Conference Educational Sessions


Saturday, April 18
4:00 pm - Educational Session
How to Uncover the Glory of Your Story
Pres Vasilev

(Pres will have items for sale during break after his educational session)

In this interactive session, the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking Pres Vasilev will equip you with the storytelling tools you need to transform your speeches into captivating stories.

Come see Pres deliver live his winning Semifinal speech and engage in a dynamic discussion to unpack the tools and tactics hidden in the story. Ask your questions, share your insights, and learn from the questions and insights of others.

You will gain practical tools that will help you uncover the glory of your story so you can influence and inspire your audience.

For a complete bio of Pres visit his website at



Saturday, April 18
2:00 pm - Educational Session
Is Your Job Boring?
Mohamad A. Qayoom, DTM


Whether it is our jobs,  leadership roles in Toastmasters, or our club meetings, sometimes we get bored. During this session, Mohamad will share some practical tips to make your experience interesting and exciting.

Mohamad’s Bio:

Mohamad of Kenner, Louisiana, is an information technology network security consultant for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans. He provides a flexible portfolio of information systems management and services developed through hands-on architectural expertise. Qayoom holds master’s degrees in computer science and engineering management from the University of New Orleans.

Continuing his education, Qayoom has become a certified information systems security professional and a project management professional. His extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a board member for the University of New Orleans international alumni association and a member on the information technology advisory committee for Herzing University.

Today, as a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, I am a “working ambassador” for the organization. I work with the Board to develop, support, and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.


Saturday, April 18
3:00 pm - Educational Session
Simple Steps to Start a New Mentorship Program ~ Or Jumpstart Your Existing One
Kevin Desrosiers, DTM

In all walks of life, in order to excel, you need mentors. Toastmasters are no different. Ask yourself these questions:


Does your club have a mentorship program?

Can your mentorship program be improved?

Do you know how to “Bridge the Gap” until enough members in your club are Pathways trained mentors?


We will discuss these questions and many more. You will also walk away with templates for tracking your mentorship program along with some useful guides for both mentors and mentees.


Kevin’s Bio:

Kevin has been a Toastmaster for almost 20 years and is a two-time Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Currently, he is a member of four clubs and is serving as the Area 4 Director. Kevin attributes a lot of his success in Toastmasters to the fact that he has multiple Toastmaster mentors both inside and outside of his clubs. Recently, he jump-started a mentorship program in one of his clubs; then initiated one in another one. Kevin thrives on sharing what he has learned in Toastmasters with others and looks forward to presenting this topic at the upcoming conference.



Saturday, April 18
3:00 pm - Educational Session
Emotional Intelligence: The Missing Piece
Dawn Tucker, DTM

Emotional intelligence is one of the most essential components of successful leadership and communication. It is also a major contributor to happiness and well-being. Although less understood and harder to measure than IQ, this important skill set has become a 21st century buzzword. Learn what emotional intelligence is, and how to harness its potential in your life.


Dawn’s Bio:

Dawn Stone Tucker, DTM, MS, CCC-SLP, is a nationally certified speech/language pathologist with an interest in social communication, social anxiety, and the fear of public speaking. Dawn enjoys reading, drawing, and hiking in state and national parks. She grew up in Miami, Florida and has lived in St. Charles County since 1986.