Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2003-2013 Dedication and Service to District 81
- 2011-2012 Ongoing Brand Ambassador
- 2010-2011 District Governor
- 2009-2010 Lt Governor Education and Training
- 2008-2009 Lt Governor Marketing
- 2007-2008 District Secretary
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2008-2009 Toastmasters International Excellence in Marketing
- 2003- Sponsor of 3 Members
- Club Sponsor
- Club Mentor
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
With dual careers in the educational and financial services sectors spanning 30 years, I have been a part of management groups that prepare and execute strategic plans for a range of businesses. This has allowed me to interact with boards of national corporations and educational institutions as well as not for profit organizations. I am therefore well informed and able to meaningfully contribute to decision-making while interacting with diverse teams.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
As a Senior Director, I have successfully formulated and implemented the human resource strategies at the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the marketing strategies for the National Health Fund (Jamaica); my role as a branch manager at Chancellor Insurance Agency involves formulating and implementing sales and marketing strategies. I have led my Church’s Youth Leadership Team in formulating and implementing the inaugural 5 Year Strategic Plan I have also led the District Trio in implementing the District 81 Strategic Plan 2010-2011
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Managed the budget of the company’s branches of over US$1m at Crown Eagle Life Insurance Company - 1995-1997 Managed staff complement of 19 with a budget of over US$250,000 at the Ministry of Local Government (Jamaica) Currently managing a sales team of 24 with a budget of over US$2m at Chancellor Insurance Agency (Jamaica) As a life underwriter for over 30 years, I have helped to guide clients in establishing a balanced financial portfolio.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
In most organizations, I have earned leadership roles from teacher to the level of assistant vice president which required crafting direction, developing policies, coaching, mentoring and directing diversified groups and individuals towards achieving the desired objectives. I am a significant contributor to policy development and review at Chancellor Insurance Agency and on the Board of Fast and Furious Track Club (Jamaica)
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Hone probing and listening skills which helps in being able to ask the right questions leading to a strategic response Manage team members on outcomes/results, not only on method (s) used in problem-solving; policy development Allow team members to contribute to the decision-making process as this helps to create “buy-in” Affirm and build credible relationship with team members which is fundamental to conflict management
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
am convinced about the value and power of Toastmasters in influencing communication and leadership roles: I successfully developed policies and strategies at club and district levels and senior management level outside of Toastmasters; in my role as Youth Minister and Branch Manager, I interact with millennials and have strong, mutual respect and trust relationships. I have a good understanding on how to direct and guide policies to support this age group.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
I believe in the Toastmasters story and as a beneficiary of its gifts, I want to continue preserving and expanding the mission and commitment of Toastmasters International in the quest to enhance global mastery of communication and leadership skills in their varying forms; support strategic planning in policy development - fostering cultural awareness and adaptability by engaging the various cultural groups and to continue serving my fellow Toastmasters members in another capacity.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
I participated as Chair of the MSc. Workforce Training and Education Advisory Committee, University of Technology, Jamaica by constantly reviewing the study programme to ensure its optimal value and relevance to the academic community and wider society. I work as a ministry leader, mentoring/coaching youth leaders in Churches and the disadvantaged in the wider Community –helping to enhance their interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?
Interacted with the Board of Directors at Crown Eagle Life Insurance Company and the PSOJ where I made presentations. (2) Board member representing the EMBA students – Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies. (3) Chairman: Board of Directors – Fast and Furious Track Club. The experience has strengthened my knowledge base, ability to focus, boosted my confidence as my contribution has influenced strategic direction and policy decisions.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
Being a non-profit educational organization, it is to help in meeting the need for skilled and effective communicators and leaders at the local and global levels by increasing market share, consistently improving the quality of its education programs and strengthening revenue sources. I would be an ambassador of the Toastmasters-learned principles/guidelines providing solutions; make TI the communication and leadership organization of choice; collaborate with the Board to develop relevant strategies and policies.
Additional information about candidate:
Skilled in event planning; a consummate marketer/ strategic sales manager Guest speaker, presenter and master of ceremonies at significant local and international events Collaborative leadership style aided by strong interpersonal skills Writer/Authour – Produced and published the book, La France La Jamaique Arrive for 1998 World Cup in France e-Tutor – Business Communication, Open Campus at The University of the West Indies – 2013 to present Completed Master Mind Study – John C. Maxwell’s book Put Your Dream to the Test – 2017 February