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Women’s History Month 2024 Honoree: Hilda Wong-Doo

Women’s History Month 2024 Interview

Hilda Wong-Doo is a 30+ year resident of Winchester. She serves on three local nonprofit boards including the Winchester Cultural District as President, the Network for Social Justice as Vice-President, and the Winchester Historical Society as Programs Director. She is a Founding Partner at GreenLine Consultants, LLC focused on the wealth management industry.

What motivated you to choose or start working with the nonprofit organization(s) you have worked with?

The nonprofits that I am currently engaged in provide a different perspective towards the same goal – let’s build community. Learn about our past, learn different viewpoints, create together, be inspired, and, importantly along the way, connect with more people.

What have been some of the highlights of your work? 

Two things that are encompassed in the current Winchester Riverwalk exhibit – 1) the exhibit itself and 2) the teamwork that made it happen. The exhibit with its sculpture and augmented reality encompassed over 70 artists, local organizations, town government, volunteers, and businesses. Everyone who visits the Cultural District can experience it. I love the random Facebook posts of people interacting with the exhibit.

What are some of your goals for yourself, as a leader of the nonprofit(s) you are working with?

For 2024, I am still working on getting the Cultural District, soon to be called Arts Winchester, fully established as a nonprofit. There are two things – the legal entity and a sustainable organization – that need to be stabilized. These goals help me test my transferable business skills.

Do you feel you faced particular challenges, and/or had particular advantages, as a woman doing this work?

Thankfully, I am not aware that being a woman has a made a difference either way in my nonprofit experience. I mostly rely on my work experience as a business leader. In the nonprofit arena, we depend on volunteers and donations, so prioritizing is critical.

Since this is a month honoring women, is there a woman who has inspired you and why?

So many — Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson — I can go on. Collectively, they have something in common – they are people who stood strong, who persevered, who focused on doing the right thing. I can just imagine what Roosevelt needed to overcome as the chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights after WWII. At that point in her life, she could have easily returned to private life.

What advice would you like to share with young people, especially young women, who are considering working in the nonprofit community?

Do it! There are many ways to help and so many benefits. To start, it feels great to help. From a career perspective, serving on a nonprofit board helps you explore, develop, and hone new skills and build new confidence. Lastly, the nonprofit community is a critical part of our overall community. Years ago, I didn’t fully appreciate that. It really does take a village.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am truly humbled and grateful for this honor, especially considering the amazing contributions of the nominating committee. In addition to all the great people I get to work with, I want to recognize my fantastic family — Keith, Julia, and Eric — who jump in and help in so many ways.

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