Staff Alumni

For more than 20 years, WE Charity’s alumni have been leading, innovating and making an impact throughout the world.

We’re grateful to have worked with thousands of visionary staff and volunteers over the years. Our team shares the belief that a passionate group of people can transform the world. And their commitment to making a difference doesn’t end when they leave for a new job. Former staff members work in the U.S. State Department and with the Canadian government, pursue graduate studies at Princeton, Yale and the London School of Economics, work in early childhood education and teach high school. Some alumni lead their own nonprofits, social enterprises and businesses. And one was among the fearless health workers recognized as Time’s 2014 Person of the Year.

We believe the skills, friends and experiences you gain at WE Charity are with you for life.

That’s why we’re committed to helping our hundreds of alumni on a professional level—improving their skills, making contacts and giving them opportunities to support each other.

After completing our two-year entry-level program, you have access to one-on-one career coaching, letters of reference and a robust referral program. We are only a phone call away if you need support or an introduction to one of the many educational and corporate partners we work with. You can tap into our alumni referral network and be matched with relevant professionals or former staff. You’ll also get invitations to networking events featuring former staff and other inspiring guest speakers.

When you work at WE Charity, you are always part of the family. So we hope you’ll stay in touch by sharing your news, photos and updates on our alumni Facebook page.

How Do We Know That Our Alumni Value Their WE Charity Experience? We Asked Them.

We hired Mission Measurement, a leading firm that measures and evaluates social impact, to independently survey a multi-year cross-sampling of WE Charity alumni. And here’s what we discovered:

  • 80% were proud of their contributions to the organization.
  • 75% shared that WE Charity offered young employees unique leadership opportunities.
  • 50% believed that the skills they learned at the organization helped hem transition into their next career.
  • 59% agreed that they were well travelled as a result of working for WE Charity, ME to WE or WE Day.
  • 55% have recommended a friend to work at the organization.
  • 95% have discussed their experiences at the organization in job interviews.
  • 91% use their former colleagues, managers and people and culture team members as professional references.

Profiles

Alex Apostol, MBA Candidate, Yale School of Management

Where are you doing now?

I am graduating from Yale with an MBA and going to work as a management consultant at Bain and Company.

What was your role at WE Charity?

I held many roles at WE Charity and ME to WE beginning as a youth member and then working as an Outreach Speaker and Leadership Facilitator. Over the years, I grew into the first-ever Digital Director role and helped lay the groundwork for our social media platform.

What was the most important lesson you learned while working at WE Charity?

I didn’t realize how much I learned until I was alongside MBA classmates at Yale. I realized I had an incredible opportunity working with an organization that changes and grows rapidly. I was constantly exposed to unique challenges at a very young age. Throughout my business education, I learned that my experience speaking to a youth market and audience was a coveted skill set. Organizations want to understand how best to engage with the next generation. I also realized that WE Charity was an innovative place, particularly with respect to its use of social media and digital marketing. I realized that my MBA classmates from larger companies were still trying to understand how best to leverage social media when I was entrusted to develop and oversee our platforms at such a young age. For instance, WE Day now has 3.5 million Facebook fans, the largest following of any charity in the world.

How did your work at WE Charity/ME to WE help you in your current role?

I brought a global perspective to my MBA studies. I drew from my experiences facilitating trips to Mexico, Kenya and India. Our class was learning how to be part of the global business community and I know my international experiences will be invaluable within the business context.

How do you continue to live ME to WE?

I made the conscious choice to continue my studies at a school aligned with my personal values in creating a better world. I chose Yale because of its mission to empower people within the social sector and I continue to be involved with student life on campus because of the values I developed working at WE Charity and ME to WE.

What’s your advice to current WE Charity/ME to WE staffers?

You have the opportunity to work within a mid-size but fast-growing organization. You will do things here that you would not have the opportunity to do early in your career. Know that you will gain many transferable skills that will be of interest to future employers. From my interview at Yale, to summer jobs, to my current management consulting role at Bain, interviewers were intrigued by my experiences at WE Charity and ME to WE. When you work there, you stand out. Even in the US.

Alem Tedeneke, Media Manager at the World Economic Forum

Where are you doing now?

I am responsible for external communications at the World Economic Forum. Through the creation of reports and events, I help bring together academia and stakeholders to move forward the goals of the organization. I am responsible for the Americas portfolio, which includes Canada, the United States and Latin America.

What was your role at WE Charity?

I was responsible for coordinating all trip logistics at ME to WE and then after two years I was promoted to lead our first-ever Quebec office, setting up Enfants Entraide. In Quebec, I was responsible for establishing the French presence of WE Charity.

What was the most important lesson you learned while working at WE Charity?

I learned that the team you work with matters, and if you have the right team, you can achieve anything. That is what I loved about my time at WE Charity. I truly felt supported by my direct reports and the team I worked with. I have been able grow because of the support I received.

How did your work at WE Charity/ME to WE help you in your current role?

Working at WE Charity trained me to not be afraid of professional challenges and to always seek solutions. I do PR for events and my on-the-job-training at WE Charity and ME to WE gave me the skills I use now. For instance, I was responsible for organizing international trips and through this experience I was able to build my logistics skills while working in multiple time zones. These experiences help me in my role at the World Economic Forum.

How do you continue to live ME to WE?

I continue to honour every stakeholder. I work for a multi-stakeholder organization at the World Economic Forum and honouring the various stakeholders is extremely important. It was during my time at WE Charity that I discovered my love of communications. When I established Enfants Entraide in Quebec, I was informally doing communications and I realized that this is what I was passionate about.

What’s your advice to current WE Charity/ME to WE staffers?

Figure out what you want from your experience at WE Charity and ME to WE and realize that you will use every skill you learn. Making phone calls to educators, parents, students, donors and partners is public engagement. You will learn how to relay a message by engaging and helping people connect with meaningful opportunities. There are many professions that need outreach, advocacy and engagement skills. Don’t be intimidated or put off by tasks that may seem trivial or administrative because effective communication skills will impact your future career. Finally, realize that you will meet some of the most incredible people at WE Charity—colleagues and stakeholders—and building and maintaining those relationships will be really important throughout your career.