Welcome to District 50 Toastmasters

District 50 Speakers Bureau

For questions, please contact Chair Dr. Daisy Jewel

at speakersbureau@d50tm.org

Meet our Speakers

Dr. Daisy

Dr. Daisy

Daisy's Bio

Dr. Daisy Jewel, is an award winning; worldwide best poet , author, speaker, educator, columnist, broadcast, media, personality, Executive Producer, Former Talk Show Host, Magna Cum Laude Honors graduate, with a double, Ph.D.

As a keynote speaker, she delivers magnetic, enthusiastic, entertaining, heartfelt speeches all over the world. Her audience includes: teens, collegiate, adults, graduates, professionals, corporations, parents, clergy, married couples, and much more. Her empowering style is; inspiring, uplifting, that build confidence, self- esteem, self- worth, and encouragement.

Most requested Worshops:

  • How Do I Get My Book Out Of My Head and on To Paper?
  • How to Reboot your Relationship, Or Jump Start another One?
  • Her Self-Esteem Builders.
  • Learning to Say No.
  • Communication is Key.
  • Dealing with all types of jealousy.
  • Bullies
  • Worrying is a waste of time.


Cover all Award programs, interviewing celebrities.


  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in London.
  • Dolly Parton
  • Attended: President Bush’s Memorial Service
  • Russell Wilson
  • Jennifer López
  • Many more……


Traveled: Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, USA.


Have sailed on 22 cruises. Speaking and getting people ready for vacations.

Loved my experiences of living in France for 3 years and

Living in Hawaii for 4 years.

Anne  Barab

Anne Barab

Anne's Bio

Anne Barab, DTM, Accredited Speaker is an expert in the fields of Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. She speaks to organizations about Wisdom Leadership which is an “employee stewardship” mindset that centers on employees’ mental and physical well-being. Wisdom Leadership results in significant increases in productivity, innovation, teamwork, loyalty and profitability.

By cultivating the strengths and talents of individuals, Wisdom Leadership improves bottom line results by attracting and retaining top talent, reducing health care costs & absenteeism, and increasing customer satisfaction. It’s a win-win for everyone: the organization, their customers and investors, and of course the employees themselves.

Anne’s leadership credentials include the position of Chief Operating Officer of a $1.5 Billion bank. She is also a recovering politician, having served three terms, a total of 9 years, as an elected official.

Anne walked into her first Toastmasters meeting in 1998 and decided she wanted to become a motivational speaker when she grew up. Over the last 21 years she’s spoken to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, associations, education, government and non-profit organizations.

She’s spoken at five Toastmasters International Conventions and presented at numerous District Conferences around the world. Her engaging style, compelling content and personal authenticity have inspired thousands of people on three continents.

To date she’s written two books:

  • The Sooner You Laugh the Faster You Heal explores how we make ourselves miserable with unrealistic expectations about how the world ought to be.
  • 7 Secrets to Speaking So People Will Listen is a handbook of communication principles that apply whether you are talking to one person or an audience of 1,000.

Coming in 2019, her third book explains the philosophy of Wisdom Leadership. It teaches leaders how to nurture the well-being of followers and includes tips, tools and techniques to develop leadership skills that contribute to an organization’s success.

For more information about introducing Wisdom Leadership to your team, please go to www.AnneBarab.com or contact us at Info@AnneBarab.com

Bahman Davani

Bahman Davani

Bahman's Bio

Bahman is an Engineer, Scientist, Certified Manager, Leader, Author, Instructor, Real Estate Broker, …

Academic Background:

Ph.D. (ABD) in Computer Science from SMU (Southern Methodist University)
Two MS.C Master degrees is Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from F.I.T.
BS.C Double-Major, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
CM (Certified Manager) from ICPM based in James Madison University
More than 850 hours of Management Studies from NMA )National Management Association)

Work Experience:

23 years of hands on and managerial experience with Senior Management position in the largest Telecommunication Company in the world. Where he led 23 expert Technical Staff Members in the field of Systems Engineering Alcatel USA­ R&D Department. As Senior Manager Position, Bahman was responsible for System Engineering of ALL Alcatel USA Cross-Connects and wideband products.

Toastmasters Activities and Achievements:
Bahman joined Toastmasters in March of 2014 and since then he was heavily active in all programs. Some of Bahman Toastmasters Achievements are:
Max Awards Earned per Member, All-time, District 50, as of Feb. 14th, 2019.
Number 4th in the WORLD with 26 educational awards in one year (2016).
World Record Three (3) DTMs in the first 3 years and 4 months.
World Record First DTM in the first one year and 4 months.
Rookie of the Year 2016.
Area 35 Director District 50, 2018-2019. District 50 Admin Manager, 2016-2017. Frontier Division Director 2015-2016. Area 25 Governor, District 50, 2014-2015;

Currently, Bahman is working on his 5th DTM.


