Sunday, 04 April 2021 17:54

Gordon Kiser

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Candidate's Office: Division C Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2016
Education: 

  • B.A. degree Vanderbilt University, Major History. 
  • Various certifications from IBM and Oracle related to their technology as required in the information technology space as career progressed.

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Vice President Membership
  • Vice President Eduction
  • Club President

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • Competing and winning at Area level in Table Topics and Evaluations.
  • While VPE of Surf City Speak N' Lead, club was an inaugural member of the Magnifient 5. This was recognition for early accomplishment of DCP goals. Surf City achieved 7 DCP goals before October.

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer

For over twenty five years I've worked in the Information Technology industry. My work was  in the capacity of Sr. Account Executive for companies involved in large enterprise systems integration.  I've had to coordiante teams that included project managers, developers, system engineers to complete projects. I had to sell the implementation just as we need to sell Toastmasters to those that are not familiar with the opportunity.

What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?

Extensive SWOT analysis experience in 2018 when working for Boeing subsidiary, Insitu.  Worked on new go-to-market whereby a new department was created for software sales.  Resources had to be allocated; a marketing strategy put in place: and execution on that strategy.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Worked with Toastmaster Treasurer to develop budget.  Worked on budgets for numerous IT projects over 20 years. I've had to allocate budget for a new department at one company for which I worked.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I initiated a new training program at my club that was very well recieved.  These were workshops of 1.5 hrs.  After the first workshop, members wished to have them every six weeks. The program was a work in progress and required numerous procedures be put in place to have the workshop run smoothly.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Managers and leaders are different.  Managers use metrics to 'drive' employees to goals. Leaders incite excitement for a vision and mission.  Pushing leads to numerous dissatified employees. Leaders create excitement and work to align goals between the company and the employees.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I would like the opportunity to grow membership.  Growing membership is a reflection of how the Toastmaster methodology is supporting its members.  I enjoy seeing people get excited about what they are pursuing in regards to personal goals and growth.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

THE MISSION OF THE DISTRICT: We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. An idea I had for new club growth is working hard to reach out to corporations that might find great value in improving leadership and communications for their new hires.

Additional information about yourself:

In a year and a half span as President and VPE for my club, Surf City Speak N' Lead,  I missed two meetings.  That is a commitment to having a positive affect on a club.  It involves understanding what works and what might be changed.  I allowed us to lead the District in number of goals achieved by the end of fiscal year 2020.

Sunday, 04 April 2021 17:41

Yu (Angie) Ding

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Candidate's Office: Chinese Irvine Toatsmaster
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2019
Education: 
  • B.A degree in Chinese at UC Davis
  • Current Master students at Loyola University and study in Montessori Education

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Served as VPE for the year of 2019
  • Served as President for the year of 2020
  • Served as D4 Area Director from July 2020-June 2021

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • Finish Strategic Relationships Pathway
  • Current working on level 4 in Leadership Development Pathway
  • During the time I served as President, Chinese Irvine Toastmaster Club has good
    standing and become President Distinguished Club

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer

I am operated my own business as Montessori Preschool. From Leadership to Strategic Relationship, I can relate it to my career. Be a leader in the club and working space, it has so many common areas.

What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?

From the expenses of my work, I apply It to Chinese Irvine Toastmaster club. It works well and has great improvement from 5 or 6 members to 20+ active members. I also finished pathway of Strategic Relationship. It gave me more ideas and planning on how to operate and work with people.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

I started up my own business, so I have experience with finance for new business. I can plan to get an idea for each project and work on each part of it. Right now, I am doing accounting for my own business.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I guess it has the same contact with how I am doing for my preschool. I know each teachers’ strengths and weakness. When I am planning procedures, I will make it suitable to them and develop for next procedures. Of course, I also need to have ability to change/switch anytime if needed.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I learned from each member or people I work with. I like to learn and apply to what I use it for myself. I don’t be afraid of giving it a try. After I try it, I can tell if it works for me or not.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I love to be Toastmaster member. It’s my honor to serve as VPE, President, and Area Director. I do my best to make each role/duty better than I thought. I would like to learn more and work with more people/ different roles to see how far I can go. Giving and receiving, I love both of them.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

In my opinion, members especially active members are my major objectives to work on. Once you have passion and hardworking members, all of the test/goals can be achieved. I love to chat and work with people. I am also a good observer and listener. I can find out details which other people may not pay attention. It helps me get closed to other people quicker and improve efficiency too.

