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The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik

The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik

By Toby Usnik

Looking for purpose-driven career or business advice? Want to match your personal brand with a values-aligned organization? The Caring Economy is your destination. Join us weekly for insightful discussions with influential leaders sharing how they balance purpose, profit, and legacy in today's challenging business landscape. Topics range from corporate social responsibility to brand stewardship and beyond.

Discover how to transform your career or business through caring principles. Engage with us on LinkedIn (Toby Usnik) and Twitter (@Tusnik) using #TheCaringEconomy.
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The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik Nov 19, 2020

The Power of Philanthropy and Social Impact with Darren Walker

The Power of Philanthropy and Social Impact with Darren Walker

Join us in this inspiring episode of The Caring Economy podcast as we sit down with Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. Darren's journey from being part of the first class of Head Start in 1965 to leading one of the world's largest philanthropic organizations is nothing short of remarkable.

In our conversation, Darren shares his insights into philanthropy's evolving landscape, the dynamics shaping social justice movements, and the transformative role of technology in creating a brighter future.

Whether you're a college student exploring paths in social impact or someone passionate about making a positive change in the world, this episode offers valuable wisdom. Darren provides guidance for aspiring changemakers and emphasizes the significance of purpose-driven careers.

Discover why Darren Walker has been recognized globally, from TIME's 100 Most Influential People to Wall Street Journal's 2020 Philanthropy Innovator.

Tune in and get inspired to champion equity and drive positive change in today's complex world.

Sep 27, 202333:49
Media Mogul Turned Advocate for a "Caring Economy": Gerry Laybourne

Media Mogul Turned Advocate for a "Caring Economy": Gerry Laybourne

In this must-listen episode of the Caring Economy Podcast, we are honored to have media icon and philanthropist Gerry Laybourne. With a storied career that ranges from leading Nickelodeon to founding Oxygen Media, Gerry Laybourne broke barriers as one of the first women to helm a cable television network. Today, she's channeling her entrepreneurial spirit into social impact through her DAY ONE Early Learning Community initiative.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Rise of Nickelodeon: How Gerry Laybourne revolutionized children's television and built a globally recognized brand.
  • Oxygen Media: The inception, growth, and influence of a TV network aimed at younger women.
  • The Caring Economy: Understanding Gerry Laybourne's vision for transforming early childhood education and why it's a critical issue today.
  • Female Leadership: Insights into Gerry's philanthropic work that empowers women and girls across various sectors.
Sep 18, 202344:47
Community Catalyst: Brandee McHale's Journey of Impact

Community Catalyst: Brandee McHale's Journey of Impact

Season 12 of The Caring Economy Podcast is officially here! Join me as we dive into inspiring conversations with thought leaders who are shaping a more caring and sustainable world.

In this season's first episode, we have the privilege of talking with the remarkable Brandee McHale, Head of Community Investing and Development at Citi, and President of the Citi Foundation. Brandee's decades of experience in financial services and philanthropy have paved the way for innovative initiatives that bridge communities, drive inclusivity, and empower individuals for a brighter future. Tune in to learn about the unique approach of the Citi Foundation, the Citi Impact Fund, and how financial inclusion is being transformed through initiatives like Citi Start Saving and the ATM Community Network.

Join us as we uncover insights into responsible corporate practices, closing racial wealth gaps, and creating equitable growth. 🌱

Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Want to listen to more? Find it all on TikTok and YouTube.

Sep 06, 202332:19
Nurturing Young Minds for a Bright Future | Ramita Anand on ElevateRA

Nurturing Young Minds for a Bright Future | Ramita Anand on ElevateRA

🌟 Prepare to be Inspired! Join us on this episode of The Caring Economy as we dive into the transformative journey of Ramita Anand, a visionary educator and founder of ElevateRA. 🌸✨

Ramita, a trained teacher with a specialization in Science and Special Educational Needs, is on a mission to equip pre-adolescents with essential life skills through her ElevateRA mentoring services. In today's rapidly evolving world, young people face challenges that impact their self-worth, academic progress, and social development. Ramita's ElevateRA takes a proactive approach to education, nurturing skills like confidence, empathy, resilience, emotional intelligence, and kindness that will guide them throughout their lives.

With 15 years of international teaching experience, Ramita's expertise shines as she has been the Department Head of Learning Support and Enrichment at leading academic schools in the UK. Her unique blend of educational insights and parenting wisdom has led to the creation of mentoring services for young girls, providing them with a solid foundation for success.

🎙️ In this enlightening episode, we uncover Ramita's personal journey, the profound impact of Elevate's mentorship programs, and her visionary approach to nurturing the next generation of female leaders.

🌐 Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights into how ElevateRA is shaping a brighter future for young minds! Tune in to The Caring Economy podcast and be part of the movement to uplift the voices of those dedicated to positive change.

Join us in celebrating the dedication of individuals like Ramita Anand who are nurturing young minds for a brighter tomorrow! 💫✨

#ElevateRA #EducationForChange #PositiveImpact #PodcastInterview #YoungMinds #BrightFuture #InspirationForAll #CaringEconomy #NextGenerationLeadership #PersonalGrowth #EducationalInsights #TransformativeJourney

Aug 11, 202329:55
Two Green Thumbs Up for NatureSweet CEO, Rodolfo Spielmann

Two Green Thumbs Up for NatureSweet CEO, Rodolfo Spielmann

In the next episode of "The Caring Economy" podcast, we're thrilled to welcome Rodolfo Spielmann, the President and CEO of NatureSweet, a greenhouse-grown produce company that's not only known for its delicious snacking tomatoes but also for its incredible dedication to corporate social responsibility.

Headquartered in Texas, NatureSweet is transforming the lives of agricultural workers in North America with a bigger purpose in mind than just growing fruits and veggies. With more than 6,000 employees across five facilities in Mexico and one in Willcox, AZ, the company is committed to making a positive impact on the communities it serves.

NatureSweet goes above and beyond to treat its workers right, with initiatives that set a powerful example of corporate social responsibility. They pay their workers more than double the minimum wage in Mexico, providing them with opportunities to earn up to 300% in bonus compensation. The company also prioritizes education, reducing illiteracy rates by offering educational programming for workers to earn elementary, middle, and high school diplomas. To further support their workforce, NatureSweet provides access to mental health services and offers self-improvement programs ranging from human development to parenting and problem-solving.

During the episode, we'll hear from Rodolfo Spielmann himself, who will share the story of NatureSweet's success in social responsibility and how these initiatives have positively impacted the company and its employees. The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) recognized NatureSweet's commitment by featuring the company in a Sustainability Case Study.

NatureSweet has earned a trifecta of certifications, proving their commitment to doing the right thing. The company is Fair Trade Certified, Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) Certified, and recently earned B Corp Certification, making it the world's largest controlled environment agriculture (CEA) company to achieve such recognition.

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Rodolfo Spielmann as we discuss the incredible strides NatureSweet is making in the sustainable food movement and its vision for the future.

