NIB Career Q&A: Chris Mann, Vice-President of Corporate Partnerships, City Year

Chris_Mann_Corp_PhotoChris Mann, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, City Year is a panelist for the “Effective CSR Marketing” session at the Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 21st. Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ve got to look forward to.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
My mother was a teacher and my father an executive at Enterprise Rent A Car. In many ways, I think I’ve been drawn to my career as a way to combine the best of what I saw in each of their careers. I also attended The College of the Holy Cross and its motto is “men and women for others” – that really resonated with me. My subsequent experiences volunteering and interning in college exposed me to this kind of work and solidified my interest in this career path.

What’s the most interesting/most fun/most challenging aspect of your job?
I love finding the ways in which the goals and capabilities of City Year can align and support the goals and capabilities of our corporate partners and vice versa. Finding those intersections and bringing them together to impact students is by far the most interesting, fun and often challenging part of the job.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
I received some good advice early on to find work that you are personally passionate about with people who can help you learn and grow. I’ve tried to follow that throughout my career and it has worked out well for me.

Sign up today to come to the Career Summit on February 21st and join the panel “Effective CSR Marketing: Aligning CSR Strategy with Brand Marketing Objectives” to hear more from Chris.

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