Recently, I have found myself in University classrooms across the country: at Lafayette College speaking to the senior class council (who purchased 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to benefit a local troop in my honor); in Boston at Babson College; on the campus of Virginia Tech; and in virtual conversation through Skype with senior honors students in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. April will bring me to the Naval Service Training Command, where I will address 750 graduating sailors; and then to the University of St. Thomas for a dialogue with students on peace and ethics.
At each session, without fail, students ask "How can I stay true to my values after college given the pressure—including the financial strain of student loans and the unemployment rate—to adopt more "self-serving" values?"
My advice to these young, energetic students has been:
1. Find an organization that aligns with your values
Philip Kim, who studied neuroscience at Bucknell University will begin Teach for America this summer in the San Francisco East Bay teaching 7-12th grade general science and biology.
Laura Smith is working at a Chicago law firm focused on education law. She recently was named the youngest board member of Big Shoulders, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.
3. Make your passion your career
Christine Marie is Artistic Director and Owner of Industrial Gardens, a performance company she founded in 2008. Performances range from the dramatic to the comedic and incorporate social issues in film, theatre, and photography, and benefit causes including AIDS awareness, LGBT rights, and Lukemia research.
I hope these examples of young leaders— who bring the strength of their living values with them to their professional career—give you energy this Spring.
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1.) Hesselbein Global Academy: Leadership Summit
July 21-24, 2012 | Join 50 top student leaders from across the world to learn how to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders. Participants will work alongside distinguished mentors who will share their expertise and provide advanced leadership training. Application Deadline: April 30 APPLY ONLINE
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2.) The "NEXT" Leader of the Future Award
Annually, the Institute awards one ethical leader of integrity and character—Andrea Jung of Avon and Alan Mulally of Ford have been honored—at The Leader of the Future Award dinner.
This year, we will also honor five "NEXT" Leaders of the Future—leaders under age 30—who foster leadership grounded in the passion to serve, the discipline to listen, the courage to question, and the spirit to include. For these leaders, to serve is to live. Nomination Deadline: July 1. NOMINATE ONLINE
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