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The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik

The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik

By Toby Usnik
Seeking greater purpose with your career or business? Want to align your personal 'brand' with an organization that shares your values? Then The Caring Economy is for you. Join us each week as bold leaders share their career insights and tell us how they are stewarding top brands through the challenges of our times. Have a seat our table for our weekly chat about purpose, profit, and building one’s best legacy. Follow us on LinkedIn at TobyUsnik and Twitter @Tusnik and use #TheCaringEconomy.

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Richard Quest, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN Business Editor
Richard Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team. Additionally, Quest is the host of two of CNN International's signature monthly feature programs: Business Traveller, which covers global business travel trends, issues and innovations of the travel industry, and Quest's World of Wonder, an immersive travel series that finds Quest exploring a new destination each month and meeting fascinating people who reveal the heart of the city. Quest also serves as CNN Business editor-at-large and often hosts the digital live financial show "Markets Now" live streamed from the floor of the NYSE every Wednesday at 12:45pm ET at Quest Means Business, which airs weekdays at 3pm ET / 8pm BST on CNN International, destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. Quest is also the face of CNN's coverage of major UK events. He led CNN's coverage of the 'Brexit' vote in 2016, and has continued to report on the impact the historic vote is making on markets, economies and businesses. He used his expert knowledge of the British Royal Family to front the channel's coverage of the 2018 marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 live from the banks of the River Thames; and the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned more than two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. Quest is more than just business; there are few journalists who have had guests as varied, from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama to actress Joan Collins to founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) awarded Quest the 2013 UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his work as a business journalist reporting on the tourism industry. Prior to joining CNN, he worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years. Quest is British, holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
August 10, 2022
Michael Mwenso, Bandleader, Activist, Curator and Entrepreneur
Michael Mwenso was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone but spent his teenage years hanging out at the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London where he was exposed to musicians such as Betty Carter, Elvin Jones, Ray Brown and Cedar Walton. In his youth, Mwenso started honing his talents as a trombonist, singer and performer playing in swing bands, reggae and Afrobeat horn sections. Mwenso’s talent as a performer caught the attention of many, which subsequently led him to meet James Brown who allotted space for him to sing and dance at his London shows. In 2012, friend and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis brought Mwenso to New York City to serve as curator and programming associate at Jazz at Lincoln Center where he also booked nightly sets at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Over the next few years, Mwenso also booked throughout the institution at large. Through these performances at Dizzy’s, Mwenso began to collaborate with a wide variety of Juilliard trained musicians that soon became known as The Shakes. This unique group of global artists presents music that merges entertainment and artistry through African and Afro-American music. In addition, Mwenso continues to break new ground as a cultural ambassador and artist in residence at various universities. Driven by Mwenso’s deep ancestral understanding of the African-American music tradition, his role at these Universities is to not only teach numerous classes on Black music but grow the arts scene within their local community while creating more programming focusing on Black artists. Through this work, Mwenso has partnered with Penn State University, Georgia Tech, Miami University, University at Buffalo and Sonoma State University as a guest professor and cultural ambassador of Black music. Michael is a sought-after cultural curator as well as a master at distributing the spiritual nutrition inherent in Black music with Electric Root, the mission-driven company he co-leads with Jono Gasparro. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
August 03, 2022
Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.
Melissa Berman is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Over the last two decades, Ms. Berman has led RPA’s growth into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 90 projects, providing governance, management, and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. Melissa holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She’s proud to have majored in Folklore and Mythology. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
July 14, 2022
Lybra Clemons, Chief Diversity Officer of Twilio (NYSE:TWLO)
Lybra Clemons is Twilio's first Chief Diversity Officer. Prior, she was the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at PayPal, where she was responsible for overseeing and managing all global diversity initiatives, including developing a framework for diversity talent analytics, engagement, and recruitment. She has held senior-level diversity and inclusion roles at Morgan Stanley and American Express. Clemons brings her proven expertise in advising global organizations on diversity and inclusion programs, implementing corporate strategies that result in stronger retention and higher engagement, and building high-performance teams to Twilio.
July 08, 2022
Leon Botstein, Bard College President & Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities
Leon Botstein is a Swiss-American conductor, educator, and scholar serving as the President of Bard College since 1975. He is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Bard.
July 01, 2022
Jean Sung, Head of The Philanthropy Centre (Asia), J.P. Morgan Private Bank (NYSE:JPM)
Jean Sung is Head of The Philanthropy Centre, Asia for J.P. Morgan  Private Bank. Prior to joining The Private Bank, Jean was Head of Global Philanthropy  for J.P. Morgan Chase in Asia Pacific (2006 to 2013), managing the  firm’s corporate giving in 13 Asian countries. In this role, Ms. Sung  developed & implemented programs and services designed to improve  livelihoods and skills at work, with a focus on economic & workforce  development, financial empowerment, as well as education, health and  disaster relief with non-profits and multi-lateral partners. She also developed and initiated country-specific needs assessments,  including KPIs, budgets and timelines in response to uplift social needs.  Jean was responsible for setting up J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s  Philanthropy Centre in Asia and works with clients and their families to  articulate their philanthropic vision, strategy and goals to bring purposes  to their giving. In addition, Jean analyzes the effectiveness and efficiency of giving  models and structures. Jean brings experts and thought leaders together, explores trends and addresses pressing social issues on an  ongoing basis to help philanthropists hear from peer groups and  leverage actionable giving programs. Jean is recognized for her ability to  identify social gaps and her wealth of cross-sector and multilateral  networks helps build collaborative and like-minded alliances between the  private and social sectors. She serves as Board Governor and Executive Committee Member of Bai  Xian Asia Institute; Executive Member of Sustainability Committee, Link  REIT; Executive Committee Member of Outward Bound (HKG), and  Member of the McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
June 23, 2022
Carla Grant-Pickens, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM (NYSE: IBM)
Carla Grant-Pickens serves as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM, where she leads a global team dedicated to creating an inclusive culture and a workforce that reflects the world while responding to societal issues that impact IBM employees and the communities they live and work in. Diversity and inclusion have been a pillar of IBM’s culture for over 100 years and under  Carla’s leadership the company has been globally recognized as a leader in the space,  named as a “Top 10 Working Mother Best Company,” a “Top 10 Company for Dads,” and a “Top Place to Work for LGBTQ Employees” by the Human Rights Campaign, among others. During her 20+ year career at IBM, Carla has held roles in HR Leadership, Talent Strategy and Programs, and Executive Succession & Development across the company, and has worked and lived in both the U.S. and Asia. Carla holds an IBM patent and the prolific title of “IBM Inventor” for Workforce Retention and Compensation Analytics. Prior to  IBM, she worked in Consulting at Oracle and Northup Grumman. Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Carla is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she attained a B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Human Resources. Carla sits on the boards  of the Federal City Council and Connected DMV and enjoys volunteering with youth in  her area; most notably as a Mentor and the Executive Champion of the Carver High  School P-TECH program in Baltimore, Maryland. When not at work, Carla can be found spending time with her husband, Eric, and her two sons, Eric, Jr., and Louis – most likely watching a College Basketball game… Go Terps!
June 15, 2022
Romain Liot, COO of Adore Me
Romain Liot is the co founder & COO of Adore Me - a disruptive e-commerce startup, revolutionizing the fashion industry. With revenues growing exponentially from $1M in 2012 to over $100M. Romain has led Adore Me to become one of the fastest-growing companies in New York (ranked #17 on Crain’s Fast 50 in 2017) and one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S. (ranked three times on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America).
June 08, 2022
Christina Ho, Pilot
I am an airline pilot from one of the world’s leading airlines based in Hong Kong. I was a fine arts major and a fashion designer before becoming a pilot. I discovered my passion in aviation when I once entered the cockpit on a leisure travel flight as an airline staff, a cabin crew. I pursued my aviation dream through the company's cadet pilot programme. It was intensive and challenging but rewarding. I am passionate about using my story to inspire the younger generation and encourage other women to go after their dreams and become the person they want to be. I volunteer in Hong Kong Youth Aviation Academy (HKYAA) as an instructor, and serve on the Female Pilot Advisory Group (FPAG) and the Peer Assistant Network (PAN) within my company. I am also a protégés of The Women's Foundation (TWF) in the mentoring program. I have been invited as a guest speaker in school talks and different organisations. Also, I created a series called #LifeLessonsFromTheSky on social media to continue to spread the good vibes. Read more on Christina's Instagram. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 25, 2022
Tom Moore, Co-Founder of With You With Me
Tom Moore, a former captain in the Australian Army who co-founded ( (WYWM) to assist veterans, military spouses, neurodivergent individuals, Indigenous people and other underserviced groups in a transition to a new digital career path with a purpose. WYWM does this with an innovative testing model it developed for aptitude and attitude that helps people better identify where their talents are best applied, and then provides free, accredited training to help place them in a job. Since launching 6 years ago, WYWM has been named by Deloitte’s Fast 50 list as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the world. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 19, 2022
Beth A. Brooke, Global Professional Business Executive
Beth A. Brooke Director, The New York Times Company, eHealth, Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings, Reed Smith, and The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Beth Brooke serves on the Board of The New York Times Company, (NYSE:NYT), eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH), Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings, and SHEEX, as well as the USOPC, Aspen Institute, Conference Board, the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, Reed Smith and APCO’s International Advisory Councils, and the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Formerly, Brooke had a four-decade career at EY, was its Global Vice Chair-Public Policy, a member of EY’s Global Board, and a global sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion.  In the Clinton Administration, she played roles in the Healthcare and Superfund reform efforts and had tax policy responsibility for insurance and managed care. Brooke is a recognized global advocate of diversity and inclusion.  She has been named to Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list eleven times and is in the LGBTQ OutStanding Hall of Fame. She earned a B.S. degree in Industrial management and computer science from Purdue University where she played intercollegiate basketball and is in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She founded the Women Athletes Business Network, which helps elite female athletes pivot from success in sport to success in business after their competitive sporting career ends.
May 12, 2022
KENYATTA Berry, Professional Genealogist, Author, Attorney, Lecturer, & Television Personality
KENYATTA Berry is a Contributor to the groundbreaking “1619 Project” published by the New York Times. She is the 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and was recently named a “Newsmaker” in American Libraries magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. KENYATTA is an Author, Attorney, Lecturer, Professional Genealogist and Television Personality, she ignites the genealogy world with a bigger than life personality and illustrious career spanning over 20 years of data collection, in-depth genealogical research and historical content in the discipline of Genealogy. KENYATTA’s vast knowledge in the areas of African American Genealogy, Enslaved Ancestral Research and DNA has made her an invaluable “go to” source for information from all parts of the world. From her Features in publications as Black Enterprise, Good Housekeeping, Spartan Magazine, Real Simple, Wall Street Journal and Woman’s World. KENYATTA’S TV Host job on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) (which received over 1.5 million viewers per episode) is generating enormous buzz surrounding her insight, understanding and expertise by colleagues, genealogy organizations, experts, media and supporters alike. KENYATTA was featured on The Real (FOX), revealing the DNA results of the hosts in a segment entitled “Who Am I?” The videos of this segment have received over 9.5 million views on YouTube. Passionate about her work, KENYATTA’S sharp wit, cool demeanor and smart fashion choices invite fans and followers across the globe as she ignites the desire in others to connect to their pasts in order to find out who we really are. As demand grows for people to learn more about their lineage and DNA, KENYATTA continues to innovate, transforming the world of Genealogy by making it more accessible to the masses.
