"The shortest distance
between a human being and truth
is a story."

- Anthony DeMello

12 brave humans are crafting their talks
in order to share their stories on stage
in front of a live audience and video crew.


On June 15, 2017, 4pm-7pm at Miracle Theatre,
YOU get to hear them share their lives.


Grab a spot in our audience.

Eventbrite - Rock Your Talk - Impactful Speaking


What is Rock Your Talk?



Rock Your Talk: Impactful Speaking

Rock Your Talk is a live speaking event at The Miracle Theatre in Washington, DC on June 15, 2017.

12 speakers, 12 very different messages, you in the audience, live video crew, and... magic.

Rock Your Talk is the brainchild of Patrick Frank of Patchbay Media & Melanie Spring of Sisarina. They've teamed up to give humans a way to share their message. On a big stage. In a beautiful theater. With fantastic acoustics and fancy lights. And a responsive audience.

These speakers are giving the talks of their lives - sharing themselves with you and the world. Melanie is helping them write their talks, Patrick is filming them. We want you in the audience.

Happy hour to follow at The Ugly Mug, DC sponsored by Fosterly!
Professional photography during event by Mary Gardella



Meet our speakers - 11 brave humans and a Master of Ceremonies.

Giovanni Lizama
Master of Ceremonies
Our crazy talented Master of Ceremonies will be at Rock Your Talk to walk you through the event, give you speaking tips, and make sure you're laughing.
With nearly a decade of experience as a platform and conference interpreter, Giovanni has translated rockin’ talks into English and Spanish with trademark precision and flair. His ability to think on his feet and speak in front of large audiences has opened doors for him to showcase these talents on live local radio and broadcast television. When not emceeing events like “Rock Your Talk”, Giovanni is the Language & Communications Specialist for LiMón, LLC, a Bilingual Marketing, Content & Communications company he founded with his wife, Maritza.
Kimberly Y. Moore
Reluctant Everything
Until I heard a talk called Opportunities Come, Opportunities Go and Opportunities Come No More, I was a reluctant everything - leader, adventurer, being known as a woman, just everything. This talk changed the trajectory of my life. Suddenly the possibility that something amazing can happen if I could decide not based on worry or fear. This is how a reluctant-everything woman got on the adventure of life and so can you.
Life for me now is an adventure. From leaving a job I loved, the valley of death of my dad and divorce to discovering the woman I am gives way to mounds of opportunities to live courageously and love with intention. Today, I get to give leadership and energy to solving a big problem for parents and schools who want to build stronger communities. Inspired by my sister, a busy single mom and software client executive, the idea that started as a side hustle has blossomed into Go Together, the business, and a new adventure.
David Rendall
What can tiny houses, Spartan races, knuckleball pitchers, armless archers, Snapchat, unibrows, and Minecraft teach us about innovation and differentiation? We all know that innovation and differentiation are essential for success in our careers and our companies. But developing and implementing truly unique ideas and practices seems very difficult, and most people and organizations fail in their efforts to be more creative and distinctive. Once you learn this singular method for finding unconventional ideas, you’ll go from unconventional to unforgettable to unstoppable.
During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force, Australian Government, and Fortune 50 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, United Health Group, Fannie Mae, and State Farm. Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a leadership professor and stand-up comedian. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities.
Joan Parker
Getting Everyone To The Top
My sister and I made a pact called “60 by 60.” We are going to climb 60 thousand vertical feet - together - before we turn 60. The preparation, the anticipation, the comradery - climbing with other people, strangers who quickly become a life force around you - the effort to get to the top, on your own and together. The experiences I’ve had on the mountain mirror my own commitment to international development work for the last 30 years. It’s about getting everyone to the top, no matter what.
Joan started her international development career in Africa as an agricultural economist, and helped birth the African microfinance movement. President and CEO of Counterpart International, Joan will tell you that every program is a chance to take smart risks built on new partnerships that can deliver results that stick. Counterpart has brokered local collaborations in more than 30 countries, working with 1,800 organizations. It is all about releasing the untapped potential in everyone, Joan will tell you, from a youth leader in Burundi to a woman climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Stosh D Walsh
An Invitation to Courage
Courage isn’t merely for enduring hardship. Courage is for enriching the world. But enriching the world isn’t easy—to do that we must overcome fear and sacrifice safety. The reward, though, is a life of significance.
Stosh D. Walsh has a beard and tattoos. He also has a Master’s Degree, 20 years of leadership and consulting experience, 2 TEDx talks, published articles and a book. Stosh’s father committed suicide when Stosh was 5 years old, and persevering through that pain over a period of years taught him that his greatest gift is the ability to give others courage. His mission is to wield that gift, inviting others to exercise courage and enrich the world.
Ati Okelo Williams
Motherhood to Leadership
How my 3-year-old made me a better leader
Ati (Ah-tee) Williams is a real estate and renovation expert, business owner, entrepreneur, investor and television personality. She has over a decade of real estate experience as the co-founder of Honeycomb Development, a property development firm and founder of residential real estate firm DC Home Buzz. Most recently, Ms. Williams and her husband Rob premiered in HGTV's pilot episode of DC Flippers, which highlighted their adventures as real estate developers in the Nation's Capital.
Heidi Webb
