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Stories of kindness in action — from the lens of today's most inspiring humans. Sincerely, Hueman features the diverse, vivid lives of advocates, philanthropists, change makers and compassionate humans who are making a positive impact in their communities.

On the show, we've shared the journey of Karamo Brown, Nancy Lublin, Serinda Swan, Linda and Ashley Graham, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, Meredith Walker, to name a few. New episode drops every Tuesday.
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Greatest Sock Never Sold - Kelly Cobb
Across the US, socks remain the no. 1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. When Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg discovered this need in the homeless community, they decided to solve the problem head on. Bombas launched in 2013 with a mission to change the way people think about socks. Not only are socks a critical item of clothing that needs to be at its comfiest, but they can be a way for all of us to make people in  homeless, in-need and at-risk communities feel seen. When Kelly Cobb joined the company in 2016, she had the opportunity to define her role as VP of Community and Giving. Beyond the brand’s “buy one, give one” model, Bombas works closely with thousands of giving partners to engineer clothing that specifically meets the needs of people who don't have the luxury of putting on clean clothes every day. Kelly and her team leads their Community Program, which enables like-minded community members to volunteer and support the brand's dedication to helping the homeless, and better understand the root issues of homelessness. Today, Bombas has donated over 26 million high quality, specially-designed clothing items (socks and shirts) to those in need. Learn more about Bombas: -- This episode is sponsored by Coin Up, a revolutionary mobile donation app that makes giving effortless, while making fundraising more efficient. Learn more: -- Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
October 15, 2019
Queen of Raw - Stephanie Benedetto
Stephanie Benedetto is a former corporate lawyer who found her path to change the world. Prior to starting Queen of Raw, Stephanie worked as a lawyer in the fashion, media/entertainment, start-up, and technology industries and co-founded a sustainable textile manufacturing facility. While spending a lot of time in factories and warehouses, she saw perfectly good fabric collecting dust. These would eventually be burned or sent to the landfill. There was no alternative. This was when Stephanie realized that there was a supply demand mismatch — and she wanted to do something about it. Today, Stephanie is the CEO and Founder of Queen of Raw, a marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles. The company keeps these materials out of landfills and turns pollution into profit. “Don't doubt that you can make a difference and you can solve problems and absolutely go change the world,” says Stephanie. Stephanie was selected to join the Circular Economy Solver Class in the recently concluded 2019 Solve Challenge from MIT Solve. MIT Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing problems. The incoming Solver class was selected by Solve’s expert judges and was  selected from a pool of nearly 1,400 applicants from over 100 countries. After a rigorous process, Queen of Raw, with Stephanie at its helm, was chosen as a promising Solver who will drive transformational change. Queen of Raw: This episode was produced in partnership with MIT Solve. MIT Solve: Learn more about MIT Solver Stephanie Benedetto: —— This episode is sponsored by Coin Up, a revolutionary mobile donation app that makes giving effortless, while making fundraising more efficient. Learn more: —— Special thanks to our incredible Production Intern Katie Santamaria. Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
October 8, 2019
Feed Your Soul - Gary Cohen
What do you want to be most remembered for? When you’re not around, what would you like people to say? Is it how much money you make, awards you’ve received or anything that solely points to your personal accomplishments? What about, how you went out of your way to help a friend or a stranger or how you built a career that ultimately, made a positive impact in the world? In this episode, we’re sharing the remarkable story of Gary Cohen. He is the board chair and founder of Together for Girls, a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls. Gary is also the Executive Vice President of Global Health at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and President of the BD Foundation. For years, Gary has been an active leader and advocate for advancing health and human rights. What makes Gary’s story inspiring is how he weaved exemplary humanitarian work throughout his career. In 2018, Gary launched the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation (RICSI) at the Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey. RICSI educates current and new generations of business leaders to integrate social innovation into their business strategies.  “You can't control what happens in life. You can only control how you respond to it. You have to figure out what's going to be the right choice and always make the choice that elevates your human character.” Learn more about the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation: Learn more about Together for Girls: —— Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
October 1, 2019
Social Good Summit (Part 2) - Rajesh Mirchandani
