Award Winning Speaker
Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition 1st place winners 2016
DaCha’na and her team of two successfully inducted Maya Angelou into the Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame. They made their case giving a biographical overview of Maya, how she has carried and passed the torch of justice, how she contributed to the struggle for human rights, the relationship between Maya Angelou and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and why she should be inducted into the Heroes Hall of Fame.
30 Top Speaker of Toastmaster International
DaChana Blaydes competed in the 2016 International Toastmaster Speech Contest and won first place for the club, area, division, and district levels. She concluded her participation in the competition by placing third place at the semi-finals, making her 30 top finalists amongst 30,000 participants.
Coaching Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition 1st place Winners 2017
DaCha’na Blaydes gave back to the Case Competition program by coaching three students who were members and mentees of her organization, National Association of Black Accountants. The students successfully inducted Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth into the Heroes Hall of Fame becoming the next 1st place winners for the Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition.
Pretty Brown Girls Keynote Speaker
Pretty Brown Girls encourages girls and young women to celebrate the shades of brown all over the world through their programs, products, and events by developing positive self-esteem, confidence, and leadership. DaCha’na was the keynote speaker for a local Spring 2015 program called “You are Beautiful! You are special!” located in East Lansing, MI. She spoke to young girls by the ages of 6-14 years old about self-love and self- confidence.
Men of ELITE Black Excellence Gala Student Speaker
DaChana accepted the Black Excellence Award and was the guest speaker to speak on the interpretation of black excellence and the attributions of leadership in moving forward towards a positive direction.
Women Appreciation Event Keynote Speaker
DaCha’na gave an uplifting and empowering speech to 100 black women about what it means to be a successful black woman today. She encouraged them to discover and explore their gifts, be confident in their abilities and began defining sisterhood for themselves.
Training Session for Chinese Entrepreneur Business
Blaydes trained 30 international students for the 2017 Michigan Entrepreneurship Competition that helps participants enrich their entrepreneurial knowledge and experiences through their preparation of business presentation and communications with professionals. She focused on"Creativity, Content, and Confidence" during her presentation, to contribute to the trainees giving a winning presentation that resulted in $1000 Grand Prize.
Training Session for MSU National Agricultural Marketing Association
National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA) is the nation's largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness. DaCha’na trained 15 NAMA members on professional speaking to prepare for their annual national competition that required a 20-minute public speaking presentation. Each year, they brainstorm a hypothetical (but realistic) product that would benefit the industry and develop a comprehensive marketing plan for it that they present at a national competition.
Panels and Workshops
Black Women Leadership Conference Workshop| “Love, Confidence, and Success” |
Black Women Leadership Conference gave DaCha’na the opportunity to present on Love, Confidence, and Success to over 100 black women. She leads an interactive discussion, pushing her participants to define self-love and self-confidence. Blaydes also encouraged them to make self-love their personal project and begin to master self-love and self-confidence so that they will experience massive success.
Crowning Young Queens Panelist
DaCha’na sat on a panel for the organization “Crowning Young Queens.” She spoke to a group of young women from Cody High school about the importance of higher education. She provided tips and advice about self-care and wellness, academic success, supportive staff and peers, perseverance’s, and resiliency.
“After this presentation, I have a better understanding of my worth as a woman” -Workshop Participant
“I’ve always struggled with self-love but I learned to loved myself for who I am through this presentation” -Workshop Participant
“I enjoyed the presentation, one of the best” -Black Women Leadership Conference Participant