Over the past year I have interviewed our District 91 speech winners and the rest of the District Leadership Team (DLT), so this month it is my turn as your D91 PR Manager. I therefore don my schizophrenic hat and interview myself.
Can you tell me a little about your background?
I was raised in the “Black Country” in the West Midlands; I did okay at school but had little educational ambition so I left school to work and train with the NHS as a Physiological measurement technician. After working with psychologists I secured a place at Keele University then went on to do a Masters in Environmental Psychology at Surrey and a PhD at Cranfield (like the sixties group, I have Three Degrees). Education and learning new stuff is my fundamental motivation, and this extends to carrying out research, travelling and meeting new people – every day is a school day.
On 5th May 2018, as part of the D91 Spring Conference, there will be an AI & Tech Business networking breakfast in Bracknell. Come along and participate with industry experts in a meeting where AI and Cyber will be hotly debated.
AI Cyber Security
Cybersecurity is a hot-button issue of the day with numerous media reports covering a wide scope of security hacks and breaches. Major retail corporations, credit bureaus, and even governmental entities have been hacked or attempts were made to do so. The old adage ‘knowledge is power’ has never been truer and as hackers and the tools they use become more advanced so will the cybersecurity methods used to stop them. One aspect that will see use on both sides is the use of artificial intelligence. Read More
The target for club visits by our Pathways Guides was exceeded, therefore Pathways will be rolled out across District 91 today. A huge thanks to all our Pathways Guides and Ambassadors, and to all the clubs, for the fantastic effort in getting those visits completed.
Every member will receive an email from Toastmasters International at 8pm today, announcing that Pathways is live and including details of how to get started. For those who are super eager, Pathways will actually be live from 2pm and you can access it here once you have logged on to Toastmasters Central. Members are encouraged to take the assessment and select their first Learning Path straight away, although not required. It will be beneficial to have a number of current members familiar with Pathways so that they can support new members who will only have access to Pathways and not the old programme.
Alignment – What it is
Alignment is when districts review and amend, if necessary the alignment of the clubs, areas, and divisions within their boundaries.
This provides us with the structure and the capacity for our district to grow and for District Leaders, – Area Directors, Division Directors and the District Leadership Team – to best serve our Clubs and Members.
I have waited so long for it to arrive! Pathways will launch on the 20th March in District 91! I was not initially chosen as a Learning Master, but 3 years ago I became a Revitalised Education Program (REP) Ambassador, as Pathways was called then. Since then I have become the K59 Pathways Ambassador, but often referred to as the “D91 Chief Pathways Guide” because of my experience and passion.
It was difficult to speak about Pathways all those years ago as not a lot of information was available. The first information came from F. Daniels at the Division B Conference, where we all cheered when he told us “no more CL manual and you will have access through internet in all your devices”.