Creating Our Future Together !

 

Morag Mathieson, DTM

NOMINATED CANDIDATE FOR

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Morag pairs
vision with openness,
power with humility,
fortitude with wisdom.

She lives and breathes the Toastmasters core values and cares above all about our organization and the good of our members.

Welcome

My Vision

I envision Toastmasters International being truly fit for the future:

ready, relevant and sustainable
in a changing world.

Vision Expanded

My Vision for Toastmasters International

 

I envision Toastmasters being truly fit for the future:

Ready, relevant and viable in a changing world.

We live in a world sometimes described as a VUCA* world where change is constant and the speed of change is accelerating and the world becomes less predictable. As leaders we need to be

Toastmasters International needs to be READY:

• To keep listening to members..

• To support the effective management of change at all levels. Change has a major impact on member satisfaction and achievement and on organizational success.

• To explore what being a truly global brand means to us and to understand the global opportunities that exist as we develop strategy.

• To take advantage of new opportunities: the Rotary partnership will bring us a new revenue stream, what other organizations exist as potential partners? To be ready for this we have to have a deeper understanding of our organization’s value proposition and our market place.

• To engage with sponsoring organizations as we build robust relationships and strengthen the position of the clubs they sponsor and extend the network of clubs.

 

Toastmasters International needs to be RELEVANT:

• We need to keep evolving our Pathways Learning Experience. By working with our members and corporate partners we can ensure that what we offer meets the needs of our world today. Members and organizations are more likely to continue when they see the relevance and value of the program to them.

• Bringing the benefits of Toastmasters to the whole world may need us to find new ways of working and structures for maximum benefit. Appropriate and effective marketing coupled with excellent service to members, wherever they are, will help us to be relevant globally.

• As we use current world thinking in terms of our technology let us also keep planning for the future.

 

Toastmasters International needs to be VIABLE:

• Keeping club excellence always in our sights will contribute to having strong, healthy, and sustainable clubs

• Bolstering our organization’s performance and keeping a steady hand on the finances as well as understanding and managing our risk across the world are important aspects of viability. We have risks beyond financial and we need to be good stewards of the organization for the generations to come.

• Building leaders at all levels for today and tomorrow will give us the infrastructure for growth. Expanding our leadership development tools would makes us more overtly capable in that area. 

About Morag

A friend invited me to a Toastmasters meeting in March 2006 to hear him give a speech. I was new in town and wanted to meet people. In that room I found so much more: a professionally run meeting where people laughed a lot, seemed to learn a lot and supported each other. I knew immediately I wanted to join and since then I’ve been all in!

I was born and raised in Scotland, lived throughout the United Kingdom before relocating to Germany where I now live with my Toastmaster husband David and our dog, Jana.

In my career as a pharmacist I worked in clinical practice and general management before moving into specialist education roles and management positions in the healthcare sector. I discovered that I love seeing people learn and grow and that’s still true today.

My MBA studies gave me time to focus on areas of particular interest in human resources strategy, learning development and creative management. Over time I gained significant experience leading diverse teams, developing strategy and leading and managing change. Today I specialize in professional development and mentoring MBA students while leading a child sponsorship charity.

Whatever sphere I am in I always work hard, guided by a vision, to leave any organization better than I found it. I sow seeds for today and tomorrow to benefit us now and so that successors might enjoy a legacy on which they too can build.

As I do so, I bring who I am to any team. I am a leader with vision who…

  • Looks to the future and asks “What if..”
  • Welcomes ideas and questions from others. I am open and honest and ready to talk about difficult subjects.
  • Likes to make things happen by harnessing power and influence for outcomes that benefit us all.
  • Is sincere and authentic and willing to admit my mistakes. This helps us become better and we all win.
  • Remains calm and resilient through tough times.
  • Brings insight, reason, experience and observation to understand the big picture.

This is who I am: an authentic visionary leader committed and ready to work with you to create our future together in Toastmasters!

Serving Members

Servant-leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don’t work for you, you work for them.

― Ken Blanchard, Author

Serving our members in many different roles has been both a joy and a privilege. From Club Officer to International Director I’ve had the opportunity to serve and to grow as a leader through serving. We are a learning-by-doing organization and the more I’ve done, the more I’ve learned. Here is a snapshot of some of the Club, District and International experiences I have had along the way and which I believe have contributed to my development as a leader.

