Speakers

Callista Gould

Callista Gould

Callista Gould: Can We Talk? Connecting Across Generations and Cultures

It's a small world! In times of intense change in global businesses, fostering professionalism can transform stress into success. Be the exceptional professional by managing expectations, communications and etiquette in our culturally diverse and multi-generational workplace. Learn how it isn't about perfection - it's about connection.

Callista Gould is a Certified Etiquette Instructor and Founder of the Culture and Manners Institute. She has given talks on business etiquette across the U.S. and in China. Her experience includes serving as Director of Marketing for InterTech Media, a pioneer in web video based in Stamford, Connecticut; Manager of Public Relations for Amana Appliances in Amana, Iowa; and Marketing and Event Planning for Sony Music in Chicago for artists such as Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Ozzy Osborne and Korn. She has an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and Bachelors in English and Medieval Studies from the University of Iowa. She is the author of the upcoming book, The Exceptional Professional: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Career or Business. Her etiquette expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News. Her Etiquette Tip of the Week blog can be found on DesMoinesRegister.com and sometimes...she Tweets.


Jill Morgenthaler

Jill Morgenthaler

Jill Morgenthaler

Retired Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, is a veteran of war and peacekeeping who has received the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. Many of you know her because she is a three times first place Toastmasters International District 30 winner. She has won twice the International Speech Contest and once the Humorous Speech Contest. Colonel Jill is a proud member of Windy City Professional Speakers Toastmasters and has been a Toastmaster for 27 years!

When Jill was in seventh grade, she recited a poem by giggling hysterically. Today, Colonel Jill makes a living speaking professionally to leaders, associations, corporations, and universities. She helps want-to be leaders and have-to-be leaders be the best leaders.

McGraw-Hill published her book, "Courage to Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer in 2014.

This year she spoke in New Zealand. Last year, she spoke in Turkey Dubai and Bahrain.

Let's learn from the woman who stared down Saddam Hussein.


Danira Parra

Danira Parra

Danira Parra

Pastor of two Christian churches in East Peoria, IL, one of which is Native American, Danira is originally from the southwest where she was raised with a foot in each of three different cultures. Danira has been a diversity trainer at two Illinois hospitals and worked as an English-Spanish court and immigration services translator. Considering herself more a storyteller than a pastor, Danira pulls from all three of her cultures – Native American, Hispanic and American – to help people become their best selves.


Jerry Evans, DTM

Jerry Evans, DTM

Jerry Evans, DTM

Jerry is a passionate and energetic speaker, business owner, entrepreneur, CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer), CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer), and CGO (Chief Growth Officer) of The Awards Company that he started in 2005 after a successful corporate sales management career of 20+ years. He was named Toastmaster of the Year twice (2010 & 2011), Area Governor of the year (2011) and earned his Distinguished Toastmaster in 2011. As club extension chair (3 Tours) he helped to start and build more than 80+ clubs. He aspires to inspire and impact people’s lives to empower them to live their best lives. He is most proud of the two black belt degrees he has earned; one in success and the other in failure!