Over the past five years, I’ve interviewed nearly 1,000 changemakers, including some of the most accomplished and respected leaders in impact investing and social entrepreneurship. This week, I reached out to some of the most impressive to get their advice for those just launching a career in impact today.
Imagine yourself sitting down around a big table with 41 accomplished impact leaders and getting their best career advice. Bookmark this page and come back to it regularly to serve as a guide throughout your life.
The advice was as diverse as the group, which included men and women from around the world, working on a wide range of topics. On a few topics, the counsel clustered around some themes but each idea they expressed was unique in some way.
Sheryle Gillihan, CEO of CauseLabs, observed that you don’t have to go to Africa to make a difference. “Consider the positive impact your work can have on your community. Regardless of where you work or what you do, you can be an impact ambassador and influence your team and business to do more good.”
Similarly, Tara Varga Russell, president of Fathom—the impact cruise line at Carnival Corporation—says, “Ensuring your everyday behaviors positively influence others ensures you have meaningful impact every step of the journey.”