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I'm a strategist building my first company in the purpose economy. My current focus is on meaningful careers and purpose-driven team-building.
Co-Founder & CEO
September 2011 - Present
ReWork helps companies making social, environmental, and cultural progress hire the very best people. We use our national pool of exceptional profressionals to fill a range of operational roles for mission-driven companoes. ReWork was born out of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute, and won the 2012 TEDxMileHigh Prize. ReWork proudly serves clients such as Acumen, The Unreasonable Group, Reasoning Mind, Moneythink, The Coexist Foundation, The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, and Meetup, among others.
Talks and workshops I've given for entrepreneurs, executives, and career enthusiasts.
Design for Social Innovation
Guest Lecture: Building a Career Worth Having
A talk outlining the shortcomings of traditional career metaphors, and the advantage that can be gained by taking an iterative, design-centric view of professional development and advancement - especially for the pursuit of meaningful, fulfilling work.
The Unreasonable Institute
Mentor: Hiring Process Design
July 2013 - Boulder, Colorado
A workshop outlining what a best-practice hiring process looks like, including key elements and considerations for scoping roles, sourcing passive candidates, effective screening, designing trial projects, interviewing finalists, and onboarding.
Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project
Speaker: Building a Career Worth Having
June 2013 - Las Vegas, NV
A talk outlining the shortcomings of traditional career strategies, and an introduction to suggested mental models and approaches that are proven effective in finding meaningful work.
Harvard Business School
Guest Speaker: Building a Career Worth Having
April 2013 - Cambridge, MA
A talk outlining the shortcomings of traditional career strategies, and an introduction to mental models and approaches that are effective in finding meaningful work.
Speaker: Shift Work
June 2012 - Denver, CO
A joint talk with ReWork co-founder Evan Walden on the rise of the purpose-driven workforce, and the reasons why companies should pay close attention.
Articles I've written on meaningful work, careers, and talent acquisition.
Harvard Business Review
Posts summarizing the findings of my work and research.
Build a Career Worth Having What Job Candidates Really Want: Meaningful Work
The Wall Street Journal
MBA Grads Should Know What They Want
99U by Behance
Posts on career strategy and workplace dynamics.
Turn Your Wandering Career Path into a Secret Weapon Why Baby Boomers and Millennials Make Great Teams
How to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Person for Your Startup
The Daily Muse
Posts on career strategy and workplace dynamics.
3 Signs You Should Definitely Quit Your Job You Don't Have to Settle! How To Find Work That Inspires You 7 Keys to Hiring Your Startup's First Employee
How to Spot Talent: 8 Traits to Look for When Hiring
The latest on cool projects, announcements, and items of interest.
Reach me directly if you'd like to have me speak for your organization or audience.
Connect for network-building, collaboration, and talking shop.
I graduated from The University of Vermont in 2008, eager to find challenging work that would let me contribute to making progress on the great challenges of our time, things like climate change, endemic crushing poverty, disease and malnutrition, and ecological collapse. The first few years of my career were a winding adventure. I built rain barrels and installed insulation to increase home energy efficiency. I led backcountry trail crews in US National Parks and ecotourism trips to Latin America. I wrote grants and built business plans and did strategic planning for nonprofits. I even wound up in Sweden for a year-long graduate program, studying how companies can gain competitive advantage by taking steps toward sustainability and resilience. I'd seen firsthand the difficulty of finding meaningful work, and I knew how critical it was for mission-driven companies to build the best teams. I felt that progress in our time was dependent upon the best people working on the most pressing issues - and I thought that mission-driven companies could use some help in hiring talented, values-aligned people. In 2011 I was accepted to the Unreasonable Institute, where I had a vision for a company that would build a robust talent infrastructure for the purpose economy. Based on that vision, I took the plunge and co-founded ReWork that fall. Since launching in 2012, ReWork has heard from thousands of professionals and hundreds of hiring managers at organizations across the purpose economy.The insights, strategies, and tactics that I write and speak about have come from the distillation of my experiences, the many conversations that ReWork has had, and years of research into how successful hiring and career-building actually happens.
I've studied complex systems - ecological and economic - and their interactions.
Executive Program Alumnus
A Singularity we examined the development and evolution of networks and computing systems, renewable energy sources and storage technologies, nanotechnology and molecular assembly, robotics and artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and 3D printing and distributed manufacturing.
I spent six weeks living in a house with 24 other ambitious social entrepeneurs and over 60 mentors - specialists in branding, startup finance, team building, operations, fundraising, communications, and more - learning how to build and scale a mission-driven startup.
Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola
Masters of Science
- Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability
2010 - 2011
I went to Karlskrona, Sweden to study strategic sustainable development under Karl-Henrik Robert in his MSLS program. The program revolves around what companies can do to shield themselves from risk and improve their competitive advantage by addressing social and environmental challenges in a proactive way.
Embedding socio-economic sustainability into impact investor due diligence.
University of Vermont
Bachelor of Arts
- Global Human Impact Studies
2004 - 2008
I studied the myriad of systemic issues that we have become aware of in the last decades – from climate change to peak fossil fuels, ecological collapse and biodiversity loss to topsoil erosion and deforestation, preventable disease to poverty. Thesis:
Ecological wastewater treatment in Stonetown, Zanzibar: A feasibility analysis.
School for International Training
Zanzibar - Coastal Ecology
While abroad I lived with a local family in Stonetown, learned Swahili, and studied marine and coastal ecosystems – including whaleshark migration patterns and population dynamics of large mammals in Saadani National Park.