Kathy Hansen for District 9 Program Quality Director

Hi there! I’m Kathy Hansen, DTM. I was District 9’s first Program Quality Director after the District leadership titles changed in 2015, and I seek to be your next Program Quality Director for 2023-2024. I’m asking for your vote.

Kathy Hansen

This is a critical time for District 9. We face the possibility of being merged into another district if our growth does not improve. We need strong, committed, experienced leadership in the district at this challenging time. I am committed to being part of that leadership.

Below is information about me and my Toastmasters experience and contributions:

Brief Bio: Educator and writer Katharine (Kathy) Hansen, Ph.D., curates, crafts, and delivers compelling content online in print, on stage, and in the classroom. Until the site’s sale in 2015, she provided content for Quintessential Careers and its blog for nearly 19 years. Kathy, who earned her PhD from Union Institute & University, authored You Are More Accomplished Than You Think, Tell Me About Yourself, Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates, A Foot in the Door, Top Notch Executive Interviews, Top Notch Executive Resumes; the Quick + Quintessential Guide series, and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills, along with numerous Kindle and eBooks. Learn more at her personal Web site, katharinehansenphd.com.

Toastmasters Leadership

District Director, 2016-2017

Program Quality Director, 2015-2016

Lieutenant Governor Marketing (now called Club Growth Director), 2014-2015

Two terms as District Public-Relations Officer, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014

Division C Governor, Aug. 2013-June 2014

Area C4 Director, 2019-2019

Conference Publicity Chair, Online, 2023 Conference

Conference Chair, Spokane, Spring 2018

Conference Education Chair, Coeur d’Alene, Fall 2014

Conference Registration Consultant, Wenatchee, Fall 2013, and Pasco, Spring 2014

Conference Registration Chair, Moscow, Spring 2013

Conference Publicity and Registration Chair, Spokane, Fall 2012

Conference Education Chair, Pendleton, Spring 2012

Sponsor, Well Spokane, chartered 2018

Sponsor, Fairchild Toastmasters, chartered 2014

Selected Club Leadership Roles

Secretary, Audible Experience, 2022-2023

VP Education, Next Level Toastmasters, 2022-2023

VP Education, Faculty Club, 2015-2016

Secretary, Colville Toastmasters, 2015-2016, 2014-2015

President, Colville Toastmasters, 2013-2014 [President’s Distinguished that year]

Vice President/Public Relations, Colville Toastmasters, Jan. 2011-June 2013


Excellence in Program Quality, 2016; my work as PQD that year contributed to the District’s achieving the Distinguished District designation.

Toastmaster of the Year, 2020-2021

Volunteer of the Year, 2018

Distinguished Toastmaster, 2014

Top education-award earner district-wide, with 8 awards, in 2014-2015.

Selected Contributions

  • Spearheaded effort to revive a closed club and transform it into a contest-focused club, Next Level Toastmasters, first club to be added to District’s roster of clubs in 2022-2023 program year.
  • Selected by former international officer of Toastmasters to generate publicity for Holidays Around the World event, a 24-hour wordwide marathon of Toastmasters meetings. Chosen by same officer to co-present with her a workshop to a Toastmasters audience in Vietnam.
  • Conceptualized and executed multi-district summit meeting about prison clubs. Initiated Facebook group for prison-club volunteers worldwide.
  • Requested and attained for District $25,000 in contributions for prison clubs from private donors.
  • Successfully initiated district’s first successful December officer training, along with Speech Contest Boot Camp.
  • Oversaw synergy between Faculty Club, the district-wide advanced club whose mission was to train trainers, and officer training, thus providing quality trainers for TLIs and more.
  • Initiated incentives for education awards, leadership, and training.
  • Launched and later refreshed “Ask Me About Toastmasters” word-of-mouth membership campaign and education-recognition program aimed at retention.
  • Built District MeetUp presence and enhanced presence of clubs in Spokane, North Idaho, Tri-Cities, and Yakima on MeetUp and recruited MeetUp reps from each club.
  • Served as primary author of District Success Plan, 2015-2016 program year.
  • As Lt. Governor Marketing, oversaw chartering of 3 new clubs and planted seeds for 20 additional new clubs, some of which chartered in the following year.
  • Ensured that clubs renewed with at least 8 members during renewal periods as LGM.
  • Conceptualized and executed launch of The Faculty Club advanced club for training members to give training presentations.
  • Launched District Speakers Bureau.
  • Initiated education-recognition program aimed at retention.
  • Played key role in International Director and International Officer visits to district.
  • Re-established District newsletter and served multiple stints as editor.
  • Created District Facebook group.
  • Developed District publicity plans.
  • Attained numerous media placements for District news items.
  • Oversaw 3 District publicity campaigns annually, including open houses, communication/leadership workshops, and Speechcraft.
  • Initiated District’s first online registration system for conferences.
  • Supported conference publicity efforts for almost every conference since 2012.
  • Developed District-wide media outreach list.
  • Oversaw enhancement of District Web site, including resources and photo galleries.
  • Conducted audit of community-club Web presence and educated clubs on importance of Web presence and online findability.
  • Developed collection of club publicity resources.
  • Created model for employer outreach.
  • Documented numerous District events with photos.
  • Attained $3,000 radio grant.
  • Developed and presented innovative job-seeker-targeted modification to Speechcraft curriculum in partnership with WorkSource.

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