2015 February Newsletter

Member Spotlight: Chris Presley

Chris PresleyChris Presley

Academic and Student Services Advisor
Olin Business School

Favorite Book: The Other Wes Moore
Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite Band: The Clark Sisters

Why I joined Toastmasters: Before I started at WashU in June, I attended a Toastmasters meeting in Columbia, SC, where I went to graduate school. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to consistently attend meetings, but that was a goal when I moved here.

On getting selected to the highly competitive Global Diversity Overseas Program: This year, the GDOS Program focuses on diversity and social justice issues in South Korea. Since about 10 percent of my students in the business school are from South Korea, it was very important for me to learn more about their culture and how our office can offer better services. In June, we’ll travel to Seoul, South Korea, for a visit to WashU’s partner universities and to see Korean culture in action.

Hobbies: I enjoy playing (saxophone and bassoon) and listening to music. I’ve become more interested in exploring the St. Louis dining scene, traveling across the country, and watching live sporting events since finishing graduate school last May.

How Toastmasters has helped me: I’m great when speaking in small groups or one-on-one, but when it comes down to standing and having an audience that gives full attention to me, my heart jumps out of my chest. Fellow WUSTL Speaks members have been very encouraging. Toastmasters has definitely allowed me to grow in my confidence both personally and professionally.