Our Speakers in Alphabetical Order

Travis Hardin

Specialties

  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Inspirational Keynote
  • Athletics
  • Marriage / Family
  • Financial Literacy
  • Facilitator / Master of Ceremonies

Travis is a professional speaker, trainer and author. With more than 20 years of effective communication and collaboration strategies experience Travis does not allow an environment of mediocrity to infiltrate his territory. He offers workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of proven leadership methods.

Working together, we will move you, your team or your organization in the desired direction for continued growth. It gives me the greatest level of humility to inspire people and demonstrate in practice that all of us can grow and increase our positive influence on this generation and those around us beyond our wildest expectations. With the performance history, resources and expertise of the John Maxwell Team, I would love the opportunity to collaborate with you and your team to recognize your dreams and maximize your potential. I challenge you to a new season of growth.

Visit: www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/travishardin

  • The Influential Side of Your Purpose
    Length of Time:  30 – 90 minutes
    Have you ever asked yourself “Am I leading to the best of my ability?” Together we will look into the need for structure, but not allowing your structure to get in the way of personal growth. We will unfold leadership as a process that depends on influence rather than rank or title. The growth outcomes include:
    1) Developing skills and abilities to effectively lead change and motivating others
    2) Exhibit the ability to work in harmony with those different from themselves
    3) Understanding group dynamics and effective teamwork
  • Identifying Your Leadership Potential
    Length of Time:  30 – 90 minutes
    You will discover the fun in conquering the mountains of challenge in your life and not taking the status quo as an acceptable standard anymore. You will walk away from this session with growth in the ability to:
    1) Develop a strong sense of purpose and direction as a leader
    2) No longer be content with settling among comfortable
    3) Establish a growth in areas you thought were unattainable.
  • Identifying Leadership Visual Impairment: Uncovering the Passage to Inspiring your TEAM
    Length of Time:  30 – 90 minutes
    You and your team will be challenged to identify which leadership trends may be affecting your organization. Learn how your leaders can drive team member engagement, retention and satisfaction. Uncover common leadership deficiencies that may be undermining your team culture and start to identify your organization’s leadership performance gaps.

Steve Feld

Specialties

  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Success
  • Networking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Time Management
  • Business Customer Service

Steve Feld, MBA, is a Certified Business Coach, Author, Professional Speaker, and award-winning Business Management Executive. Over 300 businesses have sought out his services to work with them on gaining much-needed clarity, implementing solid strategic plans, and achieving positive growth results.

Steve is passionate about business growth, efficient operations, and long-term success. He has built, owned, and operated 6 lucrative businesses. He has consulted with other businesses providing change management and process improvement. He operated within 3 Fortune 500 companies, manning and boosting an entire division for them.

Today, businesses hire Biz Coach Steve to skyrocket their revenue and profits. With an array of resources from 1-on-1 and group coaching to mastermind facilitation and an E-Learning Academy and proprietary software, Steve has all the proven tools and resources businesses need to expand.

Biz Coach Steve provides workshops, training, and business performance coaching to business owners, professionals, and executives in any business stage. Has written 5 books to date.

  • Your Message is Money! Want more Money?

Most business owners have no real strategy when marketing their business. Start getting a high return on your marketing/advertising investment.  In this presentation, you will learn 3 crucial steps to market your business more effectively. These proven strategies can be used to generate immediate cash flow while tripling the number of your leads, conducting more transactions, improving your conversion ratio, and more than doubling your profits. Target your market with a message that resonates with them. Be the expert in your industry and not be part of the pack.

  • Perform at Your Best

Why are some people more successful than others? Why haven’t you achieved the success you want in your life? These questions have been asked by intelligent men and women for over 2,500 years. What if you knew the keys to success? What if you had those success keys and implemented them in your life? How would your life change?

This life-altering workshop will teach you how to achieve the success you want in your life. Learn the proven keys successful people do every day and how to implement the keys into your life today. Steve has worked with numerous individuals to transform their lives to achieve the success they wanted.

