ADVANCE: Take Your Next Step with Mike Acker

Ep 38 | Social Entrepreneurship & Tech for Good with Pamela Hawley

September 13, 2021 Mike Acker Season 1 Episode 38
ADVANCE: Take Your Next Step with Mike Acker
Ep 38 | Social Entrepreneurship & Tech for Good with Pamela Hawley
Show Notes

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Is social good just the same as Corporate Social Responsibility?

Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO at UniversalGiving, shares with us her incredible life founding and running a tech-for-good company, and all the while enjoying the responsibilities that come with her job. Universal Giving is an award-winning nonprofit that helps people give and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world.

Mike and Pamela also talk about CSR, its importance in companies today, and her fantastic thoughts on leadership.

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Can your true calling be your job? If so, how?


When you like your job, you’ll feel called to it. You get up every day with a grand sense of purpose. Whether it's full time or part-time, there's something we should be doing. It's very magical if we're connecting to what we're supposed to be doing to help the world.

Can you tell us a little bit more about Universal Giving?


Through volunteering experiences, one gets to see how challenged the world is. I created Universal Giving by taking the ground experiences that are available to all of us and then marrying them with my love of technology. 

Now people can come in, they can choose an issue such as education, or human rights, find projects, or NGOs, and get volunteer opportunities.

My experience says that if people can't go and see it on the ground, you’ll have to bring back the trust. That was the genesis for the quality model and Universal Giving.

What is entrepreneurship, according to you?


Entrepreneurship is about taking an idea to fruition. Here are some lessons I learned about the same - 

  1. Think about commitment and longevity to make sure that your idea stays for the benefit of the community.
  2. With entrepreneurship, you’re constantly learning.
  3. If you're an entrepreneur and are being insightful about it, you are also growing yourself.

What does it take to be in a tech-for-good company like Universal Giving?


What is CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)? Why is it important for companies these days to focus on CSR?


What are your thoughts on leadership?



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