Deborah Swerdlow 71 posts
As a nonprofit advocacy professional living in Washington, D.C., Deborah works with groups across the country to educate their communities and lawmakers about public policies that can help low-income residents make ends meet. She is passionate about helping people connect their interests to a cause they believe in and empowering them to take action.

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A Family Affair | Siblings in the Social-Impact World


As one of five kids, I know firsthand the impact that having a sibling—or being one—can have. Siblings can be some of your earliest teachers, and provide advice and support through good times and bad. Some siblings take their impact beyond their immediate family by joining forces to make a difference on the local, national, […]


Silence is Golden | 3 Times When it Pays to Keep Quiet


There’s all kinds of advice out there, about what to say in certain work situations. But sometimes, the best option is to not say anything at all. By creating a space in a conversation for people to think and process, silence can be an incredibly useful tool. Silence can also be uncomfortable, which is what […]


Job Search Priorities | Should You Choose Manager or Mission?

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When I was searching for a job earlier in my career, a former classmate gave me advice that has stuck with me. Sometimes in your career, she said, you have to choose between manager and mission—should you work for a good manager or pursue a mission you’re passionate about, even if the management leaves something […]


Urgency vs. Importance | Presidential Tips for Time Management


President Eisenhower once said, “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” This principle forms the basis of the Eisenhower Matrix, which everyone (president or otherwise) can use to organize their time. The Eisenhower Matrix helps you to prioritize tasks based […]