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
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.