Alexandra Black-Paulick

Colorado Takes a Stance: Business is NOT at Odds with Sustainability

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force,” as a famous green Jedi once quoted, “As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror… I fear something terrible has happened.” On June 1st, tremors echoed through the entire world with the formal announcement for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. […]

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Hiking South Korea’s Seoraksan National Park

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that Seoraksan National Park wasn’t one of the main reasons we went to South Korea. Before flying into Japan, we had to plan out our exit. A quick search on Skyscanner pulled up a flight form Tokyo, Japan to Seoul, South Korea for less than $80 USD. […]

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Fighting Zika with Fashion

Currently wandering across Asia, I have to admit it crossed my mind to venture out to South America. For years now Peru has topped the list of must hit places. When in the region, why not explore neighboring Ecuador as well? It was all very tempting.   Yet, when faced with the growing Zika presence […]

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Exploring the Mosques of Malaysia

If exploring mosques tops your agenda, then Malaysia will need to make it onto your travel itinerary. This country celebrates an incredible display of mosques. In fact, in many cities you can visit multiple mosques.   If you are visiting a mosque for the first time Here are a few things to know before you go. […]

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Visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sitting on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves weave through a limestone hill creating an intriguing Hindu temple experience. First you will be greeted by a wide-open space leading toward the main temple area. Don’t walk too fast otherwise you’ll miss the statues and décor leading up the finale.   How to Get […]

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Visiting a Mosque for the First Time

I didn’t know what to expect visiting a mosque. Despite hitting countless temples throughout Asia, suffering from temple fatigue at times, the thought of visiting a mosque intimidated me slightly. I didn’t know what to expect or rules for tourists.   What do I wear? Am I even allowed to visit? What if I don’t […]

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Responsible Snacking On The Go

-Guest post by Ben Kanellitsas from Play Hard-Give Back Travelers in 2016 are looking more than ever towards socially responsible lodging options. While jet setting around the globe, they want to pair their responsible travel with a socially conscious snacking option. Their desire to purchase with a purpose has created an opportunity for companies looking to […]

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Ecotourism – Three Things to Consider

-Guest post by Evan Delahanty, Founder of Peaceful Fruits   Hmmm so roomy in this blog – I feel like I’m on the beach in Thailand! Or is it South Korea? Guam? I’m not sure, but thanks for inviting me over, Alex!   Alex has taken her show on the road and, I have to […]

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Cultural Significance of Removing Your Shoes in Asia

I made a major cultural mistake early on in my Asia adventure. It was in Thailand and I started blazing across the foyer to the reception desk in our small off the beaten path lodging. It had been a long day and I was more than ready to claim my room and curl up for […]

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Positive Impact Podcast {travels the world & important update}

To all of the incredible listeners, guests, friends and family who have supported the Positive Impact Podcast, thank you so much for making hosting this show such a welcome adventure. As you have heard me hint at for months, I am currently traveling the world!!!! It has been a marvelous experience with my husband, filled […]

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33: Putting Micro-Entrepreneurs on Tourism Map – Jason Seagle (Vayando)

How dedicated are you to your business? Better question, are you willing to sleep in a tent in a garage for several months while you launch an Indiegogo Campaign?     That’s exactly how passionate Jason Seagle was about launching Vayando, a new way of approaching travel that’s built on creating connections with individuals around […]

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32.5: Girlpreneurs Creating an Impact with Alexis Kauchick (Eternal Essence Candles)

Turning a tragedy into an outlet to empower individuals across the United States, and even the world, is a lesson we can all pull from. It’s an avenue that takes strength and dedication. This is exactly what Alexis Kauchick, along with the help and support of her parents, is doing. Alexis started Eternal Essence after […]

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32: Empowering Girlpreneurs – Holly Lichtenfeld (Bright Girls Company)

If you came across a girl selling canoe shaped leaves on the side of the road, what would you do? Luckily for girls everywhere, several kind-hearted individuals stopped and purchased fascinating canoe shaped leaves when eight-year-old Holly Lichtenfeld stood on the side of the road doing just that. That experience shaped the way for an […]

