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The Friday Night Showcase is an evening of learning and networking, featuring our Spring Conference Keynote, Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, ACS, ALB, AS 


Event Details
Friday May 4, 2018
California State University Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – No host mixer
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Keynote presentation (details below)

Tickets are $45 and available when you register.


Friday Night Showcase Keynote – From Petrified to Paid Speaking, How Toastmasters Helped Create My Roadmap to Success

From High School dropout to Master Negotiator and Paid Speaker, Eldonna will show you how to stop taking a “back seat” in your life and move to the front seat. She will inspire you to take control of the handlebars of your life and “roll on your throttle” to success.

As an avid Harley rider for 20+ years, Eldonna uses motorcycling as an analogy for success to negotiate your way through life.  You will be inspired, empowered and motivated to take action, own you power and achieve your goals and dreams both personally and professionally.

You will learn:

  • How Toastmasters can shape your success
  • Strategies to chart your own course and determine your own destiny
  • Three hard-won lessons derived from learning to ride a motorcycle and how they apply to you
  • How to build your own foundation for success both personally and professionally

Meet our Keynote speaker, Eldonna Lewis Fernandez

As CEO of Dynamic Vision International Inc., Eldonna Lewis Fernandez dispenses leadership, negotiation and communication training to corporate clients and small business owners internationally. Her business is built on a 23-year career as a contract specialist in the Air Force, where she negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of domestic and international contracts – everything from pens and paper to office machines, automotive parts and aircraft maintenance.

After retiring from the Air Force, Eldonna spent 10 years as a contracts administrator, negotiator and systems analyst for aerospace companies such as Raytheon, Sparta and Parsons. She worked with Raytheon and the U.S. Navy on the F-18 Radar program, and with Sparta and Parsons on satellite launch programs for the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Today, her corporate workshops and keynotes cover a variety of topics – everything from negotiating skills to leading effective meetings and becoming a self-leader, which she defines as “asking for what you want, and owning the power to stand up for yourself.”

The award-winning speaker and author is one of 75 Toastmaster Accredited Speakers worldwide. She enlivens every keynote, workshop or breakout session with games or simulations. “You remember it because you’re experiencing the information rather than passively listening to it,” she says.

Eldonna has written two books: Think Like A Negotiator ~ 50 Ways to Create Win Win Results by Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid and GoPINK Rules of Engagement: 5 Foundational Principles for Taking Control of the Handlebars of Your Life.  She also co-authored Heart of a Military Woman, a compilation of stories by, for, and about military women.

Among her many media credits, she has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Business, Fox News and CNN, and been published in The New York Times, The Washington PostForbes and The Huffington Post.

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