Chris: After spending more than two decades climbing the corporate ladder, Chris realized she was facing burnout at an early age and that she had lost her passions along the way. During a week-long vacation, she told James, “I can’t keep doing this, I don’t want to go back to work on Monday. I need something different – something more than a paycheck.”
She wasn’t waking up each morning feeling fulfilled or feeling like she was using her talents for the greater good. She didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do but she knew she could no longer settle for what she was doing.
James: My career path, on the other hand, was quite different, working in non-profits since I was 21 years of age. At this time of my wife’s “realization”, I was at a “glass ceiling” of my own, working as the founder/executive director of a non-profit that housed chronically homeless individuals with mental illness.
It wasn’t my own nonprofit however; it was part of a conglomerate of nonprofits tucked under a parent community mental health center. I loved what I did, but wanted to earn more money than they were willing and able to pay, and I didn’t want to sacrifice the personal fulfillment that I had in my work life.
Together: We were both stuck, but on opposite ends of the spectrum. We both felt like the choice was to either make a lot of money doing a job we are not passionate about OR sacrifice making money to do personally rewarding work. We really wanted both…to do meaningful work and make money doing it…at least to maintain the lifestyle we had become accustomed too.
It just so happened that right before this vacation, I was approached about consulting outside my organization, so in an effort to come up with our third option, I proposed “what if you quit your job and we start consulting, combining our expertise (unique lenses of corporate and non-profit) for one price, but only work with businesses that are or want to be socially responsible? We could spend the next chapter of our lives promoting people and businesses that do good for others and/or the environment.
That was all it took for us both to jump in. On that day, Glenn and Company was born. Our Noble Cause is to promote and grow “businesses for good”. We believe the world would be a better place if every business had a cause baked into their organizational DNA. Since 2015, we have used our collective experience, as well as our nationwide network, to help organizations thrive by growing their social impact.
The choice between “doing well financially” or “doing good for others” is no longer the only two options. You can do both, and we can show you how.