Toast of WU, one of three Toastmasters clubs at Washington University in St. Louis, attained Toastmasters International’s president’s distinguished level, the highest performance level achievable.
Toastmasters is a professional development program in which members practice their public speaking, leadership and other skills in a supportive atmosphere.
In addition to the club achievement, Becky Jordan, application developer in Information Technology, was named St. Louis District 8 Toastmaster of the Year for 2019-2020. This recognizes an individual who actively participates in a variety of aspects of the district to make it a better organization.
Karen Leingang, application developer in Information Technology, earned the Distinguished Toastmaster title, which is the highest award Toastmasters International bestows on a member after completing numerous education projects and serving in multiple yearlong leadership roles.
Maureen Kleekamp, administrative assistant for Arts & Sciences Advancement, achieved the Triple Crown Award for completing a High Performance Leadership project along with three levels in the Toastmasters Pathways Presentation Mastery program.
In addition to Toast of WU, a combined North Campus and West Campus club, other chapters at Washington University are WUSTL Speaks, which serves the Danforth Campus; and WashU MedMasters, which serves the School of Medicine. More information is available here about Toastmasters, along with how to get involved with a campus group.