Coaching in effective speaking.
Our mission is to provide global opportunities for self-improvement through
progressive quality training in communication and leadership skills.
To foster free and open discussion which shall be without bias on all subjects,
whether political, social, economic, racial or religious.
To love our language,
and use it with grace and facility.
The world grows better because people wish
that it should, and because they take the right steps to make it better.
Ernestine White, Founder
Shelley Petley, D.C.
Vice President (Programs)
Steven Pyett, E.C.
History of POWERtalk and our Chapter
POWERtalk was founded in 1938 in San Francisco under the name International
Toastmistress Clubs. It started primarily for women, but is now open to both men and women. In 1985 the organization's
name was changed to International Training in Communication. In 2003 our
international headquarters relocated from Anaheim, California to New Zealand. In July 2007 the decision was made to rebrand
the organization as POWERtalk International while officially retaining
the ITC name.
We are in no way affiliated with Toastmasters International.
POWERtalk welcomes all interested individuals without regard to age, race, religion, citizenship or national
The Fredericton POWERtalkers
chapter was chartered in August 1977 under the name Fredericton Toastmistress Club, and its membership has
been active ever since. We became Fredericton Club, ITC in 1985, and Fredericton POWERtalkers
in 2007. Our chapter has welcomed civil servants, teachers, housewives, engineers, nurses, high school and university
students, retirees... basically anyone with a desire for self-improvement.
Fredericton POWERtalkers was the first club in the world to have
its own website, launched in February 1996. This is the third generation of our site.