Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2018-2019 First Vice President
- 2017-2018 Second Vice President
- 2013-2015 International Director
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2010-2011 Excellence in Training
- 2009-2010 Excellence in Marketing
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board Member:
As a project manager I have extensive experience in overseeing small to large projects, evaluating risks and rewards, and focusing on end-user experience. I am also responsible for evaluating potential future projects to determine if they are in alignment with the organization and are strategically relevant. Experienced developing and leading virtual teams. As a remote located employee I understand the importance of remaining focused and motivated to help myself and the team accomplish their goals. Each of these experiences align with the roles and responsibilities of a Board member.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
With over 30 years at AT&T, I have been involved in strategic planning of projects requiring strategic planning to: achieve efficiency improvements, cost containment, technological advancements, and future state of the organization. As a member of Kiwanis International I have contributed to the development of strategic plans designed to meet the mission of serving the community. As a member of the Toastmasters board I have the privilege of working on our previous, current, and future strategic plans.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
As a member of the Toastmasters board I reviewed, approved, and provided oversight of the Toastmasters International budgets and monthly financial reports. Throughout my years as a district officer I was responsible for developing, reviewing, and monitoring the district finances. I have been involved in budgetary planning at the club level within Kiwanis International. As a Project Manager and Project Sponsor, I am actively involved with reviewing and analyzing the budgets of multi-million dollar projects to prevent cost overruns and to achieve maximum ROI.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
As a member of the Toastmasters International board, I had the opportunity to review, evaluate, and make recommendations for revisions to current policy to make them more relevant to the current and future needs of our members. Within AT&T, I have been involved in the development and implementation of policies based on corporate governance and project requirements.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Some lessons that I have learned are: a) when leading a team you must also be an active member of the team, b) the importance of understanding the difference between listening and hearing, c) members of the team must be empowered to make decisions, d) volunteers are more involved and successful when they are appreciated and know that they are making a difference, e) every member of the team has a voice and it needs to be heard, f) that as leaders we need to lead by example, and 7. the importance of trust amongst all members of the team.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
Several experiences and strengths that I would bring to the board are: a) a Project Manager who has served as a team lead and key contributor on numerous projects, b) I am a huge proponent of cultural awareness so I view and evaluate situations from a global perspective to ensure that the needs of all our members are considered, c) experienced in leading virtual and culturally diverse teams, experience that will prove valuable in leading and participating on various board committees, and d) I am committed servant leader who believes in helping others reach beyond their goals.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
I would like to continue my service to our organization for the following reasons: a) to remain actively involved with the current and future strategic planning of our organization, b) to be involved with developing innovative approaches to delivering on our brand promise, c) to ensure that we continually evaluate all projects from a global and cultural perspective, d) to be an active voice on the board for our members, and e) to ensure that when we, as a board, make a decision it is based on all relevant information and our in the best interests of our members and the organization.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Norwalk, CT (Kiwanis International) for over 10 years and have served as club president and Division 25 Lt. Governor, equivalent to a Toastmasters Division Director. Member of the Seymour Lions Club. I also volunteer, in various capacities, with the Catholic War Veterans Post 1562 in Derby, CT, to serve our military veterans.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?
As a Lt. Governor for Kiwanis International, I was able to work with numerous members of the Board of Directors. This experience provided me insight on how the board prioritized issues and opportunities facing the organization. Then once prioritized how the strategic planning process was utilized to address them. A key learning from this experience was that the needs of the members and the mission of the organization must always be the number one consideration.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
The major objectives as I see them are: a) the number one priority needs to be identifying what has caused the organization to struggle over the past couple of years. Once we identify the what and why we can develop and implements strategies, programs,and processes to address them, b) for several years in a row we have seen a decline in the number of individuals stepping forward to take on leadership roles throughout the organization, District to International. To address and correct this we need to develop an Enhanced Leadership Development program which would include: the implementation of a defined leadership-mentoring program, utilizing 360-degree leadership feedback, and targeted training, c) Membership Growth, Inclusion and Retention: evaluate and implement membership options and programs that will allow "more members to achieve more", d) increased transparency through timely, relevant communication with our members. We need to overcome the "us and them" feelings that our members have, e. if we are going to state that we are "Where leaders are made" then we need to start delivering on that statement.
Additional information about candidate:
Married to Bettyann since 2001, she is one of my greatest sources of inspiration and support. NHRA licensed drag racer and owner of REP Racing. Dog lover and proud "parent" of a mixed-breed rescues, Charlotte and Indi. I believe that opportunity does not knock or ring the doorbell, it plays "hide and seek"...it is up to each of us to find our opportunities and to help others find theirs!