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From UN Executive to Social Impact Entrepreneur

Craig Zelizer

September 18, 2023

PCDN is excited to announce the next episode in Season 11 of the Social Change Career Livestream Podcast with Florence Navarro, From UN Executive to Social Impact Entrepreneur

Florence is a leading innovator in global entrepreneurship and organizational development. With a rich background working for the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and various incubators, she founded Kichocheo to revolutionize recruiting and retention for mission-driven organizations. 

She will delve into crucial topics like demystifying the executive search process, strategies for career growth, and the challenges of global recruiting. Florence's unique journey from working at the United Nations to founding Kichocheo offers invaluable insights for anyone looking to make a meaningful impact in their career. Tune in for actionable tips and strategies that could be the game-changer in your professional journey!

In this episode, we'll dive into:

  • Demystifying the Executive Search Process: Learn to navigate the x world of executive search and how to best collaborate with recruiters.
  • Career Journey for Early and Mid-level Professionals: Florence will share invaluable strategies and skills you'll need to transition into executive roles.
  • The Serendipity Behind Careers: Discover Florence's unique path from the UN to social impact entrepreneurship.
  • Global Recruiting Challenges: Florence will discuss the pressing issues surrounding localization, diversity, remote work, and more.
  • Graduate School Insights: Get a sneak peek into Florence's thoughts on graduate school: in public policy and international relations, as well as business, and how to strategically approach your educational development.

Don't miss this episode full of insights and actionable tips to advance your career of impact!

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 into an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed October 10 at 12 pm est.

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students find their path to impactful careers. For those seeking more support, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests. We strongly encourage questions and participation from the audience.


Florence Navarro has worked in Central Europe, Africa and Asia for the United Nations and the World Bank Group, a global non-profit, and social enterprise incubator programs. Since 2007, she has supported entrepreneurs around the world to launch and grow their companies, from biodiversity-based to sanitation and ed tech businesses. She founded Kichocheo in 2018 to help mission-driven organizations (both for profit and non-profit) apply recruiting and retention best practices in a context of resource constraint. Her work is informed by a practitioner's knowledge of team dynamics and her dedication to mentoring the next generation of diverse leaders.

Florence has an M.S. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and is SHRM Certified for Talent Acquisition. She grew up in Southern France and lives in Washington DC.

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