Breakout sessions will be announce mid-March. Interested in leading a breakout session? Submit an application here.



Sample of breakout sessions from Fall 2017 listed below


Helen Hunter Rush

Helen Hunter Rush: “English Skills for Non-Native English Speakers”

In this session, Helen will address four issues that may keep you from being understood and challenges of understanding American Culture. Attendees walk away with a new awareness of their current speech patterns and tools for speaking more clearly, concisely and confidently. This program is for non – native English Speakers who want to improve their skills and native English speakers curious about the topic.

About Helen: Helen Hunter Rush is the owner of Speech Matters where she helps non-native English speakers improve their work-related communication skills. Helen speaks four languages loves to travel (for work and pleasure) and has contemplated learning a fifth language.


Tala Khudairi, PhD: “Bliss Breath”Tala Khudairi

In this interactive session, participants will learn several breathing techniques to improve their speaking skills, self-confidence, stage-presence and effective use of ‘the perfect pause’.  Includes small group and partner activities.

About Tala: Tala Khudairi, CL, ACB, is the Vice President of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE of NEASC).  A Fulbright Scholar and executive academic leader, Tala has also been a yoga instructor for over two decades. In addition, she enjoys presenting nationally and internationally on leadership, wellness, educational assessment and quality assurance.


Steven CastleSteven Castle: “5 Ways to Make Your Speech Writing More Exciting”

Whether you’re preparing speeches or presentations, blogs or newsletters, clear communication is essential. Participants will learn that writing well is a mindset. It can even be FUN! If you are ready to be more effective and exciting when speaking, this program shows you how to organization thoughts, be credible, persuasive and brief, and use storytelling to connect and inspire.

About Steve: Steven Castle is an award winning writer, speaker and storyteller. He has more than three decades of experience as a journalist and storyteller, and is now studying the art of the story. Steve is a successful freelance writer and editor, and manages a local TV station for his community. He is the former editor of prestigious publications such as Robb Report, Electronic House and TecHome Builder. He has recently authored the ebook, The Really Good Life, stories of his misadventures in luxury and the life lessons learned in the quest for success.


George Baker, Anthony Alexander, Ed Brzychcy, Radhi Spear: “Better Leadership Panel”
Moderator: Rich Bianchi

George Baker Anthony Alexander Ed Brzychcy Radhi Spear

Leadership is a multi-faceted role. An executive coach, a military officer turned leadership coach, a leader in the financial services sector and a Toastmaster passionate about High Performance Leadership will share stories, insights and strategies to help you take your leadership skills to the next level – in and out of Toastmasters.


Rebecca Rhoads: “Be a Better Speaker”

For some people thinking of a speech topic is harder than giving the darn speech. And the introduction? “Forget about it” is not an effective strategy. In this interactive session Rebecca will guide you through a process to find your topic, write your speech and make sure you have a killer introduction to go with it.

Rebecca Rhoads

About Rebecca: Rebecca Rhoads is a bilingual leader. She has lead students in learning for 11 years. Rebecca loves to see the spark in someone’s eye when they figure something out and/or achieve a personal goal. She taught Spanish at URI, CCRI, University of West Georgia, Florida State and various high schools in Rhode Island. Rebecca is a world traveler: she recently explored Cuba and Spain.

Can you find out which UNESCO World Heritage Centre is in Granada, Spain? If you see Rebecca at the conference today, tell her the answer and she’ll teach you a fun saying in Spanish!


Mary Cheyne: “Present Yourself for Public Speaking”Mary Cheyne

Does speaking to groups still make your hands shake and your heart race? During this interactive program you’ll learn tools and strategies to tame your inner critic, understand how to speak powerfully & authentically under pressure and understand that often the biggest fear isn’t public speaking it’s public JUDGMENT.

About Mary: Mary Cheyne, MBA, is the 2009 World Championship of Public Speaking second place winner. She has trained over 15,000 people in over 25 cities around the world and has coached hundreds of individuals on how to communicate clearly & authentically. Mary is the author of the Amazon Best Selling book “Present” Yourself in Public Speaking – Tell Your Inner Critic to SHUT UP! And the Real You to SPEAK UP! Mary’s mission is to develop enlightened leaders by helping them to get out of their own way and become consciously influential public speakers & communicators.

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