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TLI: Leaders Breakfast

February 4, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm PST

Club Officer Training


In-Person @ Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel, Bellevue

Toastmasters Leadership Institute: Leaders Breakfast

“Moments that Matter”

Saturday, February 4, 2023

8:30 am – 12:00 pm PT

Join us for the 2023 Leaders Breakfast and learn to create Moments that Matter in your life and in the lives of those that we reach through Toastmasters!

The breakfast training will be in-person at the Embassy Suites hotel in Bellevue on Saturday, February 4th, 2023. Doors open at 8:30 am PT.

Tickets were only $20 (breakfast included). Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in this exciting event. Seating is limited. Registration closed 1-26-2023.

Why Attend Leaders Breakfast?

There are many different reasons to attend, and everyone has their own ‘why’ for participating in Leaders Breakfast. Whether you’ve been in Toastmasters for a week, a month, a year, or a decade, there’s something for everyone at Leaders’ Breakfast. 

  • Get excited about leadership!

Whether you hold an officer position or just want to learn more about the subject of leadership in general, we’ve got the perfect lineup for you! 

Every Toastmaster in District 2 is welcome to attend this event! You do not have to be a current officer in Toastmasters to attend. 

  • Get credit for Club Officer Training round two

This is an official Toastmasters Leadership Institute training event. If you are a current club officer, come to Leaders Breakfast to fulfill your officer training for the second half of the year and get credit toward the Distinguished Club Program officer training goal. Also towards the Super 7 incentive.

  • Connect with your Toastmasters community

As the first in-person Leaders Breakfast in 3 years, this is a great opportunity to connect with other Toastmasters in the District! There’s sure to be a lot of great laughter, new connections forged, and reunions with friends that you may not have seen in-person recently. Join us for a great opportunity to network with your local Toastmasters!

Meet our Speakers

We have a phenomenal lineup of speakers for Leaders Breakfast this year! 

These experts will share their insights on leadership and provide practical strategies to help you become a more effective leader. Whether you are new to leadership or have been in a leadership position for years, Leaders Breakfast will provide valuable insights and tools to help you succeed. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best leaders in industry and within our own Toastmasters District. You won’t want to miss this event!

James Whitfield 

James Whitfield

Be Culture Co-Founder

“Leadership and the Gift of Conflict”

James employs a decidedly multi-disciplinary approach resulting from broad-based experience as an executive in business, non-profit, and government, including being appointed by the White House to oversee the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his dual role as the Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest and a Deputy in the Office of the Secretary, he split his time between Seattle and D.C. and managing staff across the nation.

James has also held positions on many local, statewide, and national boards of directors – including the founding board for Leadership Eastside where he subsequently served as CEO for ten years and helped develop a Masters Degree in Executive and Civic Leadership.

James has studied health care policy at Harvard; has a TEDx Talk called “Defining Equity. Pursuing Unity.”; is the author of the hospital patient guide, “Just What the Patient Ordered”; and is co-founder of Nourishing Networks, a local all-volunteer anti-hunger movement. He has received numerous accolades for his public speaking, training, and civic engagement work.

James has been married to his wife and business partner, Kristen Whitfield, since 1992. They have two adult children together who are their undisputed pride and joy.

James and Kristen are currently co-authoring a book about the Five Universal Leadership Questions at the Root of DEI Success.

Marriot Winquist

Bright Tree Consulting, CEO, Certified Executive Coach and Business Strategist

“The Power of One: Amplify Your Leadership Ripple”

Marriot partners with executives to increase their strategic impact without compromising excellence, authenticity, or joy.

As a seasoned executive in the technology industry with over 20 years of experience leading technical, marketing and product teams, Marriot knows that success is created from the inside out: within each person, within each team, within each organization. When ambitious leaders unlock the joy in leadership, they create thriving teams, cultures, and organizations that can change the world.

Marriot is also deeply committed to advancing women in leadership. Her recent works include: Co-Creator of Asian Women Executive Program, Power Talk Speaker at Women In Cloud Digital Summit, and Volunteer Professional Advisor at the University of Washington Foster Consulting Program.

Peter Feysa

Peter Feysa Coaching, High Performance Coach

“Your Voice is your Greatest Gift”

Peter is a seminar leader, filmmaker, and coach  – helping individuals conquer fear and perform at their highest level, whether it’s in their business, career, or daily life.

After his career as a genetics scientist, Peter directed over 20 short films in addition to creating his Conquer Any Fear seminars and workshops in Seattle. His mission is to share stories that show the triumph of the human spirit: overcoming countless obstacles, struggles, and trials – to help you become the hero you were created to be.

Benny Mobley

Past District 2 E51 Area Director

“Listen to Your Coach”

Benny has been a Toastmaster and member of Conservatively Speaking for over four years. He has served as Club President for two years, Sergeant at Arms, and is currently Vice President Education. He has completed the Motivational Strategies pathway, and is currently working on Effective Coaching. In addition, Benny is also a member of the advanced club Leading Edge.*++


 Aletta Rochat, DTM

Second Vice President, Toastmasters International

“A Vision, a Movie and a Message”

Aletta Rochat, DTM, of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, is a professional speaker, trainer, and author. She owns Voicing your Potential, a company she founded in 2010. She is Co-Founder of Interview Survival Guide, founded in 2020.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Rochat is a member of Cape Town Toastmasters. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the level of DTM.

As an officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Rochat is a “working ambassador” for the organization. She works with the Board to develop, support, and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

What to Expect at Leaders Breakfast

Enjoy a breakfast feast fit for kings and queens! 

Doors open at 8:30 for check-in and breakfast! Load up your plate from our bountiful breakfast buffet before taking your seat for the program!

          Learn from distinguished presenters with years of leadership experience!

The speakers will lead us through a series of deep dives on leadership topics. Get ready to be educated and inspired!

  • Want to hear about how one, passionate and dedicated person can have a huge impact? 
  • Are you interested in learning how we can live our values when we’re facing challenging situations?
  • Do you want to know how to support people in finding their voice? 

You’ll hear from our slate of presenters on these many facets of leadership. Whether you’re just exploring ideas about leadership or are a seasoned leader, you’ll gain practical strategies and tools that you can use immediately!

Enter to win fabulous door prizes!

Enter to win fun and valuable door prizes. Stay around until the end of the event to find out if you are one of our big winners!

Sign up for Leaders Breakfast today!

Whether you are in a formal leadership position or are just interested in exploring Leadership further, the District 2 Leaders breakfast is for YOU! 

We look forward to warmly greeting you at the Leaders Breakfast on February 4th!

Please note seating is limited, and tickets were available in advance. No tickets are available at the door. Ticket sales ended 1-26-2023.

Hotel discount rates are available here: https://bit.ly/3kzZETB or by calling central reservations 1-800-559-4620 & using the special group code TM5 

Please note that the cut-off date for the hotel special rate is 1/27/23. Any guest who needs a room after this date & cannot book, please email Sarah Thurman, sarah.thurman@aimbridge.com directly for assistance.


February 4, 2023
8:30 am - 12:00 pm PST
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Embassy Suites Hotel – Bellevue WA
3225 158th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008 United States
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Megan Buchner – Leaders Breakfast TLI Chair
Linda Vorthman – Program Quality Director