Get to Know the WBENC Staff – Andrew Gaeckle

Ever wonder about who is behind the scenes executing MatchMakers, planning for events, or assisting you with WBENCLink2.0? Learn more about the WBENC Staff in this column.

Q:  What did you do before you started at WBENC?/How did you get to WBENC?

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, I moved to Washington, DC and I started my career in management consulting. I had the amazing opportunity to travel the country and around the world working with universities, medical research institutions, and government agencies to optimize resource utilization, enhance organizational effectiveness, and develop strategic plans. In 2013 I joined WBENC following my passion to advocate for diversity and work with small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

Q: What keeps you busy at WBENC? 

Being a #HesForShes of course! At WBENC I’m responsible for program development projects and change execution strategies needed to support WBENC’s growth, business strategies, programs & partnerships. So what does that all mean, well I wear a lot of AMAZING hats for sure! On any given day I’m working on America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, the Student Entrepreneur Program, WBENC’s Industry Advisors Boards, Information Technology (yes I share the wonderful responsibility of IT with the great Pat Birmingham), WBENC partnerships and any number of other items that helps WBENC continue to be the leading women’s business development organization. We have a great team and wonderful organization. Busy, I’d say work is fun! 

Q: What is your favorite part of working at WBENC? 

I think I can narrow it down to three things! 

One is truly being a #HesForShes; encouraging WBENC-Certified WBEs and all the amazing women in our network to be the best they can be. 

Two, the opportunity to learn from WBENC Corporate and Government Members and the WBEs it serves; the innovation, changes to industry, best practices, and more -- it is amazing!

Third, working with the next generation of women entrepreneurs and seeing first-hand how the work we do is truly making a difference. 

Q: What is your proudest moment at WBENC?

Within my first year at WBENC I had the opportunity to lead the Student Entrepreneur Program (SEP). The amazing success we have created in elevating the program is certainly one of my proudest moments. Through rebranding, a redefined entrepreneur curriculum and WBE and Corporate mentoring program we are creating a transformative experience for the students, WBEs, and Corporate and Government members who participate in the program while growing awareness for WBENC and our program across the country.

Q: What do you do for fun outside of work? 

Active, that’s probably the best word to describe me, my life outside the office and in a sense inside the office too is ACTIVE.  I’m always high energy. Outside the office you’ll probably find me at co-ed soccer on Wednesday nights, alumni softball in the summer, golf or a long ride on the weekend, 10Ks and marathon relay races, or snowboarding in the winter. Staying active is a core part of my life. I enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the amazing friends I have to share these experience with.

 

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Posted on January 3, 2017 and filed under WBENC Staff.