“Working with a Purpose- Perhaps the most underrated desire of modern-day employees is the desire to work with a purpose. Many employees would be willing to give up fancy nap pods or office game rooms in exchange for fulfilling work.” [Read the article that inspired these words]
Funny for me- I find the purpose I want to support and then apply to the organization that supports that “purpose”, which usually means the perks are not the pods or the games but the people and the energy behind the mission.
Hence many years in the classroom, working directly with students in need (Title 1 Schools, schools with high “free-lunch” numbers, schools without a lot of money for classroom supplies and external professional development opportunities).
Hence quite a few years working for the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in the education programs that reached the 5 boroughs of NYC, the surrounding schools in NJ, NY and CT, the teachers of these students, and high school students with character and leadership and civic engagement programming opportunities.
Hence the work for a small leadership company, delivering programming for Marines transitioning out of their volunteer civic duty into the civilian world, working with them individually on understanding themselves better and helping find the next place for them to hang their “cover”.
Hence the years of developing the groundwork for a national-in-reach civic education center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation in the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center to include awarding college scholarships to seniors in high school.
Hence years working for the Wounded Warrior Battalion (no, not where you made your donations to- that’s Wounded Warrior Project who supported the wounded, ill and injured service members or their spouses I worked directly) creating a transition plan helping our service members figure out what they could do next- because they could not stay in the USMC or Navy any longer due to injuries as a result of their selfless services or diseases and illnesses they didn’t choose to get but unfortunately were dealt that hand.
Hence years working to support the daily operations and building of education centers and curricula with the intent of developing and building financial literacy early on in life- as early as grade school and middle school.
And now, here I sit, managing the client experience at a company who delivers programming to high-performing women at all stages of their career. I celebrated my one-year anniversary in July for Pathbuilders, and I am currently conducting check-in calls for the 85+ partnerships we have introduced. I am feverishly taking notes of best practices, ways to build up your team, ways to improve your (you name it) in the office. These are ideas I can share with our participants, I can learn from, and I can share with others as I coach our clients.
And with this first blog, I introduce my very own endeavor, my baby, my writer’s project, my newest pride and joy. The Word Warrior. Through this company, I will help many others who struggle with the words, who don’t have the time, who don’t have the energy after _______ (fill in the blank- you name it!) to sit down and get their thoughts onto paper or into text.
I find work with a purpose, I work for a purpose, and I am grateful there are so many wonderful companies and organizations that afford me this opportunity to fulfill my desire to work with a purpose.