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Julie Hocking has served as WE’s Assistant Treasurer for 10 years, serving several times as an Interim Treasurer, as well. Julie’s work behind the scenes helps us maintain our accountability, integrity, and transparency for donors. It ensures our organization can function efficiently and sustainably and grow to serve and empower more women. Thank you, Julie, for your service and sharing your expertise with us!

Q & A with Julie…

Q: What drew you to WE?
A: I had always been interested in the idea of microfinance as a way to alleviate poverty. I was invited to the annual Women’s Day celebration at UCSD and realized that there was a need for a bookkeeper.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of volunteering with WE?
A: I have a skill in bookkeeping support that I was happy to utilize in my volunteer work with WE.

Q: Do you have any memorable experiences through your time with WE that you would like to share
A: I had the opportunity to visit a WE project in Mexico. (That project was so successful that they ended their relationship with WE because they no longer needed additional funding to remain viable.) The opportunity to visit with women entrepreneurs at their businesses – bread baking, flower growing, small stores – was very inspirational.

Q: What has been a favorite book you’ve read recently?
A: I recently discovered “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg. This book shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. The creative arts are important to me, and this is a book I can share with my grandchildren as they discover creativity.

Q: What is one of your favorite inspirational or motivational quotes?
A: My personal mantra is: Be Brave.  

To learn more about volunteering with WE, click here or email info@womenempowerment.org. There are many ways to get involved!