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Welcome to the latest EACN Newsletter!

The Effective Altruism Consulting Network is a global community of prospective, current, and former consultants who use evidence and reason to maximize the social impact of their careers.

In today's newsletter
We're exited to be piloting a new shorter-form newsletter that provides you with a curated array of updates and opportunities that fit into your busy consultant schedule. If you're looking for additional frequent Effective Altruism updates, consider also subscribing to the 80,000 Hours Newsletter, Effective Altruism UK Newsletter, and the Effective Altruism Forum Weekly Digest!

In today's newsletter you'll see:
  • Meet our new Managing Director, Sarah Pomeranz
  • Key updates including info on how you can get personalized career coaching
  • Inspiration from a member - meet Emily Dardaman, Senior Strategist at BCG Brighthouse who has an interest in AI
  • The latest EA job opportunities we think would be perfect for consultants
  • An opportunity to provide us with feedback and be a part of the newsletter

A message from Sarah Pomeranz, our new Managing Director

Hey, everyone! 

I'm Sarah and it's such an honor to be taking the helm of this terrific community of consultants as the first full-time Managing Director of the EACN! Over the past few months, I've had the pleasure to meet many of you through coffee chats, retreats, happy hours, and several EAG conferences. These conversations have only instilled further in me the high potential we have as consultants to deeply contribute to Effective Altruism! 

For those of you I haven't met yet, a little about me: prior to starting at the EACN, I worked as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture. While I was there, I helped to found the Accenture EA group in North America and I’ve run it for the past year. I have a background in global health and development start-ups, organizational leadership, and social justice. When I'm not spending my time optimizing for impact, I can be found cooking, booking my next travel adventure or doing improvisational comedy. 

I'm a firm believer in transparency and I wanted to share my primary goals for the EACN with you. 

  1. Develop our network into a true community of impact-driven consultants. We hope to do this through running retreats, supporting your EA firm leaders in fostering relationships, introducing you all to each other in valuable ways, and sharing actionable information on how to maximize your impact as a consultant.
  2. Match you with high-impact professional opportunities. We will be offering personalized career conversations and encouraging you to tell us more about the types of career paths you would be interested in. As always, we will be testing and updating our strategy and approaches based on what is working and we are excited to receive your feedback.

I hope to meet as many of you as possible in the coming months but please don't hesitate to email us. We’d especially love to hear from you if:

  • You'd like to share your improvement ideas and talent with the EACN.
  • You're interested in starting an EA group at your workplace.
  • You're ready to explore how you can best be leveraging your skill set to maximize your potential to better the world. 

Many thanks to Jona, Peter, the EA firm leaders, volunteers, and all of you who have contributed to building EACN thus far.

Altruistically yours,

Key updates

Apply to EAG Washington D.C., EAG(x) Rotterdam and Berlin

EAG’s are conferences for people who have a solid understanding of EA but are keen to make new connections, discuss ideas, and develop their careers. You can read more about admissions for EA Global here. Lots of EACN members who have previously attended EAG’s have found them really rewarding, so we’d highly-recommend you apply

EAGx events are primarily for community members who are:

  • Familiar with the core ideas of effective altruism
  • Interested in learning more about how to increase their involvement
  • Living in the region or country where the conference is taking place

EAG Washington D.C. will be taking place from 23-25 September, and you have until 8 September to apply. EAGxBerlin will be from the 16–18 of September and EAGx Rotterdam will be 4-6 of November. Apply Here!

“EACN encouraged me to go to EAG San Francisco! The conversations I had there led to significant adjustments to my career plans and actually reduced my daily stress by providing me with space to think about my larger goals.” - Merlin Stein (BCG)

We now offer 1-1 career coaching!

Join the more than 40 consultants in our network who have signed up for a personalized career coaching session with a member of the EACN team. Whether you're a student deciding if consulting is the optimal path for impact for you or a current consultant looking for guidance on your next career move- we would love to speak with you! Apply here.
What happened at our In Depth-EA Bay Area retreat?
On the weekend prior to EAG San Francisco we hosted a 3 day retreat in San Anselmo, California. 13 consultants from 5 consulting firms and 3 different continents attended! We had the chance to hear from some terrific speakers who spoke on topics ranging from, 
Why EA needs more consultancies’ to ‘The value of EA community building’. We were also joined by several ex-consultants who are now in successful careers at EA organizations including Zachary Robinson (Open Philanthropy) and Joan Gass (Previously CEA). Those who came along to the retreat found it to be very beneficial. Many said that it helped them gain more clarity around their future careers, and that they realized how well consulting experience can translate into a highly impactful career.

“The EACN retreat was an incredibly effective way to get deeper into the EA community and learn more about where my skills can be most valuable!” - Henna Dattani (McKinsey)
A great night at our San Francisco Happy Hour

25 consultants from our fantastic EACN network met up at the Tipsy Pig in San Francisco for a lively night of networking and catching up while in town for the EAG conference. We will be hosting more happy hours at the EAG(x)’s in Washington D.C., Berlin, and Rotterdam so make sure you’re a member of our Facebook and LinkedIn groups to get the details!

"Finding the EACN has been a really great way to maintain my connection to EA whilst balancing a heavy workload. The EACN meetup at EAG SF was super energizing and gave me a new perspective on how to best navigate me career" -Frances Pye (BCG)

Meet Emily Dardaman, Senior Strategist and BCG Brighthouse

This month we caught up with Emily Dardaman, she works as Senior Strategist at BCG BrightHouse and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. From discovering EA during her time at university her interest has grown, especially in regards to the cause area she finds the most intriguing, AI Safety
Check out our interview with Emily

What you can do now!

Job openings

Currently looking for a new role? Check out the 80,000 Hours job board and 80,000 Hours careers advice site for additional resources!

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