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.
Get to Know Meridith Satz
Q: What did you do before you started at WBENC?
A: Before starting my career at WBENC I attended law school at American University Washington College of Law in DC. I actually had interned for WBENC prior to and during law school, and once I graduated I was thrilled to become an official part of the WBENC team!
Q: What keeps you busy at WBENC?
A: My title is Senior Manager, Certification and I deal with all things certification related. Mainly I am responsible for providing guidance on WBENC’s Standards & Procedures to our constituent groups, and for supporting the National Certification, Appeals, and National Certification Review Committees. Additionally, I work frequently with RPO Certification Staff and applicants to ensure the certification application process (in the new completely digitized WBENCLink 2.0!) is a breeze.
Q: What is your favorite part of working at WBENC?
A: WBENC is a non-profit that truly lives up to its mission—it really walks the talk—in that we not only provide the certification but we really encourage and work with our certified WBEs to stimulate economic growth and opportunities. However, that would not be accomplished without our leaders, staff, and other inspiring women business owners working toward that goal. I feel lucky every day that I get to work with such an ambitious, intelligent, and caring group of people!
Q: What do you do for fun outside of work?
A: I am a crazy dog lady. I can often be spotted taking pictures or showing people pictures of my silly rescue miniature poodle named Milo, and I also foster and volunteer for animal rescues where I live. When I am not obsessing over my own dogs or other dogs I meet on the street I can be found cooking new recipes in my kitchen, getting a little bit too excited at farmers markets, and trying new and old restaurants around the city.
Q: Why do you get up in the morning?
A: The people that I love and that love me motivate me in everything I do. I am blessed to have the support that I do from my family, relationships, and work life, so I am excited to start every day for them. That, and of course the prospect of breakfast.