Theo Black, DTM, PID
Nominated Candidate for
2nd Vice President
International Convention 2013
A Community of Leaders,
A World of Service
Fellow Toastmasters, Leaders, Friends,
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said,
"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: to reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
As a young man, I learned to sail. My brother and I spent many hours navigating the waters of Lake Erie. Early on, we learned the importance of knowing our destination, and of planning for success.
Toastmasters International is like a ship setting sail on an incredible global journey of phenomenal growth. Will we be prepared for rough seas and heavy winds while staying true to our destination? Or, will we drift along and allow the waves to push us off course?
There is an old sailing maxim, "The First Rule for Coastal Cruising: Start Early; Finish Early." As we prepare for a successful journey, we have an exceptional opportunity to take stock of and utilize all of our diverse talents. It is essential that we plan for challenges that may threaten to overturn us, and ready ourselves for an exhilarating and ever-challenging voyage.
It is crucial that we select strong and experienced leaders who will guide us with a moral compass, aligning our efforts with our core values. A wise leader will continually remind us of our destination, keep us informed along the way, and inspire us to keep moving forward.
In my professional career as a senior leader of quality improvement initiatives, I understand the importance of looking out over the horizon and envisioning the many possibilities the future holds. Only then can we chart a course for a new destination that merits the hard work and resources that will be required. As a visionary leader, I know the importance of having a clear destination, and continuously sharing that vision of the future with those on the journey. And yet, I remain ever-vigilant of cross winds and rough seas: forces at play that can distract and cause us to lose focus. As a Toastmasters Leader, I know the importance of keeping a strong hand on the rudder, while maintaining the flexibility to make midcourse corrections in order to stay on course.
Next August we will elect our next Second Vice President. As you make your decision, ask yourself 'Why Theo Black?' I am:
An experienced leader, skilled in strategic planning and organizational management
An experienced and engaging communicator who will continue to represent Toastmasters around the world with integrity and mutual respect
A dedicated Toastmaster and Servant Leader with a clear understanding of the organization and the responsibilities of the office of Second Vice President
Let us set sail together for a new tomorrow. I ask for the honor to serve as our next Second Vice President.
Theo Black joined Toastmasters in 1999. He is the proud recipient of two Distinguished Toastmaster awards. Theo most recently served as International Director for the term 2009-2011. He is a past District 6 Governor, 2005-2006 (Select Distinguished District).
Theo is a member of four clubs:
Leadership Summit Toastmasters, a leadership seminar club (Past President)
Parliamentary Procedure Toastmasters, a club that practices parliamentary procedure in business meetings. (Past President)
Bloomin' Toasters, a corporate club with his employer Optum. Theo organized and chartered this club. He is a charter member and continues to serve as a mentor to the club.
OH! Toastmasters, a corporate club with his employer Optum. Theo helped to build this club in 2010.
Theo has been a successful leader since he began climbing the Toastmasters Leadership Ladder. Here is a synopsis of his Toastmasters career to date.
International Director 2009-2011
- Representing Region 11 - 2010-2011
- Representing Region 04 - 2009-2010
Presidential Citation 2007
District Governor 2005-2006, Select Distinguished District
Lt. Governor Education and Training 2004-2005, Excellence in Education and Training
Lt. Governor Marketing 2003-2004
Division Governor 2002-2003, Presidents Distinguished Division
Area Governor 2001-2002, Presidents Distinguished Area (Northern Division Area Governor of the Year)
Club President 2000-2001, Select Distinguished Club
Vice President Education, 1999-2000
Theo lives with his wife Nancy in Wayzata, MN. He has a variety of interests which keep him busy when not attending Toastmasters meetings. He plays keyboards in a rock band, is an avid duplicate bridge player, and enjoys flying disc sports. Theo is a past Director of the Minnesota Frisbee Association, and a Minneapolis Aquatennial (City of Minneapolis Annual Summer Celebration) Event Chair.
Theo enjoys travelling and has visited 48 of the 50 United States, has visited 5 of the Canadian provinces, and has spent time in England, Scotland, France, Austria, Poland, Holland, Mexico, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain.
In his professional career, Theo is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (director of quality improvement) and an Information Technology Project Manager. In 2009, Theo earned the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Six Sigma Black Belt certification. He has been a featured program speaker within his local ASQ chapter.
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