Ep. 41: Tips for Redefining Success with Kendra VanderMeulen

Tips for Redefining Success with Kendra VanderMeulen

I’m excited to have Kendra VanderMeulen of NCF Northwest join me on this episode of the Wealth Confidant.

Kendra is a veteran of the wireless telecommunications industry, having served as an Executive Vice-President at InfoSpace and as the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Wireless Data Division of AT&T Wireless. She is currently an active board member and advisor to a variety of companies in the wireless Internet arena.

After an adrenaline-filled, three decade long career in tech, Kendra took a leap of faith and quit her job. Over the next two years, Kendra did some real soul searching, trying to determine what was next. She asked questions like, “Who am I if I’m not what’s listed on my business card” and, “What is the money for?”

That’s when Kendra found NCF, or National Christian Foundation, and accepted a position as NCF Seattle’s first President. NCF was a place that answered Kendra’s questions and created an opportunity for her to put her gifts and talents towards helping other people into action.

Since its inception in 1982, NCF has sent $10 billion to 55,000 charities all over the world. In 2017, NCF took in $1.8 billion, and gave away $1.4 billion in the same year. Talk about a staggering statistic of putting money into motion!

NCF is a US non-profit organization that helps donors give more wisely and tax-efficiently to support their favorite charitable causes. NCF is a leader in accepting non-cash assets (for example real estate and business interests)and is the nation’s largest provider of donor-advised funds focused primarily on faith-based givers.

You can find out more about Kendra and read about all of the awesome things going on at NCF by visiting their website: ncfgiving.com

During this episode, Kendra and I discuss:

  • Her advice for wealth creators who are in the throes of their careers and want to begin their own journey of generosity.
  • What it was like to be a woman in tech in the early days and how she successfully navigated challenges within the field.
  • Her money history and what she’s taught her kids about money.
  • How she redefined success for herself.

Thanks for tuning into my conversation with Kendra. I hope her story inspires you on your own journey of generosity. Remember, anything is possible, now go live fully!

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