District 89 Conference 2021


8, 15, 29 May 2021

Wholly Online

Free of charge to all members of District 89 and your invited guests.


8 May 2021 (Saturday)


19:00 - 22:00 Virtual District Council Meeting (for District Council Members only)

15 May 2021 (Saturday)


10:00 - 11:00 District Table Topics™ Contest (For contestants and officials only)

11:30 - 13:00 District Evaluation Contest (For contestants and officials only)

14:00 - 15:45 District Mandarin Speech Contest (Open to all registered attendees)

16:00 - 18:00 District International Speech Contest (Open to all registered attendees)

29 May 2021 (Saturday)


09:00 - 09:30 District Conference Opening 

09:30 - 10:30 Keynote by Ramona J. Smith, 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking

10:30 - 11:00 Hall of Fame

11:15 - 13:00 District Table Topics™ and Evaluation Contest Playback

14:00 - 14:30 Afternoon Keynote (Speaker to be announced)

14:30 - 15:20 Workshops 1,2

15:30 - 16:20 Workshops 3,4

16:30 - 17:20 Workshops 5,6

17:30 - 18:00 Speech Contests Results Announcement and Closing

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Ramona J. Smith

Keynote Speaker

  • Ramona J. Smith is an international award-winning public speaker who holds the prestigious title of the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking. She is a powerhouse, a gracious woman beyond measure one who courageously surpassed over 30,000 people to receive such an illustrious honor. Her ubiquitous stage presence and poised intellectual delivery of various topics has made Ramona one of the most sought-after public speakers in the world.

  • Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, audiences admire her unrivaled ability to captivate and connect with individuals from across the globe of all races and ethnicities. She has given keynote addresses in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and India. Ramona has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from the famed Baldwin Wallace University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas.

  • Ramona spends a great deal of her time traveling the world delivering encouraging messages of hope, triumph, perseverance, leadership and love. She has been featured on Forbes.com, Business Insider, INC.com, and a number of other creditable news outlets.  When she is not touring the world, you can find Ramona speaking on a smaller stage inspiring students in the classroom to go after their goals. In addition to being an educator, author and poet; her greatest joy is being mother to her son.

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(Speaker to be announced)

Afternoon Keynote

  • speaker to be announced

Melody Lin

Workshop 1 Speaker (Chinese)

  • 2013 The 3rd place winner in the District Championship of International Speech Contest

  • 5 times Division Champion (in International Speech Contest, Mandarin Speech Contest, Table Topic Speech Contest and Evaluation Speech Contest)

  • 2015 The bilingual emcee of Xiamen Conference OF TI

  • 9-year working experiences in Education 

  • The headmaster of 3 language training schools.

  • 7-year experiences of entrepreneurship in Health Industry 

  • English Voice(dubbing) Directer of a World Top 6 company, focusing on enlightenment of children.

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Ada Cheng

Workshop 2 Speaker (English)

  • Past District Governor, Rotary District 3450

  • (bio to be announced)


Susan Zhou, DTMx3

Workshop 3 Speaker (Chinese)

  • 国际演讲会董事成员

  • 前国际总监(2018-2020)

  • 15年资深头马人

  • 多所城市初始俱乐部发起人

  • 前小中区大区总监,担任3次俱乐部主席

  • 3次进入大区演讲决赛

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Jason Yip

Workshop 4 Speaker (English)

  • Jason Yip is the Chief Executive Officer at MWYO, an independent "think & do" tank on youth policy in Hong Kong.

  • Before returning to HK, he was the Regional Head of Unit at the government affairs & donor relations division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), covering the Greater China, Malaysia and Singapore. During his development in the organization, Jason worked in the headquarters in Geneva to develop dialogue and mobilize resources with the member states to the Geneva Convention. In addition, he also stationed in Palestine, Afghanistan and Myanmar under the capacity of the ICRC Delegate. He was responsible for developing and implementing ICRC’s humanitarian initiatives in the battlefield. He had also experience in emergence relief, e.g. Sichuan’s earthquake in 2008 and migrant crisis in Andaman Sea in 2015. Jason has extensive experience in security analysis and building dialogues with non-state military groups.

  • Jason earned his master’s degree in International Relations from Waseda University in Japan and BBA from the University of Hong Kong. He was also selected as an AsiaGlobal Fellow by the AsiaGlobal Institute. He started his career as an analyst in Goldman Sachs. Jason is a sport lover with a strong passion for trekking and playing volleyball. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he speaks French, Japanese, English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

  • In 2018, Jason was awarded a Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government and was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons by JCI HK. He was also a speaker at the TEDxPetalingStreet in Kuala Lumpur


Elva Guo

Workshop 5 Speaker (Chinese)

  • Global Account Manager at FedEx

  • FedEx Guangzhou TMC founding VPPR;

  • Guangzhou Advanced TMC founding President;

  • 2016-2017 District 89 E1 Area Director;

  • 2017-2019 District 89 Program Quality Training Co-Chair;

  • Third place of English Humorous Speech Contest, 2017 District 89 Conference;

  • Second place of International Speech Contest, 2018 & 2019 District89 Annual Conference;

  • Third place of International Speech Contest, 2020 District118 Annual Conference;

  • TEDX Coach

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(Speaker to be announced)

Workshop 6 Speaker (English)

  • Speaker to be announced

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