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006
Joined Toastmasters
Club

Secretary

VP Education

President

Secretary

President
VP Education

President

VP Education

District

Chair, Credentials & Elections 

Chair, Joint
Reformation Committee 

District 59
Governor
———-
#1 District
in the world

Lt Governor Education and Training

Division
Governor

District Secretary

International

International
Director 

Training & Development
Advisory Committee 

Region
Advisor 

Chief
Ambassador
REP/Pathways
 

International Service

District Service

Club Service

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2007-2020: Club Officer
  • Over the years I’ve served various times as President, VP of Education and Secretary at Erlangen Toastmasters, Fränkly Speaking Advanced Club, and Rhetorik Club Heilbronn.
  • I am currently serving as Club Secretary to my home club Erlangen Toastmasters in the 2019/2020 Toastmasters year.
2017-2019: International Director
  • Working together with fellow Board Members, I shared my experience of strategic planning and serving a diverse community to help shape the future of our organization.
  • I participated in reviewing, amending and creating policy. Additionally, I served on a committee to review our Governing Documents and propose changes to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and Club Constitution that were adopted by our members at the Annual Business Meeting in 2019.
  • On visits to Districts in Regions 10 and 11, I listened to our members’ feedback and concerns and found moments to encourage and inspire people to seize the opportunity Toastmasters affords.
2016: Training & Development Advisory Committee
  • By drawing on my professional knowledge and Toastmasters experience as a district leader and Region Advisor, I provided input to enhance training programs for district leaders.
2016: Credentials and Elections Chair
  • Appointed by the International President to serve and support District 20 during their elections, I used my knowledge of Policy and Protocol and credentials experience to facilitate a smooth, ethical and effective process. I aimed to make the process clear while ensuring clubs were able to use their voting rights and, at the same time, developing others locally to run the credentials process in the future.
2015-2016: Chair of the Joint Reformation Committee
  • I was invited to chair this pan European committee tasked with preparing a strategic proposal for the restructure of Toastmasters in Continental Europe. I served here by leading the team as we developed vision, carried out detailed analysis, identified strategies for the proposal and supported the management of change across both districts. This proposal, of unprecedented complexity, which created 6 districts from 2 (Districts 59 & 95), was successfully implemented in 2018.
2014-2015: Region Advisor, Region 11
  • As a mentor, leadership guide and strategy and marketing advisor, I coached district leaders in over 50 countries from North Pole to South Pole to fulfill the district mission. Six of the eight districts achieved President’s Distinguished status and one achieved Select Distinguished.
  • At District Leader training sessions I was honored to work with others to support the learning and development of district leaders from all regions around the world. In return, I learned too as I expanded my cultural horizons and my understanding of our organization and its diversity.
2013-2014: Chief Ambassador REP (Pathways)
  • I committed to build a team that would keep every club in District 59 up to date with the latest news of the Revitalized Education Program (REP). Ambassadors were found in every division and together we held open sessions and presentations at conferences, training events and in individual clubs.
2012-2013: District 59 Governor (President’s Distinguished #1)
  • It was an honor and at the same time humbling to lead a world-class team who brought District 59 to the distinction of #1 district in the world. My service built on the legacy of my pioneering predecessors and worked to create a strong future for our successors.
  • Growth in the district brought many more opportunities for us to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
  • The district was also recognized with the following awards during my term as District Governor:
    • Presidents 20 Plus Award for districts with the highest percentage of clubs with 20 or more members. District 59 was #1 in the world.
    • Presidents Extension Award for districts with highest net club growth. District 59 was #3 in the world.
    • Excellence in Leadership Award for districts being distinguished for 3 or more consecutive years
2011-2012: Lieutenant Governor Education and Training (now PQD)
  • The district was growing and it became necessary to hold semi-finals for some speech contests. As LGET, I implemented this at the same time as being responsible for contests in multiple languages. At district conferences I organized 8 speech contests. This gave more opportunity for a greater number of members to compete or hone their skills as contest officials.
  • During the term we led our district into its first reformation. I was able to serve by communicating with members and increasing understanding during visits. This helped members be well informed before voting.
  • I brought home the honor of the Excellence in Education & Training Award for training over 85% of the area and division directors and achieving the education.
2010-2011: Division Governor (now Division Director)
  • I led a team supporting 3 Areas spread across 4 countries (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Northern Bavaria in Germany). During the term I supported the team to build strong healthy clubs and to establish additional clubs. This enabled us to deliver the district mission as well as fulfilling our vision for the division. As a result we were able to restructure the division, make areas more manageable for Area Directors and bring area and division events closer to our members,
2009-2010: District Secretary (now Administration Manager)
  • I supported the District Director and the team with all administrative aspects of District Council and District Executive Committee Meetings including scheduling, communications, minutes and credentials. One of my favorite tasks was operating the credentials desk where I got to meet members from all our clubs and help them to get ready to participate in District Council Meetings.

