Online Candidates Corner for 2021-22

* The District Leadership Committee report is published here. Please visit our Business Meeting webpage for more information.

Nominated Candidates

Shyamala Sista, DTM

District Director

Candidate Statement:
Toastmasters is a life-changing program. I grew from a passive listener to a fearless leader. I no longer think twice when I see a leadership opportunity open because I know I can make a significant contribution. I want to bring that Toastmasters value to each member in our district.

These changes cannot be made overnight or by only one person; I have a great team that is willing to help our members attain their leadership and communication goals.

Currently as Program Quality Director, I am proud to share that D101 is enjoying its most successful year at Pathways adoption since it was rolled out in 2017. I learned a great deal of what it means to be a leader and how to lead by example.

Toastmasters’ journey is incredible! One will grow personally and professionally with the side effect of making like-minded friends for life! Join me on this journey.

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Yifang Xu, CC, CL, PI5, VC5

Program Quality Director

Candidate Statement:
Toastmasters is not only a learning-by-doing lab but also a supportive community that we do things together that makes belonging matter. In Toastmasters, I have become a better speaker and a more caring leader.

As D101 Program Quality Director Candidate for 2021-22, my vision is to establish a culture in our district where members care, listen, and connect.

Imagine the district as soil, clubs as plants, members as fruits. I will serve as a gardener, providing nutrients in the soil for members to absorb and grow. The District is a platform to continuously impart nutrients to clubs.

This ecosystem will rely on District leaders and club officers’ caring, listening, and connecting to our members. Our constant listening and proactive search for solutions will be the driving force behind our District’s quality. Together, we can build a healthy environment of continuous improvement for members to set their roots in.

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Bastian Reimuth, LD3

Division A Director

Candidate Statement:
I joined Toastmasters to improve my public speaking skills. On top of that, I got to practice countless transfer skills as Treasurer, President, and Area Director. As Division A Director I will pay forward what I gained by supporting every Toastmaster in Division and District in their
learning.

In the coming year, we will get to choose the best of virtual, in-person, and hybrid meetings. My goal will be to help support these decisions to create the best educational offerings for all.

My vision as Division Director is to make Divison A the place to realize your inherent potential and to make Toastmasters the brand of personal improvement. I will achieve this by promoting the exchange of ideas, leading by example, and staying focused on personal and District goals.

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Stephen Nosek, IP5, SR3

Division B Director

Candidate Statement:
Toastmasters is an integral part of my life!

I joined to “brush up” on my public speaking skills in 2018. Who knew I would become a dynamic communicator, passionate leader, and exude confidence? Not bad for a shy introvert.

Over the years, I served in several capacities such as SAA, VPPR, President, and recently as B1 Area Director. Each role brought new challenges, insightful experiences, and opportunities to help clubs and members grow. The most memorable aspect is helping others find their own voice and shine!

My vision as the next Division B Director is to be the lighthouse for the organization and help clubs plot their course in the post-pandemic world. There may be unforeseen challenges, yet we will navigate the changes together to strengthen our community. I look forward to serving you and your members.

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Ishrath Fatima, IP5, LD1

Division C Director

Candidate Statement:
I truly believe the greatest and most successful leaders in Toastmasters are those that believe in “Servant Leadership”. Those leaders place the interest of the members above anything else. Being passionate about Toastmasters, I have observed, practiced, and demonstrated it in my role as a leader at different levels.

If elected, my objective is the district common objective – to help each of us grow and help our District grow!!

The theme for Division C will be Scale Up. If elected, I would align with the District’s vision and Scale-Up our Division and make an impact as the members of Division C.

If you ask; Do we have opportunities? I would say Yes! In order to do that, I am asking you to elect me to be your Division C Director. With your help, I am looking forward to serving, and together we will take it to greater heights!

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Raji Bandanapudi, DL5, PM3

Division D Director

Candidate Statement:
Joining Toastmasters three years back has been the best decision I have ever made. Through my journey so far, I have learnt that one learns and grows to be a better person and leader when you serve others and help others grow along with you. I learnt this as I took up various leadership roles like those of club officer, volunteer at various contests and Area Director. As I took up the position of Area D2 Director I had the opportunity to reach out members and officers of various clubs, assist them with their problems and lead them in a direction of their respective vision. I worked on building a community of learning and ideating between members without boundaries of clubs.

