2020 Conference Keynote Speakers
Friday Evening – Laurie Gabriel
Eyes of Wonder: Rekindling Our Childlike Spirit
Why do we tend to lose sight of that childlike mindset in our middle years? Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to revisit the carefree childlike traits we once had? Wouldn’t it be great to get an early look at the wisdom and hindsight we’ll have when we’re older? Laurie knows that the outlook shared by young children and older adults is strikingly similar. Join Laurie in exploring what happens when we remind ourselves what’s truly important.
Laurie Gabriel has been teaching middle schoolers for three decades and has been entertaining senior citizens since she was 13. She has traveled to 49 countries and plans to get to 60 before she is 60. Laurie’s experiences have helped her see things from a variety of perspectives. She is the author of the book Eyes of Wonder, producer of the documentary Heal Our Schools, and winner of multiple Toastmasters competitions. She recently presented a Tedx Talk on the subject of recaputuring our childlike sense of wonder.
Saturday Breakfast – Nikki Nanos
Power Up, It’s Game Time
Get inspired to power up and step in the game. Whether you want to give presentations at work or win the world championship of public speaking, the power is within you. When you get in the game, you’ll discover the potential for great personal growth.
Nikki holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. For over thirty years she has had an eclectic career in theatre, film and television. From working in locations on the CBS television series Walker, Texas Ranger; holding the hand of the great Ella Fitzgerald; to building a business. Nikki has been called a “fireball of inspiration” and brings that insight and energy to the speaking stage with her. Nikki helps companies, organizations and individuals understand that no matter who you work with or what you do, it’s all about connection.
As a stage presence expert, Nikki has coached, TEDx speakers, lawyers, NFL players, pastors and aspiring professional speakers. Helping them connect with their audience.
Nikki is a professional member of National Speakers Association (NSA), NSA – North Texas and also holds the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
Saturday Lunch – Dr. Yoram Soloman
Dr. Yoram Solomon
The Game of TRUST
In one of his surveys, Dr. Solomon found that trustworthiness was the most important quality for people; 57% more than the next four qualities combined. In another study he found that trustworthy salespeople can sell the same product for a 29.6% higher price. As a result, he developed a new model for trust building, one that uniquely recognizes that trust is relative and dynamic. In this keynote, you will get a new perspective on what trust is, learn the 7 laws of trust, and the 6 components of his new trustworthiness model.
Dr. Yoram Solomon is the author of The Book of Trust and founder of the Trust Building Institute. He published 13 books, 22 patents, more than 300 articles, and was named one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers and one of the Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on Corporate Culture. Yoram is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and was a TEDx speaker. He is an adjunct professor at SMU, UTD, and Hadassah College in Israel. His trust-building model is based on years of original research and service at the IDF 35th Airborne Brigade.
Saturday Evening – Gene Mosley
Your Empty Closet Moment™ is the Key
Gene discovered the key to transition from Toastmaster to a paid Professional Speaker is your Empty Closet Moment™. During his keynote, “Your Empty Closet Moment™ is the Key”, he will share with you his journey from being an individual afraid to join Toastmasters to becoming a Professional Speaker and Author in less than 4 years. If you have a dream of transitioning your skills as a Toastmaster to becoming a Professional Speaker and Author, this keynote is for you!
Gene Mosley became a Toastmaster in 2012 after being denied a management position at his former employer because his manager felt he didn’t speak well for the position. An executive at the company encouraged him to join Toastmasters but he originally refused because of his fear of public speaking. He decided 6 months later to try Toastmasters and it became one of the greatest decisions of his life.