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• Gives the inside scoop on Lara Galinsky's career coaching session with GOOD contest winner, Irene Hernandez, who learns how to break down barriers to creating her dream career. (October 19, 2011)
• Announces that Irene Hernandez and her passion for green burial wins GOOD's Work on Purpose "Design Your Dream Job" Contest! (June 13, 2011)
• Features some of the best submissions for the "Design Your Dream Job" contest, ranging from farming in Hell's Kitchen to curating a Doodle Museum. (May 23, 2011)
• Writes, "Our friends at the nonprofit Echoing Green have been a behind-the-scenes force for social change for more than twenty years now... So, the Senior Vice President of Echoing Green, Lara Galinsky is offering to help one GOOD reader find their path with a one-hour intensive career coaching session." (April 21, 2011)

The Book Doctors feature Lara Galinsky as a guest blogger on the adventures, challenges, and benefits of self-publishing. (October 14, 2011)

The Levo League praises Work on Purpose and advises readers that the "next time you find yourself daydreaming of a meaningful career, remember Lara's advice" and "unleash your fullest potential, get in the zone, and achieve your 'hustle.'" (October 6, 2011)

Best Thinking calls Work on Purpose "very inspiring...a collection of very moving personal stories of several nonprofit leaders who found their niche in social entrepreneurship." (August 23, 2011)

Givology features Lara Galinsky as a guest speaker in a video on the subject of working on purpose. (June 8, 2011)

BNET, the CBS Interactive Business Network, features Lara Galinsky as a guest contributor highlighting Work on Purpose. (June 7, 2011)

Social Velocity
• interviewed Work on Purpose author, Lara Galinksy, about building the social entrepreneurship movement: "We came to realize that with our 25-year history of sourcing and supporting social innovators who have successfully created personally meaningful, world-changing careers, we had access to career-creation methodologies that were desperately needed among those who want careers in social change, particularly Millennials." (July 6, 2011)
• writes about Work on Purpose: "Indeed, there is increasing interest and energy among the millennial generation to create a career around solving social problems. This book encourages that trend and helps people make it a reality." (May 25, 2011)

• Irene Hernandez wins GOOD's Work on Purpose "Design Your Dream Job" contest. "She wins a one-hour career coaching session with Lara Galinsky, an incubator and support organization for social entrepreneurs. Five runners-up will get a copy Work on Purpose. They are Enida Bogdani, Kiersten Downs, Deeba Rehman, Tania Torres-Delgado, and Kelly Weigel." (June 13, 2011).
• tells readers that Work on Purpose can help them determine "what kind of work you would do if you could pick any job on earth." (May 23, 2011)
• writes: "Our friends at the nonprofit Echoing Green have been a behind-the-scenes force for social change for more than twenty years now...So, the Senior Vice President of Echoing Green, Lara Galinsky is offering to help one GOOD reader find their path with a one-hour intensive career coaching session." (April 21, 2011)

Galleycat names Work on Purpose one of their "hand-picked titles." (May 6, 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615419466
Publisher: Echoing Green
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lara Galinsky is an author, career expert and senior vice president of Echoing Green-the perfect laboratory in which to study meaningful work. With the mission to unleash the next generation of talent to solve the world's biggest problems, Echoing Green offers seed funding fellowships to the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Over the last two decades, Echoing Green has invested $30 million in funding to 500 visionaries from around the world.

Galinsky is the co-author of Work on Purpose (2011)-which provides readers with a framework for aligning their passions with their talents to achieve personal fulfillment and societal impact through their careers-and the co-author of Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (2007). She serves as board chair of StartingBloc and sits on the boards of the Fast Forward Fund and The Lewis Institute at Babson College, and the Advisory Board of the Patricelli Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University.

Before joining Echoing Green, Galinsky served as Do Something's national program director, working with 20,000 educators and 4 million young people to get involved in service learning and community service projects. There, she created the BRICK Award (now called the Do Something Award) to identify and financially support these young leaders.

Galinsky received her Masters in Communications from Columbia University and her Bachelors from Wesleyan University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Leadership Development Program at Columbia University, the Public Policy Institute Nonprofit Executive Program at Georgetown and CORO Leadership New York.

Kelly Nuxoll is a writer living in Washington, DC. Nuxoll writes about politics, American culture, and books for the Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Voice of America, among other media outlets. She consults for education and international development nonprofits. Nuxoll has a BA in African Studies from Yale and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lance Armstrong and Doug Ulman
Chapter 1: Where It All Begins
Chapter 2: Lives Out of Whack
Chapter 3: Heart and Head Syncing
Chapter 4: Hustle
Your Path to Boldness
Afterword by Geoffrey Canada

What People are Saying About This

Alexander Haislip

Work on Purpose fills the gap between the great ambitions of social entrepreneurs and the day to day execution that powers the changes they hope to bring about. The book profiles exciting young people as they go through the process of bringing new world-changing projects to life. It's mandatory reading for those who want to translate idealism into action. (Alexander Haislip, Editor of Journal of Impact Investing)

Roger Lowenstein

By stressing both the element of "head" and "heart" that is required of social entrepreneurs, Galinsky invites us to imagine a bolder form of traditional social work, in which the commitment of a Mother Teresa is married to the organizational spirit of a Sam Walton. In this era when neither government nor private business—and least of all Wall Street—seem fully capable of addressing the need for economic development and social change, the stories of Andrew, Cheryl, Mardie, Mark and Socheata offer resounding evidence that a single person can indeed make a difference.

Jane Gately

On my flight back to Chicago I read the book and found it well constructed, easy to read, very interesting and inspiring. Although it was written for college students, I found myself wondering about my next career. I have ordered 10 copies for nieces and nephews.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The individual stories of the Echoing Green Fellows are inspirational on so many levels and really illustrate how the combination of Heart, Head and Hustle can lead people into a job they love. As someone fairly young in their professional career, this book has provided a wealth of knowledge on how to find a job that is not only personally fulfilling, but one that benefits society as a whole. Although it's a quick read, the questions asked and the lessons learned will surely stick with me throughout my professional career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories bring to the surface everything I've always thought about but never have done. The rest of the book (especially the resources pages) push me to actually do it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone trying to figure out how to start out on the path of a meaningful career, I found "Work on Purpose" inspirational. The five people whose stories we follow are so easy to relate to, and yet have accomplished amazing things. I love that there are sections throughout the book for personal reflection, so that the reader is invited to trace their own journey through the same steps these leaders have taken to get to where they are now. It is also so encouraging to be reminded that this journey is usually a winding one, but that every experience can be valuable when we finally do end up syncing our heart and head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a college student who is in the process of "finding myself," I have found this book to be THE MOST helpful read. The book tells the story of 5 of the fellows funded by the organization who published the book and follows them as they find and shape their career path. Often my generation is told that we shouldn't major in things like anthropology because we will never be able to make money doing so, but this book proves them all wrong. Whatever your skills and passions are, you can mix them in such a way that is not only successful but also life-fulfilling. Totally recommend it!! (Plus, it is a short, easy, yet captivating read!)
LindaKayKlein More than 1 year ago
I read an advanced copy of this book when I was in the midst of a career shift and found its framework for creating a meaningful career (Heart + Head = Hustle) incredibly useful in discerning my career path. So much so, in fact, that I have since begun working at the organization that produced the book--Echoing Green. I highly recommend Work on Purpose to others who want to create a career that is both good for them and the world at the same time.