2023 Conference

Keynote Speaker


A Real-Life Underdog Story Filled with Humor & Hope.

After a failed business in 1992, Darren LaCroix took the stage in a Boston comedy club and bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told him to “keep his day job.” Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was crazy and stupid. He didn’t listen.

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He may have been born without a funny bone in his body, but Darren possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail. These were the essentials for achieving his dream. This self-proclaimed student of comedy is living proof that anything can be learned.

Less than nine years later, in 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. He did it with a very funny speech. Some said it was one of the best speeches in the history of the contest.

Since that victory, Darren travels the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful presentation. His story has inspired audiences in 45 International cities including faraway places like Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from Chump to Champ. He is passionate about showing people that if you are a sponge and have the right mentors, anything is possible.

He is the co-host of the Unforgettable Presentations podcast and also the coauthor for two books, Laugh & Get Rich and the Speaker’s Edge. Through his live workshops and online programs, Darren works with presenters eager to learn what it takes to connect deeply with their audiences. As the founder of StageTimeUniversity.com he shows presenters how to be unforgettable.

Inspiring. Authentic. Passionate.
Practical Strategies Delivered in an Unforgettable Way.

We have so much planned for this year’s conference. From entertainment, the Clubs parade, DTM Awards, Keynote speeches, and the International Speech Contest will also take place during the conference. More details to come. We will continue to populate the agenda as new details are available.



We will cast vision, elect officers, approve a budget, and set in motion a plan for continued success in 2023-2024. The president and VPM of each club can vote and anyone else may attend.


The headline event will be presented in a “Tonight Show style” broadcast hosted by your district director, Michael Kirkland. In-person attendees will be part of the “live studio audience” and online attendees will be able to interact with the broadcast from the comfort of their own homes using Zoom.


Fireside chat with the Trio.

Educational Workshops


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