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We hear from many of you who want to know: With so many options, how do I choose the right career path for me? How do I find meaningful work that makes the most of my talents and leaves me feeling fulfilled? How do I find my passion? We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite resources to help you explore those questions, and maybe even find some answers.
Team Vancouver wins top prize in SAP and Net Impact competition
The story is universal: young people all across the world have goals they would like to achieve, but obstacles can seem insurmountable. Perhaps a student in Philadelphia wants to aim for a four-year college degree despite little support at home, or a young professional from Shanghai has an idea for a startup but no resources to get things started. In the face of these apparent gaps, how might we equip young people with the tools to improve their lives and communities?
Planning a diverse conference isn't easy. But it's not that hard, either.
As Net Impact’s Conference Director for the last three years, I’ve talked to a lot of experts, watched my share of YouTube videos, and invited nearly 2,000 talented and dedicated people to speak to our attendees. I’ve also witnessed a lot of events that fall short of inspirational when it comes to speaker diversity.
This post is part of our ongoing impact career advice column. In this edition, longtime corporate social responsibility (CSR) leader Marcus Chung fields a question from our network.
Advice for a successful CSR career path without an MBA
What career path advice would you give non-MBAs who want to enter the CSR field? What do they need to show and do in order to compensate for, or perhaps highlight, their non MBA background? Thank you. - Nathan
This post is part of our ongoing impact career advice column. In this edition, impact investing expert R. Paul Herman fields a question from our network about how to start a career in impact investing with no finance experience.
Our friends at Triple Pundit published a series of interviews with leading female corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners, asking what inspires these women and how they found their way to sustainability careers. As Editor-in-Chief Jen Boynton wrote when she kicked off the series, "Men still dominate CSR, at least at the higher levels ... yet, the connection between gender diversity and CSR runs deep. Study after research study has found that simply having an executive team with gender diversity is highly correlated with having a strong CSR performance..."
We're shining a light on a few of those women working to make corporations more sustainable, featuring the best advice they've ever received.
This post is part of a new series that highlights ways to keep up with impact-related issues through social media.
As VP of Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at the Campbell Soup Company and President of the Campbell Soup Foundation, Dave Stangis has what you might call a full plate. “Every day brings a new set of issues, challenges, and opportunities,” he says. “It truly is like having a different job every day.... In a given week, I work with every single organization in the company -- from front lines to the board of directors, from enterprise strategy to communications and public policy."
This post is part of our ongoing impact career advice column. In this edition, longtime impact expert and career coach Shannon Houde tackles a question from our network.
“A conversation that leads to something other than frustration requires preparation, a systems analysis, and potential solutions that reach beyond changing individual mindsets or behavior.” -Rinku Sen, Race Forward
“...to go beyond race, we have to go through race." -Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism without Racists
Understanding the Global Food Crisis
The world’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050. Right now, there are 805 million hungry people in the world. It’s estimated that 16% of those 805 million people live in developed countries. Meanwhile, agriculture contributes to almost 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, uses 37% of landmass, and accounts for 70% of all freshwater extracted globally for human use. It is also a major polluter, as runoff from fertilizers and manure disrupts water sources like lakes, rivers, and coastal ecosystems. Figuring out how to feed 9 billion people—while also advancing rural development, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting valuable ecosystems—is one of the greatest challenges of our time.
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