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)

Pints on Purpose: The Better Than Happy Hour

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Sadly, Happy Hours mostly serve to wash away the workday or something to look forward to. This is a waste of a good drink! Instead, imbibing could lead you to find--and commit to do the work that quenches a deeper thirst. Don’t drown your sorrows. Use some liquid courage to make a ​profession:​ a public commitment to your idea, calling, mission, raison d'être, BHAG, passion project, ikigai, scary transition... At ​Pints on Purpose​, we'll show you how to profess, and help with small breakout group discussions, where you can tell us all what you’re working on, your professional goals and progress, and practice your profession before you speak to everyone. You'll also ask others for the help you need: advice/feedback, contacts, expertise and other resources, even simply to hold you accountable to the profession you just made. B.Y.O.P. ​Bring Your Own Pints. They needn’t be beer; any potent potable will fit in a pint glass. They needn’t be alcoholic--though liquid courage can help you make a brave profession. A True P​rofession:​ What is a profession? At Professions on Purpose, we hold it’s NOT what you’re paid to do nor what you studied/are certified in. A true profession is an avowal. That is, a commitment—best made publicly—to do certain work. Which ​Work?​ Work that responds to a calling (or what you think might be a calling)Hopefully it uses your:+ Natural gifts and talents (including ignored or latent talents)+ Values (can be your up-to-now flouted values)+ Inclinations & ways of being: how you process info, deal with people, approach challenges... This can be a new idea or a long-term, ongoing one. It could be something you've been procrastinating or regularly committed to. And this an opportunity to explore / test if those are really you. This could be about creating a business or nonprofit or creative product (book, podcast, art), growing by exploring or via education, leveling up with training or challenges... You don’t have to speak publicly. Just come. Have some beer, wine cocktails and meet others seeking more purpose in their professional lives. Better than Happy: What the hell beats happy?! Fulfillment​ does. It lasts. Think about it: if you aim for simple happiness, but you get sick, get dumped, get fired--or bad things happen to those around you, you lose that happy feeling. Yet, when you’re truly fulfilled, you flourish, with that sense of meaning or mission pulling you through the ups and downs of daily life. Register and we’ll share the Zoom link with RSVPs shortly before the event. Have comments, doubts, questions, etc.? Reach out to us via our website, email or social media. Join us for our second virtual Pints on Purpose Event on August 27th! Tell us what you’re working on and make a PROFESSION - that is, a commitment—best made publicly—to do certain work. Register via this Eventbrite link! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pints-on-purpose-the-better-than-happy-hour-tickets-113892533634

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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Pints on Purpose: The Better than Happy Hour

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