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SHACK15 Conversations

SHACK15 Conversations

By SHACK15 Studio
Deep dive with the founders, investors, artists, athletes, and astronauts who contribute to the SHACK15 community. We'll explore the 'why' that motivates these individuals to build their businesses, and look closer at the mechanics behind 'how' they do what they do, surfacing some key insights and entertaining anecdotes along the way.

All episodes are recorded in front of a live audience of our friends and community at SHACK15 in San Francisco, or, live online as part of the ongoing programming series SHACK15 Conversations.
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026 / Erik Rind & James Felton Keith

SHACK15 Conversations

033 / The Future of Cities
Flying cars, teleporters, robot butlers, and geostationary metropolises are just a few of the tropes that have long been used as pop culture markers for cities of the future. But those imaginative notions rarely address some of the most pressing issues experienced by cities now, including an expanding income gap, growing homelessness and global climate change. Can we surmount today’s pernicious challenges and realize a shared, ideal future? Will tomorrow’s cities be more reminiscent of the shiny utopia of Star Trek or the bleak dystopia of Blade Runner? Will future cities even be identifiable as such? SHACK15, Manny's, and SPUR presented a conversation diving head first into this pertinent question, with leading architects and urban planners Peter Calthorpe, Kristen Hall and Shilpi Kumar. Here to introduce the panel is Manny Yekutiel.
June 15, 2022
032 / People Over Plastic's Fight for Environmental Justice
How do we mainstream the story about plastic, climate, and environmental justice? SHACK15 hosted the People Over Plastic BIPOC Storytelling Collective’s first story salon with leading voices in the fight for a more just and equitable future. With 99% of plastic coming from fossil fuels, People Over Plastic believes conversations about the climate crisis AND the plastic crisis must center people of color and indigenous voices who are most impacted from it. At a recent panel discussion, we listened to stories from renowned environmental attorney and thought leader Patrice Simms, river protector and Trump border wall plaintiff Tricia Cortez, and a community organizer defeating big oil, Goldman Prize winner Sharon Lavigne. The conversation was moderated by globally recognized communicator and plastic pollution expert Shilpi Chhotray.
June 15, 2022
031 / Psychedelic Science, Innovation & Policy
On February 15th, SHACK15 hosted a panel conversation about the current state of innovation, legalization, history and opportunity of the burgeoning psychedelic field. The ongoing progress toward legalization of psychedelic-assisted therapies in the United States is arguably one of the most important scientific and societal revolutions of our generation. Listen to experts from the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, Journey Colab, Mimosa Therapeutics, and Mindlumen.
March 10, 2022
030 / Music, Mindfulness & RESONANCE
SHACK15 collaborators Nkechi Njaka and Cory Tauber, who goes by the artist name Tauwoo, speak about their background and what led them to create the RESONANCE meditation series that is currently being offered bi-monthly at SHACK15. With respective backgrounds in music and neuroscience, Cory and Nkechi talk about what meditation means to them, and the importance of practicing mindfulness. They spoke about how the wellness field has changed in San Francisco and beyond in recent years, and how Nkechi prefers the term “well-being” in describing what she and Cory offer with RESONANCE.
February 28, 2022
029 / Investing in Circular Fashion
On November 17th, SHACK15 hosted a conversation with member Shamini Dhana about circular fashion and the launch of her new company, D/Sphere, with filmmaker Greg Hemmings and Investor Somshankar Das. The panelists discussed turning the $500 billion dollar value of global textile waste into circular fashion, while propelling the next digital fashion movement.
December 10, 2021
028 / Climate Migration & Displacement
On October 6, 2021, SHACK15 member Emma Riley moderated a conversation on climate displacement and creative impact with leaders in entertainment, media, and tech. The conversation focused on how storytellers can highlight this crisis and be a part of future solutions. Panelists included author Jesse Byrd, Daily Overview founder Benjamin Grant, and People Over Plastic producer Shilpi Chotray.
November 17, 2021
027 / Data Rights, Policy and Privacy
Who’s profiting off of your personal data? Listen in on a timely discussion between Gil Ruiz, Senior Advisor to New York Senator Kirsten Gilibrand, Lou-lee Sanney, Policy & Strategic Communications Advisor with the Day One Project and Matt Prewitt, President global non-profit, RadicalxChange Foundation as they shed light on the importance of protecting your data and the dangers of clicking those “I agree” boxes too quickly. Moderated by Erik Rind, Founder & CEO of ImagineBC.
September 21, 2021
026 / Erik Rind & James Felton Keith
Award winning engineer, activist, author and economist, James Felton Keith joins Erik Rind, Founder & CEO of data privacy company ImagineBC, to unpack the fascinating and timely global movement aimed at creating a more ethical and equitable data economy. James and Erik share their expertise while empowering our audience to take the reins on their personal information online and provide them with the tools to control and even monetize it. 
