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Welcome to Founder's District LACE, Leadership & Communication Experience!

June 20, 2020 - Online via Zoom

LACE is an opportunity for our members and club officers to obtain high-level training and information on topics that will drive their success. It was originally developed to supplement Toastmasters club officer training requirements, but because of its high-quality, interactive workshops, it has emerged as a well-known and admired curriculum throughout the region. LACE is unique to Founder’s District in affordability, scope, value, quality, diversity, and excellence.

LACE offers training for club officers and advanced officer experiences. All LACE sessions will be conducted via Zoom meetings. You must individually register for each session you wish to attend. Check out the schedule and get registered. All sessions are FREE!

LACE is for EVERYONE! All club members and officers are welcome!

Sunday, 19 April 2020 22:18

2020-2021 District Officer Nominations

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In accordance with Article VII, Section (b) of the District Administrative Bylaws, the District Leadership Committee, comprised of one representative from each Division (in order, A through G):

  • Stephanie Richards, CC
  • David Moore, DTM
  • Randy Kleinman, DTM
  • Mike Sato, ACB, CL
  • Mary Berg, DTM
  • Marc Church, ACS, ALB
  • Linda Robinson, DTM

has nominated the following candidates for 2020-2021 District Officers, in order by office and then alphabetically by last name if there is more than one candidate for an office:

 

DISTRICT DIRECTOR
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
No Candidate
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
No Candidate
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
No Candidate
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
DIVISION G DIRECTOR
 

The Committee has also interviewed Kathy Hughes, DTM, for the position of Program Quality Director. [Note: The Committee is allowed to nominate a candidate for only one office.]

 

Respectfully submitted,

Diana Dee, DTM, IPDD
District Leadership Committee Chair

Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:11

Sherri Horowitz

Candidate's Office: Division G Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2013
Education: BA History and Economics, Michigan

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • G2 Area Director 2019-2020
  • President, Wine on Wednesday 2019-2020
  • VPE, Coastmasters 2018-2019
  • VPM, Coastmasters 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Secretary, Coastmasters 2017 and 2018

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • President of President Distinguished Club, earned in 6 months
  • Smedley Award
  • Pathway's trainer
  • Chief Judge
  • Known to double intake for opportunity drawings

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

1. Understanding how to inspire and motivate teams to keep their focus on an agreed goal has led to success in business situations and volunteer organizations. Ensuring team members know their input is expected and listened to has built trust, loyalty, commitment and achieved success. 2. Numerous Toastmaster District events- either chairing or volunteering on committees.

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

Spearheaded strategic planning teams within Fortune 100 companies including Boeing and McKesson.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Lead for a corporate annual budget process with 79 offices worldwide. Past Treasurer for the California Association of Healthcare Quality.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

As a healthcare risk manager professional, our job includes writing updates or new procedures to avoid risk and anticiapte proceedural processes for difficult scenarios. Sharing best practices with clients is a staple in my business life.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Cummunicate often, using clear language to avoid misunderstandings. Motivate and ensure everyone understands the overal goals to pull in the same direction for success. Ask for help early so deadlines are not missed. Inspire others with my passion so that it becomes theirs as well.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

Lead team members to become successful and confident as we complete TI projects. These acheivements translate into additional success within their business and personal interactions. On a personal level, I want to stretch my potential.

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

Support the Area Directors to build strong membership within their clubs. This is accomplished by (1) understanding and meeting Pathways club goals (2) ensuring Area Directors and their Club officers are well trained, (3) creating and meeting Division goals.

Additional information about yourself:

I am an optomist that thrives on challenges. This coming year's success to: add members, strengthen clubs and embrace Pathways demands determinaton and patience. I have the passion and some ideas to achieve these goals. In business, my leadership always assigns me the most difficult accounts to spin from straw into gold. It is this business succes and creativity that I bring to Toastmasters.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:11

Adam Brenner

Candidate's Office: Division F Director
District: Founder's
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.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:10

Daniel Fung

Candidate's Office: Division D Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2018
Education: 1. Bachelor Degree in Computer Science - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
2. Embedded Systems Engineering Certificate - UCI Continuing Education
3. Manager Essential Leadership Series - Western Digital Corporation

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Founder's District Area D5 Director 07/01/2019 - Present (10 months)
  • US Bank Michelson VP Membership 11/21/2019 - Present (5 months)
  • Western Decibels VP Public Relations 01/01/2019 - 06/30/2019 (6 months)
  • Western Decibels Club President 03/21/2018 - 12/31/2018 (10 months)

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • Helped charter 3 Western Digital clubs in 2018. Revived 2 clubs by merging them in 2019.
  • Won Table Topics 1st Place and International Speech 3rd place in 2019 Area D5 contests.
  • Completed Pathways Effective Coaching Level 3. Plan to complete Pathways DTM by 2021.

