September 2013

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I am so excited to be here.

Changing jobs or career tracks is an exciting and at times nerve wracking process. Clarity on your values and strengths is key to making good decisions about what you want to do and where you want to do it. Since the announcement of my appointment as Executive Director at Vantage Point, many people have asked me what drew me to the not-for-profit world and in particular, to this amazing organization.

I am a serial career changer – sales and marketing in the publishing business; strategic alliances and partnership development in the software industry; and career...

 

Since joining the Vantage Point team, I have spent an exciting six months braving the learning curve. To me, the key to this process has been mentorship.

Outside of the workplace, I have a mentor who has guided me through many important career steps over the past year.  Here at Vantage Point, our team fosters mentorship on an ongoing basis between employees, knowledge philanthropists, and program participants alike. Mentorship is also one of the major tenets of our Executive Lab, which offers participants a chance to put their learning into practice by working one-on-one with a seasoned...

 

Our series continues…

This week’s question comes from Sarah in Vancouver.  She asks, “I’m intrigued by the concept of knowledge philanthropy. However, I feel a little concerned that it’s another way of using people for free labour.”

Thanks for the honest question, Sarah. We acknowledge that there is a real problem in the not-for-profit sector of people being underpaid and undervalued for their contributions. To be very clear, knowledge philanthropy is not about exploiting people in the name of ‘meaning’.  Nor do we consider volunteers ‘free labour’. 

Knowledge philanthropy is about creating roles...

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