Where Leaders Are Made
I am very excited and honored to serve as the District Director for District 19.
When I started my Toastmasters journey in Hagerstown, Maryland almost 20 years ago; I never thought I would seek out a leadership role in Toastmasters. Like many of you, I just wanted a way to improve my ability to speak and give speeches. It was only through years of watching so many great leaders in this District that I came to want to focus more on my leadership development. These leaders showed me that in order to become a strong leader, you need to engage in deliberate daily practice – very much like how we become better speakers through giving speeches. As I engaged in this daily practice, I realized that there are a lot of people who want to tell others what to do; but few leaders. This began a passion for developing leaders around our District.
I have one daughter, Tami, who has brought to our family two beautiful grandsons. I also have a very obnoxious cat, Moby, who is climbing on my keyboard as I write this.
I have worked at Pearson for 18 years. One of the proudest moments in my career was being part of the team to help my customer launch the redesigned SAT assessment in 2016. That event was a true test of my ability to lead others. I credit our success on that rollout to my previous leadership practice in Toastmasters which had prepared for that leadership challenge.
My strategic goal is to help others in the District become the leader they want to be. No matter where you are starting from, this is the place where leaders are made.