As the Founder of MAG Impact Collective, I've been working in areas of social impact for the last 15 years.
I started my career in finance, with a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance, working for the global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
After a year, I knew this wasn't the right path for me. I felt myself being called to lend my skills and career to the environmental sector.
I quit my job, packed up my bags, and moved from Texas to rural Peru to volunteer with an NGO working on health and water sanitation issues.
This was the beginning of my career in social impact.
I was fortunate to then work at a global wildlife conservation organization that produced commercials and documentaries with celebrities such as Richard Branson, Jackie Chan, Li Bing Bing, and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Getting to be on set with Jackie Chan and Spike, the very real 6,000 pound rhino was quite the experience.)
I then worked at one of the world's largest and most prestigious global Foundations. After that, I led the international development for a global sustainability and corporate social responsibility media and marketing company.
And finally in 2018, 10 years after graduating college with an accounting degree, I started and launched my own social impact consultancy, MAG Impact Collective.
We are an "unagency" of sorts - a community of designers, marketers, subject matter specialists, and more - all focused on and experienced in working in areas of social impact like health, education, conservation, international development, technology, and more.
To date, we have over 25 members across the country and have done projects with Google, Pepsi, Sabin Vaccine Institute, VIPKid, Rare.org, and many other global companies and organizations.
If I've learned anything over my journey (and I continue to learn something new every day), it's that just because you identified an area or issue you are passionate about, doesn't mean work and life then becomes a cakewalk.
I also learned that being told to, "Just follow your passion" is really bad advice.
If anything, once you have identified a cause or issue area you are passionate about - it only gets harder.
The challenges of where to work, how to work on these issues, how to stay motivated, how to get out of your own way and remove both real and perceived constraints in order to help solve some of our pressing challenges, are very real.
And it is something people 10, 20, 30 years into their careers still struggle with. It is something I still struggle with to this day.
This course and this community is built off my own experience and things I wish someone had told me along the way. It's also shaped by the hours of conversations, brainstorms, and insights shared among MAG Collective members over the last 3 years. All members have decades of experience working at large organizations in leadership positions as well as running their own impactful, socially-minded businesses.
Think of the email course as the appetizer and our community as the main course (no pun intended).
I hope you find the course and the community helpful and I look forward to getting to know each other personally.
Because we all need to make some more dents in the universe together.