What do you get when you combine a former Wall Street executive with a business news anchor turned CEO of a major non-profit foundation aimed at empowering youth? Alexis Glick, of course!
Last week Glick stopped by the New York City chapter of the SAP Business Women’s Network to share how she successfully navigated through tough career transitions. During her talk, Glick drew on her experiences on Wall Street, at CNBC and the Today Show, and then as Vice President of Fox Business News. Today Glick is the founder and CEO of the GENYOUth Foundation.
You may ask, “How can you make such huge career leaps and remain focused?”
For Glick, the key is staying true to her passions. You must find “something that you are innately passionate about that drives your free time as much as it drives your work time,” she says. The next step is to “take that passion and bring it into what you do every single day.”
In order to find meaning and widespread impact in her career, Glick allowed this passion-driven mindset to guide her to her most recent role as CEO of GENYOUth. GENYOUth is a non-profit that has become one of the largest in-school activity and nutrition organizations aimed at cultivating youth empowerment and healthy communities. GENYOUth successfully services over 13 million students through its flagship program Fuel Up to Play 60.
Beyond helping students live healthier lives, SAP and GENYOUth have partnered to create a digital platform, AdVenture Capital (AdCap), which touches over 35,000 students ages 13+. AdCap empowers youth to become citizen philanthropists by developing plans to improve nutrition and physical activity habits within their communities. Student change agents participate in AdCap contests where they are mentored as they develop “Big Ideas” to improve the health and wellness behaviors of their peers, such as building a greenhouse on school grounds or offering DIY breakfast bars in schools.
SAP’s partnership with GENYOUth offers youth a “seat at the table.” Youth are positioned as valuable “alpha influencers” that direct the behaviors of their peers. This influence is cultivated within programs such as AdCap, which value diverse perspectives to find innovative solutions. SAP offers students opportunities to learn from mentors to help nurture their entrepreneurial spirit.
As Glick highlights, passion is the light on our darkest days: For communities saturated with disparity, SAP and GENYOUth teach kids that they are their own source of power and that social change is only one passion-driven “Big Idea” away.
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Image: Alexis Glick (left) with Denise Broady (right)