In Part 2 of our Social Good Summit special, we're sharing the journey of Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer for the United Nations Foundation, a partner of the Social Good Summit. Rajesh was born in India, but his family moved to the UK when he was just three years old. Rajesh eventually worked as a journalist for the BBC, where he covered a variety of stories and issues. These include the Haiti Earthquake and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded in history. After 20 years of global journalism experience, Rajesh left journalism to become an advocate. He now leads a team of skilled communicators working to advance progress on important global issues. In this episode, we'll hear from Rajesh on why the Social Good Summit chose the climate crisis as its sole theme for this year's event, and how climate change affects other issues we’re facing in the world right now. He says that we hold the power as consumers to make a difference. On Sunday (September 22nd), global leaders, celebrities and activists will gather at the Summit to leave you and I inspired to take action, and help save our planet for generations to come. Buy tickets and learn more at: Watch the livestream: —— Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
September 19, 2019
Social Good Summit (Part 1) - Jessica Coen
If you’re part of the younger generation, the idea that you can live a full, healthy and happy life, long enough to see your own children grow, is slipping away because of the greatest threat to humanity: the climate crisis. That’s why we see teen activists like Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor holding the megaphone, marching and leading the fight against climate change. They are determined for everyone else to wake up and do something, before irreversible damage is done to our planet. This week, we are proud to work with the Social Good Summit to help amplify stories on their 10th anniversary. A decade ago, Mashable, United Nations Foundation, 92nd Street Y, and United Nations Development Program teamed up to launch a new kind of summit where global leaders, celebrities and activists would gather to celebrate activism, and where attendees would be galvanized into action. SGS will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at the 92nd Street Y. Attendees will hear from a diverse range of speakers, from activist Greta Thunberg to author Jonathan Safran Foer, Katie Couric, Chef Jose Andres, Connie Britton and many more. In Part 1 of our SGS special, you’ll hear the journey of Jessica Coen, Editor in Chief and SVP at Mashable. Jessica has had a prolific career in media. She's held various editorial positions in publications like Vanity Fair and New York Magazine. Apart from her role as Editor in Chief and Head of Content at Mashable, she is also working with remarkable partners at SGS to put together an incredible day of of dialogue and onstage activations. Buy tickets and learn more at: Watch the livestream: —— Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
September 17, 2019
Force of Inclusive Fashion - Jillian Mercado
Jillian Mercado is an indomitable Latina model and disabilities activist. She has spastic muscular dystrophy, and has used a wheelchair for as long as she can remember. Jillian has been stigmatized as a disabled person, but it never held her back from making it in fashion, an industry she’s been in love with when she was young. In 2014, she starred in a groundbreaking campaign with Diesel. The ad shows Jillian in her element — gorgeous, unapologetically herself and showing her disability for everyone to see and embrace. Jillian has also modeled for brands like Olay, Nordstrom and Target and has appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue’s September issue. Jillian is a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. Through her work, she wants people who may be going through the same journey to feel that they are valued, loved and worthy of being alive. Follow Jillian on Instagram @jillianmercado and twitter @jilly_peppa __ This episode is sponsored by DiveIn, a mobile app that makes it easy for anyone to do more good in their local communities. Visit Also check out:   —— Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
September 10, 2019
Stories That Lift Humanity - Farhoud Meybodi
In the 80s, Farhoud grew up as a young Persian kid in Los Angeles. He’s always loved films, but says the general representation of his culture impacted the way he told stories. It wasn’t until he left his lucrative job in the fashion industry when he finally dedicated himself to a mission: tell stories that entertain and uplift. Today, Farhoud is the Executive Vice President of Creative at Wayfarer Entertainment, an award-winning digital media studio focused on social good storytelling content. Farhoud says his life changed when he met his business partner and Wayfarer Entertainment’s CEO and Co-Founder, Justin Baldoni. Mostly recently, Farhoud directed and executive produced several episodes of Wayfarer’s flagship series, My Last Days. He also executive produced and wrote Man Enough, a groundbreaking dinner party conversation series, where men discuss what it means to be a man today. Through Wayfarer, Farhoud continues to harness the power of storytelling to create social change. Learn more about Farhoud’s work at __ This episode is sponsored by DiveIn, a mobile app that makes it easy for anyone to do more good in their local communities. Visit Also check out: —— Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
September 3, 2019
Crisis Text Line - Nancy Lublin and Bob Filbin