September 20, 2021
025 / Ulf Schwekendiek
Remote work has increased overall interest and reliance on digital tools that enhance collaborative and individual productivity however, not all of them are created equally. In this episode, founder and CEO of new mindfulness and productivity app Centered, Ulf Schwekendiek speaks with engineer, founder and author of popular business advice newsletter, Lenny Rachitsky to discuss his new holistic approach to productivity, the reason why his app proudly stands at the intersection of productivity and mindfulness, the ever-evasive idea of flow state and the widely untapped power behind the combination of mindfulness, productivity and tech.
September 20, 2021
024 / Pamela Newkirk
How can we make diversity more than just a buzzword? Pamela Newkirk, award-winning author of 'Diversity, Inc.' and time-honored journalist with The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times shines a bright light on the diversity industry, asking the tough questions about what has been effective–and why progress has been so slow. Along with moderator Charles Trevail, host of the 'Outside In' podcast, Pamela discusses the vast gap between the rhetoric of inclusivity and real achievements, opportunities to deliver on the promise of true equality, and how we can all contribute to combatting enduring racial attitudes.
April 26, 2021
023 / Claudia Romo Edelman
Latinx advocate, visionary social entrepreneur and founder of New York-based non-profit, We Are All Human Foundation, Claudia Romo Edelman has spent years unifying the U.S. Hispanic community by promoting gender and racial equality through advocacy, events, content creation and training. In this episode, she is joined by Paola Correa, co-founder of global community of LatinX Founders, La NUBE LatinX in Cloud Technologies to discuss the past, present and future of Latinx entrepreneurship. Together, they will unpack the challenges that Hispanic-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways that we all can be part of economic growth and recovery.
April 01, 2021
022 / Sara Eide
It’s no secret that employers in the COVID-19 era have faced a profound set of challenges. In this conversation, creative staffing specialist, Sara Eide unpacks the unprecedented challenges that employers have had to face during COVID-19 and draws on her expertise to share how this pandemic has changed both the labor market and the work environment in more ways than one. In conversation with Regional VP of The Creative Group, Cristina De La Cruz, Sara will discuss today’s employment trends, how employers can optimize recruiting efforts, and the hiring landscape before, during and after the COVID era.
March 25, 2021
021 / Coffee + Chocolate
With similar tasting notes, history and terroir, it’s no surprise that coffee and chocolate often go hand-in-hand. In this episode, we’re joined by two legendary leaders in coffee and chocolate innovation: Todd Masonis, CEO and co-founder of SF-based Dandelion Chocolate and Tim Wendelboe of Tim Wendelboe coffee in Oslo, Norway, who is SHACK15's exclusive coffee supplier. With moderator Marcus Colombano, Tim and Todd will unravel the ethos and passion behind creating high-quality products while upholding production transparency, ethical ingredient sourcing and creating deeply supportive relationships with farmers.
March 18, 2021
020 / Laura Moreno
Many people are left out of capital markets and the paths to prosperity that they bring -- specifically Latinx communities, women, and other minority groups. In this episode, Latinx entrepreneur and founder of financial media company Pandocap, Laura Moreno Lucas dives into the why's and how's behind her passion to create access to capital markets within all communities by distilling market complexities into easy-to-understand information. In conversation with Latinx serial tech entrepreneur, Jesse Martinez, Laura will discuss how Pandocap is leveling the playing field and creating equal access to financial insights, with curated, aggregated, bilingual market intelligence and how her career at NASDAQ inspired the work she is doing today.
March 11, 2021
019 / Jes Wolfe
It’s no secret that young girls are severely underestimated and one of the biggest contributors to this social dilemma is the unrealistic narrative of female characters in the media all around us. Jes Wolfe, CEO of girl-driven edutainment company Rebel Girls, is on a mission to revolutionize girlhood by providing young women with real-life narratives of diverse and inspiring female role models and breaking the chain of male heroes in children’s books. With a goal to instil confidence in 50 million girls over the next 5 years, Jes's groundbreaking conversation teaches us the importance of creating media that is culturally accessible for all kids and how the stories we choose to tell foster inspiration and self identity in their young, bright minds.
March 04, 2021
018 / Paint The Void
For the past few months, we’ve all been watching as our beloved local businesses board up their windows in the fight against COVID-19. Local non-profit arts initiative, Paint the Void, has brought power and inspiration back into the streets of San Francisco by connecting Bay Area artists with local businesses behind boards to create colorful murals as a reminder of hope until they can open their doors once again. In only 3 months, Paint the Void has facilitated and funded a total of 96 murals, connecting 79 artists with 84 storefronts and small business owners. In this episode, hear from the powerhouse panel of female founders Inga Bard, Meredith Winner, Shannon Riley and Lisa Vortman as they share the inspiration behind this initiative and talk about the emotional importance of public art in challenging times.
