Conference

“Explore Your Possibilities” at Our Spring 2015 Conference!

If you haven’t heard already, the Spring 2015 Conference is just around the corner!

Come participate in fun, interactive educational sessions led by seasoned toastmasters!

Learn public speaking and leadership skills from our region’s international director, and this year’s key-note speaker, Ross McKay! Ross is one of a handful of accredited speakers in the country and may be available to provide one-on-one coaching as well!

Ross McKay will also take us through the new Toastmasters International revitalized education program! How exciting!

We’ll also have plenty of opportunities for great food, fun and networking during Friday Fun Night and Saturday’s breakfast, luncheon and dinner banquet!

As always, we’ll have wonderful, unique items and packages to bid on at this year’s Silent Auction! Perhaps a warm vacation get-away or trip in a small plane?

Our trusty D28 bookstore won’t be far either! Needing an advanced speech or leadership manual? Drop by the store at the conference to pick yours up!

Conference Details

Date:
Friday, May 1st from 6pm-11pm with a Meet & Greet Networking Event from 5pm-6:15pm in Portage Auditorium
Saturday, May 2nd from 7:30am to Midnight

Location:
The Westin-Southfield
1500 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075

Program & Agenda

Friday, May 1st, 2015:
  • Evaluation Contest: 6:30-7:45pm
  • Buffet Dinner: 7:45pm-8:30pm
  • Friday Fun Night: 8:30pm-10pm
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015:
  • Breakfast Buffet: 7:30am-8:30am
  • First Timers Orientation: 8am-8:25am
  • Activators Briefing: 8am-8:30am
  • Opening Session Keynote Speech by Ross McKay: 8:30-9:30am
  • Educational Sessions: 9:45am-11:30am
  • Luncheon: 11:45am-1:05pm
  • District 28 Executive Council Meeting: 1:30pm-2:45pm
  • Revitalized Education Program Session: 3:00pm-3:45pm
  • International Speech Contest: 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Meet & Greet Networking Event: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Dinner Banquet: 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Silent Auction & D28 Bookstore: all day (the Silent Auction will be located in Windover AB, across from the Charlevoix Ballroom, and the Bookstore will be located upstairs in Nicolet)
  • Silent Auction closes at exactly 5:45pm so get your bid in before then! Only cash or check accepted.

For a detailed agenda, please refer to the conference schedule.

Workshop Line Up

We are excited to have the following speakers present at the Spring Conference this year:

  • Dolores Harris, DTM
  • Alycia Hall
  • Ivory Williams, DTM
  • Heather Lane, DTM, PDG
  • Ross McKay, DTM, ID

For a schedule and description of the workshops, please refer to the workshop schedule.

Menu

If participating in the full conference, a dinner buffet on Friday will be included as well as a breakfast buffet, luncheon and dinner banquet on Saturday.

Vegan and gluten free options are available. Please see the conference menu for a detailed list of dishes included on the conference meal plan.

Attire

Business and/or business casual

Conference Check-In & Registration

Conference check-in will be conveniently located near the Westin Hotel lobby bar from Friday, May 1st 5:00-6:30pm to Saturday morning of May 2nd 7:00am-11:30am.

If checking-in Saturday afternoon of May 1st, check-in and registration will be located in the hallway outside of Portage Auditorium. Saturday afternoon check-in will be from 3:00-4:30pm and 5:30-6:30pm in the hallway outside of Portage Auditorium.

Walk-in registration is available at no additional charge, but there are no guarantees for meal options. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Spring Conference Committee.

Contestants & Judges

For members who are competing or judging in the district level international speech and evaluation contest, please see the updated contest schedule for the times and locations of the Credentials Check and the Judges & Contestant Briefings.

Volunteering

We still need volunteers to help at the conference as well as donations or sponsors for the Silent Auction. If you are interested in volunteering or donating a silent auction gift, please contact Connie Loh, the Spring 2015 Conference Chair, for more information.

Hotel Room Reservations

Special Toastmasters Room Rates available for the Spring Conference! Rates are as follows:

  • One Room with Double Beds: $96
  • One Room with King Size Bed: $92
Please call the Westin Southfield Reservation line at 888.627.8558 to book your room!

Cancellation Policy

Your reservation can be cancelled up until two weeks prior to the conference. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be given for this event. Any payment made can be applied to a future D28 conference of your choice.

For more information regarding the conference or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Loh, Spring Conference Chair, at spring2015conference@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!