Congratulations to CultureALL Board Member Marcia Wanamaker! Marcia is is featured on the cover of the January issue of WOW Magazine, available now on newsstands throughout greater Des Moines.
WOW stands for Women of Worth – it’s a local networking and support group for women business owners and professionals. The group hosts a monthly networking event and luncheon. The January event is Tuesday, January 17 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Walnut Ridge Senior Living Community. Marcia is the featured speaker. She’ll be talking about the value of volunteering.
“Cultural diversity is part of my DNA, and I have never known any difference.”
Marcia Leader Wanamaker grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her father’s family are Orthodox Jews from Russia and Poland, and her mother’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. “Cultural diversity is part of my DNA,” she says. “and I have never known any difference.” Marcia has fond memories of visiting her father’s family in Brooklyn, New York, which she remembers as being “filled with many cultures from all over the world.” When she visited her mother’s family in Texas, her family attended events in her grandmother’s Hispanic community. “We enjoyed both,” she says. “We would come back from summer vacation and our friends were in awe when we shared our experiences with them.”
Marcia began a career in sales in the 1970’s. She has been a top producing Realtor with Iowa Realty for 28 years. Along the way, she has placed an importance on being an active community volunteer and serving in leadership roles for many non-profit organizations, including The American Heart Association, The Iowa Homeless Youth Center, Keep Iowa Beautiful, and Variety –The Children’s Charity. She became involved with CultureALL last year, serving first on the planning team for the Bollywood Ball, then joining the Board of Directors.
Marcia is married to Rick Wanamaker and has two children – Kip and Kristin – and two grandchildren. In addition to her extensive volunteer work in the community, she has one passion that some of her friends and colleagues might not know about: she loves to play Basketball!
“I never played sports growing up. We had no girl’s sports when I was in school. After I met my husband, he taught me how to play basketball. He put an All-Star team together with ex-college women basketball players. We were on the roster of small colleges and universities in central Iowa. Thanks to his coaching, I turned out to be a great 3-point shooter. Although I did not have much confidence in my abilities at the beginning of our first season as I had never played. He taught me to go into each game and act like I knew what I was doing. My teammates encouraged me as well and it made a big difference in my confidence both on and off the floor.”
“I feel it’s so important to teach children our unique differences are to be honored and respected so that we can co-exist in the world.”
Marcia’s multi-cultural heritage and appreciation for the unique experiences she had as a child make her a perfect board member and advocate for CultureALL. “People are people – no matter where you are from, your religion, the color of your skin or your customs,” she says. “Of course, not everyone is comfortable with cultural diversity. I feel it’s so important to teach children our unique differences are to be honored and respected so that we can co-exist in the world.I wish everyone KNEW about CultureAll and the work we do.”
Join us in celebrating Marcia on January 17:
Tickets for the WOW Luncheon are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wow-january-dont-look-back-you-arent-going-that-way-tickets-29599832897 (You don’t have to be a woman to attend – everyone is welcome!)
To learn more about Women of Worth, visit their website at: http://www.findyourwow.com/Home.aspx