Meet the Women of OPIC: Kendra Woolridge
March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.
Portfolio Services Officer
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a native of Springfield, Massachusetts which is the birthplace of basketball. I went to a finance and accounting high school, and subsequently studied finance at Morgan State University. In June 2013, I joined OPIC as a summer graduate intern within the Portfolio Services Division, and as fate would have it, a position became available within my group towards the end of my internship. Five years later, and here I am. I guess OPIC can’t seem to get enough of me (or I, of OPIC)!
What do you like best about working at OPIC?
It sounds cliché to say the staff, but the OPIC staff have truly made my experience here invaluable. I have a profound respect for my colleagues. Everyone here is knowledgeable, respectful, and encouraging. These attributes have been key to my professional development, and aside from our awesome mission, this is what sets OPIC apart.
How do you inspire other women?
I inspire other women through empowerment. As a young professional woman, I’ve encountered a plethora of stereotypes. I’ll admit, earlier in my career, I tip-toed around, fearing judgement. As I’ve grown, I’ve realized, I shouldn’t make excuses for my individuality. We should embrace who we are, and use our uniqueness to our advantage. Through this mindset, I’ve empowered myself to walk strongly and confidently, to the beat of my own drum. I’m hoping my fearlessness will inspire others to challenge norms, and be fearless as well. One of my favorite quotes, turned mantra is, “Well behaved women, seldom make history.”
Will you share an interesting fact about yourself?
Prior to attending graduate school, I considered a career in culinary arts. I’ve always had a love for cooking and feeding others. Growing up I watched a lot of Food Network; after each show I would go in the kitchen, pretend I had my own cooking show, and try to recreate everything I saw (even talking to my imaginary viewers)! Nowadays, I experiment with food during weekends. My phone is overstocked with pictures of perfectly plated dishes!