Additional information about yourself:

I am not afraid of difficulties. I like challenges and I believe I can finish it well.

Sunday, 04 April 2021 17:27

Junaidi Tjen

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Candidate's Office: Divsion D Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 3/1/2017
Education: 
  • MS, Applied Computer Science and Technology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2000
  • MA,TESOL(TeachingEnglishtoSpeakersofOtherLanguages),UnitedStatesInternationalUniversity(currentlyAlliantUniversity),Irvine,CA,1994
  • BA,EnglishEducation,SanataDharmaTeachersCollege(currentlySanataDharmaUniversity),Yogyakarta,CentralJava,Indonesia,1981

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Area Director, E5, Founder's District, 2020 - 2021
  • Club President, SSA Trailblazers, 2020 - 2021
  • VP Education, SSA Trailblazers, 2019 - 2020
  • VPPR, The Market Place, 2019 - 2020
  • SAA, The Market Place, 2020 - 2021, Smedley Chapter one, 2019 - 2020
  • SSA Trailblazers, 2017 - 2018

Toastmasters honors and recognition

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer

Back in the 80's I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor in a refugee camp, later in a language institute as well as a school program coordinator. It was a rewarding experience to see students' progress. I'm passionate about Toastmasters and I like seeing progress in fellow Toastmasters' improvement. Currently as a Staff Specialist with the County of Orange, besides handling special projects, I sometimes supervise staff. A district leader needs to be able to work by themselves as well as with others.

What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?

In a small scale, such as instead of having multiple lists to keep data, combining them into one database and using the data to create lists.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Part of my current duties at work is being a contract administrator, which requires some budgeting, requesting payments, developing & maintaining spreadsheets. I'm the treasurer for work's coffee club and also the treasurer for SAC (Staff Advisory Council). I used to audit annual building costs reimbursement requests.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I have 'specialty duties' without a back up person. I write procedures to ensure in my absence, someone else can handle my duties.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I learned that I can get all the support to handle my duties, time management is crucial, practice makes perfect, the process is as important as, if not more important than, the result, and early start is very important to achieve goals.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

For self improvement, others' improvement. Toastmasters is a great organization that everybody can benefit from.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

To continue spreading the word about the organization, especially to places that were overlooked, especially with virtual (or hybrid in the future) means.

Additional information about yourself:

Sunday, 04 April 2021 17:05

Thomas Olson

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Candidate's Office: Division E Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2016
Education: 

  • MFA Game Design, Laguna College of Art + Design 2018
  • BFA Illustration, Art Center College of Design 2000
  • BA English Literature, UCLA 1994
  • AA Military Science, New Mexico Military Institute 1991

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Speakers by Design (Club 852128)
  • VPE 2018-19
  • President 2019-20
  • VPE 2020-21
  • President 2020-21
  • Area E4 Director 2020-21

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • Leadership Development LD2

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer

Product Director, Broken Circle Studios 2016-present:
-I organize schedules, pitch projects, evaluate contracts and products, and spearhead communication between the studio and our clients, as well as within the studio.
Lead Artist, Backflip Studios 2011-2016:
-Hired, led a team from 3 to 15+ to create an award winning mobile game. Coached junior artists and contributed to design and creative aspects of the game.
Production Manager, Morpheus International 1994-1998:
-I ran a small international publishing house, including operations of it's art gallery. Planned and hosted live events, coordinated all aspects of production pipeline.

What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?

My experience with strategic planning is mostly as part of a small cadre running projects or "pods" back when those were fashionable. It was a more democratic and consensus building form of leadership. My input on strategy there focused on ensuring the most value making it through the pipeline to the players (minimizing wasted effort) and pouncing on opportunities that presented themselves in the moment (and arranging the pipeline so that that could be done efficiently).

