My reasons for returning to school to pursue my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management are myriad, but my ultimate motivation was to build the skills and relationships necessary to have a more impactful career working within the social change space.
But operating within the social impact environment, especially from the privileged perch of such a formalized program, has its challenges. And while more traditional pursuits and companies enticed with promises of security and clearly delineated upward mobility, I found myself more dedicated than ever to pursue a career in social impact during my first year of business school.
One of the areas of impact that most excites and energizes me is that of early stage social enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures. Which is why I am so honored and privileged to be working for Inspiring Capital this summer, specifically on the behalf of Silver Bills.
Committed to reducing the burden of bill-paying for seniors, Silver Bills is just starting on their social enterprise journey. Opportunities and challenges abound – from clearly delineating market needs, to further understanding the needs and values of the target customer in creating a pricing strategy, to developing and refining a financial model, I know my long-term impact on this organization will go beyond my 10 weeks here in New York this summer. I have found myself challenged each and every day since the project has started, as the breadth and depth of potential impact is both staggeringly intimidating and audacious.
Pursuing a career in social impact is anything but playing it safe – it is rejecting societal status quo in an effort to enact change in the world around you. And three weeks into my summer fellowship with Inspiring Capital, I find myself returning to a quote we heard during our orientation week, delivered by Roger Frank, the Founding Member of Innovare Advisors. He repeated throughout the impact investing panel discussion that,
“This industry is not for the faint of heart.”
He’s right – and I’m proud to count myself amongst those taking the impactful and challenging career path less traveled.
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