A lot of people ask me how I got into my current field of work at Brooks. What I tell them is that many moons ago I rebooted my career, found a great company, and fell into a new passion–corporate responsibility.
In May 1997 I graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors in business administration with a focus on accounting. Over the next eight years my career was on fire as I worked my way up the ladder at various large corporations and eventually earned a seat on my company’s executive team. There was one thing missing from my career: passion. At the end of each work day, I was exhausted.
In the spring of 2004 I looked in the mirror and asked myself “Do I want to be doing this job at 40?” That is when I decided it was time to make a change. Soon after, I quit my job, traveled around the world and embarked on a soul searching journey. The experience was eye opening.
In a Zen-like moment I realized that it was time that I aligned myself with a company that shares the same passions and values that I do. I wanted to work for a company that inspired me, and that lived and breathed honesty, integrity, and fun. That is when I found Brooks. After working for various large, stale and cultureless corporations, Brooks was not only a breath of fresh air, but also a culture explosion. The people were happy, active, energetic and fun. I was in heaven!
After I was hired, I joined the Corporate Responsibility Team at Brooks and was tasked with a simple mission: Do the right thing and cause no unnecessary harm. In a nutshell I help Brooks design and implement strategic programs that improve factory working conditions around the world, with a focus on building long-term partnerships, and facilitating continuous improvement with our suppliers.
Last year we evolved this process into a holistic program for managing social, environment, and economic responsibilities. At many companies this area of work is called Corporate Responsibility. Running is always at the top of our mind, so at Brooks we call this program Running Responsibly. We even recently launched a website highlighting Brooks commitment to supporting social and environmental good at brooksrunning.com/runningresponsibly. For additional info on Brooks’ social and environmental goals, take a look at our Corporate Responsibility Report.
Working in corporate responsibility is a continuous journey, one that I’m happy and excited to be a part of. Doing good also feels good, and following your passion can provide a truly rewarding career. Have you made a career change to pursue your passion? Add a comment below.