“R U There?” These three words from an anonymous texter catapulted Nancy Lublin into a bold mission: Create rapid-response counseling for people in crisis. In 2013, she launched Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit organization that provides free 24/7 crisis support via text messaging. Research has shown that globally, 1 in 4 people will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lives. And according to the World Health Organization, nearly two-thirds of those with known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional — even if treatment is available. This week, we’re sharing the story of Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line. Nancy is a tenacious problem-solver. She created Dress For Success, an organization that provides professional outfits, resources and training to women in need. She also previously led as CEO, turning the failing nonprofit around into one of the largest organizations for young people in social activism and change. We’re also hearing from Bob Filbin, Co Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Crisis Text Line, in this episode. Bob made the critical leap with Nancy to help build a robust service that brings texters “from a hot moment to a cool calm”. By leveraging data and text messaging, Crisis Text Line has seen over 105 million messages exchanged and trains thousands of volunteer crisis counselors monthly. “It’s strangers helping strangers in their darkest moments,” says Nancy. This story does not only cover the topic of mental health. It's a compelling case for the good in humanity. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional abuse or any type of crisis, we urge you to listen to this story, and know that you are not alone. Support is out there: Text HELLO to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line. Learn more at --- This episode is sponsored by DiveIn, a mobile app that makes it easy for anyone to do more good in their local communities. Visit  Also check out: Advertise with us: Pitch your story: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
August 27, 2019
Giving Tuesday - Asha Curran
When Asha Curran first heard of the idea for GivingTuesday from her colleague Henry Timms, she did not foresee how one day of giving could turn into a global movement. She was then working at 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit community and cultural center located in Manhattan, New York.   Throughout her career, Asha helped push what’s possible: How do you innovate for nonprofits? What does community mean in an age where there are no boundaries? In this episode, we’re sharing the story of social good innovator and CEO of GivingTuesday, Asha Curran.   Before taking GivingTuesday into the next stage of evolution, Asha helped propel successful programs at 92nd Street Y such as the Social Good Summit, an annual event for tech and global development leaders, in partnership with the UN Foundation and Mashable. But one particular experiment led Asha to where she is today: #GivingTuesday, a day when people would give back to causes and issues that matter to them. Last year, over 400 million dollars were donated online in just 24 hours of Giving Tuesday. The movement is now celebrated in over 60 countries. GivingTuesday has radically changed how people think about generosity, and showed the power of communities everywhere to create change.   Learn more at --- This episode is sponsored by DiveIn, a mobile app that makes it easy for anyone to do more good in their local communities. Visit  Advertise with us: Pitch your story:  Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
August 20, 2019
Hello Neighbor - Sloane Davidson
What is a neighbor supposed to look like? Do we want them to appear a certain way? Or are they human beings that we welcome into our homes, people we rely on to share in our milestones or mourn with us in times of tragedy. So instead of asking what they should look like, the better question is: How should a neighbor be? Are they kind? Do they lend us a helping hand when we need them? After moving from job to job, and city to city, Sloane went back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and started Hello Neighbor. The nonprofit works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee families, by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. Apart from working in impoverished villages in countries like the Congo, Guatemala and the Philippines, Sloane had a life changing Thanksgiving dinner with a Syrian family. In this episode, we hear Sloane’s journey as the Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor, what she learned about the refugee experience and the simple acts we can do to make others feel more human. Learn more at Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
August 13, 2019
Connecting with Purpose - Susan McPherson
Susan McPherson is considered a matchmaker for social impact. Over the years, she’s built an incredible network of business leaders and nonprofit professionals who have a mission to do good. This network is something Susan expands with ease and authenticity. After all, companies and organizations are built by people. For Susan, bridging relationships to create an even greater impact in the world is really all that matters. In this episode, we are sharing Susan’s multi-chaptered journey as an effervescent connector, corporate social responsibility expert and the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection of brands and social impact. McPherson Strategies' clients include The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Dell, Intel, The Women's Philanthropy Institute and Participant Media. Learn more at Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
August 6, 2019
Everyday Philanthropist - Jenn Duong
What if you had a chance to impact someone's life with as little as one quarter a day? Jenn Duong and the phenomenal founders at Good Today believe you can, through their non-profit platform. While in college, Jenn pursued a career as an immersive director and producer, eventually finding virtual reality as her native medium. While working at VR studio RYOT (acquired by Verizon’s AOL), Jenn met one of the founding board members at Good Today, Molly Swenson. Good Today's mission is to democratize philanthropy — by making the act of giving frictionless. As the platform’s Head of Content, Jenn has provided creative direction, strategy, and leadership to cultivate Good Today’s brand voice and image. Upon signing up, members receive an email every morning with the cause of the day and two charities to choose from. They can donate 25¢, 50¢, or $1 a day, with options to pay monthly or yearly. Through other means such as Slack-enabled donations for companies and their soon-to-launch texting service, Good Today aims to build a community of givers, with the power of life-changing impact made more accessible. Learn more at Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
