Creator of "Make A Promise Day" May 4th, Matthew Cossolotto aka "The Podium Pro" is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew served as speechwriter to the CEO and a communications specialist at MCI Communications, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. Matthew served as founding president and board chair of The Center for Voting and Democracy www.FairVote.org. He is the former president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society www.Shakespeare-Oxford.com and is the founder and president of Study Abroad Alumni International, dedicated to "building a community of global citizens." The author of The Almanac of European Politics, HabitForce, and All The World's A Podium, hes working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield titled The Power of Making a Promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs -- what he calls "PEPTalks" to college and corporate audiences worldwide.