language for Women in the Executive Suite, Citibank Executive Forum
  • Toward a Humane Political Rhetoric, Republican Women's Club
  • The Language of Success, Women in Communications
  • Corporate Values and Corporate Reality, Eastman Kodak Managers' Forum
  • Aliteracy and Its Dangers, Chautauqua Institution
  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker, The Woman's Summit at Bryant College