Careers in Corporate Citizenship

While many members of our connect2 community are entrepreneurs, many others are employed in the corporate world.  If you have – or seek – a corporate, brilliance-based career in which you make a positive impact, today’s post is especially for you.

Net Impact and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College just released a new career resource called Corporate Careers That Make a Difference, an eighty-page guide to pursuing a career in corporate citizenship.  Net Impact is a global organization of students and professionals using business to improve the world.  They define “corporate citizenship” as an umbrella term that includes both social impact (encompassing corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues) and environmental impact (encompassing sustainability issues).

As you probably know, I love the inspiration that comes through career stories.  This resource features dozens of stories from working professionals with diverse academic backgrounds and job titles.  It’s a first-hand account of opportunities for people interested in corporate responsibility and sustainability, beyond the typical job titles like Director of CSR.

Liz Maw, Executive Director of Net Impact says, “More and more people want to make a positive impact on the world through the work they do, but there are so few resources to help them turn this aspiration into a successful career. This guide fills that gap by exploring th

e diversity of opportunities available in corporate citizenship, and providing hands-on advice for long-term success.”

If you’re interested in corporate citizenship and would like a practical framework for career development, check it out.  And let us know what you think here in our comments section!

Presentation to Sloan alumni draws crowd

MBAs in career transition can navigate their paths to a brighter future!  That was the theme of my recent talk (Preparing for Your Next Career Transition, Whether or Not You are Currently in the Job Market) at the MIT Sloan Alumni Webinar Series. Participation ranked second highest in the history of this series; more than 90 MBA students and alumni attended to discuss how they can explore career transitions during these challenging economic times.  I stressed to participants that even in the face of layoffs and pay decreases, MBAs who articulate and live their key messages and priorities can thrive.

During the event I shared my original framework for identifying key messages to prospective employers. I guided participants to understand their most valuable skills, interests, and qualities (SIQs) as the basic building blocks for effectively communicating their stories in informational interviews, job interviews, resumes, cover letters and negotiations. (Applying my SIQ model over the past decade, my clients have consistently achieved their varied goals).

I was touched to receive many comments afterward, including “I really enjoyed your presentation today. Your model is simple and compelling.” The webinar recording is now available on YouTube for anyone who wants to learn my model and observe me coaching a current MBA student in the job market. Enjoy!

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MBA Selected for Gift of Career Coaching

Thanks for all the great comments on my blog post about celebrating the tenth anniversary of my business.  My assistant Jessica and I selected the one by Frances as the most deserving, as we very much identify with the challenges she faces a working mom.  She and I will have a coaching session together later this month.  It is my pleasure to give her this gift.

Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary… And Win!

In honor of 10 years in business, Debra is rewarding one lucky winner with a choice of a career or leadership coaching session or a complimentary copy of her Gold Admissions Program, a $500 value.

To enter, simply comment, explaining why you are a deserving recipient!  Debra will announce the winner at the end of March.  (Be sure to include an email address so we can notify you if you win.)