Rebecca Ann McGilton
Candidate's Office: International Director
Region Number: 8
Toastmasters member since: 2008
Education: Highest level - MBA
Employer and/or position: Customer Quality Project Manager/Collins Aerospace
Served as district governor of district number: 84
Term of service: 2015-2016
In term as district governor, district achieved: DistinguishedWebsite: rebeccamcgilton.com
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
My role as a customer quality project manager is one that involves many of the aspects needed to be considered an effective leader. In my position I have no individuals that report directly to me. The success of the projects relies on my ability to effectively lead the teams, to inspire the team members toward the accomplishment of a common goal. To provide coaching and mentoring when needed. For 16 of the 19 years in my current role I have worked in a remote location from the rest of my peers and the teams I work with. My work ethics have never been questioned. I am very customer focused and have always demonstrated integrity. All of these traits helped me while serving in district leadership and will prove beneficial when serving as a member of the board.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
Over the last 20 years I have managed customer quality accounts for 5 of our 6 biggest customers. Part of managing the accounts is creating the strategic plans to drive the actions necessary to meet or exceed customer goals. These plans typically included the short term items that could be worked immediately along with the plans that look ahead up to 5 years.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Aside from handling my personal and business finances I have experience working with budgets through my current position and while serving in district leadership. Several of the projects that I have worked in the last few years have required the creation of a proposed budget, presenting the budget to business unit leaders and managing the budget to insure we stayed on track through the completion of the projects.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
I have written procedures to support certain functions. I have served on teams to help develop, update and implement policy and procedures in my current position. While serving as the Immediate Past District Director I took on the task of formalizing the district's procedures.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Serving as a leader in the military was probably the easiest for me just because there are rules and regulations that dictate actions and as a leader you have the ability to "order" people towards the accomplishment of a goal. However, you still learn valuable lessons. Some of the lessons I learned serving as a leader in the military included the importance of recognition, how to foster teamwork, how to lead by example, how to establish rapport. Serving as a team leader at work requires a different mindset. Some of the lessons learned while serving in the military I have carried on throughout the rest of my career and they can be applied here as well. Additional lessons learned include conflict resolution and that things don't always go as planned. You need to flexible and willing to adapt to the required changes. Serving in district leadership also puts to use many of the lessons learned. I believe the two most important lessons learned while serving as a district leader were conflict resolution and serving as a role model.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
My main experience is with project management and planning. My key strengths would be integrity, ethical behavior, attention to detail and a data driven mindset that is useful for decision making.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
I would like to serve as International Director for several reasons. First would be to serve Toastmasters around the globe, not just those in my clubs and district. To further develop my leadership skills. To be part of the team that enables Toastmasters International to realize its envisioned future.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
Recent volunteer experience includes helping out with United Way functions and Meals on Wheels. I have also volunteered on various cleanup activities. In the past I cooked and donated food to be used in food baskets given out by the church around the holidays (everyone always wanted my pumpkin pie).
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.
I do not have specific board experience at this time. A few years ago I joined the Women in Defense organization, Space Coast chapter. I have been learning the various board roles to prepare me to run for one of the positions during the next election. I recently volunteered to serve on one of the committees that conducts the major fund raising activities for our STEM program.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
I believe that the major objectives are spelled out in the envisioned future statement - To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development. To achieve this we must continually work toward making the Toastmaster name and brand known across the globe while still maintaining the core values. Imagine a day when Toastmasters comes up in conversation and you don't have to explain what it is. In my opinion this is imperative. However, at the same time we must not lose sight of the current members. Open communication through all levels of leadership and continuous improvement with Pathways will be key to maintaining the current membership levels.
Additional information about candidate:
Additional education include Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Quality Engineer from the American Society for Quality