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Females & Finances: Kenzi Enright

Kenzi Enright | Females & Finances Feature

In our Females & Finances series, inspirational women leaders from Madison and Milwaukee share their words of wisdom for women who are trying to manage their finances and own it in their everyday lives. Know someone who has a great story to share? Send nominations to Updates@summitcreditunion.com.

This month, get to know Kenzi Enright, community director of Milwaukee-based coworking space, Ward4, who leveraged her business expertise to foster a sense of innovation and connectivity among entrepreneurs, especially women.

  • What does “owning it” mean to you? 

To me, "owning it" means acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses while completely and utterly embracing both. My journey with "owning it" has been a process of personal development and self-acceptance, which has only been made possible through validating and understanding my personal needs, skills and even insecurities. Doing this has motivated me to become an advocate for myself and encouraged me to become an agent of self-empowerment.

  • Tell us about your personal and professional journey and how you got where you are today.

My career began at Bright Cellars, a subscription wine startup based in Milwaukee. My opportunities there were endless, as I was one of the first employees. This meant that I was given the chance to act in several different positions within the company. Through Bright Cellars, I met their investor, the venture fund CSA Partners. It was clear that we all had the shared vision of giving entrepreneurs access to the tools necessary to be successful in our community. I began working for CSA Partners in April of 2016 and running Ward4, the coworking space that the venture fund had created. My relationship with the founders is unique in that they support both my vision of a thriving entrepreneurial environment, as well as my mission to make the startup world more accessible to women. The support I have received from this shared passion allowed me to host Wisconsin's very first Women's Entrepreneurship Week, both in 2017 and 2018. The success of these events can be attributed to the support of the Ward4 founders, as well as the collective outpouring of support from women in Wisconsin's communities. There is such great validity in the belief that empowered women empower women.

  • What are the most important lessons you’ve learned about finances?

My experience in the startup industry has taught me the importance of keeping finances lean early on in my life and in my career. This has allowed me to stay flexible with my personal finances. 

  • What resources/strategies help you manage your money?

Budgeting is the most important strategy that I've implemented to manage my money. It helps me maintain a balance in my finances and aids in giving me a deeper understanding of where my money is going. 

  • What’s your favorite quote from an inspirational woman?

"I need each of you to tell every young woman you know — your sister, your niece, your employee, your colleague — to be comfortable with imperfection. Because when we teach girls to be imperfect, and we help them leverage it, we will build a movement of young women who are brave and who will build a better world — for themselves, and for each and every one of us." –Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code

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