April 29, 2022
Author of ASYLUM, A MEMOIR AND MANIFESTO, Edafe Okporo was born in Warri, Nigeria. He migrated to the United States in 2016 as an asylum seeker and is now a refugee of the United States. Edafe is a global gay rights activist, the founder of Refuge America, and one of the country’s most visible voices on the issue of displacement, leading an organization with a vision to “strengthen as a place of welcome for LGBTQ displaced people.” A graduate of Enugu State University and the school of Business at NYU, he currently lives in New York City. Edafe is among the inaugural winners of the David Prize, which honors individuals with bold visions for creating a better and brighter New York City. He is also a Logo 30 Honoree. He lives in New York City. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 21, 2022
Eric Nee, Editor-in-Chief of Stanford Social Innovation Review
Eric Nee is editor-in-chief of Stanford Social Innovation Review, a position he has held since 2006. SSIR produces a quarterly magazine, website, webinars, podcasts, and conferences, all serving leaders of organizations engaged in social change. SSIR has partners around the world who publish local-language editions of SSIR in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. Eric has more than 40 years of experience in the publishing industry. Before joining Stanford University, he was a senior writer for Fortune. While there, he helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now (where he was executive editor), which later became Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Eric launched Forbes’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside and held positions at a variety of other technology publications. Eric is the author of the book “Information for Everyone: The Applied Materials Story.” He earned a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife Tekla, a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum magazine. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 15, 2022
Robert Eccles, Professor, ESG Leader, and Author
Robert G. Eccles is a leading authority on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in resource allocation decisions by companies and investors, as well as the world’s foremost academic expert on integrated reporting. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 10, 2022
Andrea Hailey, CEO of
Andrea Hailey is the CEO of, the nation’s largest nonpartisan digital voter engagement organization. Andrea led to record-breaking growth during the 2020 General Election and the Georgia runoff elections, helping more than 4.4 million people register to vote and more than 3.3 million request mail-in ballots, and leading a 50-stateget-out-the-vote operation which made over half a billion voter contacts across the country. Andrea and’s work in 2020 has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and Bloomberg.  With nearly two decades of experience in voter engagement operations and campaigns, Andrea is a recognized expert on civic engagement, and a staunch defender and promoter of democracy. Prior to joining, she served as the founder of Civic Engagement Fund, an incubator for grassroots nonprofit organizations focused on voter empowerment and engagement. She has advised and supported the efforts of presidential and congressional candidates, ballot initiatives, and historic landmarks, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Andrea launched her career on Capitol Hill in the office of Representative Patrick Kennedy.  In addition to leading, Andrea sits on the boards of NARAL and Bend The Arc, serves on the Leadership Council of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is a member of the Society of Fellows for the Aspen Institute. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 31, 2022
Hal Rubenstein, Author, Journalist, Teacher, Fashion Personality
Except for portrait painting and crewelwork, there isn’t much in culture that Hal Rubenstein hasn’t taken on with relish. He has acted, sang, danced, taught high school English, and co-edited an encyclopedia on American film directors. He has written about film, investment photography, movie stars, street musicians and strippers (both sexes), edited speeches for speakers  at the United Nations, waited on tables and been a line cook, run a catering business (he is a self-taught chef). However, there are two careers Rubenstein’s respected reputation is based on. For two decades he has been one of the most knowledgeable and esteemed restaurant critics and consultants in the New York area, writing for such publications is the original Detaila, Interview, New York magazine, and he has worked with such chefs as restauranteurs as Michael White, Fábio Trabocci, Steve Hanson, and Sirio Maccionk of Le cirque. Most of you will probably know Rubenstein at as the fashion Director of InStyle, currently leading luxury fashion magazine in America. Having created signature section, The Look, which established  the magazine as the authority of Celebrity style, Rubenstein also helped to define the confidence-building , down–two–earth tone that sets instyle apart and has his hearing “oh, I love your magazine!“  an almost every day occurrence. On TV Rubenstein has been on the today show, the view, E., Oprah, the bachelor and bachelorette.  He was a series judge and lifetime’s. Blush: the search for the next generation of great makeup artist, and a fashion expert on the second season of bravo’s Tim Gunn‘s guide to style. Prior to joining instyle, he was men’s style editor of the New York Times magazine and wrote the edge of nightly column for the New Yorker. He’s the author of paisley goes with nothing: a man’s guide to style  and is currently working on his next book killer dresses: 100 looks you can’t forget. PibliJed 2011? Rubinstein loves spice rub porterhouse steaks, chocolate chip ice cream. Diet  orange crush and David Nichol to distraction, not necessary in that order.  Follow Hal on LinkedIn/Instagram and The Happy Grown Up on Facebook The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 23, 2022
Penny Abeywardena, Former New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs
Penny Abeywardena is New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs. As head of the Mayor's Office for International Affairs, she leads the City's global platform for promoting its goals for a more just and accessible society, showcasing the diversity of New Yorkers and sharing policies and best practices with cities and states around the world. Since her appointment in September 2014, the International Affairs team has launched a series of initiatives focused on connecting New Yorkers and City agencies to the diplomatic community, as well as more effectively serving NYC's diplomatic corps, which is the largest in the world. Prior to joining Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, Penny was the Director of Girls and Women Integration at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a non-partisan organization that convened global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems. Penny joined CGI in 2009 and led the program's evolution into one of CGI's most successful efforts. While at CGI, Penny was responsible for the portfolio of CGI commitments focused on empowering girls and women worldwide, developing year-round programming and integrating the gender lens throughout the CGI platform. During her tenure, she advised multinational corporations, philanthropists, NGOs and multilateral institutions to increase investments in gender-focused development initiatives while expanding the community of CGI members who incorporated the gender lens in their work. Before joining CGI, Penny worked in both development and programmatic areas for Human Rights Watch, the Funding Exchange and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Development Corporation, the International Advisory Council of the International Peace Institute (IPI), the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization and is a Core Member of the United Nation’s SDG Strategy and Action Hub.  In her personal time, Penny serves on 92Y’s Innovation Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board of the Helm. In 2017, Penny was named by the French American Foundation as a Young Leader. She is a World Economic Forum 2016 Young Global Leader, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a Founding Member of Lincoln Center’s Global Exchange and has previously served on the Hillary for America Policy Working Group on Global Women's Issues, the World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development, and the Boards of Directors of Sakhi for South Asian Women, Global Partners, Inc., the Eastside Greenway and Park, and Resource Generation. Penny was a contributing author to Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change, and in 2012 was recognized by the United Nation’s Decide Now Act (DNA) Summit as one of 101 Global Innovators for her work to put women's rights on the global political agenda. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed her Master of International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 16, 2022
Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Internal Medicine, Pfizer
Kevin Williams, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Pfizer Internal Medicine and Co-Chair of the SAGE Board of Directors. In this role, he leads a Medical Affairs organization of approximately 700 medical colleagues around the globe supporting Pfizer’s efforts and portfolio of medicines treating primary care diseases affecting millions of patients worldwide. Williams joined Pfizer in January 2004 as a Director, Regional Medical & Research Specialists working in the HIV disease area. After moving into a Team Leader position in July 2005, he has served in various leadership roles during his career at Pfizer. Williams was reelected to SAGE’s Board in 2019, having previously served on the Board for six years, from 2012 to 2018, as the Secretary and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and then Co-Chair. Williams received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and is board-certified in internal medicine. Following a two-year fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA and a brief academic career as an Instructor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, he spent eight years in private practice caring for HIV-positive patients while maintaining an academic appointment at the UCLA School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. In addition to his medical degree, he has a Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 04, 2022
Blake Woolsey, Chief Communications & Development Officer, Heartland Forward
Blake Woolsey is the chief communications and development officer for Heartland Forward (HF), a “think and do tank” based in Northwest Arkansas with a mission of changing the narrative about the middle of the country (20 states) to kick-start economic growth. Prior to joining HF, she spent nearly three years as a consultant as a corporate strategist, leadership coach and president of her company Blake Communications.  In her consulting work, she was able to spend time on a variety of dynamic, strategic projects such as the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, Central Arkansas Water, St. Bernard’s Hospital, the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas as well as “looking to the future”  for the timber and supply chain industries in the state. She was the executive vice president of Mitchell Communications Group. In the 10 years she was at Mitchell she led the Center for Business, Training and Leadership Excellence, the Creative team as well as a team focused on activating campaigns for national companies at a hyper-local level. She has worked with some of the best-known global brands and shown teams how to integrate into the fabric of local communities. In addition to this niche expertise, her public relations proficiency spans media training, presentation training, influence, strategic thinking, and key messaging. Prior to joining Mitchell, she was partner and co-owner of Executive Communications Consultants, LLC. Jointly with three-time CEO and Author Elise Mitchell, they offered public speaking workshops, media training, facilitation, and private coaching for business and nonprofit executives. Blake also has expertise and experience in fundraising. For more than a decade, she worked with the University of Arkansas, taking a lead role in the Campaign for the 21st Century, which exceeded its $1 billion goal. Her greatest achievement was solidifying a gift of $50 million from The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation Inc., for the Sam M. Walton College of Business. At the time of the donation, it was the largest gift ever to an American business school. One of her most cherished accomplishments, though, is her family of three active boys (20, 17 and 13) and husband of 27 years. About INIFAC Board of Directors Certified Competent Facilitator™ Certified Master Facilitator®
February 21, 2022
Chandra Vasser, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Nissan
Nissan has named Chandra Vasser to the new position of vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for its Americas region. In this newly created role, Vasser will drive Nissan's strategy to expand diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across business functions in the Americas region, while developing partnerships and plans to share the company's DEI commitment with employees, customers and the community. "Taking actions to strengthen our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a critical part of the culture change that we've committed to with our Nissan NEXT transformation," said Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas. "Chandra brings great experience to the role and will drive how we value equity and inclusion with all of our stakeholders, including employees, customers, dealers and suppliers." Vasser most recently was a director of finance for several sales and marketing functions in Nissan's U.S. business operations. She joined Nissan in 2004 and worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the finance and purchasing functions. Among her roles, she currently is a member of Nissan's Diversity Advisory Council, and she previously worked as director of purchasing for several functional areas, which included leadership of supplier diversity. Under her leadership, Nissan was recognized as the "2016 Corporation of the Year" by the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC). Vasser earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Tennessee State University, and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She recently completed the McKinsey Academy's Black Executive Leadership Program. For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 10, 2022
Kevin Parker, CEO and Founder, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Kevin has over 35 years of investment experience. Kevin is responsible for all strategic and business aspects of the company. Prior to SICM, Kevin was a Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank for 10 years and the former Global Head of Deutsche Asset Management from 2004 - 2012. Kevin is an outspoken advocate for a global shift towards sustainability, identifying climate change as a megatrend in 2004. He is also the owner of Chateau Maris, named one of the five most environmentally friendly wineries in the world by Wine Spectator Magazine. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 01, 2022
Virginia Roach, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Virginia Roach, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, has a formidable track record as a nonprofit leader and higher education administrator and a strong commitment to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to work at the top of their potential. Over the course of her career Roach has been a professor, an executive for the National Association of State Boards of Education, and a special education teacher. From 2015 to 2020, she served as dean at Fordham's Graduate School of Education, and before that, was dean at Bank Street's Graduate School of Education. In both roles, she led the expansion of the schools' online programming and worked strategically to diversify the student population. As a professor and department chair at George Washington University, Roach built a departmental research infrastructure and was heavily engaged in the school's financial planning. She has a long record of academic publications in the K-12 education space and a deep understanding of the needs of—and assessment approaches for—different learners. One of the reasons she was drawn to CTY and its mission is her personal commitment to educating students who are not satisfactorily served by the current K-12 education system—a commitment formed through her experiences as a special education teacher early in her career. At CTY, Roach continues to take a research-oriented approach to her work, in particular to understanding what theoretical concepts about defining advanced learners transcend cultures, and what ideas or attitudes can create barriers that may stand in the way of assessing and educating academically gifted students. Other priorities include expanding partnerships to meet the needs of academically talented children from a variety of backgrounds through policy, programming, and social supports, and ensuring that CTY has the support and infrastructure needed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing educational landscape, domestically and internationally. Roach earned a bachelor's degree in education from Michigan State University and attained a M.A.S. in public administration from Johns Hopkins University and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Columbia University. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
