Speech-Language Pathology/Stuttering/Famous People Who Stutter/Political and Business Leaders
Representative Dennis Kucinich (1946- ; D-Ohio) overcame stuttering as a child. Rep. Kucinich was elected mayor of Cleveland at the age of 31. As a state senator, he won the 1996 National Association for Social Workers Outstanding Senator of the Year Award. He also won an Emmy for his political analysis on WJW-TV.
In the business world, John Sculley's (1939- ) stuttering "has taken him many years to overcome. He was also painfully shy."
Sculley wrote in his autobiography, "I was determined to build a strength out of what was originally a weakness. I went to the theater to watch how performers positioned themselves on stage. I'd practice for hours. I became obsessed with the idea that I was going to become better than anyone else as a business communicator."
Sculley rose to president of Pepsi-Cola. He succeeded in overtaking Coca-Cola as the #1 soft drink. He then changed coasts and cultures to become president of Apple Computer for ten years. Sculley became a great public speaker, gaining "renown for his ability to deliver rousing speeches in front of thousands, sometimes without notes."
Stutterer and CEO Jack Welch (1935- ) led General Electric to become one of the largest and most profitable American corporations.
- ^ Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff.
- ^ ASHA Leader
- ^ Richard Benyo, personal correspondance.
- ^ Stuttering Foundation of America.
- ^ Sculley, John. Odyssey (1987). p.111.
- ^ Carlton, Jim. Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders. (New York: Random House, 1997).