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Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, Program Manager, The Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute

Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, Program Manager,  The Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute

The quality of jobs are what brought me to the sector, but it’s the opportunity to work on mission-driven projects that kept me here. Being a problem-solver is a core part of who I am, so I knew early on that to stay motivated in a career I had to be tapping into that. It wasn’t until college that I realized another key part of this sector really spoke to me, and that’s the mission-driven aspect of being at a nonprofit or social enterprise. Once I learned that you can make a career—and in fact, many—out of tackling our nation’s and world’s most pressing challenges, I was hooked. And it’s never boring. We need smart, creative, innovative people tackling water scarcity, healthcare, peacebuilding, and human rights. For me, it was the opportunity at age 22 to take a job at the interplay of leadership development, policy, and culture. And I never looked back.