Get ready for the District 3 Toastmasters Conference as we Bring ‘em Home!  

Join us as we bring together some of the biggest names in the game as our keynote speakers, celebrate the Hall of Famers, watch the District Speech Contests, and learn from the current team players.  

Schedule of Events:  

April 28th  

Virtual Kick-Off 6:00 pm

Virtual Humorous Speech Contest

April 29th  

Virtual Conference

 9:30-4:30 pm


9:00 AM check in

9:30- 4:30 PM  program

Great Wolf Lodge


In addition to the keynote speakers, we’ll be hosting roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, including the future of the sport, the role of technology in Toastmasters, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the membership. These discussions will provide a platform for attendees to share their own ideas and perspectives, and to learn from experts in the game. 

If you are feeling lucky, there will be a raffle, a 30/10/10 drawing, and prize baskets, organized by various District 3 Clubs. Be sure to get your tickets for your chances to win! 

And finally, we’ll be honoring some of District 3’s greatest players at a special Hall of Fame Luncheon. This will be a chance to meet and mingle with the legends, and to hear their stories and insights.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and network with some of District 3’s major league stars. Register now for the Bring ‘em Home District 3 Toastmasters Conference and finish the year with a Grand Slam! 

Conference Commissioner (aka Emcee):

We are excited to introduce the Conference Commissioner (aka Emcee) Ryan Berns!

Ryan Berns has served as a Toastmaster club officer since his 2nd week of being a member at Dobson Ranch Toastmasters.

Ryan is passionate about public speaking, leadership, and personal development. Outside of Toastmasters Ryan serves as a coach for youth lacrosse and professionally is a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Ryan loves to spend time playing pickleball or golf with his family – Sara, Jim, and Holly (Mom, Dad, and Sister) and has even got into ballroom dance as he prepares for his wedding in October to his beautiful bride, Haley.


Kenyatta Turner – Building Your Behavioral Bench with High-Performance All-Stars


Kenyatta Turner, MM, BSPC, is a Behavioral SuperPowers Coach & Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Radio/Podcast Host, with 28+ years of experience as an executive leader in post-secondary educational institutions across Arizona. She is the Founder/CEO of Freedom Empire Consulting and Co-founder of DreamSmart Behavioral Solutions, a world-class behavioral science technology firm that delivers real-time scientifically validated behavioral assessments that unleash the Behavioral SuperPowers of individuals, families, organizations, clients, and coaches.  DreamSmart certifies coaches and consultants to use the multidimensional Behavioral SuperPowers Discovery platform in their lives and business.  Kenyatta creates and implements actionable behavioral-based strategies to help clients align behavioral differences, impact communications, and reduce relational friction while improving team and organizational performance.  

A lifelong learner who graduated with honors with a Master’s degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, Kenyatta is a creative yet analytical thinker with an unshakeable commitment to helping those around her to flourish throughout their personal and professional, or educational journeys.  Her Behavioral SuperPowers are an Outgoing, Fast-Paced “Influencer” who is results-focused and wired with a dynamic growth mindset.

Being an avid volunteer, Kenyatta served as the Vice President and Membership Director of a non-profit merchant association and is currently an advisory board member for UPI Loan Fund.  She also gives back to the community by volunteering to mentor the youth of Girls Rock Phx!, the women at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, and involvement in the Central Arizona Shelter Services. Kenyatta is also a Community Ambassador for the Junior League of Phoenix.

Alexandre Matte – 2nd Place Winner, 2022 WCPS: “Thinking Inside the Box – My Virtual Journey to the WCPS Podium”

Phoenix, AZ – District 3 Toastmasters Conference is excited to announce Alexandre Matte – DTM as the keynote speaker for the upcoming event celebrating 85 years of Toastmasters excellence. Alexandre Matte, the 2nd place winner of the 2022 World Championship of Public Speaking, will step up to the plate and share his insights and experience on “Thinking Inside the Box”.

As a seasoned Toastmaster since 2007, Alexandre Matte has hit it out of the park with his transformative speeches. He offers participative training sessions to clubs, divisions, and districts, coaches speakers, politicians, and other professionals. He is also a sought-after emcee for events and training for local organizations.

Alexandre Matte’s storytelling skills are legendary, and his captivating speeches will be a grand slam as he transports the audience to the time and place, he is describing, leaving them inspired and motivated. His virtual journey to the WCPS podium will be a home run for the District 3 Toastmasters Conference event.

Matt Gil – A Home Run Starts With YOU! How Your Story is the Key to Knocking it Out of the Park

Matt Gil is a visionary leader and the CEO of Matt Gil Global, as well as the esteemed Production Manager for DO THE DAMN THING™ Productions. His electrifying and soul-stirring speaking engagements have impacted over 40 million individuals worldwide, leaving a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of all who encounter his powerful message.

Matt is a master of online event sales, with his proven systems and processes generating over $9.5 million in sales for his clients. He has produced hundreds of highly successful and transformative events, both online and live, around the world, leaving a significant and positive impact on the lives of all participants.

Matt’s expertise extends to training major corporations such as Kmart, Red Robin International, Six Flags, and Disney. He has also served as Creative Director for Motivating The Masses, a Lisa Nichols Company, and Motivating The Teen Spirit.

At the heart of Matt’s mission is his deep passion for empowering individuals who are waiting on the sidelines, longing to be seen and heard, to create the life they truly deserve. He believes that every individual’s story holds the key to their success and that by owning and sharing their unique story, individuals can find the answers, direction, and dreams that they seek. For Matt, YOUR STORY IS THE SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING!

With a strong commitment to changing lives, Matt’s ultimate goal is to empower individuals to change the world by first transforming their own lives.

