As a colleague and friend, Nate and I have spent years talking about the importance of having a Plan B in life. Very fortunately, one of Nate’s Plan B’s led him to the incredible work at Athlete Ally. Their mission is to end homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality. Nate shares with us about their extremely impactful work and we go a bit further into why we think having a Plan B is so invaluable. Anytime, but especially now, I really appreciate getting to have this conversation with Nate.
Nathan Richards-Wedge is the Chief of Staff of TransPerfect, the world’s leading provider of language and technology solutions for business. He attended Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and during his time there, began his career with TransPerfect as an intern and eventually went on to originate the Global Marketing and Communications Department. After several years in the not-for-profit sector, he founded his own consulting firm, Nathan J Richards + Associates in 2013 in Seattle. His interest in global business, change management, and company culture led him back to his current role at TransPerfect, in which he oversees employee-relations, diversity initiatives, process development, and philanthropic investments. In 2019, he joined the Board of Trustees of Athlete Ally, a non-for-profit organization with the mission to end homophobia and transphobia in sport. He resides in rural Pierce County in Washington State with his extended family and more dogs than you can count. He’s an avid supporter of the Seattle Sounders Football Club, a huge fan of anything his niblings are doing, and an amateur beekeeper.