Tuesday, June 2, 2009

2009 Region Vii Conference Part II

Here are more Speakers and Trainers who will be presenting at the Region Vii Conference in Moncton, Canada this weekend!! Hope to connect with you there!

Gary Schmidt, DTM -Senior Vice-President, Toastmasters International works in the arena of politics and has served on staff for two United States Senators from Oregon – Mark Hatfield and Gordon Smith. Schmidt worked as a field office manager, speechwriter, constituent service coordinator and field representative. He owns a political and communications consulting firm, Schmidt and Associates "Toastmasters: Confidence. Leadership. Service." as the theme for his 2009 - 2010 term in office.

Stephanie Demiris - Volunteer Support Services Manager, Toastmasters International has been with Toastmasters International for three and a half years. Ms. Demiris has over a decade of vocational experience in the specific field of education and training. Her focus is to educate and train District leaders in areas including leadership development, team building, conflict resolution, planning and goal setting.

Stephanie is passionate about Toastmasters and loves to participate in the process of each leader’s growth and development. Her approach to education and training is personable and genuine, always desiring to improve the process, content and application of learning materials. At World Headquarters, Stephanie works directly with District leaders, mentoring, coaching and ensuring the needs of the Districts are met.

She resides in Southern California and enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks on the beach. She has an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology.

Adam Powers - Education & Training Specialist with Toastmasters International focusing on the development of education and training materials. Although a new member with the Toastmasters family, he has conducted training nationally and internationally since 2001.

Adam has recently joined the Spectrum Speakers Toastmasters Club and looks forward to the great advantages of practicing, improving, and gaining the full Toastmasters experience. He states, "Being employed by Toastmasters has truly been a highlight in my career. It has been a joy speaking with the members and district leaders that makeup this wonderful organization. Their rich experiences and great accomplishments are the reason this organization stands today. Whether through the creation and development of TI literature or live training, it is truly an honor to participate in the growth and transformation of an individual. It causes me to grow and be transformed."

Adam and his wife live in Mission Viejo, California. He enjoys backpacking, reading, playing the guitar, traveling and participating in genuinely engaging conversations.

Mark Black - Communication & Leadership Award Recipient - Mark has been a professional speaker for five years and is the founder of Mark Black Speaks. He is frequently booked by schools, associations and corporations to motivate and inspire their students and staff. His story of courage and perseverance has inspired more than 30,000 people across North America to live their lives with passion and purpose.

Born with a congenital heart defect, Mark barely survived his first week of life. Before reaching the age of two, he had already undergone two open heart surgeries. Then in September 2002, after waiting on the transplant list for 10 months and near death, Mark survived a life-saving heart and double-lung transplant.

Since that day, Mark has beaten all the odds. Mark is a 3-Time Marathoner, and has also finished three half-marathons. He is also a six time Canadian Transplant Games medalist and has recently released a powerful self-help book: “Live Life from the Heart” which will be available after his presentation (cost $20).

Mark shares more than just a powerful message when he steps on the stage he shares himself. Maybe that’s why everyone who hears him speak is touched in a profound way. Mark’s message is simple, “Live today with all of your heart, because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.” This is a presentation you don’t want to miss.

Annelie Weber - International Director, Region VII - Annelie worked for nearly 30 years in different staff jobs for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. She has also devoted many years advocating for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, both active and retired.

A longtime Toastmaster, Weber belongs to three clubs, all in Maryland: the Frederick Toastmasters, DTM Leaders and A-Spiring Toastmasters. She joined the Capitol Hill Toastmasters club in 1980 because she wanted to improve her communication and leadership abilities as a congressional staff member. “Toastmasters has opened doors to numerous for-profit and nonprofit organizations that have offered membership and speaking opportunities,” says Weber, a board member of the Korea War Veterans Memorial Foundation. “It has empowered me to seek to be more than I ever thought I could be.”

She and her husband, retired U.S. Army Col. William E. Weber, live in New Windsor, Maryland, and have two adult children, Mark and Karen. Annelie loves outdoor sports such as skiing, sailing and horseback riding.

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