Events

 

At the 24th Net Impact Conference 2016 we saw 2,400 committed change leaders brought together to discuss how to drive positive impact around the world. And just as I felt a few days before at the BSR conference in Manhattan, I left the conference inspired to continue facilitating the career growth of these impact- driven professionals and Masters students.

In the wake of the presidential election, I’ve been thinking a lot about each of us needs to protect and foster our personal commitment to positive change, a commitment that was so prevalent at Net Impact earlier this month. Every one of the speeches and sessions explored tangible ways that our work can have a positive impact on the world and on our communities, including my own joint sessions on Impact Investing and the Sustainability Job Market.

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A week before our tumultuous Presidential election, I sat down for breakfast in a packed ballroom at the BSR 2016 BE BOLD conference in New York City. And though I don’t normally eat my breakfast surrounded by hundreds of other people, it was clear that I was surrounded by like-minded souls. Addressing a room filled by individuals focused on exploring new ways to use business and leadership to create a more sustainable world.  Lindsay Levin, founder of Leaders Quest, left the audience with a piece of advice that clearly resonated with everyone the room, “If we want to be transformational,” she said, “we have to ready to transform ourselves.  This is something that is at the core of the important work I do with change leaders, and influenced much of our thinking throughout the rest of the conference.

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Making a career switch and searching for “the right job” can be a challenging and nebulous process. Recently, Shannon participated in Net Impact’s webinar on Making the Career Switch: How to Land an Impact Job You Love with Moving World’s CEO Mark Horoszowski. Listen below to dispel some myths about how to find a career that you truly love.

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Networking events can be great opportunities for developing new relationships and broadening business networks, plus they can be fun.

If you’re looking to make a career move into sustainability, corporate responsibility or the impact economy, in-person networking remains the best way to convert potential opportunities into real jobs. There is just no way around that.

Below are a few tips on how you may be able to improve your skills to “work the room.”

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Professional development and in-person networking are paramount to making a successful career move in the sustainability and impact space. Conferences can be great opportunities for developing new relationships and broadening business networks, plus they can be fun ways to get new ideas.  But, as you probably know, there are so many to choose from and attendance comes with a hefty price tag. Therefore, it is important to prioritize events that offer something that specifically interests you.

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2015 Net Impact Conference  

In just a few weeks I will be heading across the pond for the 2015 Net Impact Conference in Seattle, Washington from November 5-7. I am so excited for this year’s fantastic line up of events and speakers!

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