What we're about

Professions On Purpose (PoP) serves those seeking or making meaningful and sometimes scary changes to—and through—their work.

Our community embraces every form of “entrepreneurship” from business and social to creative (artist, craftsman, novelist) idea (author, blogger, TED talker) and innovative (tinkerer, hacker, inventor).

At PoP, a job is WHAT we do, a career is HOW we advance and a profession is the WHY in our calling or mission.


Join PoP and:

· learn more about the good, the bad, and the ugly of transitioning your career

· get help bringing your ideas to fruition and the market

· find inspiration from the stories and challenges of the like-minded

· meet those with complementary skillsets and resources that can advance your mission

We believe a profession is more than what you are paid for. Indeed, the word ‘profession’ comes from the Latin professiō, meaning ‘declaration’ or ‘avowal’ made in response to a vocatiō—a"vocation" or "calling.” Thus true professionals seek meaning, not simply means.

Be a true pro. Do Work that Calls to You.

Upcoming events (5)

Save the Date: Pints on Purpose: The “Why do you …?” Mixer

ONLINE EVENT. Tired of that ubiquitous first question at DC events: “What do you do?” It has this impatient, transactional what-can-you-do-for-me nature. Well, we’ve banned it at our online event Pints on Purpose, where we suggest an alternative: ‘Why do you do what you do?”. Join us via Zoom for a large group discussion - as well as small breakout room group discussions - where you tell us all what you’re working on and what your professional goals are. This is an opportunity for attendees to make a solemn, public commitment to your work, whether it’s a new idea or long-term, a special side project or your main venture. Bring your own pints and drinks is encouraged: after all, sometimes it’s easier after a pint or two.

Lawyer to Lion Tamer*: How Attorneys Made Radical Career Changes (FINALIZING)

"You can do anything with a law degree," most attorneys can remember hearing. But do they? Lawyers are known for being particularly risk averse, not only in their advice to clients, but also in the choices they make in their own careers. Many who decide the law is not for them stick to similar industries, such as politics government and lobbying here in Washington or business sectors where they can use their legal skills, like finance and real estate. __________________________________________________ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqQlCOmXuHM "Lion Tamer" is a famous Monty Python sketch where a similarly risk-averse professional, an accountant seeks career counseling for a radical career change. _____________________________________________________ However, some make bold changes. You'll hear from former DC lawyers, including: Now an innkeeper, Indira Goldstein first worked in Education Law and Policy, followed by a decade focusing as a student immigration law adviser. As a Dyslexic person, her personal experience in K-12 drove her to want to work in law on issues of education. Michael Lehmkuhl was a telecommunications attorney before becoming a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain doing charters, deliveries, instruction, and repairs on boats of all shapes and sizes. Over the last 15 years he logged over 20,000 nautical miles cruising and racing boats. He uses his legal skills everyday "except I get out a lot more now." Rita Goodroe spent over a decade as a business attorney, both in private practice and for the federal government, before she leveraged a side project: a singles meetup group into a career as a full-time dating coach. She later combined her coaching skills, legal counseling, and experience of running a small business into creating the Women's Business Garden, focused on needs of female entrepreneurs worldwide. How did they make the transition? How did their legal education and training help--or maybe hinder--them? Agenda: 6:30-7:00: Greet, meet, & treats 7-7:40 Moderated panel discussion 7:40-8:10: Audience questions 8:10: Informal discussion/further networking on-site or at local bar/restaurant

CoderSwitch: The Tech Sets’ Employee <==> Entrepreneur Moves
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Coders, Developers, Programmers and other tech professionals seeking career change usually have two advantages: 1) skillsets that are transferable between industries, organization types and projects. 2) in demand by employers, recruiters and sometimes investors and other business partners CoderSwitch will feature stories from those who’ve effectively moved between various siloed industries, established employers, joining others startup, launching their own startups, tried consulting and project work and designed their own hybrids approaches. Hear how they approached options and decisions—and what they learned from the paths they choose: the good, the bad and the ugly. Learn from their successes and mistakes and what might be the right path for you Agenda: 6:30-7:00: Greet, meet & treats 7-7:40 Moderated panel discussion 7:40-8:10: Audience questions 8:10: Informal discussion/further networking on-site or at local bar/restaurant

NewLaw Alternatives to BigLaw: Boutique, Secondment, Virtual Firms--and more

"Big Law attorneys are notably unhappier than most other lawyers, for a variety of reasons," a recent Harvard Business Review article states (https://hbr.org/2015/08/law-firms-grueling-hours-are-turning-defectors-into-competitors). Fortunately, a variety of "New Law" firms have arisen, that offer alternatives that "hard-bake work-life balance into the business model," says the HBR piece (https://hbr.org/2015/08/law-firms-grueling-hours-are-turning-defectors-into-competitors) based on a an extensive new study (http://worklifelaw.org/new-models-report/) from the Center for WorkLife Law. These various models, including: • Accordion Companies • Boutique Firms • Law & Business Advice Companies • Secondment Firms • Virtual Firms have something for nearly anyone's work style--and lifestyle. What's it like to work as an attorney in one of these new firm types? Hear from BigLaw refugees who have made the leap. Agenda: 6:30-7:00: Greet, meet & treats 7-7:40 Moderated panel discussion 7:40-8:10: Audience questions 8:10: Informal discussion/further networking on-site or at local bar/restaurant THIS EVENT HAS NOT BEEN SCHEDULED OR FINALIZED; DETAILS MAY CHANGE. Know a BigLaw refugee? We're looking for more potential panelists. Please message us or email: [masked]

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Resumes On Purpose

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