Testimonials

Robert Cockburn

“If we are to continue to improve, we need people on the Executive committee with change experience to create a vision and strategically plan to achieve that vision, all while working as part of a team. Morag has the vision, experience, and leadership we need on our Executive Committee.”

Robert Cockburn, DTM
Past Region 12 Advisor
International Director, 2002-04

Luanne Kent

“Morag has proven to possess the passion, knowledge and vision that we need in a leader to help guide Toastmasters into the future.”

Luanne Kent, DTM
Past District Governor, District 71

Robert Cockburn

“Morag is exceptional in being able to listen to District leaders and work with them to help them achieve their goals and make their District more successful than it was before. When Morag served as Region Advisor for eight districts in Region 11 (Europe and Africa), six districts achieved President’s Distinguished status and one achieved Select Distinguished status. A fine example of helping others develop leadership. This is the kind of vision, experience and leadership we need on the Executive Committee.”

Robert Cockburn, DTM
Past Region 12 Advisor
International Director, 2002-04

Uma Radhakrishnan

“Morag is a ‘big picture’ leader with strong ethics and high integrity who understands the pulse of our organization. She’s well informed, data driven yet someone who speaks the ‘we’ language when it comes to dealing with her teams. She brings a host of skills to the table. Someone with an overall perspective who can direct the course and take the team along with. A great choice to take the organization forward.”

Uma Radhakrishnan, DTM
Past Region Advisor

Jake Tuschinski

“I have known Morag Mathieson since the day she walked into her very first Toastmaster club. I have only known her to be authentically inspirational through consistency, always meeting immediate objectives while setting future goals. She lives and breathes the Toastmasters International pledge she took when she joined our club back in 2006. In my opinion, the world needs more credible leaders that bring life and spark joy in the hearts of humanity. Morag is the refreshing leader the people of the world, and Toastmasters International, needs now.”

Jake Tuschinski
Area Director, District 39

Mary Morrison

“Morag’s global experience and leadership served members well when the board was developing policies to address the needs of an international audience.”

Mary Morrison, DTM
Past International Director

Kees Broos

“Morag is a global leader and exceptional ambassador. She communicates with words and actions that are universal and genuinely touch every Toastmaster heart, forever radiating authenticity. When you know Morag or get to know her you know what I mean. Core values Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence are on display 24/7 whenever, whatever, and however she serves. Morag greatly deserves to serve Toastmasters International as 2nd Vice President and will be the best fit to start creating our future, together.”

Kees Broos, DTM
Past Region 14 Advisor

Ross Mackay

“Morag Mathieson epitomizes what Toastmasters is all about. She is a wonderful example of what Toastmasters can become, with her excellence, energy and integrity, she is a caring mentor to many, and a true leader to all. Her multi-national experience makes her an ideal candidate for the office of 2nd VP and beyond.”

Ross Mackay, DTM
Accredited Speaker
Past International Director

International Director

  1. 2017 – 2019
  • Working together with fellow Board Members, I shared my experience of strategic planning and serving a diverse community to help shape the future of our organization.
  • I participated in reviewing, amending and creating policy. Additionally, I served on a committee to review our Governing Documents and propose changes to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and Club Constitution that were adopted by our members at the Annual Business Meeting in 2019.
  • On visits to Districts in Regions 10 and 11, I listened to our members’ feedback and concerns and found moments to encourage and inspire people to seize the opportunity Toastmasters affords.

