Marin Gemmill-Toyama

Award-winning speaker and Certified Coach

Marin is an award-winning speaker and certified coach who helps professionals nail their high-stakes presentations. Marin was a finalist in the 2013 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, a competition that draws over 35,000 competitors from around the world. She was one of the youngest managers in the Federal government, and she attributes her promotion to public speaking and communication skills. Marin has spoken around the world at academic conferences and non-profit events, including in the US, the UK, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, and Hungary.

Kelly Jones Sargeant

Motivational Speaker and Coach

When it comes to engaging an audience, Kelly Sargeant is the go-to great energy leader!  She captivates her audience with her animated presentation skills and effervescent personality.  Kelly makes the most mundane training topics exciting! As a motivational keynote speaker, Kelly inspires individuals wanting to get out of their comfort zone and do something different. As a communications coach, she trains executives to increase their impact and influence, and she unleashes the potential in those seeking to step up their game in public speaking and presentation skills. Whatever the challenge, Kelly will customize a coaching method to produce confidence and better communication practices.

Patricia Fripp

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), CPAE, Hall of Fame keynote speaker

One of the few professional speakers who can transform the presentation skills of others, she is an executive speech coach and sales presentation skills trainer. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote that one of the best investments in your career is Patricia Fripp’s presentation skills training. Patricia is a past president, and the first female president, of the over 3,000-member National Speakers Association and a partner in World Champions’ EDGE coaching community with four Toastmasters International World Champions.

Maureen Zappala


Maureen Zappala is an award winning speaker, author and presentation coach. She is a former engineer, and spent 13 years at the NASA Lewis Research center in Cleveland, Ohio conducting jet engine research. She’s also a mom to 2 teenagers. In fact, she says “Raising kids is WAY HARDER than jet engine research. Way harder!”. As a former NASA propulsion engineer, and founder of High Altitude Strategies, she encourages high-performing and accomplished women who struggle with the “Impostor Syndrome,” the internal voice that says “I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m on the verge of being discovered as a fraud!” She heard that voice frequently while at NASA and has learned how to successfully silence it. Well, most of the time…

Shurooq Albanna

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Having previously worked as a CytoGeneticist in Dubai Health Authority, she moved in 2008 to the non-for-profit Noor Dubai Foundation that is focused on the prevention of blindness and her work has taken her to remote villages all over Africa and Asia in aid of those in need such as Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Bangladesh. She also manages ART 4 SIGHT which is the only middle eastern art exhibition and auction dedicated to the prevention of blindness programs globally.

Lisa Panarello

Speaker, Professional Trainer and Entrepreneur

Lisa Panarello is the founder and president of Careers Advance, a full-service practice of professional training and development. Her coaching specialties include: Presenting Like a Pro, Career Success Planning, Authentic Self-branding, Networking & Interviewing Savvy, Workplace Communication, and Laser Leadership. For over 13 years, Lisa has been sought after by major corporations and institutions, such as Novartis, JPMorgan Chase, NYPD, and Berkeley College. Her powerhouse seminars and workshops have inspired more than half a million students and professionals nationwide.

Sherri Raftery

Speaker, Host and TV Producer

Sherri hosts and produces “Helping YOU Take Center Stage” – Public Speaking and Leadership Tips at Revere T.V. which airs in surrounding communities, is the Drama Club Coordinator at Northeast Regional Metro Technical High School, where he daughter Sabrina will complete senior year (Class of 2016!) and is on the Board of the Theatre Company of Saugus as the Recording Secretary. Sherri was honored by the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston in 2008 and is a Board Ambassador and speaks out as a live testimonial raising funds and awareness for the Home. Sherri is currently writing a children's book called "Almost Adopted".

Mark Brown

Keynote Speaker

Internationally acclaimed speaker Mark Brown is the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking, having defeated more than 20,000 other contestants from 14 countries, in a grueling six-month long competition sponsored by Toastmasters International, the largest public speaking organization in the world. He has dedicated his career to delivering uplifting messages to people all over the world, and with his “tell it like it is” approach, he challenges some of the most serious issues facing schools today. He uses a unique combination of humor and poignancy to reach the most diverse audiences, and he is committed to continually inspiring people from all walks of life.

