Meet District 27 Leadership: Area 31 Director James Ivy

Editor’s Note: Recently, Jay Krasnow, District 27 Public Relations Manager, sat down for an interview with Area 31 Director James Ivy to talk about his experiences as a leader in District 27. In his role, Ivy oversees District 27 clubs, tracks their progress and reports his findings on these clubs to other District 27 leadership, including the District 27 Director. This is the third in a series of interviews with District 27 leaders intended to introduce you to Toastmasters through the experiences of our leaders and members. 

If you aspire to network with current and future leaders like Ivy, the Fall District 27 Conference is a great opportunity to do this. The Fall Conference’s theme is Shine! Shout! Share! You can register now.

What is the most challenging thing about your role? (i.e., time, resources, family)?

Answer: Time management is definitely my biggest challenge.  Balancing time with my family, new responsibilities at work and Area 31 Director efforts is a big undertaking, but the rewards are learning new strategies to schedule my time effectively and breaking big goals down into smaller tasks each day, week and month, and seeing results build over time.

Q: Why should Toastmasters members take leadership roles?

A: Toastmasters has shown me that effective leaders make effective speakers.  My goals for this year include challenging myself as a leader to help me continue to practice and refine my skills as a public speaker.

What Toastmasters activities prepared you for this role (i.e., speaking projects, Toastmasters leadership projects, mentoring)?

A: My home club, USDA Toastmasters, has an active mentoring program, which helped me get off to an effective start in Toastmasters, as well as give back and help other new members in the club.  My time as my club’s vice-president for education and president also gave me opportunities to set goals with my fellow officers and to enlist all of our members in working toward accomplishing them.


Q: What life events prepared you for this role? (work, volunteering, educational background)?

A: I also serve in an internal coaching program at work and enjoy volunteering to support my boys’ school and youth sports programs.

Q: How long have you been a member of Toastmasters?

A: Four years.


Jay Krasnow (ACG/ALB) is the District 27 Public Relations Manager and a member of Challenger Toastmasters, which meets at Asahi Restaurant in Courthouse Plaza (2500 Clarendon Blvd., Suite G), Arlington, VA, at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

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