Toastmasters Leadership Institute


Talk | Learn | Inspire



5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Adjourn

Questions? Contact:
TLI chair, Jackie Law, LD2,
Events Chair, Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM,
Program Quality Director, Kalpana Aroda, ACB, DL5, PM5,

Educational Sessions:
Click on each session title below for event details.

[July 14] Leadership is Everybody's Business by Lance Miller, DTM2, AS

Leadership is Everybody’s Business by Lance Miller, DTM2, AS

Lance shares practical leadership tools and techniques that anyone can apply to transform and activate their leadership ability.

Participants will learn:
– The two exact actions that comprise leadership.
– The two components that every group runs on.
– The five points that resolve conflict.
– The three types of people and how to lead each.
– The four elements needed to effectively lead.

Lance Miller is an award-winning speaker and trainer. He has delivered over 5,000 speeches in over 60 countries on public speaking, leadership, and succeeding against Adversity.

Lance is Toastmasters’ 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking. He has held numerous officer positions at the Club and District levels. He was instrumental in building his home club, Renaissance Speakers, to 95 members and the #4 Toastmasters Club in the world. Renaissance Speakers has been continued to be one of the top 50 clubs in Toastmasters for the last 20 years.

Lance worked with over 80 Districts helping Toastmasters win with Toastmasters! He is the founder & host of The World Champion Speakers Online Summit, where he shares the path and experience from 30 World Champions of Public Speaking.

Lance is a Partner in Miller, Knutson &; DaRe, LLC, specializing in corporate productivity and growth. His business experience spans serving as an executive with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Nestle & Anheuser Busch. He has developed sales and marketing programs across 8 different industries and completing 5 new business start-ups.

July 14, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[July 22] What to do when Disaster Strikes by Patrick Hardy

What to do When Disaster Strikes

Preparing for a disaster is more than just about buying a red backpack and preparing for remote work. It’s a critical leadership mindset that can fundamentally change your approach to how you prepare for what is promising to be the most active fire season in California history as well as any other disaster you may face.

Patrick Hardy began his Toastmaster journey in 2005, joining a club in Orange County, California. A Distinguished Toastmaster, in 2012, he became only the 65th person to achieve Toastmasters highest award, the Accredited Speaker™ in Toastmasters International history, and is the youngest to ever achieve it. Patrick is a former US National Debate Champion and public speaking gold medalist.

A well-traveled Toastmaster, Patrick has visited over 1100 Toastmasters Club on three continents and 43 US states and is in the process of writing a blog about his travels.

Patrick is the CEO of one of the largest disaster preparedness companies in the United States and is recognized as one of the world’s premier experts in emergency planning. He was invited to Washington D.C. as the US National Private Sector Representative and is the youngest person ever invited to do so.

July 22, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[July 27] The Making of a Marvelous Mentor

The Making of a Marvelous Mentor by Freddi Dogterom BHHS, RRC/CR, PRP, CCDP, AS

From above the Arctic Circle to the main stage at 2 Toastmasters International conventions, Freddi credits having a strong mentor with her success in life. “Those who walk the furthest, never walk alone” ~ an Inuit mentor.  The power of mentorship is an important part of our Toastmaster journey, and is a two-way street – “those who teach learn twice”. Learn the power of having and being a mentor through journeys on the Ice Road, the main stage in Las Vegas, and success in Vancouver Canada.

Freddi Dogterom DTM AS

A retired Ice Road trucker, successful Career Development professional, and passionate and involved Toastmaster credits having and being a strong mentor with her success. She is a very busy professional speaker and corporate trainer who always makes time for family and fun! She works with Retirement Lifestyle Planning – the timepiece, not the money teaches courses in professional presentations and other soft skills and makes time to speak around the world for events, companies, and of course Toastmasters!  Of only 88 people in the world to earn the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation, she was #75 and is one of 14 women in this elite group.

July 27, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[Aug 3] I Promise You... by Pat Johnson, DTM, PIP

I Promise You… by Pat Johnson DTM, PIP


I Promise…What do those words actually mean to you?    To me?  To us as Toastmasters members?

When we signed up to the Toastmasters International learning program, we actually signed The Toastmasters Promise.   And now I often ask myself, “What is my relationship to that Promise”.  Let’s spend some time exploring The Toastmasters Promise and also tie it to our Core Values.   I promise… to be open to hearing your perspectives and to share mine as well.

Pat Johnson, DTM, Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator, Life Coach, Author, Mentor, twice Region Advisor, Presidential Citation Recipient, Toastmasters International President 2010-2011.

Pat is an ontological trained Life Coach working with individuals and small groups, a certified World Class Speaking Coach, international trainer, facilitator, speaker and author of her first book, “Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmasters Programs in Corporations”.

Pat served as Distinguished District Governor of District 21 in 2001-2002, International Director from Region 1 in 2004-2006, International President in 2010-2011, and Region 10 Advisor (Europe and United Kingdom) for the 2020-2021 term. In 2021-2022 she is Region 2 Advisor in partnership with Pamela McCown. Pat Johnson has been a Toastmaster since 1983 and is a member of Rise & Shine #331 in Victoria, BC.

