Region Advisor Biography
Stefanie Chow, DTMLocation: Denver, Colorado, United States
Member Since: 2013
Region Number: 4
Home District: 26
Supporting Districts: 22, 24, 26, 78
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and District level):
- 2019-2020 Immediate Past District Director
- 2018-2019 District Director
- 2017-2018 Program Quality Director
- 2016-2017 Club Growth Director
What is your understanding of the Region Advisor role and how does your experience relate to the role?
Region Advisors support District leaders in fulfilling the District mission by providing best practices and resources from World Headquarters and personal experience. They liaise between Districts and World Headquarters, positively representing and transparently cross-communicating information. Region Advisors meet leaders is their Districts, learn each team’s goals, and impartially challenge individuals and teams to grow, asking critical thinking questions but not meddling in District conflicts. I have served in the three District leadership roles and feel comfortable facilitating training. Through serving on several non-Toastmasters nonprofit boards, I have experience leading diverse volunteer teams and use this to hone my emotional intelligence and vulnerable communication and leadership style.
What is your experience with coaching individuals and/or teams?
My experience precedes my time in Toastmasters, serving on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations focused on community service or meeting planning. In Toastmasters, I have coached multiple new members of my home clubs to give their first few speeches and encouraged them to step into major meeting functionary roles. Whenever I put together a team, for example, for building clubs or planning a conference, I strive to guide them based on the goals of those team members. No matter what leadership role I’m in, I try to find a coach and coach others simultaneously.
Why are you interested in serving as Region Advisor?
My theme as District 4 Director was “Find the Connection.” Alluding to the transferable skills that help us better-serve our communities and affect positive change in the world. I am interested in working with Toastmasters from other Districts, sharing ideas to become more effective leaders. Over the years, I have experienced various Region Advisor personalities and leadership styles, and I want to leverage those lessons learned to be the best mentor I can be for the region I am assigned. Every District is different each term, and I want to learn their nuances, best practices, pitfalls, and more. Lastly, I enjoy exploring new roles so I can later recommend them to emerging leaders in the organization.