Our Silent Auction

As a nonprofit educational organization, District 31 Toastmasters empowers individuals to become better speakers, communicators, and leaders. The funds from this silent auction will allow volunteers to provide training, resources, guidance, and more to over 4,000 individuals in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Winter Leadership Program

Giving and Receiving Feedback Up, Down and Across an Organization

Sponsored by District 31 Toastmasters

Have you ever had to give someone feedback and weren’t sure how best to present your thoughts so that the conversation is helpful, motivating and non-confrontational?  We often have a need to provide others with feedback, whether it’s providing feedback to someone you manage, sharing feedback with your management, or giving feedback to a peer.  How that message is delivered will determine the effectiveness of the conversation. We work in a diverse world where gender, race, culture, and a plethora of other factors impact how people respond to feedback. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how to tailor our message for the individual with whom we are speaking.  It doesn’t end there, however! The recipient plays a key role in this dialogue, and understanding how you react to various forms of feedback delivery can help you become a better feedback recipient. Feedback, given and received, helps us grow in our careers.

At the first event in the District 31 Leadership Program Series, we will hear five panelists from varying industries share their thoughts on how best to deliver and receive feedback tailored to a diverse workforce with unique needs.  At the end of the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to break into small workshop-style coaching sessions where they can openly discuss feedback related challenges and ask in-depth questions of our panelists.

Our Panelists

Marie Bankuti, PCC, CPCC, PMP

Marie Bankuti, PCC, CPCC, PMP

An international Executive Coach with more than three decades of experience in technology and leadership coaching and training, Tether Free Vision Founder, Marie Bankuti, specializes in helping leaders and teams bridge multicultural differences, so they can thrive in our global economy. Her work focuses on helping them develop Cultural Intelligence, build awareness, enhance communication, boost productivity and minimize conflict. Offering individual, group, and corporate coaching, as well as training and speaking engagements, Marie has worked with hundreds of individuals from more than a dozen countries. To learn more and get in touch, visit http://TetherFreeVision.com/

Michael Bookman, ACB, ALB, PHR, MSM

Michael Bookman, ACB, ALB, PHR, MSM

Organizational Development and Human Resources Professional

For over ten years, Michael Bookman has been a proud member and leader within Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization that helps its members develop their public speaking and leadership skills.  Michael is a certified human resources professional. He has worked in the field of human resources for over 18 years. He is currently an employee-consultant with a large human capital management firm. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree of science in psychology and a master’s degree of science in management. Michael has served on the Volunteer Recognition Committee and as a disaster services instructor for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, and currently board chair of a small non-profit based in Boston, MA.

Adam Heisler, DTM

Adam Heisler, DTM

Vice President at State Street Global Markets Technology

Current President State Street Boston Toastmasters Club. Former Division Director, District 31.  Former Area Director, District 31.

Sushma Kommareddy

Sushma Kommareddy

Associate Director, Drug Product Development at Takeda Vaccines Inc

Sushma Kommareddy has a Ph.D. in Drug & Gene delivery with twelve years of experience in the development of vaccines. She is currently working as an Associate Director of Formulation & Drug Product Development at Takeda Vaccines. In her experience at Takeda and Novartis, she worked in different capacities to lead multiple viral, subunit and nucleic acid vaccine candidates through clinical development. During this period, she also served as Principal Investigator of external collaborations on exploring new technologies for delivery of vaccines and related biologics. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of lyophilized multi-dose product for Takeda’s dengue vaccine.

Sushma has been an active member of Toastmasters for over 5 years. She is the sponsor/founder of Takeda Toastmasters and Served as the 1st president of the club.

Stefano McGhee – DTM, PDG, PDD

Stefano McGhee – DTM, PDG, PDD

Stefano McGhee is an Enterprise Cloud Operations Manager working in Information Technology for over twenty years. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel serving as the Director of Communications for the Rhode Island Air National Guard. He has been involved in Toastmasters for close to 15 years and has served as the lead executive for District 31 twice providing rich experience in leading volunteers as part of a non-profit.

Stefano McGhee has been a member of Toastmasters since 2005. In 2005, Stefano’s wife insisted that he attend a membership night at her local club, Network Voice Toastmasters. While he would have preferred to stay at home, he finally gave in to his wife and attended the meeting and has been a member of Toastmasters ever since.


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200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 


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January 28th, 2019

5:30 to 8:00 PM

mark your calendar now!


How Do I Sign Up?

The event is free, but we need to have an estimate of how many people will be attending.  There is a maximum capacity of 75 attendees – so make sure you register right away!

Please register on Eventbrite

Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-leadership-program-tickets-53794415545


Attention Toastmasters

please volunteer to help at the event 


Light Refreshments to be Served

Silent Auction

We will have some great auction items and will be raffling them off at the event. 

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