The founder of Wesselt Capital Group and The Wesselt Initiative have co-authored a new article examining the core principles of community engagement.
COLLEGEVILLE, PA / ACCESSWIRE / January 25, 2023 / Rich Wesselt, a longtime insurance industry executive and founder of the non-profit organization The Wesselt Initiative, was recently consulted on the creation of a newly published essay examining the intricacies of community involvement. The article entitled Richard Wesselt shares the seven basic principles of community engagementwas written in collaboration with the editorial staff of an online journal focused on issues related to business, commerce and entrepreneurship and was published on October 28, 2022.
At the beginning of the essay, Rich Wesselt writes that trying to truly engage with a community requires conducting an active listening campaign with local stakeholders. “In order to engage with a community, it is important to first listen to what they are saying. 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 start building a relationship and building trust,” he assures, before adding, “By listening, you can also identify pain points and potential areas for improvement.”
In another section of the article, Rich praises the benefits of a collaborative mindset when trying to implement positive change in a given neighborhood, writing, “Community engagement is about working together towards a common goal. That means collaboration is key. The partnership allows different stakeholders to share their expertise and ideas and create support for new initiatives. In addition, it can help build relationships and trust between other groups.”
When asked to comment, Rich Wesselt issued the following statement: “It was my great pleasure to have advice in writing this article. I found the process both enlightening and rewarding. I really hope that those who read the article will gain some valuable information on the best ways to approach community participation to foster truly positive change.”
Anyone curious to read this article in full can find it 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 in both academics and athletics in elementary and high school. By his senior year of high school, he had become the starting quarterback for the college football team. Rich enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 after being recruited to play for their legendary football team and graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1989.
Rich’s first job out of college was at Provident Mutual. In 1990, he received the insurance company’s “Rookie of the Year” award. After some time, he was offered a position at Phoenix Home Life, where he managed that insurance company in terms of the number of policies written in 1996. Growing success in the insurance industry inspired Rich to start his own insurance and tax administration firm, and he founded the Wesselt Capital Group in 1997. In the 25 years since its inception, the firm has helped over 34,000 people meet their insurance needs.
Rich Wesselt is a strong believer in giving back to the community and has served on the boards of several Catholic schools including Bishop Kenrick High School, Kennedy Kenrick High School and Pope John Paul High School. He has raised funds and grants for each of these institutions throughout his life and mentored many students. Currently, Rich Wesselt is in the process of founding the Wesselt Initiative, a nonprofit nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering student-business connections.
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