January 28, 2022
Roifield Brown, Podcast Host & Author
Roifield is an experienced podcaster, media strategist and host leader, with an impressive track record of creating and activating campaigns and shows for a wide range of categories, including politics, history, culture and entertainment. He has been working successfully in media for 30 years, working across television, radio and the internet as a creator and business owner. Website/ Twitter/ LinkedIn The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
January 12, 2022
Sree Sreenivasan, CEO of Digimentors
Sree Sreenivasan is the inaugural Marshall Loeb visiting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook School of Communication and Journalism and President of the Toby Usnik Fan Club. He is CEO and co-founder of Digimentors, a digital, social and virtual & hybrid events consulting company working around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years).   In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club. WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: TWITTER: @sree INSTAGRAM: @sreenet LINKEDIN: FACEBOOK: & JOIN MY CLOSED GROUP, Sree's Advanced Social Media The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
January 11, 2022
Bradley Bewkes, Director of Business Development @ Idealist
Bradley Bewkes is an award-winning technologist, business founder, and elected public official. He currently holds the position as the Director of Business Development for Idealist, a nonprofit organization which uses technology to connect idealists - or people who want to do good - with opportunities for action & collaboration.  On the platform, 140,000+ organizations around the world post social good job, internship, and volunteer opportunities seen by millions of people every month.  His focus is on growth strategy & partnerships and as part of these efforts Bradley launched Idealist’s iOS application, which recently won an award calling it the best nonprofit networking platform in 2020. Bradley is also an elected official serving his second four-year term on the Stamford, Connecticut, Board of Representatives.  The Board is the legislative body of the City of 130,000 residents and a $600MM budget, and makes the final approval on most major City dealings.  Bradley is the Deputy Minority Leader, Co-Chair of the Land Use Committee, Chair of the Government Subcommittee for the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, and Member of the Transportation, and Housing/Community Development and Social Services Committees. In addition, Bradley is also a Manhattan landlord, controlling a 6,000 sq ft corner building on 64th & Lexington. Previously, Bradley spent 15 years in the for-profit apparel and consumer goods industries building and managing several brands. He was the Managing Director for Triple C, which designs lifestyle technology products, Vice President of luxury technology-apparel designer, DDCLAB owned by New Balance Athletic,  and a General Manager at Michael Kors. Bradley graduated summa cum laude from Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied International Trade & Marketing. He’s recently completed the Charter Oak Leadership Program in Connecticut. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
December 29, 2021
Dr. Chris Howard, President of Robert Morris University
Dr. Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science in 1991. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned his doctorate in politics at the University of Oxford and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School, and in 2018 received the school's Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Howard earned a Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan, and also served with the elite Joint Special Operations Command and as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia. Dr. Howard won the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award for a senior college football player. He also is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and a former member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Prior to his appointment as president of RMU, Dr. Howard for six years was the president of Hampden-Sydney College, near Richmond, Va. During Dr. Howard’s tenure as president, enrollment, retention, and alumni giving increased. Previously he served as vice president for leadership and strategic initiatives at the University of Oklahoma, where he also served as the director of the Honors College Leadership Center and a President’s Associates Presidential Professor. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
December 14, 2021
Chris Farrell, Journalist, Speaker, & Author @ Marketplace
Chris Farrell is a senior economics contributor at Minnesota Public Radio and Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is co-host of the MPR/APM podcast, small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood. Chris is a columnist for PBS Next Avenue and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger’s, and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money, and Happiness in the Second Half of Life (HarperCollins Leadership, 2019). The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
December 06, 2021
Suzy Welch, American Author, Television Commentator, Business Journalist, & Public Speaker
The business author and journalist is a popular Today Show and CNBC contributor, as well as the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, a guide to values-driven decision making. Lately, Suzy has had shows on CNBC about careers, notably ‘Fix My Career: With Suzy Welch’, and ‘Get To Work: With Suzy Welch’, which get millions of views. She has also been a hands-on tech leader of an exciting music tech start-up (Quadio) which has 50 employees. Throughout her career, her view on leadership has changed and modernized. An assiduous writer and diary keeper since a young girl, Suzy always knew she wanted to work with storytelling and journalism. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Suzy joined The Miami Herald as a reporter. At the newspaper, she was unexpectedly asked to cover a business conference, a world she knew nothing about but immediately fell in love with. She left daily journalism to attend Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1988. She worked as a management consultant at Bain&Co. for several years before joining the Harvard Business Review, where she was named editor-in-chief in 2001. Suzy stepped down from the Harvard Business Review after becoming romantically involved with the famed business leader, Jack Welch. Jack and her have been happily married for the 13 years since. Between them, Jack and Suzy have 8 children – 4 each from previous marriages. Suzy and Jack form a real team, together they have written several books, a weekly column on business and career challenges that appeared in BusinessWeek magazine from 2005 to 2009, and founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, ranked as one of the top online MBA programs in the world. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
November 29, 2021
T. Oliver Reid, Singer, Actor, Activist
Native of the small town of Gastonia North Carolina, T. Oliver has been performing since he could walk and talk. The youngest of 4 children…he began singing in the choir of St. Stephen’s AME Zion church, as part of a very musical family. By the age of nine he had terrorized his family enough by singing the entire cast recording of “Annie” every afternoon and soon found himself on the stage of The Little Theater of Gastonia in the musical,  “Shenandoah”, T. Oliver performed throughout his childhood and adolescence, with the guidance of George Gray, Andrew Millard, Mark Hyde, Rebecca Rhyne, Debbie Rhyne and Trip McGill. After Graduating from high school, he was awarded a scholarship, talent based of course, to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Two days after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, he began work on the 2nd National tour of “Once On This Island” then “Guys & Dolls” before making his way to New York City and Broadway. His Broadway credits include, “Chicago”, “Kiss Me Kate”, “Follies”, “Thoroughly Modern Milllie”, “Never Gonna Dance”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Mary Poppins”, “Damn Yankees” and the 25th Anniversary concert of “Dreamgirls”. T. Oliver has been lucky enough to work with some of the Great White Way’s brightest and best performers including… Chita Rivera, Bryan Stokes Mitchell, Jane Krakowski, Karen Ziemba, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, Marin Mazzie, Sutton Foster, and Robert Goulet. Black Theater Coalition: The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
November 24, 2021
Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Group
Adi Ignatius is Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Group, where he oversees editorial activities at HBR,, and HBR's book-publishing unit. He is also Publisher of HBR Press. Under his editorial leadership, HBR has undergone a dramatic transformation and its audience has increased several-fold. Prior to joining HBR in 2009, Ignatius was the No. 2 editor at TIME, responsible for overseeing the magazine's international and business coverage as well as many of its special editions, including the TIME 100 and Person of the Year. He spent a day in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin and wrote TIME's 2007 PoY article about him. Ignatius is the editor of two books: "President Obama: The Path to the White House" and "Prisoner of the State: The Secret Diaries of Premier Zhao Ziyang." Both made the New York Times' bestseller list. Ignatius lived and worked for nearly 20 years overseas. He was Editor of TIME's Asian edition and earlier served as Beijing Bureau Chief and Moscow Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
November 17, 2021
Dr. Stephanie Gripne, Founder and Executive Director of Impact Finance Center
Founder and Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Gripne is an academic entrepreneur, impact investor, researcher, educator & the creative force behind Impact Finance Center, Impact Investing Institute, Investor Clubs, Impact Investing Giving Circles, and Who’s Who in Impact Investing and the vision to catalyze the National Impact Investing Marketplace to catalyze $1T of investment. Stephanie founded Impact Finance Center in 2012. Stephanie sets the vision and provides leadership for the entire organization while focusing on business development, client engagement, and industry thought leadership through her research, writing, and speaking. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
November 12, 2021
Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Sheila C. Johnson is Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The company operates a  collection of luxury properties in the US and the Caribbean that includes the Forbes Five-Star  Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, which also features the new Residences at  Salamander development. As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington  Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, for which she  serves as President and Managing Partner. In 2016, she spearheaded the formation of WE Capital, a venture capital consortium to support  and invest in female-led enterprises with a goal of promoting social impact and generating  financial returns. She also served on the board of the Greater Washington Partnership (GWP),  which seeks to strengthen the region’s global position as a center for commerce and innovation.  Currently, she is Co-Chair of GWP’s Inclusive Growth Council, bringing together business leaders  from across the region that will work together to make the Capital Region a national model for  advancing equitable economic solutions. Ms. Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her  work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television. She has served as executive  producer of documentary and feature films. Ms. Johnson is founder and chair of the Middleburg  Film Festival. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
November 12, 2021
Dan Mendelson, CEO of Morgan Health at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Dan Mendelson is CEO of Morgan Health at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He was previously Founder and CEO of Avalere Health, a healthcare advisory company based in Washington DC. Dan also served as Operating Partner at Welsh Carson, a private equity firm. Before founding Avalere, Dan served as associate director for Health at the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton White House. Dan currently serves on the board of Champions Oncology (CSBR) and is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare, HMS Holdings, Pharmerica, Partners in Primary Care, Centrexion, and Audacious Inquiry. He holds a BA from Oberlin College, and an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
October 27, 2021
Zara Rutherford, 19YO Aircraft Pilot
My name is Zara Rutherford, I am 19 years old. I have just completed my A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, and Physics, and hope to go to university to study computer science/computer engineering. I have been flying for as long as I can remember and one of my biggest dreams (as well as flying around the world!) is becoming an astronaut. In August 2021 I left Belgium heading West, flying solo around the world flying in a very small plane. If I succeed, I will be youngest woman ever to fly solo around the world as well as the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a microlight. I was born into a family of aviators and was lucky to have great role models in my parents and grandparents. I want to build on this heritage and inspire others. My aim is to encourage girls and young women to pursue their dreams and promote aviation and STEM-related careers (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) for them.  Only 5% of commercial pilots and 15% of computer scientists are women. In both areas – aviation and STEM – the gender gap is huge. In fact it is a dream gap. Our dreams are formed in early childhood. Children are being told fairy tales like the Sleeping Beauty, where the prince travels with style and courage through difficult and dangerous places. The princess is beautiful, sleeps and waits for the prince to rescue her. Boys learn from history books, street signs and statues, that they can be scientists, astronauts or CEO’s. They are much more likely to receive science-related toys and are being encouraged to be bold. Girls get gifted dolls and are expected to be charming, beautiful and sweet. Upbringings shape our dreams. The youngest man to have flown solo around the world, Travis Ludlow, was 18 years old. The youngest woman, Shaesta Waiz was 30 at the time of her flight. With my flight, I hope to reduce this gap from 11 years to 11 months. I hold FAA and UK private pilot licenses plus Slovakian and French microlight licenses. I have been a member of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots since 2019. Check out Zara on FlyZolo, Instagram, and TikTok
October 22, 2021
Martha Mackenzie, Global Humanitarian Advocacy Lead, UNICEF
Martha Mackenzie is passionate about building a better world for children. She is a former advocacy and campaigns director, and now drives UNICEF’s global humanitarian advocacy and communication. As an experienced senior leader, with a track record of managing high-performing teams; she guides organizations through both significant corporate risk and internal change; and delivers successful child-rights campaigns.  The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
October 11, 2021
Aniket Shah, Managing Director and Global Head of ESG and Sustainability Research at Jefferies Group LLC.
