Get to Know the WBENC Staff – Vaughn Farris

Get to Know Vaughn Farris

What did you do before you started at WBENC?

My career has led me to work across different industries, but it was at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce where I was in corporate relations that I learned of WBENC. As strategic partners, WBENC and NGLCC support each other through special initiatives and it was there where I met Candace Waterman (WBENC’s Chief of Staff) and eventually learned of the position at WBENC.

What keeps you busy at WBENC?

I am fortunate enough to work cross-departmentally in both the Marketing team and Programs team.  I work on various projects across the organization, including a new executive education program for WBEs that will launch in 2017. Stay tuned!

What is your favorite part of working at WBENC?

My favorite part of working at WBENC is getting to hear all the various perspectives of the people I encounter on a daily business - from our incredible WBENC team to the many constituents we serve - this is a wonderful kaleidoscope that I get to look through.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

Anything outdoors with my dog, Rose – living in Santa Barbara affords me the opportunity to be outside all-year round with access to mountains and the beach. Every day there is a new trail to take….

Who inspires you?

I wouldn’t say that there is a particular person who inspires me, rather, it is what I get to witness other people doing - people being true to themselves, chasing their dreams, demonstrating integrity and kindness, etc. There is so much we can focus on in the world and those, despite their circumstances, who choose to rise above and live their truth – that is what is inspirational.

Favorite quote:

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet

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Posted on November 15, 2016 .