Meet the Keynote Speaker

Lark Doley Candidate ImageLark Doley, DTM, of Jonestown, Texas, is a senior training coordinator for MAXIMUS, where she has worked since 2007. She manages the professional development strategy for the MAXIMUS Texas Project, which includes webinars, computer-based training and instructor-led workshops. As chief executive of Second Wave, Inc., a company she founded in 1987, Doley led a team that manufactured hardware peripheral devices for Apple Macintosh products.

A lighthouse homeowner, Doley served as secretary of the Lighthouse Estates Homeowners Association. She also served as president of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club, an Austin business group that meets weekly and features business and government speakers presenting topical issues of importance to the city and state.

Doley graduated with honors from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German. She continued her education studying business management at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and mathematics at the University of Houston–Clear Lake, in Houston, Texas.

A Toastmaster for 25 years, Doley is a member of two clubs, including her home club in Pflugerville, Texas, the Arthur Storer club that was chartered in honor of her father-in-law after his death in 1997. Doley 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.

Doley says, “I have used my improved communication and leadership skills to found and lead a successful company. I now have the privilege to work for a company where I use my skills daily to teach others.”

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

Source: Toastmasters International

Keynote Presentation: “Your Path to Personal and Professional Success”

The youngest Vice Chancellor of Finance in the University of Texas system attributed her rapid rise to professional success to Toastmasters. Then she moved to New York and achieved even greater success on Wall Street. What about you? How “can” you create or how “have” you created a path to personal and professional success by capitalizing on your Toastmasters skills? What are key communication and leadership competencies that support personal and professional success? During this presentation, we will explore the “Pathways” between Toastmasters communication and leadership competencies and those most commonly linked to personal and professional success.