Aniket Shah is Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability Research at Jefferies Group LLC. In this role, Aniket leads the integration of ESG and sustainability analysis within the global investment research department and engages with clients on this dynamic area of corporate and financial services. Prior to joining Jefferies, Aniket held senior roles in emerging market investing and financing sustainable development in both the public and private sectors, including at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, OppenheimerFunds, and UBS Group AG. Aniket serves on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International and the UN SDSN. He is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Aniket is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Bretton Woods Committee and is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Oxford, where he completed his Ph.D. on the financing of sustainable development. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
October 07, 2021
Oliver St. Claire Franklin, Honorary British Consul for Greater Philadelphia
Oliver St. Clair Franklin, OBE has had a distinguished career in financial and public services. He is a  former Senior Vice President of Dreyfus and Fidelity Investment and a founding Partner of RISA Investment Advisers, the first US mutual fund to invest in the Johannesburg stock exchanges. As the Vice-Chairman of Electrоnic Ink, a digital design firm, he led the firm’s effort with UK investment banks and is now a senior adviser to Liminal Capital a west coast hedge fund that uses machine learning in the investment process, and The Satell Institute, a think tank on Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. Franklin has served as Chairman of Academy Funds Trust-a complex of traditional mutual and exchange-traded funds, corporate director of Right Management (NYSE), and the regional Advisory  Board of Bank of America. He is presently a board director of Dynamis Pharmaceuticals, a bio-science company. He co-founded with Lord Peter Walker the City Fellows Program to bridge the opportunity gap with US  minority professionals by providing a global work experience with British investment banks. Mr. Frank lin has facilitated business between the US and UK by leading senior-level conferences. His non-profit interest includes serving as Chair of The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, Chair of the  Investment Committee of The Philadelphia Foundation, CEO of International House and sponsoring a  program to send inner-city high school students for one-week summer tours to London. Educated at Lincoln University (PA) Mr. Franklin was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Oxford University where he recently received The Distinguished Alumni Award and was elected an Hon. Fellow of Balliol College. In 1998 he was appointed the Honorary British Consul in Philadelphia and in 2002 was bestowed the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to British business. Mr. Franklin lives in  Philadelphia, PA. USA. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
September 27, 2021
Kay Unger, CEO of Kay Unger Design
Kay Unger is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist based in New York. For more than forty years, her flattering, feminine looks have made her one of America’s most popular designers for first ladies, anchorwomen, business women, partygoers and bridal parties. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Kay entered the fashion world in 1968 as a design assistant to Geoffrey Beene. Two years later, she founded her own dress firm, Kay Unger – the first of several successful global fashion concerns she both founded and managed, including The Gillian Group, A.J. Bari, Kay Unger New York, Kay J’s Pajamas and Phoebe Couture. In 2012, she formed Kay Unger Design as a means of focusing her boundless energy on unique design projects that benefit from her creative and leadership skills. Kay currently consults for Line in the Sand, a protective and active waterwear company committed to donating 100% of their profits to ocean and cancer organizations and ASTOURI, a women’s ready-to-wear apparel brand merging community pride with women's apparel and accessories.. In 2010, Kay founded her own foundation, The Kay Unger Family Foundation, where she now serves as chief executive officer. The Kay Unger Family Foundation primarily provides scholarships and educational opportunities for underserved children talented in the arts. The Kay Unger Family Foundation also supports already existing foundations for cancer care and research. Kay is also Co-Chair of Fashion for the Front Lines, a New York City based task force that was created in response to COVID-19 with the singular goal to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical workers. Kay currently serves on the Board of Directors for The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) and the Executive Board for Retailers United. She is actively involved as a project champion and board member for the Promise Project, a longtime board member of The New East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League, the New York City based volunteer fundraising group for the City of Hope. Additional service activities include President of Fashion Group International, member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, founding member of C200, first woman on The Boys and Girls Club of America’s Board of Directors. Kay was the recipient of the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life® Award in 2019, Girls Inc.’s first She Knows Where She’s Going Award in 1985 and the Human Relations Award for the Women’s Campaign for American Jewish Committee in 1996. Born and raised in Chicago, Kay has lived in New York throughout her career; she currently lives in SoHo with her partner, David Rubin. She has two sons and six grandchildren. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
September 17, 2021
Jonathan Black, Director of the University of Oxford Careers Services & Professional Writer @FT
Jonathan has been director of the University of Oxford Careers Service since 2008. Prior to this he held a number of senior commercial roles at Booz & Co, Harcourt Brace, and Times Mirror and was co-founder of an internet start-up successfully sold to Elsevier. Jonathan is a Professorial Fellow and Tutor for Welfare at New College, is Chair of Oxford Hub, and writes the regular ‘Dear Jonathan’ careers column in the Financial Times. Follow Johnathan on Twitter and take check out his Oxford student report, Dear Jonathan, and watch videos on interviewing, CVs, networking, presentations, and more - all from the Financial Times. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
September 06, 2021
Michael Dupree, Chairman, Town of Hyde Park Planning Board
Michael Dupree is, the Chairman, of Town of Hyde Park Planning Board. He reviews site plans, special use permits, subdivision and planned unit development applications. He is also responsible for conducting meetings, ensuring compliance with code requirements and standards, and facilitating informal (non-quorum) meetings with applicants and consultants to speed the review process. Previously, Michael was the Vice-president/Treasurer, Holby Valve, Inc. and freelanced as an writer/editor. Some publications he was in included, Martin Kline: Romantic Nature, 2012 (Hudson Hills Press LLC), editor, and edited/contributed to articles for Town & Country, PaperCity Houston, and Art In America magazines, among others.
August 29, 2021
Cheryl Wills, Anchor at NY1 and Author
Cheryl Wills is a veteran anchor for Spectrum News NYl - she joined the cable network during its launch in 1992.  She is the primetime anchor for NY1 Live at Ten and  she’s also the host of the public affairs talk show In Focus with Cheryl Wills.  In 2018, Cheryl became the first African-American reporter in NY1’s history to win an Emmy Award. The award-winning journalist is the author of three books about her great-great-great grandfather Sandy Wills who fought in The Civil War: "Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale”, an illustrated children's book "The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills" and a YA book "Emancipated: My Family's Fight/or Freedom."   Cheryl has been invited to do readings of her Emancipation Series to tens of thousands of students across the country. She is currently working on a groundbreaking book called “25 Women Who Changed Gospel”. In March of 2018, Cheryl was honored with the prestigious Commander’s Medal from the U.S. Department of the Army: The Public Service Commendation Medal is the fourth highest public service decoration the United States Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian. Cheryl has also received awards from The New York Press Club, The Newswomen's Club of NY Front Page Award, and The Associated Press. In 2017, The Association of Social Studies Teachers I UFT awarded Cheryl Wills The Rosa Parks Award for Social Justice for "illuminating the struggle for Black equality from The Civil War to present." In 2017, Cheryl also received the Dr. Martin Luther King Award from three prominent Jewish organizations at The Israeli Consulate for bridging the gap between African Americans and Jews. In 2017, City & State Magazine honored Cheryl as one of New York’s most remarkable women.   In 2010, McDonald's honored her as a broadcasting legend. In 2015 McDonald's again honored her with the first ever, Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of extraordinary and unparalleled contributions to broadcast media. Cheryl also has been featured in a number of major television shows and movies including Ghostbusters: Answer The Call (2016); she can be seen in numerous episodes of Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Limitless (CBS), The Strain (FX), Freedomland with Samuel Jackson, The Brave One with Jodie Foster and numerous other stage and film productions. Cheryl Wills was the first journalist  invited to address the General Assembly of The United Nations about the impact of slavery on her family during the UN's International Remembrance of Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Cheryl takes great pride in being the Founder and Commander of The New York State Chapter of the Sons & Daughters of the United States Colored Troops, a national organization based in Washington D.C. She enjoys teaching students about the contributions of the 200,000 black soldiers who fought valiantly during The Civil War Cheryl Wills is a graduate of The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, with a major in Broadcast Journalism. She received an Honorary Doctorate from New York College of Health Professions in May of 2005. Twitter/ The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
August 19, 2021
Claire Du Yanjingdu Co-Founder and CEO of Achievers Circle
Yanjing Claire Du graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, MN, USA, with a double major in History and International Relations/Political Science and a concentration in East Asian Studies. Claire is the cofounder and CEO of Achievers Circle, an international platform to connect China’s aspiring elites with the world by bridging global leadership, trust, arts and cultures. She also manages her own family office’s global investment allocation, investing in companies and funds that are interested in cross-border and global strategies. She works as the operating advisor on China’s market entry to various leading companies, family offices, ventures and institutions, such as Owl Ventures, the largest VC fund in the world on education technology. . In addition, Claire is an active and passionate social entrepreneur with a specific focus on philanthropy and education.  In 2009 Claire founded her non-for-profit organization China Liberal Arts College Tour, which brings admissions officers from prestigious liberal arts colleges in the US to visit high schools in China.  The Tour aims to bridge the gap between liberal arts colleges and prospective students in China and providing equal opportunities and access to resources and information for Chinese students with strong academic backgrounds and leadership skills to experience a liberal arts education. Claire also works as the pro bono director and advisor of international cooperation and partnership for Aiyou Foundation, the first and largest private philanthropic foundation in China, whose founding council members include Jack Ma of Alibaba, Pony Ma of Tencent, Yiming Zhang of ByteDance, Wang Xing of Meituan, etc.  Claire helps facilitate and organize Aiyou Foundation’s international exchanges and partnership building with prominent philanthropic individuals and organizations. The Caring Economy made it onto FeedSpots Top 30 CSR Podcasts Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
August 11, 2021
Mario Bosquez, Weekend Anchor, 1010 WINS
Mario Bósquez co-anchors CBS 2 News This Morning in New York City. Previously, he was an anchor at Fox 5 in New York and held a variety of positions, as anchor of Fox Five News at 11:30AM, co-anchor of Good Day Wake Up and Good Day New York First Edition. Prior to joining FOX 5, Bosquez worked for KSAT-TV San Antonio.  Bósquez has won numerous awards for his work, including an “Americares” award, presented by President Bush, and the Si Se Puede! Award from the National Puerto Rican Forum. Also a playwright and novelist, Bósquez was born in Alice, Texas, and resides in New York City.
August 06, 2021
Emily Glasser, President & CEO, Achilles International
Emily Glasser joined Achilles International as Interim Executive Director in August 2019 and was named President and CEO in November 2019. Emily brings with her over a decade of experience managing strategic partnerships for top-tier cultural institutions and innovative mission-driven startups. Her skills have been developed at large institutions such as Deutsche Bank and MoMA as well as the startup, Goalsetter. Through her work with Achilles, Emily hopes to advance understanding of the importance of inclusion and accessibility in all elements of society and culture. An avid runner, Emily believes firmly in the elevating power of sport for all. Emily is a graduate of Dartmouth College and resides with her husband and two daughters in New York City. Instagram/Facebook Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
August 02, 2021
Marisa Quinn, Chief of Staff to Provost, Brown University
Marisa A. Quinn, is an experienced higher education administrative leader with expertise in policy development and execution, public affairs, and strategic communications. Since January 2016, she has served as chief of staff in the Office of the Provost at Brown University. She joined the Brown community in 1999, and has worked in a variety of capacities, including: vice president for public affairs and university relations; director of communications and outreach for the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs; assistant to the president for President Ruth J. Simmons; and director of community and government relations. She began her career as a legislative aide to US Senator Claiborne Pell on the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and the Humanities.  She subsequently served as policy advisor to New Jersey Governor James J. Florio; public affairs specialist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and chief of communications and public information at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a master’s degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.  She is currently chair of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and a board member of Trinity Repertory Company.
