Name: Francine Wint
Occupation: District Manager, Retail
Hometown: May Pen, Jamaica, West Indies
On the NMAAHC Ambassadors Program: What inspired her to join the Ambassadors Program: There are so many people ignorant of the richness of the Black culture. I saw this as an opportunity to assist in making it available for those who would not otherwise have been exposed to it. * What she looks forward to most when the Museum opens: To see that it is used extensively by all cultures, particularly by those of the younger generation who are not as knowledgeable about matters of their own history as well as others. * How becoming a donor to this National endeavor impacted her: It has awakened a greater sense of pride in me and my history to the extent that I am actively encouraging others to become an ambassador.
REFLECTIONS: First job: General Manager, Target Corporation * Advice she’d have given herself 10 years ago: Follow your gut and you will seldom, if ever, go wrong. * Most valuable life lesson learned: I have learned that with every encounter in life, whether with people, or experiences, there is always a lesson to be learned, whether it be what to do, or what NOT to do. * Most valuable business lesson learned: The degree of success of any business venture is directly proportionate to the commitment of the team. * Currently working on: My Executive MBA
DIVERSIONS: Next on her reading list: The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, Bob Shacochis * Recently discovered: www.couturediva.com The name says it all…great fashion! * I keep trying to tell people that..: “no matter what the challenges are, stay the course…never quit.” * The question people never ask that she wishes they would: “Would you like a million dollars?” (Imagine the number of worthwhile projects that could benefit from a million dollars).
A FEW FAVORITES: Hotel: Aqua, Cancun, Mexico * Getaway: Jamaica * Brunch spot: The Wine Market, Baltimore, MD - The Cardamom French Toast is delicious!
Stay tuned for more profiles in our NMAAHC Ambassador/Black philanthropy series.