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Chandler man elected to Toastmasters International board

March 29th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler man elected to Toastmasters International board

By SanTan Sun News Staff

A Chandler man has been elected to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors.

Michael J. Holian will be a “working ambassador” for Toastmasters International, a 98-year-old nonprofit that aims to “empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, it boasts a membership of more than 300,000 in over 15,800 clubs in 149 countries.

“Mr. Holian’s journey through levels of Toastmasters leadership and his career advancement are a testament to the benefits of the personal and professional growth Toastmasters experience,” said Nancy Duckett, District 3 Toastmasters spokeswoman, saying he “generously gives back, speaking on the topic of leadership building to local audiences and volunteering with local organizations through his employer

Holian will be discussing his role as an international director in an upcoming Radio X – Phoenix Business Radio interview at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, with Karen Nowicki, and will appear at the District 3 Toastmasters Arizona Conference on May 20-21 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort in Maricopa. He will present a keynote on May 20 and moderate a panel of leaders on May 21.

As with most Toastmasters, Holian’s relationship with the nonprofit began at the club level as a member and eventually he took on club officer leadership roles.

“Practicing and developing strong communication and leadership skills brought him to the highest level within the District 3 organization when he was elected District Director 2018-2019,” Duckdett said, calling him a “standout” in the way he “he supports fellow Toastmasters, volunteering to lead clubs as an area and division director, helping to support district activities such as speech contests while sharing his insights on leadership.”

Holian said he has benefitted in many ways from his membership.

“My Toastmasters experience has also expanded my understanding of other people and cultures, providing opportunities for friendships and increasing my understanding of diverse experiences and perspectives,” he said.

As an international director, Holidan will work to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission,

Holian has been a member since 1992 and has received the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He is a member of Leader’s Plus Toastmasters in Mesa and AZ Motormouths Toastmasters, a club at his workplace.

Holian is an information technology specialist for CSAA Insurance Group for the past eight years. He is the product owner and administrator for a suite of software collaboration and

developmental tools. He is the chair of the governance board, responsible for identifying best

practices, reviewing proposed changes, and communicating the product roadmap.

He earned a certification in computer programming from Chubb Institute of Computer Technology.

He also is a community impact champion for his employer and coordinates volunteer activities for fellow employees and volunteers for the Special Olympics, a local foodbank, and other organizations through his employer.

In Chandler, there are approximately 13 clubs. Nine are community clubs and open for anyone to join, such as East Valley Echoes, Ocotillo Breakfast Club, Valued Voices, and TALKotillo. These clubs different times, from early morning to the noon hour and evenings, offering members club meetings that fit their needs and busy schedules.

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