Winter LACE Day 1 - Saturday January 08, 2022


Linda Denton

Be A Collaborative Leader!

10:30 am - 11:20 am
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Are you looking to build your leadership skills and not sure where to start? In this session, Linda will provide you with three key leadership strategies, share her extensive knowledge and experience in building collaborative volunteer teams, and tap into the skills and opinions and wisdom of the collective group. This session is highly engaging!

Linda Denton has deep expertise in leadership coaching, personal and professional development, and group facilitation. 

Linda's talent in leadership has developed through her experience of building and growing her teams. In her capacity as a senior business leader and interim CEO, she has applied her leadership and development skills in a wide range of national and international organizations. In addition, as a non-profit leader, Linda has had the pleasure of holding several senior board positions, including as board chair.

With Linda's in-depth knowledge of development, leadership, and change, talent in assisting those with their professional and personal growth, and hands-on experience leading and building her teams, she excels at coaching leaders and teams to achieve greater competence and professional success.  

Linda holds a Master's degree from the University of San Francisco, is a Distinguished Toastmaster in the Founder's District, and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. In addition, she is an avid volunteer. She held the Founder's District Youth Leadership Chair for four years and is the past Chair of Professional Development for the OD Network Board of Trustees.



Ricky LaCorte

Breaking Your Barriers

Leadership Segment
11:40 am - 12:20 pm
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The power of a teacher’s words coupled with kindness and genuine tough love can save a life. By empowering others, one can change someone’s lives. This session will train and empower you to break your barriers in leadership and communication. 

Ricky Lacorte is an advocate for empowering adults and our youth through leadership and effective communication, specifically public speaking.  His passion for empowering others emerged during his teenage years because of his band teacher Mr. Mitts. The power of Mr. Mitts' words coupled with kindness and genuine tough love saved Ricky from gang life and inevitably jail time or a casket. 

Today, Ricky is a keynote speaker, speech and presentation coach for adults, children as well as a proud member of Toastmasters.  His life long goal is to empower, influence and change people's lives to pay it forward and honor Mr. Mitts.  Humbled and privileged to be part of today's celebration, it's Ricky's honor to share his leadership, communication and empowerment training with you.  

Toastmasters provided the platform and fueled Ricky's passion to pursue his dream of becoming a professional speaker, coach and trainer.  Toastmasters celebrated his achievements via the world championship of public speaking with the following accomplishments: 

2021 District 1 (district champion)

2020 District F (district champion)

2019 District 100 (district champion)

2018 Top 10 finalist in the world championship of public speaking out of over 30,000 competitors world wide during the convention held in Chicago. 

If you would like to start your education as early as now, feel free to visit and browse the plethora of videos Ricky's YouTube channel - "Breaking Your Barriers."



Susan Zielan

Contest Judge Training

01:30 pm - 02:20 pm
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Contest Judges PICK WINNERS! Are you ready to select the very best speakers to represent our district in its area, division and district speech contests?

In this session you will learn:

  • What judging involves
  • To understand the judging criteria
  • How to choose winners as fairly and impartially as possible

Be part of the process to help us find this year’s WINNERS! Be a Chief Judge and a Contest Judge! After completing this training, your name will be included in the District's Master Judge list.

Susan Zielan joined Toastmasters in 2014 as a charter member of the Encore Club where she served as Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, Treasurer and President. 

After achieving her Competent Communicator and Competent Leader awards, Susan attended the Contest Judge training session at the annual LACE leadership education.    

After serving as a Contest Judge for several years, she was recruited to become a Chief Judge and served as Founder’s District Chief Judge for the 2021 International Speech Contest.



Dave Friedman

Four Step Process to a Better You

01:30 pm - 02:20 pm
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In this inspirational & enlightening talk Coach Dave shares how to identify who you are and shares his 4 Step Process to create a better you. In this session you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of who you are now 
  • Discover the power of intentional imagination
  • Learn simple steps to get started

Coach Dave is a dynamic speaker who knows a bit about transitions and is no stranger to change, having lived in 4 different parts of the country, and is now on his 5th career. His talks are genuine and filled with nuggets of timeless wisdom to inspire, motivate and encourage his listeners to a better version of themselves. 

