You are a leader in your own life! As a leader you are continually faced with surprises that lead you willingly,or not so willingly, into adventure. Come and experience a weekend with a focus on honing your ability to treat your experiences as an adventure, and meet surprises with composure.

Spring Conference 2015

Gail and Frank Co Chairs

Thank you from the Conference Chairs

Have you ever had the good fortune to be a part of a team that plans together, pulls together and performs together? We have! Our fabulous team of volunteers did a remarkable job of preparing everything, ensuring every challenge was met, and ensuring that every wrinkle was swiftly smoothed out. Co-Chairing the Spring'15 Conference was indeed A Surprising Adventure. It was a big job, but a wonderful leadership opportunity, and a chance to make some great friends!

Frank and Gail Gustin
Spring 2015 Co-Conference Chairs

Spring Conference 2015 - A SURPRISING ADVENTURE!

A Surprising Adventure program for  Friday April 24 to Sunday April 26 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites

Friday | April 24th

Information & Help
located in the Foyer near Grand York A, upper level...
Registration: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm)
Credentials: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm) 
Authors Corner: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm)

Hospitality: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm)

Time Event / Location
3:30pm Network Break - Coffee/Tea served
5:00pm Workshops #1 - see speakers and rooms >> 
5:45pm Comfort Break
  ** Wine reception (Outside Grand York A, upper level)
6:00pm First Timers and all Distinguished Toastmasters Meet & Greet (Thornhill, upper level)
6:30pm Comfort Break
  Line up for Banner Parade (Hallway beside Grand York B & C, upper level)
7:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Grand York A, upper level)
  Parade of Banners (parade in from hallway beside Grand York B & C, upper level)
7:30pm DTM Recognition Dinner (Grand York A, upper level)
  DTM medal presentations (Grand York A, upper level)
9:00pm Dance - Let's Go Fly A Kite! (Grand York A, upper level)


Saturday | April 25th

Information & Help
located in the Foyer near Grand York A, upper level...
Registration: (7:00 am - 2:15 pm & 5:30 pm  - 7:00 pm)
Credentials: (7:00 am - 7:50 am & 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm)
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm)
Early Bird Sign Up Fall Conference: (1:00 pm)

Authors Corner: (7:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm - 9:30pm)

Time Event / Location
7:00am Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast Brag  (Grand York A, upper level)
8:00am District Keynote - Merri Macartney, DTM PDG  (Grand York A, upper level)

"Get Out of Jail Free"

8:45am Comfort Break
9:00am Workshops #2 - see speakers and rooms >> 
9:55am Network Break -  Coffee, tea served 
10:15am Workshops #3 - see speakers and rooms >> 
11:10am Comfort Break 
11:30am Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon  (Grand York A, upper)  
12:30pm M.M.A.D. award presentations (Member Making A Difference)
1:00pm Comfort Break
1:15pm Educational Workshop - Craig Valentine, MBA 1999 WCPS (Grand York A, upper level)

"Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease"

1:55pm Comfort Break 
2:10pm International Speech Contest  (Grand York A, upper level)
4:10pm 5 minute break - Coffee, tea served 
4:15pm Business Meeting (Grand York B & C, upper level)
6:30pm  **  Wine reception (Foyer near Grand York A, upper level)
7:15pm Governors Banquet (Grand York A, upper level)
  Swearing in of District Officers, Presentations, DG's Keynote
8:50pm Governors Ball (Grand York A, upper level)


Sunday | April 26th

Information & Help
located in the Foyer near Grand York A, upper level...
Hospitality: (7:00 am to 8:00 am)
Registration (8:00 am to 10:00 am) 
Early Bird Sign Up Fall '15 Conference (All day)

Authors Corner: (8:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Time Event / Location
7:00am Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast Brag (Grand York A, upper level)
8:00am Presentation - Revitalized Education Program - Justin O'Donnell DTM (Grand York A, upper level)
8:30am Education Workshop - Uri Galimidi (Grand York A, upper level) 

"The Neuroscience of Willpower"

9:30am Network Break - Coffee, tea served 
9:45am Evaluation Contest (Grand York A, upper level)
11:15am Comfort Break
11:35am Champion Luncheon (Grand York A, upper level)
12:45pm Douglas Barclay Award Presentation
1:25pm Keynote - Craig Valentine, MBA 1999 WCPS (Grand York A, upper level)

"The Surprising Secrets to Getting Remarkable Results in Leadership and Life"

 2:15pm Wrap - up

Craig Valentine | Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1999

Present With Impact And Persuade With Ease
  Craig Valentine MBA | World Champion of Public Speaking 1999

International Keynote Speaker 

Educational Workshop | Saturday April 25, 1:15 pm

Join Craig Valentine and get the top tools to keep your audiences on the edge of their seats and persuade them to take your next desired step. Whether speaking to an audience of 1 or 1000, you will pick up tools to…

  1. Hook your listeners into your presentation from your very first words
  2. Motivate and influence your audience to take action when you are finished
  3. Craft, deliver, and sell your message effectively
  4. Present in a confident, assured, and engaging manner
  5. Make your message memorable
  6. Breathe life into your presentations, bring your audience to you, and build a message that sticks!

This is one interactive workshop you can’t afford to miss. Build your confidence and your competence and have lots of fun in the process!

