A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer, Black Lives Matter Radio Show on the Inkandescent Radio Network. It is a pleasure to introduce you to Wanda Scott, the founder and CEO of WE, LLC Consulting Solutions, a woman-owned small business specializing in consulting in the areas of instructional design, eLearning, and coaching, training, and facilitation.
A popular public speaker and the author of five books, her areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, ethical and inclusive leadership, emotional intelligence, diversity, and relationship building.
A graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Computer Science, and a Master of Education from Johns Hopkins University, she also has a graduate certificate in Leadership Development for Minority Managers and Leadership in Technology Integration.
- Learn more about Wanda here.
- January 31: Click here to tune in to watch Wanda’s interview with Tony Farmer, host of the Black Lives Matter Radio Show on Facebook Live!
- Scroll down to learn about What’s Next for Wanda Scott
What’s Next for Wanda Scott
An interview with Hope Katz Gibbs & Cynthia de Lorenzi, author, Your 2021 What’s Next Journal
Hope & Cynthia: Tell us about your business/industry and where it was before the pandemic hit in March 2020.
Wanda: I had just moved from Nashville to Washington, DC, where I was recovering and rebuilding my business after being laid off from a Chief Learning Officer position at a small technology company. I actually had just received my first big contract at the beginning of March after months of small contracts, so life was good.
Hope & Cynthia: Where were you personally in your life when COVID-19 arrived in the US? What were your short and long-term goals at that time?
Wanda: Personally, I was hopeful because I was starting to see that my business was going to grow. This was a relief because it meant I was on the road to financial stability. My short-term goals were to achieve stability in my housing and income. My long-term goal was to continue to expand my business.
Hope & Cynthia: What are your thoughts now about your industry, your business, your personal life?
Wanda: I am elated! During the pandemic, I have taken the time to cook more, get outside, and walk regularly, and I have invested in monitoring my emotional needs. This has been a time of restoration and investment in me. I have been able to get credentials in my industry that I had not taken the time for. I know my experience has been easier than most, and I am thinking about and praying for others who don’t have the same story.
Hope & Cynthia: Now the big question — What do you see coming next?
Wanda: I believe so many people feel that there needs to be a change in the United States. The good news is that the learning and development industry is thriving and evolving, and my culture and diversity work is expanding. I am hopeful that the pandemic will have shined a light — not just on being black in America but also on the plight of women struggling to balance the home and workplace. With Kamala Harris being our new Vice President, I expect there to be a change in what I feel empowered to do. All of this will reverberate across the world. We are at a pivotal time in history. My goal is to empower all people to achieve personal greatness. I want to be in tune with what God has planned for me to contribute during this time.”