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How to get a career in sustainability: hard work, talent and perseverance

You’ve seen the light. After a decade as an accountant or sales manager or marketing executive, you decide a career in corporate sustainability is the thing for you. And why not? The power of business can potentially help to resolve some of the most taxing social and environmental issues of the day. Being part of that promises plenty of exciting development and brain-twisting challenges along the way; not to mention the quiet satisfaction that derives from doing a job that

How to get a career in sustainability: hard work, talent and perseverance

You’ve seen the light. After a decade as an accountant or sales manager or marketing executive, you decide a career in corporate sustainability is the thing for you. And why not? The power of business can potentially help to resolve some of the most taxing social and environmental issues of the day. Being part of that promises plenty of exciting development and brain-twisting challenges along the way; not to mention the quiet satisfaction that derives from doing a job that

America’s got hidden talent: Bringing purpose to your workforce strategy

These three panelists’ companies are investing in the future and diversity of their talent base by recruiting and developing opportunity youth and ex-convicts. As Head of FSG’s Talent Rewire program, moderator Kimberly Shin kicked off the session with some shocking statistics: 1 in 7 youth are opportunity youth 1 in 3 American adults have a criminal record 2030 is the year that the majority of young workers under 30 will be people of color We are in the tightest labor market in the last 50

The SB Brand Transformation Roadmap: How to Take Your Sustainability Journey to the Next Level

This Monday morning workshop kicked off with Kevin Hagen, VP of ESG Strategy at Iron Mountain, asking the packed room, “So, why haven’t all companies been able to become sustainable? We’ve been doing this a long time —why aren’t we there yet?” There is a notion that many companies experience a plateau in their sustainability journey and the data backs it up. Hagen and SB’s Director of Knowledge & Insights, Dimitar Vlahov, sit on the SB Working Group — with 10 colleagues and an advisory board

Workplace Equality – It’s Not Just About Gender

This panel on DE&I was diverse in and of itself — with a Korean American, a Quebequois, a Canadian American immigrant and a gender non-binary representative. These speakers made us think differently and challenge our unconscious biases, as well as our use of terminology when discussing diversity. The covered issues such as representation of women in the workplace, Gen Z, getting a sponsor vs. a mentor, and non-binary gender definitions. According to Anna Blue, Co-Executive Director of GirlUp, diversity is not just

TRU Colors Brewing: Unlikely Collaboration for the Win

TRU Colors Brewing is far from your typical brewery. To work at TRU, you have to be an active gang member — think Bloods, Crips, GD, etc. As crazy as it might sound, TRU Colors is a for-profit company with a tightly integrated social mission to bring rival gangs together and stop gang violence. It all began two years ago, when George Taylor heard about a 16-year-old getting shot on the streets on a Sunday morning in his neighborhood in North Carolina. Having called his

Women at the top is better for business and the environment

Female leadership is characterised by vision and the ability to convey it to others, research shows, but senior sustainability jobs are more likely to held by men. In the pale, male corridors of corporate power, Indra Nooyi represents a rare exception. She’s a woman, sure. But she’s also won praise for her long-term strategic vision, highlighted most clearly by her pledge to make PepsiCo’s product line more nutritious. For a manufacturer of fizzy drinks and crisps, that’s a big deal. Although

How Your Fatal Flaw Can Fuel Your Happiness

6 steps in 4-weeks to turn ‘issues’ into successes Whether we want to admit it or not we all have a fatal flaw – one trait that, left unchecked, can drag us to our doom, or send us into a destructive spiral. Often our flaws can masquerade as a virtue: a trusting nature, a stubborn streak or, if I apply the theory to my own life, a blunt and direct manner of speech that has kept me in league with

A unique culture and spirit: How Quantis empowers millennials, avoids hierarchy

With eight offices across Europe, North America and South America, Quantis sets itself apart from other consultancies through its unique culture based on minimal hierarchy and infused with a dynamic and collaborative spirit. To feed this culture, the entire group comes together once a year for a week-long, off-site seminar. Quantis has been growing in staff size by 25-30 percent a year for the last four years with no intention of slowing down. Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin shared her insights about leading

Land an impact job you’ll love

Earlier this year, I teamed up with Net Impact and Mark Horoszowski from Moving Worlds to co-host a webinar, How to Land an Impact Job You Love. The webinar was designed to share how professionals can find and create meaning in their career. To build on the discussion from that webinar (embedded below), we teamed up again for this follow-up article to share even more practical steps about how to: Figure out what you want your job to be Build the

Salary vs. sanity

When it comes to a trade off between your salary and your sanity, there is only sustainable choice. As someone who went through this process, I can tell you that you might surprised by how having less money could make you better off in the long term. When I started my career coaching business, I transitioned from a cushy corporate consulting job to a start-up impact career being self-employed. Yes, this change came with a huge pay cut. However, I

Being remembered is about bringing your sustainability story to life

I always start coaching with the scariest question “What do you do?” (which is similar to the interview question, “walk me through your resume”).  It is a set-up question. Which, as simple as it is, throws us off.  It makes us uncomfortable.  But, if well-thought through, authentic and well-practiced, will be a short and impactful career story.  Many of us blow it.  We either lead with our name, title and company name (boring!!!) or we drone on and on about our passions,