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Changemakers from Within

Changemakers from Within

By Millie

Corporate social responsibility comes in all shapes and sizes. Each month, join us as we highlight the stories of everyday people who create impactful social change by empowering their coworkers and the companies they work in.
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Growing a Corporate Foundation with Kat Owsley From Bosch

Changemakers from WithinApr 09, 2021

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Creative Social Impact Programs with Kaitlin Westbrook Tolson & Erica Woods at Apex Systems

Creative Social Impact Programs with Kaitlin Westbrook Tolson & Erica Woods at Apex Systems

In the latest episode of “Changemakers from Within,” Rachel sits down with Kaitlin Westbrook Tolson, National STEM and Philanthropy Advocate at Apex Systems, and Erica Woods, Director of Contractor Programs & Philanthropy at Apex Systems. Get an inside look at the framework they are using to leverage their team that resulted in a 100% participation rate in 2022. From campaigns like their Quarter of Caring, Random Acts of Kindness, and Earth Week to gamified events like Giving Madness, Gamers vs Cancer, Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader (exec version), and a Virtual Magic Show, Apex Systems is dedicated to offering something for everyone. Tune in to learn more about how they leverage their teams to create multiple, successful giving campaigns all year long.

Aug 08, 202347:34
Giving Madness with Creator, Rachel Klausner: The Evolution and Pilot Launch Results
Sep 30, 202224:55
Coffee with Kaanji: Head of Diversity & Inclusion + Social Impact at Next Insurance

Coffee with Kaanji: Head of Diversity & Inclusion + Social Impact at Next Insurance

In the latest episode of “Changemakers from Within,” Rachel sits down with Kaanji Irby, an inspirational, amazing human and podcast extraordinaire. Kaanji is Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Social Impact at Next Insurance and cohost of the "Motherhood in Black and White" podcast. She defines "pivot" with her many paths that have led her to social impact. After her experience as a teacher, flight attendant, then lawyer, she co-founded a nonprofit. She was approached to spearhead a social impact program for Next Insurance, a company whos' mission is to help small businesses thrive by providing insurance for entrepreneurs. She provides a unique perspective to social impact with her legal expertise as well as her well-rounded background and most importantly, her heart. An impact story you won't want to miss!

Sep 13, 202235:34
The Fair Chance Movement + Social Impact at Checkr with Megan Goddard

The Fair Chance Movement + Social Impact at Checkr with Megan Goddard

Checkr's mission is to change the future with background checks. And Megan Goddard is on a mission to impact lives by ensuring people with convictions have a fair chance to work.

Megan is the Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager at Checkr, a software company that has the unique ability to channel all of their social impact efforts into the Fair Chance Movement by taking the bias out of the background check process.

While pursuing criminal justice reform at NYU, Megan interned at Rikers Island. Tune in to hear about how this experience paved the way for her future that has led her to the new CSR department at Checkr and what Checkr.org has in store for the future!

Jul 18, 202232:04
Building Social Impact at Vimeo with Lenna Daniels

Building Social Impact at Vimeo with Lenna Daniels

Vimeo is known as one of the world’s largest video creating and sharing platforms, but thanks to Lenna Daniels,  the technical operations manager at Vimeo, the company is also making a name for itself through social impact. As the founder and co-chair of Vimeans for good, a member of Women4Good, and a student in the ‘22 cohort of UPenn’s Executive Program In Social Impact Strategy, Lenna works hard to incorporate social impact into every aspect of her life.  

Listen to learn about Lenna’s beginnings at Vimeo, how she started Vimeans for good, how she leverages herself and her job for good, and what her vision for social impact at Vimeo is 10 years down the road.  

This episode includes music by audionautix.com, released for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Feb 14, 202235:40
Fueling Employee Engagement in Impact Programs with Christina Louie Dyer
Nov 17, 202132:22
How Lyft is Transforming Transportation Access: A Conversation with Lisa Boyd

How Lyft is Transforming Transportation Access: A Conversation with Lisa Boyd

In the latest episode of “Changemakers from Within,” Rachel sits down with Lisa Boyd, Director of Social Impact at Lyft. Listen to learn about the way social impact is weaved throughout Lyft’s mission as a company, and the way their programs have transformed transportation access, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 19, 202144:13
Turning Product into Progress at Facebook with Emily Dalton Smith
Jun 24, 202147:11
Going the Extra Mile with Sueli Shaw From DoorDash
May 03, 202130:39
Growing a Corporate Foundation with Kat Owsley From Bosch

Growing a Corporate Foundation with Kat Owsley From Bosch

In the mid-’90s, Kat Owsley finished her thesis as part of her master’s program in Irish studies, and she got a temporary job at Bosch to make some money before returning to Belfast to graduate. Over a decade later, she became the president of the Bosch Community Fund, the corporate foundation associated with Bosch in North America.

