Hello Fellow Toastmasters,

Please join us for the 2023 District 13 Spring Conference to be held April 14-16, 2023 at the Doubletree by Hilton – Pittsburgh Meadowlands in Washington, PA.

Are you ready for a jam-packed weekend designed to bring out the VISIONARY in you!  We have two dynamic keynote speakers lined up, along with educational workshops to help you IMAGINE, DREAM, and DO what it takes to realize your goals.

Friday night will feature the first-timers’ welcome and Annual Business meeting followed by our Friday Fun event.

On Saturday, in addition to the planned speakers, we will be presenting an outstanding lineup of the best speakers District 13 has to offer during the 2023 Table Topics and International Speech Contests.  We will complete the day with the installation of the 2023-2024 District 13 Leaders and our annual recognition dinner.

Please register today, we look forward to seeing each and every one of you for a weekend full of learning, celebration, and connecting with friends both old and new!!

The 2023 Spring Conference Committee

Schedule

Schedule is subject to change

Friday April 14th

Saturday April 15th

Sunday April 16th

Speakers

Learn more about our presenters and their sessions:

The Speaking Triangle

What do Photography and Speaking have in common? Does your vision include developing your communication skills, focusing your message, and sharpening your skills? This interactive session will help you discover Your Speaking Triangle – how to bring YOURSELF, your MESSAGE, and your AUDIENCE into focus.

Learn how to use the Pathways Assessment to better clarify your goals. Engage the projects in your path to improve your skills, refine your message, and reach your audience more effectively. Zoom in on your Toastmasters Pathways experience to autofocus your skills and fully develop your speaking triangle.

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Rob Christeson, DTM, PRA

Rob Christeson has served in multiple clubs and district roles, including District Director for District 22 in Kansas and Western Missouri. Rob has also served two terms as Region Advisor, including supporting 12 districts and training district leaders from all of Toastmasters International. Rob also spent 22 years on active duty for the United States Air Force, and now, in his brief non-Toastmasters time, he is an Agile Consultant helping government organizations with successfully implementing information technology projects. 

Rob is also an avid photographer and can be found at howdoiphoto.com.

I'm a Toastmaster, So What?

In this lively session we will discuss what it truly means to be a Toastmaster and how we can utilize the skills learned to make a difference. Effective communication and leadership skills can be the one element that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd. From the brownie troop to the boardroom, Toastmasters does help prepare us with actionable and useful skills. Let’s talk about where and how to take those skills as we envision even greater success.

Tammy

Tammy Miller, DTM, PID, AS

Tammy Miller is in the business of changing lives! She is the President and CEO of Tammy Speaks and Tammy Miller Auctions, where she is an international speaker, Auctioneer, author, and speech coach. She is also a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.

Tammy is a Past International Director, Accredited Speaker and Distinguished Toastmaster of Toastmasters International. As an international speaker, her topics relate to Communication Skills, Motivation, Leadership, Humor and Healing, and Business & Dining Etiquette. As a speech coach, she has helped leaders in education and business, political figures, and people from all walks of life become better communicators. An adjunct professor at Penn State University, Tammy teaches Presentation and Communication skills. She is the author of four books and contributing columnist to national and international publications.

You can learn more about Tammy at TammySpeaks.com and TammyMillerAuctions.com.

Yoodli, your AI Speech Coach

In this session, Yoodli’s founder, Varun Puri, will discuss the future of public speaking and artificial intelligence. Members will get an in-depth tutorial on how to use the free Yoodli AI speech coaching software that is being offered to all Toastmasters. Yoodli can help Toastmasters win speech contests, improve their public speaking, and recruit new club members. You will have the opportunity to ask Varun some questions!

