The Duke of Sussex will be joining as the Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp in Silicon Valley.
After officially resigning from the royal duties, Prince Harry is now all set to join his new job. His new title will be that of the Chief Impact Officer in BetterUp Inc, a fast-growing coaching and mental health firm in San Francisco, California.
We are honored to welcome Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex as BetterUp’s first Chief Impact Officer.— BetterUp (@BetterUp) March 23, 2021
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In his new role, the Duke will contribute to product strategy discussions and charity contributions. He also plans to speak publicly about mental health and related topics.
"My hope is to help people develop their inner strength, resilience, and confidence," Harry was quoted in the company's blog. "I firmly believe that focusing on and prioritising our mental fitness unlocks potential and opportunity that we never knew we had inside of us."
Harry has been often vocal about his childhood trauma that followed after the sudden demise of his mother, Princess Diana. As someone who has struggled with emotional pains from a young age, Harry now wants to help create an impact in other people's lives. Previously, as a working Royal, Harry had joined his brother Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in a charity called Heads Together, a mental health initiative for people in the United Kingdom.
Alexi Robichaux, the CEO of BetterUp, mentioned the Duke would operate from the San Francisco office, attend all meetings of leadership teams but will not be contacting directly with the company's employees. The Royal will focus mainly on driving mental advocacy and awareness, guiding BetterUp's social mission, influencing the vision of the company's platform, and expanding its community.
"As a true citizen of the world, he has dedicated his life's work to bringing attention to the diverse needs of people everywhere and advocating for mental health initiatives," wrote Robichaux in the blog.
Recently, Harry and his wife Meghan Markle had opened up about mental health issues and many more in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Among other addressed issues, the couple had revealed how Meghan had struggled with mental health while being constantly under media and public scrutiny. Now, as BetterUp's CIO, the Royal wants to reach out to everyone who "because of societal barriers, financial difficulty, or stigma, aren't able to focus on their mental health until they're forced to."
The news of Prince Harry's new job came two weeks after their interview with Oprah, and it seems the Royal is excited to embark on this journey.
"My goal is to lift up critical dialogues around mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and foster an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations," noted Harry. BetterUp's mobile learning platform connects workers with professionals in coaching, counseling, and mentoring on a one-to-one basis via phone, text, or video calls. Harry said that he had already connected with a BetterUp coach before settling into his new responsibilities.
"I was matched with my coach who, quite frankly, is truly awesome and has always given me sound advice and a fresh perspective, which is so valuable," said Harry to the press.The couple has currently settled in their house in Santa Barbara, California, with their 2-year-old son Archie. They recently announced of expecting their second child together, a baby girl!
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