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31: Nourishing the World- Lisa Curtis (Kuli Kuli)

How much power do our greens have? What if I told you there was one plant out there that can is a new super food, serves up the most nutrient dense dish you’ve had, tackles malnutrition, empowers communities around the globe and is available in your local Whole Foods store? Oh, did I mention that […]

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Important Positive Impact Podcast Update

Hello Movers and shakers! If you are a die hard listener, then you know that Friday means a mini episode from the Positive Impact Podcast. This is why I wanted to reach out to you today. Listen in for an important update with the show. Let me know your feedback on the show. Hit me […]

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30: Using Solar Energy to Empower Nonprofits with Lester Crafton (Ovanova)

Let’s chat solar energy. It’s likely you’ve considered adding this to your home. Driving around in Southern California I can’t believe every home doesn’t take advantage of this free resource to power their home. Once you dig into the industry, you start to understand why. It’s complicated. And that’s an understatement. There are solar energy […]

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29.5: Stories: Addressing Maternal Mortality- Dr. Taraneh Shirazian (Saving Mothers)

Having quality hospitals nearby is something we take for granted. While we may pass several doctors’ offices or clinics on our way to work, many individuals in developing country do not have access to proper healthcare. This has far-reaching implications for women trying to bring a new life into the world. In many developing countries, […]

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29: Ethical Baby Blankets Saving Newborns – Kate Marie Grinold Sigfusson (Babies4babies)

In case you haven’t looked at a calendar lately or been bombarded with a slew of ads, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Amazing how it can sneak up on us! To celebrate, I am dedicating this entire week to incredible organizations supporting moms and newborns. Today’s episode dives into the ethical clothing line Babies4Babies. This […]

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This Mother’s Day, Make a Positive Impact

Most of us have been blessed with incredible moms. I know personally I’m a little extra blessed in that category. I often joke on how strong my relationship is, commenting on how multiple phone calls a week might be excessive. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Unfortunately many children in the developing world don’t […]

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28.5 Stories – Inside Super Storm Sandy with Phyllis LoDuca

“Earth Angles.” That’s how Phyllis LoDuca describes the International Relief Teams (IRT) and Future with Hope volunteers who spent a week building a wheelchair ramp to her front door. These efforts are part of recovery from Super Storm Sandy in New Jersey. Three years after the storm, countless volunteer teams still descend into the waterfront […]

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28: Disaster Relief – Barry La Forgia (IRT)

One thing has become all to certain – natural disasters will strike. If not once a year, they will turn multiple cities a year to rubble, wipe out seaboards with water or cover entire villages in rock. Even as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of rebuilding Nepal from the 2015 7.8 magnitude earthquake, another one […]

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Rebuilding Nepal: 1 Year Anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake

Exactly one year ago today, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal. Photos of the damage blazed trails across social media sites, news channels and more. This violent quake triggered a devastating avalanche tumbling from Mount Everest. The damage killed over 8,000 and left 21,000 injured. What I remember most about this particular disaster was the […]

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Best Resources on Starting a Mastermind

There’s no doubt about it, starting an engaging mastermind can help set your business on a new trajectory. Because of the enormous power these groups hold, mastermind has become a bit of a buzz word in the entrepreneurial community. While these groups can be incredibly beneficially, when not done right they can be a big […]

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27.5 Stories: Earth Day -Business on Sustainable Sourcing – Linda Walker (World Wildlife Fund)

Happy Earth Day movers and shakers! I truly hope that you have enjoyed this entire month long lead up promoting sustainability, food waste, eco tours, marine life and more. There are so many powerful infinitives out there working to preserve our earth and all of the life in it. If you missed a few, check […]

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27: Championing Environmental Efforts through Business – Suzanne Apple (World Wildlife Fund)

When you think of the world of conservation, environmentalism and protecting wildlife, the World Wildlife Fund will likely come to the forefront. Their work, as well as the iconic logo with the panda, has become synonymous with conservation efforts around the world. While many of us don’t fully know all the measures associated with the […]

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5 Tips to Make the Most of Business Boutique

