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Building a Career in Tech for Impact and Global Health as a Generalist

Craig Zelizer

May 21, 2023

PCDN is excited to announce our upcoming Social Change Career Podcast Livestream, "Building a Career in Tech for Impact and Global Health as a Generalist," featuring Sam Wilks, an experienced professional at the forefront of tech for social impact. During this insightful episode, Sam will share his expertise in leveraging technology for change, building social enterprises and advancing global health initiatives.

Drawing from his extensive background at the intersection of tech and social impact, particularly in health tech organizations in Kenya, Sam will offer valuable insights and advice for students and professionals seeking to drive positive change in their careers. He'll discuss the role of technology in social impact and how to navigate a career focused on starting social enterprises to enact change through tech. 

Sam will cover the following key topics:

  • Building a career as a tech generalist: Navigating the dynamic tech landscape while maintaining a focus on social impact and change.
  • The intersection of technology and global health: Opportunities and challenges in using tech to address health disparities and improve healthcare systems.
  • Overcoming barriers and driving innovation: Insights into the challenges faced in the tech-for-impact space and strategies for driving positive change.
  • Networking and collaboration in the tech for impact sector: The importance of building connections, partnerships, and ecosystems to amplify impact and drive meaningful outcomes.

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on LinkedIn & YouTube. The recording will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and converted to an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed on May 24 at 12 pm EST.

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students around the world find their path to impact careers. Our goal is to help as many people as possible put impact and changemaking at the heart of their work across diverse sectors.

For those who want much greater support, access to the world’s best experts, more interactive sessions, networking events & workshops over 350 opportunities per month (fellowships, jobs, funding, socent + startup, training, and more) + tons of members-only benefits, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests, and there is usually time for questions from the audience. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bio: Sam Wilks has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry, with a primary focus on health tech organizations based in Kenya. As the first product/technical hire, he played a crucial role in launching and building two health tech startups. Currently involved in launching CropConex, a startup focused on building a marketplace and supply chain management tool for green coffee, Sam is passionate about leveraging technology to drive social impact,  building social enterprises and advancing global health initiatives. He brings expertise in navigating the tech landscape as a generalist, while maintaining a strong focus on creating meaningful change.

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