I graduated from The University of Vermont in 2008, eager to find challenging work that would let me contribute to addressing the great challenges of our time - things like climate change, 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 developed business plans and did strategic planning for small nonprofits. I 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 felt firsthand the difficulty and uncertainty of finding meaningful work, and I saw 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 observed that purpose-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
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 happens.