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June 9, 2017

Meet Beth Calvo

As Procurement Director in Finance, Beth Calvo and her team facilitate purchasing activities to help WNET obtain goods and services at the right price/quality and in a timely and efficient manner. “We are responsible for establishing policies and procedures for buying goods and services to ensure compliance with federal regulations,” Beth explains. They are also responsible for identifying savings opportunities for goods and services purchased across departments and leveraging volume pricing to drive savings at the company level.

Read on to learn more about Beth’s background, her favorite neighborhood spots in New Jersey, and more.

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

My background is in Business Administration. I’ve worked in a variety of roles in Procurement, Corporate Business Services, and Finance. Prior to joining WNET, I worked in Procurement at Zoetis, which is an Animal Health company in New Jersey. I was excited to come to WNET and apply my skills in a new industry. It has been (and continues to be) a great learning experience.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

I grew up watching THIRTEEN – Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and ZOOM! were personal favorites. The Count from Sesame Street was always a favorite character…maybe he inspired my interest in Finance?

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record? 

I have an eight-year-old son who is mildly obsessed with marine animals, so we are looking forward to NOVA: Why Sharks Attack and Big Pacific. And of course, I definitely didn’t miss The American Epic Sessions, which premiered this past Tuesday.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in Rutherford, New Jersey. Rutherford is a great spot, convenient to NYC, but with a quaint, small town feel. Now that summer is starting, I like to visit the farmer’s market held downtown every Saturday. I also enjoy going to Lincoln Park, where they have concerts on Thursday nights in the summer. And we have some terrific restaurants –  The Village Gourmet and Mambo Tea House are a couple of favorites. But, insider tip, Rutherford restaurants do not have liquor licenses – so if you are planning a visit, bring a bottle of wine!

What book are you currently reading?

I usually prefer non-fiction, and especially biographies. I recently finished ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou, which I was inspired to read after watching American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. And now I am starting ‘Born to Run’, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. What can I say, I am from New Jersey – it is practically required reading.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

Right now I am very focused on my garden. I don’t have a great track record, but I am determined to get a decent tomato harvest this summer. If anyone has any tips for me, please stop by!

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