The Global Speakers Federation’s (GSF) Board of Directors and its Presidential Leadership Team are pleased to announce that Dr. John B. Molidor, Ph.D., CSP has been selected as its Vice President for 2018-2019 and will serve as its President in 2020-2021.
The GSF supports and provides resources to help develop associations of professional speakers worldwide. The GSF currently comprises 15 independent speaker associations representing over 20 countries.
Dr. Molidor comes to the GSF from the National Speakers Association (NSA) of the United States, where he has served as a Board Member, Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. He currently chairs the GSF Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of Steering Committee and Board of Directors.
During his tenure as a NSA-US member, Dr. Molidor developed, proposed, and implemented the Four Es of Professional Speaking Competencies (i.e., Expertise, Eloquence, Enterprise, and Ethics). He then linked these competencies to a certification process by designing, revising, and updating the evaluation process to include both external and internal reviews for the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. He has also been a strong voice for moving the speaking profession from a club-mentality to a professional mind set in order for it to thrive into the future.
Dr. Molidor has a long-standing interest and fascination with the functioning of our brains. He has presented internationally on the ‘Neuroscience of Speaking’ and is finalizing work on the ‘Neuroscience of Leadership.’ During his non-speaking moments, Dr. Molidor can be found at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Community Dean, and the CEO/President of a non-profit educational organization that brings together three teaching hospitals with a Big Ten University.
In a recent message to GSF leadership, Dr. Molidor shared his observations on recent Federation enhancements and his focus for the future:
“The GSF has undergone some major changes during the past year: a new governance structure, a new Bylaw, and new policies. These developments and changes have been in place for approximately 17 months. Our next steps in the coming months will be to review these changes and to make any adjustments and modifications that reflect how we are (and will be) addressing the Federation’s mission and its future impact.
This is a pivotal time in the development, evolution, and growth of the GSF. Given that our Federation relies on the talents and energies of individuals, given that our financial resources remain an issue, and given that there is a need to be crystal clear on the value that we provide to our member associations, I will be reaching out to you for your counsel, insights, and input. I also feel strongly that it is imperative that we be as inclusive as possible, especially given the vagaries of our current global climate. Our viability, strength, and future depend on our diversity.
I am humbled and honoured to have run for this position with Mia Liljeberg, a trusted colleague and friend. I look forward to working with Mia as well as each of you in the coming years.
I will bring my heart, soul, and brain to this endeavour and new role, and I look forward to my years of service to the GSF.”