Bari Wald

Bari Wald

Area Programs Manager


USO Okinawa

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Made it through college. At one point I worked five jobs while taking a full load. #exhausted!
Returned stateside and worked in military admissions at a major university. This lasted four years.
Took advantage of an opportunity to perform overseas for the troops with Cheerleaders of America.
Moved back abroad to Okinawa, Japan where I now work for USO Okinawa and love every moment!
Decided to start my own troop entertainment and support non-profit. Also worked for TASER Intl.
Left TASER to live out goal of living abroad. Taught English in South Korea. Also ran my non-profit.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Horizon High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
Arizona State University
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Ashford University
Career

Career

Area Programs Manager

I plan, design, and execute events & programs for service members and their families.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Armed Services
Armed Services
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

A great day is a day where I have to remind myself to stop and stay hydrated! It's a day where I call my husband and tell him to eat dinner on his own because I don't know when I'll be home. It means that we (my team and I), are running at full throttle planning for, or executing an event or program. It means that I'm ensuring our mission of keeping service members connected to family, home and country, is accomplished. It means putting smiles on the face of someone far from home.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

To work in the non-profit industry you really need to have a sense of altruism. It's not about you, it's about the mission and it's about the team coming together to make whatever needs to happen, happen. The mission, and the end-users of that mission ALWAYS come first. Experience with volunteer work is a must in order to have an understanding of how a volunteer-based organization functions. Time management and being detail-oriented are key as well.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Start volunteering now! Volunteer at a few places and try a wide variety of things to see what fits your style. You may find you are more business operations minded, or you like numbers so non-profit accounting is right up your alley. The most important thing is that you start giving your time so you will appreciate the volunteers that give you their time in the future.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You'll probably end up just a trophy wife."

Oh goodness, don't listen! Take every bit of doubt and use that as fuel to follow your dreams and accomplish your goals. If you must, cut them out of your life. Trust me, it's worth it to cut the noise.