  • Many other presentations depending on the request

Karen Hewitt

Specialties

  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Internet
  • Motivating/Inspirational
  • Drowning Prevention
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

Karen is a certified Life and NLP coach as well as a successful, multifaceted entrepreneur. She shares her story and her gifts in an empathic and authentic way to help others. Discovering real-life gifts where introverts have the most power, Karen teaches her clients how powerful, creative, and successful you can be as an introvert, a woman and a busy mom juggling it all! Karen’s story takes her from almost losing her life to a man she thought was there to help her gain strength, leaving her with agoraphobia, PTSD, and anxiety where she became completely locked in her introverted world to becoming a true powerhouse in helping others stand true in their own gifts and strengths. As an empathic and compassionate speaker, she connects with introverted individuals that know that there is something more to what they are doing, but don’t know how they can impact or express themselves because of feeling shy, introverted or even unworthy.

  • Hidden Gifts

In a world that feels like people who are the loudest and craziest receives all the rewards. I help those that are introverted and empathetic to discover their personal power by uncovering gifts that are introvert driven and will propel you to success in the workplace, self and home.

  • Replace Fear with another Four-Letter Word

Not for the faint of heart, let’s talk about creating situations which have been fear lead to an attitude of success and passion. Three guesses on the four-letter word we will leave being able to yell from the rooftops

  • Social Media is meant to be Social

Forget posting algorithms, set systems for posting, let’s talk about educating your raving fans and creating a customer base that will not only follow you, but share and embrace your content.

Sara Mayer

Specialties

  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Planning
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration

Sara Mayer, owner, and creator of Sara Mayer Consulting is your go-to expert on organizing your hectic days, weeks, and months into manageable, and functional chunks of work. Through her work as a champion for multiple philanthropies in Arizona and her commitment to building the capacity of the community, Sara has personally mastered maximizing every minute of every day to ensure she meets the expectations set before her. Upon her mastery, she began consulting and speaking locally and nationally with others in similar positions. Sara’s clients gain tools to help them close their laptops at the end of each day knowing they accomplished everything on their task list.  Sara is a Distinguished Toastmaster and the Palo Verde Division Director. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Community Service Award and The Leukemia Society Woman of the Year. She is a founding member of the Joyride Society, served on the Association of Junior Leagues International Governance Committee, and most importantly, a licensed foster parent to two teen daughters and a strong advocate for foster youth. 

  • Set and Crush your Bold Goals

Goal achievement is a skill. One that many people struggle with. It’s easy to set goals. It’s more difficult to achieve those goals without a plan and action.

Peter Salazar

Specialties

  • Financial Planning
  • Retirement
  • Aging

Peter spent 20+ years in the corporate sector in senior finance roles. Today, he works with businesses to ensure they have a strong financial foundation. His focus is to minimize taxes and maximizes retirement. Thanks to the Toastmasters program he overcame a fear of public speaking, and he enjoys helping others do the same.

  • Retirement

The dream of retirement gets closer to becoming a reality with every passing day. Most people

would love to spend 20% – 50% of life in retirement but put in less than 1% effort in planning for it. Begin your dream with a few simple tips.

 

  • Annual Tax Updates

Tax laws change every year. Most people look for tax breaks in April of the following year when it is sometimes too late. Get a jump by learning about current tax breaks. Planning for taxes can make a huge difference.

Randy Casarez

Specialties

  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Relationship
  • Self-esteem
Randy Casarez born and raised in Tucson, AZ 85705. Randy has been in Toastmasters since April 2011. Randy has four college degrees (Two Associates Degree in Business and Liberal Arts). One bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in accounting Randy belongs to 5 clubs Sunrisers Toastmasters, Leadership First Toastmasters, Competitive Toastmasters, From Pen to Podium Toastmasters, and Midtown Props Toastmasters. Randy has served as two-time Area Director, and Pathway Ambassador. Randy is a 4-time DTM. Randy has achieved 141 educational awards in Toastmasters. Randy has 14 years’ experience working in Behavioral Health. Randy has also worked as Tax Preparer, and 3 years as Agent for the Us Department of Education.
  • Common Sense

 Giving speeches on common sense, I believe the most important thing is to connect with the audience. The message that everyone will need to hear common sense. There is no better feeling when you have given a speech and someone from the audience said, “Your speech made me think about my life.” I believe common sense will get you far in life. Common sense will help you grow.