February 26, 2021
017 / Mike Steadman
Every so often, a gentle reminder on the importance of community and mentorship presents itself. In this episode, we witness just that as entrepreneur and three-time National Collegiate Boxing Champion, Mike Steadman, guides us through his entrepreneurial journey and mission behind IRONBOUND Boxing, a free inner-city boxing program in Newark NJ, that empowers inner-city youth to strive for greatness. In combination with his newly launched small business accelerator, THRIVE, which empowers young athletes to think like entrepreneurs and learn creative ways to generate income for themselves and their families, Mike is reminding us of the importance behind uplifting young minds and members of our communities and the true definition of paying it forward.
February 19, 2021
016 / Audrey Crane
Even though their end goals are often the same, business professionals and creative teams speak vastly different languages in the conference room, making productive communication seemingly impossible at times. Experienced designer, researcher and author, Audrey Crane draws on her years of experience in Silicon Valley to break this language barrier in her new book, "What CEOs Need To Know About Design". Listen in as she showcases the power of design in the world of business while giving CEOs the inside-scoop on how to harness the strength of their creative teams. Don’t miss this conversation as her book has been described as the “secret weapon” in building brilliant consumer-driven products and services.
February 12, 2021
015 / Cannabis, Tech & Equity
Join us for a panel discussion on the intersection of cannabis and technology with leaders in cannabis who are innovating in this rapidly-growing and evolving industry. Talented innovators from leading players Eaze, Meadow, LEVEL and Poseidon Asset Management share their thoughts on the changing face of the cannabis industry and how they are bringing world-class products to market. Learn about the technological, cultural, financial, legal and political ecosystems that are shaping the cannabis-focused enterprises of today and tomorrow.
January 28, 2021
014 / Rimma Boshernitsan
Today's leaders often find themselves asking the “why” and “how” questions that will help drive their teams to success. Rimma Boshernitsan, who advises Fortune 500 CEOs as founder of strategy advisory DIALOGUE, explores these questions and focuses on connection and empathy as key elements needed for leaders and businesses to thrive. In this episode, Rimma and moderator Laura Guido-Clark uncover connections between leadership, emotion, motivation and intention and how we all can inspire others through challenging times.
January 22, 2021
013 / Building Sustainable Companies
Have you ever given thought to the carbon footprint that we collectively leave behind on our planet or what companies and individuals can do to combat this? It’s no secret that corporate sustainability is fast becoming a pillar of today's top companies, with many leaders in these efforts based here in the SF Bay Area. Join us for a conversation dedicated to the latest innovations in corporate sustainability led by a panel of change-makers who have led sustainability at major companies like Google, Gap and the City and County of San Francisco. In this conversation, learn how innovative organizations are reshaping the future of our planet and how we all can leave our world in better shape than we inherited it...
January 09, 2021
012 / Adrian Tirtanadi
Imagine a world where everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, has the ability to access quality legal representation. That’s exactly what Adrian Tirtanadi has created within his award-winning SF-based non-profit, Open Door Legal. In this episode, Adrian addresses how information and opportunity is distributed unfairly in American culture and how the invention of new paths to quality, timely and free legal help is one of the key ingredients missing to create an equitable and thriving society
December 18, 2020
011 / Lisa Kristine
Internationally acclaimed humanitarian photographer and master storyteller, Lisa Kristine, has harnessed the power of a photograph to amplify the human experience found in the furthest corners of the world. She has spent her life documenting and raising awareness around crucial humanitarian causes including modern slavery, human trafficking, ongoing refugee crises, and more. With the guidance of moderator Monika Szamko, Lisa walks us through an audio tour of her gallery in Sonoma, California, creating an unforgettable sensory experience unlike any other. She shares the incredible stories behind a few of the favorite images captured over the course of her career and dives into conversation with Monika about the ongoing cultural shift happening all around us.
December 11, 2020
010 / The Pink Triangle
As a profound piece of LGBT history and San Francisco’s PRIDE celebration, The Pink Triangle stands as an ode to the dark history of LGBT persecution, and the emergence of PRIDE as a social movement-turned-colorful symbol of hope and inclusion on the horizon of San Francisco. Patrick Carney, renegade artist and creator of the iconic “Pink Triangle” on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks, teams up with Ben Davis, founder of local non-profit “Illuminate”, to discuss and action the unthinkable project of digitizing the Pink Triangle in 2020.
