One clear way to drive change is to invest in leaders who have a direct connection to the communities they serve.
Right now, I am en route to my graduation ceremony (wearing a baby blue cap and gown borrowed from a colleague-a former Columbia grad student herself).
As I approach my graduation—both physically and figuratively—I remember the brave face I put on when I graduated from undergraduate school (pictured) over a decade ago. The truth is that I was nothing short of terrified. I knew that I wanted to do big things after school, that I wanted a purpose-driven career and life, but I had absolutely no idea how to get there. And no one else seemed to be able to tell me how to get there either.
Over the years, I managed to create a career that was just right for me, finding a role that is perfect for me in an organization I love. But it was not without struggle. And a lot of introspection.
Today, my friend Britt Bravo tells me she launched a challenge on her blog Have Fun Do Good. She asked people to nominate a young person just starting out on their career path, someone who would benefit from a bit of help creating a meaningful career. The winners receive a copy of Work on Purpose, which I wrote to help people navigate the questions I didn’t know how to navigate myself many years ago. To enter, just leave a comment on her blog describing why a young graduate you care about needs this book. The deadline to leave a comment is May 31.
I may not be able to help those in their twenties navigate everythingI had to go through in those years, but I can help them with this. And as I travel to my graduation ceremony, it occurs to me: that is a lot.
Echoing Green focuses on finding stellar individuals who can carry their ideas and explain why they have what it takes to succeed.
Bringing about dramatic and lasting social change requires lifelong leadership and learning lessons along the way.