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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!
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):
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:
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.]
Diana Dee, DTM, IPDD
District Leadership Committee Chair
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.
Spearheaded strategic planning teams within Fortune 100 companies including Boeing and McKesson.
Lead for a corporate annual budget process with 79 offices worldwide. Past Treasurer for the California Association of Healthcare Quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I balance my checkbook, have basic understanding of accounting (double entry, reconciliation, etc.) and do my own taxes.
At Dell Technologies, I have created processes in place to have our engineering team follow best practices with our development and testing tools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
District Finance Manager for Founder's District since 7/1/2019. Budget creation, bank reconciliations, expense reporting and tracking, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.`
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.