November 10, 2020
009 / Ellie Pritts
Internationally recognized photographer, director, and producer, Ellie Pritts, speaks with moderator Marcus Colombano to discuss her journey as a creative entrepreneur. She clues us in on the journey of buying her first DSLR camera, creating the iOS app HIPPO and making her way to becoming published in WIRED and TIME magazine. Ellie’s fascinating perspective on art and philosophy are clearly seen throughout her journey as a young person navigating the world of daunting careers which has inevitably created her signature use of photography to capture magical views of the real world.
November 10, 2020
008 / Outlaw Ocean
The lawless high seas hold many secrets, ones that were too tempting for New York Times best-selling author Ian Urbina and renowned ambient soundscape artist Christopher Willits to explore. Their journalistic approach to eco-activism and musical exploration is expressed through Ian’s new book "Outlaw Ocean", which chronicles five years spent at sea among smuggling, drilling, and dumping pirates in international waters. Accompanying Ian’s written work, Christopher produced an album called "The Unknown Sea", an EP written to accompany and expand upon the narrative of the book. Moderator Marcus Colombano explores this first-of-it’s-kind dual masterpiece and fascinating collaboration between the creative and analytical brains of Ian and Christopher that live to tell a heartbreaking tale of our ocean’s past, present and future.
November 10, 2020
007 / Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Have you ever wondered what the intersection of Silicon Valley and Hollywood looks like? Forbes senior editor Zack O'Malley Greenburg shares insights from his new book "A-List Angels: How a Band of Actors, Artists, and Athletes hacked Silicon Valley” which captures the rise of celebrity investors in a world of Silicon Valley suits. With moderator Chris Lyons, they discuss the impact of celebrity investors on today's top companies in the worlds of music, entertainment, and sports, and how venture capital can be a vehicle to creating generational wealth for groups that historically have not had a seat at the table.
November 10, 2020
006 / Alissa Carpenter
If only there was a guide on how to communicate with confidence and authenticity. Author of the new book “How To Listen and How To Be Heard: Inclusive Conversations At Work”, Alissa Carpenter joins moderator Jen Oleniczak Brown to create a masterclass of a discussion that shares insight into using tools to find your authentic voice, foster inclusive conversations at work, and lead with empathy in times of uncertainty while also diving into practical and actionable steps to get your team running cleaner, more together, and in ownership of good workplace culture.
November 10, 2020
005 / Fanny Singer
We’re often unaware of the critical role that food plays in all our lives and how flavors can recreate a distant memory of home. Accomplished chef, author, and editor Fanny Singer, daughter of famed chef Alice Waters, explores these ideas in her new book “Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories”.  In conversation with Marcus Colombano, Fanny discusses what it was like growing up on the farms of Northern California, and in the kitchens of Chez Panisse, the family's infamous Berkeley farm-to-table restaurant. She touches on some of the family traditions that emerge from a lifestyle built around culinary excellence, and dives into her past, to share some of the formative coming-of-age experiences that helped her become who she is today.
November 10, 2020
004 / Markos Kounalakis
Media has played an even more striking role in the year 2020 as it has captured people’s attention around the world sharing information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Markos Kounalakis is a veteran foreign affairs correspondent, columnist, and committed lifetime journalist focused on sociopolitical revolution with a passion for finding truth. In conversation with Marcus Colombano, Markos dives deep and lends his insight to the global media's critical role in finding truth and shaping the narrative amid the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
November 09, 2020
003 / Manny Yekutiel
Manny Yekutiel is the Founder of Manny’s, the social gathering and civic event space housed in the Mission district of San Francisco. His dedication to inclusivity, affordability, and service to the local community is reflected in the atmosphere at Manny’s where he has created a space for civic discourse in San Francisco while fostering community and empowering people to get involved. In conversation with moderator Marcus Colombano, Manny shares insight on why he created the establishment, how much difference an inspired community can make, and what’s next for his team that is making waves throughout the state of California.
November 09, 2020
002 / Bridget Watson Payne
We all wish that time was on our side, but it always seems to get away from us when we need it most. Bridget Watson Payne, author of the bite-sized-read “How Time Is On Your Side”, shares her wisdom within the world of time and speaks with moderator Lucie Charkin about practical productivity tools to help the average person find time to do it all—the passion projects, the laundry-list and also time to relax-- by optimizing your relationship with time, and how this can improve your creative, spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness.
November 09, 2020
001 / David Sax
We're often told that today's startup boom has created a plethora of billionaires overnight. Award-winning writer, reporter, and author of the timely new book "The Soul of an Entrepreneur", David Sax, debunks this myth with moderator Jon Steinburg by exploring the deeply personal questions behind entrepreneurship and by addressing the vast spectrum of small and family-owned businesses that exist within the North American economy. Empowering entrepreneurs of all ages, backgrounds and classes to take the plunge and make their dreams their reality.
November 09, 2020