#161: Challenge Brings Opportunity – 2019-20 International President Deepak Menon DTM
July 15, 2020Categories: International President, Leadership
The Toastmasters Podcast with Bo Bennett, Ryan Levesque, and Greg GazinThe Toastmasters Podcast is like a radio talkshow featuring interviews with Toastmasters usually featured in the Toastmaster magazine. But unlike a radio show, a podcast is on the Internet, and available, for free, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, and a connected device capable of playing audio.
The current global pandemic can certainly put even the most experienced leaders' leadership skills to the test. In this very timely episode, Greg and Ryan speak with Toastmasters 2019-2020 International President Deepak Menon, DTM about his own leadership journey, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Toastmasters around the world. President Menon highights that, despite the many challenges, there are now new opportunities in our midst.
In the course of the discussion, we learn a little about why President Menon initially joined Toastmasters in 2002 (after expecting to politely decline). Deepak's home club is Central Delhi Toastmasters.
President Menon shares valuable perspectives and suggestions as we move into an uncertain future. He also provides information about the upcoming and first-ever 100% virtual and 100% free Toastmasters International Convention.
President Menon was also featured in the September 2019 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.
Deepak Menon, DTM, of New Delhi, India, is a chartered accountant at J.P., Kapur & Uberai in New Delhi, where he is one of nine partners. He oversees management and operations, and specializes in international taxation, cross-border taxation, transfer pricing and direct taxes. Menon is also a trustee of the Columban Endowment Trust, a nonprofit organization. Menon is a fellow chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, where he also earned a Diploma in Information Systems Auditing.
Menon served as the Chief Coordinator for the Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership program in collaboration with the American Center in New Delhi and helped build communication and leadership skills for approximately 700 underprivileged children in six cities in India. He also served as secretary of St. Columba’s School’s alumni society Old Columbans Association, and in 2006, co-founded the publishing house, Ambi Knowledge Resources Private Limited.