In one of our weekly Friday Learning Sessions with GreenLight Fund, I had the pleasure of speaking with Cristina. She is the Director of Talent at GreenLight Fund and she primarily works in the HR space of the non-profit sector. Throughout her career, Cristina has been committed to ensuring that there is a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the workplace. In her current role as Director of Talent, she consistently brings an equity lens to GreenLight Fund’s procedures, policies, recruiting practices, and processes to uphold the organization’s values of inclusivity and diversity for its staff and stakeholders.
During my conversation with Cristina, we touched upon the topics of entering the workforce and professional development. One of many key insights that I gained from our discussion was that you may think you know what jobs are available, but when you get out in the workforce you will see that there are a bunch of companies that you never knew existed. When working in the social impact space, there are various opportunities for me to showcase my skills and pursue my passion of giving a voice to individuals who may not have the means to advocate for themselves.
Cristina encouraged me to not be frustrated if I don’t find the job that fulfills my passion right out of college. This is because I will always have the opportunity to change directions within my career path until I find something that is meaningful.
When speaking about professional development, Cristina emphasized that we need to learn how to advocate for ourselves to better our skills and experiences. We are essentially the captains of our own ship and no one is going to advocate for us better than we can. So if there is something that I am really interested in (even if it is not in my field) I should ask how I can get involved. I will be sure to follow this great advice in my future career because there are so many challenges being solved in unique and impactful ways that I would love to get involved with.