Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

EXECUTIVE: Michelle Weaver, Vice President of Retail

FOUNDED: 1959

LOCATION: Headquartered in Orlando, FL

WEBSITE: www.goodwillcfl.org

Michelle Weaver serves as the vice president of retail for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, which operates in six counties and consists of 29 stores and 25 Donation Express locations.  Her responsibilities include developing the short- and long-term strategic plans for retail, new locations and Donor Express locations.

Before devoting her talents to the nonprofit world, Weaver worked for 23 years in retail operating a $1 billion business. She has translated those talents to lead the Central Florida Goodwill to be amongst the best in Florida. Over the last six months, she has integrated programs into the organization that have increased sales, increased productivity, decreased shrink and allowed customers to have a faster checkout time.

Weaver’s passion for developing people and giving them the opportunity to do their best is what inspired her to join Goodwill.  She has worked with her team to develop training classes for the entire retail management team and give them the opportunity to better themselves and offer customers a better experience when in Goodwill stores. A big believer in paying it forward, Weaver also believes when you empower people to make decisions and run their stores as if they were their own, you will achieve higher engagement and loyalty to the organization’s mission.

Weaver is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.  She enjoys the opportunity to volunteer and has been a volunteer at the Hope Now Back to School Bash for seven years. She also spends time volunteering at Second Harvest with her kids. In her spare time, she is a soccer mom and spent the last two years as the “volunteer” team manager for her son’s soccer team. She also loves traveling and spending time with her family, friends and her dog, Sky.

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