Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2007-2008 Area Governor
- 2008-2009 Division Governor
- 2009-2010 Lt. Governor Marketing
- 2010-2011 Lt. Governor Education and Training
- 2011-2012 District Governor
- 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 and large projects, evaluating risks and rewards, and focusing on user experience. Responsible for developing and leading virtual and multi-cultural teams. As a remote located employee I understand the importance of remaining focused and motivated to help 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 with 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 an International Director I had the privilege of working on our previous and current 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. 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. Responsible for providing $20+ million in annual savings to the corporation.
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 of the many lessons that I have learned are: 1. the importance of having mentors and coaches to provide knowledge and guidance along the journey, 2. understanding the difference between listening and hearing, 3.that true leaders help others along their journey, 4. the effectiveness of feedback from others to identify your strengths and, more importantly, the weaknesses that need to be worked on, and 5. that no leader takes the journey alone!
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
As a Project Manager, I have served as a team lead and key contributor on numerous projects. I view and evaluate situations from a global perspective to ensure that the needs of all of our members are considered. Experienced in leading virtual and culturally diverse teams, experience that will prove valuable in leading and participating on various board committees. A 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: 1. to remain actively involved with the current and future strategic planning of our organization, 2. to be involved with developing innovative approaches to delivering on our brand promise, 3. to ensure that we continually evaluate all projects from a global and cultural perspective, and 4. to ensure that the impact to our members is considered in everything we do.
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. 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? If so, describe your experience.
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?
Toastmasters International's major objectives need to be: 1. Enhanced Leadership Development through: implementation of a defined leadership-mentoring program, utilizing 360-degree leadership feedback, and timely, targeted training, 2. Improved marketing: developing a truly global marketing strategy that will help districts achieve the mission of the district, 3. Increased transparency through: timely, relevant communication with our members, 4. Delivering on our tagline through: strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and top business colleges/universities to understand the skills needed by leaders of the future, developing and delivering programs that meet those future needs today.
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 two 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!