Oct 19, 2021
Overcoming the challenges of being one of the few females in the marines, Charlene Wilde attributes her sense of empowerment to the example her mother set. Understanding the importance of structure from her own military upbringing, Charlene has successfully found balance between family and corporate life. Charlene is a veteran of the army chemical corps, active duty army spouse and mother. She currently works as senior vice president at American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, the nation's largest and longest standing military financial services non-profit organization, where she has the distinction of being the first female executive.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
Chalene’s mother’s example and influential sense of empowerment as one of very few female marines.
Growing up in a military bubble and elements of a structured lifestyle.
Overcoming the challenges of a working mother.
Finding balance and embracing your current situation.
Working at AAFMAA. Understanding military spouse’s struggles and helpful resources.
Owning the title of veteran vs. military spouse.
“A little bit of knowledge and a whole lot of confidence goes a long way.”
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to really bloom wherever I’m planted and whatever I’m doing.”
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