July 30, 2019
Buy Sight, Give Sight - Ben and Laura Harrison
In 2013, Ben and Laura Harrison became first-time parents. After waiting for years to have a child, they received devastating news that their son Jonas was blind. Jonas was born with a rare disorder called Peter’s anomaly. At birth, he had cloudy corneas and glaucoma. Though Jonas was born without sight, his vision was restored to a functional level after 21 sight-saving surgeries. In spite of this miracle, Jonas still needed the help of eyeglasses. Ben and Laura weren't able to find any affordable kids glasses they felt would make Jonas feel confident, stylish and empowered. And out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jonas Paul Eyewear was born. Jonas Paul Eyewear has been a thriving business for Ben and Laura. But beyond that, it also created an opportunity for their family to make an impact. Through their partnership with CBM (formerly Christian blind mission), an international Christian development organization, Jonas Paul Eyewear is able to direct a portion of their sales to help prevent childhood blindness around the world. Learn more about Jonas Paul Eyewear: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
July 23, 2019
Kind Campaign - Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson
In 2009, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson packed their bags in a minivan with their mothers. Though their journey had stops along the way, it wasn’t a typical road trip. Lauren and Molly were on a mission to make a documentary about the “mean girl” phenomenon and the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying. In this episode, Lauren and Molly share their own truth (including the traumatic experience of being ostracized in school), and how they turned their nonprofit organization Kind Campaign into a global movement. From capturing deep seeded emotions in their award-winning film “Finding Kind”, Lauren and Molly are now impacting the lives of thousands of girls all over the country. Through Kind Campaign assemblies, curriculums and an online community, girls are able to heal from the effects of bullying —and ultimately, step into the power of kindness. In the process, these young women also recognize their ability to create positive change within and outside their school hallways. Learn more about Kind Campaign or follow them on Instagram @kindcampaign. Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
July 16, 2019
Second Chances - Stanley Richards
Imagine being told constantly that you’ll never get out of your situation. Or that your environment, the family or neighborhood you were born into, is who you are. In this episode, we’re sharing the journey of Stanley Richards, a criminal justice reform advocate, acting Vice Chair of NYC Board of Correction and the Executive Vice President of The Fortune Society. Stanley cycled in and out of jail until he was arrested for robbery in 1986. He was sentenced to 9 years for his crime and spent 4 and a half years in prison. In this riveting story of hope and breaking free from the shackles of circumstance, Stanley is a remarkable example of what your life could be, if you don’t give up on yourself. Today, he’s a role model and inspiring leader at the helm of The Fortune Society — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals into society. Learn more about The Fortune Society: Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
July 9, 2019
Power of a Girl - Melissa Kilby
What does it mean to be a girl in today’s world? At Girl Up, a leadership development initiative of the United Nations Foundation — there are no bounds, no limits to defining what a girl is or who she could be. On this week’s podcast episode, we are sharing the journey of Melissa Kilby, a mother, persistent leader and the Co-Executive Director of Girl Up. What started out as a fundraising campaign for partners at the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up eventually grew into a global movement. In the early years of the organization, Melissa quickly learned that girls didn’t want to stay on the sidelines. They wanted to lead and create change for girls all around the world. Since 2010, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 48,000 girls — whether it's by preventing child marriage or helping girls stay in school. Today, Girl Up continues to unleash the potential of young leaders to achieve equal rights for every girl, everywhere. Learn more about Girl Up by following @girlupcampaign. You can also attend or follow the 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. from July 15-17. Follow Sincerely, Hueman on Instagram @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
July 2, 2019
When Teens Save The Planet - Cindy Chung
We’ve seen them grab headlines. They’re on the streets, calling out world leaders and organizations that have failed to protect our environment. They’re teenagers like 16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg or the 21 young people from Portland, Oregon who are demanding their government to step up and protect children and future generations from the effects of climate change. In this episode, we’re sharing the story of an inspiring young leader — Cindy Chung, a teen climate activist and the co-head of youth-led movement Zero Hour NYC. Daughter of immigrant parents from South Korea, Cindy would remind family members to put used plastic bottles in the recycling bin when she was much younger. These days, she spends her spare time lobbying for policies that would enable her city of Bayonne, New Jersey to react effectively to the climate crisis. Surrounded by other unwearied, impassioned teen activists, no one can stop Cindy from fighting for her future. Learn how you can support: Check out Haley Kennedy's art on Instagram: @shopsundae You can see her exclusive artworks for Sincerely, Hueman at our Instagram: @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