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Varun Puri, CEO

Varun Puri is the co-founder of Yoodli, an AI powered communication coach. Yoodli helps you ace your next presentation or interview by providing private and judgment-free analytics on your filler words, eye contact, body language and more. Yoodli (www.yoodli.ai) is being rolled out to 300k+ Toastmasters members globally, has raised $7M+ in funding, and been featured across media outlets such as WSJ and Inc. Before Yoodli, Varun led Africa Operations for a GoogleX initiative that used invisible lasers to bring the internet to unconnected areas. He also ran special projects for Sergey Brin, one of Google’s founders. Varun is part of Forbes 30 under 30, was voted the Best Young Entrepreneur in the Pacific Northwest, and gave the commencement speech at Claremont McKenna College, his alma mater.

At Yoodli, we're helping people improve their public speaking and communication skills without the fear of judgment. Each of us at Yoodli has experienced our own challenges with speaking — overcoming a lisp, freezing during a job interview, feeling anxious about speaking up as the only woman in a meeting. We believe that improving your communication skills should be fun, uplifting, and collaborative. That's reflected in our product, team culture and day to day work.

Envisioning Evaluation Mastery

Finding that you are getting crumbly nibbles but are really craving the helpfulness of a BEEFY evaluation??? Are you grasping at straws to meet your 2-minute evaluation minimum for a fellow Toastmaster THIRSTING for good speech advice??? Help yourself to this BUFFET of speaking techniques guaranteed to go well beyond the average club evaluation.

Katina Hunter displays real-life, on-the-spot evaluations in this unique workshop where you’ll gain a next-level understanding of speech presentation. She’ll also demonstrate how to best present this advice in a multi-dimensional evaluation that your club members can actually SINK YOUR TEETH INTO! 

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Katina Hunter, DTM

Katina Hunter has been a friendly face in Toastmasters for the last decade. She is no stranger to the competition stage. Katina is a two-time World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist who has advanced through a highly competitive field of over 32,000 speakers - not once, but twice! She graced the world stage in Washington, D.C. in 2016 & again in Vancouver, Canada in 2017. Her evaluation skills have earned her an impressive title as a returning District Evaluation Contest Champion. Katina has coached speakers from Ohio to Abu Dhabi & loves to help anyone who has a passion for speaking!

Whether navigating the stage or an offer... Katina Hunter is world class. Learn more about Katina and her Multi-Million Dollar Producing Real Estate Services Team at KatinaHunter.net.

You can't spell encouragement without courage!

We love the clapping, camaraderie, and coaching in our Toastmasters meetings. That encouragement gives us extrinsic motivation to continue our journey in communication and leadership. But once the fanfare fades, how often does your energy fade with it? How does not writing that next speech, not volunteering for that next meeting or club officer role turn into not going for that promotion, not making a transition to your passion, or not bringing forth spelyour dreams to become your legacy? Courage is the key to driving forward. During this session, Elizabeth “Dr. E” Carter, PhD will share how Toastmasters fueled her inner courage to bring a vision to life and will provide you a framework to bring out the visionary in you.

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Dr. Elizabeth A. Carter, DTM, PDD

Dr. Elizabeth Carter is a member of multiple Toastmasters clubs, a Past District 18 Director, and a Distinguished Toastmaster. In addition to being a corporate finance and operations Leader, she is a speaker, trainer, coach, and seven-time best-selling author. She has been a Toastmaster for 12 years and can truly say that Toastmasters has been instrumental to her life, including being the subject of her PhD Dissertation; Perceived Value of Professional Communities of Practice: A Case Study which focused on the value Toastmasters brings to its members. She is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their full potential and uses speaking and writing to serve corporate professionals. To complete her third journey to Distinguished Toastmaster, “Dr. E” took her inner courage and Toastmasters skills and birthed a book that had been sitting on her heart for several years. Letters To My Corporate Sisters: Stories of Endurance, Elevation and Encouragement benefits everyone with lessons of overcoming adversity, remaining resilient, and offers a collection of inspiring stories and practical advice to help readers succeed.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Meadow Lands

340 Racetrack Road
Washington, Pennsylvania 15301​​

April 11th - Room Block Deadline Extended!

The hotel has confirmed they are adding 8 more blocked rooms through 4/11. Get them now while they last!

Use the button above to reserve your room online or call the hotel directly and mention the Group Code "TMS" for special rate. 724-222-6200

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