Our WAGiTeam has grown through the years, adding educators, college students, and business leaders.
We are creating a WAGiClub at the University of Virginia, where the students will become volunteer mentors and coaches for the WAGiKids worldwide.

Chic Thompson

Chic’s passion is inspiring executives, MBA students and children to be “curious first… critical second” while creative problem-solving. He is a Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and adjunct faculty at the Brookings Institution. In 2001, Harvard Business School released a case study on the speaking career of Chic entitled “What a Great Idea!.” Chic’s first book, “What a Great Idea!,” published by HarperCollins, was a main selection of the Executive Book Club. Chic worked in new product development and marketing for W.L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex®), Johnson & Johnson and Walt Disney.

Sandy Damashek

A pioneer in children’s interactive media, Sandy helped launch the Interactive Group at Sesame Workshop. Since then, she has been at the forefront of digital media. Producing and writing the preschool channel of AT&T’s iTV, producing interactive movies for The Amazing Space children’s museum and collaborating on Word World for Play TV’s mobile platform, and, most recently, serving as Creative Producer, Interactive for eight math-based Umig. Sandy has also written more than thirty non-fiction and fiction children’s books.

Emmanuel Abebrese, M.D.

Emmanuel was born in Ghana where he spent most of his teen years accompanying his parents on mission trips to rural communities. He developed a passion for serving the less privileged and has sought effective ways of helping those in need. Emmanuel established Citadel Foundation for Kids (CFK) as a non-profit organization in Ghana and in the United States to collaborate their resources towards a better world for children.

Mary Power

Mary is a leadership coach and organizational consultant. She has served as CEO of three international associations and worked in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. She provides WAGiLabs with a clear connection to many international opportunities and helps us work with numerous nonprofit boards, foundations, and leadership teams.

James Orrigo

James works with kids battling cancer and is bridging the gap between the hospital room and the classroom through music, animation, and video storytelling.

Emma Morris

Emma graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in Global Public Health. Her lifelong volunteer experiences with Operation Smile sparked her public health and health education interest. Emma taught English in South Korea in 2023 as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Andrew Rummel

Andrew is a University of Virginia student studying economics and social entrepreneurship. He strives to pursue a career in developing enterprises to catalyze global impact. Andrew has spent time starting a social enterprise and conducting research in East Africa and the Caribbean.

Forrest Sun

Forrest is a student at the University of Virginia studying Pre-Commerce and Economics, with a passion for education. Whether it be his work as an undergraduate researcher for more equitable environments of learning or leading a non-profit focused on providing free tuition to underprivileged students, he is determined to improve education and opportunities for students worldwide.

Lucca Cidale

Lucca Cidale is passionate about human connection. He has found and facilitated this connection in his career as a musician, educator, and concert producer. During his undergraduate degree at USC, Lucca helped shape the Global Kidpreneur Day event, traveled across North America to study and perform music, and hosted innovative concerts around Los Angeles. Now, he finds himself at CU Boulder, furthering his performance skills, teaching, and enjoying the opportunities to make the world a better and more connected place.

Cat Beach

Cat Beach is an award-winning singer/songwriter who made Nashville her home to expand her Country/Blues music career. She began her journey hosting a live Indie Music show and performing at various Nashville venues such as BB Kings, 3rd & Lindsley, Cannery Ballroom, 12th and Porter, Marathon Music Works, and Nissan Stadium. Her single “Soulshine Pizza” launched her into the spotlight where she gained the IMEA Blues Artist of the Year in 2017. In 2018, Cat won Rock Song of the Year at the Josie Music Awards.