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As advocates of corporate social responsibility, let's come together to learn from NatureSweet's inspiring journey and explore how businesses can thrive while making a positive impact on society. We encourage you to share this episode with your network and colleagues, so we can spread the message of a caring, sustainable economy.

#TheCaringEconomy #Podcast #SocialResponsibility #SustainableFood #CorporateImpact #FairTrade #Bcorp #ESG #PositiveImpact #Leadership #Inspiration

Aug 04, 202342:11
Leveraging Data for Good: Conversations with Josh Knauer

Leveraging Data for Good: Conversations with Josh Knauer

Join us on "The Caring Economy" as we welcome Josh Knauer, a serial tech entrepreneur, ESG impact expert, and former Obama administration advisor. Known for his relentless curiosity in emerging tech and data, Josh is committed to shaping a better future. His experiences range from African Savannas to Fortune 100 boardrooms, contributing to open data and corporate climate disclosure initiatives. Co-founder of ReSeed and General Partner at JumpScale, Josh also imparts knowledge as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Listen as we explore ESG impacts, tech trends, and leveraging data for good. A must-listen for those invested in creating a caring, sustainable economy.

Jul 28, 202340:39
Unveiling the Power of Emily Rasmussen: Cultivating Community Impact with Grapevine

Unveiling the Power of Emily Rasmussen: Cultivating Community Impact with Grapevine

Join us for an extraordinary episode of The Caring Economy Podcast as we unveil the remarkable story of Emily Rasmussen, the visionary Founder and CEO of Grapevine—a collective giving platform that's reshaping the world of philanthropy. Prepare to be inspired by her transformative work and learn how Grapevine is revolutionizing the art of giving.

Emily's diverse background and trailblazing career have made her a force to be reckoned with. As the founding Executive Director of NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts, she spearheaded innovative initiatives that bridged the gap between the arts and philanthropy. Her launch of the Lincoln Center at the Movies global media initiative brought captivating performances to audiences worldwide, showcasing the power of art in fostering connection and social impact.

Drawing from her experience at Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, Emily developed groundbreaking financing models that drive meaningful change in underserved communities. Her expertise in event cinema, including consultancy work for Disney Theatrical Group, has contributed to the creation of immersive experiences that blend entertainment and social consciousness.

Emily's dedication to empowering communities extends beyond borders. Through her two-year journey developing microfinance and fair trade programs in India, she has been instrumental in providing sustainable opportunities for individuals to break the cycle of poverty. Her commitment to social impact has positioned her as a leading advocate for change.

As a member of influential organizations such as the Harvard Business School Women's Association and the LISC Emerging Leaders Council, Emily continues to drive innovation and collaboration at the intersection of arts, business, and social change. Her involvement with the AfterArts group, NOVA Impact, and as a founding member of UNTITLED—an arts and business innovation initiative—demonstrates her commitment to nurturing a vibrant ecosystem that fosters creativity, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility.

Before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, Emily graced the stage as a professional ballet dancer, leaving an indelible mark with performances at the esteemed Pacific Northwest Ballet and other renowned companies. Her passion for the arts has always been intertwined with her commitment to making a positive impact on the world.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Emily Rasmussen's inspiring story, gain insights into the transformative power of collective giving, and discover how Grapevine is revolutionizing philanthropy. Tune in to The Caring Economy Podcast and join the conversation today!

Jul 19, 202332:42
Redefining Our Planet's Worth: In Conversation with Environmental Titan, Paula DiPerna

Redefining Our Planet's Worth: In Conversation with Environmental Titan, Paula DiPerna

In this episode of The Caring Economy Podcast, join us as we delve deep into the heart of environmental economics with one of its most influential advocates, Paula DiPerna. Renowned for her contributions to global environmental and philanthropic policy, Paula's insights offer a unique understanding of how economics and environment intertwine.

This compelling discussion explores the concept behind her latest book, 'Pricing the Priceless'. Paula unveils her vision for transforming the financial sector, highlighting the need for integrating environmental valuation into economic systems to address the escalating climate crisis. The conversation extends beyond economics, shedding light on the integral roles of philanthropy, global citizenship, and transparency in environmental data.

This episode provides essential listening for professionals in the fields of economics, environment, policy-making, and philanthropy. Whether you are a budding environmentalist, a seasoned policy-maker, or someone interested in the role of economics in social good, Paula's expertise offers valuable insights.

Jul 05, 202334:20
Sambazon Stories: Discovering the Power of Sustainability and Compassion

Sambazon Stories: Discovering the Power of Sustainability and Compassion

In this episode, I dive deep into Ryan's inspiring life journey, from his upbringing to his career path, discovering the pivotal moments that shaped his values and led him to co-found SAMBAZON. Learn about their mission to bring the Brazilian superfruit, Açai, to the United States and revolutionize the market with a commitment to sustainability and social impact.

With SAMBAZON's Triple Bottom Line philosophy at its core, we explore how Ryan and his team measure economic, social, and environmental success, making a tangible difference in the world. Discover the innovative strategies they employ to create a thriving business while positively impacting the Brazilian Amazon and empowering local communities.

Beyond SAMBAZON, Ryan is also the co-founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability and environmental education. Hear firsthand about their initiatives and how they bring together like-minded partners to build a community of conscious warriors and changemakers.

Join us on this enlightening journey as we delve into the intersection of entrepreneurship, sustainability, and compassion. Subscribe to The Caring Economy on your favorite podcast platform to stay updated with each episode, filled with inspiring stories, practical insights, and thought-provoking discussions.

Get ready to be inspired, empowered, and equipped with the knowledge to create positive change in your own life and in the world around you.

#SambazonStories #Sustainability #ConsciousLiving #Podcast

Jun 23, 202335:07
Revolutionizing Creativity: A Journey with KnownUnknown Founders, Simon Needham & James Sommerville

Revolutionizing Creativity: A Journey with KnownUnknown Founders, Simon Needham & James Sommerville

Welcome to The Caring Economy Podcast! Dive into thought-provoking conversations as we explore the intersection of creativity, innovation, and social responsibility. Each week, your host, Toby Usnik, brings together change-makers, thought leaders, and creative visionaries like Simon Needham and James Sommerville, founders of the global creative platform KnownUnknown.

From our deep dives into the impact of AI on the creative industry, to empowering unknown talents and driving social change through strategic business decisions - The Caring Economy explores how various industries can foster a more caring and inclusive world. We celebrate diverse cultural perspectives and discuss evolving job roles in today's rapidly changing landscape.

Join us on a journey of discovery, where the stories of successful entrepreneurs inspire action, innovation, and a commitment to caring. Learn from experiences of industry leaders like James Sommerville, former VP of Global Design at Coca-Cola, and gain insights into how creativity and collaboration shape the caring economy.

Whether you're an aspiring creative looking to broaden your horizons, or a seasoned professional seeking fresh insights, The Caring Economy Podcast is your go-to source for enlightening conversations and innovative ideas.

