From a hesitant guest 12 years ago to an effective leader today, I am a proud product of Toastmasters. As district governor, I strategically planned the district year with my team and ensured the plan was implemented, reviewed and adjusted effectively, resulting in an outstanding district year where 29 of our 32 Area Governors were distinguished (22 were President's Distinguished) and all 6 of our Division Governors were President's Distinguished. Our district achieved President's Distinguished District (5th in the world and 1st in the Americas) and, more importantly, our district clubs and members were well supported. I want to bring that enthusiasm, experience, love of Toastmasters, and effective leadership to our Board to give back to an organization that has given me so much. Our mission states that we are “devoted to making effective communication a worldwide reality.” Therefore, our objectives are focused on supporting that global vision to enable more people around the world to benefit from our communication and leadership program. I fully support our 2010 Strategic Plan's four stated objectives, and will do my very best to work toward implementing and assessing strategies in line with achieving those objectives.
I am experienced with corporate law and Board issues as an attorney of 17 years and my service on the Board of several non-profit organizations over the last 20 years. Additionally, through my earlier career as an AT&T project manager, I am skilled in marketing, budgeting and policy setting. Through the almost 30 years of corporate and legal career and non-profit Board experience, I have gained a deep understanding of setting organizational policies, implementing strategies and overseeing performance reviews. Equally as important, I've learned to value the importance of working well and working effectively with board and staff members. Those are critical skills and professional experience we need on the Board. I look forward to the opportunities in the coming months to discuss issues and concerns regarding our organization, as well as my qualifications and experience relevant to the position of an International Director with you - and to seek your support. Please feel free to contact me. Steve Chen, DTM International Director Candidate Region 9 NEXT: Toastmasters Journey
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