District 49 Speakers Bureau

District 49 Toastmasters Can Help You

Are you an organization, business, community agency or group looking for:
  • A dynamic speaker?
  • Presentations at meetings or breakout sessions facilitators?
  • A special occasion speaker or master of ceremonies?
  • Speeches on specialty topics?
The District 49 Speakers Bureau can connect you with dynamic Toastmaster Speakers to enliven your meetings and brighten every occasion!
Speakers Bureau Hawaii

Available Speakers

Sherry M. Imamura-Ryan, DTM

Sherry Imamura-Ryan joined Toastmasters in 2000 and earned her Distinguished Toastmasters, the highest educational award in Toastmasters. Sherry is a member of Pineapple Country Toastmasters, Mililani Toastmasters, Kamehameha Toastmasters and an advanced club, Catalyst Club. Sherry’s passion is mentoring other Toastmasters and participating in the Youth Leadership Program, teaching middle and high school students to speak more confidently. She has served in many club officer positions and has served as Area Director for two terms. Currently the Division C Director, she supervises and monitors 4 Area Directors and 16 Toastmasters clubs. In 2018, Sherry was named Toastmaster of the Year.

She worked for the Federal government for 37 years, specializing in equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, special emphasis programs and discrimination complaints investigations. After retirement, Toastmasters is her full-time passion!

Sherry’s two children and ten grandchildrens’ “ life adventures” have been the humorous and inspirational highlights in her speeches. Her presentation topics range from parenting as a grandparent, discrimination, supervision, and empowering oneself for success.

Sherry Imamura-Ryan

Willie Jones, ATM, WCPS

Willie Jones, is Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking, 1997.

While not traveling the world, Willie conducts speaking, training, seminars/workshops, consultations expounding on communication and the leadership spectrum as well as giving motivational keynote addresses to audiences.

Among his many notable Toastmasters accomplishments is his 2018 District 49 Program Quality team leader of the ‘speakers / training network’.

Willie Jones

Gloria Shishido, DTM, PID, PDG

Gloria Shishido is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Past International Director, Past District Governor and District 49 Pathways Guide. She retired from The Queen’s Medical Center after 38 years in clinical laboratory and human resource management. Gloria also retired from the Hawaii State Center for Nursing as a project coordinator. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

A Toastmaster for over twenty years, Gloria is a member of several clubs including Liliuokalani Toastmasters Club and an advance club, Na Hoku Kai Toastmasters. As a former Toastmasters International Board of Directors member, Gloria was a “working ambassador” for the organization to develop and support policies and procedures to guide Toastmasters International. Gloria has a passion for life long learning and making a difference in the lives of the people she comes into contact.

Gloria has developed presentations: “Leading Volunteers”, “Leading Without a Title” and currently working on another. Leading volunteers in a collaborative, consensus-building team without any monetary incentives or the ability to discipline, Gloria has learned to be courageous in dealing with difficult situations.

Gloria Shishido

Robert Cravalho, MPA, DTM, AS, PDG

Robert Cravalho is a retired Honolulu police officer with over 30 years of service. His expertise is in executive leadership, administrative communication, and conflict management.

Robert joined Toastmasters International in 2005 and is a past District 49 Governor. He Is one of 82 accredited speakers in the world and the first from District 49. Robert has demonstrated his ability to combine his expertise with the mastery of the spoken word. His client list includes government agencies, corporate organizations, and charity groups.

Robert is passionate about helping others to be successful and is grateful to be a part of the District 49 Speaker’s Bureau.

Bobby Cravalho

Your Questions

The Speakers Bureau provides speaking services to Toastmasters Clubs, organizations and other groups, such as local schools, and civic and community groups. Our speakers volunteer their time and talent to reach broader audiences and deliver thought-provoking and inspiring content that brings value. They are from diverse walks of life – doctors, lawyers, investment bankers, educators, entertainers, ministries, and community organizers.
The bureau features speakers who are knowledgeable in a wide range of topics: Effective Communication, Leadership, Building Successful Teams, Creativity, Innovation, Motivation, Management Skills, Time Management, Special Occasions, Humor, Conflict Management, Information Technologies, Social Media, Entrepreneurship, Criminology, Urban Planning, Engineering, Humor, and many more.
Our Speakers have completed one of the Toastmasters educational programs (traditional program or Pathways), competed in various speech contests and have advanced Toastmasters designations. All selected members undergo rigorous selection and training process by the District Speakers Bureau Committee.
By Toastmasters International Rules, our speakers do not charge for speeches arranged through the District 49 Speakers Bureau. However, they can accept an honorarium or gift, meals or being compensated for reasonable travel expenses. Should an organization give, which often they do; monetary honorarium, the funds will be deposited 50% to the District 49 and 50% to speaker’s club to be used for educational purposes such as educational materials.

Speaker Invitations

For more information and making speaking engagements, contact the Speakers Bureau Coordinator Rose Kirland at speakersbureau@district49.org.

Become a Member of the Speakers Bureau

Are you interested to participate as a speaker in the District 49 Speakers Bureau? The more you speak outside the club, the better presenter you will become and the more your club will be known in the community. As a member of the Speakers Bureau you will:
  • Give back to the community.
  • Build name recognition for Toastmasters International.
  • Expand the community’s awareness of your Toastmasters club.
  • Get an education credit if your presentation meets project requirements and a toastmaster evaluator is present.
  • Develop many networking opportunities.

What are the requirements of participating in the District 49 Speakers Bureau?

1) Must be a member with a club in good standing of Toastmasters International.
2) Have completed Level 2 of Pathways.
3) Be willing to enthusiastically promote Toastmasters and its core values at your speaking engagements.

Are You Ready?

To participate in the District 49 Speakers Bureau, please fill out this application and email it to the Speakers Bureau Coordinator Rose Kirland at speakersbureau@district49.org.