Is Leadership for You?
This panel discussion provides personal accounts of lessons learned through leadership. The moderator and panelists, who served as leaders within and outside of Toastmasters, share what being a leader has taught them. Be inspired by their stories as they reflect on successes, shortcomings, and the pivotal moments that provided personal growth. By the end of this session, you will better understand if leadership is a path for you.
Sharon Anita Hill Corporate leader, speaker, trainer, coach, radio talk show host, author
Sharon A. Hill spent more than 20 years as a development and marketing manager at Fortune-500-giant IBM. While handling her global management position, she was elected chairman of the Raleigh/RTP Black Diversity Network Group, a position she held for five years at IBM’s largest site.
Hill teaches, writes, and speaks to audiences ranging in size from 10 to more than 500. She also coaches individuals and companies about the skills necessary to become grounded in all human interactions, while also leveraging the advantages of technology. She offers learning combined with a keen sense of humor to enhance and complement each experience.
As a Certified Etiquette Trainer (CET), she uses the breakthrough formulas created by the American Business Etiquette Trainers Association (ABETA) to teach employees and students how to always present themselves as poised, professional, and confident. An acclaimed Toastmaster, she’s a former member of the National Speakers Association. Hill is additionally a Certified Communicator from Duke University and a radio talk show host.
She finds time to extend her passion for etiquette as an author, workshop leader, corporate trainer, and keynote speaker. Hill has written four books on etiquette, succeeding in college, and corporate America.
Joan Lewis Toastmasters International Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director, District Director, Region Advisor, International Director
Throughout her leadership journey at Toastmasters, Joan Lewis has held many District leadership roles, including Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director, and District Director. In 2017, Lewis was awarded the prestigious Presidential Citation by the president of Toastmasters International. She was one of only six people to ever receive it in District 1.
From 2015 to 2017, Lewis had the rare opportunity to serve as Region Advisor for two different regions. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Toastmasters International as an International Director.
Her passion is leadership; in 2008, she founded Praisemaster’s Club, a club that has produced 20 District leaders and has been President’s Distinguished for 10 years in a row. She believes that learning leadership skills is the key to advancing in life.
Dunstanette Macauley Career diplomat, entrepreneur, Toastmasters International President’s Distinguished Governor
Dunstanette Macauley is a career diplomat and now the CEO of an events management company.
A Toastmasters International 2014-2015 President’s Distinguished Governor, she has been involved with the organization for over fourteen years and has gained a wealth of knowledge in communication and leadership skills, which she values as very effective tools to network with leaders from all over the world. In 2016, Macauley received the prestigious Presidential Citation from the president of Toastmasters International.
She is also involved in women’s promotion and development through Zonta International, a worldwide service organization.
Originally from Liberia, West Africa, Macauley is now a U.S. citizen.