My Wausome Story: Boly Vang, Human Resources Analyst, Marathon County Employee Resources
Original publication date: September 19, 2019
While I was born and raised in Wausau, it took moving away for college and coming back to really understand what this community has to offer. Wausau provides me the opportunities that allow me to live my best life.
As a Human Resources Analyst with Marathon County Government, a very large part of my job is to attract, recruit, and retain talent to our area. I don’t see it as a job though. I want to attract great people here because this is where I plan to stay and where I want to eventually raise my family. It’s easy to talk about what makes Wausau an appealing place to live, work and play – and that’s across the board, from young professionals looking to start their careers and build families, to individuals nearing retirement.
We are lucky enough to live in an outdoor mecca. The recreation opportunities here are incredible! From some of the best hiking trails, to beautiful lakes and rivers, an epic ski hill, and numerous parks, it’s easy to find something to do and stay active. It feels like no matter where you are in the city, you can find a park within a couple of miles. Any day that our schedules allow, my husband and I are taking advantage of the outdoor recreation here.
There are also many great organizations here that provide opportunities to get involved and make an impact in the community. A few that I’m passionate about are Women United, LENA Start Marathon County, and Central WI Hmong Professionals. Whether in a leadership or a volunteer role, being a part of these groups have contributed greatly to both my personal and professional development and have encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. I’ve quickly learned that in order to grow, you have to get uncomfortable. I love getting the word out about development and community engagement opportunities here. Whatever your passion is, I bet there’s an organization here waiting for you!
More personally, a big reason why I call Wausau home is because of the people. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some pretty amazing individuals in our community. These people support my dreams and goals but are not afraid to challenge me to do better. Psychological safety isn’t often discussed, but that’s exactly what they provide for me.
Wausau allows me to live my best life because it offers what I need to be the best version of myself. It has many of the big city amenities and opportunities you want, without the hassles of big city living. I’m excited to be a part of Wausau’s growth and look forward to continuing to help build a community that I’m proud to call home.