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

Former job as firmware technologist required me to: develop project plans & schedules; coordinate cross-functional teams; and lead & mentor junior engineers.
Current job as insurance agent requires me to: contact businesses & individuals, help them evaluate their financial needs, and design proposals to achieve their goals.

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

1. Served in Toastmasters contests and conferences as hospitality chair, judge, and volunteer.
2. Served as children Sunday school coordinator and high school & college fellowship counselor.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

1. Working in financial services as an insurance agent and studying for security licenses.
2. Organized WD volunteers to raise $5K in 2018 and $5K in 2019 for Founder's District.
3. Served at church budget committee for 10+ years and mission committee for 3 months.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

1. Developed embedded software for 27 years, which are procedures for computers.
2. Managed design, implementation, and test process for teams of 5-20 engineers.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

1. Continue to recruit members. Typical club may lose 30% members per year.
2. Encourage members to learn via Pathways, contests, and serving as officers.
3. Establish successor plan by training assistant officers 6-12 months in advance.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

1. I love, because someone loved me - like Amy, Mike, Jean, and Lori.
2. I serve, because we became a team - like Bin, Scott, Billy, and Venu.
3. I care, because we became a family - like Jose, Uyen, Susie, and Lydia.

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

1. Build new clubs - Contact companies and schools to sponsor new clubs.
2. Support all clubs - Plan co-op events for stronger clubs to help weaker clubs.
3. Thrive for success - Encourage and support every club to earn DCP awards.

Additional information about yourself:

1. I feel passionate about mentoring our next generation of community leaders.
2. I believe Toastmasters will teach us the skills to build a better world tomorrow.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:10

Silvia Swigert

Candidate's Office: Division A Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2004
Education: B.A. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Co-Sergeant-At-Arms, Founder’s District 2012-2014,
  • Division D Governor, Founder’s District 2011-2012,
  • Area D3 Governor, Founder’s District 2007-2008,
  • Treasurer, Division D, Founder’s District 2008-2010
  • Club President 2015, 2013-14, 2006-07, VP Education 2014-15, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2007-08, VP Membership 2019-20, 2018-19, 2013-14, 2005-06, VP Public Relations 2017-18, 2016-17, 2009-10, Treasurer 2012-13

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • DTM, 2012
  • Club Sponsor, 2012
  • Club Mentor, 2019

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

As the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Educational Partnerships at UC Irvine, I managed teams across multiple institutions in grant-funded research and evaluation of educational interventions from PreK-PhD levels. The role was data-intensive but also involved training others new to data collection and empirical methods of investigation. This experience of working with people on projects with deadlines and creative problem-solving will be useful as a District officer.

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

I worked with teams to create grant documents that include educational interventions and methods to evaluate the success of those interventions in real-time to allow for adjustment if needed, which required learning to project a vision and articulate ways to make the enterprise align with it, through timely implementation, with the resources available.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

I managed lean research and evaluation budgets within multi-million dollar grants, using partner human resource contributions and technology to reduce costs. My budgets were limited to 10% of the entire grant awards usually, sometimes 5%.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I expanded the unit I led in my job as Director, including establishing job descriptions, report templates, hiring and firing practices, and ways to interact with cross-institutional collaborations, particularly around data security and privacy.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I believe I learned more about how to influence others but also how to keep my integrity. This did not always get the respect for political skill that reigned where I worked, but when a very critical situation presented itself, integrity was predictable and therefore welcomed.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I am running for Division Director because I feel strongly that leaders who stay in Toastmasters give continuity to those continuing and newly joining, and I want to give back what I can to the up and coming leaders in the District. In the process, I expect I will meet new mentors and grow as a result of whatever challenges we encounter in 2020-2021.

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

I would work to achieve the District's mission to create new clubs and help existing clubs thrive by using as many resources available to me to provide my team with as much help as possible, and by creating action plans and progress reports collaboratively.

