Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2018 Chief Reviewer, Tamil Translation group
- 2016-2017 Region 8 Advisor
- 2015-2016 Region 8 Advisor
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2018 Chief Reviewer, Tamil Translation group
- 2016-2017 7 of 9 Districts President’s Distinguished and one Distinguished in the Distinguished clubs. District 68 President’s Distinguished.
- 2015-2016 9 of 9 Districts Distinguished or higher
- 2005-2018 6 DTMs
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
(1) As a faculty member of a renowned Medical University I interacted with professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds sharpening my emotional intelligence. This helped me when I was Region 8 Advisor (2015-2017), to successfully connect with District leaders (all 9 of 9 Districts in Region 8 were Distinguished or higher in 2015-2016). (2) My professional experience tested and built both my leadership skills and courage. As a result, I chose to step in and save a District in my Region from its planned extinction and rebuild its leadership (3) My working relationship with Toastmaster leaders from around the world, together with my close RA relationship with Region 8 leaders, has helped me gain a deeper appreciation of the joys, frustrations and challenges our district leaders face. The insights gained will add a background as field and operational issues are discussed at Board level. The privilege of serving as one of the three lead reviewers translating our manuals into Tamil reminded me of TI’s global challenges with our strong growth in countries where English is not the official language.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
Served as a member of the Steering Committee on Research and Research Training for the MUSC College of Medicine’s Strategic Plan 1995-2000, developing Medical Outreach Centers and university reorganization. As President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, I organized two successful international conferences, and devised a strategic plan to expand our membership around the world. Successfully managed my research grants and District 58 finances.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Thirty years of experience with successful grant writing, budgeting and fiscal management. As Scientific Advisory Committee Member, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel; and Member of several Study Sections in National Institutes of Health, reviewed research grant applications for the efficacy of allocating funds. As Advisor, National Network of Minority women in Science, evaluated funding efforts to bring in minority students to join Science. Experience in budgeting and managing the funds for District 58 as its District Director added to this wealth of experience.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
As a continuously funded scientist, I was a member of various Study Councils in the National Institutes of Health, forming funding policies and guidelines for the organization. I was a member, Medical School Admissions Committee for 15 years. As a Member, Advisory Panel, The National Network of Minority Women in Science, Washington, D.C., I advocated policies on advancement of women in scientific fields. As the Region Advisor, I worked on the Committees for fine tuning the RA Handbook, and policies on resolving interpersonal conflicts and chairing the RA committee on the Conference calls protocol.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Park your ego outside. Be a foil to the people you are leading. Lead with your head and heart. Be the change you want to see in others. Patience is virtue. You can win your worst critics over with a smile! Embrace the differences. Be open minded. Let respect, integrity, service and excellence be part of you. Always be yourself. Learn, mentor and lift the less informed or less fortunate. Be passionate in your beliefs, but make sure your beliefs are right. Do not bow down to bullies!
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
Citizen of the world, with high academic qualifications, having lived in 4 countries and serving at a medical institution with faculty from various countries. I bring emotional global leadership, a passion for the mission of Toastmasters and a dedication to its members. I bring knowledge and a deep belief in team work, ethical and moral behavior. Being a scientist and artist, I bring the unique combination of logical thinking and strategic vision.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
I envision that through Toastmasters, people of all generations find their voices and are empowered through strategic marketing schemes tailored for the different groups. I envision that we develop leadership training that eliminates complacency and conflicts. “Spread your Wings with Subbi”!
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
Secretary (1993-1996) and President (1998-2001) of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, an International organization. Publicity Chair and President of International Women’s club in Charleston, SC consisting of women from 20 countries. Produced 2 Television series “Foods Around the World” and “Friends Around the World”. Worked with women from 20 countries. As Secretary of India Association of Greater Charleston, created its website & newsletter. Worked with United Way as a volunteer.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?
As member of Strategic Planning Committee of MUSC, advised and developed a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors, who respected our voices. Worked on the National Institutes of Health Boards and enjoyed the respect of their members. Enjoy being respected and participatory. Worked on the Board of American Society for Reproductive Immunology for 8 years. Made this organization international, with scientists from around the world.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
Club excellence, member achievement, engagement and participation. It is all about quality clubs. Devise ways of improving member participation. My popular webinar is on “Membership Engagement equals Membership Growth”. I shall constantly strive to remind our District leaders, that we serve the members. Develop strategies for improving the criteria for DDP and define Smedley Distinguished. Continue with the wonderful Strategic planning of the Board.
Additional information about candidate:
Born in Myanamar and raised in India. Higher education in Montreal, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden. Academic career started in Charleston, SC, USA. Besides English, fluent in Tamil and Hindi, with smattering of German and French. 6 DTMs. Valedictorian in the University of Madras, India in B.A., M.A. and M.Sc. Wonderful family consisting of Rajesh Mathur, DTM (husband), two children and 5 grandchildren. “All the World is our Home” is my motto. “Spread your Wings with Subbi!” is my message to the global Toastmasters Family.