Master Class 2020
Hosted by Jaclyn Lee
and the United Speakers of America
September 5, 2020
9:30 AM EST
What is Master Class?
Masterclass is a conference that brings together expert rhetoricians and young uprising speakers in a 2.5 hour long seminar. Our program will spotlight select young students to give their own formal and informal speeches with direct feedback straight from the masters. Other students will get the chance to evaluate the masters themselves and be able to take away valuable information about public speaking and how to give an effective oration. Masterclass is a great opportunity for both attendees and students to learn and improve their elocution.
Our vision for Master Class 2020 is to make new leaders. We want to encourage a new generation of public speakers through a friendly mentor-student environment, one that can be made available to everyone. By moving to a virtual setting, we are looking forward to expanding our audience and increasing the diversity of our participants.
Our VIP Speakers
George Yen, Toastmasters’ 2013-2014 International President and current Board of Directors of TI, the first TI president from Taiwan since TI breaking its ice in 1924. Mr. Yen is a renowned business executive who is passionate about leadership and mentoring. Honoree of “International Exchange and people-to-people diplomacy” award, Mr. Yen is also the chairman or board of Great Sequoia corporation and the CEO of 5 joint ventures of leading multi-national corporations. He speaks four languages and holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mario Lewis, DTM, is an award-winning, energetic speaker, and presentation coach, who provides audiences and individuals with motivational messages and strategies to become powerful and dynamic communicators. As a finalist in the Toastmasters’ 2012 World Championship of Public Speaking (and a semi-finalist in 2017, 2018, and 2020), the largest public speaking contest in the world, Mario has demonstrated the unique ability to engage audiences of all sizes and backgrounds.
Diana Chao is a TEDxTeen Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Mental Health Advocate, and book author. She founded Letters to Strangers (L2S) when she was a sophomore in high school after bipolar disorder nearly ended her life. By beginning to heal through letters, she discovered that writing is humanity distilled into ink. Today, L2S is the largest global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit organization. Diana has been named a Princess Diana Award winner, Oprah Magazine's 2019 Health Hero, the youngest winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, and the only American winner of the 2019 Global Changemakers cohort.
Our Expert Speakers
Marc Williams is a finalist from the World Championship of Public
Speaking, as well as a coach, author, TEDx Talker, and entrepreneur.
Growing up in the streets of Brooklyn with a medicaid card and a book of food stamps, he lived in poverty but dreamed in abundance. Despite the trials and trauma he's been through, people call him "one of the most positive people you will ever meet." What he is most positive about is your potential to rise beyond any limitation, make your mark, and use your gifts to change many lives. As the founder of the Make Your Mark Movement (a
personal development, professional branding, and public speaking
program), Marc teaches leaders, both young and old, how to express
themselves in a compelling way so that they can have a greater influence on their communities and the world around them.
Margarita Estrada is a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) author and former panic attack sufferer turned award-winning motivational speaker and presentation and writing coach She speaks passionately about the importance of effective writing in all professions, presenting with power and confidence on both in person and virtual platforms, and the recognition and respect for individual talents and abilities in the team-building process. As an experienced speaker, she has conducted training and delivered talks at leadership conferences and corporate events, and is a sought-after Master of Ceremonies.
Margarita is the chair of the OMNI-PRO Speakers Bureau of Toastmasters District 83.
Jaclyn Lee, MS, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Jaclyn Lee initiated and organized this masterclass conference.
She's a business expert and leader, a 2018 Outstanding 50 Asian
Americans in Business Honoree, and also a mentor for the new
generation of public speakers and leaders.