Kat’s path to a career in social impact has been full of twists and turns. Listen to this week’s episode to hear more about Kat’s journey, the challenges and benefits of running an autonomous corporate foundation, and the importance of trusting your gut.

Apr 09, 202131:42
The Intersection of Impact and Inclusion: A Conversation With Kirstin Powdrill From G2

The Intersection of Impact and Inclusion: A Conversation With Kirstin Powdrill From G2

Rachel is joined by Kirstin Powdrill from G2 — a software review website with a philanthropic twist.

As G2’s Global Community & Culture Specialist, Kirstin oversees not only the company’s giving program, but also its diversity and inclusion efforts. Listen to hear more about her journey and how she works to make G2 a workplace that celebrates individuals and their differences.

Mar 18, 202119:53
Shaking Up the Insurance Industry with Nina Rauch From Lemonade
Mar 04, 202119:03
Weaving Social Impact Into Your Company’s DNA with Bryan Breckenridge
Feb 22, 202128:05
Pitching a Social Impact Model: A Conversation With Bayyina Black From R/GA

Pitching a Social Impact Model: A Conversation With Bayyina Black From R/GA

This week, Rachel is joined by the Bayyina Black. A former travel YouTuber and the first-ever TOMS Global Giver, Bayyina is now the Global Sustainability & Impact Manager at R/GA — an advertising agency with some of the biggest clients in the world. Listen to learn how Bayyina built her own social impact model and convinced her company to take it on.

Feb 02, 202136:46
Special Episode: Double the Environmental & Social Impact with Megan Trotter and Todd Lienart of Zendesk

Special Episode: Double the Environmental & Social Impact with Megan Trotter and Todd Lienart of Zendesk

Our first double episode is here! 🎉 Rachel is joined by two incredible social impact folks: Megan Trotter and Todd Lienart, Directors of Social Impact at Zendesk. Hear how Megan engages employees during COVID, and Todd builds out their tech-for-good and sustainability work. You are not going to believe the volume and depth of work they do engaging their employees in giving back to the community and learning about issues across the globe. Hear some actionable insights on building out social impact programs for your companies from remote engagement to focus area exploration and more!

Jan 19, 202124:24
Building a Team of Social Impact Champions with Julian Gutierrez from Segment

Building a Team of Social Impact Champions with Julian Gutierrez from Segment

Excited to have Julian Gutierrez, Program Manager of Culture and Social Impact at Segment, talk about his CSR journey. Hear how Julian constantly mobilizes people around him to lead new social impact, and diversity, equity, & inclusion initiatives. Always bringing people together, Julian tells us about the various programs Segment has built including “No Lunch Donation”, their Citrus Partnership, and DE&I infrastructure.

Dec 23, 202027:34
Lessons from CSR at 3 Companies: Talking Social Impact with Lindsey Clark from Pegasystems

Lessons from CSR at 3 Companies: Talking Social Impact with Lindsey Clark from Pegasystems

On this captivating episode, Senior Social Impact Partner at Pegasystems, Lindsey Clark discusses how she built an engaging social impact program that represents the passions of all employees. After going on a coworker listening tour, she noticed common threads and focused the foundation of the program around the three pillars that stuck out. Listen to hear how Lindsey continues to build out Pega's CSR program from her extensive social impact background.

Dec 02, 202035:41
BONUS EPISODE: Social Impact Side Hustle with Beth Bodner from Samsara

BONUS EPISODE: Social Impact Side Hustle with Beth Bodner from Samsara

Our first shorter, bonus episode is here! We had the pleasure of meeting with Beth Bodner, Enterprise Support Engineer and leader of social impact programming at Samsara to discuss volunteering locally and using your product for good.

Nov 16, 202012:47
Leading the Charge from Within with Stacey Baxter from Castlight Health

Leading the Charge from Within with Stacey Baxter from Castlight Health

On this episode, we had the honor of sitting down with Stacey Baxter, Engagement Strategy Manager and leader of the Social Impact Committee at Castlight Health. From her experience in the Peace Corps in Botswana as a young adult to her last job at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Stacey brought her mission-driven attitude to transform social impact at Castlight. Her story is a must-listen!


Oct 29, 202036:58
Filling Community Needs with Innovative Programming, Social Impact with Chad Kilpatrick of Spreetail

Filling Community Needs with Innovative Programming, Social Impact with Chad Kilpatrick of Spreetail

Get ready to hear some of the most innovative social impact programming. Joined by guest Chad Kilpatrick, Head of Talent Community and Social Impact at Spreetail, we’ll hit on some truly special programming that aims to inspire employees to participate in their communities—and always fills a need that community stakeholders ask for. You won't want to miss this one! 

