Nuance of Impact
By Rebecca Nedelec
👋🏾 I’m Rebecca Nedelec— and I‘m fascinated by the nuances of social impact— how the activist convinced the big company, how the child prompted change (like seriously, Greta!) and really, that split moment where the influence was lit. Here, we’ll forget the big concepts and hear stories of the unseen moments that changed things for the better.
S2. Ep6 | The Stories that Live Behind Data | Rachael Weiss Riley | Director, Two Sigma Data Clinic
This episode is for you if you're someone who believes in the impact of the stories that live behind statistics and data. Rachael Weiss Riley is the Director of Data Clinic, the data, and tech for good initiative of New York City-based hedge fund, Two Sigma. Rachael oversees the translation of data science and technology to support the scaling and growth of impact-driven organizations. Rachael holds a DrPH in Epidemiology from the CUNY School of Public Health, an MPH from Hunter College, a BS from Brown University and serves on the inaugural NYC Open Data Advisory Council. Learn about Two Sigma here. Follow Rachael Weiss Riley on LinkedIn. Season 2 is proudly supported by the Social Innovation Summit -- The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.
October 28, 2021
S2. Ep5 | What would you do for the greater good? | Josh Morrison | Co-Founder, 1DaySooner
This episode was recorded back in the spring of 2021, when the conversation around COVID-19 vaccinations was different. As the world experienced lockdown, getting a vaccination out to the world was the number 1 priority. For some, that urgency felt like a responsibility to contribute in some way. And so 1DaySooner was born- a movement where 40,000 people globally raised their hands to participate in challenge trials if they were to be approved. What is a challenge trial? A choice to be voluntarily infected with COVID-19 in order to advance clinical trials and ultimately, get the vaccine out but 1 Day Sooner. Ultimately, challenge trials for the COVID-19 vaccine were not approved, but what did emerge from the actions of these 40,000 volunteers was solidarity and altruism. Something our world could use a little more of these days. Learn more about 1DaySooner HERE.
September 15, 2021
S2. Ep4 | Sarah Gilks | CEO Healthy Role Models | The making of community
This episode is for you if you want to dig into the impact of authenticity and a positive mindset. In this episode, we explore the makings of a community. Sarah Gilks created Healthy Role Models when she saw a need for a community made up of women who were passionate about health, supporting one another, and striving for excellence in all areas of their lives. It makes sense that a star community builder would have the belief that if you don’t have something in your life, and you need it then you should BUILD IT, and that is what she did. Learn about Healthy Role Models here. Follow Sarah Gilks and Healthy Role Models on Instagram.
July 07, 2021
S2.Ep3 | Rachel Hutchisson of Blackbaud | What does it mean to be charitable in 2021?
This episode is for you if you ask the big questions. In this episode, we explore how generosity, community, and giving have evolved. Rachel Hutchisson is the VP of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud. Now, if you work in the not-for-profit space, you know Blackbaud. Helping 3,100+ associates be Agents of Good, Rachel built Blackbaud’s CSR program from the ground up, leveraging her experience working at the intersection of business and nonprofits. You can follow Rachel Hutchisson on LinkedIn. Season 2 wouldn't be possible without our Season 2 partner, the Social Innovation Summit The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it. You can register for FREE to this year's Social Innovation Summit here.
May 27, 2021
S2.Ep2 | Kimmi Chex, On-Air Personality at NFL| The Confidence to Demand Change
This episode is for you if you know you want to speak up, but fear gets in the way. Impressive and wise beyond her 25 years, Kimberly Chexnayder, also known as Kimmi Chex is an on-air personality for the NFL. Chex teaches us how to become aware of our influence, and more importantly how to leverage it for the confidence needed to advocate for change. In 2020, Chex was named to The Athletic’s 40 Under 40: The Rising Stars Shaping the Direction of the NFL and Front Office Sports 25 Under 25. She joined us from her home in Los Angeles. You can follow Kimmi Chex on Instagram. Season 2 wouldn't be possible without our Season 2 partner, the Social Innovation Summit The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it. You can register for FREE to this year's Social Innovation Summit here.
May 19, 2021
S2.Ep1 | Holly Copeland, Senior Director of Impact at Horizon Therapeutics | What is means to give authentically
This episode is for you if you seek a renewed faith that companies really can do the right thing for the right reasons. Joined by Holly Copeland, Senior Director of their Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Impact at Horizon Therapeutics we talk about what authenticity actually means in the land of corporate social innovation and giving. Get ready to learn about how Horizon Therapeutics is making medicine, (not just their medicines but all medicines), accessible to patients, and why there is merit in going deep with a single community rather than a mile wide with many. You can follow Holly’s work on LinkedIn Season 2's ride or die -> Social Innovation Summit The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it. You can learn more about the Social Innovation Summit here.
