DIVISION DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

LUYANDA THELA DTM - DIVISION I

Toastmasters member since: ?
Education:
  • Master of Management (Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creations)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management
  • BSc
  • Life Coaching and NLP Mastery
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:
  • Area L2 Director 2018/19
  • Moving Forward: President 2018/19, VP Education 2017/18, Treasurer 2020/21, Sergeant At Arms Jan to Jun 2018
  • 4th Dimension: Treasurer 2015/16
Toastmasters honours and recognition:
  • DTM 2019
  • Served as a club sponsor for 2 clubs and a mentor for a further 2 clubs.
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:
I've always looked for opportunities to support newcomers to adapt to the company. Although it was not my role, I would offer training on some of the key areas that would help them succeed in the environment. As an author coach, I help someone develop an idea into a book. We work together from the beginning of the process until a printed book is released to the world. My strength is in inspiring and helping people to grow and I believe that we need that kind of energy to get Division L thriving.
 
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
I've developed strategies as part of my work experience in the financial services industry and the management consulting industry.
 
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
I worked in the financial services industry for 4.5 years and was exposed to a lot of financial reporting. Whilst I understand the key drivers of financial performance, I am not an expert.
 
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
I have established myself as an editor in a new publishing company. I needed to define the editing process that would be acceptable for our clients. As the current club mentor for Popya Toastmasters, we are embedding processes that will keep the club thriving even after our mentorship term comes to an end. Creating and maintaining the documents used to support the launch of new clubs has been one of the most useful support to people who may not know how to go about starting a club.
 
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
It is important to set yourself up for success before the role begins. It becomes more hectic to keep up with things as the term progresses. It is also important to be clear on the expectations you have of the team and be able to hold them accountable.
 
Why do you want to serve as a District leader?
I am passionate about the development of people and have taken an active role in developing not only people in my club, but also in supporting the development of club officers within District 74. I have been working as a coordinator alongside the cabinet for the past 3 years and have learned a great deal about what it takes to be a Division Director.
 
In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
The District mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs achieve excellence. Ensuring a growth in our membership base is critical as it allows Toastmasters to change the lives of more people. As the current New Clubs Coordinator, I have supported the achievement of the first part of the mission and will continue to support all clubs deliver value to every member.