Additional information about yourself:

Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:09

Ken Spears

Candidate's Office: Club Growth Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2014
Education: History and Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Division Director, G 2017-2018
  • Area Director area G2, 2017-2018
  • President San Clemente Toastmasters 2016-2017
  • President Wine on Wednesdays Toastmasters 2018-2019
  • VPE San Clemente Toastmasters 2015-2016
  • VPE Cocoa Vino, 2018-ongoing
  • Asst. club Growth Director 2019-2020

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • 2 time Toastmasters DTM, Legacy Program and Pathways
  • President's Distinguished Division Director
  • Select Distinguished Area Director
  • Numerous triple crowns

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

I have been a successful division director. I run a small company with a number of employees. I have experience working in corporate offices, running time sensitive projects with large groups, coordinating projects and systems to produce a finished product. I was a very successful president of a non-profit trade organization. These experiences combined with other work in heading non-profit groups makes me extremly qualified to work in the Founder's District.

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

As a division director, I was responsible for Division Speech Contests. I was responsible for two sessions of LACE officer training. I am the chair person for the 2020 District Conference and assisited on the 2019 conference. When serving as an area director, I ran the fall speech contest for Divsion G. As a past production manager, I had to look at budgets, timelines, vendors and personnel, coordinate all of these things to produce a printed project on a monthly or daily basis, depemnnding on which publication/publication we are discussing. I was the head of production for the largest legal daily newspaper in the Untited States, the Daily Journal, for a number of years.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

As a division director, I had a budget for speech contests and officer trianing, which I met and returned a substainal amount of additional revenue back to the district. I have run a number of businesses. All have required financial budgeting, adherence and the understanding of both income and expenses. I took a non-profit from $4000 in debt to over $20,000 in the bank after my tenure as president.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

Massive experience developing procedures to implement new technologies and bring projects to completion. Those projects included cutting edge technology in the printing of publications. I also was responsible for implementing procedures and guidelines for my restauranat and wine businesses.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

That it is importnat to value the input of those around you to make a project come to fruitition. Plus, once everyone buys into the vision, it is exciting to implement different ways to acheive that common goal.Valuing the input of those on your team is a key to great success.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I have gained a tremendous amount from Toastmasters and want to help others have experiences like my own. Specifically, the abilty to help others grow and be more confident in those edeavors that each individual wants to pursue. This postion will help me grow and stretch to my full potential.

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 acheving excellence. We need to strive to add more clubs to the district, but it is equally important to help all clubs grow, adding members and building club enthusiasm and excitiement.

Additional information about yourself:

I am a fan of learning new things, like fencing and keeping up to date on new technology. The challenges of the up-coming months will be an exciting time to put past experience to practical use. I enjoy being a wine educator and helng people Uncork Happiness.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:05

Kathy Hughes

Candidate's Office: Club Growth Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2010
Education: Distinguished Toastmaster (Legacy program 4/25/2018)
Distinguished Toastmaster (Pathways 10/16/2019)

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • District F Finance Manager - Jul. 01, 2019-Jun. 30, 2020
  • Division B Director - Jul. 01, 2017 - Jun. 30, 2018
  • Area I-1 Director - Jul. 01, 2016 - Jun. 30 2017
  • Club offices: Broadly Speaking: Sec 6/12-12/12,VPM 1/13-6/13, 7/19-6/20 VPE 7/13-12/13, 1/17-6/17, Pres 1/14-12/14, 1/16-12/16, 7/17-6/18, The Market Place: Pres 7/17-6/19 Le Gourmet: VPPR 7/17-6/18, Pres 7/19-6/20 Second Stage; Sec 7/19-6/20

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • Spirit of Excellence Award 10/18
  • Pathways Ambassador 7/16-6/17
  • Successful Club Coach 6/18
  • Club Sponsor 4/18 and 4/19 (Auction.com and Broadcom Orators)
  • Distinguished Area Director 6/17

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

10 years as Director of R&D Software Quality at Broadcom (Emulex division) - Led a global team of design verification test, automation, and customer support engineers in 4 locations across US and India. 7 years Manager of Design Verification Test at QLogic Corporation. Skills that apply to Toastmasters: team leadership, scheduling/planning, presenting, finance, conflict resolution, personnel mgmt, negotiating, etc.

