This study explores the lived experiences of leaders who transitioned from the for-profit sector to the environmental nonprofit sector. The participants in the study were leaders who previously worked in the for-profit sector and who were currently working in or with the environmental nonprofit sector. The participants were leaders who primarily worked with zoos across the United States. This dissertation utilized qualitative exploratory inquiry and thematic analysis for the data analysis of the 18 participants. The participants ranged in leadership levels from manager to CEO of their organizations. The participants were leaders who displayed a passion for their organizations. The data analyzed were divided into categories, dominant themes, and emergent themes. The four categories were nonprofit focus, motivations, personal changes, and education/new focus. The dominant themes were animals, conservation, passion, time, and awareness. The categories and themes that emerged from this study provided a deeper understanding of what drew a leader from the for-profit sector to the environmental nonprofit sector and the literature concerning sector differences and career change theories. The study provided an understanding, from the leader’s perspective, of the passion that each had for their organization, which was a main finding of what drew the leaders to the environmental nonprofit sector. A key recommendation for further study would be to focus only on leaders who have transitioned careers full time to the environmental nonprofit sector. This study presented data collected from leaders who have transitioned or who are volunteering on a board for an environmental nonprofit.
|Subjects||Business administration; Management|
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