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Career Pathways for STEM Professionals Interested in Social Value Creation

Academic programs, student clubs and professional organizations focused on social innovation and international development are rapidly growing across the United States. While the number of American students and early-stage professionals starting social ventures in the developing world is increasing, there are many others who are interested in sustainable development but just cannot, or do not want to, move overseas and start a new entrepreneurial venture. So what are the career options for these passionate engineers and scientists? Few students and seemingly fewer parents, faculty and career counselors are familiar with non-traditional career paths for STEM professionals that focus on social value creation in the US and abroad. This talk will present findings from an effort to curate career profiles and trajectories of about 50 individuals pursuing careers in diverse organizations including large companies, government, nonprofits, foundations, religious organizations, military, consulting agencies, think tanks and UN agencies.