Casey Enright founded her first non-profit while a junior at Belmont University. Since then, The Word Wagon has changed the landscape of supporting children’s literacy in the Middle Tennessee area. She started with an idea to change one statistic: 1 in 350 kids in a marginalized neighborhood has an age appropriate book) because she said, “That’s 1 Go Dog Go for 350 kids and that cannot stand.” Her mission led her to organize and become a 501©3 complete with Bylaws, a Board, and a business plan. She has traveled 4,000 miles, read to hundreds of children and provided over 20,000 books (from board books to chapter books) to children across the Middle Tennessee region.
Her current role at the Business Development Assistant at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center puts her at the epicenter of the entrepreneurial ecosystem assisting traditional and social enterprises spanning a large variety of industries. She knows what it takes to move purpose and passion into a working model of action to effect change.
With a degree in Faith and Social Justice from the Department of Religion at Belmont and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship through the University’s School of Business, Casey understands how to make a mission move forward from idea to launch. Her background in entrepreneurship affords clients with her understanding of the importance of collaboration to have the most impact within an ecosystem in the community. No matter the challenge someone is prepared to take on: hunger, homelessness, workforce development, addiction, fractured families, or deficiencies in our education practices, Casey brings a holistic approach to those determined to change how things are for the better.
With the experience of singlehandedly starting her own non-profit, Casey is adept at preparing founders and staff of new organizations for the work that lies ahead bringing their idea to life. As the founder of The Word Wagon, Casey wore many hats as most founders do. Through coordinating volunteers, managing inventory, spreading the message, to managing a board, Casey provides great insight into the early stages of launching a business. Her devotion to the community through The Word Wagon was recognized in 2018 when she was awarded the Emerging Leader Award through the Franklin Tomorrow Community Awards program and the Mary Catherine Strobel Hands on Nashville Volunteer Award for Direct Service spotlighting a young adult whose servant heart provides an example to all.