Toastmasters member since: 2015
Education: B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service
- Area F4 Area Director -- Jul. 01, 2019-Jun. 30, 2020
- The Back Talkers Treasurer -- Jul. 01, 2019-Jun. 30, 2020
- The Back Talkers President -- Jul. 01, 2018-Jun. 30, 2019
- The Back Talkers Vice President Membership -- Jul. 01, 2017-Jun. 30, 2018
- The Back Talkers Treasurer -- Jan. 13, 2016-Jun. 30, 2016
Toastmasters honors and recognition
As President of Back Talkers, received President's Distinguished DCP. Currently ACS and ALB in Toastmasters with a plan to reach DTM by the deadline on legacy education system.
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer
I am a technical lead, but not a manager and have no with direct reports, at Dell Technologies (my employer). My work involves having engineers turn to me to answer their questions and make decisions for them. I also have to present upwards in the organization on the team's progress.
What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?
At work I have to plan out what can be accomplished for a given project. This includes providing information to a team of engineers on the specific requirements. At the same time, have to update the team when plans change and how we need to shift to meet those changing plans.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
I balance my checkbook, have basic understanding of accounting (double entry, reconciliation, etc.) and do my own taxes.
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
At Dell Technologies, I have created processes in place to have our engineering team follow best practices with our development and testing tools.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Ask questions, ask questions and continue to ask questions. As a leader you can not solve every problem that comes at you but rather need to delegate and rely on your team. This means the team needs to solve the problem for you or provide you enough input to make a decision. I find that asking questions to the team, to your peers or upwards is a good step.
Why do you want to serve as a district officer?
I would like to practice having direct reports (area directors). This is something I have no experience in professionally. The skills I will learn as a Division Director will help me at work if I decide to take on a higher leadership role.
In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achive them?
If you asked me this question before February 2020 I would say it would be to grow the membership base. However in April of 2020 with COVID-19 top of mind for everyone, the major objective in my opinion is to help current clubs with meeting online. This means teaching clubs how to use the online platforms as well as providing information to all members on the importance of delivering and leading using online platforms.
Additional information about yourself:
Toastmasters has improved my life a great deal since joining only a little while ago (2015) and I plan to help in any way possible.