“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.”
– Simon Sinek
My name is David. I’m the founder of Hire Cause, and I am passionate about creating new educational programs that improve the level of engagement between executives and students on campus. I believe there is a better, more authentic way for employers to connect with students than the superficial exchanges taking place at career fairs. Over the past two years, we found that one of the best and most meaningful ways to build engagement between executives and students has been through project-based-learning competitions where students showcase their skills in front of employers while competing in a business challenge to serve a well-known non-profit, charity, or NGO.
I am not a dean, professor, or a recruiter. I work full time as a media executive, and I am just someone who passionately believes that our communities and societies suffer when we lack engagement between youth and employers. Without engagement, students make inadequate decisions about their future, and companies fail to hire the best talent. As a student at Emory more than 10 years ago, I observed many students pursue the professions of their parents because that’s all they knew, even though another career may have been a better fit for their unique talents.
Others pursued career paths based upon one or two summer internship experiences, whether they loved that career path or not, because that’s the only work experience they had. I believe we can do better. When we help more companies engage youth in a more meaningful way, companies are able to hire better talent, and the students have more information to make better decisions about their future.
At Hire Cause, that’s what drives our decisions – improving engagement. Over the past two years, we’ve partnered with professors at Columbia University and Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business as well as executives from Google, Facebook, and ESPN to learn what works and what doesn’t in these charity competitions. As a result, we now have the unique ability to help companies engage youth through a customized program that builds their brand, helps them hire the best and brightest from our competitions, and truly makes the world a better place. Whether you are an employer, dean, professor, student, or someone who is just passionate about our mission like I am, I invite you to reach out to us, and we’ll show you how we can help you find your Hire Cause.
All my best,