If you have made the decision to attend Business Boutique this year, congratulations! You signed up for an incredible business and life changing experience. You are in store for a powerful weekend. The speakers will inspire you. The Ramsey production team will go above and beyond to make the event extraordinary. Connecting with like-minded women […]

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26.5: Stories: Ocean Ed in the Classroom -Cindy Vasquez (National School District)

I don’t care what age you are, seeing a whale breach in the wild is one of the coolest water encounters you can have. Couple that with giant sea turtles and perhaps a dolphin sighting and you can pretty well sum up the best voyage ever. Do you like eco-friendly travel? check out our interview […]

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26: Eco Tours & Conservation – Frances Kinney (Ocean Connectors)

When was the last time you dedicated an afternoon to spending quality time outside? It’s amazing how the week slips away and you find yourself trapped back in the office again.   What if I told you that spending time in our amazing outdoors helps you preform better at work?   It’s true! There are […]

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25.5: Stories: Aquaponics in the Classroom with Jack Lyke (State College School District)

If you are anything like I was a few weeks ago, you have no idea what Aquaponics is. The technical break down goes something like the combination of hydroponics (growing plants in something other than soil) with aquaculture (growing fish). Now I’ve never been one for biology class. I might have even slept through a […]

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25: Role of Food in Education – Anupama Joshi (National Farm to School Network)

Dear Santa: I would like turnips for Christmas.” Signed, one inspired first grader. You probably think I’m pulling your leg right now. Perhaps you’re curious who would even be bold enough to even think the word Christmas this early in the year. Let’s back up for a second. Hang with me and I promise we’ll […]

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Earth Day 2016: Sustainability, Eco-Tours, Food & More

Let’s be real for a second here. We have one beautiful and stunning Earth. Yet, there are a lot of unbeautiful things going on. Particularly around sustainability and green initiatives, there’s a lot of room for improvement. Every year we dedicate a day in April to celebrating the Earth. I don’t think that’s enough. First, […]

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24.5: Stories: Food Strengthening Community – Robin Carroll & Quentin Mables (I Grow Chicago)

Isolation. Injustice. Poverty. Lack of education. Opportunity dessert. 30-40% of children going to bed hungry. This doesn’t paint a pretty picture of a neighborhood in Chicago. Especially when you consider that countless pounds of high quality of food are thrown away every night in restaurants around the city. At this point, you might be wondering […]

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24: Trash to Nutrition – Solving Food Waste Rajesh Karmani (Zero Percent)

We’re getting trashy on the podcast today! Yes, literal trash. Not quite what you thought right? Well we are kicking off an entire month long feature on environmental issues as we head into Earth Day 2016. Trash fits right into this topic, as well as highlighting unique way we can approach waste reduction, importance of […]

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23.5 Stories: Culinary Tours with Isaac Villaverde (Keteka)

What kind of history do you think your food has? If you’re in Panama, the dish you’re enjoying might have more than just rich flavor. In fact, there is an entire food tour dedicated to delving into the history beyond flavorful dishes. Isaac Villaverde, one of the Keteka guides, takes travels on a one of […]

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23: Authentic Travel Experiences with Kyle Wiggings (Keteka)

Do you crave a different type of travel? If you were in Latin America, how does the idea of a local taking you on a tour of the city sound? What about cave diving in remote and not well know area?   To me, that sounds like the jackpot of travel experiences.   One innovative […]

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Business Boutique Success Stories: Minnie’s Travel Boutique

How cool would it be to over triple your business in the first few months of the year? That’s exactly what Amber Jones from Minnie’s Travel Boutique did following the direction and mindsets covered at Business Boutique. I’m not going to lie, I also love that her business is centered around the happiest place on […]

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Business Boutique Success Stories: Joann Burnside

Often times the most important thing we can do is start. Let’s point out that starting is 100 times easier said than done. To make things even harder, sometimes we need to pause on one direction and pivot to another. Podcasts, books and even speakers elude to this frequently. It sounds so simple. Go. Start. […]

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22.5 Stories: Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt – Anna Poiarkoff

