Spotlight on Wendy Steele, Frontrunners League Advisory Board Member
Continuing on our theme of introducing the Frontrunners League’s Advisory Board Members, this week is the turn of Wendy Steele (#6 The Introducer) to step into the spotlight…
Wendy originally featured in the Women’s Empowerment issue of The Introducer. This is very fitting in her role as both Founder and CEO of Impact 100 Global Advisory Council, a philanthropic model which empowers 100+ women from all walks of life, united by a common goal of doing good in their local community, to donate USD $1000 each to a pot that local charities can then apply to for the whole amount.
However, it is much more than just a ‘giving model’. It effectively grows and strengthens communities, creating networks between the local women and the communities that they serve. This then leads to many other spin-off effects with some women gaining more skills and confidence, perhaps by being involved in running their Impact 100 chapter or by volunteering with some of the charities who applied for grant funding. All the donors are upskilled so that they can assess the applications and use their vote to choose which charity will receive the grant from all those submitted.
By the end of 2018, there were 50+ Impact 100 Chapters – mostly in the US, a few in Australia – and, collectively, they’d given away in excess of USD $65+ million.
Joining The League’s Advisory Board
Wendy’s motivation to become an Advisory Board member stemmed from her belief that we all need to expand our networks, the need to help one another and show each other the way. She says:
‘I was impressed with Mary and her work and was excited to see where the Frontrunners League would go. It’s such a privilege to be a part of a group like this; I couldn’t imagine not doing it.’
- If you’d like to set-up your own Impact 100 Chapter – and this can be anywhere in the world – please get in touch with Wendy via Mary or Annie.
- CRM – Wendy would love to hear from you if you could help Impact 100 with a free CRM solution. This system is needed to support Impact 100’s infrastructure – both at the Global Advisory Council (customizable to meet their needs) and out in the field for each Chapter (easy to access and use for volunteers who may have varying levels of tech skills).
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The next edition of The Introducer (#12) will be the first site-based edition and the theme is The Value of #Healthtech – some awesome resources and game changers in the line-up already. If you have a healthtech related product, service, or event and are looking a vehicle for promo, please get in touch with Mary.
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Marc Jarrett (The Introducer #3), Managing Director of Emjay Consultancy Ltd, is keen to offer his services to any SMEs currently in the UK wishing to keep a toehold in the EU, particularly in the light of Brexit looming on the horizon (and no clear picture of exactly what this will look like). Marc, fluent in German, can support these companies to establish a subsidiary in Germany (known as a GMBH). He can navigate all the bureaucracy and also offers business support services. It’s well worth a timely conversation with Marc if any of our League members know of SMEs who may be grappling with this issue right now. Please contact Mary or Annie if you’d like to know more.
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