In this special FREE session on the benefits of District Leadership, Toastmasters International Immediate Past International President, Lark Doley, DTM, will showcase the district leadership opportunities within the Toastmasters organization and how you can put these skills to immediate use, both professionally and personally. Event is Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7PM ET.
The Toastmasters Club functions as a laboratory for developing leadership skills. Members have the opportunity to serve as Club officers, where they can develop their administrative and leadership skills in a positive, supportive environment. They learn to utilize parliamentary procedure, to accept and delegate responsibility, and to exercise the fundamentals of planning and leadership. Since clubs change officers annually, every member can obtain leadership training and experience.
But, did you know …
The organizational structure of Toastmasters provides additional support to Clubs and Club officers. Clubs are grouped into Areas, Areas into Divisions, and Divisions into Districts. Each level has its own group of officers, and each provides support to Clubs. Although each Club is autonomous in conducting its own affairs, it may participate in Area, Division and District activities. Other support comes from Toastmasters International which supplies services, materials, ideas and counseling for Clubs.
With this, club members have the opportunity to be appointed as Area Directors, and those who meet the qualifications, can run for office to serve as Division Directors and senior District Leadership positions.
ABOUT LARK DOLEY, DTM, IPIP
Lark Doley, DTM , of Jonestown, Texas, is a senior training coordinator for MAXIMUS, where she has worked since 2007. She manages the professional development strategy for the MAXIMUS Texas Project, which includes webinars, computer-based training and instructor-led workshops. As chief executive of Second Wave, Inc., a company she founded in 1987, Doley led a team that manufactured hardware peripheral devices for Apple Macintosh products.
A lighthouse homeowner, Doley served as secretary of the Lighthouse Estates Homeowners Association. She also served as president of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club, an Austin business group that meets weekly and features business and government speakers presenting topical issues of importance to the city and state.
Doley graduated with honors from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German. She continued her education studying business management at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and mathematics at the University of Houston–Clear Lake, in Houston, Texas.
A Toastmaster for 25 years, Doley is a member of two clubs, including her home club in Pflugerville, Texas, the Arthur Storer club that was chartered in honor of her father-in-law after his death in 1997. Doley has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.
Doley says, “I have used my improved communication and leadership skills to found and lead a successful company. I now have the privilege to work for a company where I use my skills daily to teach others.”
As an officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Doley is a “working ambassador” for the organization. She works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
Attendees will be provided the Zoom meeting information after registering here. It will also be sent in your confirmation email.