President & CEO, Women Creating Change (Formerly Women's City Club of NY)
Carole Wacey joined Women Creating Change as President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2017. From the outset, she has been focused on evolving WCC to be inclusive, impactful, relevant, and innovative. Carole undertook an intensive strategic planning process–assess WCC’s history and identify opportunities to meet the needs of an evolving City at this point in our nation’s history. Carole has led a comprehensive planning process that has included a historical review, surveys of membership, meetings with key partners (past and prospective), and plans to launch our strategic plan in the fall of 2018. Carole Wacey served as Vice President, Education at WNET since December 2012, where she focused on technology, interactive media, youth development and underserved youth.
Carole served for ten years as Executive Director at MOUSE, a national nonprofit organization that empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology. She will continue to support MOUSE as a recently elected member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining MOUSE, Carole was the Director of the Interactive Media for Children program at the Markle Foundation. Under her leadership, the IMC program worked to help realize the potential benefits of interactive media for children by building partnerships between industry, the academy and consumers.
Before joining Markle, Carole was Deputy Director of the Office of Education Technology and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In that capacity, she provided leadership for the Clinton Administration on the development and implementation of national educational technology policy and program development. She addressed issues such as telecommunications, the digital divide, Internet safety, privacy, and e-commerce. Carole, a Queens resident, received her B.A. in Economics from the American University, and her J.D. from Vermont Law School. She has also studied public international law at Oxford University, and Leadership at Yale University. Carole was elected to the Board of Directors of MOUSE.
My goal most days is to do good and have fun. I work with amazing people at Women Creating Change, all of whom are working hard to promote civic engagement and equality in our city, so I am fortunate that I get to do good and have fun every day!
When somebody asks how you are doing, never say “busy.” It’s boring and doesn’t say anything about you. Everyone is busy, so share something meaningful and make a connection with whoever is asking—presume they want to know.
Offer your help to others as much as you can.
Make a memory (or many) every day—staying present and cherishing moments makes a day worth living!
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
What’s not to love about New York City? I love the energy, the diversity, the richness of its offerings, the sensibilities of New Yorkers, and that it provides a very welcoming home for me and my family.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Either oatmeal at The Breslin or avocado toast at Joseph Leonard.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Starting my day with the news before my twin 4-year old boys wake up!
10:00 AM – On a weekday, I am likely meeting with someone at Women Creating Change to discuss partnerships, advocacy, events, strategic planning, communications, or a variety of other topics. The organization was founded by suffragettes over 100 years ago, and today we are moving in a bold new direction to help more women become changemakers in New York City.
On the weekend, my entire gang is sitting at the breakfast table enjoying French toast or blueberry pancakes!
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Again, it’s hard to choose just one, but either a lobster roll at Ed’s Lobster Roll in Soho or Calamari Salad at Cafeteria in Chelsea.
7:00 PM – This is a crazy time in my house—we are usually somewhere in the process of dinner, baths, teeth-brushing, and reading before bedtime!
11:00 PM – Either chatting with my husband about the day or getting ready for bed. I spend time reflecting on the accomplishments of the day and the work that needs to be done tomorrow to advance underserved women in New York City.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Honest Tea half tea and half lemonade.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I like using Facebook to keep up with friends and colleagues.
What should everyone try at least once?
Skydiving—or, anything out of your comfort zone!
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In a new neighborhood—in New York City or anywhere!