Region Advisor Biography

Heather Lane, DTM

Location: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Member Since: 2007
Region Number: 6
Home District: 28

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and district level):

  • 2012-2013 Immediate Past District Governor, Club Extension Chair
  • 2011-2012 District Governor
  • 2010-2011 Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training
  • 2008-2010 Area Governor

Toastmasters honors and recognition (including international level you have received):

  • 2017-2018 Current Region Advisor Appointment
  • 2013-2017 Revitalized Education Program/Pathways Chief Ambassador
  • 2016 Toastmaster of the Year
  • 2010-2011 Excellence in Education and Training
  • 2008-2009 Club President of Presidents Distinguished Club

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a region advisor:

As a Global Information Security Analyst, I've had the opportunity to lead a team of 10 technical writers; worked with several teams to complete IT Compliance, Risks and Incident Management, Policy and Procedures; and have been mentored, and in turn mentored others, in Computer Forensics. I am certified at the Six Sigma green belt level and have had many opportunities to present projects to top management. Also, for the past three years I've trained employees globally in IT Cybersecurity Awareness fundamentals.

What key strengths do you bring to the district leaders?

I'm a mentor at heart, having mentored at work, Toastmasters, American Red Cross disaster services, YWCA Crisis Center and other volunteer organizations. I've also been a trainer at work and in the community, a team player and counselor seeking to understand and handle issues as they arise, and a good listener, always seeking to complete tasks with integrity and good judgment. I bring these characteristics to the district leaders and am sure that I will also learn from them as we share ideas moving forward together.

Why are you interested in serving as region advisor?

I believe that I can use my experience gained in Toastmasters, work, and the community to help solve issues, train and counsel district leaders to successfully reach goals in their respective districts. As a leader, I hope that I will be able to inspire other leaders (as I have been inspired) to reach for greater heights, knowing that the work is never over; there is always "another mountain to climb" as we reach towards excellence.