Subbi Mathur


Candidate's Office: International Director

Region Number: 7

Toastmasters member since: 2005

Education: Ph.D., HCLD; Diploma in German and Certificate in French; Strategic Organizational Leadership (SOLC) Feb. 2016-Present

Employer and/or position: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Professor Emeritus, 1981-2005

Served as district governor of district number: 58

Term of service: 2011-2012

In term as district governor, district achieved: Distinguished


Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):

  • 2018 Chief Reviewer, Tamil Translation group
  • 2016-2017 Region 8 Advisor
  • 2015-2016 Region 8 Advisor

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2018 Chief Reviewer, Tamil Translation group
  • 2016-2017 7 of 9 Districts President’s Distinguished and one Distinguished in the Distinguished clubs. District 68 President’s Distinguished.
  • 2015-2016 9 of 9 Districts Distinguished or higher
  • 2005-2018 6 DTMs

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:

Serving as a faculty member of a renowned Medical University enriched me as a teacher, researcher, and mentor. Interactions with professionals at different levels and from various cultural backgrounds honed my skills in human relations. This stood me in fine stead when I became Region Advisor, enabling me to successfully connect with Region 8 District leaders who gave me raving performance reviews. Gave me the courage to lift District 68 from the executive removal,with the help of the District's Past District Governors . District 68 was Distinguished 2015-2016 and is the only District to be President's Distinguished in the Region 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. This is one example of how working closely with the leaders from Region 8 and around the world helped me to better understand their needs and strategically help them to succeed. This understanding will inspire and motivate me when I work for the success of this wonderful organization as a Board member.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

As a Faculty: Served as a member of the Steering Committee on Research and Research Training for the MUSC College of Medicine’s Strategic Plan 1995-2000, developing Medical Outreach Centers. Worked with the President and Board of MUSC to resolve faculty tenure issues. As President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology: organized two successful conferences, and implemented a strategic program to expand our membership internationally.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Thirty years of experience with successful grant writing, budgeting and fiscal management. As Scientific Advisory Committee Member, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel; and Member of several Study Sections in National Institutes of Health, reviewed research grant applications for the efficacy of allocating funds. As Advisor, National Network of Minority women in Science, evaluated funding efforts to bring in minority students to join Science. Experience in budgeting and managing the funds for District 58 as its District Director added to this wealth of experience.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

Member, Medical School Admissions Committee for 15 years. My research resulted in important policies for expanding medical school admission to minorities and Arts Majors. As a Member, Advisory Panel, The National Network of Minority Women in Science, Washington, D.C., advocated advancement of women in scientific fields. As the Region Adivsor, worked on the Committees for fine tuning RA Handbook, and policies on resolving interpersonal conflicts and chairing the RA committee on the Conference calls protocol.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Park your ego outside. Be a foil to the people you are leading. Lead with your head and heart. Be the change you want to see in others. Patience is virtue. You can win your worst critics over with a smile! Embrace the differences. Be open minded. Let respect, integrity, service and excellence be part of you. Always be yourself. Learn, mentor and lift the less informed or less fortunate. Be passionate in your beliefs, but make sure your beliefs are right. Do not bow down to bullies!

What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?

Having lived in 4 countries, and serving at a medical institution with faculty from various countries, I bring emotional global leadership, a passion for the mission of Toastmasters and dedication to its members. I bring knowledge and a deep belief in team work, ethical and moral behavior. I bring strategies based on my personal involvement with Region 8 Toastmasters to promote marketing of toastmasters around the world, especially, millennials and baby boomers. Developed outreach efforts to help prisoners become responsible citizens. A firm believer in our Strategic Plan.

Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?

Enthusiastic to participate in the great strides taken by the Toastmasters International for bettering its members’ lot and be global. My academic background will help in fine tuning strategies for promoting Pathways. My creativity and vision will contribute to promotion of our strategic planning and develop ways to enhance Toastmasters in countries of Africa and South America, mindful of the various languages around the world. Ensure participation by all generations.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

Secretary (1993-1996) and President (1998-2001) of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, an International organization. Publicity Chair and President of International Women’s club in Charleston, SC consisting of women from 20 countries. Produced 2 Television series “Foods Around the World” and “Friends Around the World”. Worked with women from 20 countries. As Secretary of India Association of Greater Charleston, created its website & newsletter. Worked with United Way as a volunteer.

Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?

As member of Strategic Planning Committee of MUSC, advised and developed a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors, who respected our voices. Worked on the National Institutes of Health Boards and enjoyed the respect of their members. Enjoy being respected and participatory. Worked on the Board of American Society for Reproductive Immunology for 8 years. Made this organization international, with scientists from around the world.

In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

Club excellence, member achievement, engagement and participation. It is all about quality clubs. Devise ways of improving member participation. My popular webinar is on “Membership Engagement equals Membership Growth”. I shall constantly strive to remind our District leaders, that we serve the members. Develop strategies for improving the criteria for DDP and define Smedley Distinguished. Continue with the wonderful Strategic planning of the Board.

Additional information about candidate:

Born in Myanamar and raised in India. Higher education in Montreal, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden. Academic career started in Charleston, SC, USA. Besides English, fluent in Tamil and Hindi, with smattering of German and French. 6 DTMs. Valedictorian in the University of Madras, India in B.A., M.A. and M.Sc. Wonderful family consisting of Rajesh Mathur, DTM (husband), two children and 5 grandchildren. “All the World is our Home” is my motto. “Spread your Wings with Subbi!” is my message to the global Toastmasters Family.