SOCIAL IMPACT Practice

Our Social Impact practice includes both for-profit and non-profit clients whose business models strive for positive social and/or environmental change. As a impact-driven business ourselves, our mission is to deliver talent solutions that reflect evolving workplace flexibility in order to benefit both workers and the environment. Prokanga encourages employers to consider flexibility as part of the compensation dollar to help employers access a higher level of talent within their budget. With this unique focus, we mobilize a part of the workforce (those with a need for flexibility) that might otherwise be left on the sidelines of the economy, and we also introduce clients to ways of remote working that minimize the impact of commuting on the environment. For roles within impact driven businesses that don’t offer flexibility, we also bring the capabilities of our traditional full-time search practice.

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SOCIAL IMPACT Case Studies

The client: An SF-based shared mobility company

The challenge: The company was growing quickly. Almost too quickly – they didn’t have time to effectively run hiring processes or interview for all the roles that they need to fill.

The Prokanga solution: Prokanga worked with the client to prioritize a VP of People hire. We identified and recruited a top local candidate who started with the company less than a month after we diagnosed the human resources bottleneck.


The client: A NYC-based healthcare non-profit.

The challenge: The organization had lost a long time leader and needed someone to keep the team focused while they evaluated what the ideal leadership situation would be going forward.

The Prokanga solution: Prokanga identified a candidate with a career as a private sector COO who was looking to make a transition to the non-profit sector and simultaneously helped the client define the need as “Interim Executive Director”. The consulting nature and limited duration of the role made this an ideal situation for the candidate to test her interest in the non-profit space while guiding the organization through a time of transition.


The Client: A non-profit with a national footprint.

The Challenge: The client needed a new Executive Director and felt that they had exhausted the talent pool in their local market. 

The Prokanga Solution: We worked with the Client to consider a range of options and ultimately recognized that some of the largest growth areas were outside of their traditional home market; we also noted that that members of the organization already traveled substantially and therefore remote work was ingrained in the culture. With this knowledge, we widened the search to three cities, and therefore expanded the candidate pool substantially. The new Executive Director visits the home office regularly but is on the ground in the company's fastest growing market.

SAMPLE SOCIAL IMPACT CANDIDATES

Prokanga A is a seasoned marketer with a lifelong commitment to social & environmental impact. He began his career as an Executive Director for a technology nonprofit, and after earning his MBA from UC Berkeley, spent 13 years in brand management for several large CPGs including The Clorox Company, Conagra and Tyson Foods. As a Board Member with Naturally Chicago, he works to strengthen the region’s natural consumer products sector.

Prokanga B earned her BA and MBA from UCLA, and holds an active CPA license. Her finance expertise spans accounting/auditing at Deloitte & Touche, investor relations for Dreamworks, and financial management for Del Monte Foods. Now as the mother to two young children, she works part-time leading finance for a nonprofit media organization and is committed to spending the rest of her career serving mission-driven clients.

Prokanga C has deep expertise in sustainable food purchasing, having led sustainability for UC Davis Dining Services and currently serving as Sustainability Manager for a large foodservice distributor where she oversees $4MM+ in spending. She graduated from UVM with an MBA in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, during which time she wrote the business plan for a large, regional waste management company.

Prokanga D is a serial social entrepreneur now seeking more flexible work so that he can spend more time with his young daughter and baby-on-the-way. With a background in strategy consulting (Accenture, Slalom), he is skilled at launching and growing mission-driven organizations at the intersection of technology and philanthropy.

 

 

SELECTED SoCIAL IMPACT PLACEMENTS

  • Social media acquisition strategy and execution for a coding academy

  • Executive Director for a healthcare-focused non-profit

  • VP of People for a shared mobility company

  • Executive Director for a political non-profit

  • Digital marketing education for a job training program

Social Impact Report

Flexible jobs created

2018: 26
2017: 23


Number of commuting cars taken off the road through creation of remote opportunities

2018: 15
2017: 12


Number of commute miles eliminated

2018: 48,000
2017: 38,400


Percentage of suppliers for consulting services - our primary business product - that are female or minority consultants (2018)

93%

As part of our commitment to understanding and maximizing the impact that our business has on economic diversity, we require all new clients, vendors and suppliers to provide the following information:

Business entity (for non-incorporated businesses or individuals, please indicate individual consultant or vendor name)
% ownership by women or minorities (please estimate if necessary and note next to the percentage that it is an estimated number)
Relevant certifications would be: - Certified B Corporation - State-recognized Minority or Women- Owned Business Enterprise - Federally-recognized Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) - Federally-recognized Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses - Any other relevant certifications that speak to your company's ownership or impact commitment