Tune in each week to be part of our community that champions creativity, inclusivity, and meaningful connections. Follow our journey as we redefine what it means to have a 'caring economy' in today's world. #TheCaringEconomy

Jun 16, 202345:27
Shaping a Caring Economy: Insights from Thomson Reuters' CEO Steve Hasker

Shaping a Caring Economy: Insights from Thomson Reuters' CEO Steve Hasker

Join us in this episode of The Caring Economy as we delve into the world of data, technology, and global information with Steve Hasker, President and CEO of Thomson Reuters.

From his journey with PwC to leading a global giant like Thomson Reuters, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and unique insights. He shares his experiences across different markets - from the US and Australia to Russia - and how they've shaped his approach to business and leadership.

In our chat, Steve unveils the power of data and information and how it's being harnessed to serve professionals in the legal, tax, corporate, and media markets. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the leaders shaping the future of information technology.

Subscribe for more episodes featuring thought leaders who are driving change and making an impact on our world. Share your thoughts and join the conversation in the comments below!

Jun 08, 202333:29
Unmasking Global Stories: A Conversation with Laura Trevelyan, BBC's Esteemed British-American Journalist

Unmasking Global Stories: A Conversation with Laura Trevelyan, BBC's Esteemed British-American Journalist

Laura Trevelyan is a familiar face for many viewers of the BBC, where she worked for thirty years as a correspondent and anchor. She has covered some of the most important news events of our time, from Northern Ireland’s Good Friday agreement to the January sixth attack on the US capitol. However, her work goes beyond journalism, and in February Laura and her family went to the Caribbean island of Grenada, where they apologized for their ancestors’ role as slave owners. In March, Laura left the BBC and inner words, joined the Caribbean’s fight for reparatory justice. In this exclusive interview, Laura shares insights into her career at the BBC, her advocacy work, and her involvement in the reparations movement.

May 30, 202331:11
Empowering Communities Through Business: Mailchimp's Lain Shakespeare on Corporate Citizenship

Empowering Communities Through Business: Mailchimp's Lain Shakespeare on Corporate Citizenship

Lain leads strategic philanthropy for Intuit and Mailchimp. His team invests more than $4 million annually in small and medium nonprofit organizations. His team also leads purpose marketing efforts for Mailchimp, delivering projects that seamlessly blend creativity, philanthropy, and brand purpose. Before building the corporate responsibility function at Mailchimp, Lain was a nonprofit executive and oversaw Mailchimp's sponsorship work as the company's brand marketing manager. Lain currently serves on the board of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and can often be found toting his daughters around on an e-bike.


May 19, 202329:26
Championing Disability Rights: The Outini's on Journalism and DateKeepers' Journey

Championing Disability Rights: The Outini's on Journalism and DateKeepers' Journey

Itto Outini is an international journalist, Fulbright scholar, human rights activist, accessibility advocate, and author of the forthcoming memoir Blindness is the Light of My Life. She holds an MA in journalism and strategic media from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has practiced print and radio journalism in the US and Morocco, and has been invited to speak for organizations including Cal Tech University, Verizon Wireless, and North Seattle College. 

Her work experience spans the for- and non-profit sectors and includes a stint with the United Nations Development Programme. In 2021, she founded Fulbrighters with Disabilities, a global, virtual chapter of the Fulbright Association dedicated to supporting students and scholars with disabilities around the world. In June of 2022, she made history by co-chairing a panel at the 15th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. That same year, her life story was featured on BBC Outlook, and she and her husband, Mekiya Outini, co-founded The DateKeepers, an international media platform committed to publishing independent journalism, showcasing untold stories, and highlighting well-lived lives, especially those of people with disabilities, advocates, and allies worldwide. 

Mekiya Outini is a writer and co-founder of the DateKeepers, an international media platform. He earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in outlets such as Chautauqua Literary Journal, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and Willow Springs, respectively. His unpublished novel, Ashes, Ashes, has been selected as a finalist or semi-finalist in several contests, including the Chanticleer Somerset Awards, and its first two chapters were published in the West Trade Review. He lives with his partner in business and life, Itto Outini, in Kansas City, MO.

Fulbright Scholar | Human Rights Activist | Founder of Fulbrighters with Disabilities | Co-Founder & Journalist at The DateKeepers | +1 (479) 502-3244 |

May 13, 202332:47
Driving Charitable Impact: Insights from Pamela Norley, Former President of Fidelity Charitable

Driving Charitable Impact: Insights from Pamela Norley, Former President of Fidelity Charitable

As president of Fidelity Charitable®, Pamela Norley was a leading voice in advocating for the power of American philanthropy across the world. Fidelity Charitable, the leading U.S. grantmaker, has granted more than $51 billion to more than 325,000 nonprofit organizations since 1991,1 advancing the philanthropic intentions of nearly a quarter of a million donors at all income levels. In 2020, Fidelity Charitable donors recommended $9.1 billion in grants to local, national and global causes. During Ms. Norley’s tenure, Fidelity Charitable’s annual grantmaking more than doubled, supporting the organization’s mission to make charitable giving accessible, simple and effective. Ms. Norley is a frequent speaker on the topics of philanthropic trends and leadership. Today she also serves on three non profit boars and the Fidelity Institutional Assett Management Board. 

Prior to leading Fidelity Charitable, Ms. Norley held a number of executive leadership roles at Fidelity Investments®, including head of Enterprise Relationships and Talent Groups, where she managed Fidelity’s top institutional client relationships and led the talent management and recruiting organizations, and leading the Fidelity Consulting Group, where she oversaw strategy and consulting support to all Fidelity businesses, including its global private equity and venture capital units. Prior to that, she played a key role in launching Fidelity’s Corporate Business Development Group, supporting mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances. Ms. Norley joined Fidelity in the Corporate Legal department in 1996 after working in the legal department of Bank of America, and held a series of roles leading business compliance and health care product management and sales for Fidelity’s outsourcing businesses.

Outside of the office, Ms. Norley volunteers her time as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Points of Light, the largest global volunteer organization established by President George H.W. Bush, and is a Trustee of the College Foundation Board at the University of Virginia. She also serves on the boards of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Research Triangle Park Foundation and the Flying Kites School Network.

She formerly served on the Executive Women’s Council for the Dana-Farber Institute; United Way’s Women’s Initiative; University of Virginia’s Board of Benefactors; Boston Ballet’s Board of Directors; the Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Food Bank; the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Law; and Wall Street Journal’s Taskforce for Women in the Economy.

Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Want to listen to more? Find it all on TikTok and YouTube.

May 03, 202332:13
Redefining Fair Trade: Chid Liberty's Journey with Liberty & Justice, Africa's First Fair Trade Certified™ Apparel Manufacturer

Redefining Fair Trade: Chid Liberty's Journey with Liberty & Justice, Africa's First Fair Trade Certified™ Apparel Manufacturer

Are you interested in building a brand with authenticity and purpose? Look no further than Chid Liberty, the CEO of Liberty & Justice, Africa's first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer.

