Meet the Team

Candice Wagener
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Candice supports communications at vChief, bringing 20+ years of experience. Prior to joining vChief, she was a communications specialist in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for five years while also growing her freelance writing career since 2013. Her writing is featured regularly in BRAVA and Madison Magazine. In 2021, Candice launched Mighty Acorn Media, a company supporting small businesses and individuals in the thought leader space in transforming their mighty thoughts into words.

Candice is a graduate of UW-Madison, earning a double BA in Journalism and English. She also earned the Administrator’s Credential from UW-Milwaukee during her twenty-year career in early childhood education, holding roles in teaching and administration. She was director of a large group center for ten years, gaining insight on everything from leadership development, management of diverse teams, customer relations, accounting practices, and, occasionally, cooking lunch for 120 people. She has sincere appreciation for the nuances in the education sector, as well as immense empathy for leaders juggling multiple priorities. She would have loved to have a chief of staff when she was a director!

When she’s not writing, Candice is usually on the sidelines of a swim meet or cross country race, cheering on her two teenage boys. Her happy place is the kitchen–baking, cooking, or eating–or lost in a book. She stays active by hiking, running, and working out. A native of the Chicagoland area, Candice is a Cubs fan for life, but has crossed over to the “green and gold side” in football.  

Interested in joining our team as a chief of staff?