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

I have only really kept the books and managed the distribution of bonus pools and raise pools to my team. I am capable of making a budget, but I have very little professional experience with finance.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

As stated above, I have developed SOPs and pipelines for game development at several companies with the goal of maximizing the value going all the way through and minimizing the harm to the people doing the work (lots of overtime due to waste in game development). I have a knack for looking past the paper value of procedure or tradition to identify the intent or heart of it, as well as where it is flexible and can be bent to achieve more. For example, in the character art piepline, I saved man months of effort being wasted by changing the way we showed stake holders rough art assets. I also identified a way to pass art assets through to the next department (animation) a week early, so that the art team could get more assets into the game--the trade off being that they were not their final colors for a few weeks longer. My leadership styles tend toward democratic and bureaucratic--I don't like checklists for their own sake, but love them as tools for minimizing mistakes and empowering individuals to check their own work.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

So many. I am much more apt to let results vary from my vision when I delegate. I have accepted that there are things people have to say or do for themselves, and learned to identify which failures can be allowed to happen if need be, and where more coaching or intervention is needed--and how better to set teams and individuals up to succeed without making the latter kind of errors. I have learned to identify less personally with the results, and eliminate a lot of stress from my decision making process. I am still learning how to coach different kinds of people, but I have always loved trying to introduce people to things that they'll enjoy or grow from.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I would like to serve as a District leader because I am actively learning new ways to lead people, and the District level provides opportunities for me to do this in a larger environment than I have done at work. I also feel a calling to step in and help pull the load in any situation, and if I can be helpful to the Toastmasters of Founder's District, I would like to do it. Being an Area Director this year so far has introduced me to new kinds of time management and team building challenges, and provided good feedback on my efforts. I would look forward to helping set a tone and setting the stage for the Area Directors the way Susanna has. I don't have her experience, but a big take away from being part of her team is that her gathering of resources for us has made it easier to do more for the clubs in our Areas. I have been encouraged to apply for this position, and I am humbled, and willing to step out into deeper water among friends and great mentors.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

In my opinion, the District's major objectives include spreading the very professional tone of some officer cadres to the whole District, raising the profile of the greater organization for our members and for the community, and continuing to provide training and resources to help clubs thrive during quarantine.

For the first, I am starting as an Area Director this officer training period by talking about the responsibilities of being a Toastmaster and an officer, and framing the work we ask of them as part of the program they signed up for to grow! Having excellent members talk at different clubs or events within the District will help this goal, as well as the second goal. To raise the profile to the community, I would explore the idea of having members speak at local schools and community centers--good for the members, and for raising interest and hopefully membership. I would reach out to my personal network more to draw in speakers for Division and District meetings, and maintain the momentum that we have this year in Zoom training and the excellent extended officer training. I would look for a way to have more gamification of the program on a regular basis--the way David has, and perhaps by having more frequent, small speak-offs.

Additional information about yourself:

I am a father of 2, husband to a behavioral health researcher who is an actress and is an excellent example of how the skills we hone here bring huge value to other endeavors--she is one of the only researchers in her group who is comfortable presenting in front of large groups, and her students love her for the way she engages them. Only relevant to TM, in that I steal a lot of ideas from her, and I'm trying to get her to speak at one of our meetings.


I am humbled and feel warmly welcomed in the encouragement people have given me to apply for this position. I do so with the intention of doing my best if I am elected, and being part of helping anyway if I am not. If there is a different role you think I am suited for and needs filling, I am open to considering it. Thank you.

Sunday, 04 April 2021 16:56

Shiva Batchu

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Candidate's Office: Division F Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: January 2018
Education:  

  • Masters of Science in Nursing and Public Health, California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Business Administration, California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), 2005
  • Associates degree, Golden West College

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Founder’s District E1 Area Director, July 2020 to present
  • President, Newport Center Toastmasters Club (231), July 2019 to Dec 2019
  • Vice President of Education, Newport Center Toastmasters Club (231), Jan 2019 to June 2019

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • Pathways, Presentation Mastery, completed
  • Pathways, Innovation Planning, Level 3
  • Pathways, Persuasive Influence, Level 1 (free Pathway given by TI)

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer

I have been employed in health care for over 15 years where I handle aspects of business operations, quality, strategic planning, some finance, procedures, reporting, collaboration, and leadership to ensure our patients get excellent care and staff are protected as well. My role has been in quality/performance improvement for the past 9 years impacting not only my local hospital, but also our health care system which include multiple hospitals and centers. I love my job and I see the impact that Toastmasters has had in my work role. I am excited to serve using the many aspects I have gained at work to impact our Toastmasters community. 

What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?