Chid recently shared his top tips for building a brand from the ground up on the "How I Built This with Guy Raz" podcast, and it's a must-listen for any entrepreneur or aspiring business owner.

Born in Liberia and raised in Germany and the United States, Chid founded Liberty & Justice in 2010 to provide economic opportunities for Liberian women and their communities. Despite facing challenges like the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Chid has grown the company and now operates ethical factories in Liberia, Ghana, and Benin.

In the podcast episode, Chid shares his insights on authenticity, generosity, purpose, community building, and being a light to others. He also talks about the lessons he learned from his sister Beatrice Dixon, brother Richelieu Dennis, friend Emmet Dennis, and wife Georgie Badiel Liberty.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a visionary leader who is making a positive impact in the world. Check out the "How I Built This with Guy Raz" podcast episode featuring Chid Liberty today.

Apr 25, 202340:21
Innovative Education in the Arts: A Dialogue with Frances Bronet, President of Pratt Institute NYC

Innovative Education in the Arts: A Dialogue with Frances Bronet, President of Pratt Institute NYC

Frances Bronet is president of Pratt Institute in New York City. An educator and leader at the forefront of interdisciplinary learning, Bronet previously served as senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology; acting provost and dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts of the University of Oregon; and architecture professor, associate dean, and acting dean at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bronet has been appointed to the Future of Workers Task Force by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, underlining her commitment to bolstering New York City’s talent and workforce development to ensure an inclusive economic recovery. Bronet is also a member of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization advisory board, Executive Board of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), and co-chair of the local Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District. Bronet holds architecture and engineering professional degrees from McGill University; she received her graduate degree from Columbia University. She was licensed by the Quebec Ordredes Architectes, and has practiced in multiple award-winning offices in New York and Canada, including her own in Montreal.

Apr 13, 202335:45
Mastering Real-Time Leadership: Insights from David Noble, Advisor to CEOs and Bestselling Co-Author
Apr 04, 202326:41
Advancing Diversity in Tech: Insights from AT&T's Chief Diversity Officer, Michelle Jordan

Advancing Diversity in Tech: Insights from AT&T's Chief Diversity Officer, Michelle Jordan

Michelle Jordan currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. As the head of all Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts across the company, Michelle is responsible for strengthening and accelerating the company’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture, while integrating diversity practices into all aspects of the business.

Previously she served as Vice President, Talent and Leadership Development, heading up talent strategy and AT&T’s leadership development and executive experiences. Prior to that as Vice President, Talent Acquisition she led domestic and international talent attraction, recruitment, and staffing efforts for AT&T. Her talents have made an impact on a variety of teams within AT&T including product management, corporate strategy, service management, executive communications, call center sales and college recruitment. Michelle started her career as an Environmental Engineer and previously ran a chemical pilot

plant operation where she launched a new line of chemicals. She also has a passion for entrepreneurship, which led to several of her own start-ups and a stint as an adjunct instructor for Atlanta Technical College teaching small business owners. A native of Saginaw, MI, Michelle is a graduate of Florida A&M University, a Historically Black College & University (HBCU), where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and Kennesaw State University, where she completed her Master of Business Administration. She resides in Dallas, TX, with her husband and their two sons.

Mar 18, 202335:37
Redefining Corporate Success: Insights from JUST Capital CEO, Martin Whittaker

Redefining Corporate Success: Insights from JUST Capital CEO, Martin Whittaker

Martin Whittaker is a recognized leader with over twenty-five years’ experience at the intersection of global business, finance, philanthropy and social and environmental impact. He is the founding CEO of JUST Capital, the leading nonprofit in the stakeholder capitalism arena, and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He is also a senior advisor to Edelman, a co-founder and Board member of the CREO family office investment syndicate, a board member of H2 Clipper, a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor, a member of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative Advisory Council, and a Commissioner to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development’s inequality initiative.

Martin was recently named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100 – the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance – and to Business Insider’s 2020 List of 100 People Transforming Business. Previously, he served as a board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S., and as a member of the G7 Impact Taskforce’s Working Group on Impact Transparency and Integrity, an Advisory Council Member of PayPal’s Employee Financial Wellness Program, and a member of Robin Hood Foundation’s Taskforce on Racial Justice.

Prior to JUST Capital, Martin was a founding partner and investment committee member at Sonen Capital, an impact investing firm, where he led private equity, real asset and direct investing activities. Martin has also served as Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, a family office-led private equity firm; Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, where he was part of the Environmental and Commodity Markets team; and Managing Director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., a pioneering sustainable investment advisory and ESG research firm.

Martin received his Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the University of London, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a B.Sc. from University of St. Andrews.

Martin has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, provided expert testimony on environmental markets to the U.S. Senate, consulted to multiple major corporations on sustainability- and impact-related matters, and been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at business schools including Yale, Columbia, Harvard and MIT, He is a published writer and has presented to audiences at, among others, the World Economic Forum, the White House, CNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the BBC.

Mar 11, 202327:23
Empowering Women Worldwide: Insights from Dress for Success CEO, Michele Meyer-Shipp"

Empowering Women Worldwide: Insights from Dress for Success CEO, Michele Meyer-Shipp"

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp was announced as CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, the  leading global nonprofit employment resource for women, on January 12, 2022. Michele  leads the organization's 144 affiliates in 23 countries as it continues its mission to help women  achieve economic independence via a suite of services to include job readiness support,  professional development resources, coaching and mentorship, and workplace attire.

Michele joins Dress for Success from Major League Baseball, where she served as Chief  People & Culture Officer. While at MLB, Michele led the human resources, diversity and  inclusion, and office operations functions for the League Office with an emphasis on  launching new programs and policies to recruit and develop talent, advancing diversity and  inclusion efforts, and enhancing workplace culture. She also served as a senior advisor to the  Commissioner as well as leaders across 30 major league baseball teams and multiple Minor  League teams.

Prior to MLB, Michele served as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KPMG LLP,  where she led initiatives relating to talent recruitment, development, and retention;  supported the efforts of leaders across KPMG's 85+ national offices; and managed a portfolio

of external strategic partnerships. Previously, she served as Global Chief Diversity Officer for  both Prudential Financial and the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Michele  spent the first decade of her career practicing employment law in both the private and public  sectors, where she advised clients on optimizing talent and implementing equitable  workplace initiatives. Meyer-Shipp is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall  University School of Law.

Michele is a sought-after speaker and has served as a Yahoo! Finance News  Contributor and been featured in top media outlets including the New York Times, USA  Today, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, CNN, The Wall Street Journal,  Savoy Magazine, Black Enterprise, CORE Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Diversity  Woman Magazine, Quartz, Inc., and more. She is also the recipient of numerous awards,  including The Network Journal's "25 Influential Black Women in Business" (2021), Core  Magazine's “100 Most Influential Blacks Today” (2021), Black Enterprise's "Portraits of  Power" (2020), and Business Insider's "38 Power Players of Consulting" (2020). She is a  member of the Boards of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) and the Fritz  Pollard Alliance Foundation.


