From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose and Adventure in an Encore Career
Wendy Walleigh, author
Former high tech executives, Rick & Wendy Walleigh moved to Swaziland for six months then Nairobi, Kenya for one year to work in economic development for TechnoServe, whose tagline is “Business Solutions to Poverty” and to which all royalties are donated. The book describes their experiences from the challenges of daily living in unfamiliar cultures to the joy of helping people in poverty grow their own businesses. Including some “how-to” in their book, the Walleighs demonstrate how they applied their business and personal skills to their encore careers in the nonprofit sphere. For example, Wendy used her experience with Junior Achievement (JA) to help establish JA of Swaziland and enhance Young Women in Enterprise (in Kenya). Rick applied his years of business consulting to guide small businesses in Swaziland and improve quickly expanding operations in Kenya. They hope to inspire readers, particularly their fellow baby boomers, to enlarge their horizons and pursue similar socially-beneficial endeavors—locally, regionally or internationally.