Region Advisor Biography
Jessica Allen, DTM
Location: Lakewood, California, United States
Member Since: 2006
Region Number: 2
Home District: 1
Supporting Districts: 4, 33, 49, 101, 115
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and district level):
- 2018-2019 Public Relations Manager
- 2016-2017 District Director
- 2015-2016 Program Quality Director
- 2011-2012 Division Governor
Toastmasters honors and recognition:
- 2015-2016 Excellence in Program Quality Award
How does your experience relate to Toastmasters and the region advisor role:
The role of region advisor is to support the leaders in fulling the district mission, which includes building new clubs and supporting existing clubs to achieve excellence. While serving as district director, my team and I chartered 18 clubs during my term and worked closely with every club that was chartered. As program quality director, I implemented a program called "The Amazing DCP Race" that encouraged clubs to complete educational goals and improve club quality. As a result, we reached Presidents Distinguished status.
What is your experience with coaching individuals and/or teams? What key strengths do you bring to the district leaders?
Since leaving district office, many officers from other districts have approached me about possibly mentoring them. I am currently mentoring five district directors, including in my own district. I attribute that to my interpersonal communication and relationship building skills. I don't think I have the answers to everything; however, I do feel knowledgeable enough to provide sound and unbiased feedback to those who seek it. Mentoring others over the last two years has helped me grow tremendously as a leader; it is a passion of mine and I would like to continue that in Toastmasters on a larger scale.
Why are you interested in serving as region advisor?
I want to serve because I believe Toastmasters needs leaders that are skilled, on the cutting edge, and passionate about the program. I have a natural ability to mentor others. I believe I bring a different perspective as a millennial, someone who has served in district leadership, built clubs, and has a marketing background. My age, in addition to my background in marketing can help our incoming leaders understand how to market to potential clubs about Pathways and what we have to offer as an organization.