July 19, 2021
Richard Tofel, President, ProPublica
Dick Tofel, was the founding general manager (and first employee) of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and has been its president since 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica’s non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. During the period of Tofel’s business leadership, ProPublica has won six Pulitzer Prizes, seven National Magazine Awards, five Peabody Awards, three Emmy Awards and nine George Polk Awards, among other honors. Also during this time, ProPublica has grown from an initial staff of just over 20 to more than 160, and raised more than $220 million from other than its founding funders. Tofel was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal, with responsibility for its international editions and U.S. special editions, and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. Just prior to ProPublica, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. He serves on the board/advisory board of CalMatters, The City, the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas, Austin, Outlier Media, Retro Report, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Center for Media and Democracy in Israel. He is the author of “Not Shutting Up: A Year of Reflections on Journalism” (2020); “‘A Federal Offense of the Highest Order’: The True Story of How the Joint Chiefs Spied on Nixon, And How He Covered It Up” (2019); “Speaking Truth in Power: Lessons for Our Sorry Politics from Our Inspiring History” (2018); “Home Run Revolution: Babe Ruth in His Time, 1919-1920” (2015); “Non-Profit Journalism: Issues Around Impact” (2013); “Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future” (2012); “Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition” (2011); “Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism” (2009); “Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address” (2005); “Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind” (2004); and “A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939” (2002). Tofel is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School (masters in public policy). Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
July 16, 2021
Paloma Carcedo de Mufarech, Professor at University of Lima (Peru)
Paloma Carcedo de Mufarech, a scholar and an expert of pre-Columbian art, Paloma today teaches pre-Hispanic and colonial art in the Architecture Dept of the University of Lima in Peru. She received her degree in the history of art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Spain) and specialized in Latin American and Caribbean studies and in museology at New York University. In 2010 she published Inca: Origin and Mysteries of the Golden Civilization A trip across time along a golden labyrinth leading to the birth of pre-Columbian civilizations. More than 250 masterpieces from the most important museums of Peru reveal the mastery and the skill of the pre-Columbian goldsmiths of the Central Andes, as well as how gold forged the belief, the rituals, the earthly and heavenly spheres, and the way of representing the political and the religious. The force of unknown symbols, represented by the finds pictured in this book, leads to the understanding of the spirituality of these ancient peoples. The mystic dimension of life and death lived through a deep relationship with the gods is evoked by the outstanding images which picture their connection with the afterlife. Inca: Origin and Mysteries of the Civilisation of Gold highlights the tie with nature, focusing on the contrast between power and submission, sea and mountains, and earth and sky, without forgetting the importance of the Sun and the Moon in the idea and perception of the universe.
July 08, 2021
Rob Smith, Founder & CEO of The Phluid Project
Rob Smith, the CEO and Founder of The Phluid Project, has created a brand, combining his profession, which is retail, along with his passion, a commitment to social justice. After graduating from Michigan State University, Rob began a long retail career, spanning over 30 years, orchestrating multi-billion dollar businesses through merchandising,  e-commerce, marketing, product development and supply chain management. He worked his way through Macys for over two decades, working within four divisions and finishing with his final position as GMM/EVP Macys Corporate in product merchandising. Gaining new experiences, Rob became GMM/EVP at Victoria’s Secret direct. He was the Children’s Global Chief Product Officer for Nike, Levi’s Jordan, Hurley, and Converse with Haddad Brands. Rob mentors numerous fashion brands and designers, leads the CSR committee as a Board of Director for Steve Madden Ltd., and raises critical funds for LGBTQIA+ organizations. He’s the former Board Chair for The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which empowers, educates and advocates on behalf of LGBTQIA+ youth around the world and has also served on the board of directors for Athlete Ally, eliminating homophobia and transphobia in sports. Today,  Rob leads and mange’s The Project Project, a leader in gender-free fashion. Phluid, joining a global movement of freedom, authenticity and self-expression, leads with values, a powerful community and a fearlessness to challenge the status quo. Phluid thoughtfully expands into new spaces where they can offer insight, education and impact. Rob lives in NYC with his husband, Rod Grozier, and his dog, Jackson.
June 29, 2021
Zach Buchwald, Managing Director & Head, BlackRock Institutional Business US/CA
Zach Buchwald, Managing Director, is the Head of BlackRock's Institutional Business for the U.S. and Canada. He leads sales, client service, strategy and research, and is responsible for delivering BlackRock's investment capabilities to the firm's institutional clients. Prior to this role, he led BlackRock's Financial Institutions Group in the Americas, and earlier he helped establish the firm's Retirement Solutions Group and Financial Markets Advisory platforms. Mr. Buchwald serves on BlackRock's Global Operating Committee, the US/Canada Executive Committee and as a sponsor of its LGBT employee network. He serves as chair of the US/Canada Institutional Client Executive Committee. Before joining BlackRock in 2008, Mr. Buchwald was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, where he held a variety of positions within the firm's fixed income division. Earlier Mr. Buchwald worked in the structured finance group at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Buchwald earned a B.A. in English with honors from Harvard College. He is a trustee of the Public Theater, producer of Hamilton, Fun Home and Girl from the North Country, and serves on the board of directors of the Jericho Project, a non-profit homeless service organization.
June 21, 2021
Crawford Sherman, Co-Founder PPL Hospitality
Crawford F Sherman’s, family has had a history of involvement in the hospitality industry going back to before the turn of the century (1900) and continued with his father having been involved in the building of several Hotels including the Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville VA. Crawford decided to learn the business the hard way by running away from school in France and starting his career as a dishwasher in the basement of a Hotel in NYC. He is a graduate of SOHK. Through hard work, some great mentors, and good fortune, he worked his way up through the ranks, and by 29 was a General Manager. He has worked for Trust House Forte, Emerald Hotels / Pan Pacific, Lowes / Universal, Classic Hospitality, COMO Hotels & Sydell Group. Crawford’s career has phased through Hotel Management, Resort Management, Area Management, Real Estate Development & Sales, Construction & Development. His projects have won multiple awards and international recognition including # 1 Resort in the world by Conde Nast Publications.  Through his career, Crawford has developed a passion for Care & Respect for people, especially for the people in the Hospitality Industry, and has learned to admire their hard work, dedication, and passion for looking after the traveling public. PPL Hospitality. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
June 09, 2021
April Goess, Managing Director at The Culinary Institute of America
April Goess, is the Managing Director at The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio campus. Ms. Goess graduated top of her class in 2003 with a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree from The Culinary Institute of America. She earned an associate degree with honors in Baking and Pastry Arts in 2001. Her professional experience includes two years as executive chef at California’s historic Eureka Inn, overseeing the kitchens of three restaurants, including the Wine Spectator Award-winning Rib Room: and six years as sous chef at the Benbow Inn, a highly-rated hotel and restaurant in northern California. She also spent a year as general manager of Crew Wine Bar in Poughkeepsie, NY. While a student at the CIA, April volunteered as a student assistant for the college’s faculty team that competed in the 2000 Culinary Olympics in Germany, helping create pastry showpieces for the competition. Ms. Goess is a Certified Hospitality Educator by American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Ms. Goess serves on the Technical Committee as a competition advisor for SKILLS USA. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
June 02, 2021
Xing Zheming, Founder & President, Taskforce Consultancy
Zheming is an expert on strategic & international communication, stakeholder engagement, crisis management, and policy advocacy. In 2019, he founded Taskforce Consultancy, a Beijing-based strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm. He is actively involved with many of the firm's clients, including UN Women, PICC Group, Hongkong Land, Envision Group, LONGi Group, CBRE, LinkedIn, MIT, Brightpshere Investment Group, Gryphon Group, etc. Over the years, Zheming has developed a solid professional knowledge-base and hands-on experience in public relations, government relations & public affairs, CSR & philanthropy, and broadcast journalism. Prior to starting his own consultancy firm, Zheming served as the Public Relations & Public Affairs Director for a Chinese conglomerate going global, providing consultation to the group senior executives on their global stakeholder engagement activities. He was also closely involved in the group's M&A activities, crisis management, relationship with international press, and CSR efforts. He developed and maintained the cooperation between the group and leading global organizations, including the World Economic Forum, Atlantic Council, Asia Society, China Institute, etc. He started his career in public relations with Weber Shandwick in Beijing. As an associate for the firm's corporate communication practice, he served many clients, including McDonald's, Mercedes-Benz, and Barclays Capital. Zheming has a BA degree in public relations from the Communication University of China. He is very proud to be on the Expert Committee for Development of the Public Relations Department of the Communication University of China, where he spent four years of college life, and now teaches the undergraduate students there. He also studied at the MBA program at Peking University's National School of Development. Zheming speaks mandarin and English . He lives in Beijing. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 30, 2021
Christine Heenan, Chief Communications Officer & Senior Partner, Flagship Pioneering
Christine Heenan serves as Flagship’s senior partner and chief communications officer, overseeing communications, external affairs, brand and marketing for Flagship and its enterprise companies. She also serves as an advisor to the dozens of Flagship-founded companies in its broader ecosystem. She is the founder and former president of Clarendon Group, a consulting firm focused on social impact, communications, advocacy, and leadership voice. While at Clarendon she advised clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Institute, the Whitehead Institute, the Social Science Research Council, CARE USA, University of Miami, the Rockefeller Family Office, philanthropist Donald Sussman, and other notable organizations, leaders, and philanthropists. She served as Senior Vice President for Global Policy & Advocacy at The Rockefeller Foundation, where she led the Foundation’s policy, program influence, partnerships, and communications teams, as well as its regional teams in Asia, Africa and Italy. She also oversaw the Bellagio and Fellows unit.  While at Rockefeller, she led the creation of #Solvable, a global platform for highlighting the UN Sustainable Development Goals featuring more than 45 mini-films, an acclaimed podcast, and an award-winning documentary film. She also helped conceive and launch the “Without Mom” campaign, a multi-country effort to raise awareness for preventable maternal mortality launched during Mom Congress on Capitol Hill in 2019. From 2008 to 2015, Heenan was Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Harvard University, overseeing its communications, government relations, and digital strategy teams in Cambridge, Boston, and Washington, DC. During the Clinton Administration she served in the White House as a Senior Policy Analyst and speechwriter, focused primarily on health care policy, women’s issues, and other areas of domestic policy. Heenan was an adjunct assistant professor of public policy at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University and a Freshman Seminar instructor at Harvard College, teaching on communications in policy making. In 2010, Heenan was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center at Harvard. She was previously a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and now serves as Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School, where she is part of the teaching team for a new and highly participatory class at HBS called “Conversations on Leadership.” Heenan began her career in business strategy consulting for Telesis and SJS – spinoffs of Boston Consulting Group – working on business process analysis, cost analysis, market strategy, and strategic planning for national and international corporations including Corning, Rubbermaid, Ahlstrom, and IKEA. She has served on a number of boards focused on child development, education, and economic policy, and now serves on the boards of the David Rockefeller Fund and the University of Rhode Island. She and her family live in New York and Rhode Island. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 24, 2021
Dominic Kalms, Founder, President, and Chief Philanthropy Officer
