Tracy Himmel Isham

Internship & Career Advisor

Associate Director, Social Impact Career Advising

 
 work802-443-5102
 Adirondack House 202
 Social Impact Careers, Environment & Energy, International Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility

 

My advising philosophy:

Quite simple: active listening, participatory learning and intentional action. Whether you know the direction you are heading or are unsure of the next steps, I can assist you in identifying where you are and how you can move forward in a direction that will give you creative new ideas about the opportunities that lie ahead. Helping students reflect on knowing themselves better, identifying and communicating their aspirations, and partnering together to set self-directed goals in exploring possibilities is how I can help you.

Come see me if... 

I have a breadth of interests and areas that I can help you explore, specifically those that tie into “social impact” careers; which can be in just about any sector, hence my work with “Careers in the Common Good” or CCG sector. Whether you are interested in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector—“doing well by doing good”—, social entrepreneurship, the environmental and energy sectors, international development, socially responsible investing or social impact marketing, I am equipped to help you explore and find ways to think about how you can enter a sector.

"Whether you know the direction you are heading or are unsure of the next steps, I can assist you in identifying where you are and how you can move forward in a direction that will give you creative new ideas about the opportunities that lie ahead."

How did you get to Midd, Tracy? 

I moved to Vermont when my husband, Jon Isham, accepted a position here at Middlebury in the Economics Department. I brought the 11 years of wisdom I had gained working for and leading a Washington, DC trade association focused on international market development for the U.S. forest industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service—a job that allowed me to travel the world and study market opportunities for U.S. made value-added products. I then transitioned to a dot.com sustainable forestry start-up, right when the bubble burst in 2000, which allowed me to move on to the NYC-based environmental NGO, Rainforest Alliance. Since being here at Middlebury, I have worked with a number of diverse groups. I grew up overseas and know that I have the best job in the world: I can use every chapter of my own life to inform how I interact with students on a daily basis…not bad, eh!?

What's the most rewarding aspect of your role at Middlebury? 

I love connecting with students and working with them over their 4 years here…so come in early and as often as you want!

What is one crossroad or misstep you faced in your professional career, and how do you reflect on it now?

As a young woman starting out in the workforce, I wish that I had negotiated harder for what I deserved. When the popular press uses the statistic: “women were paid 77 percent of what men were paid” – it gives you pause.

Wisdom you want all Middlebury students to know, in six words or less:

Your first job doesn’t define you! 

An anonymous donor is paying for all your expenses to live abroad for a year. You must leave immediately, and packing is not an option. Where do you go, and why?

I think I would go to Croatia for some adventure travel in the Adriatic Sea: kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and surfing. It would probably take at least a year to physically explore the entire coast! I grew up in a country with a coast on the Caribbean and look for every opportunity to learn about new cultures and try new things! 

Your alter ego spends her day as...

An architect; I always wanted to be one, ever since I was in the 3rd grade, filling up notebooks with layouts of floor plans on graph paper! Today, my alter ego would be designing sustainable communities and living environments.

 

Come talk with me!