“America’s top social impact chef, providing the recipes for young adults to cook up their social impact careers organically every time.”
Mark McCurdy has grown up with nonprofits at the center of his life. Before the age of two years old, three nonprofits changed his life forever. When Mark was growing up in Massachusetts, his father worked as an artist and his mother ran an international nonprofit adoption agency out of his home. You could say, quite literally, Mark was raised in a nonprofit. As a result of this rather unusual, yet highly rewarding upbringing, Mark was instilled with a strong sense of giving back from an early age.
During Mark’s sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts, he had a harrowing brush with death during a school break. Once again a nonprofit (hospital) came to his rescue, and the memory of this life-changing event has deepened his commitment to serve others through the world of service and social impact. In 2000, he began working as a recruiter for nonprofit organizations, first in New York City, then in Washington D.C.
Mark now runs his own business, The Nonprofit Career Coach, to help inspire, teach, and lead students and their parents to maximize their “social impact” in the world.
Mark is the author of the book Strategic Volunteering: 50 Ingredients to transform your life and career.
Mark McCurdy is available to speak for:
- Assemblies (Any Time Of Year)
- Career Day / Internship programs
- Service Day / Volunteer awareness programs
- Student Leadership Gatherings
- Teen Institute Conferences
- Back-to-School Programs
- National Honor Society programs
- Commencements / Graduations
- Summer programs (including camps)
- Any other function where an “outside” speaker for students is feasible
- Alcohol / Drug Awareness programs
“Mark McCurdy very kindly agreed to deliver keynote remarks at the Boston Jobs Summit. His presentation was focused, dynamic, and perfectly targeted to the group of individuals attending the event. The positive energy generated by Mark’s opening continued throughout the event. I would highly recommend him as a speaker, consultant, and advisor.”
StandUp For Kids – Boston
- Teen Empowerment Job Conference – Motivational career talk
Let’s Get Ready Youth Conference – Career Day Testimonial
Finding your social impact career after school at Malden High School
Finding your social impact compass for young adults!
“How to land a dream job for social impact”
60 minutes or 90 minutes, or 2 hours
(Mark’s Most Requested Talk — Great for Anytime of Year)
In this powerful presentation, Mark gives students unique “social impact” strategies for getting hired. Mark says, “Universities were built to lay the foundation for knowledge, this presentation is designed to get you hired with organizations that have a purpose! It will not waste your time. The strategies in this presentation have one objective: TO GET YOU HIRED TODAY!”
- Three secret strategies to help you find your ideal job for social impact (Social Impact Compass)
- What nonprofit employers really care about and look for in candidates
- Unique tactics to package, sell and market yourself like a “personal mission” statement
- Social impact resume writing that will get nonprofits and social entrepreneur organizations to call you
- How strategic internships and volunteering will continue to help get you hired and grow your career
- How to write a cover letter that will make a lasting impact
- Expand your network and get others to help find jobs for you
Volunteer to Accelerate Your Career
Career focused talk for 60 or 90 minutes
How mission-focused volunteer work will positively transform your world and career. More youth are volunteering than ever before in the US. Most do not know their volunteer work can actually lead to a career. Whether you love horses or video games, there is a nonprofit out there for you! Learn from Mark’s secret recipe on how to “cook up” a career for social impact.
- Three secret ingredients to help you find your dream job for social impact (Social Impact Compass)
- Why and how to leverage your volunteer or internship experience into a job reality
- Hear the “secret recipe” of how people just like YOU are living their dream job for social impact
- What are the “Hot & Spicy” sectors in the nonprofit/social impact space
- Social impact resume writing that will get colleges, universities and nonprofits to call you
- How strategic internships and volunteering will help expand your network and accelerate your career
Think it, plan it, and achieve your career dreams for social impact!
60 minutes or 90 minutes
(Keynote or workshops, great for career events)
In this inspiring breakout session, Mark shares unique strategies that help teens organically plan and “cook up” a successful recipe for their future. He will guide them through the Impact6 framework for creating a step-by-step action plan for achieving a career they care about and in which they can make a difference.
The major points covered in this session include:
Student Leadership Powered by Passion and Purpose!
Inspirational keynote for 60 or 90 minutes
(Ideal for conference opening or closing session)
In this inspiring keynote, Mark McCurdy’s natural storytelling ability will lead your audience through several heart-felt stories while delivering an uplifting message sure to touch your students minds and hearts.
Mark mixes inspirational stories with humor and an educational message to uplift audiences so they can experience a rewarding personal and professional life of giving back.
In this dynamic keynote, Mark motivates teens with his three principles for creating a successful future:
Mark says: “Find your passion, live your purpose, and focus on your dream and never quit when faced with obstacles. You will get side-tracked with life now and again, but stay true to your passion and purpose and be guided back to your dreams. Always remember that your family, friends, mentors and community can help you get up when you get knocked down. At the end of your life money is nothing and relationships and memories are everything! Stay true to service and helping others and keep your loved ones close. With a little passion and a whole lot of love you can change the world.”
Get high on Volunteering, NOT drugs, and make a difference in this world.
Your will can kill the urge to use drugs!
30 minutes or 60 minutes
(Keynote, ideal for drug/alcohol awareness)
In this hard hitting and truthful program, Mark gets right to the point about the evils of drugs while stressing the importance of making the right choices. He also illustrates his points with two real life stories of students who made wrong choices. Mark says, “Drugs will kill your life, period. They kill your mind, your body and will eventually kill you. There is no long-term positive effect that can be gained from using or dealing drugs. Everyone needs to make their own decision, no one can make it for you. It’s a choice and you need to have a strong will to say NO!
You need to think of all the positive things you can accomplish while you are on Earth! How many people you can help and how you can make a difference in the world. Think about what it would do to your family, friends and everyone who cares about you if you were to die because of one wrong decision to use drugs!”
Success begins with positivity
Inspirational keynote for 60 or 90 minutes
Get ready to laugh out loud, learn and be engaged like never before!
This passionate, humorous and high-energy talk is ideal for an opening or closing session as it is sure to Recharge and Reenergize your audience while reminding them of the true importance of positivity and how it really influences the success of students and teachers.
Whether you are dealing with school work, family members, relationships or personal issues, Success starts with positivity!
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