Making a Difference: From Chaos to Clarity
We're all busy these days - getting lots of things done, working long hours, and doing big things - but are we really? I used be a hurricane at home and at work, but I wasn't affecting the change I really wanted. In this talk, I'll share how I found clarity in my personal life, which changed how I help non-profits raise more money and make a bigger difference.
Heidi has been landing multi-million dollar contracts since the beginning of her career before transitioning her experience to the non-profit arena. Her expertise in board development, strategic visioning, major gift solicitation, as well as event planning and management, grant writing, and government funding is coupled with an unwavering enthusiasm for what she does.
Lisa Luken
Bold, Brave, Beautiful... & Simple
Living an easy life is where we hide from our fears - in the comfort of what we've always known. It keeps us from stepping into who we really are and living bold, brave, beautiful lives. Hear out how Lisa stopped chasing easy, embraced simple and realized her dreams in this empowering talk about finding what you are really looking for - on the other side of fear.
Lisa empowers women to create and embrace simple. As a Simple Living Coach & Consultant she works with women across the country to simplify their lives and she holds Simple Living Retreats on the coast of Maine. She is a homebody that loves to travel with her hubby, kids and rescue dog, Moose. She loves gathering in real life with friends old and new sharing good food, good wine and most of all, good stories.
Jen Hecht
The Last Mile
No matter how hard we train at a sport, a job, or at life, we always have a little more to give. What would happen if you started pushing past the point of what you THINK you can do and became an even better version of yourself? In this talk, I share how my dad made me run the last mile home and how that shaped my life, my focus, and my drive.
Jen Hecht has an extensive background in both sales and marketing. Her innovative way of thinking allows her to connect the business principles she has learned over the years to the dating world. Her expansive and wide-ranging network of professional businesswomen makes her a wealth of information and resources. Jen is deeply committed to, and passionate about, helping others build a strong support system in their lives.
Beth Wenger
Everything You Want
The game is life. The objective is to make it great. The challenge is a big heaping of obstacles. Best strategic move is to find your personal power.
Beth is a writer, an editor, a program director for a dynamic nonprofit, a runner, a triathlete, and an adventure seeker. But before all that she was a girl with a limiting label who didn't want any label to define her. As she races to create her own best life, she encourages others to create theirs.
Kris Kaplan
GiddyUp & Make It Happen!
My sobriety journey started in jail. My fitness journey started during the economic crash. My business journey started with struggle. Making one decision to do what I could control made everything else in my life better. Find your purpose and take the next step.
I'm an entrepreneur, dad, husband, Ironman, coach, speaker and author. I'm also a college dropout, ADHD freak, Marvel geek, 28 years sober with the superpower of kickstarting clarity for people & companies.
Melanie Spring
Rock Your Life
When you walk into a room, do you make it brighter or darker? Many of us live beautiful lives, yet are miserable. But the opposite is also quite true. Those who live in the most miserable conditions tend to be the most beautiful human beings. It's time to take a deep look at ourselves and see the purpose we were given to live out in this lifetime.
Anyone who has Approachable Badass in their email signature has figured out their personal brand. When you meet Melanie Spring, you'll know immediately she was put on earth to bring her big energy and high engagement to getting you outside of your comfort zone and firmly into your purpose. Melanie is a brand strategist based in Washington DC and once drove 7000 miles in 3 weeks to find out why great brands work. She speaks and hosts workshops internationally while creating space for adventure every place she goes.
What a kick you are, Melanie! Thanks for making me look good as Conference Chair and delivering our keynote. You hit the mark and sent our attendees home with lots of good ideas to rock their business. I couldn't have asked for more professional speaker!!"
- Debbie Gilster, AADMM Conference Chair
Melanie Spring is an awesome speaker – the things she was saying were the same things I'd been thinking right along but couldn't articulate. It's like she was in my head! Melanie calls herself the "Approachable Badass" and that's true: she'll definitely bark but won't bite... unless you deliberately piss her off. Then she'll straight up punch you in the face.
- Kris Kaplan, K2
I’ve been speaking for eight years, but could never seem to get good promotional videos from the sessions. Once I engaged Patrick, everything changed. His team has done several videos for me, and I’m very pleased with the results. He is a skilled editor, and has a fine eye for interesting and artistic camera angles.
- Mike Schmidtmann, National Speakers Association
Melanie was absolutely fantastic. As soon as she walked in the room you knew her presentation was going to be a breath of fresh air. Her personality filled the room as she greeted each guest with a warm and authentic hug. Melanie presented her information in a way that was relatable, entertaining and unique.
- Laura Wallace, President, AAF-Greater Frederick
Melanie's impressive background with Sisarina, and the presentation she did at the American Marketing Association National Conference made her the perfect speaker to be at the largest marketing conference in Scandinavia, Dialog Konferansen!
- Arild Horsberg, Bring Dialog



EVENT: June 15, 2017 at The Miracle Theatre

Join the Audience

Rock Your Talk is about impactful speaking.
12 brave speakers need you in their audience.

June 15, 2017

Miracle Theatre - 535 8th St SE DC

Happy hour & networking at The Ugly Mug to follow sponsored by Fosterly


Speakers: FULL 
If you missed this one, fear not - we'll be hosting Rock Your Talk again October 26, 2017.  
Join us in the audience this time & we'll give you plenty of notice before we open the speaker slots.