Keynotes / Educational Speakers

Alan Shaner, DTM - Keynote

International Director, Toastmasters Region 5

Alan Shaner

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Alan Shaner is a "working ambassador" for the organization. He works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

A retired fire Battalion Chief, Shaner is owner and founder of Shaner Interior Contractors, a building and remodeling company. He also is cofounder of Building Dreams, a custom home-building company, and has served on the board for the Walnut Hills Homeowners Association.

After earning three master's ratings - in Strategy and Tactics, Arson and Investigation, and Hazardous Materials from the Indiana State Fire Marshalls Office in Indianapolis, he continually updated his education for more than 10 years. As fire Battalion Chief and a Haz-Mat instructor, Shaner maintained a record of no injuries sustained by members of his fire service team. He served as Vice President on the board for Hendricks County Emergency Medical Services Council, and retired as a Fire Emergency Medical Services specialist.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 12 years, Shaner has been a member of his home club, Vineyard Toastmasters in Indianapolis, since 2009. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, including Area and Division Governor, District Strategist, Education Dean, Lt. Gov. of Marketing, Lt. Gov. Education, District Governor, and Brand Ambassador. Alan has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation twice - the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Nancy Depcik

Keynote: Unshakeable Success

Nancy Depcik

Nancy Depcik inspires people to discover Unshakeable Success in their personal and professional lives. She will share her secrets to staying positive during challenging times and offer suggestions on techniques you can start using today to cope with unwelcome change. She will show you how to find the strength within you to face life's challenges and thrive.

Nancy is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer. She has worked with major corporations such as Walgreens, PepsiCo, and Subway just to name a few. Her background as a sales superstar, leader, and business owner have given her the secrets to Unshakable Success, the kind of success that no one can ever take away from you, no matter what comes your way.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Nancy is a member of Windy City Professional Speakers - an advanced Toastmasters Club in Oak Brook, Illinois. She has won numerous contests in Table Topics, and International Speech Contest categories.

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Colonel Jill Morgenthaler

Secrets to Being a Change Leader (Keynote)

Take a Chance - The Four H's of Change (Workshop)

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler

Retired Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, a combat veteran of thirty years who has received the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit, is a three-time first place Toastmasters International District 30 winner. She has won the International Speech Contest twice, and the Humorous Speech Contest once. Jill has been a Toastmaster since 1990, and is a member of Windy City Professional Speakers, an advanced Toastmasters Club in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Colonel Jill is a woman of many firsts. She was one of the first women to enter ROTC and to train as an equal with men. She was the first female company commander in the Army Security Agency Group Korea; she was the first woman battalion commander in the 88th Regional Support Command; and she was the first woman brigade commander in the 84th Division, commanding hundreds of Soldiers across six states. In Illinois, she was the first woman to lead homeland security.

Colonel Jill has mentored business leaders from Chile, Russia, Nigeria, and the Middle East. Today, Colonel Jill is a professional speaker, speaking to thousands on leadership and leadership during crisis. You can catch her on YouTube giving her TED talk. McGraw-Hill has announced that it will publish her book Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer, next year.

Educational Speakers

Tim Wilson, DTM - Professional Speech Coach

Educational session: Phases for Fantastic Presentations

Tim Wilson, Professional Speech Coach

If you're looking to become an effective Speaker, understanding the 3 Phases of a speech will give you a simple, step by step method for consistently creating great speeches.

Learn this powerful method of speech development and transform your talks!

A professional speech coach, Tim enjoys helping speakers at all levels and abilities grow their speaking skills so they reach their full potential. Inspired by Mark Twain's saying, "It's a terrible death to be talked to death," Tim has made it his life's mission to prevent audience death from speaking abuse and misuse.

Tim Wilson has deep speaking skills as a Distinguished Toastmaster and winner of Toastmasters evaluation and speech contests at the club, area, division, and district levels.

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Zaahir "Dr. Z." Hendricks - The Mindset Coach

Educational session: Speeding down the road to nowhere

Dr. Z - The Mindset Coach - Inspirational Speaker

Speeding is useless when it takes you in the wrong direction. When you are not getting the results you want you may be on the wrong road.

Getting on the right path requires you to Develop the Mindset for Success.

