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The soft skills that make for success in sustainability

There isn’t much Ryanne Waters isn’t qualified to do. Now senior communications specialist for freshwater and food at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) she has built up experience across stakeholder engagement, content curation, design and production, analysis and storytelling, zero waste events, sustainable sourcing — the list goes on. She’s also certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate and TRUE Advisor, and sits on the steering committee of DC EcoWomen, a networking organization for environmental professionals

The soft skills that make for success in sustainability

There isn’t much Ryanne Waters isn’t qualified to do. Now senior communications specialist for freshwater and food at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) she has built up experience across stakeholder engagement, content curation, design and production, analysis and storytelling, zero waste events, sustainable sourcing — the list goes on. She’s also certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate and TRUE Advisor, and sits on the steering committee of DC EcoWomen, a networking organization for environmental professionals

Podcast: The Discomfort Practice – Finding and Making Your Impact in This World

The Discomfort Practice explores the value of discomfort in shaping who we are, how we are in the world and how it can be a catalyst for positive social evolution. Podcast host, Betsy Reed, speaks to leaders, activists, athletes, creatives and others who, like her, are ‘professional discomforters’ about comfort zones, having a conscious ‘discomfort practice,’ and the superpowers that lie on the other side of stepping into the unknown. Shannon joins Betsy in this episode to share her wisdom

What really is the State of Our Profession?

For the green jobs sector, the last two years could easily be dubbed ‘the Great Expansion.’ That’s the findings in the latest State of the Profession report by Greenbiz which maps out all the significant progress made in the last 24 months, as well as the myriad challenges that remain. It’s fascinating stuff, but it also spans 37 pages so if you’re short on time and looking for the most important takeaways, here’s the most important bits to note. The

HP Hood’s Robbie Lock on kicking off ‘Sustainability 101’ at the US dairy giant

Amid the pandemic in 2020, Robbie Lock knew he was ready for a career change. Having spent the last two years in media, managing a peer-to-peer network of sustainability professionals across major brands including Adobe, Boeing and Hershey, Lock knew he was after an internal role that would allow him to go deep and really to get to know the ins and outs of a company. Now senior sustainability manager at major U.S. dairy company HP Hood, Lock shares the

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How to be a ‘sustainability catalyst’

Stephanie Cárdenas has had an incredibly diverse career. Self-identifying as a “sustainability catalyst,” she has shaped sustainability strategies for international clients at Deloitte, worked as a green finance consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank and developed farm to fork systems as sustainability manager at Baldor Speciality Foods in New York. Now, in her latest role as forest manager at nonprofit CDP, she’s part of the mission to get companies to disclose their progress on reducing corporate impact on people and

The Marine Stewardship Council’s Angelina Skowronski on selling sustainability, the upside of being an extrovert

Like so many sustainability professionals, Angelina Skowronski’s career trajectory hasn’t been linear. After several years working in the seafood industry, building sustainability programs from the ground up and leading Fishpeople Seafood to maintain B Corp status, Skowronski took a sidestep into the adventure sports industry before returning to the sector in her current role as commercial manager at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). In this interview, she discusses how she came to that decision, the massive challenge we all face

Carving out your sustainability career in the private sector

When Lindsay Vignoles joined skincare company Rodan + Fields in 2018, she didn’t wait for the right role in sustainability to appear — she set about creating it for herself. Now overseeing environmental, social and governance functions at the San Francisco company as director of ESG, Vignoles talks candidly about how she formally created that role within the business, how to create buy-in from leadership when a company is early in its sustainability journey and how she sees ESG evolving

Insider sizes up fashion’s fair labor problems

Prior to accepting a position with Zalando in early February, Christian Smith was partnerships and stakeholder engagement lead at Fair Wear Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to improve conditions for workers in garment factories. Previously, he spent years working to make changes from within the apparel industry, with roles at Tesco, ASOS and TOMS. Here Smith explains how working with an NGO compares with working for a brand, how COVID triggered a new understanding of the systemic problems within global apparel and what Fair

Aligning philanthropic and corporate agendas

Alli O’Connell has had a jam-packed 12 months. In August 2020, after years spent working in international development and the nonprofit sector, she took the leap into a role at California tech company Autodesk’s charitable foundation. Only a few months into the role, her supervisor left, turning what should have been a six-month contract position into not just a permanent role, but a big promotion for O’Connell too. Now head of marketing and communications at the organization, she talks about

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