Hope Mihalap is a national award-winning speaker with an ear for accents and an eye for the humor of everyday life. Her material comes from her background as a Greek-American whose late husband was a Russian professor. She has been a featured performer on Crystal cruise ships since 1995 and has made audiences laugh in all 50 states and in England, Australia, and even once in Russia (in translation).
Hope is a graduate cum laude of Vassar College, where she majored in English and was president of the student body. After college, she worked as private secretary to Sir Rudolf Bing, the controversial general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Upon her return to her home state of Virginia, she became a newspaper writer and host of her own program on public radio.
Her stories are based on her personal life and take advantage of her flair for mimicry. She holds the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame award (the Council of Peers Award of Excellence) from the National Speakers Association– the Oscar of her profession. Her presentations remind listeners that some of the most unpleasant things that happen to one are often the funniest in retrospect. Her three children live and work all over the world.