Donor Spotlight

Wanda Cole-Frieman

Photo: Wanda Cole-Frieman and familyWanda, Isaac (13), Karl (husband of 20 years) and Taylor (13)

For the past two years, Wanda Cole-Frieman, VP, Talent Acquisition, has been a member of the Human Resources leadership team focused on building the Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence. She currently manages about 80 recruiting team members (full-time and contract). Their mission is to attract exceptional healthcare professionals and develop strong talent communities in order to meet the staffing challenges of their organization and fulfill the healing mission of Dignity Health.

What areas do you philanthropically support and why?

I support the general Dignity Health Fund but in particular providing resources to combat human trafficking. Human trafficking violates many of the values I hold dear especially dignity. I want to be able to help those who are most vulnerable and in large part those tend to be women and children.

I feel strongly about contributing to make a positive impact in my local community and appreciate the efforts of our Philanthropy team in helping to assess where funds are needed most.

What motivated you to start giving?

My mother is my inspiration. As a child, my mother encouraged me and my four siblings to give back. While there was not much disposable income in our household, we knew we could give of our time and talent. Even though my mother worked several jobs to make ends meet, she always made the time to lend a hand to others. For example, she would make a prom dress for a church member who might not be able to afford one, cook a meal for a family in need or visit a sick church member.

I remember walking alongside her to register voters in our neighborhood. When we were older we volunteered at our church food bank and back to school drives.

I witnessed the joy, relief, and hope that a simple gesture of kindness had on those in need. My mother demonstrated that helping others is contagious.

Why do you think it’s important to be engaged through philanthropy as a Dignity Health employee?

I believe that Dignity Health is a special place that attracts special people. It is extremely satisfying to work with a team that wants to be engaged in meaningful work and serves a higher purpose. Giving back through our philanthropy is one way we as employees can support our organization’s mission and our heritage of helping the underserved.

What’s your fondest memory of working at Dignity Health?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. So, it comes as no surprise that I have come to enjoy the San Francisco Thanksgiving meal each year. It is great that everyone in the office brings in dishes that represent what is special for them during the season. It offers us an opportunity to reflect on all that we are grateful for and take time to appreciate our work family.

What’s one fun fact others might not know about you?

Everyone who works with me knows I am a crazy Warrior fan. You might not know that I was featured last season in a promotional video leading up to the playoffs.