Every little bit counts. That’s one of the few great lessons I have taken away during my time so far working here at Net Impact as a Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow. Transitioning from college to the workforce was something I struggled with early on. I was eager to jump right into the work, without realizing that I needed to first learn all that I could about the organization before being able to fully contribute. I must admit, I was feeling restless as the beginning few weeks were passing and I was still going through the onboarding process, sitting through different meetings and calls. It felt tedious at first, but I came to appreciate that everything I was learning about the organization and its processes would count in helping me do my job better and teach me to how to work more cohesively with my coworkers.
Net Impact is a leadership accelerator and international network that aims to inspire and equip leaders to build a more just a sustainable world with their skills and careers. The Net Impact community reaches 350+ chapters in over 400 countries. My primary role at Net Impact is focused on providing support and tools to newly launched chapters and its members to positively impact their community. As I reflect on these last four months, I am grateful for the opportunities that have allowed me to connect with individuals from all around the world who are so passionate about sustainability and social justice.
About two months ago, Net Impact held their annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. This flagship event brings together over 1200 individuals, from university students and new graduates to more established professionals, each year to connect and share ideas to tackle the world’s most pressing social, environmental, and economic problems. It was such an eye-opening experience to be staffing this conference as a part of the Chapters team.
Between the time when I started working at Net Impact until the conference, I sometimes found myself feeling disconnected to the work and the people, constantly questioning if anything I was doing was actually meaningful. Working the conference gave me the chance to not only witness the passion and dedication of the people I work with but also allowed me to see the importance and impact of everything we do as an organization. I was able to meet a lot of the chapter leaders that I was communicating with and finally put a face to all the names. It was incredible to bring this community together and truly recognizing how every piece of what these leaders do in their community everyday count in making change, and I feel so grateful to be able to contribute my little bit to this larger cause and further supporting this network of passionate individuals.
Looking forward to the coming months as a part of Net Impact and NOF, I will continue to be excited and appreciative for new learning opportunities and making every bit count.
By Sharon On – Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow at Net Impact, Oakland, CA