NIB Career Q&A: David Brown, Executive Director, TUGG

Entrepreneurship_-_David_Brown_HeadshotDavid Brown, Executive Director, TUGG is a panelist for the “Valuing and Securing Funding for your Startup” session at the Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 21st. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?

A combination of a little bit of everything: parents who were in social fields and got my sister and I involved early; educational experiences focused on economic diversity; living in places (such as Lesotho) that showed how drastically opportunities are dictated by where you are born; and then coming back to the US to realize the same is true. All of these things in life have helped show me that things are not always fair and that what I cared about the most was making an impact towards resolving those disparities. I see these signs every day.

What’s the most interesting/most fun/most challenging aspect of your job?

Big question here! I would say: learning about amazing innovations – both for profit and nonprofit – everyday / watching entrepreneurs you support succeed because of resources & introductions you set them up with (or watching a new organization/ company launch) / finding time for all the great opportunities that are out there.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?

Network until you find a great mentor and then do whatever you can to work for them. Great mentors make a work experience.

Sign up today to come to the Career Summit on February 21st and join the panel  “Valuing and Securing Funding for Your Startup” to hear more from David.

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