Mar 02, 202330:36
Finance Innovation Insights: Marty Chavez, Ph.D., Partner & Vice Chairman of Sixth Street

Finance Innovation Insights: Marty Chavez, Ph.D., Partner & Vice Chairman of Sixth Street

Mr. Chavez said, “The creative energy the Sixth Street team brings to everything they do gives me tremendous confidence in what we are capable of building together. In addition to the development of our engineering environment, I look forward to contributing my passion for converging the life sciences and software as we explore more opportunities to work with companies delivering solutions for our most pressing health challenges.”

Mr. Chavez currently serves as President of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University.  He also serves on the fiduciary or advisory boards of Cambrian, Earli, Grupo Santander, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Recursion Pharma, Stanford Medicine, and the Stanford Center on Longevity. He is among the most senior Latinos in finance, as well as among the most senior openly gay executives.

Prior to joining Sixth Street, Mr. Chavez served in a variety of senior roles at Goldman Sachs, including Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and global co-head of the firm’s Securities Division. Mr. Chavez was also a partner and member of the Goldman Sachs Management Committee. Mr. Chavez was one of the first developers of SecDB, an early platform that transformed the trading business into a software business.  He retired from the firm in 2019.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Chavez was the CEO and co-founder of Kiodex, and Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Quorum Software Systems.

He holds an A.B. magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences and an S.M. in Computer Science from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford.

About Sixth Street

Sixth Street is a global investment firm with over $50 billion in assets under management and committed capital. Sixth Street operates nine diversified, collaborative investment platforms: TAO, Growth, Specialty Lending, Fundamental Strategies, Infrastructure, Opportunities, Insurance, Agriculture, and Credit Market Strategies. Select current and past representative Sixth Street investments include Airbnb, AvidXchange, Caris Life Sciences, Kyriba, Nektar Therapeutics, Legends, Spotify, and Talcott Resolution.  Our long-term oriented, highly flexible capital base and “One Team” cultural philosophy allow us to invest thematically across sectors, geographies, and asset classes. Founded in 2009, Sixth Street has more than 320 team members including over 145 investment professionals operating from nine locations around the world. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

Feb 24, 202335:54
Embracing Career Reentry: Insights from Retired Tech Executive, Jennifer P. Howland

Embracing Career Reentry: Insights from Retired Tech Executive, Jennifer P. Howland

Jennifer P. Howland, is recognized in the industry as an expert in leading large, global development teams, developing and progressing diverse technical talent, developing career reentry programs, unconscious bias training and career development, having been a frequent speaker at many notable conferences.

As the former Managing Director at iRelaunch, the pioneering company in the career reentry space, she co-led the iRelaunch consulting practice and co-led the STEM Reentry Task Force with the Society of Women Engineers. Prior to joining iRelaunch, Jennifer spent 35 fulfilling years as an engineer, manager and executive spanning engineering, strategy, product and services development, business and process transformation, service delivery and technical talent development - where she created and expanded IBM’s successful Tech Re-Entry program. Her last role at IBM was executive of IBM’s Pathways Program for experienced, diverse technical talent, a worldwide program to develop and implement bold actions to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities in IBM’s technical executive positions. Through her numerous management and executive level roles in male-dominated environments she has always been passionate about helping women advance their careers.

Jennifer has been recognized for her efforts on behalf of women and women in engineering. Accolades include the 2017 Good Housekeeping “10 Women Changing the Way We See the World” award for leadership in science and technology, the 2018 Hudson Valley Magazine “Women in Business” leadership award, the 2019 Society of Women Engineer’s “Advocating Women in Engineering” award, and the 2020 Clarkson University Golden Knight award, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award.

Jennifer earned her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Feb 14, 202326:01
Brewing Success Sustainably: Insights from New Belgium Brewery CEO, Steve Fechheimer

Brewing Success Sustainably: Insights from New Belgium Brewery CEO, Steve Fechheimer

Steve Fechheimer has been Chief Executive Officer of New Belgium Brewery since 2017 where he oversees New Belgium’s executive team, short-term strategy, industry leadership, and day-to-day operations. He joined New Belgium from Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company where he was Chief Strategy Officer.

What’s remarkable about New Belgium is that it is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp.

Prior to Beam Suntory, Steve served as Chief Operating Officer of Sierra Club Green Home, and also as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and Marakon Associates. Steve holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and earned his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


Fechheimer’s expertise at strategy development and execution in the high-end world of spirits, coupled with New Belgium’s quarter of a century of solid brewing and branding, is a perfect setup for the kind of dynamic future New Belgium is executing. His peers say Fechheimer is smart and driven while also being approachable, and makes for the ideal cultural and business fit for New Belgium.


Feb 05, 202334:39
Venturing into Impactful Philanthropy: Insights from the Father of British Venture Capital, Sir Ronald Cohen
Jan 30, 202323:02
Yash Chavan: Founder of SARAL
Jan 19, 202324:17
Errol Barnett: Award-winning CBS News Anchor

Errol Barnett: Award-winning CBS News Anchor

Errol Barnett is an award-winning CBS News anchor and national correspondent based at the network’s headquarters in New York City. As the only Black-British broadcaster on American television, he holds a distinct perspective on global events through a reporting career spanning more than two decades and five continents. Barnett appears regularly across all CBS News programs and platforms and has anchored a number of CBS Special Reports. From live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling ending Roe vs. Wade and the death of Queen Elizabeth II to contentious exchanges with Presidents Joe Biden, Donald Trump and the U.S. Secret Service, Barnett regularly presses for answers on the biggest issues of our time from wherever they happen.

At noon eastern each Wednesday and Thursday viewers can catch Barnett discussing important developments while anchoring CBS News from Studio 57. He can also be seen filling-in as a co-host on CBS Mornings, CBS Saturday Morning and the CBS Weekend News. Barnett previously anchored “CNN Newsroom” from Atlanta and a midday news-hour from Abu Dhabi, UAE during the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring.

Among other accolades, Barnett was part of CBS Mornings 2022 Emmy win, and was bestowed an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award as host of CNN’s “Inside Africa” while he was based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the span of two years, Barnett hosted the feature magazine from 22 countries across both hemispheres including Madagascar, Tunisia, Namibia and Senegal.

Since first joining CBS in 2016, Barnett covered some of the most important beats from the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Assigned to the White House on weekends, he was with President Barack Obama during his final overseas trip and questioned President Donald Trump several times on the South Lawn and aboard Air Force One about threats against journalists and other major issues. In the thick of the 2020 presidential campaign, Barnett’s interview with then-candidate and Vice President Joe Biden regarding cognition was widely cited. More recently as a transportation correspondent,

Barnett regularly interviewed Secretary Pete Buttigeig and trekked to transit hubs across the country revealing the coronavirus pandemic’s upheaval of the airline industry and supply chains. Intrepid field reporting in challenging conditions is evident through Barnett’s coverage of Hurricane Dorian.

