Get to Know Mia Delano
What did you do before you started at WBENC?
Prior to joining the WBENC team in February 2014, I oversaw the development efforts for the forerunners of women’s economic development in the country, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) in Chicago. I joined the WBDC in 1998 just as WBENC was beginning, and the WBDC was one of the Founding Members of WBENC and remains its largest RPO to this day. I worked very closely with WBENC since its inception, so when the longtime co-presidents and co-founders of the WBDC finalized their succession plan, it was a natural next step for me to transition to the WBENC business development team and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do so.
What keeps you busy at WBENC/What are the main projects you work on?
With just over 300 current Corporate & Government Members on the national level, my days are very busy working with these entities to be sure they are getting the most out of their Membership with us. Our ongoing engagement helps ensure that we are best aligned to support their supplier diversity efforts for the utilization of our Certified WBEs within their respective supply chains. In addition, it helps us better understand the challenges they face so that we can stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the programming and services we offer our Members to from a solutions-based standpoint.
What is your favorite part of working at WBENC?
Honestly, my job. I grew up in a family that values service and I have worked in women’s economic development for nearly 20 years, and specifically in business development for two of the leading non-profits in this space. It turns out I happen to not mind asking people for money – haha - as I believe in what we do and I understand and am able to articulate the ROI for our Members. In a way, I feel like doing my job every day is my own little way of making a difference. I also happen to believe that right now is an exceptional time to be a part of the WBENC team; we are truly resourced so well and have such strong processes in place, that I feel we are capable of doing just about anything, as long as we have the support!
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Fun? What’s that?? First, work for me is fun – and I don’t mean that to sound so cliché or for me to come off as a crazy workaholic, although I’ve been called this many times before. Outside of work fun, I like to do just about anything, and if I can include my little dog Teddy that’s even better! Most people don’t know that I physically live in Denver when I’m not in the DC office or on other travel, and I love everything Colorado has to offer – beautiful national parks, hiking, skiing. I also love food from all around the world and Denver has such a great restaurant scene right now, and I’m a bit of a political junkie as well. Family and friends are very important to me, so getting time with my loved ones is the way to go for me – good friends, good food, good wine = good time!
What was your proudest moment at WBENC?
Hitting the 300 Member mark this year. This is the first time in WBENC’s history that we have been able to achieve this. Now my goal is to far surpass it!
Who inspires you?
I have been fortunate to be exposed to some pretty amazing people in my lifetime, but those that inspire me the most are genuine, good people who go above and beyond trying to make the world a better place. People like the Warren Buffets and Bill Gates of the world would be prime examples of this, but you don’t have to be a billionaire to inspire me. People who are kind to others without having to think about it, and people who understand that we truly are all better in an environment that is inclusive and respectful of us all. People who do their part, no matter how big or small. That is what inspires me.