Meet Paul Artale

Welcome to District 13 Spring Conference

We Are Family Friday, Step Up to the Plate Saturday
and Spring Training Sunday!

Meet the Conference Speakers

The spring conference team has identified all-star speakers for the weekend. Full details about their sessions are on the Keynote Speakers page. Read below for a little bit about them! 

Friday Night Keynote: Bonnie Artman Fox

With more than 25 years as a Psychiatric Nurse and Licensed Family Therapist, Bonnie Artman Fox is an expert in relationships and how family dynamics show up in the work place (and Toastmaster’s Clubs). Bonnie works with senior leaders as a catalyst and coach for behaviors that drive team collaboration, productivity, and results.

Bonnie is a Professional Member of the National Speaker’s Association and Secretary of the Pittsburgh Chapter. As a Toastmaster, she has earned her Competent Communicator and Competent Leader status. She is currently working on her first book, “How Did My Family Get in My Office?”

To learn more about Bonnie, go to BonnieArtmanFox.com.

Friday Night Guest Speaker: Stephanie Turman

As president and founder of Always Busy Consulting LLC (ABC), Stephanie offers an acumen for team building, problem solving, inclusive leadership and community empowerment. Her company was founded on the principles of achieving her vision of having a transformative impact on the local community and its various stakeholders. Turman has built up ABC to become a premiere provider of high-quality professional consulting services in the spheres of Diversity Outreach, Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WDBE) Development, Construction Support Services (e.g., CM, Inspections, Owner’s Rep), Community Outreach, and Economic Development Program Management. In addition to her demanding schedule in leading ABC, Turman also serves as a Commissioner on the Port Authority Board and the Allegheny County Finance and Development Commission.

Saturday & Sunday Morning Keynote and Saturday Workshop Presenter: Paul Artale

Paul Artale (DTM) is a motivational speaker who works with organizations who want to light a fire under their members so that they can achieve peak performance. Paul’s signature keynote “Hit Hard: 3 Must-Have Mindsets for (Re)Designing Your Life” talks about how despite being born with physical challenges, and being cut from his high school team, Paul still managed to achieve his dream of playing college football. As a Toastmaster, Paul has won several speech contests and has been a semi-finalist in the world championship of public speaking. Paul is a member of the National Speakers Association. In October he will release his first book, “The 2 Year Old’s Guide to Work-Life Balance.” When he isn’t speaking Paul is being coached by his wife Sherri, his son Alessio, and daughter Sofia.

For more information visit www.paulartale.com
Link for complete bio

Saturday Lunch Keynote and Communication Award Recipient: Joe Klimchak

My dad took me to my first Pirates game in 1976 and it was love at first sight, smells, and sounds. At the age of seven, I had found my happy place. The bright green turf of Three Rivers Stadium, the blended aroma of nachos, beer, and billowing cigars, the upbeat melodies of organist Vince Lascheid and, most of all, the dulcet tones of Art McKennan on public address. While most of my friends dreamed of being the next Pops, Cobra, or Scrap Iron, this Aliquippa kid dreamed of one day being an announcer for his beloved Buccos. That dream came true in 1994 when I won an audition to become the club’s back-up public address announcer, and in 2005, when I became the In-Game Host at PNC Park.

While the atmosphere of a Major League ballpark is still magical to me, today I find equal pleasure in challenging people of all ages to pursue their dreams.

-Joe Klimchak, Dream. Believe. For more information, visit https://www.joeklimchak.com

Saturday Evening Dinner Gala Keynote: Matt Scoletti

Matt Scoletti, known as “Mr. Livin the Dream,” is the Founder of Livin the Dream, LLC. He wasn’t always the guy who got things done. In his late 20s, reality got hold of him and he realized his life was not going in the direction he had planned. Looking down the road looked more like it could lead to a nightmare, rather than a dream.

Matt made a decision that changed the trajectory of his life. The changes he made reinvented his health, his business, and his life. Matt replaced his directionless and sometimes destructive habits essentially recreating his entire life. Since making the decision and fixing his habits, Matt has earned two World Record titles, been featured on the TV show American Ninja Warrior, seen in Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 under 40” as an up-and-coming business leader, and contributed thousands of dollars to non-profits by biking 250 miles in 24 hours. Even his mistakes have brought him money and a little fame on America’s Funniest Home Videos television show.

Matt holds a degree in marketing from of the University of Richmond. He is a sought after motivational speaker who has influenced audiences at educational and non-profit meetings and conferences. Matt coaches others to design a life that leads to their own dream. Matt’s first book, The First 15: The Morning Routine That Took Me From Barely Surviving to Livin The Dream is due out this fall.

Spring Training Sunday Breakfast Workshop: Paul Artale

Step Up to the Plate Spring Conference Toastmaster: Thomas Anderson

Thomas is a licensed mechanical engineer from Point Park University. He has 10 years of experience designing equipment and managing capital projects for the steel industry. He belongs to the Engineer Society of Western Pennsylvania, Association for Iron and Steel Technology, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a dedicated Toastmaster and recently started a business called “engineer your career” where he spends his free time helping engineers reach their career goals.