Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace is a happening place. The blog posts were a little slow last semester, but that came about with the flurry of transition. The non-profit student organization has only been a registered student organization for about a year now, which means that we are still at the very beginning stages of our growth.
Last semester, the only post I managed to write was about the new executive team when so many other things happened. We had sales. We gained local partnerships like Change Boutique and the Robin’s Nest. We expanded our social media use. I know I had a hard time getting the hang of understanding all of the duties encompassed in my position and often felt overwhelmed or that I wasn’t doing enough to help the cause that is so near and dear to my heart. I was trained as a journalist, but all of the sudden I found myself on the other side of the table talking to journalists and finding talented writers to tell the story of the organization I had saddled myself to instead.
Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace is so much more than the empowered communities and the beautiful product lines our artisans create. Part of our mission statement is sharing the stories of our products and partnerships. This semester, I hope to be doing a lot more of that. The organization has so many unique individuals working for the same collaborative goal. From our Masters of Fine Arts students in the Global Artisan Design class designing improvements for our product lines to our artisans in-country, even the business team that I am so proud to be a part of, WWB Marketplace has opened my eyes to the power of collaboration.
With unity in my heart, I am thrilled to announce the expansion of our business team once more. This semester we have taken on three new members to join the executive staff. Cindy Pérez, Jessica Stanislaus and Erin Tenderholt all come with diverse backgrounds and unique experiences to help make this semester of Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace the best semester yet.
As the organization continues to expand, we decided to restructure our team so that more people can be a part of the collaborative effort. Starting next Monday, our sales team will kick off their training. The executive staff is excited to see where this group of excited individuals takes the organization and all of the good that can be shared.
Wishing a warm welcome to our new team members and until next time, this is Jen Wagman.