Dominic Kalms is a venture backed entrepreneur and philanthropist with an expertise in Financial Technology (FinTech), nonprofits, and charitable fundraising. He has raised over $50M in venture and philanthropic capital during his career and has been featured in an array of media publications (e.g. NBC, Forbes, CBS, Entrepreneur, BBC, Yahoo etc.) where he discusses philanthropy and impact. He was most recently profiled on the front page of, as well as in the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy web series. His latest opinion piece on corporate giving can be found on Forbes Dominic is also a well known public speaker and has spoken at many global forums on philanthropy (e.g. Nexus Global Summit, Social Enterprise Summit, TechCrunch’s Global Ventures Summit, Capital One Stories of Impact, TEDx etc) Dominic is also a member of The Forbes Nonprofit Council, NEXUS, SUMMIT Impact, and he is an Ambassador for the Global Citizen Forum. He is also a contributing writer for Forbes Philanthropy and a Mentor at the Global Good Fund where he helps accelerate the development of high potential young leaders tackling the world’s greatest social issues. Day to day, Dominic is CEO of a new venture backed FinTech platform which is poised to revolutionize the way people donate to nonprofits, political donations, and crowdfunding campaigns. The company is backed by some of the top investors in the tech world and is supported by many of the nation's leading nonprofits. Before his current venture, Dominic was Founder & CEO of GVNG.ORG which Forbes called "One of the most revolutionary platforms in the social impact space today." GVNG.ORG is a proprietary venture backed technology company that facilitates the creation of instant charitable giving accounts. Many of the world’s leading public figures & corporations have used GVNG.ORG to start and run their philanthropic projects. Dominic remains the President of the Company today and sits on the Board of Directors. Visit to learn more. Prior to running technology companies, Dominic managed philanthropic foundations at Global Philanthropy Group (GPG), a private strategy consultancy which advises high net worth individuals, celebrities, & corporations on impact work. At GPG Dominic advised and ran the foundations for many of the world’s top philanthropists. GPG was acquired by Charity Network in 2017. In his spare time, Dominic is passionate about helping nonprofits with their fundraising strategy. Most recently he helped structure the fundraising strategy for the #MeToo movement, specifically for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein. Dominic also partnered with leading National Civil Rights Attorney Lee Merritt in 2020 to create the Limitless Resource Foundation, which is helping support those families who have seen their lives turned upside down after losing a loved one to police violence and social injustice. In early 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dominic also started, the first nonprofit project in the United States dedicated exclusively to providing hospitals with emergency PPE. has since donated hundreds of thousands of medical masks & face shields to hospitals, schools, cities, and Native American reservations across the US. Dominic was featured on CBS News to discuss the organization. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 13, 2021
Gregory Hess, President and CEO at IES Abroad
Gregory D. Hess, Ph.D., is President and CEO of IES Abroad, a not-for-profit academic consortium of 270 top-tier American Colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 global locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for more than 10,000 students annually. IES Abroad has more than 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying abroad on IES Abroad programs since its inception and offers more than $6 million in scholarships and financial aid. Having joined IES Abroad in 2020, Greg is an extremely well-rounded leader, and brings a wealth of expertise and experience across higher education, liberal arts, and business. His passion for education and economics brings an important and distinctive perspective, which greatly benefits IES Abroad. Prior to joining IES Abroad, Greg was the President of Wabash College. He led national efforts articulating and promoting the value of a liberal arts education, while directing the planning and development efforts that provided a roadmap leading to the College’s 200th anniversary in 2032. His many achievements at Wabash College also included hosting a conference entitled, “Celebrating the Value of the Liberal Arts,” with scholars, college presidents, foundation leaders, and representatives of the business, medicine, and law fields attending. He also directed the development of co-curricular “WabashX" initiatives in Democracy and Public Discourse, Digital Arts and Human Values, Global Health, and the Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, Greg initiated a rebranding of Wabash College and provided critical leadership during a master planning process that included enhancements in campus life, academics, and infrastructure. As part of Wabash College’s “Giant Steps: A Campaign for Wabash College” initiative, Greg Hess secured a $40 million gift—the largest single gift in the College’s history. Greg has also held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Kansas, St. John’s College (Cambridge), the University of Cambridge, London Business School, and Oberlin College. Greg is a widely published author with more than 60 articles, book chapters, and books to his credit, has served as an editor for Economics and Politics and Macroeconomic Dynamics, and presented at more than 90 scholarly international seminars and events. Greg earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, and master's and doctoral degrees at Johns Hopkins University. He studied abroad at the London School of Economics as part of the school’s General Course Degree program. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 07, 2021
Christina Farrell Danka, Partner, HI Executive Consulting
Christina Farrell Danka is a Partner for the Consumer & Retail practice at H.I. Executive Consulting, a leading global executive search firm focused on hiring Board, CEO, and Senior-level executives globally. Based in the New York City Office,  Christina brings over a decade of high-level executive search experience in the retail, consumer, and fashion sectors spanning North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. She is passionate about recruiting diverse and inclusive leaders and her global knowledge and network gives access to the most talented individuals Her clients range from privately held to public, private equity, and venture-backed companies in a variety of consumer sectors, including retail, beauty, food and beverage, hospitality, fashion, sporting goods, and luxury  She also has experience working with entrepreneurial and founder-driven companies, advising the leadership team through times of leadership transitions. Christina has placed candidates in functional leadership roles, general management and has core competence in recruiting across finance, operations, e-commerce, marketing, merchandising, buying and human resources. Previously Christina was the Director of Business Development at Martens & Heads!, a global boutique executive search firm specializing in consumer, retail and luxury. Prior Christina was in the Human Capital Management Practice at Goldman Sachs. She started her search career at CTPartners. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
May 06, 2021
Richard Marshall, Head of Corporate Affairs Practice, Korn Ferry (NYSY: KFY)
Richard Marshall leads the Firm's specialty practice globally which focuses on corporate communications, investor relations, and government affairs. Since joining the firm in 2005, he has led nearly 400 successful engagements globally, including C-suite officers at Softbank, Alibaba, PepsiCo, Boeing, General Mills, and the NFL, and other Fortune Global 500 organizations. In addition, he placed Investor Relations Officers at the world's two largest IPOs, and other leading brands including Walmart, PayPal, Boston Properties, and GE. Before his search career, Marshall spent more than 20 years as a communications and public affairs leader and advisor to four CEOs in three different industries. He was Chief Communications Officer at Home Depot, then a Fortune #13 retailer. And earlier, led communications at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Subaru during its turnaround that was called "Most Improved Car Company in the World" by The Financial Times. His career included marketing at USA TODAY, and politics at the Indiana Lieutenant Governor's Office, serving as ombudsman for the state's largest economic development project. A recognized leader in the field, he is a frequent speaker and contributor to both trade and business media. He is also active with the Arthur W. Page Society and the National Investor Relations Institute, among other professional organizations. Marshall holds a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University and completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 29, 2021
Nixon Joseph, President & COO, State Bank of India Foundation (NSE: SBIN.NS)
Nixon Joseph, President & Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation, is a postgraduate in English Language and Literature, joined State Bank of India in 1985 as a probationary officer. As a career banker, he has extensive experience in various facets of Banking like Corporate Credit, Retail Operations, International Banking, etc., has worked all across India. He was also Manager(Operations), SBI Bahrain, and Chief Executive Officer, SBI Tokyo branch(2008-2012). He is a Certified Credit Professional, Certified Banking Compliance Professional, and Certified Information Systems Banker. He was President of the Sakura Toastmasters Club, Tokyo, and also started the Tokyo debating society. His interest in long-distance running has led to his completion of 50 full marathons (42.195km), thus being the only official among the 1.1 million bank employees in India to have the achievement, making him popular as “SBI’s marathon legend”. That he was never an athlete, yet started full marathon running at the age of 45 years, went ahead completing 50 full marathons and still running, has been inspiring thousands of people especially youth. Various institutions have been inviting him to share his experiences of running 50 full marathons and motivate the youth. He has been running in all the SBI Green marathons to spread the message of sustainability. In spite of lockdown, he dared to complete 7 full marathons by jogging inside his apartment giving the message that “where there is a will there is an inspiring way”. As Coordinator of, SBI Youth for India fellowship program, he was instrumental in inspiring and mentoring 100 youths every year, and has taken the fellowship to a higher level. He has been mentoring many social entrepreneur units started by SBI Youth for India fellows. Has completed the ‘Social intrapreneurship” course of Ashoka Changemakers with distinction. As President of SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of State Bank of India he has been supporting strong impact projects to help the underprivileged and needy. He has been a regular speaker in various CSR forums all across India. To date, during the lockdown period, he has participated in 150 webinars as chief guest/guest of honor/panelist speaker. He is the recipient of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam award 2018 for excellence in public service and Dr. Kalam Memorial Ignited Minds award. His name figures in the “Be the Inspiration” Book released by Rotary Club, Mumbai where 45 inspiring Indians were listed. He was recently facilitated as “Covid Warrior” by the Governor of Maharashtra for spearheading covid relief activities. Selected as “ Aspire Circle Fellow “. Nixon's Social Media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 21, 2021
Vanessa Cheung, Group Managing Director, Nan Fung Development Ltd. & The Mills Hong Kong
Vanessa Cheung is the Group Managing Director of Nan Fung Development Ltd., managing the Group’s Hong Kong property division. She is also the Founder of The Mills – a revitalization project of transforming the Nan Fung Textile Mills into a global innovation tech style destination comprising of art, start-up incubator, and experiential retail. Through  The Mills project and her experience in working for AECOM as a Landscape Designer as well as a part-time lecturer at HKU on City Branding, she hopes to inspire the younger generation and push Hong Kong’s leadership potential beyond the status quo. She is a convener of NarrativeHK, an initiative promoting a positive attitude among her generation in envisioning the future of HK. She co-founded Quo Kefir Believers, a natural probiotic health food company, and the co-owner of HK’s first CrossFit gym, CrossFit Asphodel. Vanessa obtained her Master in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University and Bachelors in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 20, 2021
Majken Gilmartin, Co-Founder & CEO, Global Goals World Cup
Majken Gilmartin founder of Eir org and Global Goals World Cup (GGWCUP), an activist women's football tournament. She currently resides in Denmark. Longtime film producer, event producer, footballer, and certified football coach, organizer of 100+ multiple sports events, inventor of EIR / Global Goals ball, and founder of Longrunning women’s refuge league Asylum United. Winner of the Olympic IOC Trophy for Women & Sport Europe 2016 and in 2019  The Global Goals Inclusion trophy, a Danish Honorary award given by the Danish Government.  Next Tournaments: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Nigeria @ggwcup: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 16, 2021
Neil Vogler, Retired, BASF (FWB: BAS; DAX Compent)
A native of Northern Michigan, Neil Vogler is a chemical engineer professional who spent the majority of his career with German chemical conglomerate BASF SE, the largest chemical producer in the world. Spanning two decades of work that included roles in product management, sales and marketing, he and his family enjoyed the enlightened beneficence of a corporate giant in the era of boundless globalization. Neil is also Toby Usnik's stepfather who married widow Sally Usnik in 1967 and took on co-parenting her five young sons from her first marriage. The family moved every other year on average as Neil rode the corporate roller-coaster, from Ohio to Michigan to Illinois to Michigan to New Jersey to Pennsylvania and then Texas, where Neil literally and figuratively is meeting his Alamo in a valiant battle with lung cancer. In the final stages of this life, he has entered hospice care.  I hope this episode portrays more than just a career journey but also a reflection on life and how far we can come as human beings.  This interview on March 27, 2021 is his last interview. In it he and Toby discuss the role of business in society, of corporations' responsibilities to their employees, and his lessons learned in life.  Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, BASF ran an ad campaign with the slogan, "At BASF, we don't make a lot of the products you buy, we make a lot of the products you buy better." It was, an ingenious set of ads, and one that summarized the Vogler-Usnik family experience. At the end of 2019, the company employed 117,628 people. In 2019, BASF posted sales of €59.3 billion and income from operations before special items of about €4.5 billion.  Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 07, 2021
Nate Garvis, President of Naked Civics and Co-Founder of Studio/E
How do we align incentives so that organizations aggressively move us towards better societal outcomes in ways that our political class is unable or unwilling to do? How do we create and live into the potential of strengthening our communities from a place of “want to” rather than “need to”? Those are the questions that Nate Garvis has successfully answered for leaders in a wide spectrum of sectors over the past decades.  As president of Naked Civics, LLC and author of Naked Civics: Strep Away the Politics to Build a Better World, Nate has constructed new pathways by furthering the framing of corporate social responsibility.  His work transforms the landscape by tackling the dynamic and sometimes volatile world of social change with a distinct combination of strategies that combine elements of design thinking, entrepreneurial value creation, influencing methods, and market positioning for premium brand differentiation. Nate is also a co-founder of Studio/E and its propriety method of Exploratory Leadership, which has helped thousands of leaders and hundreds of organizations successfully operate in a global marketplace where accelerating change is outstripping the traditional strategies of prediction, planning, and managerial operations. As a founding Senior Fellow at the Lewis Institute Social Innovation Lab at Babson College, Nate has worked with countless business leaders, academics, and students in the pursuit of marrying value creation with community-based values. He has served on a number of academic, business, and non-profit boards including Allina Health, the Public Affairs Council, the College of Arts and Science at the University of St. Thomas, and Youth Frontiers.  Prior to the creation of Naked Civics and Studio/E, Nate was Target Corporation’s vice president of government affairs and senior civic officer where he stewarded that brand in the local, state, national, and international arenas. He has a degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Oregon. Nate’s passion and purpose are to help leaders and organizations become active instruments in the creation of the common good and ensure that they get rewarded for their efforts.  Harnessing the power of enterprise with the promise of designs that create prosperity beyond mere profit has been his aim.  Creating new pathways where none existed before has been his method. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
