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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