Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2017-2018 District 3 District Director
- 2016-2017 District 3 Program Quality Director
- 2015-2016 District 3 Club Growth Director
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2016-2017 Excellence in Program Quality
- 2014-2015 Select Distinguished Division Director
- 2013-2014 Distinguished Area Director
- 2014 Distinguished Toastmasters Award
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
I have a Master’s Degree and have experience in Accounting/Finance. I have experience in strategic planning and policy development. I have served on non-profit boards of directors. I am a small business owner. All these things have helped to develop skills in analytical thinking, leadership, team building and collaboration and communication. I will use my experience as a Toastmaster Board Member to fulfill fiduciary responsibilities, participate in developing the five-year strategic plan and be instrumental in implementing policies.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
As a Financial Analyst for Raytheon Missile Systems for the past 11 years, I participate regularly in strategic planning. I have honed these skilled further as member and Board President of Child-Parent Centers/Headstart (Headstart). I worked with Headstart alongside others to help refine and further its mission, vision and goals. I have found constant and consistent internal monitoring to be an invaluable asset in ensuring adherence to the mission and goals.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Thirty-five years of Accounting and Finance experience in areas of real estate, non-profit corporations, for-profit corporations, small business, tax preparation, audit, healthcare, and government. As Board Member of Headstart, I served as Treasurer for four years, Chair of Audit Committee for two years and was responsible for financial reporting to the board.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
While serving on the Headstart Board of Directors, I helped develop a process for seeking out and applying for grants. As a business owner I have implemented policies provide to guidance for contractors and implemented controls to protect and strengthen the business.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Looking back on my leadership journey, I realize leadership styles are situational. For long-term benefits, I have used coaching and mentoring to develop a member. However, there have been times when I have to be more direct to complete a task on time. Both are useful for different situations.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
I bring 35 years of experience in Finance, Business, Strategic Planning and eight years on the Toastmasters Board of Directors. I have experience in team-building. I also bring my grit that enables me to work until the mission is accomplished. I have listening skills, which is a key strength that gives me the ability to understand membership and club needs and to be the voice of the member.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
The opportunity to participate in developing the 2020 Strategic Plan that will shape the future sustainability and growth of Toastmasters; to exchange ideas with knowledgeable International Directors of different regions; and share my financial and leadership knowledge. More importantly, to ensure the growth and development of Toastmasters International and help develop Leaders for the future.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
Volunteering has been a fulfilling part of my life. I began volunteering at my church as a janitor, secretary, Sick Committee, member of the Council Board, and church bakery. I served as a mentor for Math Moves You to mentor youth in math, and engineering, Love of Reading for Headstart, and as a chaperone for Cienega High School Art Club to study art in Italy and France; and Lions Club International to offer free diabetes screening, vision and hearing assistance.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?
I have worked with: Tucson Girls Chorus Board of Directors which was a fundraising board and gave me fundraising experience. Board of Directors of Headstart for seven years as Treasurer, Chair of Audit Committee, Executive Board Member and Board President. I have not only gained an understanding of the role of a Board Member but also briefed Board Members on the Financial status of the organization; participated in succession planning; member of Recruitment Committee for Headstart CEO; participated in the development of policies and bylaws and two strategic plans. Serving on the board has fulfilling and rewarding because of its direct impact on the lives of children.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
In my opinion, Toastmasters International’s important objectives are developing Quality Clubs, membership growth, and sustainability. These objectives are attainable with the continuation and enhancement of the WOW Factor Program. A program enhancement would be the Toastmasters International leadership visiting struggling Districts 2 to 3 times per year to provide additional training and support. This action would not only help with the development of Quality Clubs but club sustainability. It is also important to equip District Leaders with tools to train club leaders on how to be more effective in marketing and outreach.
Additional information about candidate:
Enid is a resident of Tucson, Arizona, and has enjoyed hiking the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and Tumamoc Hill. Her passion is early childhood development, community service, and personal development. Her mission is to inspire and empower the members of Toastmasters International to reach their goals.