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Steve Chen, Toastmasters International Director
Visiting District 65

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Steve Chen, Toastmasters International Director will be visiting District 65 on April 28-30, 2016 to help people understand the value of Toastmasters.  Steve Chen is one of 14 International Directors serving Toastmasters International.

While in Buffalo, Chen will be recognizing two local businesses, Lawley Insurance and the Buffalo Psychiatric Center (BPC) by presenting each a Corporate Recognition award.

This award is presented to corporations that not only support Toastmasters clubs for their employees and/or community members, but also extend that reach by hosting speech contests and training events for the district. Chen will also be speaking to local business leaders about the Toastmasters program and how it can positively impact their company and improve employee satisfaction.

Chen will also be giving a key-note speech while attending the District 65 Spring Conference, being held at the Buffalo Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, April 29th.  The conference is for Toastmasters and guests to attend speech contests, educational sessions and to participate in the business meeting and elections for the district.

This conference is also the site of the District 65 International Speech Championship, where the winner will be moving to compete with Toastmasters from 135 countries, in August, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Buffalo currently has over 30 clubs and approximately 500 members and Buffalo has sent several people in the community to compete at the International contest level. Daily, newspapers identify communication and leadership, the Toastmasters foundation, as a key soft skill required in the workforce today.

Steve Chen, DTM, a practicing attorney from Holbrook, New York, is a Director of the County Voters Association and the Immigrant Social Services in New York City. He specializes in corporate law, real properties and criminal defense, and he has led several nonprofit organizations in areas of voting rights, educational opportunities and public safety. He is past director and chairman of General Human Outreach in the Community, a homecare provider for special needs patients.

Chen earned a law degree at Brooklyn Law School and worked as assistant district attorney in Queens County before starting his own firm in 1997, Law Offices of Steven Chen. He is recognized for his outstanding service to several organizations throughout the last 30 years. He received a Dedication of Service award from the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, a Community Service Leadership award from Flushing Central Lions Club, and a Professional Achievement and Service award from the Brooklyn Law Students Association.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 14 years, Chen is a member of three clubs. He has been a member of his home club, True Potential club in Kew Gardens, Queens County, since 2001. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.

Chen says, “My association with Toastmasters has allowed me to become a much more comfortable public speaker and an effective leader.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Chen is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is more than 332,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. Under the multi-national leadership team they have elected, they are refining their educational program to prepare individuals for success in the electronic era.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

 

Welcome to Toastmasters International District 65.
District 65 is composed of community and corporate Toastmasters International Clubs located in Central and Western NY. To find a club near you, click the map to the right to view all clubs in the district or this link to view a list of meetings and clubs sorted by division and city.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is more than 332,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

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