How to change the world with a career in philanthropy (PCDN webinar series)

How to change the world with a career in philanthropy is part of PCDN Career Series webinar series.

Check our the recording video on Careers in Philanthropy – The Skills, Knowledge and Networks to Build a High-Impact Career in the Philanthropic Sector with Alexandra Toma, the Executive Director at the Peace and Security Funders Group.

This highly interactive webinar will touch on the following topics  (there will be time for questions and discussion):

  • What is philanthropy and how do philanthropic organizations influence the social change ecosystem?
  • What diverse roles and career paths are available in the philanthropic sector?
  • What are the core skills, knowledge and networks needed to succeed in the sector? 
  • Tips to increase changes of being hired 

Don’t miss this unique chance of learning from one of the world’s leading experts on philanthropy, social impact and careers.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time:12 to 1 EST To see the correct time in different zones click on the world clock


Alexandra Toma (she/her/hers) brings over fifteen years of leadership experience in politics, advocacy, and philanthropic organizations to her role as PSFG’s Executive Director. In recognition of her leadership in the peace and security philanthropic sector, Inside Philanthropy recognized Alex as the “Affinity Group Head with the Most Hustle.”

Prior to joining PSFG in 2013, Alex was Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a donors’ collaborative focused on incentivizing collaboration as a tool to meet today’s global challenges. While a Director at the Ploughshares Fund, Alex founded the Fissile Materials Working Group, a coalition that she grew to 80 U.S. and international organizations providing action-oriented policy solutions to combat nuclear terrorism. Before her nonprofit experience, Alex served as a foreign policy and defense advisor to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts.

Alex is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of the Compton Foundation and Foreign Policy for America. She earned her M.S. in Foreign Policy and Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in International Affairs and Psychology, with a minor in French, from the University of Virginia. When not immersed in peace and security philanthropy, Alex enjoys Skype calls with her 97-y.o. grandmother, reading fiction, and traveling the world (she’s been to 50 countries).

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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