Speakers

One of the best parts of the conference is listening to experienced speakers in the Educational Sessions

Join us in this journey to Believe It, and Achieve It as the speakers below take us through the Principles of Success

  • Part 1 - Deborah Brunner
  • Part 2 - Katie Martin
  • Part 3 - Presiyan Vasilev
  • Part 4 - Debra Custer
  • Part 5 - Shular Scudamore

Deborah Brunner

Deborah Brunner

Deborah Brunner is an expert at helping people turn minefields of adversity into stepping stones for success.

Audiences of all sizes love Deborah'#39;s powerful message of embracing change and navigating through the obstacles that every person and business encounters during their journey to success. Deborah is a survivor of domestic violence and substance abuse; and, she knows first-hand the importance of positive thinking. She will share how many of W. Clement Stone'#39;s principles literally saved her life.

Her upcoming book articulates the importance of the Four Cornerstones of Success and how they positively impact everyone'#39;s life.

Deborah is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a wife and the proud mother of 2 boys.

Visit her website at www.DeborahSpeaks.com


Katie Martin

Katie Martin

Katie Martin

Katie Martin, speech-language pathologist and owner of Dovetail Speech Consultants, shows people how to transform their verbal communication into a precision power tool. Speakers of all types benefit from her fresh and innovative approach to unlocking a clear and compelling communication style.

Having lived abroad in Germany and Bahrain, Katie knows firsthand how difficult overcoming communication barriers can be. She discovered that successfully communicating her thoughts and ideas is the #1 key to success in her personal and professional life.

Katie is excited to share how Toastmasters, the Principles of Success, and Dovetail's Strategies have created outstanding results for both herself and her clients.


In this session, you will discover:

  • How to overcome the fear of communicating your ideas because of past failures
  • The 3 Crucial Steps to Precision Communication
  • The #1 communication strategy of all successful people

Presiyan Vasilev

Presiyan Vasilev

Presiyan Vasilev
2013 World Champion of Public Speaking

Now a resident of Chicago, Illinois - Presiyan Vasilev (Pres) came to America in 2002. For many years he struggled with English and often felt misunderstood.

In 2010, his desire for self improvement brought him to Toastmasters. He immediately recognized the value of the organization and joined 6 clubs!

He soon became addicted to speech contests. With every contest, his speaking skills improved, and on August 24th, 2013, he rose above 30,000 contestants from 122 countries to become the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking.


Debra Custer

Debra Custer

Debra Custer

Debra Custer, DTM, is a business analyst/project coordinator with Accenture. A charter member and officer of two Toastmasters clubs, Fireside and Accentuators. Debra has served as an area governor, division governor and district public relations officer

During her presentation, she'll share how creative visioning, focused attention and accurate thinking have served her throughout her life and how you can apply these principles to achieve your goals

In addition to Toastmasters, Debra enjoys Irish, Gaelic, Scottish and Bluegrass music, U2 as well as anything from the 60s and 70s. An avid reader, she especially enjoys business books, James Michener and philosphy.

A former geology major, Debra has hiked the Kaibab Trail of Grand Canyon, climbed Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun, and survived putting 4 sons through college. She is also a doting grandmother to 6 incredible grandchildren (who, of course, are more beautiful and smarter than any other grandchildren in the world) ranging in age from 1 to 8.


Shular Scudamore

Schular Scudamore

Shular Scudamore

Shular Scudamore has five delightful grand-children ranging from age four to ten, and two wonderful daughters. He is an avid cyclist and has ridden coast to coast and from the Canadian border to the Mexican border along the Pacific coast.

Shular's past experience includes business management at Wayside Cross Ministries. After a failed attempt at entrepreneurship, Shular became an instructor of adult education in information technology. A Certified Technical Trainer, he teaches Fundamentals of Business Communications at ITT-Tech in Oakbrook.

Shular is a past member of Oswego Toastmasters Club and earned Distinguished Toastmaster in August 2009. He has participated in many speech contests and presentations at Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI's), and at a District 54 Conference.

Preparing for this presentation on Spiritual Principles has reenergized Shular's thinking on goals and personal development.