Oct 13, 202037:04
From Pandas to a Social Impact Powerhouse: A Conversation with Tu-Han Phan from RingCentral

From Pandas to a Social Impact Powerhouse: A Conversation with Tu-Han Phan from RingCentral

On the latest episode of Changemakers from Within, we had the pleasure to sit down with Tu-Han Phan, the head of social impact and diversity at RingCentral. RingCentral is a tech company headquartered in the Bay Area, and is a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions. On her ninth birthday, she wanted to raise 900 dollars to donate to help save the endangered pandas at the time. After years of experience leading in the nonprofit sphere, Tu-Han went back to business school and began to dip her toes in the corporate social responsibility world. Hear her incredible story building out RingCentral's CSR program. 

Sep 24, 202031:14
Finding Your Social Impact Superpower with Heather Jin from Medallia

Finding Your Social Impact Superpower with Heather Jin from Medallia

Excited to have Heather Jin, Global Head of Social Impact at Medallia, talk about her journey to leading the program and how it's transformed from HR-focused impact to product-focused impact (and how they still have a super engaged team!). Hear how Heather started working on CSR programming as a side hustle to her original role at Medallia and how she rallied to make it a full-time position and program. You won't want to miss her inspiring story and Medallia's social impact work!

Sep 10, 202031:04
Path to a Career in Social Impact with Rachel Seward from MiTek

Path to a Career in Social Impact with Rachel Seward from MiTek

Rachel is joined by Rachel Seward, VP of Enterprise Communications + Philanthropy at MiTek, as they discuss Rachel's incredible path to social impact via her various roles in the St. Louis public school district. Plus, hear some of the strategic building-related community initiatives happening at MiTek.
Aug 18, 202035:55
Dunkin' Brands and Impactful Programming with Kari McHugh

Dunkin' Brands and Impactful Programming with Kari McHugh

Get ready for a fantastic guest (human) and surprise guest (not human!), as Rachel speaks with Kari McHugh, Senior Director of Customer + Community Relations at Dunkin' Brands and Executive Director of the Joy in Childhood Foundation. Kari’s story and insight are incredible as she helped build the foundation in its early days and later stepped in to lead it. Hear how her team spends their time listening and gives back around community needs.
Jul 14, 202029:08
Creating an Engaged Community with Sara Quist from Cigna

Creating an Engaged Community with Sara Quist from Cigna

We are joined by Sara Quist who tells us about her inspiring work as Community Engagement Lead at Cigna. In this episode, Sara walks us through the different employee + community engagement programs she leads and how it's fostered community within Cigna. The programming they've implemented has increased volunteerism by nearly 200%! Learn about what they do, and how it's had a powerful impact as it trickled down to employees beyond their time in the office.
Jun 15, 202035:32
A “Mission Possible” Social Impact Program with Amy Wendel from LogMeIn

A “Mission Possible” Social Impact Program with Amy Wendel from LogMeIn

Amy Wendel, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at LogMeIn, joins us to discuss the amazing charitable work she has done both at LogMeIn and through her own nonprofit. Amy shares the career path which led her to CSR and the many initiatives she leads through "Mission Possible" at LogMeIn. Amy also discusses the measures LogMeIn is taking during this unprecedented time of Covid-19. Listen to hear her incredible story!
May 07, 202034:27
Building a CSR Program for 10k Employees with Heather Stowe of Domtar

Building a CSR Program for 10k Employees with Heather Stowe of Domtar

Rachel is joined by Heather Stowe, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Domtar, to discuss the amazing charitable programs that Heather leads for Domtar's 10,000 employees. In this episode, Heather describes the 3 programs that she manages which focus on areas of literacy, health & wellness, and sustainability. Heather shares her passion for social impact, how she spearheaded an employee engagement project focused on sustainability, and the ways that Domtar gives back to communities.
Mar 27, 202025:54
How to Create an Authentic Social Impact Program with Michael Newhall from Sentinel Benefits

How to Create an Authentic Social Impact Program with Michael Newhall from Sentinel Benefits

Join Rachel Klausner as she is joined by Michael Newhall to discuss the incredible philanthropic program Michael runs at Sentinel Benefits. The company is less than 300 employees and has nearly a dozen different programs running throughout the year to impact the community. Listen to the inspiring story of SentinelCares, the unique give back initiatives they run inside and outside their offices, and how they stay authentic in their giving.
Feb 25, 202028:10
Introducing Changemakers from Within

Introducing Changemakers from Within

Corporate social responsibility comes in all shapes and sizes. Each month, we'll talk to the heroes making the for-profit businesses they work in socially-conscious, philanthropic workplaces. Hosted by Rachel Klausner, Founder and CEO of Millie, Changemakers from Within will highlight these stories of everyday people who create impactful social change by empowering their coworkers and the companies they work in.
Jan 28, 202000:26