April 02, 2021
Gwen Greene, Financial Advisor, JPMorganChase (NYSE: JPM)
Gwen Greene is a Financial Advisor at JP Morgan Chase, by way of Bear Stearns and Co Inc, and started her career on Wall Street at the former Smith Barney Harris Upham and Co Inc 40 years ago. Prior to that Gwen worked, variously, as Director of Tourism for then-Mayor John Lindsay in NYC,  and as a Producer and Reporter for local TV news. Gwen is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, chairs Annual Giving, and has the great honor of the University having named the Gwen M Greene Center for Career Education. Previously, Gwen chaired the Board of She’s the First, a non- profit educating girls in low-income countries to attend high school, and is focused on improving the lives of underserved populations, primarily in the education space. Gwen lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, where she spends the majority of her time. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 24, 2021
Lydia Fenet, MD & Head of Strategic Partnerships, Christie's
LYDIA FENET is Global Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s Auction House. She has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations and raised over half a billion dollars for nonprofits globally. Lydia is a keynote speaker represented by CAA and travels internationally speaking to groups about unlocking their sales potential and empowering their teams in the workplace. She was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Crain’s, and has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country. Her widely acclaimed book, ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You’ was published by Simon & Schuster and was optioned for TV/Film by New Form Entertainment in February 2020. Lydia is currently writing The Most Powerful Girl in the Room is You. You can follow her auctions, antics, and anecdotes on Instagram: @LydiaFenet. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 20, 2021
Emily Rafferty, President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum, and Senior Advisor to UNESCO, and Russell Reynolds
Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, served for 40  years at the Museum: as chief of institutional advancement, Senior Vice President of External  Affairs, and as President from 2005 to 2015. As President, she was the Museum’s chief administrative officer, supervising a staff of 2,000 full- and part-time employees and volunteers.  Ms. Rafferty’s global experience took her to more than 50 countries as she worked with government and private sector officials on initiatives involving funding, marketing, international art loans, legislative affairs, and cultural issues. Ms. Rafferty served as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank (2011-2017;  Chair, 2012-2016); as Chair of NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism and marketing organization, from 2008-2020, where she continues to serve on the Executive Committee; and as a UNESCO Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation (2015-2017). She is a  Board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (2005-present; Vice  Chairman, 2019-present), Carnegie Hall (October 2018- present), Civitella Ranieri’s Artist  Residency Program (2018-present), the Hispanic Society Library & Museum (2019-present), and the Association of Art Museum Curators (2019-present). She also serves as a Board member of  PJT Partners (2015-present) and Koç Holdings, Istanbul (2018-present). An Advisory Board member of the Bipartisan Congressional Commission for the feasibility of an American Museum of Women’s History in Washington, D.C. (May 2015-December 2016), she continues to serve as an advisor to the project, which received Congressional approval to proceed as part of the  Smithsonian in December 2020. As principal of Emily K. Rafferty & Associates, she currently consults for several organizations,  including Russell Reynolds Associates, serving as a Senior Advisor to the Firm in the Non-Profit  Sector and independent clients. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the American  University of Beirut and a member of the Advisory Board of The European Fine Arts Fair  (TEFAF). She served as a Hauser Leader at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public  Leadership (Fall 2019). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she also lectures widely on topics relating to non-profit and board governance issues, fundraising, and cultural heritage. The recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Rafferty was named by Crain’s New York  Business one of New York City’s 100 most influential women over a five-year period, and in Fall  2015 she was elected to its Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of New York University’s Lewis  Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the  9/11 Memorial and Museum, and was recognized as a Living Landmark by the New York  Landmarks Conservancy. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 12, 2021
Rebekah Skovron, Executive Producer, The Caring Economy
Rebekah Skovron  The Caring Economy podcast series Executive Producer and a Digital Marketing Specialist. Previously, Rebekah graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2018 as a double major in Women’s Studies and Media and Society with a minor in Studio Art. She earned an award for Cum Laude and the Toni Flores Prize, that is for “Celebrating her unselfish spirit of caring and her ability to teach us to live fully in a blazing world.” During her time at HWS, Rebekah started working for the National Women’s Hall of Fame, a national non-profit that preserves and celebrates women’s achievements throughout history,  in Seneca Falls as their Social Media Strategist. Throughout her time at The Hall, she helped to start their online fundraising efforts, grow their organic social media presence to a few hundred to a few thousand, and promote events. This was the starting point of her career where marketing and being a change maker merged. Shortly after graduating college, Rebekah backpacked around the world for six months with her sister, where they visited over 10 countries in Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia.  Upon returning from the backpacking adventures, she landed a job at Ad Council, an American non-profit marketing agency, as the Digital Marketing Assistant. Currently, Rebekah works as the Digital Marketing Manager at the International Rescue Committee, an NGO dedicated to aiding refugees in war-torn countries around the world.  In her free time, Rebekah loves to volunteer her marketing skills to smaller non-profits. Her most recent project was Digital Wish, a national organization that provides children with a technology-rich education and closing the digital gap. She also loves to edit Toby’s podcast episodes, meet new people, cook, paint, travel, practice aerial silks and yoga, and explore her city NYC. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 06, 2021
Rhea Wong, Founder of Rhea Wong Consultants & Podcast Host of Non-Profit Lowdown
Rhea helps nonprofits raise more money. Though she has deep experience with institutional, corporate, and event fund-raising, she is passionate about major individual donors and helping organizations to establish individual giving programs. She has raised millions of dollars in private philanthropy and is passionate about building the next generation of fundraising leaders. She has become a leader in the New York nonprofit community and is a frequent educational commentator in the media. She has been recognized with the SmartCEO Brava Award in 2015 and NY Nonprofit Media’s 40 under 40 in 2017. For more information about Rhea, please see her LinkedIn Profile here. Rhea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and the World's Most Spoiled Dog Stevie Wonderdog. When she is not raising money for causes she loves, she can be found hosting her podcast Nonprofit Lowdown or onstage as a newbie stand-up comedian in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, check out Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
March 03, 2021
Hannah Young, Deputy General Consul, British Consulate General of New York
Hannah Young is a diplomat with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. She is currently the Deputy Consul General at the British Consulate General, New York. She recently joined from Number 10, where she was the Prime Minister’s lead official on home affairs policy, a brief that covered everything from criminal justice reform to counter-terrorism and immigration.  She has a background in both international and domestic policy. Previous roles include establishing and leading the International Agreements Unit within the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU, as a senior advisor in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office roles on migration and intelligence policy, and three years as a UK diplomat in Afghanistan at the height of the conflict, capacity building national police forces. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 20, 2021
Nikita Singhal, Co-Head, Sustainable Investing & ESG, Lazard Asset Managment (NYSE: LAZ)
Nikita Singhal is the Co-Head of Sustainable Investment & ESG at Lazard Asset Management. Nikita oversees the firm’s ESG integration strategy. She works closely with analysts and portfolio managers to enhance their investment processes and on launching new strategies. She co-chairs the firm’s ESG Steering Group and sits on the firm’s Proxy Voting Committee. She also leads client engagement and thought leadership on ESG topics. Previously, Nikita worked on the Sustainability Leaders Fund at ClearBridge Investments, covering renewable energy and other high sustainability companies while also helping execute on the firm’s overall ESG strategy. Prior to that, she was a Director at the Heron Foundation where she was focused on deploying and managing their $300mm endowment across asset classes. She has also worked at IFC’s (World Bank Group) infrastructure private equity group and started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Nikita holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is an executive board member of CECP’s CEO Investor Forum and Bloomberg’s ESG Advisory group. She is also an emeritus board member of the Human Impacts Institute, a non-profit organization aimed at using arts and culture to inspire environmental action for social good. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 15, 2021
Patrick Robinson, CEO & Founder of Paskho
"By the time I was 40, I had a great track record of designing for other people – Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, Paco Rabanne – and I joined Gap to head up their global design team in 2007. But then I started hearing stories from our denim factories: The rivers downstream were blue from all the dyes, and the fish and the water that these communities depended on were becoming contaminated. So I decided to do something about it: I committed to making sure that all the water leaving Gap’s denim factories would be cleaner than when it went in. We printed everything that we did for clean water on the garments – because I thought people cared and they should know. The initiative was a huge success. That was the first time I understood that if we could be smart about it, we could do good business that was also good for the environment. Deep down inside, we don’t seek the meaning of life, but the experience of being alive. - Joseph Campbell A few years later my son and I were walking down our street in New York and he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. At first, I laughed - but it was actually a great question. Because somewhere along the way I had stopped designing clothes and had become the guy who manages the people who design the clothes. And then, on a backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park, I started thinking: Why is it that skiers, trekkers, and triathletes always get the best of what’s new in clothing? Their apparel is strong and light, water-repellant, nearly indestructible, resistant to sweat and bacteria, flexible, multifunctional, and comfortable for a long haul. As a lifelong adventurer, I dreamed of utilizing cutting-edge technology from fitness, backpacking, and adventure gear to design comfortable clothing that’s stylish enough to for work and play. I imagined going from a flight to a hike to a meeting to dinner wearing one completely comfortable, utterly beautiful, incredibly sustainable outfit - making it easier to focus on life's journey. Paskho is built to suit the freedom-seeker and the maverick nomadic and the fearless observer, all together. - Patrick Robinson That idea became Paskho. First, I designed with reclaimed fabrics, which allowed me to create limited-edition pieces and prevent more waste from going into the landfill. As we grew, I worked with my fair trade factory to add sustainable textiles and reduce waste. We eliminated unnecessary plastic polybags, and from the very first day we donated a percentage of sales to environmental causes through 1% for the Planet. You can read more about our commitments on our sustainability page. Paskho is built to suit the freedom-seeker and the maverick nomadic and the fearless observer, all together. It excites the possibility of discovery -both inward and outward. Paskho speaks to the interconnectedness of our world, and inspires you to find new greater personal freedoms. I believe design has the capacity to elevate us emotionally and spiritually. Great design isn’t just a question of pretty aesthetics; it’s really a question of how we want to live our lives. I am honored that you have chosen to join me on this journey." Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 15, 2021
Brian Boles, Senior Director of Development, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business
Brian Boles, a Baltimore native, serves as a Senior Development Officer at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School working to raise money for the school and helping to integrate the school into the Baltimore community through social impact work.  Prior to joining the Carey Business School, he served as the Director of Major and Corporate Gifts at Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Brian also served as the Director of Development and Community Relations at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, in which role he helped to raise millions of dollars for the Academy.  A graduate and fervent supporter of the Academy, Brian also previously served as a classroom teacher and head baseball coach for eight years.  He has helped numerous students move on from St. Frances Academy to become student-athletes in college.  In 2015, Brian was inducted into the Academy’s inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Brian previously served as Executive Director of the Books and Baseball Summer Camp Program, a baseball and scholastic program for kids ages 6 through 12 in Baltimore City, which he founded.  The unique program was designed to build skills and develop the potential of young campers, both on the diamond and inside the four walls of the classroom during the summer months.  He believes that life lessons taught through the game of baseball are a tremendous tool in character development. Brian was a professional baseball scout for eight years, ending his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He began his scouting career with the Detroit Tigers and was with the organization in 2012 when the team captured the American League pennant. In 2016 Brian was recognized by the Baltimore Orioles as of one the first Birdland Community Hero for his work with Books and Baseball and at St. Frances Academy. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 08, 2021