June 18, 2019
Don't Look Away - Serinda Swan
While best known for her TV characters on Marvel’s Inhumans and Ballers on HBO, actress Serinda Swan, in real life, is turning the spotlight around. For years, she's raised awareness around global causes, activating the hearts and minds of people so they don't look the other way. Since 2012, Serinda has challenged celebrities to stare death in the face through her skydive mission, 18 for 18, a project that funds rescue missions and rehabilitation of sex trafficking victims. Her more recent venture, Deedly, is a tech-based curriculum that enables students to learn about today’s important issues, while empowering them to take action. In this episode, Serinda talks about the trip that changed her life, and why she is relentlessly using her platform to amplify the voices of those who’ve suffered injustice and unspeakable violence. To learn more about Deedly, visit: Check out Haley Kennedy's art on Instagram: @shopsundae You can see her exclusive artworks for Sincerely, Hueman at our Instagram: @sincerelyhueman This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
June 4, 2019
Solving Global Challenges - Alex Amouyel
How do you solve the most complex challenges that exist in our world — preventing chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer, ensuring access to quality education for refugees and displaced people and combating climate change, to name a few. For decades, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has taken on missions that seem beyond the bounds of possibility. In the 1960s, the MIT Instrumentation Lab developed the navigation system of the Apollo spacecraft — which safely landed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, and returned them to Earth.  Today, MIT is still taking these challenges head on. Through its initiative MIT Solve, people from all over the world pitch their solutions to massive global problems. On the podcast, we are sharing the journey of Alex Amouyel, ruthless problem solver and the Executive Director of MIT Solve. Since MIT Solve was established, Alex has been blazing a trail for people whose big ideas can change the world.   In the episode, you’ll also hear from two MIT Solvers. Richard Rowe, Chairman and CEO of Open Learning Exchange, an organization that’s committed to use learning as a tool to break the cycle of global poverty and violence. Sona Shah, CEO and Co-Founder of medical device startup Neopenda, also joins us on the podcast. To help newborns survive, Neopenda created its first product, a small device (worn as a headband) that monitors the vital signs of critically ill newborns in low-resource areas.   To learn more about MIT Solve, visit  This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.
May 8, 2019
Smart Girls - Meredith Walker
For a lot of young women, adolescence can be an interesting and challenging journey. It’s usually awkward, and there’s always that crippling desire to fit in. In 2008, funny best friend duo and all around wonderful humans Meredith Walker and Amy Poehler launched Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization aimed at helping young people discover and cultivate their authentic selves.  On the podcast, Smart Girls Executive Director and accomplished television producer Meredith Walker will share with us how she found her purpose as the caretaker of stories for young people. Over the past decade, Smart Girls has been showcasing the curiosity, breathtaking talent and the untarnished passion of young women and girls who are changing the world. In this episode, we’ll also hear from Maggie Chieffo, General Manager at Smart Girls. Maggie is a driving force at the organization who ensures that a diverse group of people are represented in the stories they share.  Find inspiration on and follow them on Instagram @amypoehlersmartgirls.
April 23, 2019
Born This Way - Maya Enista Smith
In 2012, Stefani Germanotta whom the world knows as Lady Gaga, created the Born This Way Foundation with her phenomenal mom, Cynthia Germanotta. The Foundation is committed to support the wellness of young people, and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. But alongside Lady Gaga and Cynthia, is another remarkable human, Maya Enista Smith. For almost all of the seven years since the organization was founded, Maya has been the architect and the compassionate spirit at the helm of Born This Way Foundation. We are proud to share Maya's journey on the podcast and her instrumental role in formalizing a movement that embodies Lady Gaga's unbreakable bond with her fans. Today, Maya is leading an impassioned and selfless team. She is pursuing the Foundation's mission for young people and the future of her two children.  In this episode, you'll also hear from Shadille Estepan, an empowering young leader who now works as the organization's Communications and Outreach Associate. Her story of speaking your truth is one you wouldn't want to miss. Check out: This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
April 9, 2019
Away is Here - Amirah Jiwa
