Stefany Williams

President & CEO

Why Goodwill?  Along with a twisted sense of humor, I bring a genuine passion for loving what I do to Goodwill. My passion drives me to find innovative and sustainable ways to help others have the same opportunity to contribute and receive intangible value through their work life. One of my most powerful experiences at Goodwill happened while I was pulling away from our North Oak location.  A woman was standing on the corner of our parking lot with a sign that read "2 kids, need work". We had several openings available at the store not 100 yards from where she was standing. Anyone willing to stand on a corner and beg for work - not money, not food, but work - would likely be an amazing team member. I pulled up and handed her my card. She looked at me with hesitation and said "No papers?" I felt crushed. We were hiring hard workers and I work for an organization that helps people earn and keep employment. Yet, I couldn't help this one person who desperately wanted to work. It was then I began to see much further than our current capacity . I see a future where Goodwill can and must do more - both on our own and as a catalyst in the employment services community. Every program we start and every person those programs serve will be in her honor. I continue to remember her. I hope she was able to find help that day - and I hope someday we will be able to repay her for her struggle and bravery.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a band conductor when I was growing up.

What do you want to be now that you are grown up? Now that I’m grown up I’d love to be a veterinarian.

What does it mean to you to be employed? Being employed does not mean anything to me other than paying the bills. Having a role and contributing to an organization in which I believe and a team in which I feel a productive part gives my life definition and grounding.

Anything else about you we should know?  I wear Jayhawk underwear to work every day. Ok - not really. But I am a ridiculous fan of all things KU, with a particular fondness for basketball and March Madness. 

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