Dan Smolen, Managing Director for The Green Suits, LLC, recently sat down with Wells President Jonathan Gibralter to record several episodes of his podcast, The Tightrope. As a recruiter, serial entrepreneur, and environmental and public policy activist, Smolen brings a unique perspective to career development and the future of the economy. He is the author of “Tailoring the Green Suit: Empowering Yourself for an Executive Career in the New Green Economy,” and his podcast "speaks to the hopes and dreams—but also the fears and anxieties—of professionals seeking success in today's turbulent workforce and world."
Find a link to the episodes that feature President Gibralter along with a description of each below.
Big and transformative sustainability careers are often born on college campuses. In this episode of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen, we sit down with the president of a remarkably small (less than 500 students) institution that is guiding so many of its graduates to big, important careers in the environment and resource sustainability.
The American Dream has rapidly unraveled. With our earning power plummeting and costs—such as housing, healthcare, and college tuition—spiraling upward, working Americans no longer aspire to the lifelong pursuit of upward mobility. Now, we strive just to stay afloat. Nowhere is this profound change more evident than on the campuses of American colleges and universities.
Listen to how one college president describes how he and his institution are changing the paradigm. Hear how he is preparing students to reimagine the American Dream as their own. Learn why their journey will require new skills such as creative business, environmental, societal problem-solving, and fierce entrepreneurship as they find their American Dream.
Could you imagine a point in your life where you completely disconnect from social media in order to establish better and more meaningful connections with people and the world? We speak to one college president who did just that; it was his bold step to establish more meaningful relationships with the people in his life—most especially the faculty and student body at the institution that he leads.
Our conversation covers the struggles that young people endure today, to find meaning in their lives and work and includes discussion about the Gig Economy and the Social Safety Net which is needed to ensure that the work that we do becomes a successful part of a meaningful life.
Smolen spoke at Wells this fall as part of the Sustainable Business Series, coordinated by the Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. His talk was titled "The Great Pivot: Freeing Up Humans to Do Meaningful Work."