In this interactive presentation you learn to:

  • Develop a clear decision-making strategy
  • Identify and eliminate destructive behaviors
  • Reduce the negative patterns that are hard wired into your brain
  • Bonus: Learn why goal setting doesn’t work and what to do instead

You will leave with action steps so you can move ahead, take a chance and make a change.

Zaahir "Dr. Z." Hendricks is a holistic physician, author and professional speaker who helps individuals unleash the mental shackles holding them back and live up to their full potential.

Known as the Mindset Coach, his programs and presentations offer step-by-step strategies to become the person you want to be.

Zaahir is the author of the book Mindset Determines Outcome, an inspirational novel with powerful lessons to help you move forward in life. His online immersion program of the same name helps you rewire your brain to become a visionary, empowered leader.

Learn more about Dr. Z at

Carlos Vargas, Microsoft Solution Architect at Hitachi Data Systems

Educational session: It's Time To Change

Carlos Vargas

My desire to help others achieve their purpose and potential in life has helped me develop, equip and empower leaders in the faith based and information technology communities. I have over 20 years in different Information Technology positions for major Fortune 500 companies across the United States and Latin America.

Through the years I have served as a leadership trainer, motivational speaker, advisor, facilitator, architect, preacher, and teacher for organizations of various sizes in the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Cuba. During my career, I have helped my customers and non-profit organization maximize their potential and empowered them to achieve their ultimate potential.

Through leadership and training, I have empowered groups and teams to think beyond their perceived limitations and help them plan to achieve their goals. Additionally, I have developed and mastered different areas in personal development and information technology.  The techniques used to master the different areas have proven to help not only in one's professional area but also in one's personal life.

My passion for helping others has led me to help organizations and individuals develop their leadership or technical skills and achieve their goals. Personally I have been studying personal development, vision planning and strategy for over ten years.

All of us have been created with a purpose and I love to help others realize their purpose and maximize their potential in order to live life to the fullest. I am very proud to be a member of the John Maxwell Team and the opportunity that it provides me to see people obtain their purpose and potential.

Sandra Lindsay Brown

Educational Session: Credibility

Sandra Lindsay Brown

Sandra "Lindsay" Brown is an energetic and engaging speaker, trainer, facilitator, consultant and author who educates by entertaining.

She has presented to Fortune 100 and 500 companies, and is best known for her storytelling and customized keynotes. A healthy belly laugh and enthusiasm are always present in large measure. Her innovative programs give audiences a fresh point of view.

Lindsay helps audiences discover their next steps.

Current and past clients include the Chicago Public Schools, University of Chicago, Department of Energy, Chambers, Associations, Banks, and Healthcare organizations, and Church Retreats for Women.

She has programs for women based on her book, Sunshine Why Would You Do That? Lindsay is the survivor of a failed kidnapping. She relies on her faith in God and her passion for life. She encourages self-motivation by sharing real life experiences of overcoming and achieving.

Her competencies are in:

  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Organizational Change
  • Self-discipline
  • Spiritual
  • Strategic Planning
  • Volunteerism
Know where you are headed!
~ Sandra Lindsay Brown

Learn more about Lindsay at

Dave "The Shef" Sheffield

Educational Session: A Speaker's Recipe for Success

Dave 'The Shef' Sheffield

You will learn key strategies that you can apply immediately from one of the industry's top speakers and coaches, Dave "The Shef" Sheffield.

  • How to identify, target, market to, and monetize your message
  • Moving your book idea from "Pondering" to "Published" quickly
  • 3 simple strategies for moving from a Promotional to a Paid Speaker

Dave "The Shef" Sheffield has been an entrepreneur since the age of 19 and has shown more than 555,000 people from 58 countries how to realize their personal “Success Recipes” via his live programs and his 6 top-selling books.

His live programs are engaging, fun, packed with valuable content, and are designed to create an immediate and lasting positive impact with your audience. He has worked with hundreds of emerging speakers, helping them build profitable speaking businesses. Dave also helps speakers publish and promote their books.

He is frequently invited to speak to audiences at Fortune 500 companies, conventions, corporate events, sales trainings, President’s Club trips, and staff meetings.

To learn more about Dave "The Shef" Sheffield, please visit or call 563-343-5412.