He was the only network journalist to fly with Hurricane Hunters through the category five storm as it stalled over the Bahamas. Revealing the impact of climate change, he reported extensively from Grand Bahama Island, his crew also without electricity or running water, documenting the survivors and aftermath. Barnett began his journalism career at age 18 after being hired in Los Angeles as Channel One News’ youngest anchor and reporter. Barnett covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, then-Senator Barack Obama's first national speech, interviewed Congressman John Lewis and detailed the New England heroin epidemic.

While studying at UCLA, Barnett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a focus on international relations. Born and raised in England, Barnett is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, SAG/AFTRA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.

Jan 11, 202328:43
Lily Kanter: Founder/CEO Boon Supply & Co-Founder Serena & Lily
Dec 26, 202226:59
Katrina Van Gasse: Co-Founder & CEO of AidKit
Dec 16, 202228:12
Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano: President of Gallaudet University

Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano: President of Gallaudet University

Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano is a values-driven leader focused on sign language equity in education, economic opportunity, innovation, and belonging as president of Gallaudet University, the only birth-PhD education entity in the world that uses American Sign Language in every aspect of its daily education and operations.

Always curious, President Cordano is guiding Gallaudet as it transforms to meet the demands of the 21st century. Being deaf is part of human diversity and President Cordano is a fierce advocate for deaf people being embraced in all facets of society. Showcasing the value, contributions, and innate innovation of deaf people, as well as the power of sign language, is at the heart of President Cordano’s leadership.

Knowing that true transformation can only happen if a multitude of perspectives and experiences are welcomed, President Cordano is vigilant in infusing equity, diversity, and inclusion into all aspects of Gallaudet. She is focused on creating a welcoming and engaging experience for all students, and strengthening efforts to ensure they are active citizens at Gallaudet and in the community, nation, and world.

With wide-ranging, extensive experience from her roles as a Minnesota assistant attorney general, vice president of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, educational administrator at the University of Minnesota, and a founder of two charter schools, President Cordano knows the critical importance of education and access to opportunities and systems, particularly for marginalized communities. She is honored to be the first deaf woman and openly LGBTQ president and excited for the continued transformation and impact Gallaudet will have on deaf lives throughout the nation and across the globe.


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts, Beloit College
  • Honorary Doctorate, Beloit College

Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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Nov 23, 202254:08
Michelle Clayman: Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer @ New Amsterdam Partners LLC

Michelle Clayman: Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer @ New Amsterdam Partners LLC

Michelle Clayman is the Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of New Amsterdam Partners LLC, an institutional money management firm based in New York City.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University where she also serves as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research.  She is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Circle at Oxford University and a Johnson Honorary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford.  She sits on the Dean’s Council at Harvard Divinity School. She is Board Chair of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York.

Michelle has served as President of the Society of Quantitative Analysts, as well as on the boards of the Institute of Quantitative Research in Finance and US SIF – the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing. She has been published in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Finance Professionals’ Post and the Journal of Investing and is a co-editor of Corporate Finance: A Practical Approach (Wiley 2008). She was also a co-editor of the 2016 UNPRI publication: A practical guide to ESG integration for equity investing. She has chaired the Equity Curriculum Committee of the CFA Institute.

Ms. Clayman has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in England (BA, MA (Oxon)) and received her MBA from Stanford University in California.

Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series,
The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Want to listen to more? Find it all on TikTok and YouTube.

Nov 14, 202232:50
Margaret (Peg) McGetrick, non-executive Director and former interim CEO for Boston asset manager Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co (GMO)

Margaret (Peg) McGetrick, non-executive Director and former interim CEO for Boston asset manager Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co (GMO)

Peg McGetrick is currently a non-executive Director and former interim CEO for Boston asset  manager Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co (GMO). She is a member of the Board of  Trustees of Save the Children International, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee; and  Save the Children U.S., where she is the Chair of the Finance Committee. She was a founding  partner of Liberty Square Asset Management, a majority woman-owned hedge fund with over $5  billion AUM (1998-2015) and before that a Partner of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co  where she led the International Equity division (1985-1996). Ms. McGetrick began her  investment career in non-US equities as an analyst for The Commonfund for International  Investments. She has also served on the Investment Committee for Partners Healthcare  System (2010-2019). She was previously on the Board and Investment committees of several  educational institutions including Providence College, The Wheeler School, Friends Academy  and Our Sister School. Ms. McGetrick graduated from Providence College with a BS in  Psychology and Business Management, and holds a MS in Finance from Fairfield University.  Ms. McGetrick resides in New York City and South Dartmouth, MA.

Oct 18, 202232:17
Bill Abrams, Former President of Trickle Up
Oct 06, 202230:10
Dwight McBride, President of The New School

Dwight McBride, President of The New School

Sep 29, 202232:12
Michael Marinello, Head of Communications and Content at Aon
Sep 15, 202231:17
Alan Patricof, Founder of APAX Partners

Alan Patricof, Founder of APAX Partners

Alan Patricof grew up in a Jewish family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, the son of parents who had immigrated from Russia to the United States. His father was a small-time stockbroker Patricof graduated from the Ohio State University in 1955, and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1957 while working full-time as an analyst for an investment firm.

Patricof was assigned the management of the Gottesman pulp and paper fortune.and focused his efforts on the new private companies in the portfolio.In 1967, he invested in New York magazine, a new publication, where he served as the founding chairman of the board.m] The magazine proved a success.[1] In 1969, he was able to raise $2.5 million and founded one of the first venture capital firms, Patricof Company Ventures. In 1977, he founded the private equity firm Apax Partners.

By the mid-1990s Apax had become one of the larger private equity firms globally. In 2001, Patricof stepped back from day-to-day management of the firm, to return to his original focus on venture capital investments in small early-stage companies.  In 2006, he left Apax to form Greycroft Partners which focuses on such investments.

Patricof has been married twice: Bette Patricof Hollander.[ They later divorced. They had one child: Mark F. Patricof (b. 1964) who is married to Martha Shelburne Jones, a daughter of Anne Shelburne Jones and Bishop Edward Witker Jones, the 9th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis His second marriage was to Susan Hatkoff.She is the sister of Craig Hatkoff. Jamie Patricof, film and television producer.Jonathan Cale Patricof (b. 1973), President of Tribeca Enterprises the company that owns and operates the Tribeca Film Festival.

Want to read Alan's latest book? Check it out here, No Red Lights.