"I learned more from you in one hour than I have in years of giving speeches. Thank you for inspiring me to find my own voice and greatness as a speaker!! Thank you!" - Pele Raymond Ugboajah, DreamBanc, L.L.C

“I got feedback that my class was inspiring, that I was phenomenal, and I was asked if I speak outside the Learning Annex. So, I just want to thank you and let you know that your teachings DO WORK.” - Isaak Gelbinovich, President, Speaking to Succeed

“I gave the speech last Monday and everyone raved about it. Thank you so much for your help. I went in very confident, knowing it was a very good speech… In fact, they hope to get me back again..." - Christine Duvivier Managing Director, Impact Partners

Craig Valentines Biography 

Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping people get remarkable results through leadership, communications, and change. Known as the Champion of Change, he is a professional speaker and has spoken in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, and Japan giving as many as 160 presentations per year.

Craig is the author of the Amazon.com #1 Bestseller, World Class Speaking In Action.  He is also the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International, winning out of more than 25,000 contestants in 14 countries.  He has used his success formulas to:

  • win Salesperson of the Year (3 times) for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill’s Mid-Atlantic Division
  • become an award-winning management trainer for one of the most prestigious and largest seminar companies in the United States (averaging an industry-leading 5.85 on a 6.0 rating scale)
  • produce sales years of 233%, 157%, and 152% of goal for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • sell more than $8 million in educational resources in a single year
  • win the Rising Star salesperson award as a rookie with Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • direct a highly-successful employment academy for homeless men in Baltimore City and achieved a 100% job placement rate for the program’s graduates
  • win Events Manager of the Year for the National Small Business Council
  • win a Congressional Achievement Award from the United States Congress for excellence in communications
  • earn the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University
  • receive hundreds of speaking awards from Toronto to Taipei
  • help the United Way of Central Maryland exceed its $45 million fundraising goal in the year 2000 by training their Loaned Executives to present with influence

Craig Valentine | Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1999

The Surprising Secrets to Getting Remarkable Results in Leadership and Life
Craig Valentine MBA | World Champion of Public Speaking 1999

International Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speech | Sunday April 26, 1:25 pm

Leadership and Life By Craig Valentine, MBA; 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking 3-time Mid-Atlantic Salesperson of the Year (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill) What does it take to get remarkable results in leadership and life? Is there one secret to success? No. There is not one secret; there are four. In this powerful and interactive keynote, Craig Valentine will share the 4-step cycle that helps you become the leader that others want to follow and inspires you to live the life you desire and deserve.

Discover the tools that will help you...

Build great relationships that bring greater rewards  
Understand the number one obstacle to becoming a great leader
Motivate your team to be on the way and not in the way
Experience less stress and much more joy as a leader
Inspire people to change and constantly improve
Exceed your goals in business and in life!

This is one keynote speech you cannot afford to miss!

“You are truly the best speaker I have ever heard, and my first day back in my sales territory, I was charged.  I let everyone know how you changed us with you dynamic inspirational speech.  Your message…is tailored to the spirit that is required to motivate yourself permanently, and ensure personal growth.  We broke a district record by selling 154 registrations. All of us realize that this success was a direct result of our keynote speaker." - Bob Sloan Fall Conference Chair 2001 Cornwall, Canada

"I cannot express enough thanks for your presentation.  I believe that your presence…challenged our office to make significant changes and accept the year ahead. My Chief, was highly impressed by your presentation and not only laughed throughout your speech, but used some of your speech to make his presentation about upcoming changes in the year ahead."  - Tamika L. Baxley United States Probation Office

"You were WONDERFUL!!!  Everyone is STILL talking about you!!! I am even trying to practice your tips! You made me aware of practicing and putting my learning to use daily!"  - Suzy G. Johnson Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Director


Get Out of Jail Free - Merri Macartney, DTM |  Past District  86 Governor

Get Out of Jail Free

Merri Macartney, DTM
Past District 86 Governor
District 86 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speech Saturday April 25, 8:00 am

Merri Macartney has been designing and implementing educational materials for nearly 20 years.  Whether it was for her students as a high school teacher, adult learners in Continuing Education Centers or for the corporate world, Merri has presented keynotes and seminars on a variety of topics.  Her persistence in the face of adversity, matchless sense of humour and endless belief in the power of positive thinking enabled Merri to overcome the challenges of being a high school drop-out to high school teacher to becoming a sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, author and certified coach.  She has learned how to change the channels in her life in order to realize many of her dreams.

Merri has published four books and was a regular contributor for Sun Media Corporation with her humourous slice of life column Note to Self for over four years.

She has earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest award from Toastmasters International.  Merri also earned the Excellence in Marketing Award, 2008-2009, and the Excellence in Education & Training Award for 2009-2010 and served as the District 86 Governor 2010-2011.

Merri is a wife and the mother of four sons and a proud grandma to 6 year old twin boys.  She says she has been blessed with many surprising adventures.

The Neuroscience of Willpower - Uri Galimidi

The Neuroscience of Willpower

Uri Galimidi MSc, MBA

Guest Speaker

Education Workshop Sunday April 26, 8:30 am

As human beings we all share one trait; we all want to improve our lot in life.  Scientists tell us that there are two key virtues that influence our success in life: Intellect and Willpower. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to change our IQ during the course of our life. But we can strengthen our willpower. Imagine what your life will be like if you could double the strength of your willpower. What would become of your career, your family, your business?

In this presentation I will share six simple, yet highly effective, neuroscience-based interventions that will help you strengthen your willpower, conquer undesirable habits, adopt new beneficial habits, meet your goals with a higher rate of success, and become the best possible version of yourself. If you are striving for a change in your life but are unsure of how to bring it about, if you are frustrated about your lack of progress, if you procrastinate or feel “stuck” then this presentation is for you.


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