April 28, 2021
S1. Ep.14 | Mel Ochoa, COO Landmark Ventures & Jamie Sears, Head of Community Affairs, Americas UBS
This episode is for you if you want to explore what it takes to thrive incorporate social impact from the perspective of both a congregator of change makers and a driver of corporate impact. Joined by Jamie Sears, Head of Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas UBS and Mel Ochoa, COO of Landmark Ventures we talk about what talents and skills are best channelled by drivers of social impact and what the Black Lives Matter movement has ignited for BIPOC working in the social impact space. You can follow Jamie's work on LinkedIn You can follow Mel Ochoa's work on Linkedin. You can learn more about the Social Innovation Summit here
October 07, 2020
S1. Ep 13 | Michael Masserman, prev. Head of Policy & Social Impact, LYFT - altruism, values and intuition
This episode is for you if you are trying to drive impact with government or within an organization while staying true to your values and your intuition. Joined by Michael Masserman, previous Head of Global Policy & Social Impact for LYFT, Mike has driven impact by approaching government partnerships with empathy and compassion. Rebecca and Mike breakdown courageous conversations, and how companies lead with values authentically. Now transitioned from Lyft, we discuss what was involved personally for Mike in deciding it was time to go. You can keep track of Mike's work on LinkedIn. You can order the Masserman Brothers - Oren Masserman, Mike Masserman and Tal Masserman's children's book, Chasing the Sun on Amazon.
September 30, 2020
S1.Ep12 | Samara Bay, Dialect coach to Rachel McAdams and Gal Gadot | Using you voice to get what you want
How is it that some are able to command a room and create influence? What do they do differently? In this episode we're joined by Samara Bay - dialect coach to stars like Gal Gadot, Rachel McAdams, and Penelope Cruz, podcast host and producer of Permission to Speak and advocate for female and marginalized voices. Samara empowers people on a mission to use their voice to be seen, heard and loved. In this episode, we talk about the emotions that often lay beneath barriers to speaking with influence and the intersections of feminism and speech. Catch Samara on her podcast Permission to Speak
September 23, 2020
S1. Ep 11 | 7-minute Ramble - Rest & Impact
7-minutes — okay, okay, this one’s 8-minutes. This is for you if you didn’t use your vacation time this summer because you felt like you had too much going on to make it happen. This episode is about the unlikely marriage of rest and impact.
September 09, 2020
S1.Ep10 | Meriko Kubota, prev. Director, MEC & Telus on building purpose and driving change
This episode is for you if you are looking to nerd out on social purpose from a leading expert who brings corporate, non-profit and government into one conversation. Joined by Meriko Kubota, previous Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Investment at Telus, and Director of Sponsorship Marketing and Community Investment at MEC, Meriko has built social purpose for Canada's leading brands. In this conversation, we talk about Meriko's personal connection to driving change, and her decision to leave Vancouver for a small town on the coast of British-Columbia. Meriko is not only a leader to follow, but someone who's story takes us out of the strict parameters we're accustomed to. You can keep track of Meriko's work on Linkedin.
August 26, 2020
S1. Ep9 | Ellonda Green, Director of EDI at B Lab | Anti-racism on the corporate front
This episode is for you if you desire authentic action from companies in the fight for anti-racism. Joined by the insightful Dr. Ellonda Green, Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at B Lab - the renowned non-profit pursuing a vision for an inclusive economy, while serving a global movement of people who use business as a force for good. In this episode, Dr. Green breaks down white supremacy in the workplace, describes the harm in the romanticization of "the hustle" and explains why difficult conversations are an act of compassion. Ellonda is a trailblazer, and with B Lab, is setting a new bar for what equity, diversity and inclusion looks like in the workplace. You can read about B Lab's anti-racism work here You can follow Dr. Ellonda Green's career on LinkedIn
August 12, 2020
S1. Ep 8 | Jay Ritchlin, Director-General, David Suzuki Foundation on staying inspired in the pursuit of impact
This episode is for you if you are wondering how to stay inspired while you pursue your cause. Joined by the wonderful Jay Ritchlin, Director-General for the David Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s most renowned charity for their pursuit to save our planet. Their vision is simple, that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature. Jay’s is not only overseeing two paradox provinces, Alberta and British Columbia but his experience includes working on challenges to the environment like open net-pen aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, marine fisheries, toxins and seafood. Jay is as authentic as they come, and this episode will leave your appreciation for nature ignited.
