The International Society of Female Professionals Recognizes Cheryl Stephens


A former lawyer, Cheryl has been involved in legal education, adult training, and communication for 40 years. For the last 30 years, she has consulted to business and government on communication projects. She now teaches, researches, and practices plain language communication, and is known as The Plain Language Wizard.

Cheryl is a leader in plain language communications, and a dynamic and vibrant speaker. She is an expert in

  • writing, speaking, and teaching about plain language and clear understandings,
  • helping clients to become better communicators following her research-based advice.

Cheryl Stephens co-founded International Plain Language Day in 2011 and the Plain Language Association International in 1993 and PLAIN Canada Claire in 2019. She was Chair of PLAIN’s 20th Anniversary Event and 9th International Conference PLAIN2013. She is the author of many articles and books, including Plain Language Legal Writing, and Plain Language in Plain English. She launched the popular LinkedIn group Plain Language Advocates. She published the Bathetic List to use humor in criticizing corporate jargon.

In her spare time, she is involved in online training: The Plain Train, The Multilingual Legal Dictionary, Lawyers for Literacy, and Target Crime with Literacy. She enjoys reading and travel.

International Society of Female Professionals Member, Cheryl Stephens, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.


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And so much more about Cheryl and her work in the links below!


Plain Language Wizardry Course

Video promoting course on science as basis of pl

Legal Writing

Interviews and other media

Capital Letters Interview

Cheryl Stephens at ExpertClick

Cheryl talks to Rotary of Silicon Valley

Cheryl’s YouTube Channel and other videos

Review of Plain Language Legal Writing


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