Ricky Lacorte

About Ricky Lacorte
Ricky Lacorte epitomized the bad boy image because he was a bully, gangster and recognized by law enforcement. He was going down a dark path and told he would end up in one of two places… jail or a casket.

He was saved by the most unlikely hero… his music teacher, who he endlessly insulted. Ricky saw no potential in himself, but one sentence of encouragement from his music teacher led him to a life of music through band and choir.

Ricky’s mothers continued to support his musical endeavors and even shared a life lesson or two.

With the encouragement of his music teacher and his mom Ricky’s path took him from gangster to band member to singer to DJ/Host to competitive speaker.

His chaotic childhood didn’t stop him from achieving his dream of giving back by helping inspire the un-inspirable.

An interview of Ricky Lacorte:

MJ Shores

Talk Title
Tell Me a Tale: How to Woo Your Audience through Storytelling

Talk Synopsis
MJ Shores will share her expertise on the most powerful and timeless form of communication: storytelling. She will present exciting new discoveries in neuroscientific research on how storytelling affects our brains and decision-making abilities. Learn how leaders and businesses have built large and impassioned followers and brands through storytelling and how you can do the same in your own public speaking engagements.

About MJ Shores
MJ is an award-winning marketer and public speaker who has successfully led organizations to position themselves at the forefront of their industries.

Her professional background spans the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has served in leadership roles at top global business schools, including the Wharton School of Business, UCLA, and UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. MJ also taught Organizational Behavior, International Trade, and Negotiations at the International University of Moscow in Russia.

She earned bachelor degrees in Economics and History from Guilford College and Arizona State University, respectively, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

To contact MJ Shores:
Email: mj_shores@yahoo.com

Crystal H. Vo

Talk Title
Finding Your Voice

Talk Synopsis
Crystal shares the incredible and inspiring story of of a mother, a wife, a daughter and a passionate writer. She overcame many tragical events: wars, death in the family, physical and mental abuse, depression, homelessness. Today she is a public servant serving those who are underprivileged which is an honor for her to give back. She raises two young adult children who are pursuing higher education in college.

About Crystal H. Vo
Crystal VoI am a refugee who migrated to the United States in 1986. I escaped my country, Vietnam, with my brother and relatives in 1985, ten years after the communists took over the south of Vietnam. I was very homesick and depressed for many years in America without my family until I found my calling – writing. It has given me a purpose to live happily and productively. I am now a public servant, a mother of two and a wife. My passion is to share inspirational stories, poetry, food and the Vietnamese culture. This is the first poetry book I published in 2013: https://outskirtspress.com/webPage/isbn/9781478713029
My mission is to have a meaningful life where I can help others along the way.

To contact Crystal H. Vo:
Email: crystalhvo@gmail.com
Website: www.crystalhvo.com

Mike Davis

About Coach Mike
Coach Mike Davis has been coaching youth sports for more than 30 years. He started coaching and officiating youth basketball at the Miller’s Boys Club in Phoenix, AZ. Since then he has coached basketball, baseball, and softball at levels ranging from rec leagues to varsity high school and travel ball.

Those that can, do. Those that can’t, coach.
While some might use this as a negative, it points out a true facet of life: Playing a sport and coaching a sport are two different things. Sometimes a person can look at a challenge and be able to help someone else solve the puzzle, even if that person cannot solve the puzzle themselves. We’ve all be given different gifts. Anyone can learn a sport – the rules, the strategies, the nuances, but being able to teach someone else that sport takes an additional skill set, one that includes patience among all others. A great player does not always make a great coach.

Coaching Philosophy
I believe that there are educational values in sports that cannot be learned anywhere else. Along with teamwork and fair play, there is almost no other aspect of life that teaches one how to think, act, think again, and react, while facing sometimes unsurmountable challenges. Studies have shown that student-athletes, upon completing college, are more prepared to face the real world challenges of life than non-athlete students. In our younger years, most classes teach knowledge. But what teaches our children how to think? I try to give any student who wants to try out for the team a fair opportunity to be a part of the team. As long as they are willing to put in the work, they may succeed. This doesn’t mean that every student is going to play sports at the college level. Not every student has that as their goal. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t reaching their own goals and succeeding in other areas of their life.

Contact Coach Mike: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachmikedavis/

Tunde Ogunwole

Talk Title:
Don’t Leave Your Money on the Table!

Talk Synopsis:
Tunde’s talk is designed to encourage you to think about how you evaluate and prioritize the advice and tips you receive in life. After this talk, you will have a new and unique way to think about how you will decide to evaluate, prioritize and act on advice shared with you to make a positive and meaningful difference in achieving the life you want.

