Bridget Wade, IT manager at Garmin, is helping bring the dynamic landscape of the Information Technology sector to the International Trade Council (ITC) as not just a member, but the newest board member. With a career and a passion for fostering positive change, Wade brings a unique blend of leadership, international exposure, and a genuine commitment to the growth of the industry.
Bridget's journey into the world of the ITC began with a friend's recommendation and conversations with existing members. Drawn by the organization's mission of mutual support, education, and the vibrant community it offered, she saw the ITC as an opportunity to contribute to and learn from like-minded professionals dedicated to international trade.
Although her international travels have been somewhat limited in recent times, Bridget has explored diverse destinations, including Puerto Rico, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Paris, and Frankfurt, Germany. Each locale left an indelible mark on her, from the pristine beaches of Turks & Caicos to the cultural richness of Paris.
Bridget's career trajectory began with a focus on Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State. During graduate school, she developed a program for the Department of Defense, setting the stage for a consulting role post-graduation. From the tumultuous days of the dot-com bubble to stable corporate environments, Wade navigated through different sectors, eventually finding her way to Garmin. Currently serving as a Manager in the IT department at Garmin for the past year, she leads a team overseeing the global website and customer communications. Prior to joining Garmin, she led a substantial project management department in a local agency, adding a broad spectrum of experiences to her professional repertoire.
For aspiring professionals looking to venture into international business and trade, she offers simple yet profound advice: ask lots of questions. In the complex realm of IT, seeking clarification, even on seemingly basic matters, can be instrumental in navigating the challenges of international commerce.
Beyond professional accomplishments, Bridget's career goals are centered on leaving a positive impact on those she works with. Reflecting on her own experiences, she aims to be remembered as a leader who influenced others positively. Bridget draws inspiration from her father, a dynamic and driven individual who, even at 74, continues to engage in hands-on projects and assist others, keeping him active and appearing younger than he is. Beyond her family, she also admires individuals who embody values, help others, and stay true to their principles.
Away from the corporate world, Wade is an avid reader with a penchant for fantasy novels, using them as a form of escape and relaxation. Her current read, "The Fetters of Fate: The Bladeborn Saga" by T.C. Edge, reflects her love for imaginative storytelling.
Unbeknownst to many, Wade is a self-proclaimed geek who firmly believes in the problem-solving prowess of a well-crafted Excel spreadsheet. A wife and mother of two boys, a guinea pig, and two dogs, Bridget, originally hailing from Oklahoma, harbors a fascination for storm chasing and is currently working on developing an app for the music industry in her spare time.
Bridget Wade's story is one of resilience, adaptability, and a genuine passion for making a positive impact. As she embarks on this new chapter with the International Trade Council, her wealth of experiences and forward-thinking approach undoubtedly position her as a valuable asset to the organization and the broader industry.