Bahman is very Passionate about Cultural Differences around the world, love traveling, playing Soccer and Table Tennis.

Charlene Burroughs

Charlene Burroughs

Charlene's Bio

Charlene Burroughs is a teacher, trainer, speaker and leader. A graduate of Wiley College, Charlene was a classroom teacher for 22 years. Upon leaving the classroom she moved into central administration as a trainer. After a year, she left the training department and moved into management, where she became an Operations Executive for a deputy superintendent.

Charlene left that position to return to her love of teaching and learning. She became the district’s manager of ethics and integrity, where she developed the district’s first Handbook of Ethics and Integrity. She also developed ethics training for the district’s 22,000 employees. After 31 years in the school district, Charlene retired. She stayed home for two months before returning to work as a trainer for the Federal Reserve Bank. She retired again in 2017.

Professionally today, Charlene can be found doing one of two things: 1) Training as Co-Founder and Vice President/Talent Developer of School House Excellence, a company devoted to providing training and coaching to emerging leaders in public school education. 2) Traveling the United States training and speaking on a variety of subjects for an international seminar company.

Over the years the opportunities presented to Charlene have made her a subject matter expert in several topics.


  • First Class Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Women in Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resilience
  • Thriving in a Toxic Environment
  • Excellence in Education
   D'Anne       Brevetti

D'Anne Brevetti

D'Anne's Bio

D’Anne Brevetti comes with a background of more than 30 years in commercial real estate and residential housing management, serving both private and non-profit sectors. She has served on federal housing policy development committees, and as a national public speaker and corporate staff trainer traveling throughout the United States. She has a background in Geriatrics -Social Services Coordination and a trainer on supportive-senior living and caregiver challenges.

Professionally today, D’Anne can be found serving as a mentor to those who desire to advance their public speaking careers and “take to the stage”. She is an educator, consultant and motivator for a number of organizations such as National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), a national certification organization for affordable housing mangers; Toastmasters (TMI), whose mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) , whose mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism; and, Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI), an organization with a mission to empower women to lead by mentoring others, making a difference in their communities and the world.

She currently serves as a Division Director in District 50 Toastmasters, Chair of the Benevolent Service to Veterans Committee (VAVS-RB-DAR), and Vice President of Administration for the Garland/Mesquite chapter of WOVI.

She is an active member in her church along with her husband Michael. She attended the NJ School of Ministry (Christian faith) serving in various ministerial roles, including pastoral counseling and crisis counseling to abused women and children; and an advocate to aged seniors who are in abusive situations.

She is the owner of Herb Essentials, a natural herb and health wellness distributor for NSP herbs and natural remedy essentials. She applauds all who work in directs sales for their entrepreneurial spirits.

Over the years, experiences and opportunities presented to D’Anne have made her a subject matter expert in several topics.

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Thinking Vertically
  • Self-Motivation / Self Preservation
  • Finding Joy in an Unhappy Environment
  • Learning to Love Again- Against all Odds
  • Flying Afraid – When Your Dream is Bigger than Your Fear
  • The Power of Prayer
  • Women in Leadership
  • 12 Extraordinary Women
  • Success by Authentic Living
  • Building Self Esteem
  • Developing a Team Environment
  • Working in A Hostile Work Environment
  • Transactional vs Transformational Leadership
  • It’s Ok to Cry…It’s Not Your Fault!
  • Take the Stage…How to Wow your Audience
  • Housing Management Consultant
  • ADA Inspections, Federal Fair Housing and ADA comploiances
David    Henderson

David Henderson

David's Bio

David is a trial lawyer and a world champion public speaker. After graduating from law school at UT Austin in 2001, David initially went to work for a large law firm: Vinson & Elkins. Though he enjoyed the intellectual challenges of complex litigation, he wanted to be in the courtroom; so, he joined the Special Crimes Division of the district attorney’s office.

David has tried over 70 jury cases to a verdict, ranging from human trafficking to aggravated sexual assault to capital murder. David was so successful in court that the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) invited him to train other attorneys across the state, including at TDCAA’s semi-annual Trial Skills Course and at its advanced trial skills schools. David’s main subjects were storytelling, using visual aids, and jury selection. From his first presentation, David was one of TDCAA’s most highly rated speakers. He is a published author on Trial Magazine. Additionally, during his time at the DA’s Office, David was named local Criminal Justice Member of the Year and received the President’s Award for outstanding service from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

To improve his courtroom skills, David joined Toastmasters International. In 2010, he won the World Championship of Public Speaking after competing against over 30,000 contestants from 113 countries. Though he competed to become a better trial lawyer, David delivered his best speech outside the courtroom, when he convinced Dr. Josephine Thinwa, to marry him. She liked his vows so much that she placed an etched a copy above their mantelpiece. When not in court, David enjoys teaching Bible classes with Josephine, serving on the Friends of the Dallas Public Library’s board of directors, and barbecuing as often as he can.