What if you showed up for a weekend volunteer trip and you were met with the words, “Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt?” Personally, my job would drop (and I’m an extrovert!)!   Luckily one group of volunteers took the idea and ran with it. For those of you secretly still cringing from the idea […]

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22 Volunteer Excursions – Adam Kunes (Have Fun Do Good)

Do you have the itch to explore while giving back? If so then Adam Kunes pioneering volunteer excursion company Have Fun Do Good might just be your ticket. Adam is blending the enjoyment of travel, friendship and volunteering as a way to engage more millennials in the rewards of giving back.   I personally love […]

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21.5 Stories: Health Clinics in Nicaragua – Katie Lichte (Reliefwatch)

I have to admit, medical clinics around the world is a topic I know very little about. Thankfully to this point it is not a resource I have had to use on my travels. Turns out this is a fascinating space to learn about, particularly with what NGOs, nonprofits, social enterprises and medical personal are […]

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21: Tracking Medical Supplies Around the World – Daniel Yu (Reliefwatch)

In today’s world of more advanced technology and smart phones, what can a dumb phone do in developing countries?  In the hands of pharmacists and doctors, it can do a lot thanks to ReliefWatch. This innovative cloud based app is changing the way we track and monitor medicines, and well the potential for any products, […]

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What McDonald’s and Corporate Responsibility Have In Common

When we think of the global franchise McDonald’s, it’s unlikely we think of a company at the forefront of corporate environmental and sustainability. I personally have visions of a red French fry basket. And maybe a burger. And a multicolored slide. What if I were to tell you that not do they have sustainable planet […]

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Business Boutique Success Stories: Maria Watercolor

Every once in awhile there is an artist whose work stops me in my tracks. Maria Morris from Maria Watercolors happens to be one of those artists. I’m lucky to be in several different Facebook groups with her and consistently see the new pieces she creates. As I mentioned while featuring Becky Brice, another fantastic […]

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20.5 Stories: Solutions Journalism – Catherine Cheney (Devex)

There is a movement happening in the world of social media, one that is looking to evoke more than a like when we read the news. Connecting with Olivier Kamanda, he describes his new app Ideal Impact that gives users a platform to engage with the news. The ultimate vision is to create an environment […]

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Business Boutique Success Stories: From Fluff 2 Fit

Fitness is a daily struggle. Waking up early to hit the gym or swinging by that yoga class after work isn’t a walk in a park. Even walking in the park strains a time schedule. Yet, our health is one of our most valuable assets. Time and health are two things you can never value […]

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20: Activism & News – Olivier Kamanda (Ideal Impact)

Have you ever read a story on the news that inspired you? I’m not talking about something you shared through your channels; really, deeply inspired you to act. Isn’t that the ultimate goal of storytelling? One dedicated social entrepreneur says yes. Olivier Kamanda is redefining the way we read the news through his new activism […]

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From Service to Super Foods

It’s so exciting to hear about cutting edge products that are gaining traction in the market. That’s how I feel with Lisa Curtis, founder of Kuli Kuli. When you blend a powerful food source with a compelling story AND it tastes good, this product will take the health food market by storm. Type of Service […]

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Why Long Term Service Should Be Incorporated To Your Career Path

Imagine if every fortune 500 company CEO had started their career with a year of service. That’s the vision of one innovative nonprofit founder and social entrepreneur. Anna Lenhart is currently championing the efforts to help the cultural shift to encouraging long term service as a standard component to the traditional career path. When you […]

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Business Boutique Success Stories: The Wet Palette

Surprisingly, my degree is in graphic design. This degree is part of the overall art school, which gave me the incredible opportunity to explore an entire range of different art mediums. From painting to photography to ceramics, I enjoy all the different art disciplines. This means I understand the unique challenges of creating profitable art […]

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Business Boutique Success Stories

There is a large movement happening in the business world right now. Innovative and dedicated women are starting to shape the way we view business. From turning the term “starving artist” obsolete to taking on the decorating industry head on to shaping up in fitness, skilled women are bringing their passions alive in the world […]

