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Competencies without a Classroom Podcast: Lauren Ott

S1 - E2: Lauren Ott - Chief Kits Officer at Kits for a Cause - Social Enterprise
Colleen Potter
September 12, 2020

When you're passionate about what you do, there is no 9-5. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Lauren Ott, a matchmaker for good. Listen and learn:

  • What is the difference between a social enterprise and a non-profit
  • What separates two identical resumes when Lauren is hiring at her company
  • What's the one competency that, if Lauren were the superintendent of a school board, every student would have to showcase evidence of in their digital portfolio

Missed the last episode? Listen to Purpose over Passion with Dr. Rumeet Billan here and have students do our reflection prompts.

Reflection Prompts for Your Students

Use the prompts below to have your students reflect on what they heard in the episode and consider how Lauren's advice can be applied to them.

  1. Lauren talks about how an elective course she took in grade 12 and the impact it had on her. Why do you think it's important to try out different courses and extra-curricular activities while in high school?
  2. Consider a passion you have. What about this passion drives you and how could you turn this into a career? Consider a specific area related to your passion or the steps you could take.
  3. In the podcast, Lauren shares that it's important to consider what you are good at and how you are different from others. List what you are good at. How do you share these things with others? How can understanding what you are good at guide you when considering future pathway possibilities?
  4. Why can grit and perseverance be more important factors than experience when it comes to landing a job? Share an example of a time when you displayed these characteristics. What did you learn from this experience?
  5. Consider a business or organization whose values align with your own. If you could reach out the someone who works there, what would you ask them? What steps could you take to connect with this business now and start building your network?

Bite-Sized Video Clips

If you're running short on time, or just want to play a snippet for your class or colleagues, the bite-sized videos below are perfect for sharing.

Learn More About Lauren

Lauren Ott is a social entrepreneur, matchmaker for good, and Chief Kits Officer at Kits for a Cause.

Her mission is to connect people to make the biggest impact possible. She is passionate about bringing people together and creating a community space.

Lauren has a background in political science and international relations, graduating with a BA from Carlton University. She has worked abroad in South America as a high school teacher and has experience working in government prior to making the switch to the social enterprise space.

Kits for a Cause matches people who want to do good with non-profits to help them give back in a meaningful way and make an impact. They work one-on-one with charitable partners to design the perfect custom kit for them at that specific moment. For more details and to learn how you can get involved, visit

Colleen Potter

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