CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Toastmasters International recently recognized BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for enhancing employee engagement through its continuing support of the Toastmasters program. BlueCross sponsors two Toastmasters clubs where employees meet to develop and strengthen their communication and leadership skills in a supportive setting with their coworkers.
The award was presented by Lark Doley, president of Toastmasters International, during a ceremony held at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee headquarters in downtown Chattanooga.
“BlueCross has done an amazing job using the program we offer to develop its employees in communication and leadership,” said Doley as she presented the honors.
Toastmasters’ communication and leadership teaches BlueCross employees how to:
• Conduct effective meetings
• Practice time management
• Enhance their listening skills
• Sharpen their presentation skills
• Boost team collaboration
• Guide successful teams
“Good communication and leadership skills are essential to the success of all the top performers within our company,” said BlueCross vice president of human resources Gary Steele. “We appreciate how Toastmasters helps our employees build those skills in a way that promotes both personal and professional growth, and we are honored to receive this prestigious award.”
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.
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