5 Questions for Wei-Li

Wei-Li and his family.

Wei-Li and his family.

Wei-Li Chong
EVP, People & Operations
Almost 4 years with KinderCare Education
Team includes HR, HR Center Operations, KinderCare field, CCLC field

Why did you join KCE?

I joined for several reasons:

  • Tom’s leadership. We immediately hit it off and could not be more aligned with our views on leadership and culture. I accepted the job while my wife and daughters were staying with family on vacation. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a surprise to them especially when I told them the job required me to move from New Jersey to Oregon.
  • For the chance to do something meaningful. It sounds cliché, but it’s true!
  • The company’s need for a full cultural transformation. I knew the company could be much better if employees were excited to come to work. When I joined there was a strong culture of fear, and the opportunity to change that was exciting.

What is your vision for your team?
I truly believe that we can transform the industry and create new standards of excellence for early childhood education. It’s amazing to think about what we’ve already accomplished, and I know the best is yet to come.

What is your biggest challenge?
Change. The amount of change we’re going through is hard, and I want to make sure we are supporting each person in the right way along the journey. People respond to change so differently. My goal is to help them move forward in the right way.

What team accomplishment are you most proud of?
It’s really hard to choose just one. I think I’m just proud of our centers and their renewed commitment to education, people and profitable growth. Four years ago, who would have ever believed this company would be close to 100% accredited, improving engagement (both employee and family) at an unprecedented rate, and now setting its sights on becoming 100% occupied. We are absolutely impacting communities in a new way and I’m most proud of how that translates to our growing impact on children.

What was your first job? What did you want to be when you grew up?
I worked the moment I was old enough to have a job. My first job was pressure-washing the inside of garbage trucks in Cleveland. It was terrible, but it paid pretty well! As far as a career I thought I was going to be a marketing exec. I’ve always been fascinated by consumer behavior.

One thought on “5 Questions for Wei-Li

  1. I think Wei-Li would make a wonderful marketing exec. He is so insightful and understands and supports the working environment successfully. I’m glad he is at KC Education leading, and mentoring all of us!

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