District 103 Toastmasters is starting the 2019-2020 year with many clubs divided across five (5) divisions, led by five Division Directors, and supported by Area Directors.
This page will provide you with information regarding the area and division in which your club has been aligned. In addition, you will find the district leaders assigned to serve your club, area and division.
With an interest in helping others build their Leadership Skills, Ivory helped build two AT&T Toastmasters clubs in the Chicagoland area. AT&T Chicagoland Toastmasters Club has been distinguished for 12 years. As an AT&T Senior System Engineer, Ivory developed and implemented Websites and tools through the delivery of customer focused solutions to help analyze AT&T Systems and Application across global markets. His focus on executing with excellence is underscored by a commitment to employee Mentoring and engagement. Prior roles include Technical Oversight Manager Leading teams in India, Israel and Mexico. He has been a part of Community Engagement leading project such as “All Children Must Have Shoes” — look at the neediest kids in the Chicago Area and take them out to a local shoe store and buy them a pair of shoes, feed starving children and send out food to starving nations. And his latest project “Believe Chicago” helps develop kids’ communication skills in Chicago’s 19 most needy communities. He enjoys exercise, especially CrossFit and running.
My exposure to Toastmasters International began in 1996 when I was a member of a Speechcraft class sponsored by a Toastmasters club in Evanston, IL. However, my career as a Toastmaster started in January 1998 when I became an official member of the ABA SPEAKeasies #9424. I know my growth as a person and development as a professional came because of my communication and leadership training in Toastmasters. My professional career flourished from administrative professional to mid-level manager to full-time entrepreneur thanks to Toastmasters. At the same time, my involvement in Toastmasters shifted from Member to Club Officer to Area Governor to Division Governor to Club Sponsor, Club Mentor, Charter Member, Division Governor again, Club Retention Chair, Program Quality Director, and the first-ever District Director for District 103 Toastmasters. It has been a busy yet rewarding time for me. I am grateful to those who served with me as the first-ever District Leaders for District 103 Toastmasters. I am proud of what we accomplished; the groundwork we laid; and the seeds we planted. I know we will see the ripple effect of our dedication and hard work when District 103 becomes President’s Distinguished like my home club – the Wrightwood-Ashburn Overcomers (WAO) Toastmasters club #771880. In the meantime, I plan to enjoy some downtime prior to finishing my book and traveling the world to promote it.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. all started for me about 2007, when a co-worker, Elta Marquez, was giving her 10th speech from the Competent Communication manual as a member of Knowledge Speakers. She asked me to attend the meeting as a guest. I enjoyed the meeting and joined Toastmasters the following year and have been a member ever since. I have belonged to as many as nine (9) clubs, currently I belong to two (2) clubs. I have served in all seven (7) club officer roles several times. I have served as Club President for three (3) President’s Distinguished Clubs. I have earned over 100+ educational awards in District 30 and District 35 combined, including two (2) DTM’s (I’m currently working on my 3rd and 4th DTM’s). I have served on the ACE committees with Stella Lorens to help select district conference keynote speakers. I was the 2009-2010 Distinguished Area 25 Governor, 2010-2011 President’s Distinguished SouthwestInformation with names of our Area Directors will be updated shortly, stay tuned! Division Governor, 2011-2012 Select Distinguished South Division Governor, President’s Distinguished Area 56 Governor and District Education Recognition Chair. In 2012-2013, I served as District Public Relations Officer and Newsletter Editor. I was also appointed the 2013-2014 District Logistics Chair. In 2014-2015, I served as the Administrative Assistant to the District Governor. In 2015-2016, I was the Central North Division Director. In 2016-2017, I served as the Administrative Assistant to the District Director, as well as, District Club Extension Chair. And for 2017-18, I served as Club Growth Director for District 103.