Net Impact Members: 20% off Profession & Purpose

Net Impact changed my life — literally.  When I was a first-year MBA student at UNC, I had never heard the term “sustainability” before.  I came to business school to study entrepreneurship and had a vision for a business I thought I would launch after graduation.  I stumbled into a Net Impact in the fall […]


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Jobs & internship postings via Twitter

Follow @Katie_Kross on Twitter for sustainability-related job and internship openings. Looking for job and internship openings?  You can check out Katie’s recent posts on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Katie_Kross.            


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Money or meaning: Do impact careers always require a tradeoff?

One of the more frustrating dilemmas, when it comes to thinking about an impact career, is the question of salary. You want to make a difference in the world and do work that matters, but you also need to get paid. There is certainly a perception that we face a tradeoff in career choices between […]


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Q&A about Purpose Careers with Ellen Weinreb

In July 2014, I sat down with Ellen Weinreb, CEO of the executive search firm Weinreb Group, to discuss Purpose careers.  We discussed the demand for Purpose jobs from MBAs, the market for these jobs, and whether business schools are doing enough to serve mission-driven students. Read the Q&A here: This book is a roadmap […]


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Jumpstarting your job search in social entrepreneurship

This post first appeared on Justmeans. Social entrepreneurship is one of those terms that means different things, depending on who’s doing the defining. In general, though, it refers to the application of innovative entrepreneurial strategies to solve pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs focus on a truly diverse set of social issues—education, health and human services, food […]


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To Find Your Next Sustainability Job, Stop Looking

This post first appeared on TriplePundit. You’ve heard it before: Job searching is about relationship-building. It’s good advice, no matter how many times you hear it—but it’s especially true of the sustainability job search. The fact is, if you’re spending your time looking for sustainability job postings online, you’re going about the job search the […]


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5 Traits Essential for Sustainability Leadership

This post first appeared on TriplePundit. By Katie Kross and Koji Kitazume, Duke University Sustainability is a career field that is beginning to mature.  Ten years ago, there were few dedicated jobs with sustainability in the title. Professionals who were passionate about this management issue often found themselves creating their own job descriptions. Those early […]


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What to look for in an MBA internship in sustainability

This is the time of year when first-year MBA students are making internship decisions, and I’m often asked what factors are most important in choosing a sustainability internship.  For students who are career changers with little or no previous sustainability work experience on their resume, the summer internship is a crucial opportunity to build one’s […]


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Sustainability Interviews? Here’s How to Prepare

Reprinted, with permission, from my guest post at Courting your Career. Applying for a sustainability job or internship?  Here are three questions you need to be ready to address. 1) “What got you interested in sustainability?” It’s useful to have an origin story that is highly personal and possibly even emotional (for example: “I grew up […]


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WSJ: Job Postings in ‘Sustainability’ Have Quadrupled in Two Years

The Wall Street Journal article, “Sustainability Jobs Get Green Light at Large Firms”, highlights the growth in jobs in sustainability, wind, and solar in the last two  years, saying: “Though most employers aren’t adding jobs at a quick pace, positions tied to sustainability and renewable energy might be a bright spot.”


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