Why I quit my job to become a full-time entrepreneur

Why I quit my job to become a full-time entrepreneur

For my entire career, I’ve been driven by a key goal: to connect the global peacebuilding and social change community with the resources, information and relationships to scale change.

On June 1st, 2016, I made a decision that would allow me to do this in the most impactful way possible: by leaving my full-time job at Georgetown University after a decade of building one of the world’s top Conflict Resolution graduate programs to focus exclusively on leading PCDN into its next phase.

Over the course of my career – spanning 20+ years and working/consulting in more than 15 countries – I have seen how a fellowship, a connection, a job opportunity, a grant can help transform the life of an individual or an entire organization.

I believe that professionals in the field of social change need more connections, inspiration, and resources to support their transformational work.

It’s been incredible to see the impact PCDN has had on our more than 36,000 members around the world, and I’m thrilled for our next chapter.

Now, it’s time to bring information, resources and job opportunities to the next 100,000 + change makers.

And this is where you come in.

PCDN is a full-fledged social enterprise. We rely on our community and our incredible cohort of advertisers and partners to provide a world-class platform that connects passionate individuals and organizations from around the world with each other.

If you’re reading this, you’ve hopefully been impacted in a positive way by PCDN’s existence, and we’d love to have you on board for the next chapter. Whether you share a guide, invite your colleagues to join the network, or pass this on to an organization looking to get in front of our members, every action makes an impact. If you’re looking to get involved with PCDN at any level, please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime at info(at)pcdnetwork.org

Finally, I’m excited to announce that this post is the first in an ongoing series I’ll be writing around entrepreneurship. Becoming a full-time social entrepreneur has been an incredible adventure, and I can’t wait to share my process and reflections for anyone out there thinking of doing the same. To be the first to find out about these blog posts (and other big announcements), click here to subscribe to our free weekly #gotchange newsletter (via our home page)

Leaving an amazing job (and a monthly paycheck) was not an easy choice; some might think is downright crazy. While there is no guaranteed path to success, I am driven by the desire to create a sustainable enterprise that best serves our community. We all know that working for social change is no easy task.

Please count on PCDN to help you grow (professionally); connect (with others); and find inspiration to create positive change in the world.



Dr. Craig Zelizer


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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