About Tunde Ogunwole:
Tunde Ogunwole is an iPEC trained business and life coach, group facilitator and speaker. He considers himself fortunate to have had a number of successes in his professional career such as being named one of the youngest senior managers at a large public school building program. He now works in commercial real estate as a developer for the Trammell Crow Company, widely considered one of the top real estate development firms in the country. As a former Naval Officer, he spent time living in Europe and traveling aboard during his free time. These experiences have helped him see people and live through a different lens giving him insights into life, challenges and successes. As a commercial real estate project manager and an engaged Southern California resident, he enjoys sharing his life experiences, business and leadership lessons and personal development tools with people like you, who are eager to learn and apply tools to “up-level” their lives.

Richard Farina

Talk Title
Speak2Succeed – Negotiate4Success

Talk Synopsis
Do you get what your want in life? Do you receive what you deserve?
Things like career advancement, special deals, and great opportunity, are not just for the chosen few or the lucky. They are available to you…. when you learn and master the: Why, What, Who and Wow of Negotiation.
To advance from Speakers Bureau to Professional Speaker requires the ability to offer and negotiate your most favorable business opportunity. This fast paced, interactive presentation provides techniques and processes of negotiation at a level you can use immediately. Be prepared, take notes, and get equipped to earn what you deserve.
Don’t miss this opportunity.

About Richard Farina
Richard is a Professional Speaker and owner of “Speak2Succeed” which was established in 2007 when he set out to share his speaking and entertainment skills. Speak2Succeed offers two distinct workshops entitled “Effective Technical Presentation Skills” and “Negotiate4Success”.
Richard, who has been in the corporate world of contracts and negotiation for over 30 years got the passion for the give and take process of negotiation at an early age when he listened and learned from three wise men.
Richard’s lessons learned weaved through stories lived make the Negotiate4Success workshop a must-have in any professional speakers portfolio.

To contact Richard Farina:
Email: speak2succeednet@gmail.com
Website: Speak2Succeed.net

Special Event: The Speaking Circuit: Memories and Lessons from Jack Nichols

There’s an expression out there that says: “You don’t know Jack.” But you will after the August 22nd, 2018 meeting. Know Jack Nichols, that is, Bureau veteran.

In his early days, he was on the national speaking circuit, where speakers were paid according to the product sales they made from the stage. Therefore you had to be good, and persuasive, to make money.

Jack brought that knowledge and expertise to the Bureau and any speaker who was open to it. We all got something different, depending on what we needed.

Our intention is to compile a comprehensive list of his lessons from as many people as we can, and share those in the August meeting, hopefully from the people who heard them.

If high level speaking is on your list, you’ll find a way to get there.

Victor Broski, long time Bureau Chair will host this special event.

RSVP Link: biturl.tk/9MPh

Donald Baliaba

Talk Title
Small Changes, Big Impact

Talk Synopsis
Are you living a full life?
If you put your personal aspirations, goals and dreams on hold, that could lead to an unfulfilled life and unhappiness. Do you have dreams or goals buried inside you? What is keeping you from achieving them?
Attend this session and rediscover the goals you may have put on hold because you didn’t have the right tools (to lay out some actions steps) to make your life a bit more fulfilling.

Our speaker has worked for over 6 years in the healthcare industry and post-acute care, where he interacted with the elderly patients and learned about the value of living a full life. He interviewed some of patients about the biggest regrets they have and what they would do differently.
He was born in Africa, lived in France for 9 years where he became a citizen. He has been living in the U.S.A for 11 years and also became a citizen three years ago. His cross-cultural background gave him the opportunity to encounter people from various cultures and backgrounds. He realized that most of us share commons desires including success, happiness and freedom. The day is 24 hours long for everyone including Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare… Time is our scarcest resource and is the key fundamental element to all aspects of life. He believes time is taken and not given.
Donald will give you three huge tips to live a fulfilled life starting today.

About Donald Baliaba
Donald is financial analyst and was a former professional volleyball player in France. His passion to inspire people led him to join toastmasters over three years ago to improve his communication skills and be better able to touch his audience. He became a distinguished toastmaster in July 2017.
He was born in Africa, lived in France for many years where he became a citizen. He has been living in the U.S.A for 11 years and also became a citizen three years ago. His cross-cultural background gave him the opportunity to encounter people from various cultures and backgrounds.

Suraj Chugani

About Suraj Chugani
Suraj Chugani “The Soul Of Inspiration” is an entrepreneurial professional in the retail and wholesale trade. He is a passionate public speaker who loves to empower and inspire his audiences. He is an avid Toastmaster in many clubs and holding different positions of leadership. Meaningful messages of Suraj are about having gratitude and faith in our lives. He attributes passion for love, success and his faith to his amazing mother and beautiful “diamond” wife, he has 2 beautiful children and is on a mission to inspire and lead us to a great life.

Suraj is available to speak at your next event: Suraj@surajspeaks.com