Today, there remains a striking disconnect between talented people and careers of social impact. There is little data on how and why young people choose their careers and limited understanding of what it would take to encourage a greater share to commit themselves to advancing the public interest. This makes it difficult for impact organizations, those organizations striving to achieve an explicit social mission, to effectively identify, recruit, and retain great talent -- and for service-minded young people to find opportunities to make a difference.
Ensuring that the best talent is working to solve these critical social challenges is a shared responsibility. However, it is ultimately our responsibility as Millennials to create and commit to impact careers. Winning the Talent War, for Good includes a range of strategies created by and for impact practitioners and young talent alike to address this challenge. In addition to underscoring the need for top talent in this field, this Aspen Institute Impact Careers Initiative (ICI) report seeks to help practitioners better understand the drivers of career choices among top talent and undertake key strategies for engaging, retaining, and building the market for the next generation of top talent in impact careers.