  • Storytelling
  • Persuasion
  • Smiling Assassin: the art of persuading through likability
  • Swimming with the Sharks: dealing with aggressive personalities
  • Jury Selection
  • Presenting With PowerPoint and Other Visual Aids
  • How to Talk About Sensitive Subjects
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Speechwriting
Dean Patterson

Dean Patterson

Dean's Bio

Dean Patterson has had a wide range of life experience, from sleeping on snow in the mountains near the Canadian border to surviving flash-floods in the desert of northern Mexico. His background is in hard science, having spent years in industry after receiving his Master of Science degree from Texas Christian University.

He later changed careers and spent over a decade teaching intelligence officers and federal agents at the federal training center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. He concurrently taught science classes at the College of Coastal Georgia while at the FLETC, and belongs to many scientific societies. He is now back home in Texas, still active in the Dallas Geological Society and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

A member of the Dramatist’s Guild, he is an award-winning playwright and novelist. He is actively sculpting his second thriller.


  • Critical Thinking
    • Analytical techniques
  • Leadership
  • Personal Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Science for the Layman
  • Creative Writing
    • Screenplays
    • Novels
Derrich Phillips

Derrich Phillips

Derrich's Bio

Derrich Phillips was born and raised in the city of Gary, Indiana. He achieved a Master of Business Administration degree from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and currently works as the Founder and Chief Mentor at Mentor Select. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and their dog.

In a varied and interesting life, Derrich has grown up in poverty in one of the most dangerous cities in the US, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and worked with leading cybersecurity teams at Fortune 500 Companies. Now he is embarking on a new path, writing books that help people to break the poverty mindset. Poverty Powerball is the first in a planned series.

In his spare time Derrich has sky-dived and enjoys running marathons. He also served as Chairman for the North Texas Veteran Resource Network, which helps service members transitioning out of the military into the corporate world. He also volunteers at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, which teaches prisoners entrepreneurship basics to help them start businesses upon their release.

Derrich would dearly love to leave a lasting legacy as a remarkable husband, father, philanthropist and servant leader. It is his dream to help over 1 million people break the cycle of generational poverty and he hopes that his books will go some way to achieving this.

You can contact or follow Derrich Phillips at objectives





Skip Mondragon

Skip Mondragon

Skip's Bio

Skip is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine, a speaker, and an amateur wrestling aficionado. He received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a Masters in Public Health from the Uniformed Health Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. He served twenty-six years in the Army Medical Corps and spent thirty-seven months deployed and thirty of these in combat zones. He now works at the Hope Clinic in Waxahachie, Texas, helping to care for the medically underserved.

During his time in the Army he served in various roles as Clinic, ICU, and Department Chief. Later he was selected as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services (Chief Medical Officer) at Reynolds Community Hospital. However, the highlight of his career was serving as the (OIC) Officer-In-Charge of the 21st CSH-N (Combat Support Hospital North, in Mosul, Iraq, November 2003-Feb 2004. He was in charge of the: safety and provision for all 220 hospital personnel and all patients, patient care, all hospital operations, preparations for transport and air evacuation of casualties, and the seamless transfer of hospital operations over to the 65th Combat Support Hospital.

During his short tenure as OIC, Colonel Mondragon worked closely with Major General Petraeus, Division Commander of the storied 101st Airborne Division, and his stellar staff. This experience gave him a whole new perspective on the role of warfighter as caregiver.

Skip has been involved with wrestling for 50 years as a competitor, coach, booster. He won a National Veterans Championship in 2015 and was a Runner-Up in 2016. In his last 2 years of active duty Skip succumbed to depression. During his recovery, he shared his story before he retired from the Army. Skip draws upon the lessons learned as a wrestler and his background as a physician as he shares his story.

Topics Include:

  • Wrestling Depression is Not for Wimps
  • The Power of Your Team: Family, Faith, and Friends
  • Carpe Diem: Seize it, or miss it
  • Life Lessons Wrestling has taught me
  • Enjoy the (tough) journey
  • “Get Your Head Up!”: Lessons in Encouragement
  • No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts! Get up when life knocks you on your back
Dr. Walter Price

Dr. Walter Price

Walter's Bio

PO. Box 224422
Dallas, Texas 75222-4422

Walter Lewis Price, aka “The Encourager” is a highly acclaimed speaker, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), encouragement coach and trainer who trains executives, managers, supervisors, project managers, team leaders, parents, teachers, support personnel, students and many Fortune five hundred (500) organizations.

