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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
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.
31:42
April 9, 2021
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.
19:53
March 18, 2021
Shaking Up the Insurance Industry with Nina Rauch From Lemonade
Lemonade isn’t a traditional insurance company. They’ve created a breakthrough business model, where giving is embedded into the core of how they operate. This week’s episode features Lemonade’s social impact coordinator, Nina Rauch. Listen to hear Nina and Rachel geek out about embedded giveback programs and the giving power of younger generations. This episode includes the audio track “Boogie Woogie Bed” by Audionautix. The track is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
19:03
March 4, 2021
Weaving Social Impact Into Your Company’s DNA with Bryan Breckenridge
When Bryan Breckenridge first started working at Salesforce back in 2001, he was just a “loud employee” who wanted the company to prioritize social impact. Since then, Bryan has been a trailblazer in the Tech for Good movement — working his way up to become Salesforce’s director of nonprofits and education, then later building out social impact programs at LinkedIn, Box, and Zillow. Throughout his career, Bryan has worked to make sure that social impact ties into the core of what companies do. On this week’s episode, Bryan shares the wisdom he has acquired from two decades of putting social impact in the spotlight. Listen to hear more about his social impact story, his advice for building out product-for-good programs, and his tips for getting employees engaged in giving and volunteering programs. This episode includes the audio track “Big Swing Band” by Audionautix. The track is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
28:05
February 22, 2021
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.
36:46
February 2, 2021
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!
24:24
January 19, 2021
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.
27:34
December 23, 2020
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.
35:41
December 2, 2020
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.
12:47
November 16, 2020
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!
36:58
October 29, 2020
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! 
37:04
October 13, 2020
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. 
31:14
September 24, 2020
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!
31:04
September 10, 2020
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.
35:55
August 18, 2020
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.
29:08
July 14, 2020
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.
35:32
June 15, 2020
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!
34:27
May 7, 2020
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.
25:54
March 27, 2020
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.
28:10
February 25, 2020
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.
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January 28, 2020