From banking to Baltimore schools
Where would you rather work right now, Wall Street or North Avenue?
Angela Kirk seems to have had the right idea when she traded in her career in the financial world, working most recently in real estate management and previously for companies including T. Rowe Price and Wachovia. Kirk was one of 31 career-changers accepted this year into the Broad Residency, which places potential leaders in urban school systems and educational organizations across the nation. (Bennie Williams, the retired Army general who is Dr. Alonso's chief of staff, is a product of the Broad Superintendents Academy, run by the same organization. The residency is for "early career professionals," while the academy is for "seasoned executives," according to the Broad Web site.)
For the next two years, Kirk will work in BCPSS, where she's assigned to the human resources department. Broad will cover half her salary, and the school system will cover the other half. The Web site says residents are paid between $85,000 and $95,000 a year. Not bad money when you have the security of working for an organization that, despite its many faults, at least is not going out of business anytime soon.