Introducing the Social Impact Network

Liz Matthews
Liz Matthews

Liz Matthews recently joined the Career Development Office at the Carey Business School as an Associate Director in the Employer Relations team. Liz has spent over 20 years working in the public, private, and government sectors. Prior to joining Carey, she worked for the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, helping VISTA members transition from service to employment. In that role, she presented webinars and workshops on networking, resume writing, and interviewing; wrote a career development guide; and started an annual federal career fair. Liz has held communications and marketing positions at two national nonprofit organizations, a fortune 500 company, and a tech start-up. She also launched and ran her own yoga apparel business, Even Keel, for five years. Liz has a Global Career Development Facilitator certification and is in the process of becoming a Certified MBA Career Coach through The Academies. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Teaching Business with Humanity in Mind.

Perhaps it is this tagline that attracted you to the Carey Business School. I know it grabbed my attention.

After 20 years in the nonprofit and government sectors—with a spin in the corporate world and creating a start-up—I recently made a career switch. Through networking, I learned that the Career Development Office at Carey was looking to hire someone on the Employer Relations team to focus on social impact. I jumped at the chance. Needless to say, going through the job search and hiring process is still quite fresh in my mind and I can empathize with you every step of the way!

Within Career Development, there is now a Career Coach and an Employer Relations staff member dedicated to creating opportunities for students across industries, including the social impact umbrella. Together with my colleague and career coach, Krasi Shapkarova, we are ready for an exciting year to explore this space with you.

What does this mean?

For now, we are using the following working definition for social impact:

Social Impact can be defined as making a positive difference within a community or for the environment, through a position in the nonprofit, government, or corporate sector space.

This new sandbox is big and we’d love for you to come play with us. Help us define what social impact means at Carey. Learn how you can apply your business skills to improve our communities and our world. We will kick off the year with our Social Impact Industry Day on the DC Campus, so save the date: September 21.

In the meantime, here are a few ways for you to get involved:

  1. Take our survey: Indicate if you’d like to be on our social impact focus group.
  2. Join the Social Impact Panel at the GMBA Orientation on August 16 (2:45-3:45pm): Hear from inspiring local leaders and alumni who are making a social impact.
  3. Go on the Net Impact Bus Tour on August 25: Learn how you can get involved with the Net Impact student organization and see first-hand the best incubators, maker spaces, and student resources available in Baltimore.

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