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The Potential for Leadership – Justin Kang


In his latest episode of On the Schmooze, NLC alum and board member, Robbie Samuels, interviews fellow NLC Boston alum Justin Kang ('13) on his thoughts on leadership, translating what he saw work in tech to the social impact sector, and the importance of mentors and being encouraged at an early age to step out of his comfort zone. Justin is the Executive Director of City Awake, the premiere civic innovation lab in Greater Boston.


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Today’s guest is a community organizer at heart. Within a few years of graduating from Brandeis University, he has established himself as a major player in Boston’s social impact community. His career began as an associate at MassChallenge where he learned the importance of community building. He later joined Opportunity Nation as a national organizer around economic mobility issues and then Yesware as a customer success manager. Currently he is the Executive Director of City Awake, a nonprofit organization focused on building the ecosystem of civic engagement and social innovation throughout Greater Boston. Established in 2014 City Awake hosts an annual 10 day festival with nearly 100 community events and supported by over 200 organizational partners.

He has been recognized by the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and the City of Boston for his work highlighting the city as a social impact hub. He is also on the Massachusetts board of Generation Citizen, an active Big Brother, and was a 2013 New Leaders Council Fellow.


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On the Schmooze is a show on leadership, career challenges, work/life balance, and building a professional network. Each interview or solo show includes actionable steps listeners can put into practice right away. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast at 


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