Heather Wentler, Doyenne Group Inc.

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Heather Wentler, executive director & co-founder, Doyenne Group Inc.

1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most challenging aspect would definitely be the learning curve needed. I have to do a variety of jobs and tasks on a daily basis that are completely new and way out of my comfort zone. Which also leads into the most rewarding aspect of getting to meet and work with the professionals who support the business and are part of the organization. Many of the professional service providers we work with aren’t just someone I call when I’m stuck on something or have a deadline to meet, instead they’re people who we celebrate professional and personal successes with and I consider friends.

2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

I can’t identify only one person. There have been so many great individuals who I look up to as guides for how to go through my professional life and bring attributes into my personal life. The PBS documentary series MAKERS has all types of women who I look up to professionally, so I’ll recognize a show about individuals instead of an individual.

3. What has been the high point of your career so far?

Being recognized as one of the top three women in “Female Founders Month: Women Empowering Women” by Rant Inc. This was a complete surprise that I actually didn’t know about until someone tweeted it at me on Twitter. To be held to the same level as the other two women on the list was a complete shock and very proud moment for me.

4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Stop stressing out over “The Plan.” I am totally a list person. When I was 21 I had just changed my majors and was freaking out about being “the old person in the lecture hall” and where I thought I’d be by then professionally. I thought I would have graduated and started my career by then. Fast forward to today and I wish I would have enjoyed college a little more — being more active in groups and partaking in experiences — instead of worrying about how far along I was compared to others my age.

5. What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

Dane County is a beautiful place to live! We have so many great events and ways to interact with the community that it’s more of a feeling of the “Dane County lifestyle” than just a place to live.

We also have amazing startups, established companies looking to support startups, professionals and community members wanting to make sure the startups succeed, and an abundance of organizations for every entrepreneur to find the right person to help them move forward on their path of business success.

6. What are your guilty pleasures?

I love to cook and bake but I’m my biggest critic. Some people find exercise as a way to rid stress/anxieties. I am more comfortable taking a new recipe that I found and trying to make it better by tinkering with the ingredients to make it the absolute best tasting dish. That’s how I unwind. That, and a glass of red wine.

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