Candidate's Office: International Director
Region Number: 10
Toastmasters member since: 1995
Education: MBA, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Education, ICF Certified Coach, Co-Active Coach, NLP Trainer Certification, Project Management Institute, Scrum Master
Employer and/or position: CGI Sweden, Senior Project Manager
Served as district governor of district number: 59
Term of service: 2005-2006
In term as district governor, district achieved: Presidents Distinguished
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2018-2019 Region 10 Advisor
- 2013-2014 Region 11 Advisor
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2005-2006 President's Extension Award
- 2005-2006 Nr 3 District in the World - President's Distinguished District
- 2004-2005 Excellence in Education and Training
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
In my current role as Senior Project Manager for a large automotive manufacturer, I am working with strategic projects that will affect the future of the company. With my team, we are focused on improving cost management, for long-term success and profitability. As it is a complex project, I am continuously working with the team to inspire them and keep the project on track. We ensure that the project’s goals align with the company’s strategic mission and objectives. I manage a budget of approx. 5 million dollars per year. I also have experience working as a Global Training Manager implementing strategic training strategies for the company globally, including rolling out solutions with adaptations to legal, financial and technical requirements. This work experience has given me a deeper understanding of working on a Board.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
My current work on strategic projects at Volvo and previous work as Global Training Manager, has given me different perspectives on Strategic Planning. We looked at the strategies for financial, customers, learning and growth, process and IT, and internal processes. Together with my team we developed Change Management Strategies and Communication Strategies for roll-out projects.
Additionally, I worked on the Strategic Advisory Board for District 59 at a time when very few Districts had strategic planning. We developed strategic plans under the auspices of the District council and ensured that strategic decisions were carried through in the following years. Early analysis on the growth in Europe lead eventually to our first reformation and the even larger and historic reformation from 2 Districts to 6 Districts.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
I have an MBA with a major in Finance. During the years that I worked at Volvo, I implemented the SAP Finance and Controlling system globally. In this role, I configured the system, following our global template, taught users how to use the system and managers how to run the financial reports. In all projects since then, including the ones mentioned earlier, I have been responsible for the budgets between 5 and 20 million dollars per year and keeping the project finances within the limits.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
I was responsible for developing the policies related to training for the Strategic Logistics Aftermarket program at Volvo Trucks. My department also included Communication and Change Management and I worked with a team to adapt and communicate the policies. The program was global, dynamic, continuously changing and evolving, so the training programs were adapted to keep up with the business changes. We also developed the policies for evaluating suppliers for translations to other languages.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
I have learned the importance of really listening, and carefully considering all sides of an issue before deciding. I have learned how to work collaboratively on a global team, to understand cultural diversity and how to get international teams to work together. I have learned how to help company leaders and District officers stay focused on the essential points to reach their goals. I have learned how to develop and communicate a vision and learned how to use a coaching approach to help bring out the best in others.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
I have experience in evaluating training strategies, change management strategies and strategic projects. Since I have worked with international teams on most continents, the ability to listen, to lead, and collaborate with International teams has been a major part of my work. I have lived on 2 continents and worked on several more, so I have learned the beauty of cultural diversity. Through my coaching – both in projects and life coaching, I have further developed my listening skills, and how to ask challenging questions to help people and ideas develop.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
I would love to be a part of the leadership team as I am open to innovation and change, while holding the core values. I would love to be a part of sharing the strategic direction of Toastmasters. I am passionate about the organization and how it has helped me to develop, and how the program can help most people grow. The world is so big, and we still have so many places to extend our mission. There are still so many people who have not found their voice as effective communicators and leaders. It would be such an honour to use my skills in helping our organisation reach people and places where growth and freely communicating can not be taken for granted.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
I am on the Board of an NLP Training Association and am the event organizer of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) association. I volunteer with an association that sends speakers to schools to inspire young people. I have been an employee representative on a Swedish Professional Union board.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.
I have been on the Board of the ICF Coaching association in Sweden and the Board for the NLP Training Association, as well as the board for the Professional Union of Finance at Volvo. In these roles, we were using the guidelines from the national association to establish policies, attract more members, establish credentials and to run events. The events included educational and social events for our association members. We established the policies to meet the brand, the standards and values of the association. Working in these groups has provided new perspectives of Board work outside of work and Toastmasters.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
- Making the program sustainable where members are engaged and remain for a lifetime.
- Helping all Districts with strategies to become Distinguished.
- Understanding the needs of the respective markets and their motivating factors.
- Leadership Development – help people get started in Leadership and develop themselves so they begin to think and act as leaders. A leadership development program was created in Europe a few years back to ensure succession when the Districts reformed. Many of the participants have gone on to leadership roles in the new European districts or in their work.
Additional information about candidate:
I am a positive-thinking exceptional candidate with almost 25 years of Toastmasters experience in Europe, and additional 2 years in Canada. I am driven to help our clubs/Districts to retain members and to help to expand our network. Ever since we started the first clubs in Sweden and expanded in Europe, I am passionate about building more clubs to spread the word of Toastmasters. While serving as an RA, I loved sharing ideas for club growth and leadership. I am married to a wonderful man and have 2 grown children.