Top Secret Mission Files

The mission, should you choose to accept it, awaits…

Mission Briefing:

Mission Details

Please note: All events are listed in UTC -7 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 VIRTUAL

6:30PM — Opening Ceremonies / Mission Briefing

6:50PM — Welcome Keynote:

  • Toastmasters International Director, Region 3, Violetta Rios, DTM

7:35PM — Keynote #1:

  • Marshall Shore, “Making History Hip: Telling Our Stories”

8:20PM — Roundtable Discussions

9:20PM — Mission Sign-Off (Closing) / End

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 • HYBRID

8:00AM — Mission Check-In (Registration) Starts

8:30AM — Doors Open

  • Dignitary Parade

8:45AM — Keynote #2:

  • Carey Conley, “Vision is Victory: Today Is Your Someday – You Just Need a Plan”

10:15AM — Recess

  • Raffle

10:30AM — Roundtable Discussions

11:30AM — Recess

  • Raffle

11:45AM — Lunch

  • Early Bird DCP

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 (cont.)

  • The Juris Kursulis Spirit Award
  • DTM Induction Ceremony
  • Communications & Leadership Award
  • Raffle

1:00PM — Recess

  • Raffle

1:15PM — Keynote #3:

  • Carrie Verrocchio, “Overcoming Words that Hurt”

2:00PM — Recess

  • Raffle
  • Contest-Only Ticket Registration Starts

2:15PM — District Evaluation & International Speech Contests

5:00PM — Mission Sign-Off (Closing) / END

*Tentative schedule only; the Conference Committee reserves the right to make any changes prior to the event. Please be on the lookout for exciting updates! 

Know Before You Go

Agency Assets (Keynotes)

Mission Briefings: Round Table Presentations

Virtual Facilitators

Friday

Marshall Shore

Title:  If You Choose to Accept This Mission

DescriptionHow can personal and professional transformation lead to discovery and fulfillment? Join us as we delve into the transformative power of personal and professional growth in this dynamic discussion. We will also explore how embracing radical change can lead to profound insights, new opportunities, and a deeper sense of fulfillment.

Carrie Verrocchio, Level 1

Club(s):  Leaders and Learners

Title:  The Power of Choice

DescriptionThe longer we live, the more our lives are defined by the choices we have made, are making, and will make. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the profound impact of choice in shaping our lives. We will reflect on the freedom we have to choose wisely – or unwisely – and explore how we are defining our future selves.

Sheryl Meckle, Level 5

Club(s):  Midtown Toast Pros

Title:  Legacy Building

DescriptionMentorship is the cornerstone of growth and development in Toastmasters, fostering a culture of support, guidance, and continuous improvement. Let’s delve into the benefits of both having and being a mentor, and explore what it takes to mentor a Toastmaster and mentor a Toastmasters club.

Bettie A. Covington, DTM

Club(s):  SLEEK, Mel-On

Title:  The Coaching Habit

DescriptionJoin us as we explore the transformative impact of asking powerful questions in coaching situations, inspired by Michael Bungay Stanier’s acclaimed book. Discover how these carefully crafted questions can stimulate meaningful dialogue with your protege and uncover the challenges they may be facing. Explore how each question serves as a catalyst for growth and discovery for both you and your protege in this engaging discussion.

Collen M. McNeese, DTM

Club(s):  West Valley, WeSERV, Writers Ink

Title:  What Is Your Toastmasters Why?

DescriptionJoin us for a thought-provoking discussion as we delve into the essence of your Toastmasters “why” and explore practical strategies for bringing it to life. Discover the power of aligning your intentions with your actions and learn how to move from merely knowing your “why” to actively incorporating it into your “how.” Explore ways to translate your purpose into tangible outcomes within the Toastmasters community and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain clarity on your motivations and empower yourself to make a meaningful impact through your Toastmasters journey.

Networking

Title:  Connect with Fellow Members!

Saturday

Tom Tiboni, DTM

Club(s):  BA AZ Toastmasters

Title:  How to Toastmaster at Work

DescriptionDiscover how you can actively engage in Toastmasters within your workplace. Learn effective strategies for working with management to gain support and permission to participate in Toastmasters meetings and activities. From showcasing the benefits to aligning Toastmasters goals with organizational objectives, explore best practices and success stories to empower your journey as a workplace Toastmaster.

Xin Yin, DTM

Club(s):  Valued Voices

Title:  Mastering Online Meetings

Description:  Uncover the secrets to mastering online Toastmasters meetings. From engaging your virtual audience to maximizing technology for seamless experiences, discover practical tips and strategies to elevate your online speaking and leadership skills virtually.

Networking

Title:  Connect with Fellow Members!

In-person Facilitators

Saturday

Marshall Shore

Title:  If You Choose to Accept This Mission

DescriptionHow can personal and professional transformation lead to discovery and fulfillment? Join us as we delve into the transformative power of personal and professional growth in this dynamic discussion. We will also explore how embracing radical change can lead to profound insights, new opportunities, and a deeper sense of fulfillment.

