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Toastmasters International-Emotional Intelligence: The Self-Aware Leader

Embrace Your Culture, Fast–Track Your Career

Most of us try to fit in, we aspire for a simple, happy life without too many hurdles. In the attempt to adapt to a new country, or a new job, we will often let go of our unique point of difference. Many times, we do not want to stand up and represent our whole self. Instead, we feel comfortable showing only some parts of our identity.

In this session, learn and get inspired from the story and real-life example of an Indian girl from a middle-class family who became a “circuit breaker,” defining the new normal for her community by embracing her culture and fast-tracking her career.


Rashmi Watel

Rashmi Watel Engineer, public speaking coach

Rashmi Watel immigrated to Perth, Australia in 2002 from India. She arrived as an electronics and telecommunications engineer with over a decade of commercial experience.

Soon after her move, she realized that her experience needed to be made “Australia-friendly.” To achieve this transition, she completed her project management certification (PMI); she later took her ambitions to the next level by graduating with an MBA from the Curtin Graduate School of Business.

She progressed from an onsite engineer to becoming the head of her department, working with CXOs (Chief Experience Officers) in a variety of organizations that represented the top multinationals in the telecom industry.

Her personal journey and rich experience of moving into a vastly different cultural environment guided her decision to pursue a passion for public speaking. This passion, together with two decades of experience, has driven her to develop a story that motivates and helps empower women, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Through her public speaking business, she has worked on projects with Curtin University, Befriend, Bilingual Families Perth, Dressed for Success, and Ishar (a multicultural women's health organization).

Watel is currently working on her book, The Complete Guide to Storytelling—For Non-Native English Speakers; she is also a presenter and speaker within the TEDx speaker circuit.

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