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19.5 Stories from the Field: Elevating Communities in India with Satish Kumarsh

Sometimes we struggle with the desire to give back in a community with the need to grow our businesses. One social entrepreneur in Bangalore, India discovered the drive, passion and market place to make both a reality in his event planning business. The twist – his social enterprise arm has nothing to do with event […]

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Market Driven Volunteer Matching

We have a big challenge in the educational system today. While graduates are emerging to the market with degrees, many lack practical experience that companies demand for entry level positions. For students who spent the last four years “preparing themselves” for these careers, it’s a little disheartening. Additionally, there is a second challenge for college […]

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19: Showcasing Global Artisans with Sarah Barnett (International Blessings)

Have you ever had the itch to travel? Well today’s guest takes that itch to new extremes! Having traveled to 24 countries, saying that Sarah Barnett likes to travel is an understatement. All this travel creates incredible, unique and downright entertaining experiences. Sarah shares an unbelievable story about singing in China that is a must […]

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Educating Girls & Fashionable Enterprise

Continuing the Journey to Social Entrepreneurship experience we have Kristin Casper who was there when Bosh Bosh got their start. Type of Service Peace Corps in Liberia Key Takeaways The blend of education with business in an area in need of economic development. My Favorite Part Kristin’s insights to how Bosh Bosh started and how […]

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Pushing the Boundaries of Fashion – Bracelets that Teach Coding

Yes, you read that right. There is a bracelet that can teach you how to code. Pink Think’s new visionary product blends social interaction, fashion and education in a manner to get girls excited about learning a difficult topic. Founder Makada Ricketts promises that if you are able to write a sentence that you too […]

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18.5 Stories from the Field: Peg & AJ Hass (Peaceful Fruits)

When I interview Evan Delahanty from Peaceful Fruits, it is obvious that he is incredibly passionate about his socially conscious company. There is a lot to be excited about. It’s a new all-fruit snack that harnesses the power of naturally grown acai. It’s scrumptious, nutritious, and made without all the toxic junk you often find […]

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Snacks With a Triple Bottom Line

I love talking about food. It probably stems from coming from a family utterly obsessed with food. Do you want to know what is better than talking about food? Talking about food with a social cause. Lucky for me, I interview three incredible food social entrepreneurs during Journey to Social Entrepreneurship. Even Delahanty, founder of […]

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18: The Amazon, Acai & Preserving Culture with Evan Delahanty (Peaceful Fruits)

Evan describes his former corporate life as almost a literal cog in a wheel. The analogy is alarmingly spot on as his corporate job facilitates the efficient moving of screws and cogs around a warehouse. That is, until he throws in the towel in on the unfulfilling corporate route and opts for the Peace Corps. […]

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Role of Storytelling in Social Enterprise

If you are a podcast fan, then buckle up! We have two podcasters in the house for this session of Journey to Social Entrepreneurship! Apparently service plays into the history of more than just social enterprises. Josh Schukman, founder and host of Social Change Nation, has a skill at storytelling. I’m guessing that also plays […]

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A Construction Company Charting the Path for Social Change

Construction and social change rarely walk hand in hand. To be honest, when I think of construction sometimes the first images coming to the forefront show bulldozers tearing down wetlands or other nature preserves. That’s not always the case (and in most cases a gross representation of reality), yet you can’t deny the impact of […]

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17.5 Stories from the Field: Putting Ideas in Motion with Randi Gloss (GLOSSRAGS)

}”If you have an idea that moves, then go for it!” That is the message that Randi Gloss hears when she connects with Millennial Train Project (MTP).  It’s not just an enticing idea. MTP actually helps aspiring leaders move their ideas forward both figuratively through an innovative mentorship based incubator and literally through a train […]

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Advancing LEED Certification Projects Around the Globe

To be honest, a lot of the nitty gritty details about LEED certification are over my overhead. All I really understand is that these environmental standards increase energy efficiency and promote more sustainable measures. Luckily Shane not only understands the specifics of LEED certifications, he also was able to realize a need in the industry […]

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17: Putting Ideas in Motion with Patrick Dowd (Millennial Train Project)

