VISTA Spotlight: Rachel Wertz

October 15, 2020

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In her work as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Rachel started her service with Walker’s Legacy as their Eco-System Entrepreneurship Research and Best Practices Support Analyst to work on bringing more efforts around multicultural women in entrepreneurship. With the impacts of COVID-19 and the social injustices that are sweeping across the nation, Rachel’s projects have never been more vital in assisting the Walker’s Legacy’s team to create space at the table for multicultural women in order to be seen and heard in the world of business and entrepreneurship. Rachel has conducted research, helped with grant applications, and assisted with communications and market research in hopes to help improve current and future programming with the network of Walker’s Legacy women.

Currently, she is leading all things research on Walker’s Legacy’s new research page. Recently she completed a fast fact sheet for Native American Women Equal Pay Day that highlights the challenges and breakthroughs that this community faces in terms of entrepreneurial opportunities. She also has conducted research for Black Women EntrepreneursBlack Women’s Equal Pay Day, and Latinx Women Entrepreneurs in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. Additionally, Rachel is also working on strengthening the various business accelerators and programs Walker’s Legacy hosts through market research since shifting from an in-person to a virtual landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is very excited to continue working with Walker’s Legacy in the coming months, assisting multicultural women, which is the fastest growing entrepreneurial segment in the United States. It’s worth mentioning that research is something that Rachel has found lots of joy and success in through her time thus far with AmeriCorps VISTA and Walker’s Legacy.

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