Rick Walleigh, Wendy Walleigh

From Silicon Valley to Swaziland

Rick Walleigh, Wendy Walleigh

Talk: From Silicon Valley to Swaziland

From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career (http://walleigh.com/) was written by Rick and Wendy Walleigh of Los Altos, CA. Former high tech executives, the couple 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, they hope to inspire readers to expand their horizons and pursue similar socially-beneficial endeavors.

Rick Walleigh

In 2005, Rick Walleigh left a 30-year career in the high-technology industry. During this time he held executive roles in high-technology companies and was a Partner in management consulting at Ernst & Young for twelve years. During his career, he frequently gave executive presentations and wrote a number of articles on business topics. Two of his articles were published in The Harvard Business Review.

Wendy Walleigh

Before making the transition into the non-profit sector in 2002, the majority of Wendy Walleigh’s career was in high-technology marketing & sales. She held numerous positions in computer networking hardware and software companies including Director of OEM Marketing at 3Com Corporation. Her responsibilities included product marketing and management, branding, marketing communications, sales & sales support.

From Silicon Valley to Swaziland

What do you do when you're ready to retire from a successful career in Silicon Valley? Why not move to Africa and do volunteer work?

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