Ryan Steinbach

Breaking In: Standing Out in Social Enterprise

As I interviewed Austin, an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, it seemed like he knew something I didn’t back in college. He'd never admit it, but he was perfectly positioned to land this job.

Austin had skills in consulting, experience working at nonprofits and social enterprises, and relationships with employees at . . .

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August 13, 2015

Breaking In: The Path to Social Enterprise

Wes craved to have a big, positive impact on the world.

After an internship in the Dominican Republic capturing the stories of impoverished families, nothing less was going to cut it. The experience had left him beaten down physically, mentally and emotionally. Not just from the internship itself, but also from the feeling of . . .

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August 11, 2015

Breaking In: Why Social enterprise?

Ellyn sat in her room - totally conflicted.

Up until now she’d dedicated her college career to human health. She was studying Kinesiology and Exercise Science, running on the cross-country and track team and preparing to become a Physical Therapist. But when she wasn’t learning about or using every muscle in her body, she worked on . . .

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August 06, 2015

Breaking In

How young professionals are breaking into social enterprise

When I was in college just a couple years ago, I fell in love with social enterprise. The basic idea of using revenue generating activities to create economic and social value just resonated with me.

Naturally, I decided this is what I wanted to do with my life and started asking people “how?” The answers I got were generally along . . .

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August 04, 2015

It’s Time for a New Narrative in Social Enterprise

Have you ever come across a leader in social enterprise and wanted to be just like them? That’s me all of the time. I drive myself crazy investigating how these mere mortals(?) can so successfully advance a cause they’re so passionate about.

One of these unhealthy rituals used to be chain watching Jonathan Lewis’s video interviews on . . .

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July 28, 2015

Letting Go of Ego and Letting Our Ideas Flourish

Three weeks ago I was working on an idea for a fun side-project – research-backed insights for young professionals on how to break into social enterprises. I could barely sleep thinking about the different questions I could answer and the different ways the information could be packaged. I even indulged in dreaming up how this idea could . . .

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July 22, 2015

Retirement for a changemaker?

When I started working full-time I did what any responsible young professional is supposed to do - I started saving for retirement. It’s what everyone told me to do. I was doing the right thing. I was way ahead of the game. I was investing in my future.

But what is retirement, really? A magical birthday when I quit my job and do . . .

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July 12, 2015