Dave’s comfortable, accessible, and easy-to- understand style draws people in, makes them smile, and helps them envision the direction they want their lives to take. Dave has spoken at organizations as diverse as Bank of America, Mary Kay, and Centers for Spiritual Living in addition to  Chambers of Commerce, Non-Profits, and is a Toastmasters Speech Competition winner.


Kathleen Hughes

Club Coaches, Sponsors & Mentors

02:40 pm - 03:30 pm
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Do you have a passion for helping others?  Do you have a passion for Toastmasters?  You may be the perfect fit as a Club Coach, Club Sponsor or Club Mentor.

Join the Club Growth Team to learn: 

  • The qualities of a club coach
  • How to be a successful club coach
  • To identify clubs that qualify for coaching 
  • To help the club overcome challenges

Also, learn how club Sponsors and Mentors can work together to help form new clubs and more importantly help the club be successful!

Kathy Hughes is Founder's District Club Growth Director 2021-22 and Founder's District Program Quality Director-elect for 2022-23. Kathy retired in December 2019 as Director of Research & Development Software Quality at Broadcom. Over the last 11 years she has served many Toastmasters leadership roles in her clubs and at the District Level. She has a passion for finding new ways to give members in our clubs more resources to help them thrive and grow. Besides Toastmasters, Kathy is especially proud of her family, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.



Danielle Brown

Pathways Base Camp Management

02:40 pm - 03:30 pm
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Three club officers have Base Camp Manager responsibility: Club President, VP Education and Secretary   These officers are needed for members to advance from one level to another, and through Path Completion.

This session provides training for not only these officers, but all members that are using Pathways Learning Experience.   Base Camp Managers are needed to approve level and path completions, approve requests to from members to speak outside of the club as well as how to track the member's progress in the level and path in order to work the Distinguished Club Program. You will also receive information on how to move thru the Pathways site to assist your members.

This session is open to ALL members as it builds an understanding as to how Pathways Base Camp Manager works.

Danielle Brown originally joined Toastmasters in the Spring of 2017 and wasted no time in devoting her unique skills to foster club excellence and develop exceptional leaders. She completed her first two paths in the first two years Pathways launched and is a few sheets of paperwork away from earning her DTM.

Danielle is an Account Manager and head of Strategic Partnerships & Editorial at BookPal, a book retailer that specializes in group sales. Plus, she's writing her very own novel, co-hosts the "Currently Obsessed" podcast with current District Director Christine Brady, and spends whatever free time she has between the pages of imaginary worlds.



Gisele Nguyen

How to Create your Personal Brand Workshop

02:40 pm - 03:30 pm
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Join us on a webinar to learn about “How to Create Your Own Personal Brand at Work.” This webinar highlights tips and strategies on how you can create your personal brand at work to enhance your value, and accelerate your career growth.

Learning how to build your personal brand is a necessity in today’s digital workplace. Having a thoughtful personal brand can help you create a strong reputation and improve your relationships with your manager and senior leaders. Whether you are a manager or an individual contributor, you can take steps to improve your reputation and personal brand.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What it takes to create a personal brand and why it is important for your personal and professional development.
  • Learn about the SBA Model and the process to create your personal brand
  • Tips to create and manage your personal brand

At Toastmasters, Gisele Nguyen, DTM, has been an active member since 2016. She has served as Division A Director, Area Director, President of North Tustin Sensational Speakers for 2 terms, Vice President, Education, and VP PR. In 2020, Gisele led Division A with 22 clubs to achieve President's Distinguished. She was also honored with the Spirit of Excellence Award from the Founder’s District.  

Gisele Nguyen is the Co-Founder of the LifOpps Learning Labs, International Speaker, Coach, and Executive at two Educational Foundations. She helps non-profit organizations, emerging professionals, and students develop 21st-century skills, including communicating with confidence and defining their personal brands and professional pathways. She embodies dynamic energy that inspires audiences from the U.S., Europe, and as far as India, and Turkey.

Prior to pursuing her passion, she was working for a marketing giant, the Coca-Cola Company for nearly two decades. As the Director of National Retail Sales, Gisele worked with global customers where she excelled and learned about branding and marketing consumer products. With an MBA and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Gisele won awards leading teams with responsibilities for global supply chain, customer management, project management leadership, and change management.