Jesse Oakley III, DTM
Candidate's Office: International Director
Region Number: 2
Toastmasters member since: 2002
Education: Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1999)
Employer and/or position: Associate Engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation
Served as District Director of District number: 33
Term of service: 2012-2013
In term as District Director, District achieved: Not Distinguished
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2016-2017 Region 2 Advisor
- 2012-2013 District 33 Governor
- 2011-2012 District 33 Lt. Governor Education & Training
- 2010-2011 District 33 Lt. Governor Marketing
- 2008-2009 Division Governor
- 2005-2007 Area Governor
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2011-2012 Excellence in Education & Training
- 2008-2009 District 33 Division Governor of the Year
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board Member:
As an Associate Engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, I give numerous presentations to construction and maintenance personnel, prepare and present evaluations for my fellow employees, and communicate with contractors, producers, and engineers on different projects in southern and central Nevada. As with the Nevada Department of Transportation and the American Red Cross, my goals as a Toastmaster are to represent the organization by striving to live the core values and serve the community by working with fellow members on each of these teams.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
As a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and an Associate Engineer at my workplace, I specialize in taking care of projects, contracts, and assignments in a strategic, oriented approach by ensuring that roadbuilding or “pathway” materials meet required Federal and State guidelines. Furthermore, I work with contractors, producers, and engineers to not only discover and solve production problems, but also provide useful recommendations to certify that numerous multimillion dollar projects are properly established, organized, and completed in a timely manner.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
I received training from the American Red Cross that covers Disaster Finance, Deploying to a Disaster Relief Operation with Disaster Finance, Financial Management on a Disaster Relief Operation. This specialized training allows me to work with leadership teams in supporting the development of a coordinated service delivery plan and ensuring plan details are captured as a part of the operational budget. Furthermore, this training allows me to identify areas with great financial risks and monitor specific areas of financial control.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
As an Associate Engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, I am responsible for not only ensuring tests are done in a timely and professional manner, but for also contributing to developing laboratory testing methods and specifications for different materials through testing, research, and data collection. I train construction and maintenance personnel on field testing procedures and instruct them on the policies, testing procedures, and specifications required by the State of Nevada.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
The best way for me to describe my important lesson on leadership? It can be summed up in the following three words: WE OVER ME. To be successful in whatever you do, no one person can do it alone. Although we live in a world where it is mostly dominated by the culture of individual achievements, we must realize that to go farther than we ever could go, we must work together as a team. Knowing and acting on this thought will not only impact the future of Toastmasters International, but also the world.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
With my strategic planning experience as an engineer, I bring my willingness to cooperate and work with fellow Board members as we conquer different challenges that will benefit Toastmaster members by identifying and solving key issues, tracking club and district progress, and developing sound marketing ideas. Secondly, I bring my undying readiness to learn more, know more, and become better through club excellence, member achievement, awareness engagement, and operational effectiveness. Additionally, I bring my ability to listen to and serve fellow Toastmasters, contribute success through the power of teamwork, and stand up to any occasion as I proudly represent this organization.
Why do you want to serve as an International Officer/Director?
I want to serve on the International Board of Directors to represent and serve Toastmasters in our global community. This can be done many ways, but my focus will be by connecting and working with the Board; respecting and listening to the members; protecting the mission, vision, and values of Toastmasters International and expecting and achieving nothing less than pure excellence. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with fellow Board Members and World Headquarters staff as we all do our best to tackle the challenges and solve the problems we are facing in these challenging times.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
I am currently a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Utah and Nevada. As a Red Cross Volunteer, I served as a Media Relations Volunteer and currently serving as the Volunteer Engagement Lead and the Recognition and Appreciation Lead.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.
I work with the American Red Cross of Utah and Nevada by serving on the Regional Communications Team as a Volunteer Engagement Lead. In this role, I consult with department managers on position on-boarding, planned growth experiences, and volunteer career development, provide consultation, coaching and training resources to promote positive workforce relationships (employees with volunteers, volunteers with volunteers) and effective ongoing volunteer engagement, and serve as the point of contact for reassignment or referring volunteers to other department positions, or if not a fit for the department to Volunteer Service.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
The major objectives for Toastmasters International are based on the following two items: First is meeting the core values of integrity, respect, service, and excellence and the second is focusing on the strategic planning pillars of club excellence, member achievement, awareness engagement, and operational effectiveness. These two items should be seen as the road map and the engine that drives and directs Toastmasters in achieving excellence, which will lead to becoming the world’s first choice in communication and leadership development. As for me, I will respect, follow, and obey these major components of these objectives by serving the community, and consistently ask myself what is best for the members of Toastmasters International.
Additional information about candidate:
I am the published author of Greetings Happy People - The Positive Words and Wisdom Through the Eyes of Mr. I-I-I. In my spare time, I love to travel, play chess, and read motivational and self-development books. And despite all the accomplishments I have done within this organization, the greatest accomplishment I have done in Toastmasters was marry my wife – who is also a Distinguished Toastmaster.