Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Barrett Wragg completed a bachelor of science in finance and marketing and served as president of the Black Business Association his senior year. Currently, Barrett Wragg is a Divisional Sales Manager for T. Rowe Price, where he leads a team of Regional Investment Consultants who partner with fee-based financial advisors. Outside of work, he has contributed to charitable organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
In addition to fundraising to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, the CFF provides an array of support tools for parents caring for children with the disease. Because caretakers of children with a chronic illness are at higher risk for anxiety and depression, it is important to watch for signs of stress.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed, parents should focus on eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. Connecting with other parents of children with the disease can provide an outlet and a support network, as well as a helpful source of factual information. Dealing with medical bills in a timely manner and seeking assistance when necessary can also help decrease anxiety. For more information and resources, visit www.cff.org.
Coach John Wooden
A divisional sales manager with T. Rowe Price in Maryland, Barrett Wragg has worked for the firm for 15 years. Recreationally, Barrett Wragg enjoys reading and considers Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry his favorite book. Written by Andy Hill and John Wooden, the book explores the secrets of the famed coach’s success.
Largely considered one of the best coaches in history, Wooden carried the UCLA basketball team to success in 10 national championships, including an unprecedented streak of seven wins in a row. Much of the strategy that Wooden used for success on the court translates well into the business world.
One of the key lessons Wooden taught focuses on preparation. Once an opportunity has arrived, it is too late to prepare. Players need to put in the time perfecting their skills during practice if they hope to perform under the pressure of a game. Similarly, people who want to get ahead in business must make themselves ready for the opportunities they desire before those opportunities are even a possibility. That way, when the chance to prove oneself arises, individuals have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and show that they are able to handle more responsibility. Preparation is one of the keys to moving up the corporate ladder.
Barrett Wragg has worked at T. Rowe Price in Maryland for approximately 15 years. Outside of work, Barrett Wragg maintains an interest in public speaking and has volunteered with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Many people have anxiety about the thought of speaking publicly, and this issue can lead to behaviors that actually increase their level of fear.
The first problematic behavior is rushing through the speech. People often begin to speak quickly because they simply want the experience to be over as quickly as possible. This behavior, however, interferes with proper breathing. Short, shallow breaths can increase feelings of panic. Speaking quickly also creates a barrier between the speaker and the audience, which could struggle to understand. This issue relates directly to the second bad habit.
Anxious speakers sometimes ignore the audience because they think that this will make them feel less at ease. Ignoring the audience compels speakers to concentrate on their own thoughts, which tend to be much more negative than any reaction that the audience would have. Speakers then become even less receptive and wind up feeling worse than if they had welcomed audience interaction.
With 15 years of experience at the company, Barrett Wragg serves as a divisional sales manager with T. Rowe Price. Barrett Wragg started at the company as a college intern while participating in the INROADS program, which provides opportunities for youth from underserved communities and prepares them for business leadership.
At the end of 2016, INROADS announced a strategic alliance with STEMBoard that will facilitate the creation of new opportunities for students in STEM fields. STEMBoard is committed to closing the achievement gap by working with underrepresented youth and giving them the tools they need to create innovative technologies. The two organizations had previously collaborated on the development of two summer programs for high school students focused on entrepreneurship and engineering design.
The partners have created a strategic plan for furthering both of their missions that involves three points. First, STEMBoard created a hardware project designed to encourage pursuit of STEM careers that was implemented in select INROADS programs. Second, an INROADS program in Atlanta partnered with local under-resourced schools to recruit female students into a STEM program. Third, STEMBoard organized a technology camp called Mini-Hack that emphasizes entrepreneurial principles and encourages innovation in participants.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Throughout his life, Barrett Wragg has sought opportunities to give back to the community. For four years, Barrett Wragg volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This program pairs young individuals with a positive adult role model and encourages them to build a one-on-one relationship through a variety of events.
The effectiveness of the program was recently proven by a Public/Private Ventures study that involved 950 young participants in eight different agencies across the country. After 18 months, the independent agency found that participants were 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school compared to nonparticipants. In addition, participants reported more confidence in school and a stronger capacity for building healthy relationships with family members.
The study also confirmed the effectiveness of the program’s match initiative, which aims to pair younger participants with older role models that have similar backgrounds and interests. Participants matched through this initiative, rather than through random assignment, consistently spent more time together and continued their relationship for longer periods of time.
American Diabetes Association
A divisional sales manager with T. Rowe Price, Barrett Wragg recently registered to run with his department’s team in the Baltimore Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event organized by the American Diabetes Association. Barrett Wragg raised more than $200 for the association and its important work. Individuals can support the American Diabetes Association and Step Out in a number of ways, including through volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers help recruit sponsors, teams, and other volunteers to ensure that events across the country run smoothly. Some volunteers provide committee leadership, which involves securing donations from local sources and planning activities for the day of the event. These volunteers also help market Step Out events in their communities and inspire other people to participate or volunteer.
Other volunteers focus their efforts on the day of the event. Volunteers are essential to ensuring a successful Step Out walk. These individuals help register team captains and walkers as they arrive, distribute t-shirts, and serve refreshments at rest stops along the rout. In addition, finish line volunteers greet individuals at the end of the route and offer them cold drinks and nutritious snacks.