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Thursday Morning

Our Program Meeting Emcee

Name:  David Rasmussen, DTM

Meeting Theme:  Outreach

Favorite Quote:  "To change the world, you have to change the conversation."

—Tom Blue Wolf, Ani-Coosa (Muscogee Creek) Faith Keeper

Brief Bio: David Rasmussen blogs about transitions and change at .  A tragic family event taught that product development engineering is not so important.  David retired at age 39, married at age 45, and became a father at age 54.  He now focuses on parenting, outreach for a parent teacher organization, speaking. and writing.

Our 4 Main Speakers

Michelle Perdue, M.Ed

4-6 min. Ice Breaker

Speech Title:

Rise & Shine in 2021 and Beyond


This presentation will empower you to live up to your potential and optimize your life.

Learning Objectives: N/A

Brief Bio:

Michelle Perdue, M.Ed., is the founder of Speak To Advance Communications.  Michelle empowers Cancer Survivors to find their voice, cultivate a life of resilience, and adjust to their new normal with confidence to live their best life.  Michelle, is also a Professional Speaker, SAG Actress, and Poet.  She is known for incorporating her theatrical talents into her presentations, setting her apart from other speakers. Her one- of- a- kind style is what makes her presentations dynamic and engaging. Whether delivering a Keynote Presentation, moderating a CEO Panel, or providing research-based tools and techniques to change the lives of cancer survivors, Michelle has proven she can knock it out of the ballpark.

Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM

10-15 min. Keynote

Speech Title:

Gratitude for the New Year! Gratitude for our Health! & Gratitude for the “Difference Makers” in our Lives!


2020 has undoubtedly been a year that we will never forget - politics, pandemics, and pivots – a challenging time for most if not all. Yet when we take time to reflect on our opportunities rather than obstacles, count the blessings in our lives rather than the boulders we have had to carry or those that may be in front of us, and take inventory of what we have gained rather than our losses, we recognize that there truly is much to be grateful for.  Let’s take on and greet the new year with an attitude of gratitude - we will identify and recognize the most important things we should value: our health, as well as the difference makers in our lives.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the greatest virtue necessary for moving forward with attaining any additional goals in life.

  • Identify how expressing gratitude can make a big difference in one’s life.

  • Define gratitude and briefly discuss ways to express appreciation.

  • Identify significant difference makers in our lives.

  • Learn why it is important to practice gratitude and explore the health benefits.

Brief Bio:

Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk is an award-winning international speaker, #1 best selling international author, success strategist, and small business speakers’ coach.  She is a human relations subject matter expert who delivers programs that result in leadership development, improved communication, increased sales, and organizational growth.

In addition to offering her own powerful on-site presentations for small businesses and corporations, she invites you to participate in her unique content-rich, interactive, high value networking and professional development learning experience as a Power Pal Member of the PowerTalk Power Club! – Vitalia can be reached at [email protected] or (952) 221-1701.

Jewel Pickert

5-7 min. "How To" Demo

Speech Title:

How to Use Language Effectively to be Understood


Many people don't think of language as a tool to get their message across in the most effective manner possible. But it is. We'll take a look at some guidelines that will help you to choose your message and to communicate it in the best way possible.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize that language is a tool.
  •  Learn about 3 major areas of concern and how to overcome them.
  •  Learn which 2 goals are needed to use language effectively.

Brief Bio:

Jewel Pickert is a copywriter, freelance reporter, author, co-author, and speaker. Recently, she became certified as a video scriptwriter, white paper specialist, and chatbot marketing specialist. And she received 2 karaoke mics for Christmas...even though she can't sing properly. Doesn't know the best breathing techniques.

Roman Pundyk, DTM

15-30 min. Mini-workshop

Speech Title:

Don't Negatize, Positize!


This will be a talk that brings into perspective how negative thoughts, attitudes, and emotions can affect not only your daily life, but your career and health as well. Learn how to overcome negativity with positivity. "Don't Negatize....Positize!"

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how negative thoughts can paralyze productivity.
  • Identify how your attitude impacts your experiences.
  • Learn how negative thoughts, feelings, affect your health.
  • Explore several ways to replace negative emotions with positive emotions.
  • Implement 5 easy steps to reduce negative influence in your life right now.

Brief Bio:

Roman's past leadership and sales training experience includes representing "Summit Group International" as a senior trainer offering high-content interactive workshops to increase both individual and team productivity, as well as improve management skills. Roman was an active member of Toastmasters International and achieved his DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award). As a graduate of the "Dale Carnegie" and "Leadership Training for Managers" courses at the Dale Carnegie Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas, he's a firm believer in professional development and personal growth, and continues his own education through leadership workshops and seminars.