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

Strategic planning in business throughout the last 17 years in leadership positions at Broadcom and QLogic. Strategic planning in Toastmasters through Club, Area and Division leadership and serving as District Club Coach Chair, District Conference Chair, District LACE Registration Chair.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

District Finance Manager for Founder's District since 7/1/2019. Budget creation, bank reconciliations, expense reporting and tracking, etc.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

Through my positions in leadership outside Toastmasters, I created many procedures that are still in use today. Example: I wrote the guide to the financial procedures for procurement of capital and non-capital equipment for the entire business unit. As the Annual Conference Chair, I created documents and detailed scripts for future conferences. Created procedures for holding successful Open Houses, and presented this at LACE and Learning Lab. Recently contributed to the Financial sections of the District Operations Manual.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Each leadership position has incrementally taught new skills and lessons. As an Area Director, and serving as contest chair for all Division I Area contests in the Spring, I learned the lessons of strong communication within the team and contingency planning. As a Division Director, I learned the lesson of stepping back and allowing my team to learn leadership skills but always being there for support and guidance. As Finance manager, I have learned the lessons of supporting the District Trio and Division Directors in all the financial matters of the District.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I am in a position to do a great deal of good for the District with the skills I bring through my past experiences, and it pleasures me to serve the organization that means so much to me. I also know that with every position I've ever held in Toastmasters, I have been enriched with a wealth of new experience and knowledge that continues to benefit me and shape me into an even better leader. Lastly, I have the time to commit 100% to Toastmasters Founder's District since retiring from Broadcom 3 months ago.

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

Building new clubs and supporting all clubs to achieve excellence is something I have been passionate about ever since my first term as Area Director. Club Growth Workshops are one essential part of getting all the leaders in our District fired up and inspired to join the crusade of finding the leads for new clubs, supporting them to stay healthy, and promoting ideas for getting the word out through public relations and online media. Building a strong Club Growth team that can lead and promote good club building and membership growth across the District is key, because no one person can do what a strong team is capable of accomplishing.

Additional information about yourself:

First of all, it's not about me. It's about making a difference for members by giving them a strong supportive District leadership team that enables them to achieve their goals in their thriving Toastmasters clubs and outside District educational (and fun) events. This is the kind of Toastmasters District that can be Smedley Distinguished in June 2021. I have the time and the ability to serve.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 17:17

David Hosmer

Candidate's Office: Program Quality Director
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: 2012
Education: MBA - FLorida Atlantic University, JD - Oral Roberts University, LL.M. - Straus Institue for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Pres., VPE, VPPR, VPM & SAA - Irvine Toastmasters (Club No 7097), President's Distinguished
  • VPM - Wine on Wednesday (Club No 5359460), President's Distinguished
  • Area G-5 Director, Select Distinguished Area
  • Division F Director, Select Distinguished Division
  • Club Growth Director, 2019-2020, Founder's District

Toastmasters honors and recognition

  • DTM, April 2018
  • Leadership Ecellence November 2017
  • Triple Crown 2017
  • Innovative Planning, Level 4

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

My work as a professional mediator and family law attorney has provided me with excellent tools to bring to the leadership experience here in Toastmasters. Further, my travels to China, India and Africa have given me a breadth of experience with cultures different from my own, and an appreciation for people who may have dissimilar beliefs and customs. Toastmastes is a very diverse organization. Being a bridge among the cultural background has served me well in Toastmasters. In addition, I have met and spoken to Presidents of Ghana and DR Congo as well as Superme Court Justices in Nigeria, Ghana, DR Congo. Further, I have spoken to small groups in Chine, Taiwan, Nigeria, Ghana and DR Congo as well as to the Facilities & Management Staff at UCI Campus and Hospital.

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

As a college student I was President of a National student organization, and President of the Student Bar Association in Law School. I have formed and managed my own law firm. As a Toastmastes I have organized Area and Division Speech Contests. As Club Growth Director I have planned and organized Club Excellence Recognition and Club Growth Workshops.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

I have operated and managed my own law firm, and was the Chief Financial Officer for an oil and gas company in San Diego responsible for budgeting, cash flow and SEC regulatory reporting.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I developed the policies and procedures for work flow and finance at the oil and gas company in San Diego, as well as my own law office.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

The job description is only half the real job. People are the real job; training, managing conflict and setting the expectations and vision to show the way forward is the most important.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I believe that I have a vision and passion for Toastmasters Founder's District that inspires our Members to not only elevate themselves, but to elevate others within the organization. It also gives me the opportunity to learn leadership skill at a higher level.

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

The District's "Mission" is given by Toastmasters International; to build new Clubs and support excellence among all Clubs. I also believe that it is incumbent upon the DIstrict leaders to articulate a vision that stresses the value of Toasmasters Membership; "To Build A Better You!" I use this theme in just about every speech I do around the District, and will stress it at every level as Program Quality Director.

Additional information about yourself:

Leadership is about elevating others. As a District leader that is foremost in my mind and heart. My job is to serve others, the Members of Founder's District, and m ake sure that they are getting the value of the Toastmasters program.



Saturday, 18 April 2020 16:03

Christine Brady

Candidate's Office: District Director
District: Founder's
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.



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