When we travel, perceptions of other people and their culture are no longer confined to what we see on TV or read about online. As we explore the unfamiliar, the stories, the narratives and the experiences become uniquely, our own. On Sincerely, Hueman, we are committed to amplifying not only individuals, but also businesses and organizations that are a force for good. Today, we're excited to share our new podcast episode featuring Away, a global lifestyle brand whose intention, from day one, was to make a real difference in the world - from the products they make to the platforms they create.   In this episode, you'll hear from Amirah Jiwa, social impact manager at Away. Through a nontraditional lens, Amirah finds the unique strengths of businesses (from its people to its resources) to create positive change in communities — here and abroad. Even before selling its first suitcase, Away has stood behind peacebuilders in conflict through its partnership with nonprofit organization, Peace Direct. Apart from collaborations and partnerships, team members at Away are also given volunteer time off so that they have more opportunities to give back and contribute to causes they care about. In the podcast, Zack Repko, Senior Designer at Away, talks about the trips that changed his life and how important it is for companies to engage its employees through social good initiatives. If you're interested to learn more about Away's partnership with Peace Direct, visit If you purchase anything from Away, from a sticker to a suitcase, you've also contributed to Peace Direct's mission of "stopping wars, one person at a time."  This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
March 26, 2019
Educated Rebel - Karamo Brown
In 2018, Karamo Brown made an indelible mark through the Netlflix reality television and cultural phenomenon, Queer Eye. Before captivating audiences with piercing conversations and emotional breakthroughs, Karamo himself had to overcome challenges that were both unexpected and inevitable. As a gay African American man born to immigrant parents, Karamo educated himself, went against the grain and made sure to show compassion for others. These days, Karamo is sharing his journey as a father, a newly published author and soon-to-be husband — all while spreading empathy and kindness in a world that needs it now more than ever. And as he poignantly writes in his memoir 'KARAMO: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope': "We need to remove the lens that’s causing us to see the world in black and white. There is an emotional gray area that connects us all.” Get a copy of Karamo's book click here: You can also catch Karamo on the new season of Queer Eye which premieres on March 15th. If our podcast resonates with you, please don't forget to leave us a rating and review! This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
March 12, 2019
Taste of Home - Manal Kahi
When food is made with love and passion, it goes beyond nourishment. It becomes a story — an adventure. From a desire to serve underrepresented, authentic dishes, Manal Kahi co-founded Eat Offbeat, a food delivery service where homestyle meals are entirely conceived, prepared and delivered by refugees in New York City. From wonderfully crafted menus, customers can try the exquisite flavors of food from countries including Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Senegal and Eritrea (cuisines that are not easily accessible, even in New York City's diverse food culture). Manal, alongside her inspiring and resilient team, are on a mission to create a more positive narrative wherein refugee chefs are the heroes who enrich our lives — and our palates.  Check out: If our podcast resonates with you, please don't forget to leave us a rating and review! This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
February 26, 2019
Be Nice The End: Raising Kids with Special Needs - Carissa Tozzi and Gena Mann
Carissa Tozzi and Gena Mann are longtime friends and the lifestyle savvy women behind Wolf + Friends, an app for moms raising children with special needs. Before motherhood, Carissa had a thriving career in celebrity casting and PR. She worked with media brands like Refinery29, Seventeen and Cosmo Girl. Her life changed when she was told that her son Wolf, who's neurotypical had some sensory issues and needed extra support in the classroom. Carissa wanted her son to live the best life he possibly could, but thought existing materials and resources were not inspiring. She then teamed up with her friend Gena, whose two sons were diagnosed with autism. Together, these warrior moms created an uplifting and judgment free platform where moms raising kids with special needs can connect and find the support they deserve.   Check out: If our podcast resonates with you, please don't forget to leave us a rating and review! This show is produced by Hueman Group Media ( Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
February 6, 2019
Lines of Difference - Michael McKee
Identities and labels can put us in boxes that we can’t break away from. And in the world we live in, people might not be so willing to peel back the layers they see, to dig deep, to ask uncomfortable questions. But then there are people like Michael McKee, a doting son and soldier for the unseen who now works as the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at GLAAD, an organization that works across entertainment, news and digital media to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. While he once felt dehumanized, Michael never gave up in finding common ground between diverse groups and building bridges that connected resources to communities in need. If our podcast resonates with you, please don't forget to leave us a rating and review! This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
January 23, 2019
2018 Year End Special (Part 2) - Adam Kunes and Ashaba Faridah
Episode Correction: One of our featured humans, Ashaba Faridah, grew up in the outskirts of Kampala in Uganda, East Africa. We wanted to close out the year by sharing two inspiring stories on owning your purpose and overcoming what scares you. On our last podcast for 2018, you'll hear the empowering journey of Ashaba Faridah, a pilot in Uganda, East Africa. As founder of Bambino Life Foundation, she's committed to promoting girls' education among other initiatives focused on children. Drivers of child marriage in her country, an epidemic that affects nearly 1 in every 2 girls before the age of 18, include poverty and lack of access to education. You'll also hear from Have Fun Do Good's founder Adam Kunes. After taking so many trips that integrated service and giving back, he started his own social good travel company — where every life-changing experience combines adventure with altruism.