As a Division D Director, I would continue this path of building a unified community where there is free flow of ideas, support, learning and growth.

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Xianghong Ji, ACG, ALB, IP2

Division E Director

Candidate Statement:
Ten years ago, when I was introduced to attend the Toastmasters Meeting, I immediately knew this would be the place to improve my English speaking skills along with confidence. I never thought I would take any role outside of the club, let alone at the district level. I did not really participate in the club until I became SAA. It came with the responsibility of attending every meeting, which made a tremendous impact proving that consistency is as important as willingness. I started my Toastmaster’s journey since then.

The Toastmaster’s club is where I found my courage and confidence to speak in front of people. I took an expanded role in the district by becoming an Area Director. It helped develop my event management, organization and planning skills. I am excited to see what my journey of being a Division Director will add to my existing skills.

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Ashutosh Tadkase, SR2

Division G Director

Candidate Statement:
I want to take everyone along with me on the rocketship of personal growth I embarked on when I joined Toastmasters. As an Area Director, it enabled me to channel my passion for giving back by helping multiple clubs achieve their goals.

I’ve realized through my experience that every club has its own characteristics and goals. I want to enable the next generation of Area Directors to support the clubs on their individual paths for achieving excellence.

The transition to online meetings has provided opportunities for scaling beyond geographical boundaries. I want to leverage that and invite experienced Toastmasters to conduct workshops. By establishing a Speaker Rotation Program, I want to foster camaraderie and growth beyond clubs.

Along with the Area Directors, I want to help the clubs transition seamlessly to an era of hybrid meetings.

I look forward to serving you as the Division G Director.

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Floor Candidates

Abhijeet Joshi, TC5, MS5

Club Growth Director

Candidate Statement:
A good friend of mine told me “If you join Toastmasters, it will change your life.” I am so glad I listened to that advice.

Just as I found, I want to ensure that all members find their purpose in a supportive and encouraging environment.

As an Area Director, I had the opportunity to contribute to the lives of more than 100 fellow Toastmasters. I was able to listen to their needs and provide appropriate support. This enabled my area to achieve President’s Distinguished status.

My strong team and I will serve the district to help everyone achieve excellence not only in membership growth, membership retention, and building new clubs, but also in developing a strong sense of connection and camaraderie. We will support each club in the district to thrive this toastmaster year.

My name is Abhijeet Joshi, and I want to serve as your Club Growth Director 2021-2022.

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Renee Yao, CC, IP5, EH2, DL1

Division D Director

Candidate Statement:
Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work. Toastmasters is where inclusive leaders are made.

I joined Toastmasters as a non-native speaker to improve my speaking abilities six years ago. I have since become a more eloquent speaker with confidence. On this journey, I also served as seven officer, club coach, club sponsor roles, reaching people from more than 50 countries.

Social issues in 2020 further emphasized the importance of inclusive leadership skills. Inclusive leaders have self-awareness, seek missing perspectives, and build a safe place for people to speak and lead. My vision for Division D is to empower the area directors to 1) define their clubs’ cultures, 2) build a safe place for improvement, and 3) lead through inclusive leadership. My goal this year is to build empowerment workshops and training materials for area directors to improve, expand, and thrive.

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Ashvin Patel, PI4

Division E Director

Candidate Statement:
I joined Toastmasters in 2019, hoping to improve my speaking skills. Toastmasters has given me confidence to speak and has taught me how to become a better leader. Not only has it given me the skills in many areas of my life, including volunteering at my daughters’ high school for several years, it has influenced my decisions and views. Toastmasters has also helped me polish my speaking skills when addressing the ATC tower while piloting through San Jose Airport.

I want to be the Division E Director because I want to share what I have learned. I’ve had success as a Club Officer and Area Director, and I want to continue to engage and help motivate with strong partnerships throughout the Division. I want to help members achieve their goals. I ask for your vote and support, and would be honored to serve as your Division E Director. Thank you.

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