Sep 07, 202231:19
Dean Fealk, Co-Managing Partner, Northern California @ DLA Piper | WSJ Best-Selling Author | Leader in Public Affairs

Dean Fealk, Co-Managing Partner, Northern California @ DLA Piper | WSJ Best-Selling Author | Leader in Public Affairs

An award-winning international attorney and civic leader bridging sectors to partner alongside business, government, and NGOs to promote international security, democracy and shared prosperity. As Northern California co-managing partner of a leading global law firm, he advises multinational companies on key strategic and legal issues related to growing their business internationally, having counseled on more than US$40 billion in cross-border transactions.Dean also serves in leadership capacities to various civic organizations, including CEO business groups, NGOs, and think tanks, and has advised and convened government leaders and politicians around the world - from the NATO Secretary General, to the Mayor of Seoul to the Justice Minister of India - on a range of international public policy issues. He is a founding member of the Halifax International Security Forum, a Washington, D.C., the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening strategic cooperation among democratic nations. Dean is also co-founder of Transatlantic West, a community of leaders promoting stronger ties between Europe and Silicon Valley.Passionate about service and public policy, Dean has advised three presidential campaigns on foreign policy and represented the State of California in trade and investment missions around the world. He serves as a governor’s appointee on the California Workforce Development Board, promoting job quality, worker voice, equity, and environmental sustainability for the state’s 18 million workers. He is past chair of the Northern California District Export Council, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to represent and advocate on behalf of the region’s diverse array of exporters, resulting in $75 billion in annual in exports. He has also advised the U.S. trade representative on international trade issues impacting the technology and innovation ecosystem.Recognized for his leadership in public diplomacy, Dean has been designated a Fulbright Scholar to Korea, an Honorary Senator of the German Economy, an Eisenhower Fellow to China, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Marshall Memorial Fellow to the EU, a US-Spain Council Young Leader, an International Fellow of Center for Strategic International Studies, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a Carnegie New Leader. Dean is an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Aug 31, 202231:20
Lisa Sherman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ad Council

Lisa Sherman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ad Council

Lisa Sherman is an innovative leader and accomplished operating executive with deep experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She has over 35 years of experience building, transforming, and growing organizations. As president and CEO of the Ad Council, she leads all aspects of this national institution. Working at the intersection of media, marketing, technology, entertainment, and advertising, the Ad Council convenes the world’s best marketers to create public engagement campaigns. By leveraging cutting-edge products, approaches and digital technologies, the organization tackles the most pressing issues facing the country.

Prior to the Ad Council, Lisa was at Viacom, where she built a powerful media business, launching and leading Logo TV, the first cable network for LGBTQ audiences. She also held a number of senior operating roles at Verizon, ad agency Hill Holliday and the Women’s Sports Network, the VC-backed marketing company she co-founded.

Sherman is a thought leader, frequent public speaker, and active participant on several advisory boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Information and Entertainment Stewardship Board. In addition, she is an advisor to Guild Education (an EdTech unicorn preparing the workforce of today for the jobs of tomorrow) and a member of the board of trustees at Dickinson College, her alma mater. Lisa was recognized as the 2020 Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association and received the prestigious 2019 Matrix award from New York Women in Communications.

Aug 22, 202232:52
Richard Quest, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN Business Editor

Richard Quest, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN Business Editor

Richard Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team.

Additionally, Quest is the host of two of CNN International's signature monthly feature programs: Business Traveller, which covers global business travel trends, issues and innovations of the travel industry, and Quest's World of Wonder, an immersive travel series that finds Quest exploring a new destination each month and meeting fascinating people who reveal the heart of the city.

Quest also serves as CNN Business editor-at-large and often hosts the digital live financial show "Markets Now" live streamed from the floor of the NYSE every Wednesday at 12:45pm ET at Quest Means Business, which airs weekdays at 3pm ET / 8pm BST on CNN International, destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television.

Quest is also the face of CNN's coverage of major UK events. He led CNN's coverage of the 'Brexit' vote in 2016, and has continued to report on the impact the historic vote is making on markets, economies and businesses. He used his expert knowledge of the British Royal Family to front the channel's coverage of the 2018 marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 live from the banks of the River Thames; and the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned more than two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. Quest is more than just business; there are few journalists who have had guests as varied, from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama to actress Joan Collins to founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) awarded Quest the 2013 UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his work as a business journalist reporting on the tourism industry.

Prior to joining CNN, he worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years.

Quest is British, holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar.

The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts

Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Aug 10, 202231:34
Michael Mwenso, Bandleader, Activist, Curator and Entrepreneur

Michael Mwenso, Bandleader, Activist, Curator and Entrepreneur

Michael Mwenso was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone but spent his teenage years hanging out at the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London where he was exposed to musicians such as Betty Carter, Elvin Jones, Ray Brown and Cedar Walton. In his youth, Mwenso started honing his talents as a trombonist, singer and performer playing in swing bands, reggae and Afrobeat horn sections. Mwenso’s talent as a performer caught the attention of many, which subsequently led him to meet James Brown who allotted space for him to sing and dance at his London shows. In 2012, friend and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis brought Mwenso to New York City to serve as curator and programming associate at Jazz at Lincoln Center where he also booked nightly sets at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Over the next few years, Mwenso also booked throughout the institution at large. Through these performances at Dizzy’s, Mwenso began to collaborate with a wide variety of Juilliard trained musicians that soon became known as The Shakes. This unique group of global artists presents music that merges entertainment and artistry through African and Afro-American music. In addition, Mwenso continues to break new ground as a cultural ambassador and artist in residence at various universities. Driven by Mwenso’s deep ancestral understanding of the African-American music tradition, his role at these Universities is to not only teach numerous classes on Black music but grow the arts scene within their local community while creating more programming focusing on Black artists. Through this work, Mwenso has partnered with Penn State University, Georgia Tech, Miami University, University at Buffalo and Sonoma State University as a guest professor and cultural ambassador of Black music. Michael is a sought-after cultural curator as well as a master at distributing the spiritual nutrition inherent in Black music with Electric Root, the mission-driven company he co-leads with Jono Gasparro.

The Caring Economy made it onto
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Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Aug 03, 202233:57
Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.
Jul 14, 202235:23
Lybra Clemons, Chief Diversity Officer of Twilio (NYSE:TWLO)

Lybra Clemons, Chief Diversity Officer of Twilio (NYSE:TWLO)

Lybra Clemons is Twilio's first Chief Diversity Officer. Prior, she was the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at PayPal, where she was responsible for overseeing and managing all global diversity initiatives, including developing a framework for diversity talent analytics, engagement, and recruitment. She has held senior-level diversity and inclusion roles at Morgan Stanley and American Express. Clemons brings her proven expertise in advising global organizations on diversity and inclusion programs, implementing corporate strategies that result in stronger retention and higher engagement, and building high-performance teams to Twilio.

Jul 08, 202236:08
Leon Botstein, Bard College President & Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities

Leon Botstein, Bard College President & Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities

Leon Botstein is a Swiss-American conductor, educator, and scholar serving as the President of Bard College since 1975. He is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Bard.

