3 Ways Volunteering Helps Business Leaders Succeed

Volunteering is a great way to give back and make a difference in your community. Volunteering can also create great ways to build your career. This video includes three stories from business leaders Leslie Kerner, Lauren Serota and Phil McKenzie on ways volunteering helped them find, hone, and share their passions and build career skills in the process. This is a Career Video Compilation from the Capture Your Flag documentary interview series. Learn more by visiting http://captureyourflag.com

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Leslie Kerner on How Volunteering Can Help You Find Your Passion
In Chapter 12 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "How Has Volunteering Impacted Your Learning and Development?" She starts volunteering in college, tutoring elementary and middle school children. This hands-on experience ignites her passion for education and her desire to improve the K-12 teaching and learning experience. She gains more senior experience as a volunteer board member and working with the Special Olympics.
Leslie Kerner on Why to Pursue a Business Career in Public Education
In Chapter 13 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Led You to Pursue a Business Career Working to Improve Public Education?" Kerner shares how she combined her passion for education with the accountability and motivational elements that come with working in business. Leslie Kerner is Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Professional Services group at Amplify, a software and services company.
Leslie Kerner on How the Aspen Institute Trains Leaders of Tomorrow
In Chapter 16 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "How Did Your Aspen Institute Fellowship Contribute to Your Professional Development?" Kerner joins a NewSchools Venture Fund-sponsored fellowship leadership development program at the Aspen Institute. There she learns from education entrepreneur peers working across startups, charter schools, school districts and nonprofits.
Leslie Kerner on How to Get Career Feedback From Your Network
In Chapter 17 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "How Do You Use Your Network to Get Help Making Career and Life Decisions?" Kerner joins a Aspen Institute fellowship programs for education entrepreneurs and reformers. There she meets many new friends who collectively help each other solve career challenges through a formalized consultancy process. This helps gather constructive feedback in a formalized way.
Lauren Serota on Blending Personal Passions and Professional Goals
In Chapter 21 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, creative director and educator Lauren Serota answers "How Are Your Personal Experiences Shaping Your Professional Aspirations?" Serota shares how work and life experiences integrate together into how she lives her life. She notes how life outside work - from exercise and cycling to personal relationships to traveling - inform life inside work and vice versa. As a creative leader, she looks to always learn.
Leslie Kerner on What It Means to Be a Leader
In Chapter 15 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Does It Mean to Be a Leader in What You Do?" Kerner finds the biggest part of being a leader is bringing out the best in people and helping them to achieve great things they did not even think they could do. She learns to do this through developing a leadership style using differentiation skills to help employees thrive in a way that makes sense for them.
Lauren Serota on Unexpected Ways Teaching Enhances Your Career
In Chapter 17 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, creative director and educator Lauren Serota answers "How Has Teaching Opened New Opportunities in Your Career?" Each graduating student becomes an ambassador not only for the school but also for each faculty member. This creates a feedback loop Serota uses to learn from alumni and build her reputation as a teacher willing to learn and share to new audiences. This opens new opportunities for her.
Leslie Kerner on How Getting an MBA Can Advance Your Career
In Chapter 11 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Informed Your Decision to Return to School and Earn an MBA?" Working in the Deloitte analyst program after college allows Kerner to return to graduate school, earn an MBA, and then rejoin the company. Kerner uses the MBA experience to build her network and core skills that she eventually uses working in K-12 education.
Leslie Kerner on Learning to Lead Teams in a Senior Executive Role
In Chapter 14 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Do You Enjoy Most About What You Do?" Kerner finds she his at her best when working with other people and helping them to achieve great things. She notes how she has transitioned out of hands-on work for senior management and executive leadership responsibilities. She learns to help others by removing obstacles in their way and providing the best support possible.
Leslie Kerner on Skills You Build Working in Management Consulting
In Chapter 18 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Core Skills Did You Learn Working in Management Consulting That You Still Use Now?" Kerner learns communication skills that help her navigate uncomfortable situations working with client managers. As a Deloitte management consultant, Kerner builds conversation skills to address sensitive client topics in non-threatening ways that do not compromise project productivity.
Leslie Kerner on Learning Client Relationship Management at Deloitte
In Chapter 9 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Did You Learn in Your First Job After College That is Still Relevant Today?" In her first job out of college, Kerner takes a job as a business analyst at management consulting company Deloitte. There she learns the importance of client relationship management working across industries in diverse work environments.
Leslie Kerner on Giving Younger Employees Opportunities to Lead
In Chapter 20 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "How Do You Define and Measure Success in What You Do?" As a general manager, Kerner owns bottom line responsibilities to make sure her business unit is growing and profitable. Beyond P&L measures and metrics, she measures success based on her ability to create ways for younger employees to take on more responsibility and become the next generation of company leaders.

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