One of the coolest features of modern life is the ability — in principle — to reach out and talk with anyone who inspires you. With the uncertainty brought on by the election, we are all looking both for great ideas and to strengthen our networks. I will be talking more about power networking and other career advising strategies in a free, one-hour webinar on How to Get A Job in Sustainability on February 16, 2017, at 6pm Eastern. But in the meantime, here is a special opportunity for MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers to help you talk to your heroes.
Sustainable Business Fridays is a podcast run by students in Bard’s MBA in Sustainability. Over the last four years, our students have hosted dozens of in-depth conversations with pioneers in corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship and creative not-for-profit solutions.
To recruit interview guests, we ask the students to reach out to the person in the world doing the work they most admire, and ask them to come on the show. The students not only have a great conversation, they also have the chance to begin building their “power network”, starting with their top hero.
Coming up this spring are podcasts featuring, among others, Alan Savory (Holistic Management); Fereshteh Forough (Code to Inspire); Karen Overton (Recycle A Bicycle); and John Meyerson (Years of Living Dangerously).
So here’s an offer to MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers: Submit your interview ideas to us here, and we will choose at random, one guest host for our Sustainable Business Friday podcast show this spring. We need your entries by midnight on February 15, 2017.
Katie Elman, the Bard MBA student who hosts and produces the podcast, says that it is “a way to make connections you can’t make by cold calling or sending a connection request via LinkedIn. I see that, in some cases, conversations started during the podcast continue after the recording stops.”
Despite the changes in Washington, and also because of them, our collective work building sustainable business has become even more important. Tune in to Sustainable Business Fridays for ideas and inspiration.And then enter to win a chance to talk directly and in-depth with your hero. Guest-host our podcast and strengthen your power network.
For more career advice, join our free webinar, “How to Get a Job in Sustainability” on February 16, 2017, at 6pm Eastern. I will outline different sustainability career directions, evaluate the impact of President Trump on sustainability jobs, discuss grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later), and provide listeners with a tailored concrete job search strategy.
The webinar includes 20 minutes of Q&A to address individual career questions. I look forward to talking with you soon.
Dr. Eban Goodstein is an economist and Director of Bard’s low-residency MBA in Sustainability in New York City. He also directs the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, offering MS Degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy. Subscribe to Sustainable Business Fridays here.
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