Jennifer Wilfong, Founder of the Can Do 4:13 Scholarship & Mentoring Program

Can Do Founder, Jen Wilfong

Jennifer Wilfong is the only member in her immediate family to graduate from college. She realizes how important it is to have an education and job skills.

In September 2004, NBC affiliate WEEK and the Peoria Chamber of Commerce named Jennifer Wilfong as one of the Top 25 Women in Leadership. She was recognized for her leadership not only at Caterpillar as a Marketing Manager, but also for her efforts in launching an inner city youth scholarship fund (Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund) as well as organizing a 9-11 memorial walk which helps honor those who lost their lives on 9-11-01 and all those who run to our aid daily.

In 2006, Jennifer was awarded the Children's Advocacy volunteer award, presented by the Children's Hospital of Illinois. She was also presented the Community Spirit award by District 150 in 2006.

She enjoys traveling with close friends, family outings, walking, live sporting events, warm weather, reading, and people with Can Do attitudes. She attends Northview Community Church in Carmel, IN, and her favorite phrase in the Bible is: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

Indiana University
Jennifer is a graduate of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. She was also a four year letter winner on the I.U. women's basketball team from 1982-1986, and the team captain in 1984-1985. Jennifer followed the path of her uncle and great-uncle to IU!

Harvard Business School
Jennifer completed the General Management Executive Education at the Harvard Business School in Nov. 2007, and now has full HBS alumni status.

The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, CA
In 2010, she completed her certification in coaching at The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, CA. Jennifer coached executives, business leaders, those in transition, and hi-tech companies and entrepreneurs. She has launched her own coaching and consulting business, Can Do Coaching & Consulting, before taking a full time role coaching financial advisers at Merrill Lynch in 2012.

Caterpillar Inc.
Cat is the world's leading manufacturer of engines and construction equipment.

Jennifer had a 25 year career at Caterpillar Inc. She served in many roles corporately marketing Cat's brand name and products. For example, her career at Caterpillar spanned marketing, finance, new product launches, customer service, dealer administration, and e-business implementations. In her couple global leadership roles, she served as the Global Brand Manager and as the Global Customer Support Manager. In June 2012, she began her second career as a coach with Merrill Lynch, living and working in Carmel, Indiana.

Community Foundation of Central Illinois
The Peoria area is blessed to have a community foundation that manages more than $20 mil. Jen was an active board member from 2005-2011. She served on the executive committee and the distribution committee. CFCI handles all the funds for the Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund, too.

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Jennifer suffered from ulcerative colitis from 1991-2000, and then had major surgery and had her entire colon removed in 2000. This trial drove her to reach out and give back to the community, by launching "Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund" in 2002.

Knightstown, IN High School
In December 2008, the Wilfong Girls Basketball Award and Scholarship was launched at KHS, where Jennifer graduated and played four years of varsity basketball. This award will provide an annual winner a $1,000 scholarship, due to their accomplishments with academics, extra-curricular activities, athletics, and community service.

Can Do Community Spirit Award

Jennifer Wilfong received the first ever Can Do Community Spirit Award, awarded to the Founder of the Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund by District 150 and Irving Principal, Mike Illuzzi.


"This is the right thing to do. Kids of all backgrounds need opportunities and they need to know that they CAN DO anything. This is all about the kids."
Founder, Jennifer Wilfong

Jennifer Wilfong, founder of the Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund, wants to thank everyone who's contributed to the Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund. Nearly $235,000 has been pledged to the Can Do Scholarship Fund

© Jennifer Wilfong 2009