As a sought-after motivational speaker, facilitator, trainer, negotiator, and manager of his own business, he has learned to come to grips with many of the problems that people must deal with every day of their lives. He has given speeches to, facilitated or, trained over one million (1,000,000) people.

Dr. Price has been a trainer and consultant for Harvard University School of Public Health, Dispute Resolution Service Centers, the Texas Attorney General’s Office (Texas Mediation Initiative), North Central Texas Council of Governments, Anti-Defamation League (A World of Difference Project), Dallas Independent School District (Program Development and Staff Training), Texas Education Agency (Education Service Centers – Regions 2, 7, 8, and 10), and The Center for Non Profit Management (Dallas/North Texas), Southwest Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities. He has completed the requirements for being a mediator (Basic, Advanced, Family, Juvenile, Truancy, Gang, Victim/Offender, and School) in the state of Texas; and has also completed the requirements for being an arbitrator (Basic and Advanced Level). Dr. Price has also completed the requirements for being a negotiator (Basic and Advanced). He has taught leadership development courses for The University of Texas at Arlington (Department of Continuing Education).

At present, he speaks and conducts personal and professional seminars/workshops across the country on team and self-empowerment topics. He is nationally known as a consultant and speaker on innovation, leadership, organizational change, team building, ethics, and human resource planning, workplace violence prevention, effective management of diverse workforces, and arbitration/negotiation/conflict resolution/mediation. His interactive leadership and team empowerment seminars are requested throughout the country.

While actively involved with his companies, Priceless Resources and Training (professional human resource and training company), Dr. Price is the Chairman for the Division of Business and Professor of Business and Speech at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. He has also taught on the faculty of Jarvis Christian College (Business, and Arts/Science Division) in Hawkins, Texas.

Past and present professional affiliations include, but are not limited to: The American Society for Training and Development, The International Society for Performance Improvement, The Society of Human Resource Management, The Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution, Toastmasters International, The Meeting Professionals International, The American Seminar Leaders Association, The National Speakers Association, The International Association of Facilitators, The Texas Speech Association, The National American Forensic Association, and The State Bar of Texas (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section).

His Motto: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

                 Eric                    Bowie

Eric Bowie

Eric's Bio

Eric Bowie is a motivator, a mentor, a speaker and leader. A graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas, Eric has spent the last 15 years pouring into the lives of others through community service.

Eric currently is currently a Senior Compliance Manager for Globe Life and Accident Insurance, providing direction over the compliance oversight and monitoring functions. He was instrumental in developing the company’s risk culture, educating employees on risk and laying the foundation for the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program.

Through his experiences, Eric has gained proficiency in speaking on the following topics:


  • Risk Management
  • Leadership
  • Diversity in Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Management
  • Change Management
  • Mentoring
Gaurav Shekhar

Gaurav Shekhar

Gaurav's Bio

Gaurav Shekhar is a Lecturer and Program Manager with the University of Texas at Dallas. An ardent supporter and leader of Toastmasters International, where he has been serving the members for several years now. He enjoys spending his time mentoring his students and taking them through an experience that gets them ready for the corporate world. His passion for teaching and servant leadership sees him serve in multiple capacities as a speaker and leader.

Gaurav is a techie by heart. He is a Tech Evangelist and loves to leverage the power of technology to connect people and solve problems. He spent several years in the industry as a Technical Consultant for several multinational companies, before he took on what he loves the most – Teaching.

Gaurav is known for his innovative ideas that have change the gamut of things at places he is connected with. He is known to be a problem solver who strives to bring in innovation in all spheres he works in. He feels that through the medium of public speaking, he not only wants to connect with people, but also enlighten them with the positives that life has to offer.

Over the years the opportunities presented to Gaurav, he likes to speak on the following topics


  • Creating Opportunities – The NEMO Way
  • Rapid Development and Growth
  • The Art of Servant Leadership
  • When life gives you lemons
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Educate to Empower
  • Bringing the Ends together
  • Multicultural Dynamics
        James          Mitchell

James Mitchell

James's Bio

James Donahue Mitchell born July 25, 1964 is an American motivational speaker, author, radio show host, stage/film actor, and small business owner. As a motivational speaker he is known as the MADD Motivator. He is the host of radio show Kingdom Talk 365.

