About the Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Coach
Meet Tom Dowd, award-winning speaker and author…
Tom is currently the Vice President of Education for Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast, Maine. Toastmasters International is a supportive learning environment of over 270,000 members worldwide looking to improve communication and leadership skills. As a founding member of the club, Tom has been involved in Toastmasters since September 2008. Tom holds advanced communication and advanced leadership certifications with Toastmasters International, including his High Performance Leadership (HPL) certification. In November 2011, Tom was selected as the District 45 Toastmaster of Year, which represents over 100 clubs in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the three Eastern Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Tom has also exhibited consistent success when competing at the division (state level equivalent) and district level in Toastmasters speech contests which include humorous, inspirational, impromptu, and evaluation events, including being the two-time Table Topics (Impromptu) District 45 Champion (2012, 2013). Additionally, he is a member of the National Speakers Association.
Tom graduated from the University of Delaware in 1990 with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication.
With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Tom is currently a Senior Vice President at one of the largest financial institutions in the United States, and runs his own business Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching as a speaker, author, trainer, and coach. Tom developed a series of management presentations into a speaking program called Powerful Professional Transformation: Unleashing Leadership. The speaking engagements turned into The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World, a book detailing Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career. “Transformation” received honorable mention in the business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival. Tom has since written another book, this time on public speaking, called From Fear to Success: a Practical Public Speaking Guide, winner of the Gold Medal in Business Reference at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival in the Business category, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival in the How-to category. The book is written in simple terms and is impactful for speakers of all levels. Both books were published in September 2012.
Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching
P.O. Box 284
Rockport, ME 04856
Phone: (207) 596-3217