Training & Development Advisory Committee

  1. 2016
  • By drawing on my professional knowledge and Toastmasters experience as a district leader and Region Advisor, I provided input to enhance training programs for district leaders.

Chair, Credentials and Elections for District 20

  1. 2016
  • Appointed by the International President to serve and support District 20 during their elections, I used my knowledge of Policy and Protocol and credentials experience to facilitate a smooth, ethical and effective process. I aimed to make the process clear while ensuring clubs were able to use their voting rights and, at the same time, developing others locally to run the credentials process in the future.

Chair, Joint Reformation Committee of Districts 59 & 95

  1. 2015 – 2016
  • I was invited to chair this pan European committee tasked with preparing a strategic proposal for the restructure of Toastmasters in Continental Europe. I served here by leading the team as we developed vision, carried out detailed analysis, identified strategies for the proposal and supported the management of change across both districts. This proposal, of unprecedented complexity, which created 6 districts from 2 (Districts 59 & 95), was successfully implemented in 2018.

Region Advisor, Region 11

  1. 2014 – 2015
  • As a mentor, leadership guide and strategy and marketing advisor, I coached district leaders in over 50 countries from North Pole to South Pole to fulfill the district mission. Six of the eight districts achieved President’s Distinguished status and one achieved Select Distinguished.
  • At District Leader training sessions I was honored to work with others to support the learning and development of district leaders from all regions around the world. In return, I learned too as I expanded my cultural horizons and my understanding of our organization and its diversity.

Chief Ambassador Revitalized Education Program (Pathways) D59

  1. 2013 – 2014
  • I committed to build a team that would keep every club in the district up to date with the latest news of the redevelopment of our education program. Ambassadors were found in every division and together we held open sessions and presentations at conferences, training events and in individual clubs.

Lieutenant Governor Education and Training (now PQD)

  1. 2011 – 2012
  • The district was growing and it became necessary to hold semi-finals for some speech contests. As LGET, I implemented this at the same time as being responsible for contests in multiple languages. At district conferences I organized 8 speech contests. This gave more opportunity for a greater number of members to compete or hone their skills as contest officials.
  • During the term we led our district into its first reformation. I was able to serve by communicating with members and increasing understanding during visits. This helped members be well informed before voting.
  • I brought home the honor of the Excellence in Education & Training Award for training over 85% of the area and division directors and achieving the education goals in the Distinguished District Program. This was a great recognition for the team.

Division Governor (now Division Director)

  1. 2010 – 2011
  • I led a team supporting 3 Areas spread across 4 countries (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Northern Bavaria in Germany). During the term I supported the team to build strong healthy clubs and to establish additional clubs. This enabled us to deliver the district mission as well as fulfilling our vision for the division. As a result we were able to restructure the division, make areas more manageable for Area Directors and bring area and division events closer to our members,

District Secretary (now District Administration Manager)

  1. 2009 – 2010
  • I supported the District Director and the team with all administrative aspects of District Council and District Executive Committee Meetings including scheduling, communications, minutes and credentials. One of my favorite tasks was operating the credentials desk where I got to meet members from all our clubs and help them to get ready to participate in District Council Meetings.

Club Officer

  1. 2007 – present
  • Over the years I’ve served various times as President, VP of Education and Secretary at Erlangen Toastmasters, Fränkly Speaking Advanced Club, and Rhetorik Club Heilbronn. I am currently serving as Club Secretary to my home club Erlangen Toastmasters in the 2019/2020 Toastmasters year.

District 59 Governor (now District Director)

President’s Distinguished,  #1 District in the World

  1. 2012 – 2013
  • It was an honor and at the same time humbling to lead a world-class team who brought District 59 to the distinction of #1 district in the world. My service built on the legacy of my pioneering predecessors and worked to create a strong future for our successors. Growth in the district brought many more opportunities for us to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
  • The district was also recognized with the following awards during my term as District Governor:
    • Presidents 20 Plus Award for districts with the highest percentage of clubs with 20 or more members. District 59 was #1 in the world.
    • Presidents Extension Award for districts with highest net club growth. District 59 was #3 in the world.
    • Excellence in Leadership Award for districts being distinguished for 3 or more consecutive years.