His dream of becoming an actor came true after performing in several stage plays and productions in the Dallas metroplex area. The highlight of his film career was when he became a cast member of the Fox/Universal sitcom Good Guys.

Today he spends his time teaching and coaching others how to reach both their life and spiritual potential. He is also a bestselling author of three books, Black that Matters: The American Tapestry, Kingdom Expressions: Prayers and Prose, and Poetic Pearls and Gems with a Purpose.

Mitchell has been married to his wife Wanda for over thirty (30) years. They live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area with two children, Chris and Shuante, and six grandchildren.


  • Decision-making
  • Story telling
  • Teamwork
               Jim                Key

Jim Key

Jim's Bio

Jim Key comes from a background in computer technology, sports, music, leadership, and public speaking. After entering the world of Information Technologies in 1987, Jim developed an IT consulting practice, working with leaders and managers from national non-profit organizations, manufacturing companies, and service companies across the United States. Additionally, he has volunteered for many years in his community and church, working with children and teenagers in various capacities for 20+ years.

Jim’s volunteerism and information technologies background converged in 1996, as he brought much needed automation to a national youth development program. His efforts led to an invited position of serving 6 years on the national steering committee for this youth program, and to a cutting edge computerized solution that is still in use today. Additionally, participation in the program more than quadrupled during those 6 years of Jim’s influence and involvement.

Simply put, Jim is a difference maker. He believes in pursuing excellence unapologetically, and without reservation. This passion for excellence enabled and drove him to become an award-winning speaker. Reaching the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking an unprecedented three consecutive times, Jim set an unparalleled mark for continued presentation excellence on his way to becoming the 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking. He has subsequently delivered keynote addresses and workshops around the United States and in several other countries. Jim currently serves as an adjunct professor of communications at West Coast Bible College and Seminary.

Though Jim speaks to a variety of audiences, he always speaks from his heart directly to the hearts of the audience members. His presentations include examples to which everyone can relate, as he blends everyday humor with messages of gravitas to produce programs that yield results. You can expect his uplifting message to inspire your people to higher levels of achievement in your organization.

On a personal note, Jim is a devoted husband and father. He has three adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws, and 2 grandchildren. He has been very active in coaching soccer, baseball, and basketball with kids in the YMCA sports program.

           Kimberly             Bass

Kimberly Bass

Kimberly's Bio

Kimberly Bass is a dynamic speaker and financial educator with a proven ability to help individuals navigate the complex world of modern finance. Kimberly has strong desire, passion and determination to educate and empower women of all ages to take charge of their money and control their financial destiny. Using skills developed while working for some of the world’s largest financial firms – like American Express – and in some of the nation’s most-respected industries, Kimberly Bass offers a roadmap to financial freedom, tax-free retirement income and generational wealth.

               Lai                Bai

Lai Bai

Lai's Bio

Lia Bai is a diversity expert, communication strategist, author, keynote speaker, and author. She has a passion for working with women, professionals, leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs. She ignites effective communication in cultural diversity and helps her clients improve productivity, diversity, and profitability. With her authenticity, humor, and wisdom, Lia has the ability to wow, inspire and connect with her audience. Some of the speaking engagements Lia has completed include:

  • Delivering an inspirational speech titled “How to Find Your Voice in the Global Workplace” at JP Morgan Chase in Plano, Texas.
  • Empowering two hundred plus professionals and business leaders to better their communication skills during an appreciation party in Chengdu, China.
  • Sharing her journey of finding her voice with professionals and business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

Lia comes from a background in engineering, design, marketing, sales, leadership, and public speaking. She started her career as an electronic engineer at age 20 in China. After moving to the United States, Lia transformed herself into an industrial designer, sales & marketing professional, and business leader, working for multinational companies such as Huawei, Motorola, and Texas Instruments. She also served as the General Manager of Operations for Martin Sprocket & Gear (China) Ltd. in Shanghai, China between 2004 and 2009. Lia’s 20 plus years of unique and diverse experiences provide her with in-depth cross-functional and cross-cultural insight, lessons learned, and life stories.

Lia is a subject matter expert in Diversity, Leadership Communication, and Women at the Workplace. Her most popular keynote and seminar topics include:

“How to Find Your Leadership Voice”
Five strategies to speak up, speak well, and speak to make an impact by overcoming any obstacle.

“The Conversations between Spugalti and Noodles”
How to respect your own identity while celebrating the diverse cultures in American Melting Pot.

“From Accent to Excellence”
Top secrets for non-native English speaking leaders to become effective communicators.

“A Working Mother’s Impossible Dream”
How to find your calling in life.

