2019 District 53 Conference

​Saturday, May 18, 2019 - ​The Desmond Hotel Albany

The Path of Excellence – A Road Less Traveled

​At this year's conference, we‘re pulling out all the stops! The conference committee is working feverishly to make this conference memorable.

​Opening Ceremonies with Keynote Speaker
Ted Corcoran, Past International President

​Ted Corcoran ​served as Toastmasters International 2003-2004 President, the first, and only, European, to do so in the 90 year history of the organization.

​Is Your Song Still Unsung?

In his keynote address, Ted uses his title as a metaphor for lost and unrealized potential. He asks if your bucket list is getting longer or shorter; if you still believe your dreams are your possibilities; and do you always say ‘Yes’ to growth opportunities?

Ted Corcoran

​Here are just a few of ​the conference activities you can expect:

  • ​Friday Evening Networking Kick-Off with DJ, Dancing, Cash Bar
  • Our Fantastic Keynote Speaker
  • ​Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon
  • ​Educational Training from the ​“Best of the Best”
  • ​Toastmasters Question Booths to Answer Your ​Needs
  • ​Meet the Candidates for 2019-2020 ​Office
  • ​Toastmasters Merchandise for Sale
  • ​Pathways Q&A
  • ​Youth Leadership Program
  • ​​Mentoring Help

Breakout Educational Sessions - 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Brandon Eastman

Path to Excellence through Goal Setting
Brandon Eastman

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible - the foundation for all success in life. What does a fulfilling life look like for you? In this workshop, you will learn the science behind effective goal-setting, as well as HOW to use the Success Formula to achieve your desires.

So often, we are caught up in the trap of making a living, rather than designing a LIFE! Together we will set goals in 4 Key areas of our life. We will develop and set in motion a plan for massive & consistent action towards its fulfillment. Together, we will take charge of our destiny!

Heather Turner

​Pathways Challenges and Solutions
Heather Turner

With the current education program sunsetting in June 2020, Understanding the new educational program PATHWAYS is the ultimate goal for this workshop. Learning how to navigate the logistics of this new education program can be challenging but it doesn't have to be.

In this workshop, Heather will assist the audience to become more comfortable and knowledgable about PATHWAYS. She will cover many of the common questions members have asked and provide solid solutions to assist the audience in resolving any concerns they may have with navigating the Pathways program. In addition, for those members who are resistant to embracing Pathways, she will offer strategies in providing solutions for engaging a member long term with the new educational program.

Carol Vincie

​Goals Are Critical! How Pathways Supports You and Your Growth
Carol Vincie

With the new Pathways educational program, one may wonder how this new program will contribute to their Personal Growth or Career. Carol's workshop will demonstrate how Pathways serves participants in all aspects of their professional and personal lives.

This interactive workshop is designed to engage the audience and encourage them to share their fears and challenges. Carol will provide anecdotes and experiences to develop new habits and skills. She will demonstrate how the attendees can take small steps in building skills for long-lasting success.

Cynthia Zaitz

​​Effective Evaluation
Cynthia Zaitz, PhD

Effective Evaluations are at the heart of any successful Toastmasters club. Improving our evaluation skills is one of the most efficient ways to help us to improve our own listening, speaking, and leadership skills.

In this interactive workshop, Cynthia will guide you through those techniques that improve evaluation tone and content; resulting in improved listening and critical thinking skills.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors

The Desmond Albany
BaseTwelve Photo
Camelot Print & Copy Centers
CMI Communications
Wavefront DJ Productions

Conference Agenda

TimeFriday Activities
6:30 PMRegistration Early Check-In
7:30 PMFriday Night Networking 
TimeSaturday Activities
7:00 AMDoors Open
7:15 AMRegistration Opens (closes at 5:00 PM)*
7:30 AMCredentials Opens (closes at 2:00 PM)*
7:30 AMBookstore Opens (closes at 2:00 PM)*
 * Above service desks close for lunch (approx 11:30 AM-1:30 PM)
7:30-8:30 AMBreakfast 
8:15 AMOpening Ceremonies
8:30 AMKeynote - Ted Corcoran, DTM, Past International President
9:20 AMBreak
9:30 AMWelcome Briefing for First Timers
9:30 AMTall Tales speech contest briefings for contestants
 Tall Tales speech contest briefings for technicians 
10:00 AMTall Tales Contest
11:30 AMLunch & Hall of Frame
1:45 PMBreak
2:00 PMBreakout Educational Sessions
 Brandon Eastman - Path to Excellence through Goal Setting
 Heather Turner - Pathways Challenges and Solutions
 Carol Vincie - Goals Are Critical! How Pathways Supports You and Your Growth
 Cynthia Zaitz, PhD - Effective Evaluation
2:45 PMBreak
3:00 PMDistrict Business Meeting
5:00 PMCocktail Hour w/Artisan Cheese Display  (Cash Bar)
5:30 PMInternational Speech Contest briefings for contestants
 International Speech Contest briefings for technicians
6:00 PMDinner Banquet
7:45 PMInternational Speech Contest
9:15 PMRecognition and Closing Ceremonies

Sunday Workshop Agenda

TimeSunday Activities - Separate Registration Required
8:00 AMDoors Open
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00-11:00 AMLeadership Workshop with Ted Corcoran, DTM, Past International President
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Our Outstanding Venue - The Desmond Hotel Albany

Voted “Best Local Hotel” 11 Years in a Row

The Desmond Hotel meeting room

660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, New York 12211
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