What's in a Job Title? Perhaps Not "Sustainability" | The small but mighty domino

July 1, 2018

Sustainability and social impact are exciting topics that are disrupting the old way of doing business and attracting students and young professionals to new career paths. However, having “sustainability,” “cause” or “impact” in your business title won’t be a reality for everyone; nor does it need to be.


That was my suggestion at my first TEDx talk, thanks to TEDxUCIrvine. My premise? It’s time we take down the old way of doing business and everyone has a role to play - even those without the titles. In fact, it could be those individuals who hold the most power when it comes to change.


As you'll see in my talk, I get hit up with this question by students:


"How do I get your job or a job like it?"


My reply: "You don't. Well, you might not." Watch the 16 minute talk to hear my reasoning.


A bit about me and my career:


After launching a career at Volcom in 1996, I was lucky to enough to hold many diverse roles at the company before finally serving 5 years as the Vice President of Sustainability under the leadership of the CEO and the Sustainability Team at Kering, Volcom’s then parent company.

Mid-career, I received my MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine and then pursued a goal of sharing my vision of a healthy & sustainable future for my two kids by carving out a professional niche in Sustainability and by self-publishing a children's Eco-Action Adventure picture book (I'll have to tell that story another time).


After 19 years at Volcom, I left the company to play a co-founding role at KOZM the yoga-centered, sustainability-driven lifestyle brand.

I have recently served as a director on the boards of the Costa Mesa Foundation, the Orange Coast College Foundation, and PangeaSeed, an NGO dedicated to shark and ocean conservation, and is a part-time instructor and project coordinator at Orange Coast College.


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx





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