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Working with so many organizations across multiple issue areas gives us a unique view into what’s happening in the social sector. This is where we share our insights and ruminations.

Creating Safe Spaces in the Workplace to Open Up About Diversity

I am pleased to announce that I recently wrote an article for Co.Exist about the discussion of complex, potentially difficult topics in the workplace. The website, part of the Fast Company family, provides “a daily tour of the latest world-changing ideas and innovations in transportation, energy, education, food, and health.” As you know, diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamentally important to […]


posted August 09, 2016

The High ROI of Human Capital

May 23, 2016 By Harry B. Weiner CHICAGO, Illinois I had the honor of taking part in A Better Chicago’s inaugural Education Summit this past week. The vibrant event convened business, civic and academic leaders to explore how philanthropy can accelerate change and deliver a world-class education to every Chicagoan. I participated on a panel […]


posted May 23, 2016

Hiring Talent with Diverse Thinking Styles

When trying to create a diverse team, gender and racial-ethnic diversity are easier to spot straight away and come to mind quickly. But what about diversity of thinking style?


posted June 18, 2015

Re-considering the Failure Question

I am often surprised at how frequently impressive candidates, in the context of otherwise strong interviews, falter when I ask them to tell me about a time they failed. I started asking the question to get beyond rehearsed stories of success and to uncover...


posted April 21, 2015

Before you accept that job offer, consider this…

Job title, scope of responsibility, passion for the organization, compensation – these are all fine factors to consider when weighing a potential job opportunity. And of course you know that you should “like” your new boss, but is having a fantastic manager that important? Many candidates underestimate the importance of vetting their future managers before […]


posted March 19, 2015

Empowering Teachers and Cultivating Talent

On-Ramps was thrilled to be a part of Schools That Can NYC’s panel on empowering teachers and cultivating talent. Sonja Weaver-Madsen joined principals and talent professionals from across the city at the Stevenson School to discuss...


posted February 13, 2015

The Second Round: What to Share and How to Share It

In advance of second round interviews, we are frequently asked some variation of the following two questions:

”Should I share my feedback from first round interviews with my colleagues before they meet candidates? Shouldn’t I allow them to form their own opinions?”

To these questions, we respond...


posted February 09, 2015

"Anyone who interviews has a favorite question. It's the question that they think provides a meaningful snapshot of a candidate and his/her fit for the role."

What’s *my* favorite question? I like to ask...


posted January 12, 2015

The On-Ramps Service Council: Shopping for a Good Cause

Committed to having a positive impact in the communities where we work and live, the On-Ramps Service Council organizes pro bono opportunities and volunteer engagements for the firm. On December 13th, five members of the On-Ramps team joined Catholic Charities for their annual St. Nicholas Project shopping day at a Kmart in Manhattan. Having volunteered […]


posted January 07, 2015

The worst question to ask during an interview (and how to answer it)

There is a moment near the end of every interview when the interviewer asks if the candidate has any questions he or she would like to ask.  In the past month or two, I have witnessed a notable uptick in the following exchange: Interviewer: Do you have any questions for me? Candidate: How do I […]


posted December 03, 2014

The On-Ramps Service Council: A Day with Edible Schoolyard NYC

      Committed to having a positive impact in the communities where we work and live, the On-Ramps Service Council organizes pro bono opportunities and volunteer engagements for the firm. On October 31, seven On-Rampers stepped away from their desks to enjoy a lovely day gardening at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Welcomed by the delicious smell of borscht cooking […]


posted November 04, 2014

Cocktails and Conversation: Maximizing the annual review process


posted October 21, 2014

Unpacking culture fit


posted October 18, 2014

Thought Exercises: You should do them…the right way.

Hiring is difficult. Candidates, the strong ones, at least, are choosy. There’s a mountain of data showing that interviews are unreliable. We have found that one of the most useful parts of the hiring process – one that addresses these challenges – is what we call the “thought exercise.” The thought exercise is pre-work, (or, […]


posted October 01, 2014

An evening with Net Impact

On-Ramps spent a lively and engaging evening with the New York Chapter of Net Impact as part of its “Consulting with Impact” series. On-Ramps team members met with young professionals interested in mission-driven work and doled out resume tips, career advice, and helpful resources. We also loved listening to the panel of experts, which included professionals […]


posted June 24, 2014

Transition talk: explaining career moves


posted June 20, 2014

Cocktails and Conversation: Recruiting successfully in the social sector


posted May 16, 2014