As mentioned above, during the last 15 years at both Long Beach Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center, I have been given many opportunities to lead collaborative teams of people from different roles and backgrounds to meet an objective. I have been able to operationalize the health outcome objectives that has been given to me by leadership to achieve. I am consistent in developing a strategic plan with a team, execute/manage the plan then review/revise the plan at specific intervals. I have been successful to take a goal from a dream to a reality with a compassion and supportive leadership style.  I have changed the way I lead at my Toastmasters club and as Area Director during Covid19 to help support goals and outcomes with compassion.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

My undergraduate degree is in business administration, so I have experience in finance and accounting, I also used to work for a small business handling many aspects of day to day operations. I handle small budgets at work; therefore, I can ensure we are using our resources well and within budget. When I was in college, I was the Associated Students Finance Commissioner where I handle budget requests, approval processes, financial reports to ensure the Associated Student Body is functioning well. I also led the Finance Committee and attended campus wide committee to address financial aspects. During my undergraduate, I worked as a IT Coordinator for a business dept within my university. I have some IT background due to my current work requiring that I understand how programs build reports and handle data. Due to this background, I would be able to handle financial accounting software easily to produce reports and understand financial data.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

For over 15 years, I have handled and develop detailed procedures and policies to ensure our patients get excellent care and staff are protected as well. My role has been in quality/performance improvement for 9 years impacting not only our local hospital but also our health care system which includes multiple hospitals and centers. I have used strategic planning and collaboration to develop detailed procedures and policies to meet state and federal regulations. I am currently studying/training for a hospital/healthcare accreditation and regulation certification which would give me further training and experience in developing procedures. I believe skills are transferable, so I can take what I learn in my career to Toastmasters easily. I am also trained as a Lean Leader which helps me use resources well without waste of time or energy.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

From my previous experience in leadership roles, I learned that humility is key in being a servant leader. Humility to accept the mistakes I have, to accept the feedback I am given, to change and admit when I am wrong quickly, and most of all to not allow leadership roles to influence my desire to serve others. I have many mentors at work, at Toastmasters, and in my personal life. They always have encouraged me to be life long learner. I am inspired to engage clubs, their members, officers/emerging leaders to go after their dreams and discover their dreams within Founder’s District by being a learner!

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I was deeply inspired from the day I started attending Toastmasters in 2018, Toastmasters changed me from a fixed mindset person to a growth focused person! Attending meeting at club level, division and district level showed me that I too can grow personally, socially and professionally. Since then, my career has transformed, and I am considered a collaborative and helpful leader at my hospital and health system. My director at work told me that I am doing an excellent job as she is always able to give me feedback anytime for big and small items. One of my strengths is that I have positive outlook, simile as I am taking constrictive feedback regularly, so this enables me to continuousness improve 1% a day leading to so much growth in a year or more. I would be an excellent candidate to be considered as an District leader as I will give my 100% to learn, serve and grow. I also have the time in my schedule to meet the demands of being a district leader. Therefore, it’s time to give back to Toastmasters by serving more!

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

The District’s mission is “we build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.” Based on my experience attending District meetings, the major objectives are to create new and engage existing clubs on Zoom and the upcoming hybrid environment. I will work to build a collaborative team of area directors and division team to focus on serving the District’s and club’s needs. Since 2018 when I couldn’t even speak at my home club when I was scared to death of public speaking and leadership to taking on officer roles then as an area director, I am able to understand the types of guests who come into clubs as well the different needs the club members, officers, and emerging leaders within the club and district have. I will focus on being an available and servant leader who not only helps the clubs but also assists emerging leaders to taken on new roles or start new clubs. I will study my division’s needs, visit clubs and reports as Susanna Wong showed me, meet with division leaders monthly to assist to achieve Distinguished Division Program goals as well as hold regular meetings to invite club members/officers/guests to inspire them to go further in the TI journey and their own growth experience. 

Additional information about yourself:

I am excited and fully committed to giving it my all and learning via a volunteer role as a Division Director. I humbly ask for your consideration of my application. I am excited to give back as Toastmasters has changed my life and continues to every year since 2018!  I know via this learning experience, I will grow into a better person as well via the amazing team of people at Founder’s District. Please see attached CV for my background of leadership, service, and volunteer experience. Thank you for reading!

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