STS – 2015 Dec – President’s Message

President's Message by Toni Newman, HoF

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the CAPS convention.

Each year I look forward to learning from world class experts, to sharing ideas, insights and stories with colleagues from around the globe and to acquiring knowledge that will not only help me grow my speaking business, but that will inspire me to grow as a person as well.  As always, I never lose sight of what an incredible honour and privilege it is to belong to such an amazing community.

This year, however, the CAPS convention also signals the culmination of my year as National President – a milestone that comes with mixed emotions.  On the one hand, I am thrilled to pass the torch to the dynamic and dedicated Deri Latimer, CSP and I am confident that over the next year we will continue to discover new and innovative ways to deliver high quality, member focused programming and to explore untapped avenues that will allow us to increase the profile and professionalism of our members in the speaking industry overall.

On the other hand, this past year has been a remarkable journey for which I will be forever grateful and – to be honest - I am a little sad to see it come to an end.  Not only did I have the chance to get to know so many of you better, but as I travelled across the country and visited each of the chapters, I have had the opportunity to meet with the chapter boards and to be inspired by their incredible efforts to encourage members to Step up, Speak up, Sign up and Show up – Because They Believe.  

So, I want to take a moment to say ‘Thank You’.

Thank you for believing in me and for providing me with the opportunity to play a small part in what will be the legacy of CAPS.   I am proud to be a member of this amazing community – to Learn, to Share, to Grow and to Belong alongside some of the most exceptional people that I have ever known.

I Believe in our CAPS family.
I Believe in the future of our industry.
And I Believe in you.

Toni Newman, HoF
Because We Believe


  1. Toni

    Thank-you for your enthusiasm, your passion, your emotions, and for being the person you were meant to be. Your Presidency set a new bar for excellence. CAPS will always remember 2015 as a landmark year.

    I am for ever grateful for the time you spent with me and the reassurance you have given me that I can also excel as an expert who speaks. I believe.

    Eamon Hoey


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