Can you imagine being transported to a 1950’s rail car to travel across the country, discounting from the pull of modern day demands? One pioneering nonprofit founder is recreating that exact experience to incubate young innovators as they push the boundaries on what they can accomplish. Patrick Dowd, founder of Millennial Train Project, believes that […]

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Pushing Boundaries on What Ice Cream Can Accomplish

When you think about organic foods, what crosses your mind? For me, I envision vegetables, fruit and even the occasional granola bar. Basically things I can pick up at the farmers’ market. Not going to lie, ice cream never crossed my mind. That was until I discovered Three Twins Ice Cream. Inconceivably delicious. Completely organic. […]

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16.5 Super Bowl Edition: Philadelphia Eagles Transforms Nonprofits with Darcy Walker Krause

Have you ever been apart of a company that gives back to different community nonprofits? Think back to that experience or any partnership with a nonprofit. How would the organization describe that experience? Here’s a word to shoot for: transformative. That’s how Darcy Walker Krause from The Center for Grieving Children describes the partnership with […]

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Creating an Urban Farm in Detroit

What do you think of when you hear Detroit? Take a second and visualize it. If you are plugged into recent political and economic news, you might envision a cement jungle, abandoned buildings, graffiti and possibly some rough neighborhoods. If I’m completely honest, that is what I think of. What about a farm? There’s a […]

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16: Super Bowl Edition: Philadelphia Eagles Care with Julie Hirshey

While I thoroughly enjoy watching football, I never in my wildest dreams anticipated the Positive Impact Podcast crossing paths with the NFL. Believe me when I say I’ve dreamed big too. Still, a NFL feature never crossed my mind. That was until the Eagles contacted me. While I would like to say I was calm […]

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Connecting Travelers to Authentic Travel Experiences Abroad

If you are planning on traveling the world anytime soon, then you need to check out Keteka. This innovative platform connects travelers with authentic local experiences. What’s even more fascinating is the network. Through leveraging Peace Corp’s extensive network of both active and former members, Keteka is able to launch new experiences in different regions […]

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Fascinating Businesses Empowering Women and Girls

One thing I discovered when I started this podcast is that there are a lot of people doing some pretty darn impressive things around the globe. From technology to developing fair trade high quality hand crafted products to creating change from within a large-scale organization, the list is endless. And I fully intent to attempt […]

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15.5 Stories from the Field: Breaking the Engineer Mold with Kelsey Riedesel

We’ve talked a fair amount about how to help women break into different industries. From tech to business to STEM and more, there are so many social entrepreneurs creating incredible incentives supporting women in these measures. (Check out all the features so far) After my interview diving into the incredible work Geek Girls does to […]

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15: Bringing Geeky Back with Leslie Fishlock (Geek Girls)

Did you know that there were more women in tech fields in the 1970’s and 1980’s than today? If your eyebrows just crinkled into a weird position you’re skeptically reading this, then I’m with you. But it’s true. Turns out that many early tech positions fell to receptionists or secretaries. These women were some of […]

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Journey to Social Entrepreneurship Day 5

Listen To The Audio Version Follow Me On Blab Join Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Mastermind Powered by the Simple Live Press This is a replay of the live broadcast with PositiveImpactPodcas, Breannah Alexander, Niko, Lisa Curtis, and NGS Movement

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14.5 Stories from the Field: Meaning of Sustainable Coffee with Dr. Jordan Buzzell

What defines sustainable efforts? The more and more I dig into the social space, the more I ask myself this question. Let’s be honest, sustainability is a sexy term. Some people like to put it on a label to increase sales. But what does it all mean? How do you know if it is actually […]

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Journey to Social Entrepreneurship Day 4

Listen To The Audio Version Follow Me On Blab Join Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Mastermind Powered by the Simple Live Press This is a replay of the live broadcast with Shonak Patel, Raymar Hampshire, Chris Riggs, NGS Movement, Nic Esposito, and Elizabeth W. Barrett

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Journey to Social Entrepreneurship Day 3