Pat is a life-long learner and looks forward to continuing that journey with everyone in Region 2.

Aug 3, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[August 10] What's in a Salute by Donny Crandell, DTM, AS

What’s in a Salute by Donny Crandell DTM, AS

Today, Donny will focus on “What’s in a Salute.” A few themes in his keynote will include: earning respect, appreciating competency, demonstrating character, and communicating care. These themes will remind us what real servant leadership looks like in the 21st century and the kind of leaders we could be

Accredited Speaker – 2017

Donny is a WCPS finalist in 2016, an Accredited Speaker in 2017, and a DTM as of 2020. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2020. He is the author of 7 books and a doctoral dissertation entitled, “Surviving to Thriving, A Resiliency Tool Kit for Today’s Military.” He is married to his lovely bride Tilia Crandell and a father to his five-year-old son, Kyson

Aug 10, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[August 19] Storytelling for Leaders by Darren LaCroix, DTM, AS

Storytelling for Leaders by Darren LaCroix DTM, AS

Do you have an important message to deliver? Do you want to speak or be heard?

Anyone can stand in front of an audience and say words while showing slides. The true question is, “did their perspective change?”

It doesn’t matter what you say; it only matters what they hear.

How do you change perspective? Great stories drive change.

We have been trained from childhood to love stories. They are part of our DNA.

Stories breathe life into presentations, help change perspective, and can make your message memorable. Great communicators are great storytellers.

In 1992, Darren LaCroix bombed miserably in a Boston comedy club. Just nine years later, he outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking with a very funny speech. Not only that, but people are talking about his speech over a decade after he delivered it.

You’ll walk away from this presentation with specific strategies Darren’s coaches gave him on how to deliver messages of change so people listen and agree.


After a failed business in 1992, Darren LaCroix took a dare and took the stage at an open mic night at a Boston comedy club. He bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told him, “Keep your day job kid.” Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was crazy and stupid. He didn’t listen.

Less than nine years later, in 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking…ironically with a very funny speech. Some said it was one of the best speeches in the history of the contest.

He is the co-host of the Unforgettable Presentations podcast. Through his live workshops and Stage Time, he helps good presenters become UNFORGETTABLE.

Aug 19, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[August 24] Speak, Lead, and Serve by Satish Shenoy

Speak, Lead, and Serve


In this talk, Satish will share his journey in District 101 with y’all, even as he explores being a brand new Texan and imagining life driving around in a pickup truck (an electric one of course!).  He is looking forward to sharing the 5 Cs from his experience with Toastmasters as a kind teacher, and then growing through giving by connecting, sharing, mentoring and learning, and the lessons he has learned taking Toastmasters into business and life.


As a member of Toastmasters for the last few years, Satish sees Toastmasters as a way to continually grow personally and professionally. He is a member of 3 clubs in District 101 and has traveled as a Club Ambassador to over 50 clubs across 5 continents. In the true nomadic spirit, Satish has recently moved from the Bay Area to Austin, TX. Satish enjoys sharing what he has learned through Toastmasters and bringing out the best in others by speaking on a variety of topics including storytelling, productivity, impromptu speaking, mentoring and much more. 

Aug 24, 2021, at 6:00 PM

[August 31] Proven Tips To Promote and Personalize Your Events and Businesses by Renee Yao and Khushboo Shah

Proven Tips To Promote and Personalize Your Events and Businesses by Renee Yao and Khushboo Shah

We will discuss marketing tips and best practices about creating the right content (blogs, flyers, events) on various social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube)

In this webinar, we will be joined by Renee Yao and Khushboo Shah in a discussion about marketing tips and best practices to elevate Toastmasters clubs’ presence. Come learn more about creating the right branding for the right content, and use measurement effectively on various social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube).

Renee Yao is the president of Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters, a club that has touched people from more than 70 countries and has won the President’s Distinguished Award since chartering in five months. She has been a Toastmaster member for 7 years, was part of nSpeak, ToastitNow, and Cupertino MorningMasters clubs. She has also served as seven officers, club coach, club sponsor roles in the community. During the pandemic, it was even more important to reach, retain, and elevate members digitally. She has led the team to use creative promotional methods, such as webpage, YouTube, TikTok, blog posts, AI powered podcasts, and newsletters to increase awareness of the club and engagement of the members.

Khushboo is a new Toastmaster. She started her Toastmasters journey with Women LEAD Toastmasters around 6 months ago. Being a VPPR she works hand in hand with the President and other officers to make the club and the events successful. She designs newsletter, meeting and workshop flyers. She loves to interact with club members and collect feedback on how we can improve our club events. She is learning plenty of new things in her her Toastmasters journey and unfolding many new capabilities. Club events promotion, developing social presence, Writing blogs are few of them.

Aug 31, 2021, at 6:00 PM