December 21, 2018
2018 Year End Special (Part 1) - Lyndcee Barragato and Makenna Ruddy
To wrap up an incredible 2018, we asked people from our community about how they're spreading kindness and making a difference in their own communities. In collecting these short stories, we weren’t focused on the scale of their impact. What really mattered was that these amazing humans got up and created the change they wanted to see. Check out the first installment of our two-part episode. We hope listening to our podcast made you believe that there's still a ton of good in the world. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our year end special this week!
December 17, 2018
No More Hunger - Jasmine Crowe
Jasmine Crowe is a modern warrior against food waste and hunger. She didn't stop at just doling out food items to the hungry, she wanted to serve people to make sure they were fed in the most dignified way possible. In 2017, Jasmine launched Goodr, a company that connects businesses with local charities to deliver leftover food. Through an app, Goodr drivers pick up surplus food from client companies and establishments and drop them off at designated locations including churches, food banks, nonprofit organizations and community groups. Jasmine strongly believes that when it comes to hunger, we’re actually looking at the wrong problem. People aren’t hungry because of scarcity. People are hungry because food is wasted to an unfathomable degree. This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
November 13, 2018
Film Forward - Kweighbaye Kotee
Kweighbaye Kotee felt like she was in Disney World when she first stepped into a movie theater. But as she grew older, she went from being mesmerized with the sights and sounds of a film, to getting behind the camera to create a piece of art that told a story. A story that matters, and oftentimes a story we’re robbed of because people behind it are deemed powerless due to the color of their skin, their ethnicity or perhaps their gender. Seeing inequality all her life, Kweighbaye was motivated to open doors and curate rooms filled with emerging directors, actors, actresses, writers and producers from all backgrounds. This is the story of Kweighbaye Kotee, filmmaker, founder of the Bushwick Film Festival and an advocate for underrepresented voices in film. This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
October 22, 2018
Sing For Me - Jackie Vanderbeck
Jackie Vanderbeck is more than a gifted performer, she was born to use music as a tool to bring joy to people's lives, however momentary. Jackie left her hometown in Sacramento, California and moved to New York City, in the nexus of musical theater, to chase a dream. In the daily grind of auditioning and performing, Jackie felt disconnected from her craft. And in building her new life, she felt a void — the warmth from her grandparents who influenced her love for music. She searched hard for volunteer opportunities involving the elderly, but couldn't find one she could fully commit to. And so she started her own. From singing acapella songs at a senior home on her own, Jackie is now growing Sing For Your Seniors, a nonprofit organization with 150 volunteer professional singers who connect and enrich the lives of the elderly at senior centers, hospitals and respite care facilities in New York City and beyond. This show is produced by Hueman Group Media. Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
October 2, 2018
Let Me In - Hazami Barmada
From the outside, you'd think Hazami Barmada lived the American dream all her life. Hazami's armed with a Master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She's a consultant for the UN Foundation and the CEO of her own social impact firm. But if you trace Hazami's roots (Syrian-Palestinan, to be exact) you'll find something different. She experienced what it was like to study at a refugee school in the outskirts of Damascus. When Hazami's family moved to the United States, they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. During Hazami’s time at the UN, she lost sleep over how big governments, systems and bureaucracies left people out -- excluding voices that should be leading conversations around the world's most pressing problems. So she went back to the drawing board and created the Global People's Summit, the first fully virtual and inclusive summit where people are not left out of conversations because of the color of their passports, inability to travel or social status.Together with her selfless team, the 2nd Global People’s Summit will be held on September 22nd, a conference that —in the truest sense of the word— lets people in. Register for free to attend the summit on September 22, 2018: This show is produced by Hueman Group Media.Sincerely, Hueman is on Instagram @sincerelyhueman. Also Facebook and Twitter.
September 19, 2018
Season Finale: Power of Small Things - Emma Yang and Kenton Lee
Do you remember Emma Yang, the 14 year old tech genius building an app for Alzheimer's disease patients? How about Kenton Lee, founder of Because International, and genius behind the Shoe That Grows? So much has happened since we featured them on the show. You'll be amazed to hear how much impact these extraordinary individuals have made and are bound to make in the coming months. On this episode, we're also sharing why everybody should look forward to Sincerely, Hueman Season 2! Find Emma Yang: timeless.careFind Kenton Lee: grofive.comThis show is produced by Hueman Group Media.Sincerely, Hueman is on Instoneagram @sincerelyhueman.Also Facebook and Twitter.