Lisette Cumberland

Lisette Cumberland

Lisette's Bio

Lisette Cumberland is a trainer, speaker, leader, and teacher. Growing up with her father as a Community Leader and Motivational Speaker, she became involved with Forensics (Speech & Drama) competitions in High School, which continued into her first two years of college. She graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and spent two years on International Hall, which opened up the doors to being fully immersed in the multitude of the world’s cultures, religions, and customs.

Lisette joined Toastmasters in June 2009 to keep the memory of her father who passed away in 2008 alive; especially since he was denied membership in the 1960s. Since then, she has competed regularly in Humorous Speech, Table Topics, Evaluations, Tall Tales, and International Speech Contests garnering awards at the Club, Area, Division, and Districts levels. While strengthening clubs, Lisette had also achieved success in leadership being nominated as Area Governor of the Year 2010 -2011 and Division Governor of the Year 2011- 2012. Lisette constantly relies on her Toastmasters mentors and members to remain engaged and motivated to helping others achieve their full potential.

Professionally today, Lisette can be found empowering Business Staff at the Corporate Headquarters of a Senior Living Management Company as the Assistant Corporate Trainer since March 2012. Voluntarily through her Church, she is actively engaged in teaching High School Students Faith Formation to become confirmed in their religion in preparation for the transition to adulthood through weekly class sessions. She is also actively involved in empowering women through her Church Retreat Continuing Education weekly sessions.

Over the years the opportunities presented to Lisette have made her a subject matter expert in several topics.


  • Perseverance
  • Competitive Edge
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Female Empowerment
  • Effective Leadership
  • Speaking from the Heart
  • Faith
  • Communications Excellence
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Goal Orientation
  • Resourcefulness
        Monnica      Rose

Monnica Rose

Monnica's Bio

Monnica Rose graduated from Southern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. For over 30 years, she has worked in the defense industry. Ms. Rose is currently employed by L3 Technologies as a Senior Mechanical Engineer where she is a Team Lead for several aircraft/ground station modification platforms.

Monnica’s leadership extends beyond the workplace as she has served in several leadership roles at the district and international level in Toastmasters International. She also board member for Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI) and serves as Vice President of Programs for the North Dallas WOVI chapter.

As an engineer, Toastmaster and volunteer in the community, Monnica has mentored, motivated and encouraged many in achieving their goals.

When she isn’t running half marathons, you can find her cheering for her New Orleans Saints, solving Sudoku puzzles or reading the latest book on leadership.

Over the years, the opportunities presented to Monnica have made her a subject matter expert in several topics.


  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Team Building
  • Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields
  • Conflict Management
  • Club Quality – Toastmasters related but modifiable as necessary
  • Personal Vision
        Nikki          Nanos

Nikki Nanos

Nikki's Bio


Nikki Nanos, Keynote Speaker, Author and Speakers Coach. Nikki is a connection specialist. Helping people, companies and organizations create connection before rejection. Nikki takes the time to get to know her clients, whether it’s one on one or on a big stage, she delivers content geared to your needs.

Holding a Master of Fine Arts in Acting with extensive experience directing, Nikki brings her energy, and passion to the speaking stage with her.

She gets why companies fail at connecting, communicating and collaborating. Nikki knows what it takes to develop rapport and connection having worked with celebrities like, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald.

Nikki’s talent to create connection from the stage was recently shared at the National Speakers Association (NSA) Conference, Influence 2018. She also served as Dean of the NSA-North Texas Speakers Academy for two years (2016-18) and was instrumental in creating new learning experiences that are still being used in the program today.

She’s been described as “… a firecracker of inspiration.” Let Nikki fire up your upcoming event or meeting and take you to your next big-screen adventure.


  • Building Connection
  • Employee Relationships
  • Presenting The Best You
  • Stage Presence Expert
   Tarnisha      Hayter

Tarnisha Hayter

Tarnisha's Bio

Tarnisha Hayter is Fitness extraordinaire, Transformation Coach, Speaker and an Author of an upcoming book. She always had a passion for fitness and helping others thrive. Tarnisha begin Personal training back in 2011. She has transformed lives through teaching her clients the importance of exercise, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

Tarnisha joined Toastmasters back in 2018 in the hopes of finding her voice. Not only did she find her voice, she found leadership skills as well and became President in 2019 at The Carrollton Toastmasters. Speaking became second nature to her as she saw the impact she had on others when she begin to open her mouth and share her story. Tarnisha is on the verge of completing her first book and is on the uprising to become a phenomenal speaker.

Tarnisha decided to take things further in 2019 and became a Certified Transformation Coach. Although she has been transforming her clients outward appearance for years, her goal now is to help transform their body, mind and soul. With her ability to connect, inspire and empower her clients she can help them transform their life. She knew becoming a Transformation Coach would ultimately lead to a total makeover inside and out.

