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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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7.5 Stories from the Field: Compassion in Inner City of Chicago with Burrell Poe

If you are curious about the power of compassion, then Burrell Poe is the champion you are looking for. As an education and outreach coordinator in inner city Chicago schools, he applies this movement to some of the most underserved areas in the city.   There is no denying that Chicago has a troubling past. […]

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7: Compassion is the Key to Solving the World’s Problems with Sara Schairer (Compassion It)

Can you imagine a world where everyone took a moment to put themselves in another person’s shoes? What would that do to impact our daily interactions with everyone we met?   It would change the world.   That’s the vision of Sara Schairer. She realizes the key to this is compassion. If we could install […]

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6.5: Stories from the Field- Creating Standards for Animal Welfare with Temple Grandin

Driving home the impact from episode 6, Temple Grandin touches on the state of the animal plants in the early 70s. Through a groundbreaking partnership with McDonalds’, she was able to create unheard of strides in animal welfare in plants across the entire United States.   This episode goes in depth to the very strategic […]

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6: Corporate Responsibility- McDonald’s Championing Sustainability with Bob Langert

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

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5.5 Stories from the Field: Put Your Money Where You Mouth Is with Angel Investor Nicole Chavas

You say you want to champion change. You make donations to different philanthropies. But you are currently leaving one major blind spot unattended in finances.   Your investments.   There is currently $60 trillion in assets under management. Imagine if those funds are actually causing the problems you are trying to solve with your donations? […]

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5: Financial Investing for Good- Impact Investing and Angel Investing with Elizabeth Coston (Impact Engine)

  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.   The same […]

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4.5 Stories From The Field: Showcasing One Construction Company Creating Social Change with Alison Freed (Dream Builders Project)

Alison Freed works for perhaps the most unusual nonprofit I’ve come across lately.   Having spent several years in the nonprofit space, you typically find organizations that are continually scrapped for cash with a large percentage of time being spent trying to leverage funds.   Dream Builders Project differs from that description in almost every […]

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4.0 Luxury Homes Championing Environmental Efforts And Driving Social Change with Mayer Dahan (Prime Five Homes)

Mayer Dahan is creating something you don’t often see in the construction world, particularly the luxury home industry. He is leveraging modern upscale homes to champion both environmental issues and chart a path toward meaningful social change.   As the CEO and Co-founder of Prime Five Homes, Mayer works to create modern upscale homes that […]

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3.5- Stories From The Field- Impact Of The Peace Corps With Debra Bonkoski

Wednesday’s episode showcased Anna Lenhart from NGS Movement on her vision in incorporate a year of service into the traditional career path. Today we sit down with Debra Bonkoski to see how her Peace Corps Service sent her on a new career path, and how that is a more fulfilling path.   When she entered […]

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3: NGS Movement: Redefining the Traditional Career Path

Anna Lenhart isn’t your traditional social entrepreneur. She is a movement creator. Through NGS Movement, Anna is working to redefine the traditional career path. And to drive that mission, she has an inspiring vision:   Imagine if every fortune 500 company CEO had started their career with a year of service. If we incorporate a […]

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2.5 Stories from the Field: Redefining the Traditional CEO with Ana Bermudez (TAGit)

Wednesday’s episode showcased Stephanie Burns as she spoke to the changing landscape of both entrepreneurs and redefining the standards for company culture. To bring to life the realities of creating this transition, we connected with Ana Bermudez, the founder of the innovative new app TAGit.   When Ana sat down to start her company, we […]

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2: Chic CEO: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Stephanie Burns, founder of Chic CEO, created her business after identifying a constant need among women for the trusted resources to help launch their business. What started as a discussion in her living room soon turned into a national resource equipping women, and men, with the know-how to create a successful business. Want more inspiring […]

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1.5: Stories From The Field- Driving Home The Impact from SOLO Eyewear

In Wednesday’s episode this week we heard from Jenny Amaraneni, founder of SOLO Eyewear, on her journey to help cure preventable blindness through leveraging profits from her sunglasses company. To further drive home the impact that SOLO Eyewear makes through their incredible business model, we wanted to share stories from the field.   First, Jenny […]

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1: How Sunglasses are Curing Blindness with Jenny Amaraneni (SOLO Eyewear)

Social entrepreneur Jenny Amaraneni founded SOLO Eyewear out of a vision to help cure preventable blindness around the world. Motivated by the realization that 80% of the world’s blindness is preventable, she launched into her entrepreneurial pursuits right during her time as a grad student at San Diego State University.   This episode of the […]

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00: Introduction to the Positive Impact Podcast

The Positive Impact Podcast elevates the work of movers, shakers, change makers and dreams who are creating a positive impact in the world, connecting them to individuals looking for deeper meaning and want to better understand potential solutions to complex issues facing society today. We share stories of their struggles, as well as their impacts […]

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