 

  • Mental Illness

Mental illness is one of the biggest problems that we are facing. We are seeing increase in bipolar disorder. However, the key to succeed is dealing with mental illness. How do you deal with bipolar disorder? Working in behavioral health taught me how to live with mental illness. I want to give speeches about how to deal with mental illness. This is topic that everyone needs to talk about

  • Communication and Leadership

Communication and Leadership is the key to success. There is right way to lead and there is the wrong way to lead. There is no better to lead by example. Being in Toastmaster, I have learned the importance of leading by example. Right now, in our society, we need leaders. Toastmaster has given me the knowledge to communicate as leader and be able to take on big projects.

Su Fong

Specialties

  • Empowerment
  • Communication
  • Team Building
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Relationships
I was born and raised in South Korea and came to the United States to pursue my graduate studies in 2000. Since then I have earned 2 master’s degrees and 2 doctoral degrees in education, curriculum & Instruction, instructional design, and organizational leadership field. I am a firm believer that when you can change your atomic habit then you can change your life. Obstacles, hardships, difficulties, and trials are the way of blessing to be a better person, and when you win the battle against your thoughts and mind, you can win for sure. I was a high school teacher for over 10 years in Korea, a faculty member at ASU for 5 years, and currently working as an instructional designer at GCU. I am a faithful person to my Lord, Jesus Christ.
  • Ugly Duckling

Hot to overcome the obstacles and how to improve one’s own life.

 

  • The Most Important Thing

How to choose one thing that matters in your life and how that one thing will improve your life.

Ezra Isreal

Specialties

  • Leadership
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Motivation/inspiration

Eza Israel is the CEO of US Financial Alliance and USFA.IO. He has extensive knowledge in Mortgage and Loan origination, Commercial business and Real Estate Lending, Forensic Accounting & Financial Negotiation. Eza also brings a wealth of experience to his position as former President of Elite Toastmasters & Assistant Area Director.

He prides himself on networking with financial institutions and SaaS platforms to build a digital marketplace that empowers numerous people to rebuild their finances, fix credit, and develop new streams of income by expanding their marketability in today’s competitive job market.

  • Hidden Gifts

In a world that feels like people who are the loudest and craziest receives all the rewards. I help those that are introverted and empathetic to discover their personal power by uncovering gifts that are introvert driven and will propel you to success in the workplace, self and home.

  • Replace Fear with another Four-Letter Word

Not for the faint of heart, let’s talk about creating situations which have been fear lead to an attitude of success and passion. Three guesses on the four-letter word we will leave being able to yell from the rooftops

  • Social Media is meant to be Social

Forget posting algorithms, set systems for posting, let’s talk about educating your raving fans and creating a customer base that will not only follow you, but share and embrace your content.

Christina Micek

Specialties

  • Relationship
  • Motivation/Inspirational
  • Trauma

Christina Micek grew up in Denver, Colorado. She always felt called to a higher spiritual purpose and to serve marginalized or under-served populations. She has worked with families adopting orphaned children from overseas, volunteered with a medical and educational mission in Honduras, assisted Spanish speaking populations access information services, and currently coordinates volunteers for a non-profit food and clothing bank. Through her intercultural education and experiences, she came to understand and have compassion for all types of people, seeing that we are all essentially the same and are worthy of love and acceptance.

Additionally, Christina became involved in natural health and wellness through her own health struggles. She worked at a holistic wellness center and through cleansing practices has gotten rid of chronic yeast infections, urinary tract infections, shooting back pain, stomach aches, digestive issues, brain fog, low energy, joint stiffness, and skin spots. She is currently cleansing out a cataract and tumor. She wants to inspire others to make natural cleansing practices transform their lives and create abundant wellbeing as it has done for her.

  • Looking for love in all the wrong places

Having grown up feeling unloved and unwanted and then when I learned that I needed to love and accept myself, I could start creating the life and relationships I wanted. I had to learn to tell the voice in my head, that kept saying I wasn’t good enough, to shut up. I had to let down the walls and let love in. Learning to forgive yourself, tell the negative voice in your head to shut up, and create love from the inside is the only way to really find the love and acceptance you are seeking.

 

  • Relationship Building

Struggling with relationships at home or at work? Conflict with Co-workers? Still angry at your ex? How I used compassion practices to finally forgive my past sexual trauma. How these same practices create better relationships with my co-workers and my current relationship. How you can let go of the anger and conflict to get along with others and find more harmony at work and home.

  • Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

How I used nutrition and natural cleansing practices to heal my gut health, eliminate pain, digestive issues, allergies, and more. How you can do this too in order to improve health and wellness and clear up whatever health issue you are dealing with.

Serban Morea

Specialties

  • Personal Development
  • Clarity in Passion, Purpose and Fulfilment
  • Mindset Hacking
  • High-Performance Habits
  • Coaching
  • Workshops
  • Motivational/Inspirational

Serban is a Project Engineer, husband, health enthusiast, and most importantly a Professional Speaker and Personal Development Coach. In 2005, he came to the United States with $200 to call his own. He has worked his way through adversity to create a better life for himself and his family. Despite achieving the “American Dream”, Serban realized he craved deeper meaning and fulfillment. After undergoing a personal transformation journey, he has accumulated an abundance of knowledge in personal development. Today he helps others transform their lives by guiding them through the same transformation he’s going through so they too can live a more fulfilled life. It is with honesty, passion, and an authentic spirit that Serban lives and teaches ancient truths in today’s modern world.

  • Gaining Clarity in life for a better future:

Driving with a pair of dark sunglasses can blurry our vision and impair us to see what lies ahead. Most people go through life wearing dark glasses, not knowing which direction they want to go towards. They feel lost, anxious, and scared. When we remove those glasses – that fear and insecurity of the unknown – we can have the clarity that we need from our life. We do so by knowing ourselves and what we want. We do this by allowing ourselves to dream big and creating a clear vision for our future. Between where you are today and where you want to be there is a gap. And having clarity on how to bridge that gap will allow you to live a better, more fulfilled life.

 

  • What does it take to become Fulfilled?

Fulfillment goes beyond being happy. We can be happy riding roller-coaster at Disneyland. Whereas being fulfilled means “sweating away”, staying up at night working on our passion feeling amazing by being in the zone – FLOW. There are only so many roller-coaster rides we can do until the thrill goes away, but spending time on something meaningful in your life, which gives you purpose, and fulfillment will last a lifetime. Fulfillment is the ultimate goal in our life and each one of us can learn and grow to reach it.

 

  • Mind Hacking:

Have you ever got angry at something (or someone)? And then you got angry that you go angry? Understanding the way our mind and brain operate is a must to understand ourselves. Becoming more self-aware will help us control our emotions and our behaviors. When we’re able to tap into that gap between stimulus and response we will find the power to act instead of reacting. To stay calm instead of responding angrily, or panicking, or being scared. In that gap, there is the superpower of choice. We have the power to choose to become more peaceful and joyful in our life. We do so by hacking our minds to work for us not against us.   

Lisa Raymond

Specialties

  • Social Media
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Networking

Lisa Raymond is a graphic artist, web designer, and social media and inbound marketing strategist working with small- and medium-sized businesses. Lisa believes strategic communication doesn’t have to be boring or combative, but it DOES have to create a clear message with actionable content and a specific call-to-action that tells viewers or listeners what the next steps are. Lisa’s philosophy: “If you want ROI, you need ROE!”

Her past and current clientele include Cardinal Proofreading and Editing, MyCarolAnne Jewelry, Friedman Realty Associates, Mueller Publishing, and Phoenix Hosting & VoIP. She is a marketing mentor for Sande Gene, owner of Jewelry by Sande Gene.

Lisa’s past social media presentations include The 101 Referral Network, The Hive in Phoenix, ThinkSpot in Mesa, Paradise Valley Mall, SCORE, and clients of Business Mentor Team. Her expertise includes strategic social media communication and promotion strategies on various platforms, and blogging strategies.

How Businesses Should Market On Social Media

Length: 45 mins.
Description: Any marketing your business does, it should do CONSISTENTLY, not necessarily frequently. Learn to create actionable, snackable post and article/video content and analyze the results. The focus will be on what is being marketed and on what social media channel, posting frequency, identified target audience(s), and specific calls-to-action.

Editorial Calendars and Print Marketing

Length: 45 mins.
Description: There’s still a lot of print marketing being used, but how do you know what campaigns are being used? How is each campaign working for your business? How do you connect the online and offline strategies to get them on the same page? How do you tracking results? Learn how to leverage an editorial calendar and connect your online and offline marketing strategies to communicate strategically and effectively.