Professionally today, Tarnisha can be found doing these things: 1) Training her clients and transforming lives. 2) Taking courses to become a better leader and speaker. 3) Using her social media platform to inspire others. 4) Finishing and publishing her book.

Tarnisha’s faith, education and experience have made her a subject matter expert in several topics.


  • Inspiration
  • Empowering beliefs
  • Transformation
  • Living in Purpose
  • Resilience
  • Thriving in a Toxic Environment
Valerie Hope

Valerie Hope

Valerie's Bio

Valerie Hope is the CEO of Connect to Joy, LLC. She’s an empowering, globe-trotting executive coach, and speaker who for more than 20 years has inspired and activated leaders to come alive!
Her blend of thought-provoking questions, relevant-take-away strategies, and dynamic delivery style, empowers leaders from all walks of life to achieve meaningful goals, transform relationships, and effectively communicate with confidence.
Valerie’s authenticity, global insights, and willingness to explore the human being behind the behavior, allows her to make strong connections and bring out the best in people.
For more than 20 years, Valerie has traveled the globe and transformed leaders in organizations like the international leadership program, Up With People, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and Hyatt Corporation. As a native Spanish speaker, She has also made an impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.Her clients comprise organizations such as: Headington Companies, Mujeres de HACE (Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement,) Enaxis Digital Consulting, Women’s Hospitality Network, International Performance Management Institute (IPMI), The Bank & Trust, and National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH).

Yvette Harmony

Yvette Harmony

Yvette's Bio

Yvette Harmony Jett has an astounding story of transforming her own life through Living and Reflecting in Harmony. This is the inspiration behind her dedication to Harmony of the Spirit. Through coaching, mentorship and public speaking her signature system The 7 Keys to Spiritual Harmony, Yvette teaches the mastery of finding purpose and fulfillment, to various components of your life in order to exist together without destroying any aspect of life. This is the result of the combination of simultaneous sounding life essentials to produce continual improvements. Through these improvements having a pleasing and effective life experience is the ultimate outcome.

Yvette has taught these and other principles across the globe. She has been on such platforms such as Ladies Empowerment Conferences, Ladies Prayer Breakfast, Ladies Day Summits, Teleconferences, Prayer Summits, International Toastmasters Contest, and radio shows. She is sought after for the dynamic way she can bring Harmony and energy to the environment. She is able to connect people to their most dynamic self. She is able to assist people in eliminating the challenging discord within.

She has been the founder of such programs as Mother to Mother program in her religious community. In this program Yvette would assist new and expectant mothers through the beginning stages of motherhood, to ensure a streamline transition into dynamic Motherhood. She is also active in the Veteran Community as well as the Civilian Community.

Professionally, today Yvette is the President of LUV Toastmasters. She is also the Arlington City Leader for The Mission Continues. With 18 years’ experience in the aviation industry, she also works as an Analyst at Southwest Airlines

Her philosophy is that life is to be lived and enjoyed by Reflecting in Harmony. She seeks to create a mindset of Harmony with everyone she comes in contact with. Her desire is that vibrational harmony will be achieved with the Spirit through coaching and development.


  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • Dynamic Motherhood
  • Spiritual Growth & Development
  • Coaching Mentorship
  • Professional Hospitality
  • 7 Keys to Harmony
  • 3c’s to Success

Confident Leaders

  • Our club is rich with former, current and aspiring Toastmaster leaders, including district directors. We naturally focus on leadership. Thirty minutes is reserved at our meetings for discussion or a debate on topics related to leadership.
  • We meet the third Tuesday of each month. 7:00pm - 8:30pm.
  • Our hybrid meetings allow members and guests to join virtually or in person at Granite Park Building 1, 5800 Granite Parkway on Plano TX 75024.
  • Club website: CLeaders.toastmastersclubs.org
  • Contact for club: Dan Reeder, VPPR, dsreeder462069@gmail.com
  • Club number: 07479372
  • Membership requirements: Confident Leaders is open to past, current, and future leaders.

