What is career equity? How much equity have you built with your professional life? The word equity is used in various settings. Perhaps the most common, home equity, is best described as the ownership after any liabilities associated with the asset, typically a mortgage, are cleared. If you paid $170,000 cash for a home, but the current market valuation is $275,000, you have $105,000 in unrealized equity. So, how do you establish the value of professional or career equity? In this case, traditional mathematical calculations do not apply, but there is a value. An individual who builds an impressive network of leading business executives who will take his calls – you can say that person has built significant career equity – value that he can draw on for a variety of reasons, including a job if he experiences career interruption. Tomorrow, a story about an epic miss in career networking. It’s mine.