MARIA VICTORIA FERRER, DTM

Candidate's Office: Region 11 International Director

Region Number: 11

Toastmasters member since: 2001

Education: Masters in Development Communication

Employer and/or position: CEO, SICAP (Social Integration for the Community of Action Oriented People) From June 2016 to the present; Training Consultant, Member of Board of Directors 2016-2017 IAID (International Academy for Intercultural Development)

Served as district governor of district number: 20

Term of service: 2013-2014

In term as district governor, district achieved: President's Distinguished

Website: http://www.victoriaferrer4id.com/

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

  • 2015-2016 Region 11 Advisor
  • 2014-2015 Immediate Past District 20 Governor
  • 2013-2014 District 20 Governor
  • 2012-2013 LGET District 20
  • 2011-2012 LGM District 20
  • 2004-2005 Division E Governor District 79
  • 2003-2004 Area 12 Governor Division E, District 79

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2015-2016 My contribution as an RA (3 President’s Distinguished districts, 2 Select Distinguished districts, 1 Distinguished district) out of 8 districts
  • 2013-2014 President's Distinguished District
  • 2012-2013 LGET- Excellence in Education and Training
  • 2011-2012 LGM-Excellence in Marketing

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

I am the CEO of SICAP (Social Integration for the Community of Action Oriented People), a Non-profit organization in Amman, Jordan, assisting orphans and women who are abused, divorced and widowed. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of IAID (International Academy for Intercultural Development) from 2016-2017. I was a member of the Board of Directors for JM International (A recruitment company sending Filipinos overseas) from 1980 to 1987.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

When I was the Managing Director of JM International I was instrumental in developing the company’s strategic plans which resulted in increasing the number of Filipino clients from 50 per month to 500 monthly. Our client number increased from 10 to 80 companies in two years’ time. As a result, JM International received several awards from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Exemplary Award (from the government): Award for Exemplary Welfare Program and Allied Services and Award for Socio-Economic Integration. Part of my strategic plan was to make JM a compassionate and a caring company that provided excellent service to the overseas Filipino workers. We also planned for District 20’s President’s Distinguished Award and President’s Extension Award using Strategic Planning.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

As Managing Director of JM International, I was responsible for overseeing the budget of the corporation including expenses and income tracking as well as accounting for its assets and liabilities. This fiduciary experience has proven to be very helpful in my current position as the CEO of SICAP and will contribute well to my skillset as an International Director.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

I have been involved in policy making with the corporations I worked for since 1980. These policies were developed in line with the corporates’ vision, mission, objectives, and strategy. This alignment proved to be successful in achieving the corporates’ goals. Our policies adhere to the core values similar to those of Toastmasters of Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence. I learned, believe and practice that whenever the policies focus on the workers’ needs, implementation of these policies becomes successful. The same is true for our members.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

My leadership roles with TI and working in a corporate environment taught me several leadership lessons: First and foremost: Being a servant leader. Being a team player and team-work is very critical. Diversity and working with different cultures is a must. Building relationship and being an effective communicator are pre-requisite to successful leadership. A leader should be prepared to handle conflicts objectively at all times. Staying focused is prime. Being an effective listener to all is a prerogative. Trust is a must. Helping fulfill the needs of the workers, clients or members and making sure they love the organization because of the benefits they are experiencing.

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

I am a Filipina who has been living in the Middle East for more than 30 years. My travels to the USA (two of my daughters live there), UK, (my third daughter resides there) Europe and Asia made me understand and appreciate the different cultures and leadership styles. I look at every situation in a bigger picture and on a long term basis. I work well with all kinds of leadership styles and personalities. I am a Certified International Training Professional Managers (CIPTM) issued by the American Certification Institute.

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

Communication and leadership are important in this world of uncertainty. I want to be the ambassador to make a positive change by being part of a team that would create policies consistent with bringing tolerance and understanding to the world. I want the youth in the Middle East and elsewhere to change their view of the world by joining Toastmasters –by advocating a positive change in the region and the rest of the world.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

I have done several volunteer works in teaching children and young adults personality development and creative drama in Qatar and in Jordan. I led a team who gave communication workshops for women refugees in Jordan. I am also leading a Community of Filipinas married to Jordanians. I help provide advice on divorce, inheritance and women’s rights based on the Shariah law of that country.

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

Yes, as previously stated. It is essential for each member to understand our vision and goals so we can work out the best policies for the common good. When we set up JM International, although money was important to us, it was in fact, secondary. We wanted to help the Filipinos who were in dire need to help their families live in a decent way. I am a team player and I know that this is not about me it is about the common good. I believe in quality over quantity, in service for our members firstly. I am currently a member of the BOD of IAID (International Academy of Intercultural Development) based in Qatar.

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

The major objectives are club/membership growth and retention, and club excellence. As a member of the Board, we can undertake further research on these challenges. I have been listening intently to the members’ and leaders’ needs and continue to do so. I could help recommend useful and beneficial strategies, policies and direction for our global organization. I want Toastmasters to be accessible in all parts of the world where ever it is possible. Eventually, we will be the number one provider in communication and leadership as our envisioned future.

Additional information about candidate:

I am a widow. I have five loving children who are all married to various nationalities. My grandchildren are multi-national. It is always a joy for me to work with people (Toastmasters or non-Toastmasters), to listen to their needs and to help them in whatever way I can. I like to sing, cook (Middle Eastern food), dance, have fun and enjoy every moment! I want to give back to the community because I am blessed!