Why do I want to serve as International Director?

  • Toastmasters is all about People Transformation and growing leaders
  • An International Director is an Ambassador for the entire organization, weaving every activity into being the voice of Toastmasters.
  • Being truly a citizen of the world would love to develop strategies to find unity in diversity
  • I am a good listener. Currently enjoying listening to our District leaders on how we can better serve them
  • Passionate about Toastmasters
  • Believe in strategic planning for the welfare of our Toastmaster members and District leaders.
  • Enthusiastic to participate in the great strides taken by Toastmasters International for bettering its members’ lot around the world
  • Use my academic background to help in fine-tuning programs such as Pathways in Toastmasters.
  • Creativity cemented with multicultural and Region Advisor experience will contribute to the strategic planning for the organization
  • Capable of developing novel ways to enhance Toastmasters in the developing markets around the world including Africa and South America, spanning different cultures and mindful of the various languages around the world.
  • Contribute to developing communication and leadership modules in different languages (already a Lead Reviewer in the Tamil Translations Team of the Toastmasters International).
  • I believe in ensuring participation by all generations, especially the millennials (“Toastmasters for millennials” Facebook page created by me https://www.facebook.com/groups/293265177705911/)
  • Set up effective teamwork to improve Distinguished Districts criteria

Work experience relevant to the role of the Board Member

  • Serving as a faculty member of a renowned Medical University for 30 years enriched me as a teacher, researcher, mentor, and strategic planner.
  • My Research laboratory was a mini world, with postdoctoral Fellows from various countries around the world such as Egypt, China, India, Hungary, Israel
  • Interaction with professionals at different levels and from various cultural backgrounds honed my skills in human relations.
  • This experience stood me in fine stead when I became Region Advisor, enabling me to successfully connect with Region 8 District leaders all of whom were highly successful and who gave me raving performance reviews.
  • Gave me the courage to lift District 68 from being officially removed from existence. District 68 was Distinguished 2015-2016 and is the only District to be President's Distinguished in the Region 2016-2017.
  • I gained the courage to bravely advocate the cause of a sexually harassed District leader and have the culprit expelled from Toastmasters
  • I have valuable experience in solving interpersonal problems between District leaders
  • Working closely with the leaders from Regions 8, 7, 9 and Districts around the world helped me to better understand their needs. This understanding will inspire and motivate me when I work for the success of this wonderful organization as a Board member.

Experience in Strategic Planning

As a Faculty Member for 30 years, I:

  • Served as a member of the Steering Committee on Research and Research Training for the MUSC College of Medicine’s Strategic Plan resulting in the development of Medical Outreach Centers and realignment of the Medical School Departments.
  • As Secretary to Faculty Senate and the Chair for Faculty Tenure, Worked with the President and Board of MUSC to firm up faculty tenure and resolve faculty tenure issues. 
  • Organized a one day workshop on Faculty Tenure and invited Deans of all Schools at the University, Board Members and the Faculty that resulted in successful tenure negotiations between management and faculty.
  • Member, Medical School Admissions Committee for 15 years. My service and research resulted in developing important policies for expanding medical school admission.
  • As a Member, Advisory Panel, The National Network of Minority Women in Science, Washington, D.C., advocated and promoted the advancement of women in scientific fields. 
As President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, an international organization: 
  • Organized two successful International Conferences, and implemented a strategic program to expand our membership internationally.
As the Region Advisor, Region 8: Served on the Committees for RA Handbook, Conflict resolution, and fine-tuning District Conference calls (Chair)

Experience in the Area of Finance

  • Thirty years of experience with successful grant writing, budgeting, and fiscal management.
  • The grants were 500,000 to a million dollars per year.
  • Served as a member of the Steering Committee on Research and Research Training for the MUSC College of Medicine’s Strategic Plan resulting in the development of Medical Outreach Centers. Ample experience in reviewing the finances.
  •  As a Scientific Advisory Committee Member, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel; and Member of several Study Sections in National Institutes of Health, reviewed research grant applications from scientists around the world.
  • As Advisor to the National Network of Minority women in Science evaluated funding efforts at the national level to bring in minority students to join Science.