The Founder of Wesselt Capital Group and The Wesselt Initiative has co-authored a new article exploring the bedrock principles of community engagement.
COLLEGEVILLE, PA / ACCESSWIRE / January 25, 2023 / Rich Wesselt, veteran insurance industry executive and Founder of charitable organization The Wesselt Initiative, recently consulted in the composition of a newly published essay exploring the finer points of community involvement. The article, which is titled Richard Wesselt Shares the Seven Core Principles of Community Engagement, was written in conjunction with the editorial staff of an online periodical that concentrates on matters of business, commerce, and entrepreneurship, and was published on October 28, 2022.
To begin the essay, Rich Wesselt writes that when endeavoring to truly engage with a community, a campaign of active listening with local stakeholders must be undertaken. "To engage with a community, it is important to first listen to what they say. This involves more than just hearing the words spoken-it also means taking the time to understand the needs and wants of the community. Only then can you begin to develop a relationship and build trust," he asserts, before adding, "Listening also allows you to identify pain points and potential areas of improvement."
In another section of the article, Rich extols the compounding virtues of adopting a collaborative mindset when trying to implement positive changes in any given neighborhood, writing, "Community engagement is all about working together towards a common goal. This means that collaboration is crucial. The partnership allows different stakeholders to share their expertise and ideas and help create buy-in for new initiatives. Furthermore, it can help build relationships and trust between other groups."
Reached for comment, Rich Wesselt issued the following statement: "Consulting on the writing of this article was my great pleasure. I found the process both illuminating and rewarding. It is my great hope that those who read the piece gain some valuable information about the best ways to approach community involvement in order to foment genuinely positive change."
Anyone curious to read this article in its entirety will find it located here, while anyone interested in learning more about Rich Wesselt is encouraged to visit his professional website.
About Rich Wesselt:
Originally from Norristown, Pennsylvania, Rich Wesselt excelled both in academics and sports throughout primary and secondary school. By his senior year in high school, he had become the starting quarterback for the varsity football team. Rich proceeded to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, having been recruited to play for its legendary football team, and graduating from its Wharton School of Business in 1989.
In his first job out of college, Rich worked with Provident Mutual. There, he was awarded the insurance company's distinction of ‘Rookie of the Year' in 1990. After some time had passed, he was offered a role with Phoenix Home Life, leading that insurance firm in the number of policies written in 1996. As his successes mounted in the insurance industry, Rich was inspired to create his own insurance and fiscal management firm, and he founded Wesselt Capital Group in 1997. In the 25 years since its founding, the firm has helped over 34,000 people meet their insurance needs.
A big believer in giving back to the community, Rich Wesselt has served on the boards of governors for several Catholic schools, including Bishop Kenrick High School, Kennedy Kenrick High School, and Pope John Paul High School. He has raised funds and spearheaded scholarships for each of these institutions over the course of his life, as well as mentored many students. Presently, Rich Wesselt is well into the process of founding the Wesselt Initiative, a community service-based charitable organization committed to fostering connections between students and businesses.
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