Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2016-2017 Region Advisor
- 2015-2016 Region Advisor
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2010-2011 Excellence in Marketing
- 2008-2009 Area Governor of the Year
- 2008-2009 President’s Distinguished Area Governor
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
With more than 30 years’ experience in the engineering field, my responsibility at L3 Technologies includes leading, mentoring and project managing a team that supports Ground Station systems. I manage budgets of more than $24 million. Our goals are to understand our customer needs, effectively present ideas and designs, problem solve, and deliver a quality product. In addition, as an employer and manager of a team of health-service providers, I evaluate current patient-management plans and strategize to increase the quality of life for the patient. As VP of Programs for Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI), develop programs to empower women to lead and mentor.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
At L3, I provide ongoing strategic planning to meet customer goals and complete engineering tasks on time and under budget. In 2017, our team achieved the Top Star Award for Exceptional Performance. As Region Advisor (RA), analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the 7 districts in the region and collaborated with districts on an action plan for achieving district goals. As LGM (CGD), developed successful strategic plans to meet district goals. Our team created and utilized formal documentation for training club sponsors and mentors. In WOVI, develop strategic plans for monthly programs, special training and leader development to achieve the mission of the organization.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
At L3, I manage budgets for my engineering segment over multiple projects. I provide bids and production estimates for both mechanical and manufacturing teams, as well as monitor and report project status to senior management. I manage budgets for the health-service providers, including employee bonuses and budget for employee appreciation. As DG, the district budget was created collectively as a team. This method provided an inclusive opportunity for district leaders to gain a better understanding of the process and be better equipped for future use. I’m a student of Dave Ramsey and value making smart decisions with my money and respecting the money of others.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
As a member of the Policies and Procedures Committee of Delta Sigma Theta; a community service organization, I review and recommend changes to the chapter’s policies and procedures and the Grand Chapter Constitution and Bylaws. The committee works with the Regional and National Scholarship and Standards Committee to ensure compliance with appropriate guidelines.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Teamwork and collaboration are the keys to accomplishing goals. Mentor and be mentored. Be transparent, authentic and genuine. Understand the strength of the team and work to that strength. Get to know the team first. Self-assess and seek candid feedback for personal growth and the growth of the team. Give more than you receive; you’ll get twice as much back. Teach a person to fish. This is an opportunity for leaders to emerge. Don’t take things personally. Believe in yourself. Some of these lessons were innate; others were learned through the privilege of being surrounded by Toastmasters who were willing to share their best self.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
I bring my diverse engineering background as an analyzer, critical thinker, and problem solver. Experience with engineering contracts with an international customer enhanced my global perspective. I understand and value the role of policy and procedure. Service as both committee chair and member on several international committees bring a unique experience in understanding member needs worldwide. My StrengthsFinder assessment show my top five most dominant themes are Learner, Harmony, Context, Analytical, and Responsibility. I served as an RA for two terms. Also, served as a trainer in Toastmasters and in my engineering profession.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
It would be an honor to play a key role in implementing the remaining focus areas of the 2015 strategic plan and take part in the groundwork in developing the 2020 strategic plan. Serving on the board would provide an opportunity to review and revise existing policies as necessary to keep up to date with technology and best practices or improve the direction of the organization. I want to continue technologic advances in real-time connection with members having a singular message delivered over multiple platforms. Lastly, I want to continue serving, learning and growing and to represent our members worldwide.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
Taught at-risk youth through Junior Achievement, caroler for Project Christmas Spirit, high school science fair judge, presented to middle-school students during National Engineers Week, provided Thanksgiving baskets for underprivileged families and provided clothing and toys through the “Delta Love for Families” event. Awarded the honor of Excellence in Community Service Award.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?
On the Kimball High School Academy of Engineering Advisory Board, organized professional-development sessions for students, collaborate and partner with corporations to provide internships in the Dallas area and support a Toastmasters Gavel club for students. As a WOVI Board member, I meet monthly and ad hoc for strategic planning and all decision-making affecting the bylaws and policies and review of financial and fiduciary status.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
Leadership development – in the area of conflict resolution, offer training at the club officer level so as leaders grow in ability, they have greater success in applying learned skills to complete healthy conflict resolution. This allows leaders to focus on the mission of the district. Another option is to create a dedicated path in Pathways (PW). Member retention – engage our members that have not signed on to PW and encourage the experience. Over time they may convert. Leverage their wisdom in supporting and sustaining clubs and increasing the member experience. Organizational growth - I want to continue to grow our organization globally with a stronger Toastmasters presence in pain-point markets by partnering with such organizations as the National Society of Black Engineers or other engineering organizations/societies.
Additional information about candidate:
Married to Edward; a supportive Toastmaster, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, scuba diver, avid runner completing 5K, 10K and half marathons, enjoy solving Sudoku puzzles, traveling and exploring other cultures, embracing differences and enjoy learning new things.