Marshall Shore

Title:  If You Choose to Accept This Mission

DescriptionHow can personal and professional trans

Carrie Verrocchio, Level 1 | Table: 2

Club(s):  Leaders and Learners

Title:  The Power of Choice

DescriptionThe longer we live, the more our lives are defined by the choices we have made, are making, and will make. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the profound impact of choice in shaping our lives. We will reflect on the freedom we have to choose wisely – or unwisely – and explore how we are defining our future selves.

formation lead to discovery and fulfillment? Join us as we delve into the transformative power of personal and professional growth in this dynamic discussion. We will also explore how embracing radical change can lead to profound insights, new opportunities, and a deeper sense of fulfillment.

Sheryl Meckle, Level 5 | Table: 3

Club(s):  Midtown Toast Pros

Title:  Legacy Building

DescriptionMentorship is the cornerstone of growth and development in Toastmasters, fostering a culture of support, guidance, and continuous improvement. Let’s delve into the benefits of both having and being a mentor, and explore what it takes to mentor a Toastmaster and mentor a Toastmasters club.

Club(s):  SLEEK, Mel-On

Title:  The Coaching Habit

DescriptionJoin us as we explore the transformative impact of asking powerful questions in coaching situations, inspired by Michael Bungay Stanier’s acclaimed book. Discover how these carefully crafted questions can stimulate meaningful dialogue with your protege and uncover the challenges they may be facing. Explore how each question serves as a catalyst for growth and discovery for both you and your protege in this engaging discussion.

Collen M. McNeese, DTM | Table: 5

Club(s):  West Valley, WeSERV, Writers Ink

Title:  What Is Your Toastmasters Why?

DescriptionJoin us for a thought-provoking discussion as we delve into the essence of your Toastmasters “why” and explore practical strategies for bringing it to life. Discover the power of aligning your intentions with your actions and learn how to move from merely knowing your “why” to actively incorporating it into your “how.” Explore ways to translate your purpose into tangible outcomes within the Toastmasters community and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain clarity on your motivations and empower yourself to make a meaningful impact through your Toastmasters journey.

Christine Faber, DTM | Table: 6

Club(s):  Junior League of Phoenix

Title:  Who Not How – Finding the Right Whos to Accomplish All of Your Hows

DescriptionCreate freedom in all areas of your life! Let’s explore the mindset shift from asking “How can I do this?” to identifying the right “whos” who can help you achieve your big goals. Discover strategies for building the formula to unlock your full potential and accomplish your objectives, both in your Toastmasters clubs and beyond.

Saturday (cont.)

Jill Kipnes, DTM | Table: 7

Club(s):  Junior League of Phoenix, Enigma

Title:  Unlocking Potential: The Skill-Building Magic of Volunteering

DiscussionVolunteering has the magical ability to reveal hidden talents and foster personal growth. Explore how service is a catalyst for discovering and honing your skills, and learn how to leverage your unique talents within the Toastmasters community and beyond.

Hannellie Mendoza, DTM | Table: 8

Club(s):  Competitive Speakers of Phoenix

Title:  Handling Crucial Conversations

DescriptionHow do you handle high-stakes conversations? Join us in discussing how to master the art of handling crucial conversations, both in the workplace and in our personal relationships. Explore effective techniques for approaching such conversations with confidence and skill, and discover how managing the quality of your relationships can profoundly impact your career and overall well-being.

Carey Conley | Table: 9

Title:  Do You Know Who Is in Your “Front Row?”

DescriptionJoin us for an insightful discussion on the significance of surrounding yourself with the right people in both your personal and professional life. Discover the importance of setting boundaries around your time and energy, and explore strategies for curating a supportive “front row” of individuals who uplift and inspire you. From identifying key mentors to nurturing meaningful connections, learn how to cultivate a network of allies who believe in your potential and can help propel you towards success.

Cindy Brown, Level 5 | Table: 10

Club(s):  Junior League of Phoenix

Title:  Clear Mind Blueprint: Habits for Mental Clarity

DescriptionEmbark on a journey to unlock the secrets of mental clarity by exploring the habits and routines of successful individuals. In this enlightening discussion, discover proven strategies for cultivating a clear mind amidst life’s demands. From morning rituals to mindfulness practices, learn how to establish effective routines that promote focus, productivity, and overall well-being.

Shaun McClure, Level 3 | Table: 11

Club(s):  Payson Toastmasters

Title:  Covert Language: Techniques to Uplift, Entertain & Disguise Your Message

DescriptionWhen writing speeches, we use many techniques to entertain, uplift, or even disguise our intent. What techniques and technologies are used in order to craft an effective message? Delve into the world of speechwriting and communication tactics as we explore the methods employed to create compelling speeches that resonate with audiences.

Networking

Title:  Connect with Fellow Members!

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The Final Objective – District Speech Contests:

Saturday – 4/27/24 – 2:15 PM

Evaluation Contestants:

1) Michael Kaml
2) David Frome
3) Valerie Krugh
4) James Sultan
5) Benita Altamirano Riesgraf
6) Randy Casarez

International Contestants:

1) Tom Otstot
2) Silvia Davis
3) Kristi Henry
4) Michael Desiderio
5) Serban Morea
6) Kevin DuBose