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Wendy Weissman

What is your profession? How do you spend your days?
I’ve been interested in helping leaders, teams and organizations “up their game” for several decades now…so I call myself an Organizational Development Consultant. When I’m not practicing my professional craft, I’m nudging more flowers from my container garden, sorting out HOA issues in our townhome complex or conjuring up new recipes based on our NW abundance!

What do you value about Social Venture Partners?
SVP continually invites and inspires me to learn, to experiment and to contribute to our community in ways I would never have imagined on my own. SVP has also opened up an incredible network of Partners who are great fun to work with as well as dream with!

What do you want to accomplish in your next decade?
More time outdoors figures consistently in my aspirations, i.e. becoming a more serious fisherwomen, redeveloping my tennis game, becoming proficient with my new kayak. I’m also hopeful I can continue to “make a positive difference” in other’s lives.

Describe the most meaningful charitable gift of time or money you have made and why you made the gift.
My husband (Michael Wall, a retired Pulmonary Pediatrician from OHSU) and I will be making our 3rd trip in early 2016 to work at Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 4-6 weeks. We feel honored to help rebuild a new generation of pediatricians to serve Cambodia’s poor families into the future. Michael supervises their Residents and Med Students and I work with the Operations Team. We are now welcomed back as “family” year over year.

How do you know if your giving or volunteering has been successful with a nonprofit?
I was originally trained as a behavioral psychologist many moons ago and those foundational precepts which encourage new behaviors, actions and outcomes are still part of my DNA. If we can facilitate operational processes with fewer bumps, leaders who are willing to step up, and strategies which allow for planful growth, then I believe that a non-profit’s mission and vision can be realized.