Member of WashU IT Receives Toastmasters Honor

Article submitted by Denise Hirschbeck, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Administration & Academic Computing.

Karen Leingang, vice president of education and charter member of Toast of WashU (right), accepting her Distinguished Toastmasters pin from Becky Jordan, current president of Toast of WashU (left). Both are recipients of the club’s “Triple Crown” pin which is awarded to any Toastmaster who has completed, at minimum, 3 educational awards within a club year.

WashU IT Application Developer III Karen Leingang was presented her Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) pin at the September 10th meeting of Toast of WU. The DTM is the highest distinction a Toastmaster can earn under the Toastmasters program. This achievement took 5 and 1/2 years and stretched Karen’s public speaking and leadership muscles. Karen is the first Toastmaster to achieve this distinction among the three Toastmasters Clubs at Wash U.

Along with her DTM pin, Karen received impressive feedback from her colleagues about her mentorship, dedication, and leadership in the Toastmasters program and shared a heartfelt description of how she used this as an opportunity for professional and personal growth. It was great for those of us who were able to be present when she accepted her pin.

Please join me in congratulating Karen on this milestone achievement!

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