About Us


To co-create a world of great communicators.


To discover and reveal the world’s best communication processes and provide people with the practice and experience to use them.


๏ We believe that all people are created equal.
๏ We all want to be seen and heard.
๏ Invest in your audience and all else will follow.
๏ Practice what we ask others to practice.
๏ Profit though kindness, empathy and generosity.
๏ Seek the answer through relationship. Collaborate.
๏ Create Safe Space: Grounded in strong ethics and as much as possible, the creation of a safe productive space.
๏ Explore: Be Brave.
๏ Be curious.
๏ Enjoy the process.

Our Methodology

At Connection Lab we are a laboratory. We practice what we ask others to practice – testing our methodology and always in service of finding better ones. Our mission is create the worlds best communicators. While terrifying to many the endeavor to be a great a communicator is mandatory for our success as humans.

At the core of communication is our ability to create great relationships. At Connection Lab we start by understanding what is required to create a great relationship and this starts with your relationship to Self, your Audience and last your Content. We know that this is the exact opposite of what we think or wish in our approach to presentations. Content must come first?! And, content is after all what we are better at, since it is our content that got us the gig in the first place, right?

However, to quote the great acting teacher Sandford Mesiner, “In most professions, every practitioner uses the same tools and techniques, while the actor’s chiefly instrument is himself” and “I’m going to tell you all something. The text is the greatest enemy.” An actor is a performer and, in truth, you are the instrument on the phone, at the meeting or on the stage that is instructing and leading your colleagues, your team and maybe even your company. If a PowerPoint presentation was enough, we would not need to meet at all.

The start of the Connection Lab process is learning how to create authentic relationship so that you have the ability to connect with one person or 50,000, in the elevator, at a keynote, or a zoom conversation.

The Connection Lab modules are a cocktail of years of experience in radio, theater, television, trade show production, and ontological coaching. We invite you to enter our Laboratory, Get Curious and Enjoy the Process.


Our Team

Russ Hamilton


Russell Hamilton is the founder of Connection Lab, a training and development company specializing in communication, presentation and leadership development programs delivered worldwide. On the way, he has enjoyed serial careers as a radio host, a marketing director, a film/TV producer, a consultant and an author. Russ volunteers at the All Stars Project in New York, he has a couple of old motorcycles, he’s a golfer and a gamer and lives in Greenwich Village NY with his wife Carolyn and their two cats Leo and Bubbles.

Carolyn Sevos


Carolyn Sevos Hamilton is a facilitator and the Chief Operations Officer for Connection Lab, a training and development company specializing in communication, presentation and leadership development programs delivered worldwide. Her past work includes over 20 years as the CEO/President of IntraCommunities, Inc., a boutique website and database development firm and managed YouCake, Inc., an online website specialized in custom dessert toppers. Previous experience includes teaching high school history and marketing at a small English-language publishing house specializing in books on Asia.

She has an MA in education from NYU and a BA in history from Oberlin College. She served on the board for NAWBO NYC and NYWA. In 2006 she was awarded Public Policy Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. She loves working with entrepreneurs, traveling and cooking. Carolyn was born in Paris, France and raised in NYC, where she currently resides with her husband and two street cats Bubbles and Leo.

Our Partners

Rai-mon Nemar Barnes


Principal & CMO – CodeSwitch LLC / wecodeswitch.com

Rai-mon has been obsessed with helping independent businesses thrive for more than 20 years. Providing exceptional leadership for agencies, brands, start-ups and publishers across a wide range of industries, he’s displayed a nack for asking the right questions. His experience executing as a big picture thinker who appreciates the little details was the catalyst for founding CodeSwitch.

Rai-mon works tirelessly as an advocate for conscious companies and independent workers with the AIMBA and as a board member for Conscious Capitalism NYC. He is passionate about the arts, the Golden State Warriors, and artisanship.

Reilly Dow


Reilly Dow is a graphic facilitator working in English and Spanish. Over the past 10 years, she has supported a broad range of clients on four continents, using visuals to facilitate dialogue, depth, and understanding. Recent projects include co-creating a comic book on ecosystems services with communities on the Gulf Coast of Mexico for the GIZ, and co-facilitating a retreat for global leaders in the Burren on the west coast of Ireland. Reilly’s background in early childhood education informs a focus on lifelong learning and creativity. While completing an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, her research focused on parent voice and participation in local public schools. Reilly was born in Canada and is based in Mexico City.





“We’ve used Connection Lab for leadership development across the company, and received feedback that it’s the best training people have ever taken.”
Cathy Hawley Dr. Director, People Development, Return Path

“Connection Lab was so incredibly helpful/powerful. It reinforced connecting with the audience, and added on communicating the “demand” – which can be used throughout life and business.”
Connection Lab Participant, Return Path

“My Connection Lab experience has opened a new door to my professional development. I see the benefits of my program in both my work and personal relationships, my staff is more responsive to me, as is the most senior management.”
Chris Hamel P. Geo District Geologist, Exploration, Cameco Corporation

“Equipped with the skills and methods I’ve learned through Connection Lab, I was able to help a group of eight senior leaders in ways that I simply could not have done before. One of the participants cane up to me and said it was probably the most valuable time he has spent in his entire career from a developmental standpoint. The power of learning and developement and the honoring and gratitude that comes with that is absolutely fundamental to what this firm stands for.”
Mark Frein, Chief People Officer, InVisionApp

“This was one of the best training I’ve ever experienced. Highly engaging, very valuable. I am already applying the things that I learned. Very much recommended! ”
Connection Lab Participant, InVisionApp

“It’s incredible to see what people accomplish over the course of a few hours. The supportive environment that Russ and the other participants create allows for people to completely change how they communicate, and it’s such a pleasure to be a part of that.”
Connection Lab Participant, Return Path

“Not only did I learn a TON of actionable practices regarding presentation and leadership that I could apply to my role, but much of this can be used in life.”
Connection Lab Participant, InVisionApp

“Connection Lab with Russell Hamilton changed my life. I went into the workshop not knowing what to expect. This 2-day event transcends presentations, public-speaking, and business. It renewed my interactions in life. I learned about the relationship between my self, my content, and my audience. I learned about story telling – the value I contribute to the business and the people around me. And I learned about the importance of true connection, reclaiming the value of my relationships. I will carry this experience with me, no matter where life takes me. And I’ll practice every day!”
Connection Lab Participant, InVisionApp