Listen To The Audio Version Follow Me On Blab Join Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Mastermind Powered by the Simple Live Press This is a replay of the live broadcast with The Women’s Bakery, Porsche M. Holland, Jason, Evan Delahanty, NGS Movement, and Josh Schukman

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14: Coffee Creating Sustainable Dental Care with Thomas Fitzpatrick (Cura Coffee)

Are you a coffee drinker? Personally I didn’t start drinking until 2015. Crazy, I know! I personally always thought that when I went to college I would magically fall in love with coffee. In short that didn’t happen. But that is a story for another day. Today I want you to think about your cup […]

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Journey to Social Entrepreneurship Day 2

Listen To The Audio Version Follow Me On Blab Join Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Mastermind Powered by the Simple Live Press This is a replay of the live broadcast with PositiveImpactPodcas, Sol Alchemy, Vayando, Neal Gottlieb, and Shane Gring

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Journey to Social Entrepreneurship Day 1

Listen To The Audio Version Follow Me On Blab Join Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Mastermind Powered by the Simple Live Press This is a replay of the live broadcast with PositiveImpactPodcas, Pat McLoughlin, Kyle Wiggins, Food Field, and Alicia Herald

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13.5 Stories from the Field: Power of Education with Kristen Casper (Bosh Bosh)

Sometimes we take for granted the sheer power of education. Let’s be honest. When we were in elementary school or Jr. High, rather than value our classes we spent more time counting down the seconds until we were “released” from the confines of school.   It’s amazing how a little perspective makes you appreciate things […]

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13: From Scraps to Empowerment with Charlene Espinoza (Bosh Bosh)

When Charlene applied for the Peace Corps, she had no idea it was a two year term of service. That tidbit of information definitely gave her pause. But with an invitation to serve in Africa, the continent that she had her heart set on, she accepted and never looked back.   Not only did she […]

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Haiti Earthquake Anniversary Episode – The Power of Dignified Work with Sarah Sandsted

“We believe by creating local owners who pay their taxes, follow the rules, and who are really law abiding citizens in every sense of the word, not only are we being respectful of the local economy, but we are also creating a class of people who can not just survive on a day to day […]

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Top 8 Episodes

  The numbers don’t lie! While we know each of our episodes covers an inspiring mover and shaker, these are our fan favorites based on fan listens.   *Quick note, our episodes run in two parts. The main episode connects with an inspiring changemaker to cover the efforts that they are currently championing in the […]

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Best Books for Entrepreneurs

The majority, but not all, of our guests have been social entrepreneurs. Which means that we’re chalk full of awesome reads for aspiring entrepreneurs. In fact, our “Most Recommended Reading” list is an ideal startup kit for entrepreneurs.   While that recommended reading list is rock solid, there are several other books our guests have […]

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Best Books for Intrapreneurs

Most times when we talk about creating change we focus on social entrepreneurs. It’s played up as this sexy lifestyle where you have a great idea, implement a few systems and before you know it you have a thriving enterprise.   Point blank, entrepreneurship isn’t at all like that.   And what’s more, entrepreneurship isn’t […]

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12.5 Stories from the Field: Jobs Creating Advancement with Andremene Jean

“I believe that creating jobs in this country is really the way to help us to continue to help us advance. For people to come together and start working so that we can really get back on our feet. If everyone had a job, this country would be much more beautiful.”   That is 49 […]

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12: Haiti Earthquake Anniversary –Sustainable Recovery with Julie Colombino (REBUILD Globally)

When you think of Haiti, what crosses your mind?   Personally, I see images with camps of tent or destroyed buildings.   Six years ago a devastating earthquake tore through the country. The devastation was unimaginable. The 7.0 magnitude quake killed an estimated 150,000. The physical descruction of the country was unimaginable. Since then, the […]

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Haiti Earthquake Anniversary with REBUILD Globally Episode Trailer

After the devastating and incomprehensible earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, one social entrepreneur took a different road on the journey to recovery. Julie Colombino from REBUILD Globally wanted to emphasize dignified employment to highlight the strength of survivors.   Six years later, this message is still important to learn from.     LISTEN TO […]

