WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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business "lay out what you define as success" For more information, please visit: n www.shaferoneil.com n www.oxbowdecor.com n www.chaplainsontheway.org It was a sign, Curtis decided, that she should fully commit herself to working in the "green" arena. Curtis' first thought was to stay in the marketing field, but at a clean tech company. So she starting networking through MAURA WAYMAN local environmental and professional groups and took many people out for many cups of coffee. "The biggest surprise Cynthia Curtis CA Technologies and the most amazing thing," says Curtis, "was the generosity of people in terms of their time and willingness to talk with me...It was astonishing." Many months of networking paid off when someone she had previously reached out to mentioned a potential job opening. It was not a marketing job, but a position in the sustainability department of CA Technologies. With the construction of her LEED-certified house on her résumé, Curtis started the interview process. "It wasn't like my experience said I'm the perfect person for this job," Curtis recalls, "but [my home] showed that I was committed...and it was a great discussion point because at that time it was very novel." Curtis got the job and is now the Chief Sustainability Officer at CA Technologies, responsible for reducing the huge company's environmental impact. Her advice to anyone considering switching careers is to network, network, network. "You never know where the conversation is going to go or who you will meet," she says. "This is a great city for a lot of differWe l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 ent creative fields...there's a lot out there that is free or of limited cost." Curtis also advises putting pen to paper to really lay out what you define as success, what you enjoy doing, and what you don't enjoy. And one more important thing: "There's a lot to be said for passion," says Curtis. "That can make all the difference." 146

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