Paddy Kennedy

Communication Teacher & Coach

Paddy Kennedy is an internationally known speech and communication teacher and coach, and an internationally certified English Language Teacher Trainer, with over 40 years’ experience in the communication business. She is a broadcast journalist who specializes in Authentic Voice training, Accent Improvement, and Voice Development.

Sonia Satra

Life Coach, Fitness Guru and Motivational Speaker

Sonia Satra, founder and CEO of the hot new fitness program Moticise, is a life coach, fitness guru and award-winning motivational speaker who has dedicated her life to helping people reach their full potential through unifying the body and mind—but you also might recognize her from her starring roles in Guiding Light and One Life to Live. Before her days on TV, Sonia was an endurance runner, skier, and aerobics instructor, who also continued, while in Hollywood, to train in boxing, yoga, and martial arts. She is also an accomplished marathoner and triathlete—even placing first in her age division in the Green Wood Lake Triathlon in 2013.

Cathey Armillas

Marketer - Speaker - Author

Cathey has been creating amazingly successful marketing strategies for decades. Her marketing campaigns have yielded millions of dollars; and has landed her clients on TV shows like David Letterman, CNBC and The History Channel. She passionately helps people outperform their own marketing. Audiences love her charismatic, over-the-top, in-your-face-with-a -smile style. It's not an act, it's who she is. If you were to sit down with Cathey Armillas, she would tell you, stop trying to sell stuff and start getting people to love you. Cathey Armillas helps people stop selling and start loving. Because that's what marketing that doesn't suck is all about: getting people to love you.

Naomi Climer

President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Naomi Climer is President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology with an international remit based in the UK. The IET is on a mission to Engineer a Better World... Naomi has spent her career in the world of Broadcast and Communications Engineering, starting at the BBC and working through a range of increasingly senior business leadership roles, most recently as President of Sony’s global division – Media Cloud Services, based in Los Angeles, USA. Naomi has become a well known thought leader in the Broadcast and Media industry internationally – winning the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) Broadcast and Media Technology Industry Woman of the Year award in 2014.

Justine Holubowicz

Mentor, Advisor and Speaking Events Organizer

Mentor. Speaking Events Organizer. An advisor to groups of TEDx speakers in more than 5 cities in Poland. In 2015 an advisor to top Polish speakers at the flagship event of the Professional Speakers Association of Poland - Festiwal Inspiracji #FI2015. Whether on stage or during mentoring sessions people appreciate Justine's listening skills, strong intuition, supportive attitude and enthusiasm. She has been notorious for in-depth, effective and game-chaning evaluation reports for speakers.

Carol Carter

Speaker, Corporate Trainer

Carol Carter is a woman on a mission to help other women find their authentic voice. As a corporate trainer she sees many rooms of managers, with a few token women, usually in roles such as HR and Office Manager. As a speaker, she pays attention to who is advertised to be on what stages at a variety of industry events. 90% of the keynotes are men. Women have much to offer, yet women who are great and active speakers, are very hard to find. Carol is authoring a book called “Before She Speaks – for Women Who Want to be Heard and Remembered”.

Kelley Sanabria

Speaker, Entrepreneur

Kelley Sanabria is the founder and CEO of Femworking, and the creator of popular tutorials, courses, and articles that help entrepreneurs skip the learning curve and grow their businesses. She’s a passionate life-long teacher and the go-to girl when it comes to networking and entrepreneurship. Using speaking as a way to share her expertise and teach women, this mompreneur launched and grew her business working only a handful of hours a week. Kelley helps people come together and get out of that place of isolation as an entrepreneur, taking away the struggle of doing it alone. She helps entrepreneurs and bloggers expand their business community and gain powerful resources which allow them to grow their businesses more efficiently, effectively, and strategically.

Diane Parker

HR Professional, Speaker, Actor, Singer, ACG ALB

Diane, a native of St. Louis, Mo., has been the Director of Talent Management and Diversity at The Associated Press corporate headquarters in New York for 15 years. She oversees global recruiting, diversity initiatives, leadership development and several intern programs for the news department and various business units. In addition, Diane facilitates leadership, diversity and talent acquisition workshops and is responsible for EEO compliance.