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Positive Impact Recommended Reading

There’s no denying that books hold the most fascinating and captivating information. There’s been more than one evening with me awake at the wee hours glued to a book. To be honest, my husband has a slight ban on fictions books while we vacation. Apparently I need to actually go enjoy the places we travel […]

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11.5 Stories from the Field: Rwandan Basket Weavers from All Across Africa

“When you see the improvement of family on the community level, tell you about their experience and where they come from. That cheers you up. You can’t complain about your daily nonsense or stress. It gives you joy when you see what people accomplish.”   That’s Bernard’s description of his work with All Across Africa. […]

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11: Baskets that Change Lives with Alicia Wallace (All Across Africa)

“She’s ruining everything.” Those were the words that met Alicia Wallace as she worked to develop dignified jobs in rural Rwanda.   I can’t even imagine the sting of those words after Alicia diligently worked to embed herself into the Rwandan cultural and grow All Across Africa. But change isn’t always easy. Neither is patience. […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! The Positive Impact Podcast is taking the week off to celebrate with family in Montana. Very excited for a white Christmas!   Happy holidays to you and your family! We will be back in action next week with a compelling interview from All Across Africa founder Alicia Wallace.  

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When Investing Brings an ROI and Social Change

We draw a funny divide between our philanthropy and financial investing. One lives on one side of the house, the other firmly tucked away on the other side of the house. Yet what we often fail to realize is that our investments drive the growth of the companies we invest in.   A new movement […]

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How to Create & Maximize a Mentor Relationship

“Mentor” is a buzzword right now. And like so many other brilliant concepts taken over by popularity, it’s thoughtlessly tossed around. It’s become this shiny object. We’re not super clear on what it is, we don’t know how to use it, but we really want it. Take a step back. That word has some weight. […]

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10.5 Stories from the Field: Why We Need to Empower Girls in STEM

When 14-year-old Gigi grows up, she’s debating between becoming an architect and a scientist. While she has grand ambitions, there aren’t a lot of toys out there to help engage her in science, technology and math. Worse, she feels that a lot of the toys out there are facilitating the idea that girls are meant […]

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10: Teaching Girls To Code Through Fashion with Makeda Ricketts (Pink Think)

Did you know that through elementary school that girls are actually very interested in science and math? Then something happens in junior high and girls lose their interest.   Makeda Ricketts, founder of Pink Think, decided to do something to fix that.   To engage girls in STEM and coding, she created a revolutionary codable […]

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9.5 Stories from the Field – Sustainability in the Classroom with Monica Rosquillas (1 to 1 Movement)

What would you do if you had to carry your trash around with you for one whole week? What types of things would be in there? Any things that you might not be too proud of at the week’s end?   That is exactly one of the projects that Monica oversees for 1 to 1 […]

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9: Sustainability with Jonathan Zaidman (1 to 1 Movement)

There’s no denying that together we all need to start taking measures toward sustainability and conservation. It can be a little overwhelming at times. What can one person do about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? How can I equate my energy use to polar bears thousands of miles away?   It’s hard to. Which is […]

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8.5 Stories from the Field: How Business Boutique Moved Business Forward

In episode 8 we connected with mover and shaker Christy Wright during the premier Business Boutique event! This event was designed to inspire and equip women to go from a hobby to a business.   And it worked!   In this episode we connected with three women who because of the event were able to move […]

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Women Entrepreneurship Con

Listen To The Audio Version Follow Me On Blab Join Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Mastermind Powered by the Simple Live Press I had the really unique opportunity to co-host the first Women in Entrepreneurship Conference with blab in December. This is a replay of the live broadcast with Hannah Russell-Goodson, Espree Devora, Stephanie Burns, Natalie Eckdahl | […]

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8: Business Boutique with Christy Wright (Dave Ramsey Personality)

You can’t help but be fired up by Christy Wright’s passionate take on women in business.  From outlining the five biggest challenges women face starting a business to sharing her own humble (and creative) beginnings in business, Christy knocks this one out of the park. We are connecting behind the scenes at the premier Business […]

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