Toastmasters member since: 2003
Education: CSU Long Beach 2002 - BA English Education, emphasis in Composition and Literacy
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service
- Program Quality Director, 2019-2020
- Club Growth Director, 2018 - 2019
- Public Relations Manager, 2017 - 2018
- Division F Director, 2016 - 2017
- Area F6 Director, 2015 - 2016, VP Membership, Le Gourmet, July 1, 2017 - Present; VP Membership, Wine on Wednesday, July 1, 2017 - December 19, 2017; Club President, Let's Say Anything, June 6, 2016 - June 30, 2015; VP Education, TIC Talkers, July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006; Club Secretary, TIC Talkers, January 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005
Toastmasters honors and recognition
- President's Distinguished Division, 2016 - 2017
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer
I have a long background of being a subject matter expert in Conga Contracts Management, SAP, and BST Global Project Management systems. As a subject matter expert, I was tasked with providing training and support to users of all levels. During the conversion process from an outdated system to a new system, I often encountered users who were unhappy by the change in system. My ability to coach people into accepting inevitable change has been part of my success as a leader in Toastmasters. As District Director I know I will face the same challenges and will be able to use my skills as a change leader in the corporate environment to fully listen to and address our members' concerns, while also articulating why change is necessary.`
What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?
Systems conversions involves extensive strategic planning. Not only do you have to work with outside resources to implement the software, you need to work with key stakeholders throughout the organization to be sure you are addressing all aspects of the business. Its important to analyze HOW various users will interact with the system and if the software will continue to meet the needs of the end user and the business. Within Toastmasters, I assisted in chartering Let's Say Anything and, by meeting with my fellow club officers and creating a Distinguished Club Plan, successfully achieved Select Distinguished within the first year. As Club Growth and Program Quality Director I've worked on creating and implementing the District Success Plan.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
My job as a Contracts Specialist frequently places me in the Accounting Department of a company. I have extensive experience in creating and managing project budgets and assisting with complicated Federal Government rules regarding invoicing and disbursement of government funds. I also have extensive experience in risk management and the ability to weigh contract risk against financial gain.
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
I wrote a policy and procedure manual for the BST Global Project Management system specific to one company. When developing procedures, it is critical to first identify the need or the problem that needs to be overcome. Once that is defined, gather information that is relevant to both the process and the end user and draft the policy. Draft(s) are reviewed by key stakeholders and revised as appropriate before a final draft is issued.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
The most important lesson I learned is to have a strong and enthusiastic team. It takes a team to accomplish many goals in Toastmasters, including events like contests or officer training. Delegation is also important. As Division Director, it was critical for me to rely on my Area Directors to communicate key deadlines to clubs, to conduct their club visits, and to be the point of contact between the District leadership and the club leaders. As Club Growth Director, I relied on my team to hold launch meetings with enthusiastic groups of future Toastmasters. As Program Quality Director, I've relied on my team to handle online contests, LACE, and the annual conference. The success of those events belongs to my team, not me.
Why do you want to serve as a district officer?
I didn't initially join Toastmasters to be a leader. However, Toastmasters has developed my heart for leadership. I enjoy mentoring our members to get the most out of their Toastmasters experience. I was tapped on the shoulder by the leaders who came before me who "saw something in me." I've been guided and mentored along the way and I feel ready to take this next step as District Director.
In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achive them?
The District Mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. These two objectives are encompassed in the roles of Club Growth Director and Program Quality Director. Having served in both roles, I feel ready to mentor and cheer on our next group of leaders as we work our way out of Shelter in Place and move forward into a new and exciting Path within the Toastmasters program.
Additional information about yourself:
When I am not spending time at Toastmasters meetings or District leader tasks, I enjoy playing ukulele, reading Young Adult Literature, co-hosting the Currently Obsessed podcast, and exploring Orange County's hiking and running trails. I have also spent the last 16 years as an announcer for the Winter Guard Association of So CA on Saturdays January - April. I embrace all life has to offer and can't wait to continue my journey in Toastmasters as District Director.