Get to know-Elena Pawęta-Club Growth Director

What made you decide to become a Club Growth Director?

For me, becoming a CGD was a natural next step after my Division Director role. I realised that I can do so much more to support the whole District, and learn so much more myself as well.

What is your vision for the upcoming year for you in your new role?

My vision is that all clubs in our District 108 have over 30 members in the roster, they have energetic meetings which give value to members.

I want to provide support for weak, struggling clubs and help new clubs become sustainable. How can experienced Toastmasters in the District support us? Each of them has an opportunity to become Club Coach, Mentor or Sponsor which is also one of the projects on the road to DTM.

What kind of challenges were you able to identify so far related to your role?

The challenge is to support very weak clubs and corporate clubs in achieving their goals, which might be different from what we assume. We must remember to always start with “why” before starting “helping” someone.

What’s in it for you?

I can see tremendous potential for my personal development as a leader in my career as well as in my personal life.

How do you think this role will impact your professional career/ personal goals?

I will be a better leader in my professional life. As a business trainer and Academic lecturer, I work with people and the Toastmasters leadership experience has helped me to excel already.

What are your passions aside from Toastmasters?

I am passionate about organising TEDx events for my local communities. Now, I am organising TEDxWarsawWomen, an event which is aimed at empowering women and spreading impactful ideas.

What piece of advice would you give someone who would aspire to take on this role in the future?

I advise everyone to go forward and apply for District Leadership roles. It can take you to a completely new level of leadership skills and make you a much better person.

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