Spring 2015 Conference
NOTE: All information on Keynote Addresses is tentative and subject to change.
Lance Miller, DTM
Losing My Way to the World Championship
In this presentation, Lance addresses how he got the most out being in Toastmasters. He walks people through many of the lessons learned by pushing himself and making mistakes in Toastmasters and how this led to his success in both winning the World Championship of Public Speaking as well as success outside of Toastmasters. He shares how Toastmasters is a learning environment and the need to continue to challenge yourself, complete speaking and leadership manuals and actively do the Toastmasters program to gain the personal experience for personal success.
Lance Miller is an award winning speaker and trainer. He brings a unique mix of talent and life experience that has shaped his philosophy and viewpoint of the world.
He shares a perspective of having lived life. In addition to an extensive business background, he has sat atop 14,000 ft. peaks, rafted some of the roughest whitewater in U.S., sailed transatlantic from the Virgin Islands to Norway, piloted his own aircraft hundreds of hours from Northern Michigan to the tip of Key West, scuba dived under the ice of frozen lakes in the dead of winter and twice hitchhiked through Europe. He has traveled extensively and has worked in forwarding numerous international humanitarian causes.
Lance Miller is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Food Systems, Economics and Management. He began working as a teenager in his family's milk and ice cream company learning real life lessons while working in the processing plant, running delivery routes and managing retail stores. He gained valuable experience in understanding the importance of hard work and service in handling both employees and customers.
He has held sales and management positions. He was the guest on over 150 Television and Talk Radio Shows across America. Lance has delivered over 300 public addresses at civic forums and official gatherings on the importance of fundamental human rights as a foundation to civilization, peace and economic prosperity.
Lance was instrumental in building his home Toastmasters Club, Renaissance Speakers, to the #4 Toastmasters Club in the world. In 2005 he emerged from a field of 28,000 contestants from 90 countries to win the title of the World Champion of Public Speaking.
Manage Things, Lead People -
Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way
In this highly interactive and entertaining keynote, rather than discuss his successes, Ed reflects on his leadership failures at work and at home, and the lessons he learned from them. These mistakes don’t have to be repeated in your life! There are Facebook moments you won’t want to miss! Have fun at his expense!
Ed will share valuable lessons learned about leadership during turbulent times, the actions which leaders must take when implementing or responding to change, and show you how to cope with the everyday turbulence in your lives.
Ed Tate is a successful trainer, author, international keynote speaker and executive known worldwide as “the speaker who energizes, educates and entertains.” To date, he has spoken professionally in 47 states, 15 countries and on five continents.
Ed won the coveted Toastmasters International 2000 World Championship of Public Speaking, finishing ahead of 175,000 members from 70 countries. In 2008, Ed earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers (IFPS). It is the speaking profession's international measure of professional platform skill. It is an honor bestowed on less than 15% of its members.
As an author, his publishing accomplishments include:
Ed is the principal of Ed Tate & Associates, LLC, a professional development firm that provides keynote and endnote presentations and workshops, as well as in-person and do-it-yourself tools and expertise on Leadership and Business Presentation Skills.
PID Pamela McCown, DTM
Revitalized Education Program Update
In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters is revitalizing our education program. This effort aligns with the directive for a renewed focus on leadership and communication in the Board of Directors' 2010 Strategic Plan.
Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program will offer:
Pamela McCown joined Toastmasters in 2001 to gain leadership experience and worked her way through club and district offices to be elected as District 56 Governor, and as International Director in August 2009. She served on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. Pamela received a Presidential Citation in August 2014 at the Toastmasters International Convention.
As a Past International Director, Pamela still works with district leaders and represents Toastmasters in a variety of capacities. In 2014, she was selected by Toastmasters International to serve as the District 56 Chief Ambassador for the Revitalized Education Program that is being developed to enhance our Toastmasters learning experience. She was featured in an article in the March 2015 TOASTMASTER magazine and on the Toastmasters Podcast #091 discussing the exciting opportunities for members to personalize their learning in the Toastmasters International education programs of the future.
Pamela retired from a successful 30 year career in banking in July 2006. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 43 years and live in Pasadena, Texas. She and her husband are enjoying their retirement. They have attended the Toastmasters International annual conventions together since the 2002 conference in San Antonio and are pleased to return to San Antonio to be reunited with friends in District 55.