Governor Highlight: Julie Wade | Alternative Worldwide


Julie Wade is a connector—a kind of uncommon human beings who not solely sees the potential of connecting one alternative with one other, however takes motion to deliver concepts and folks collectively, making a multiplying energy that results in one thing significant, efficient, and thrilling.

Julie has labored and volunteered for nonprofit organizations all through her life. When she and her household lived in Hinsdale, IL, Alternative Worldwide’s headquarters had been near dwelling. Virtually twenty years in the past, one of many first Alternative folks she met was Lillian Covington, initially from Kenya and at present a vice chairman of philanthropy on the group. Julie and a number of other of her pals had the possibility to study our work; she remembers visiting with daughters of ladies who had obtained enterprise loans, coaching, and help by Alternative Belief Teams in Africa. These younger girls had traveled to the US to share their tales of hope and goal; Belief Teams had been a key issue within the success of the ladies mortgage recipients – success that rippled to their daughters’ era.

Round that very same time, Julie grew to become a stylist with cabi, a trend firm dedicated to social duty. The Coronary heart of cabi Basis works to empower girls by restoration, vocation, and schooling; they’ve been a longtime, loyal accomplice of Alternative Worldwide. For each new cabi stylist, cabi supplies funding to assist a lady entrepreneur in a growing nation. Cabi prospects can select to spherical up their order complete, supporting Alternative’s work. By means of cabi, Julie’s entrepreneurial expertise and her coronary heart for supporting impactful nonprofits discovered an exquisite place to flourish.

Like every good connector, Julie sees “the subsequent risk.” She notes the vital significance of human-centered interventions and adapting to the particular wants of the folks we serve; she remembers studying that, as Alternative listened to our microloan shoppers, we heard {that a} widespread problem was repaying the mortgage whereas needing to pay college charges to ship their youngsters to highschool. We noticed the chance—the possibility for connection—and launched Alternative’s Schooling Finance program that connects each dad and mom and faculties to monetary sources, coaching, and help—considered one of only a few nonprofit organizations to take action.

In search of deeper and broader connections at all times, Julie’s group of family and friends continues to help Alternative with their time, expertise, and treasures. Julie cherishes the possibility to “open folks’s eyes” to our huge and various world. She traveled to China with Alternative and has an upcoming Perception Journey to Colombia; she has attended a number of Alternative Summits across the nation; she graciously has hosted occasions that deliver collectively new and outdated pals to study extra about our work from Alternative senior leaders. She has volunteered to overview purposes for the Ladies and Ladies Alternative (WeGO) Awards. Julie has dedicated to supporting Alternative as a Governor, with presents and repair as an Alternative advocate to pals and colleagues.

Julie continues to volunteer in her communities in Florida and Michigan; she has raised her youngsters to have the identical dedication to creating our world a greater place. When the pandemic pressured a neighborhood nonprofit to cancel their “enjoyable run,” Julie satisfied her household to do their very own run and despatched the donation to the nonprofit. It was so rewarding, they created their very own ten week “enjoyable run” tour, selecting to help a special nonprofit each week.

We’re so grateful for literal and figurative “go-getters” like Julie and her household, pals, and colleagues. As an Alternative Worldwide Governor, she leads by motion, by instance, by coronary heart—motivated to assist allow folks to construct lives of dignity and goal.