The Evaluators

  • Our advanced club is for evaluations. We offer everyone attending an opportunity to speak, including evaluations of the evaluators.
  • When: We hold a hybrid meeting every second Thursday, 7:00 - 8:15pm.
  • Where: La Madeleine’s, 8008 TX-121, Suite 100, Frisco, TX 
  • Website: https://TheEvaluators.ToastmastersClubs.org
  • Contact: Robert Srb,  President, 214.686.3098, groovy1004@sbcglobal.net
  • Club Number: 01761504
  • Membership requirements: no membership requirements

Park Central Toastmasters

  • Park Central offers 43 years of experience, excellence and Toastmasters educational programming to help support our members’ goals. We achieve this through our unique meeting format focused on providing members up to six opportunities to give formal speeches.
  • When: We meet online by Zoom the third Sunday of each month, 1:00 to 3:00pm 
  • A typical Park Central monthly program includes four to six prepared 5 - 7 minute speeches:
    • First speech focuses on “Tips on Excellence”
    • Two more speeches from Pathways program
    • One Pathways editorial speech which expresses an opinion
    • One Pathways rebuttal speech which expresses an opposing view to the editorial speech. The rebuttal speech is prepared after hearing the editorial speech with often only FIVE minutes to prepare. This can challenge the most experienced Toastmaster! It is a little scary!
    • Evaluations for each prepared speech:   The Evaluations given at the club are motivating, effective, and balanced.
    • Table Topics:   Park Central Members Are Known for Creative Answers to Challenging Questions.
  • Club website: http://parkcentral.toastmastersclubs.org/ 
  • Club Contacts:
    • Stephanie Moses, DTM, VP Membership: 214-498-3711
    • Anne Barab, DTM, Accredited Speaker, Treasurer: 214-293-9009
    • Jyotsna D. Pai, DTM, President: 214-403-0331
  • Club Number: 4095
  • Membership requirement:  Completed Pathways Level 2 and working on Level 3 (or completed Competent Communicator from the Legacy program)

Let's Talk Club

  • We are the enhanced advanced club. We can mentor Toastmasters on an array of speaking and leadership skills. Examples are creating and delivering speeches, impromptu speaking (We have an Impromptu Speech Contest most years.), evaluations, anything related to speech contests, TLI training, one-on-one mentoring, and many more areas. 
  • When: We meet on the second Sunday of the month from 2:30 to 4:00pm. 
  • Where: Our meetings are in-person only at Meadows Baptist Church, 3001 Los Rios Boulevard, Plano, TX 75074. We meet in Building 3001A (the “Love” portable building, just south and close to the main church building). The Meadows complex is directly across the street from Plano East Senior High School.
  • Club website: https://letstalktx.toastmastersclubs.org/ contact-695532@toastmastersclubs.org   (This goes to our VP Membership Lisette Cumberland.)
  • Club number: 695532
  • Membership requirements: At least two levels in Pathways.


  • Networking, as well as giving speeches in a non-traditional environment, is our specialty.
  • When: Meeting time varies based on events, but the third Tuesday of the month is our standard, 7:00pm CT.
  • Where: Location where you meet: We meet at local breweries or pubs; therefore, it varies.
  • Contact: Robert Sessions, robertsessions@hotmail.com
  • Club Number: 06613239
  • We meet mainly in person, but we can set up hybrid.
  • Membership requirement: New members must be a member of another Toastmasters club.

Roving 49ers

  • Roving 49ers is a place where past, present, and future leaders gather in a relaxed setting in a member’s home to share their successes and challenges and to learn the art of successful leadership. Roving 49ers has become a forge where leaders are honed, all while relaxing in a fun atmosphere, and enjoying a great meal and the camaraderie of fellow Toastmasters. Over the past 35 years our unique combination has made us THE destination for Toastmasters interested in furthering their leadership skills.
  • When: We meet on the second Saturday of each month. In-person potluck starts at 6:00pm CT; hybrid meeting begins at 7:00pm CT.
  • Where: Members' homes in a hybrid meeting.
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  • Contact: Kathie Clark, DTM,  kaclark50@verizon.net
  • Club Number: 6590
  • Membership requirement: Roving 49ers is open to past, current, or future Toastmaster leaders.

Super DTMs

  • We assist and mentor Toastmasters who are working towards their DTM.
  • When: We meet online on the second Thursday of each month, 6:30pm
  • Where: We meet online only.
  • Contact: Diana Pritchard, pritchard.diana@gmail.com 
  • Club Number 07026328
  • Membership requirement: Membership is open to those who already belong to another Toastmaster club.

Tyler Advanced Toasties

  • We focus on thorough evaluations and leadership opportunities to motivate and assist members in growing their leadership skills. 
  • When: We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm
  • Where: Hybrid Meetings. We meet via Zoom and in person at Tyler Innovation Pipeline, 217 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, TX 75702
  • Facebook: Tyler Advanced Toasties 
  • Contact: Diana Pritchard, pritchard.diana@gmail.com
  • Club Number: 7463287
  • Membership requirement: Membership is open to all Toastmasters who are members of another Toastmaster club..