Region Advisor Biography
Melissa McGavick, DTM
Location: Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Member Since: 2004
Region Number: 6
Home District: 13
Supporting Districts: 10, 11, 13, 40, 63
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and district level):
- 2017-2018 Region Advisor
- 2014-2015 District Governor
- 2013-2014 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training
- 2012-2013 Lieutenant Governor Marketing
Toastmasters honors and recognition:
- 2014-2015 Select Distinguished District Governor
- 2013-2014 Excellence in Education and Training
- 2012-2013 Excellence in Marketing
How does your experience relate to Toastmasters and the region advisor role:
As a professional trainer and coach, my skills are an exact fit for the region advisor role. I demonstrate passion for the organization and knowledge of district leadership roles. Because of my experience with coaching, I understand how to use questions to help team members discover their own best answer in many situations. I also have experience as an executive recruiter, which helps me understand how to recruit and develop a winning team.
What is your experience with coaching individuals and/or teams? What key strengths do you bring to the district leaders?
As a trainer and coach, I coach sales people and managers to help their teams perform at a higher level. Several of those teams have set sales records for their companies. Additionally, I have coached small business owners in business development and communicating with their teams. As region advisor, I have coached club growth directors to have effective conversations with decision makers, and district leaders through working together. As a DTM mentor, I guided several people through the process of completing their DTM designation.
Why are you interested in serving as region advisor?
I love the region advisor position, and now that I am acclimated to the role there are several things I would like to improve upon. In training this August, we taught the Concerns-Based Adoption Model, which shows the highest leader level as “refocusing.” I would like to use that viewpoint to make my contribution even better; taking what I've learned to influence, lead and train additional leaders to reach success as district leaders.