In our monthly Corporate Partner Spotlight, we speak with corporate leaders about what inspires them to serve as advocates and ambassadors for children’s health.
This month, we spoke with Wilson Wang, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at MITRE. MITRE specializes in research and development in cyber security, data, healthcare, systems engineering and more. More than half of its 10,000 employees live and work in the D.C. region. Wilson, a father of three, has lived in the region more than 20 years.
Why do you support Children’s National as a member of the Corporate Advisory Council?
Our council includes members from different industries, expertise and backgrounds. Our goal is to help the hospital mobilize resources in the region. For instance, there are many functional areas where MITRE and Children’s National overlap. We’ve supported projects in telehealth and research at Children’s National. This month our team is excited to tour the new Research & Innovation Campus and learn about its impact on pediatric health.
How can MITRE’s expertise in data analytics support our hospital?
Our data analytics team impacts healthcare in areas like cancer research, gene sequencing and data modeling. MITRE specifically supported Dr. Meghan Delaney’s research in sequencing COVID-19 last year. We appreciate the opportunity to fund this work and share best practices, data and expertise.
Children’s National launched its follow the leader campaign. What role can business leaders play in the success of the campaign and hospital?
Two things come to mind – awareness and acceleration.
Children’s National has a compelling story that needs to be told. Think about the amount of care the hospital provides, its impact on the community and so on. The story of Children’s National takes on a different texture when business leaders use their megaphone to share this amazing work. For instance, I was shopping at Costco Wholesale last month and noticed they were promoting the hospital with their May is for Miracles campaign. I loved seeing them bring awareness of Children’s National to their members.
Together, the business community can help the hospital accelerate its strategic initiatives. We want to look to our networks and pull in resources at the right time so Children’s National can be more efficient and effective. Going alone is costly in terms of time and money.
What’s the most rewarding part of working with Children’s National?
Supporting Children’s National fits my personal narrative. I have three kids. My oldest spent time in a local NICU and my youngest has special needs. Some of my darkest hours have been around my kids and their health. It’s magical to be able to help people and provide hope during their darkest hours. It’s even more inspirational to see it at scale.
I also find it rewarding to connect my job with Children’s National. It’s exciting to converge different synergies and stakeholders. Together, we’re matching the puzzle pieces of what Children’s National needs and how MITRE and the greater business community can help.
Corporate partners like Wilson and MITRE are key to helping us ensure every child can grow up stronger. If you or your company are interested in supporting Children’s National, please contact Foundation Vice President Julie Butler at [email protected].