Jul 01, 202233:25
Jean Sung, Head of The Philanthropy Centre (Asia), J.P. Morgan Private Bank (NYSE:JPM)

Jean Sung, Head of The Philanthropy Centre (Asia), J.P. Morgan Private Bank (NYSE:JPM)

Jean Sung is Head of The Philanthropy Centre, Asia for J.P. Morgan  Private Bank.

Prior to joining The Private Bank, Jean was Head of Global Philanthropy  for J.P. Morgan Chase in Asia Pacific (2006 to 2013), managing the  firm’s corporate giving in 13 Asian countries. In this role, Ms. Sung  developed & implemented programs and services designed to improve  livelihoods and skills at work, with a focus on economic & workforce  development, financial empowerment, as well as education, health and  disaster relief with non-profits and multi-lateral partners.

She also developed and initiated country-specific needs assessments,  including KPIs, budgets and timelines in response to uplift social needs.  Jean was responsible for setting up J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s  Philanthropy Centre in Asia and works with clients and their families to  articulate their philanthropic vision, strategy and goals to bring purposes  to their giving.

In addition, Jean analyzes the effectiveness and efficiency of giving  models and structures. Jean brings experts and thought leaders together, explores trends and addresses pressing social issues on an  ongoing basis to help philanthropists hear from peer groups and  leverage actionable giving programs. Jean is recognized for her ability to  identify social gaps and her wealth of cross-sector and multilateral  networks helps build collaborative and like-minded alliances between the  private and social sectors.

She serves as Board Governor and Executive Committee Member of Bai  Xian Asia Institute; Executive Member of Sustainability Committee, Link  REIT; Executive Committee Member of Outward Bound (HKG), and  Member of the McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council.

The Caring Economy made it onto
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Jun 23, 202233:33
Carla Grant-Pickens, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Carla Grant-Pickens, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM (NYSE: IBM)

Carla Grant-Pickens serves as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM, where she leads a global team dedicated to creating an inclusive culture and a workforce that reflects the world while responding to societal issues that impact IBM employees and the communities they live and work in.

Diversity and inclusion have been a pillar of IBM’s culture for over 100 years and under  Carla’s leadership the company has been globally recognized as a leader in the space,  named as a “Top 10 Working Mother Best Company,” a “Top 10 Company for Dads,” and a “Top Place to Work for LGBTQ Employees” by the Human Rights Campaign, among others.

During her 20+ year career at IBM, Carla has held roles in HR Leadership, Talent Strategy and Programs, and Executive Succession & Development across the company, and has worked and lived in both the U.S. and Asia. Carla holds an IBM patent and the prolific title of “IBM Inventor” for Workforce Retention and Compensation Analytics. Prior to  IBM, she worked in Consulting at Oracle and Northup Grumman.

Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Carla is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she attained a B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Human Resources. Carla sits on the boards  of the Federal City Council and Connected DMV and enjoys volunteering with youth in  her area; most notably as a Mentor and the Executive Champion of the Carver High  School P-TECH program in Baltimore, Maryland.

When not at work, Carla can be found spending time with her husband, Eric, and her two sons, Eric, Jr., and Louis – most likely watching a College Basketball game… Go Terps!

Jun 15, 202235:01
Romain Liot, COO of Adore Me

Romain Liot, COO of Adore Me

Romain Liot is the co founder & COO of Adore Me - a disruptive e-commerce startup, revolutionizing the fashion industry. With revenues growing exponentially from $1M in 2012 to over $100M. Romain has led Adore Me to become one of the fastest-growing companies in New York (ranked #17 on Crain’s Fast 50 in 2017) and one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S. (ranked three times on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America).

Jun 08, 202230:20
Christina Ho, Pilot
May 25, 202230:24
Tom Moore, Co-Founder of With You With Me

Tom Moore, Co-Founder of With You With Me

Tom Moore, a former captain in the Australian Army who co-founded ( (WYWM) to assist veterans, military spouses, neurodivergent individuals, Indigenous people and other underserviced groups in a transition to a new digital career path with a purpose. WYWM does this with an innovative testing model it developed for aptitude and attitude that helps people better identify where their talents are best applied, and then provides free, accredited training to help place them in a job.

Since launching 6 years ago, WYWM has been named by Deloitte’s Fast 50 list as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the world.

The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts

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May 19, 202236:15
Beth A. Brooke, Global Professional Business Executive

Beth A. Brooke, Global Professional Business Executive

Beth A. Brooke Director, The New York Times Company, eHealth, Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings, Reed Smith, and The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC)

Beth Brooke serves on the Board of The New York Times Company, (NYSE:NYT), eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH), Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings, and SHEEX, as well as the USOPC, Aspen Institute, Conference Board, the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, Reed Smith and APCO’s International Advisory Councils, and the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Formerly, Brooke had a four-decade career at EY, was its Global Vice Chair-Public Policy, a member of EY’s Global Board, and a global sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion.  In the Clinton Administration, she played roles in the Healthcare and Superfund reform efforts and had tax policy responsibility for insurance and managed care.

Brooke is a recognized global advocate of diversity and inclusion.  She has been named to Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list eleven times and is in the LGBTQ OutStanding Hall of Fame. She earned a B.S. degree in Industrial management and computer science from Purdue University where she played intercollegiate basketball and is in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She founded the Women Athletes Business Network, which helps elite female athletes pivot from success in sport to success in business after their competitive sporting career ends.

May 12, 202232:31
KENYATTA Berry, Professional Genealogist, Author, Attorney, Lecturer, & Television Personality

KENYATTA Berry, Professional Genealogist, Author, Attorney, Lecturer, & Television Personality

KENYATTA Berry is a Contributor to the groundbreaking “1619 Project” published by the New York Times. She is the 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and was recently named a “Newsmaker” in American Libraries magazine, a publication of the American Library Association.

KENYATTA is an Author, Attorney, Lecturer, Professional Genealogist and Television Personality, she ignites the genealogy world with a bigger than life personality and illustrious career spanning over 20 years of data collection, in-depth genealogical research and historical content in the discipline of Genealogy.

KENYATTA’s vast knowledge in the areas of African American Genealogy, Enslaved Ancestral Research and DNA has made her an invaluable “go to” source for information from all parts of the world. From her Features in publications as Black Enterprise, Good Housekeeping, Spartan Magazine, Real Simple, Wall Street Journal and Woman’s World.

KENYATTA’S TV Host job on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) (which received over 1.5 million viewers per episode) is generating enormous buzz surrounding her insight, understanding and expertise by colleagues, genealogy organizations, experts, media and supporters alike. KENYATTA was featured on The Real (FOX), revealing the DNA results of the hosts in a segment entitled “Who Am I?” The videos of this segment have received over 9.5 million views on YouTube.

Passionate about her work, KENYATTA’S sharp wit, cool demeanor and smart fashion choices invite fans and followers across the globe as she ignites the desire in others to connect to their pasts in order to find out who we really are. As demand grows for people to learn more about their lineage and DNA, KENYATTA continues to innovate, transforming the world of Genealogy by making it more accessible to the masses.

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