August 05, 2020
S1. Ep 7 | Jason White, CMO of Curaleaf on purpose and legacy
This episode is for you if you need a boost- a reminder that your career is on track, and your resourcefulness, honesty and courage matter. Joined by Jason White, the Chief Marketing Officer of Curaleaf - now the world's largest cannabis company, we talk about his transition from Beats by Dr. Dre to Curaleaf, the power of legacy and his approach to tuning out the haters. Passionate about the relationship between the legalization of cannabis, and the racial injustices of the war on drugs, Jason is a leader who isn't afraid to speak his mind and lean into courage. You can keep track of Jason's work on Linkedin. Follow Curaleaf as they grow the cannabis industry and deepen their impact on LinkedIn and Instagram.
July 29, 2020
S1. Ep6 | Afdhel Aziz | Black Lives Matter and business as a force for good
This episode is for the person that continues to be moved by the Black Lives Matter movement and its essential influence on the world's brands. Joined by Afdhel Aziz, author of Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn, and founder of the think-tank and idea incubator to the Levis, Facebook, and Microsofts of the world, Conspiracy of Love, Afdhel is the world’s evangelist of business as a force for good. In this episode, we talk about how leading brands are responding to Black Lives Matter, and how it reconciles with consumers' call to action on authentic social purpose. From respecting the journey’s of black and brown employees and customers to a need for transparent action, this conversation is one for the books. Keep track of Afdhel's work on a regular basis on Linkedin & Pre-order his newest book, Principles of Purpose here.
July 22, 2020
S1.Ep5 | Pat Dossett, CEO of Madefor and ex-Navy SEAL | Achieving your potential
This episode is for the change maker on a mission to live up to their potential. So you're trying to figure out what your potential looks like, while keeping your health, relationships and sanity strong? Pat’s got you! In this episode, Pat Dossett, ex-Navy SEAL turned President and CEO of Madefor, talks about the unrecognized intersections between fulfillment and success, and how he approached his career and partnership with Blake Mycoskie by putting purpose first. You’ll learn how to get through your most uncomfortable situations, how to break up goals, and the difference between a growth and fixed mindset. Check out Madefor to learn more about Pat’s work.
July 15, 2020
S1.Ep4 | 7 Minute Ramble: Rethinking Logo and Sponsorship
7 Minute Rambles are for the short commute, the coffee break, and the long pondering poops. They're short, informative, opinion based and offer a knowledge bomb to keep your gears turning for the rest of the day. In this episode, we talk about the 5 senses and which 3 really matter when it comes to events and sponsorship. Read the full post on Linkedin, here. This episode is for the community investment or marketing professional looking to negotiate a sponsorship, who wants to maximize their brand's impact in the room. If you're looking to build a strong sponsorship package that provides real value and goes beyond logos, this 7-minute ramble is for you.
July 15, 2020
S1. Ep3 | Alex Welsh & Pat Bruns, Founders of Yama Nomad | When purpose and work collide
Pat & Alex are living the life that the rest of us millennials once said we would, before we realized the work involved. Founders of Yama Nomad, an adventure van company, Pat and Alex talk about bringing purpose and work together under one roof (or many if you count the adventure vans they've built). In this episode, we reflect on the role of guilt in leading a purpose-driven life and the parallels between building vans the competition mindset. You can follow the story and evolution of Yama Vans on Instagram or check out their website.
July 06, 2020
S1.Ep2 | Khadijah Tribble, VP CSR at Curaleaf | Decriminalizing cannabis from the inside
This episode is for the activist and the corporate change-maker. You’re wondering, how do I channel my voice? How do I navigate the boardroom and still advocate for real change? In this episode you’ll learn about Khadijah’s experience of the intersectionality between being a corporate vice-president, and being a black, queer woman working in the cannabis industry. Khadijah’s life’s work is the decriminalization of cannabis. She is working to ensure black and brown communities, who have long been affected by America’s war on drugs, are properly represented in the wealth of cannabis’ legalization. You can follow Khadijah’s work on here. Check out CuraLeaf and their corporate social responsibility efforts to decriminalize cannabis here.
July 06, 2020
S1.Ep1 | How it all came to be
The story behind Nuance of Impact, the podcast. Launching Monday, July 6.
July 03, 2020