Presentation Title: Public Relations For Clubs

Length: 60 mins.
Description: Many Toastmasters clubs find it challenging to get the word out to reach potential guests and new members. Join Lisa Raymond as she takes you on a journey to grow your club membership by involving the local press, sending out a story pitch, and building an active social media presence that cultivates both relationships and engagement.

Antonio F. Valles

Specialties

  • Speaking and Story Telling Coach/Trainer
  • Inspirational Speaker: Trust, Endurance, Empowerment
  • Speech Writer
  • Master of Ceremonies / Facilitator

Antonio is a World Class Certified Speaking Coach and Inspirational Speaker.

As a coach and trainer, Antonio helps speakers develop their speaking and storytelling skills; as a speaker, he entertains and inspires his audiences to take action. Some of his themes include Trust, Endurance, and Empowerment

He is a retired Electrical Engineer, born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. in 1979 with his wife and three children.  He is a U.S. citizen and speaks fluent English and Spanish.

As part of his job, he traveled to Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia to train Sales Engineers and give technical presentations.

Antonio joined Toastmasters in 1995, and throughout his journey, he has held several officer roles at the club and district level.

He achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest award given by Toastmasters International.

Antonio is also a member of the National Speakers Association.

Connecting effectively with Your Audience

Length:  45 to 90-minute presentation.

It includes the principal tools needed to craft and deliver a  powerful speech:

  1. Structure: The speech organization is the starting point of speech crafting. It deals with the sequence of the major elements of the speech, such as the message, opening, body (points), and conclusion
  2. Content: The points that convey the theme or message of the speech. A tool called the PARTS formula facilitates crafting and delivery. Included in this section are storytelling and humor; these two elements are vital to connecting with the audience
  3. Delivery: A well-delivered speech requires the use of verbal and non-verbal(body) language. The presentation on delivery includes specific tools to control stage freight, vocal variety, tips to use body language, use of the stage, and  use of virtual environment

The Power of Storytelling

Two-part 60 to 90 minutes sessions

A well crafted and delivered story allows the speakers to connect with their audiences effectively

Below are some of the elements included in this presentation:

  1. Storytelling Model: the 9 elements of storytelling
  2. Why conflict is the hook and dialogue is the life of the story
  3. Skeletal Storytelling model
  4. Breakout sessions to develop attendees own story
  5. Coaching delivery of selected participants stories
  6. Story sources

Inspirational Speeches

Antonio will inspire the audience to take action. He will customize a    speech with a message appropriate to the occasion

Please visit https://www.antoniospeaks.com. Watch some of Antonio’s inspirational speeches. Hear stories of perseverance and courage.

Angel Larena

Specialties

  • Transgender issues
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Humanity

Angel Larena currently has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems.  She is currently pursuing her master’s in project management. She is a transgender woman located in Phoenix. In her free time, she likes to improve herself, listen to music, travel, and eating.

Lauren Riley

Specialties

  • Communication
  • Magic
  • Creativity
  • Motivation/Inspiration

My expertise is developing confidence by helping people tap into their inner being. I teach people what the world “Value” truly means. Value comes from inside. When you understand your own value. It pales in comparison to feat. The projection of negative future consequences does not matter. I have learned my own inner value through though times including a stint with homelessness. I lived thirty years of my life being co-dependent on someone else only to realize I had the power to change everything the entire time.

  • Finding your inner value

I talk about a person’s inner value. People choose an action out of desire or out of fear. I inspire others to realize that value is not external by any means. When someone says X think is worth Y amount of dollars, what he or she means is that people will feel something is worth that amount of money. When you value yourself highly, then the images of potential negative consequences do not really matter anymore. Doing what a person loves while enjoying the moment to moment helps an individual strengthen the believe in his or her inner value.

  • Authenticity gives you everything you want

I talk about being visible and how showing up is 75% of the battle. You can be the best at what you do, but if no one knows about who you are then it does not really matter. You are always responsible for creating opportunities to come your way. No one is obligated to give you anything. It is your job to ask for what you want. The more you show up as your authentic self, the more people will get o know you and associate you with your craft. Not everything you do will yield instant results, but it will have an impact in the grand scheme of your life.