Dorothy Isa C. Du
Candidate's Office: International Director
Region Number: 14
Toastmasters member since: 1998
Education: Bachelor of science majored in Biology
Employer and/or position: CDU Corporation - Operations Manager
Served as district governor of district number: 75
Term of service: 2014-2015
In term as district governor, district achieved: Presidents Distinguished
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2016-2017 Pathways Chief Ambassador
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2013-2014 Excellence in Education and Training
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
My work experience involves people, processes, and production. It entails thoughtful planning, set procedures for easy and efficient implementation, and a neutral monitoring system. This, I believe, is similar to the directorship of Toastmasters. As a Board member with the skillset of an entrepreneur, I could contribute in the formulation of policies and procedures to accomplish current goals and improve outcomes.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
In my experience in the food business, strategic planning is crucial. I started my business with limited resources so I had to come up with a strategic plan. It took keen focus, consistency of efforts and maximizing whatever resources I had to properly implement the plan and monitor its progress. This allowed the business to grow. I am currently helping small and start-up businesses to create and develop strategic plans through Food Processors Association, a food manufacturing industry association in Davao city.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Handling the daily operation of the business gave me the basic knowledge of financial management from purchasing to product pricing and everything in between. Proper allocation of funds was a discipline I learned in the first few years of my business in order for me to make it grow, and has remained in my everyday life.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
In my business, I have developed simple yet effective and implementable policies that can easily be monitored in every area of operation. This ensures compliance with regulations and consistency of decisions in the workplace. When the processes were streamlined by the policies that I developed, the amount of direct work supervision decreased and work efficiency increased. In the organizations that I am involved, the Food Processors Association and FOODPad Cooperative, my experience is more of reviewing and refining existing policies to suit the needs of small and medium food manufacturers.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Trust. This is the greatest lesson I learned after serving various leadership positions in the district. It is important to earn the trust of the members by showing and making them feel that I truly care for them, that I am there to serve them; and not the other way around. It is also important to trust the leaders in my team. We may do things differently but I have to trust that they will do what is asked of them. With the trust of the members and the team, goals will be achieved and work becomes fun.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
My experience in the food business has trained me to deal with different types of people behavior, appreciate rules and guidelines, and make informed choices. My strength, among the many essential skills of an entrepreneur, lies on productivity and marketing. For me, productivity is not just about making a product but also about making an efficient team and system to produce excellent products consistently. Marketing, too, is not only about promoting a product to sell. It is also about empathy, gaining trust and reliability as a producer. I can share my ideas on productivity and marketing to enhance and refine the policies to address our challenges in membership renewals and retention.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
My food business is 24 years old and is doing well enough to allow me to give time and attention to other fields of interest. I am a product of Toastmasters. I am a successful entrepreneur because of the things I learned in Toastmasters. After 21 years in Toastmasters, my membership is almost as old as my business. It is just right to give back to the organization that has given me so much. Because I believe in the process and the programs of Toastmasters, I like to serve and be part of the organization that continues to make changes in the lives of the members. Now that I can share my time and effort I am sharing it with Toastmasters.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
2018 – 2019 Chairman of FOODPad Cooperative, Davao City
2002 – 2003 President of Rotary Club of Davao 2000, Paul Harris Fellow
2000 – 2003 President of Food Processors Association, Davao City
2000 – present Member, Davao City Chamber of Commerce
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.
1995 – Present Board Member and Operations Manager of CDU Corporation, a food manufacturing business in Davao City. I started the business and continue to manage its daily operations. In its 24 years of existence, the business has grown from a small cottage industry to a corporation processing several tons of raw materials every month.
2018 – Present Board Member and Operations Officer of ECSD Corporation, a real estate management company in Davao City
2018 – 2019 Chairman of the Board of FOODPad Cooperative, a cooperative of food manufacturers that promote the products of our members and link with government agencies in highlighting the local products of the city.
1998 – Present Board Member and Past President of the Food Processors Association of Davao, a food industry association in Davao that help small and medium manufacturing companies by reviewing policies of the government and giving recommendations. We organize capacity-building and other activities to assist these companies comply with regulations. My work with this group entails studying policies, regulations and its consequences to the small and medium food manufacturers.
Working with various board of directors in several groups taught me the value of teamwork, collaboration and putting the needs of the members in the forefront in every decision that we make.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
Our objective should revolve around our mission of empowering individuals to become effective communicators and leaders. This is our organization’s purpose and I would work on constantly reminding the officers and leaders of Toastmasters of our purpose. I also would suggest that we encourage our leaders to dig deep and find their own personal purpose. Only when we can align both purposes, that we can work on the goals and the set numbers that we are asked to achieve.
I believe that there is also a need to review the existing policies, plans, and current activities that directly or indirectly affect our envisioned future. I can contribute my ideas to the refinement of how we promote our brand, take care of our internal customers and convince our intended external customers.
Additional information about candidate:
The moment I step out of the boardroom or the factory floor, you may find me cooking, painting, scuba diving, or traveling.
I am a:
PADI certified Advance Scuba Diver
A culinary graduate of Most Institute of Culinary Arts, Davao City
A visual artist
A food fan