If The Oceans Die We Die

If The Oceans Die We Die

You've probably already seen images of fish caught in six-pack rings, or the contents of a dead seabird’s stomach, filled to the gills with plastic trash, whichever it is, the sight of our impact on the ocean is shocking. But what if we fundamentally changed the way we viewed the issue, what if we turned the issue on its head? Instead of seeing plastic in terms of waste, let’s look at it in terms of opportunity. 

A Needle in a Haystack? How I Choose Where to Invest for Maximum Social Impact

A Needle in a Haystack? How I Choose Where to Invest for Maximum Social Impact

As someone who has spent most of my career performing business, financial and technical analysis at large corporations, when I made the decision to retire from corporate life and explore philanthropy, I felt like I was entering an alien world.

From Founding Boards to Structured Boards: A Step in the Right Direction

From Founding Boards to Structured Boards: A Step in the Right Direction

This article walks you through the process of transitioning from a founding board to a structured board, detailing the advantages and challenges along the way. Many of the principles shared can also apply to transitioning from an unhealthy board, or even a family business transitioning from the founding generation to the next.

An Interview with Christina Noel, Founder of Arc Benders

An Interview with Christina Noel, Founder of Arc Benders

From Wall Street to the B Corp world to setting up her own business, Christina Noel is a champion of the social impact world. Hear how she aligned her passion and purpose, and what's next for her...

How Corporations Can Use Their Extra Tax Money For Good

How Corporations Can Use Their Extra Tax Money For Good

The fear mongers might be onto something for individual giving in 2018. That said, we encourage you to think about donating your money differently. We can’t change the rules, but we can remind ourselves of the real reasons we give. A true giving spirit is not going to be diminished by tax law changes.

The Research Triangle Park & Inspiring Capital: A Conversation on Talent and Diversity

The Research Triangle Park & Inspiring Capital: A Conversation on Talent and Diversity

In 2017 Inspiring Capital and the Research Triangle Park Foundation hosted two diversity and inclusion focused events within its Future of Talent series: a round table event followed up by a panel discussion. Expert panelists from Merck, NetApp, BASF, Blinded HR, and Redwoods Group participated, engaging in a meaningful dialogue to identify challenges/barriers, proven solutions, and new opportunities that can support and enhance inclusion within the workplace.

Forget About The Pay Gap - This is More Important

Forget About The Pay Gap - This is More Important

The pay gap based on gender and race is well-documented and oft-lamented. But to secure our physical and mental well-being, to say nothing of independence, and to ultimately level the playing field, women need to worry about accumulating wealth.

My Summer as an Impact Consultant!

I felt perfectly equipped to deliver coffees. Not much more. As I looked around the conference table at the dozen MBA students, I was pretty sure I was in the wrong place.I had expected a more traditional internship at a social impact startup. Somehow, my summer experience with Inspiring Capital became something quite dramatically different.

3 Tips to Crack the Dreaded Case Study Interview

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3 Tips to Crack the Dreaded Case Study Interview

Choice: it’s that wonderful word that everyone wants to hear. To have choice is to feel lucky, in control, and empowered, but choices can become agonizing. What industry do I want to work in? What do I really want to do? This is where the benefits of starting off your career in consulting stands out. Project based work gives you variety...

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Inspiring Capital's Social Impact Hackathon

We recently hosted our first Social Impact Hackathon at Robin Hood. The event brought together a group of incredibly talented & creative "hackers" from diverse backgrounds including design-thinking, innovation, philanthropy, corporate citizenship, and technology, along with nonprofit leaders from workforce development, food security, and sports education programs

Inspiring Capital’s Takeaways from SBSI Conference

Inspiring Capital’s Takeaways from SBSI Conference

Inspiring Capital was thrilled to attend Duke University Fuqua’s School of Business’s annual Sustainable Business and Social Impact (SBSI) conference on February 7. It was an action-packed day filled with amazing keynote speakers and panelists! Overall, we’ve come away with a sense of awe at the challenges our colleagues are working to overcome, and a staunch desire to continue our mission of helping these companies achieve purposeful impact.

The Brand of You - Creating Memorable Moments

The Brand of You - Creating Memorable Moments

The brand of you is no longer about the unique training and accomplishments that you bring to your work. It is about the experiential exchange that you bring to the relationship. In today’s market, four behaviors can make you more memorable and strengthen your personal brand statement.

The Secret to Hiring, Developing and Retaining Emotionally Intelligent People

The Secret to Hiring, Developing and Retaining Emotionally Intelligent People

Emotional intelligence explains 58% of success across all jobs, making it the strongest predictor of performance at work. So it’s no surprise that the most thoughtful employers, like Google, are not only hiring for its component parts of social and personal skills, but also training their employees to get more emotionally intelligent. Here's 3 tools for hiring, developing and retaining emotionally intelligent people. 

New Year, New Us: Inspiring Capital’s Updates and the Social Impact Sector

2018 is a big year for us, our team is expanding and the social impact sector is growing rapidly! It seems that people are finally catching on -- integrating profit and purpose is the only way forward.

The Purpose-Productivity Link: The Secret to Keeping Employees Engaged

The Purpose-Productivity Link: The Secret to Keeping Employees Engaged

Anyone who’s worked at a nonprofit, or interacted with nonprofit staff, understands the difficult conditions of their work. They – generally speaking – lack basic resources in terms of technology, equipment, professional development and management as a result of inadequate bandwidth and/or capacity. And yet, nonprofit staff are among the most dedicated, hard-working, engaged and motivated workers in the workforce.This engagement can be explained by the power of purpose.

Mission Statements First; New Year’s Resolutions Second

Mission Statements First; New Year’s Resolutions Second

New Year's Resolutions can often seem disjointed and random. They are missing a key point; What are they laddering up to? What is the overarching goal of these additions to your life routine? This is where your personal mission statement comes in...

Aspirationals Can Make or Break Your Company

Aspirationals Can Make or Break Your Company

Learning to engage with aspirationals as employees will empower companies to hire talent that can provide social and environmental impact, which in turn, results in a healthier and more sustainable economy.

The Circular Economy: A Way to Tackle the Triple Bottom Line of Businesses and Realize a more Sustainable Future

The Circular Economy: A Way to Tackle the Triple Bottom Line of Businesses and Realize a more Sustainable Future

Inspiring Capital recently hosted a panel discussion on the hot topic of the circular economy. Increasingly this concept is gaining traction as big corporates like Nike and Unilever endorse it. However, for many, it is still an unfamiliar concept.

3 Reasons why NOW is the time to Align your Business Skills with Purposeful Work

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3 Reasons why NOW is the time to Align your Business Skills with Purposeful Work

The business world has everything to gain by supporting the social impact movement, and the rest of the world has everything to lose if we don’t. Three reasons why now is the time to get involved in the social impact sector. 

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The Power of Projects

The Power of Projects

Particularly when starting a new initiative, or adding a function to your team, defining work as a discrete, time-limited project forces clarity around what you want done. It’s too easy to hire a ‘Sales Manager,’ or ‘Growth Analyst,’ or ’Social Enterprise Associate,’ without REALLY defining what that person will be working on. Which sets everyone involved up for frustration and failure.