August 13, 2018
Living Well - Soraya Darabi
Soraya Darabi is a general partner and founder of Trail Mix Ventures, a venture fund that invests in the future of living well. A startup visionary, Soraya has helped build brands that will enable people to live more purposeful lives. Companies in her portfolio include Casper, The Wing, Brit + Co, Hungryroot and Gimlet Media. For years, Soraya has taken her wealth of experience, intellect and most especially, her time to propel entrepreneurs who have a social purpose, and making sure that somehow, in some way, we’ll leave this world better than we found it. Trail Mix Ventures: Produced by: Hueman Group Inc.
May 3, 2018
Power of Two - Linda Graham
Linda Graham is a superwoman who model and body activist Ashley Graham is fortunate enough to call her mom. Ashley owes much of her confidence, authenticity and love of self to Linda. On this episode, we share Linda’s journey of raising 3 beautiful daughters, why kindness matters and how living a positive life makes an impact on your kids. PLUS on our postscript "The Kindness Memos", 18-year old Abbey Sager shares how she's fighting to end online bullying through her nonprofit organization Diverse Gaming Coalition. If you haven't already, please subscribe and leave a review of our podcast:
March 12, 2018
Center Stage - Jerron Herman
Jerron Herman was diagnosed with hemiplegia cerebral palsy at 3 months old. Doctors told his parents that he wouldn’t be able to feed, clothe or bathe himself. But for years, Jerron continues to defy his limits and is now one of the most provocative and inspiring dancers of his time.
January 23, 2018
Skin Deep - Cassandra Bankson
Have you ever felt like your insecurities have made you a prisoner in your own life? Cassandra Bankson has suffered from severe cystic since she was 14 years old. She's been ridiculed and bullied relentlessly for how she looked. But since posting her acne tutorial video in 2010, one that's been viewed 28 million times on YouTube, Cassandra has helped people rediscover their true beauty, regardless of what they see in the mirror.
December 11, 2017
Timeless - Emma Yang
Emma Yang grew up with her grandma. She took care of Emma, read books to her, helped Emma with her homework and took her to places while Emma's parents were at work. Over the years, Emma felt like she was losing her grandma to Alzheimer's disease, an illness that plagues nearly 44 million people worldwide, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Emma wanted to get her back. At 13 years old, Emma is creating an app called Timeless, an app that uses facial recognition software to help Alzheimer's patients remember and stay connected with family and friends.
November 21, 2017
Food for Thought - Alyssa Kapasi
In New York City, 5 teenage girls are working on an app that would help kids pay for school lunch they can't afford. Alyssa Kapasi, a 17-year old highschool student, rallied her friends to create Food For Thought, an app that would allow parents (and even strangers) to anonymously pay for a 2 to 3 dollar meal for another child in their community. In America, nearly 13 million children live in food insecure households and 76% of school districts have school lunch debt. Kids are shamed with waterproof stamps that visibly read "I need lunch money", forced to clean tables or are sent to detention for not being able to afford a school meal.
November 9, 2017
The Shoe That Grows - Kenton Lee
Have you ever tried walking for miles in debris-filled soil with shoes that don't fit, or worse, no shoes at all? In 2007, Kenton left the US for a trip to Kenya after a long-term girlfriend broke his heart. Soon after arriving, Kenton noticed a little girl in a white dress outside a small orphanage. He looked down and was shocked to see that her shoes were cut open in the front, and her toes were sticking out. Years later, a stubborn dream of creating shoes that would grow alongside children's feet turned into reality.
October 25, 2017
Of Self-Love and Dancing - Kate Speer
How do you become a light for others when you struggle with your own darkness? Kate Speer was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, and went through 21 psychiatric hospitalizations and countless medication trials. But after decades of shame, anxiety, hiding and self-hatred, Kate finally took back her life. Her weapon? A serious love of self— in all its silliness, vulnerability and dorkiness. Her move? Jiggling and dancing for joy, without a care in the world.
October 12, 2017
Crying Babies are Welcome - Sarah Lux-Lee
How do I make a positive impact in the world with a crying baby on my hip? In 2016, Sarah Lux-Lee, a public policy nerd and new mom, innovated for her own need. She founded what's been called the ‘TED talks of the parenting world’ so that parents like herself can continue to engage in things that matter to them, without having to pay for the astronomical costs of childcare.
October 2, 2017
Sincerely, Hueman - Trailer
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September 25, 2017
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