Dan Smolen is a nationally recognized author, podcaster, storyteller, and serial entrepreneur. Most of all, he is a future of work thought-leader who advocates for people doing meaningful work. Dan’s career has included many specialized experiences which he draws on to help others improve their careers:
A Start in Broadcasting
In college, Dan was an on-air reporter, segment producer, and assistant news director. Several of his stories were “picked up” by the Associated Press. As host of The Tightrope Podcast, he relies heavily on the skills he developed years ago as a broadcaster.
The Agency Life
Upon graduation, Dan started a long career stint in the advertising and marketing agency space. He managed client expectations for major brands, including: American Cancer Society, American Express, Cadillac, Pepsi, 3M, and Toys R Us. During this time, Dan earned a U.S. patent for his digital marketing and targeting methodology.
Executive Search and Career Thought-Leadership
Escaping corporate life in 1998, Dan became an executive recruiter (headhunter) specializing in advertising, digital marketing, and marketing insights executive search:
- In 2005, he founded Dan Smolen Direct Search.
- Merging his sustainability and social responsibility passions with his growing executive search practice, in 2009, Dan rebranded the firm The Green Suits.
- Then in 2010, Dan published his first book: Tailoring the Green Suit: Empowering Yourself for an Executive Career in the New Green Economy.
Nationally Recognized for Future of Work and Meaningful Work Podcasting
At the start of 2018, Dan closed The Green Suits and exited headhunting.
“I discovered that an increasing number of my executive search candidates wanted work that is profound, protects the planet, empowers people, and is fun to do–meaningful work.”
“To help people like my former clients and candidates follow their dreams of doing meaningful work.”
Best of all, Dan has found great joy returning to the microphone. On the podcast, he interviews people who have “walked the tightrope” to career success, and thought-leaders who are shaping the future of work as meaningful work.
About Dan Smolen
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Dan Smolen is a graduate of The Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. He lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.
–Five Things Bound to Disappear in the Future of Work
–Effective Time-Management Hacks for Working at Home
–Working Remotely: How the COVID-19 Coronavirus is Pivoting People and the Future of Work
–Develop Your Personal Brand for Doing Meaningful Work
–Timing is Everything: A Personal Story
Image credits: Dan Smolen portrait, 2018, Peter Henriquez; woman awaiting interview, iStock Photo; man in office setting, iStock Photo.