DeAnne Wingate (Upsilon Beta | Rollins College). After extensive travel abroad, DeAnne saw the need to help eradicate the exploitation of children. She established Ripled Purpose to help fight human trafficking and child labor through education.
Deanne Wingate joined Chi Omega at Rollins College, where she was given the opportunity during the month of January (J-term) to travel the world to study or volunteer. Her brother was a year behind her at Rollins and went to Guatemala on a service-learning project for his first J-term while she chose to study French in Canada. He was actually the one who later encouraged her to venture to Guatemala for the following J-term…and it changed her life.
During her time in Guatemala, she helped build a medical center for a small mountain village that had no electricity, running water or bathrooms. The people were impoverished yet they were so happy. This experience rocked her world because, at the time, she believed money was the foundation of happiness. Yet these villagers had more joy than the people she knew with the most money.
She also discovered the powerful gift of serving others while in Guatemala. It filled her heart and soul with so much love and she realized why we’re here on this planet – to do for others. Love in action and not just in words. Letting our light shine every day with eyes wide open, searching for those in need of our love.
DeAnne left a successful internet advertising career in New York City in 2010 to follow her heart! Wingate’s journey took her to India to initially work with girls forced into the sex slave trade and children living in slums. While there, she learned the power of education in eradicating the vulnerabilities fueling the exploitation of children.
She returned to Charlotte (her hometown) in 2012 and established a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Rippled Purpose, to fight human trafficking and child labor through education. Wingate’s school in India has 75 children enrolled. “It is a dream come true! My vision is to partner with other local change makers across the globe to offer education and provide love to every child,” says Wingate.
Wingate believes anything is possible when we are driven by love. Her mission is to empower women to change the world for our children. #everychildmatters
“My hope is to inspire others to help their neighbor – whether near or far. When we get outside of ourselves and serve others, we receive the greatest gift in return!”
Thank you, DeAnne, for being such an inspirational Sister and a Sister who serves the world! To contribute to Rippled Purpose, consider giving a gift here.
DeAnne Wingate graduated from Rollins College in 1996 with a major in Politics and minors in Economics and Spanish.
She left a successful internet advertising career in New York City in 2010 to follow her heart. Wingate’s journey took her to India to initially work with girls forced into the sex slave trade and children living in slums.
She returned to Charlotte and established a 501(c)3 charitable organization, Rippled Purpose, to fight human trafficking and child labor through education. Wingate also founded Blessed Lotus, a women’s apparel company, on the principles of social entrepreneurship.
Wingate believes anything is possible when we are driven by Love. Her mission is to empower women to change the world for our children.