Communications and Leadership Award:

Sean McLaughlin – Newscaster

Phoenix, AZ – District 3 Toastmasters is proud to announce that Sean McLaughlin is the recipient of the Communications and Leadership Award. This prestigious award is the highest honor District 3 Toastmasters can bestow upon a non-Toastmaster. It recognizes individuals within our communities who have demonstrated outstanding communication and leadership skills. Any member or club in good standing can nominate someone for this award.

Sean McLaughlin is a well-known figure in the Valley with over 30 years of local and network broadcast experience. He serves multiple roles at Arizona’s Family, from weather forecasting to news anchoring to special event coverage.

Sean’s career highlights include his stint as MSNBC’s main meteorologist and Sunday weather anchor on NBC’s Weekend Today Show in New York City. He filled in for the iconic Al Roker over 90 times on the Today Show and appeared on NBC’s Nightly News, CNBC, and countless network affiliates during the historic hurricane and winter seasons from 2004-2006.

Sean’s dedication to his profession has earned him the distinction of doing weather on two network morning/evening shows, filling in often on The Early Show, a predecessor to CBS Mornings from 2006-2012, and appearing multiple times on the CBS Evening News. He has covered multiple Olympic Games and Super Bowls, and he has been inducted into the prestigious NATAS Silver Circle for 25 years of broadcast excellence. Sean is an eleven-time regional Emmy award winner for news and weather.

“Sean is an exceptional communicator and leader, and we are thrilled to present him with the Communications and Leadership Award,” said Karen Hewitt, District Director of District 3 Toastmasters. “His commitment to his profession and his community is inspiring, and his achievements are a testament to his hard work and dedication. We are proud to honor him with this award.”

Sean McLaughlin will be presented with the Communications and Leadership Award at the District 3 Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Phoenix, AZ on April 29th, 2023.


Tickets & Tables On Sale 2/15/23

Stadium Seats: $97.00
Box Seats (Tables of 8): $750.00
Virtual: $25.00

Raffle Tickets:

Are you ready to hit a home run and support a great cause at the same time? Get your raffle tickets today for a chance to win some amazing prizes, including raffle baskets put together by our TM Clubs and Areas, as well as trips to Antigua, St. Lucia, and other locations! And the best part? You don’t even need to be present to win!

For just $5, you can purchase one ticket, or get three for $12, or five for $20. It’s a small investment that could lead to a big payoff. Now is the time to step up to the plate and buy your raffle tickets now! All proceeds go towards supporting a worthy cause, and you just might end up with the winning ticket. Let’s play ball!

Raffle Baskets:

Calling all baseball fans! We’re putting together a basket raffle for the D3 Toastmasters Conference and we need your help! Show your team spirit and donate a basket from your club and help support District 3! All baskets will be raffled off at the Conference. To donate a basket, please complete the Donation Form.   Let’s make this a home run for a great cause! #Conference #aztoastmasters #BringEmHome


Conference Volunteer:

Interested in helping with the Conference? Email

Speaking Opportunity:

The Scouts are out looking for talent! We’re looking for dynamic roundtable presenters for our upcoming conference on April 29th. Share your passion and expertise by presenting for 15 minutes, three times during our Roundtable Sessions, either in person or virtually. Submit your application today and let’s talk inside baseball!

Hotels Near Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

7333 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(888) 962-9653

Independence 47 Hotel Scottsdale Arizona – Across the Street from Great Wolf Lodge

7330 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 948-3800

Comfort Suites Scottsdale @ Talking Stick – 1 Mile from Great Wolf Lodge

9215 E Hummingbird Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Tru by Hilton Scottsdale Salt River – 1.4 Miles from Great Wolf Lodge

8401 N Pima Center Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 291-7000

Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale at Talking Stick – 1.6 Miles from Great Wolf Lodge

9550 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Millennium McCormick Scottsdale – 3.4 Miles from Great Wolf Lodge

7421 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 948-5050


Sponsorship On Sale 2/15/23

Stadium: $5,000.00
Scoreboard: $3,000.00
Dugout: $1,500.00
Locker Room: $250.00
Base: $100.00


Stay Ahead in the Count……and advertise in the Conference Program.

If you’re interested in reaching a wider Toastmaster audience and promoting your business or your club, this could be a great opportunity for you.   One-quarter, one-half, and full-page advertisement space is available in the Conference Program.


One-Quarter Page:  $25
One-Half Page:  $50
Full-Page:  $100

Frequently Asked Questions

The new format allows for the Conference to focus on what is most important – educational sessions, Hall of Fame Luncheon, opportunities to network, and the District Contests – without a lot of downtime.  The new format also allows the District to offer the Conference at a more affordable rate for attendees.

There will be no table assignments for those who purchase Stadium Seats (individual tickets).  However, there will be tables designated for those who are attending their first conference.

If you would like to sit with your friends, consider purchasing Box Seats – a reserved table for 8, at a reduced price ($93 vs. $97 for Stadium Seats).

No.  The registration price includes virtual attendance on Friday evening and in-person attendance on Saturday.  A link for Friday evening will be sent closer to the day of the event.

The cost of the Conference includes lunch and a mid-afternoon snack.

An email will be sent to all attendees prior to the conference asking about any dietary restrictions or needs.

While there is no official dress code, business casual or casual smart is suggested.  It is recommended that you bring a sweater or cover up, as the ballroom may be cool.

No, all contests are being held virtually.  For the International Contest on Saturday, April 29, it will be broadcast live in the ballroom at the Great Wolf Lodge.

First, the Conference Team is excited for the Conference Rookies!

There will be tables designated for the Rookies, along with a few activities.  The Rookie Coordinator will be in contact with all first-time attendees prior to the Conference.

No. The District Council (DC) will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 6 pm.

For most of the conference, yes you will.  The only difference will be the Roundtable Presentations.