At Rung for Women, our Career Services Program is a BIG part of how we help serve our members. Our vision for the future is “women making more money.” Helping members reach their full potential by unlocking their individual strength and goals, to help them to define their career path, and land their dream job all leads to a better careers for our members. That’s why we are so excited to announce our new VP of Career Services, Marcus Wilson!
Wilson brings with him a diverse portfolio of sports and business experience at high levels, along with various accolades for his work with youth, the North St. Louis community and has been recognized for his progressive strategies in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Prior to accepting the position with Rung For Women, Wilson served as the Executive Director of the Bayer YMCA, formally the Monsanto Family YMCA. Before joining the YMCA team, Wilson served on the coaching staff of Saint Louis University’s Men’s Basketball team from 2013 – 2016. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Evansville and played professional basketball in 10 countries across Europe, South America and the Middle East.
“Helping people is my passion and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to help women reach their goals and positively impact the direction of their lives through my position at Rung for Women.” said Marcus Wilson.
Marcus sat down with us to answer a few questions about why he is excited to be doing the work he is doing at Rung for Women!
Q: What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
There is very little traffic and it takes 20 minutes or less to get basically anywhere.
Q: Any memorable moments in your life that you can share?
Being in the hospital in France when my son was being born, playing in the NCAA tournament as a player in college, coaching in the NCAA tournament as a coach, being offered the job here at Rung For Women.
Q: What is your favorite thing so far about your career journey so far?
The multitude of experiences that I’ve had and the people I’ve met/learned from. I lived in 10 different countries from 1999-2010 and was able to experience different cultures, religions, ethnicities and people in general. I was then able to learn from one of the best organizations when it comes to Customer Service while working for Chick-fil-A. I also was able to coach young adults while at St. Louis University and I was able to serve an underserved community while Executive Director of the Bayer YMCA. I can honestly say that the range of experiences and people I’ve met along the way have shaped me and made me a better person.
Q: What knowledge/experiences are you bringing with you to this new position at VP of Career Services?
At a high level, I think my DE&I background and experience as chair of D&I while at the YMCA, my customer service experience from Chick-fil-a, my ability to relate to all different types of people from my time traveling in other countries and my ability to help grow a non-profit while serving the community. On a day to day level, I think my passion and drive to reach goals and my ability to coach my staff, instill confidence and bring out the best in people are strengths of mine and something I hope to bring to Rung.
Q: Why do you feel it’s important to empower women in our communities?
I always strive to uplift and empower any group of people who are marginalized and not experiencing equity. There are so many talented women in St. Louis and all across America who are being underpaid and overlooked in the workforce. Some just need an equitable opportunity, some need a support group like Rung that can expand their network, deliver soft and hard skill learnings, and create a pathway to reach personal and career goals. Not only is it important to empower women through the process but it will also empower families and our community when women are receiving equitable opportunities, reaching goals and being the best version of themselves.
Q: Why is it important to remove the barriers for women who are seeking economic mobility?
First of all, it is the right thing to do. Women should receive the same opportunities as men and any barriers to equity should be removed. Also, when women have economic mobility, it provides independence, financial stability, and on a large scale, it improves our economy as there are more people in the workforce pursuing career advancement and personal goals.
Q: Last but not least, what brings you joy?
I love helping people and being a part of the process of people reaching their goals. Being able to help someone reach their goals, personal or career, is an awesome feeling.