Interview with Mark Horoszowski

When he's not up in the mountains, Mark Horoszowski helps skilled pros plug into international projects where their talents can be truly utilized.

 

Q: What is your background? How does it differ from what you are doing now?

A: I have a Master's in Accounting, but I always knew accounting wasn't for me. In tandem to my education, I spent a lot of time volunteering with the American Cancer Society, most recently serving on its National Leadership Training Team - and that is very much in-line with I'm doing now: helping people volunteer their skills, and helping organizations harness the power of highly-skilled professional interested in donating their time.

 

Q: What are you working on right now?

A: MovingWorlds.org. We help people find the best place to volunteer their skills around the world. Like a short term peace corps for professionals. Our social mission is to help for-good organizations around the world access expertise to overcome any business or technical challenge.

 

Q: Why did you join Impact Hub?

A: Because Kimo is awesome.

 

Q: How do you make money?

A: [With Moving Worlds], kind like a dating site... People pay us for access to opportunities and support. People that want to volunteer their skills around the world purchase a membership plan to MovingWorlds for access to our curated opportunities that provide amazing local benefits (like free accommodations) in exchange for the right skills. In addition, corporations that want to use international skills-based volunteering to enhance employee retention and development programs like our service for its scalability.

 

Q: What is something that really excites you right now?

A: My fiance - I'm getting married in March! Little known fact... I proposed to her at Impact Hub [Editor's Note: it's true! We won't give away details if Mark won't...].

 

Q: You have $10M to spend in the next year, and you can’t spend it on you, your friends or your family. How do you spend it?

A: Can I spend it on scaling up MovingWorlds? If not, then I'd look at investing in / supporting organizations that are working on addressing the "Pioneer Gap", and how to solve for it (Like Upaya Social Ventures!).

If so, then I'd give out a ton of scholarships to disadvantaged professionals that have skills but too many burdens that don't let them have the opportunity to travel and volunteer their skills with organizations in need. We'd then pay for some additional videography Experteers to follow them around and capture their stories. The things that we are hearing from our volunteers in the field are incredibly inspiring and I'd love to share that with more people.

 

Q: What’s on the horizon for you?

A: According to the World Economic Forum, access to talent will soon be the biggest barrier to growth in developing nations. Skilled-volunteering won't solve it, but we're working on some partnerships to take a more unified approach to achieving our mission of accelerating the progress of social impact organizations around the world.

 

Q: Where do you usually hang out?

A: On mountains that have snow, but preferably not chairlifts... and at Impact Hub, of course!

 

 

Two questions that we ask every member...

Q: What is something we don’t know?

A: 1.6 million people go volunteering internationally every year!

 

Q: Give us your top three Seattle gems.

A: North Cascades National Park. I know it's not in Seattle, but it's close enough!

Lunch in Seattle near Impact Hub... Tenoch has amazing burritos [Editor's Note: TRUE. And they are just a block away!].

Kimo.

 

Contact Mark at mark@movingworlds.org.