Congratulations to Class of 2020 Presidential Management Fellows Finalists Jade Luo ’19 and Rachel Smith ’20!
The PMF Program is a highly competitive, flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates, created to develop a cadre of potential government leaders. Those who are selected as finalists and meet necessary requirements become eligible to be placed in a two-year appointment in a participating agency.
There were 4,900 applicants, and Jade and Rachel were among 402 chosen finalists, six of whom are from social work programs and 19 from Columbia University at large.
We were thrilled to welcome Dr. Joy Ippolito, a social work-trained Social Impact Investment Director, and her team members, Amber Porter, Venture Capital Associate, and Chaarvi Badani, Fall VC Associate and current Columbia SIPA student, for a talk about their work at the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact last Wednesday!
Dr. Ippolito, Amber, and Chaarvi shared their varied paths to social impact investing and the ways in which they have brought their unique experiences and skill sets to this work. A few highlights from the discussion include the importance of:
- Defining how you want to help people and make a difference in terms of concrete skills and expertise;
- Taking the time to build the necessary content knowledge by working with different organizations and communities both on the ground and on a macro-level; and
- Understanding and effectively communicating the value of these experiences and perspectives in advocating for meaningful and sustainable social change.
We are grateful to Dr. Ippolito, Amber, and Chaarvi, American Family Insurance, as well as Dr. Desmond Patton for making this event possible!
*If you missed the talk, a recorded and captioned video will be made available to students within the Document Library in the next few weeks. A copy of the presentation slides that provides an overview of AmFam’s mission and investment focus areas has already been posted and made available in the Library.
Join us for an intimate conversation with Ashleigh Washington ’09, Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, on how her talent for innovation and strategic leadership has driven her experiences in social work and nonprofit management.
Career Talk with Ashleigh Washington
Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
CSSW Room C05
Live-stream available; registration required.
Ashleigh Washington is currently the Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victims services agency. She leads training and professional development for the agency’s 900+ employees.
Her talent for innovation and strategic leadership has driven her experiences in the field of social work over the last 13 years. Ashleigh has also worked in the fields of substance abuse, public education, healthcare, and supportive housing, providing both direct practice and management in the non-profit sector.
Ashleigh holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and a master’s in social work from Columbia University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in social welfare at the City University of New York.
She is also the founder of HumanizEd Learning, an online professional and career development company for social service professionals. Visit ashleighwashington.com
to sign up for a free online course.
Congratulations to Tari Nussinov ’20 on being selected for the 2020 Diana List Cullen Memorial First-Year MSW Student Writing Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW)!
Every year, the Met Chapter awards a $500 scholarship and one-year membership to one student from seven participating social work schools in the New York City area in recognition of outstanding clinically-oriented writing done in the first year of their MSW program. Tari’s paper, “DLCP – A Rhodesian Perspective” was recognized for its thoughtful and socio-culturally minded approach to understanding mental health concerns and engagement in care.
She was honored among other scholarship recipients at the awards reception held on Wednesday, November 7 at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan where they all presented a synopsis of their papers. We are proud of Tari and honored to have her represent CSSW!
NYSSCSW is a professional association for clinical social work psychotherapists, MSW students, institute candidates, new professionals, and other mental health professionals committed to maintaining standards of professional education and practice in clinical social work psychotherapy in New York State. The Metropolitan Chapter covers New York, Brooklyn and Bronx Counties.
The Society organizes various educational activities and opportunities to interact and network directly with one another regarding referrals, office space rentals, managed care and insurance concerns, practice issues, educational activities sponsored by other organizations, and other issues of interest to our members. They also manage a listserv through which they communicate these activities as well as other invaluable resources.
To learn more about the Society and Met Chapter and benefits of membership, visit their homepage.
Interested in working for the City of New York? Consider submitting your resume to the Mayor’s Office of Appointments (MOA) Resume Portal.
The Mayor’s Office of Appointments recruits talented leaders from all fields to work towards achieving meaningful and positive change for New Yorkers, and to fulfill Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of diverse and inclusive leadership in NYC government. The Resume Portal helps them identify and connect leaders with opportunities in over 60 City agencies and mayoral offices.
Graduating students and alumni of Columbia School of Social Work are encouraged to create a profile and submit their resumes to MOA’s Resume Portal using the referral code #ColumbiaSSW2019
. The process should take about 10 minutes to complete. See a preview of the requested information here
Whether you plan to apply for a summer internship or post-grad opportunity, there are steps you can take now to prepare, including drafting a target list of employers. You can begin this process by:
- Researching organizations you want to work for based on their mission and impact. Not sure where to start? Check out the links in the Employer Research folder within the Document Library of Career Connect.
- Identifying opportunities within these organizations that align with your knowledge, skills, and interests.
- Making connections and conducting informational interviews with people working at these organizations in roles that you hope to attain.
Learn more at our Job Search Workshop on Tuesday, October 27 from 1:00 to 1:50 PM in Room C06! There will be another workshop for those seeking summer opportunities on Thursday, November 14.
Last Wednesday, we were excited to welcome back alumna Josie Rosario LMSW ’19, MSEd, a NYC-based therapist and founder of Healing Strategy, a brand and marketing consultancy for therapists, to share insights on how to develop a personal brand and enhance your professional marketability while in school, especially using digital platforms.
A couple takeaways included:
- Being clear about (and staying true to) who you are, and how you want to serve the world using your strengths and expertise
- Knowing who and where your target audience is, whether online or offline, and focusing on nurturing a relationship with them based on their needs and interests
- Leveraging various resources and tools including social media and personal connections to broaden your reach
Thank you, Josie, for sharing these insights and many other tips, as well as your personal story on how you implemented these successfully in your own journey!
Missed the workshop? Check out the presentation slides in the Document Library within Career Connect under the Workshops/Webinar folder. You can also make an appointment with career services via Career Connect.