Leadership and Effective Communication was a class tailored towards the needs of students in design and the allied fields. It helped us understand communication in a professional setting before entering the workforce as a design professional. We discussed cover letters, pitches, professional dress code, and developing a personal brand. We did many writing and presentation exercises to practice articulating visual design through language. The exercises proved to be quite useful. Towards the end of the semester, I was faced with a variety of presentation opportunities. In my core studios, I defended my final projects during critiques. I participated in a networking event at Centrifuse in downtown Cincinnati, and I certainly felt more at ease speaking to professionals in the field. Outside of the classroom, I’m also involved with Design for America, a social-impact design group at the University of Cincinnati. I pitched my DFA project with a fellow classmate and team member, Annemarie Meyers at the University Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition. I’ve included typed copy of the pitch we used which we had the opportunity to write, edit, and practice in Leadership and Effective Communication. The class supplemented the design skills I learned in studio, and I am more confident that I will be able to express my design thoughtfully in the future.