Spotlight on John Cameron, PQD

John Cameron Milestones: International Leadership in Korea and Japan, Local Leadership with Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer, Outlander Style Wedding in 2023.

“Toastmasters enthusiast John Cameron takes the spotlight this month, showcasing the transformative power of our community. Joining Toastmasters in 2019, John’s journey actually began during his time in grad school at Yonsei University, where he found the platform after being introduced by his friend in Shinchon in 2013.

John’s career is marked by impactful contributions, from receiving accolades for concise policy analysis at the Michigan House of Representatives/Senate to handling international responsibilities at the Korean Olympic Committee during the 2012 Olympic Games. Aside from working in politics and international sports, he’s had gigs in corporate training at Yonsei University, Hanwha Chemical, and more! As the Program Quality Director of District 62 Toastmasters, John led cross-functional teams, enhancing program quality for over 1,800 members. A testament to Toastmasters’ influence is the 2023 AF Group Pinnacle Award John received at his current job for his passion for training and building leaders.

Beyond professional achievements, John served as the treasurer for the Ingham County Equal Opportunity Committee, advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in HR. He manages political strategies and PACS funds as the Secretary of the Eaton County Democratic and Michigan 7th Congressional Parties. In the past he contributed to the leadership board of the Mid-Michigan Red Cross as a state disaster responder.

In his homelife- John holds a personal highlight from Toastmasters—he toasted his new wife at their wedding reception when he got married last October 15, 2023! This joyous moment emphasizes the role Toastmasters plays not only in professional development but also in life’s significant milestones. John’s story is a testament to the multifaceted impact Toastmasters can have, shaping both careers and personal celebrations.

If you’re curious to learn more about John’s journey or connect with him, feel free to reach out. John is always happy to hear and celebrate your life and story over a coffee!”

John gave this reply to a question about challenges in his Program Quality Director Position in the Trio at District 62 Toastmasters:

“The most significant challenge in the PQD role lies in fostering a culture of embracing change – especially while prepping for that new LMS! It can be initially challenging to encourage individuals to step out of their comfort zones, but witnessing the transformative impact when they do is incredibly rewarding. Guiding members toward realizing the benefits of change ultimately enhances the overall Toastmasters experience within the district.”

He also answered a question about juggling a full time job, PQD role and experiencing newlywed status: 

“Juggling a full-time job, serving as the Toastmasters Program Quality Director, and navigating newlywed bliss is a whirlwind, but it’s a joyful one. Balancing my passion for my wife, Toastmasters, and politics with a bit less sleep makes each day uniquely fulfilling. Despite the challenges, I wouldn’t trade this dynamic and rewarding experience for anything in the world.”

Author: Anna Donahue, DTM

I joined Toastmasters in February, 2016 because I wanted to learn how to feel comfortable speaking in public and talking about my new art business called ArtistEntrepreneurs.org. Since then I have given speeches to large and small groups, recorded webinars for online distribution and held workshops for artists who are interested in learning what I know about the "business of art." Toastmasters has helped me to become comfortable in any environment and to take on leadership positions with success. I had no idea how far Toastmasters would take me and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to learn and grow with the encouragment of fellow professionals. For the Toastmaster year of 2019-2020, I was awarded Toastmaster of the Year after taking on many leadership roles at the district level. 

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