Michael Frazier, EVP and Deputy Head of External Affairs, 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Michael Frazier is the executive vice president and deputy director for external affairs for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. He oversees strategic marketing, social media, mobile, and web and digital communications. As part of managing media and marketing, Frazier also cultivates and maintains content partnerships with technology companies, including Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. He is also the chief spokesman and media advisor for the Memorial and the Museum. Follow 911 Memorial on Instagram.   Before joining the organization, he was a journalist and worked for the Pulitzer-winning newspaper Newsday. While at the Long Island–based paper, he was an enterprising crime reporter covering local, regional, and national stories. He also worked as the paper’s bureau chief at New York City Hall, covering breaking news, World Trade Center reconstruction, politics, and the Mayor Michael Bloomberg administration. Frazier formerly reported on sports, business, and cultural and civic news for the Associated Press, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and other daily newspapers. He was part of a team that won the Arkansas Press Association Award in 2002 for special election coverage. He was also a 2007 Deadline Club Award finalist, and in that same year, was nominated for the National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence Award. Frazier has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was the recipient of the William Fulbright Scholarship and earned a 2001 merit award for nonfiction essay writing.   Frazier is a lifelong cyclist. He owns several bikes for road, singletrack, and downhill. He and his wife, Sara, who is a veteran journalist, have a daughter and son and live in Brooklyn.   Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
February 06, 2021
Edris Nicholls, Founder of
St Vincent-born Edris Nicholls got her start in the hair business as a teenager in New York, learning her first tricks of the trade in a Koch-era after-school program. After paying her dues at uptown salons like Warren Tricomi, the stylist set out on her own in 2003, opening Edris Salon on one of the last deserted strips of the Meatpacking district. Known for her uptown/downtown aesthetic and her multicultural approach to hair styling (all staff are trained in the specific needs of African American, Asian, and mixed hair types), Nicholls’ equal-opportunity attitude is reflected in her diverse client base. Edris Nicholls remains at the top of her field as a beauty contributor for Shape Magazine, an Atelier for SHU UEMURA Haircare, a stylist on music videos, editorial shoots, and on high fashion runway. Edris frequently collaborates with artists, designers, stylists and celebrities. Her opinion is sought from leading beauty editors, she appears on national beauty panels, and is frequently seen on commercial television segments. EDRIS Salon is a full service salon featuring a highly skilled team of artists in the Meatpacking District. EDRIS Salon takes ultimate pride in the level of service and expertise it provides its clients. Our salon professionals possess a wealth of knowledge and are leaders in their industry, we have a highly experienced team of cutters, colorists, makeup artists and nail technicians. EDRIS Salon was just voted by ELLE magazine as one of its Top 100 Salons. Neighborhood fashion types mingle with uptown ladies and outer-borough devotees in the stunning third-floor space’s central lounge area, a comfy, Zen-chic social hub in the style of a highrent Tribeca loft. In the color area, clients receive single and double-process treatments, as well as drastic color changes, but it's Nicholls' haircut station that takes center stage.  Connect with Edris on Instagram. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
January 30, 2021
Beata Gutman, CEO & Founder of Grasshopper
Beata Gutman is an entrepreneur, executive producer, and pioneer in impact ventures & investments. She is CEO & founder, Grasshopper, a global venture-building and advisory firm; partner in Grasshopper Film, an Academy Award-winning film distribution company; executive producer for Grasshopper Productions. Over two decades, Ms. Gutman has driven economic development in emerging markets around the world through foreign direct investment. She has served as senior advisor and strategist for globally-renowned Fortune 500 companies, including Samsung, General Electric, Southwest Airlines, Kraft, and Disney. She counsels clients through challenging moments in business operations and leads them toward sustainable growth and conscious leadership. Ms. Gutman is an innovator in impact programming. Her work includes starting and growing dozens of non-profit organizations and movements ranging from women’s empowerment and climate action to public health and workforce development. She has raised millions of dollars for NGOs through strategic partnerships and advises a number of UN agencies and programs. Ms. Gutman founded Grasshopper in 2015 in response to the need for resilient solutions to global systems failures. The company’s portfolio addresses health and wellness, food systems, education, clean energy, urban planning & infrastructure, gender equality, and conscious design. Grasshopper manages every stage of the venture building process, from conception and strategy to fundraising, implementation, and global communications. Grasshopper Film has acquired a library of over 250 independent, foreign, and documentary films, with 3 Academy Award nominations and 1 win. Ms. Gutman and her business partner, Ryan Krivoshey, launched Grasshopper Productions. They are executive producers on the forthcoming film PERCY, starring Christopher Walken. They are also producing mission-driven documentaries on prison reform, the food system, and wildlife conservation. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
January 27, 2021
Ian Malin, CFO, AJW Group, Owner of Little Giant Restaurant, Co-Founder of Cooking for Community
Chief Financial Officer and CEO of AJW Leasing of the AJW Group Ian joined AJW in 2011 after eleven years in investment banking, having financed several billion dollars' worth of aircraft, rail, marine and infrastructure assets across the globe. As Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of AJW Group, he is responsible for the group's overall financial strategy, planning, analysis and corporate development. In addition, Ian manages AJW Group's funding relationships across all business lines. As Chief Executive Officer of AJW Capital, Ian is responsible for sourcing, execution and oversight of all firm transactions as well as the Company's overall strategy and development. Prior to joining AJW, Ian worked for the Seabury Group in Hong Kong where he opened and developed the firm's first office in Asia. Ian also spent eight years in asset finance with the Allco Finance Group, having joined them from KPMG. Ian has a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Middlebury College. Ian is also involved with the hospitality industry and is the owner of Little Giant Restaurant, based in Portland, Maine. The restaurant was included in Bon Appétit’s 2018 Restaurant City of the Year and their bar program was named by GQ as one of the best new bars in America in 2018. Not only does Ian provide Maine with delicious food through his restaurant, but he also creates solutions to combating food insecurity in Maine. As co-founder of Cooking for Community, Ian helps to lead the grassroots organization that raises money to hire local restaurants that need work to prepare healthy meals for people who need food, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Don't forget to check out my book that inspired this podcast series, The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
January 20, 2021
Crystal Barnes, SVP of CSR & ESG, Viacom/CBS (NASDAQ: VIAC)
Crystal Barnes is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG Strategy & Reporting at ViacomCBS. In this role, Barnes is responsible for ViacomCBS’ social responsibility program including employee engagement, global giving and cross-portfolio campaigns and partnerships. Her work spans the areas of philanthropy, volunteering, cause marketing, disaster relief and pro bono investments. Barnes also leads ViacomCBS’ ESG efforts inclusive of external reporting and assessments.  Prior to joining ViacomCBS, Barnes served as Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen, and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation. She held positions leading the Industry Relations team, focusing on developing strategic alliances with industry, trade and business associations, and worked on the communications and public affairs team where she initiated and managed Nielsen’s partnerships with civic, social service and business organizations.  With diversity, equity and inclusion as pillars in her career, Barnes also worked closely with Nielsen’s African American Advisory Council to drive diversity efforts across the company. A native of Pennsylvania, Barnes received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University. She serves on the board of Citizen Schools and Get Schooled and resides in New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.
January 14, 2021
Mark Patricof, CEO & Founder, Patricof Co
Mark Patricof is a serial entrepreneur and media executive with extensive leadership and operational experience in the finance, entertainment, technology, and sports industries. A seasoned investment banker, he has advised and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. He previously served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Technology, Media, & Telecom practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly-traded global investment bank. Notable transactions while there include advising on the highly publicized bankruptcy auction sale of Gawker Media to Univision for $135 million, and the sale of iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Mark was formerly a Co-Founder of Media and Entertainment Strategy Advisors (MESA Global), a boutique investment bank strategically acquired in 2015 by Houlihan Lokey. Founded in 2008, MESA served high-growth companies across the media and entertainment landscape, offering M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services. Core areas of focus included film, television, music, sports, live entertainment, and digital media, including key verticals such as games, interactive, advertising, and e-commerce. MESA advised on over 80 transactions including some of the most notable deals in the sector: Colony Capital’s acquisition of Miramax, the sale of Songza to Google, the sale of IndiaGames to Disney, structured finance transactions for Relativity and IMAX, and equity finance transactions for Blue Man Group and FanDuel. Additionally, MESA advised multiple global corporations, including Discovery Channel, Time Inc., and Viacom. In 2012 Mark launched MESA Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on e-commerce, advertising technology, and digital content. The fund invested alongside established and top-tier early-stage VC firms, combining a unique data-driven ranking system with a co-investment strategy to create an “indexing” approach to seed-stage investing. Mark was a Co-Founder of , an incubator/digital studio that financed, designed, and built businesses for clients such as the BBC, CBS, Disney, Hearst, Sony, and Viacom. He served as President and CEO of the company until it was sold to Omnicom. Mark began his career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
January 11, 2021
Andrew Zobler, Founder & CEO of Sydell Group
Andrew Zobler is the Founder & CEO of the Sydell Group, a hospitality company founded in 2005, known for creating and managing unique hotels deeply rooted in their location and architecture. A pioneer in the hospitality sphere, Zobler's core expertise is an ability to identify and collaborate with original talent within the world of design, food & beverage, and retail and bring them together in the creation of compelling new hotels that engage the communities around them. Sydell Group’s diverse portfolio of award-winning properties includes NoMad New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas; the LINE LA, DC, and Austin; The Ned, London; Park MGM, Las Vegas; and Saguaro Palm Springs and Scottsdale. Each of the properties has been widely celebrated for their site-specific uniqueness, compelling food & beverage offerings, vibrant public spaces, and overall attention to detail. Prior to founding Sydell Group, Zobler served as Partner and Chief Investment Officer of André Balazs Properties, and as a Principal in the Managing Member of the real estate fund Lazard Freres Real Estate Investors, LLC. Zobler joined Lazard from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development he was responsible for overseeing acquisitions across all Starwood brands in North America. Named one of the 50 Most Influential People in global business by Bloomberg Businessweek, Andrew Zobler has received numerous awards and honors including the AHEAD Americas 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution. He was also recognized by AFAR Magazine in their 2018 Travel Vanguard as one of nine “visionaries who are shaping the future of travel."
January 09, 2021
Jo Grover of Watson Grover Consultants on New Year's Resolutions
Jo Grover has  15-years of experience as a cognitive therapist. In addition, she is a board-certified coach, a published member of the International Coaching Federation, and a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Coaching.  She has received her undergraduate degree in communications from Syracuse University and a master's degree in social work from New York University. Jo's greatest strength is her ability to help her clients feel more calm, clear, and confident. She believes strongly in life/work balance. Her 92-year-old father, a retired boat builder, taught her that a well-balanced boat will encounter less resistance and go further. In an effort to achieve this, Jo spends time with her family and friends, exercises, and practices meditation. Her purpose has always been to create communities of change. In her early 20’s, Jo founded an environmental stewardship program in her struggling hometown of Freeport, NY. It has since grown tenfold and been nominated for a Presidential Award for Innovation. She was a founding board member for the Posse Foundation in Miami, Fl and the first person in the US to be certified in functional imagery training, a groundbreaking way of supporting behavior change using imagery.
January 04, 2021
Susan Rockefeller, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Artist and Environmentalist
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Musings, Susan Rockefeller is a documentary-filmmaker and environmentalist who has long used the power of storytelling to raise awareness and engage a global audience in issues that impact us all. Her award-winning films including Food For Thought, Food For Life, Striking a Chord, Making the Crooked Straight, Running Madness, and Mission of Mermaids have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. Her forward-thinking book "Green at Work: Finding a Business Career that Works for the Environment," was published by the Island Press in 1992. Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We Are Family Foundation and is a member of Natural Resources Defense Council Global Leadership Council.
December 30, 2020
Maurice A. Jones, President and CEO LISC, The Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Maurice A. Jones was appointed CEO and President of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in September of 2016. LISC is one of the country’s largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and catalyze economic opportunity for residents. Prior to joining LISC, Maurice was the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia where his primary job was to utilize Virginia’s assets to solidify its position as the preeminent place to live, work and conduct business. Maurice previously served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from April 2012 through January 2014.  As the second most senior official at HUD, Maurice managed the Department's day-to-day operations, the annual operating budget of $40 billion, and the agency's 8,900 employees. Before his appointment at HUD, Maurice was President of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  He joined Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of Pilot Media, in 2005, serving as Vice President of the Landmark Publishing Group. In 2006, he became the Vice President and General Manager of Pilot Media, and in 2008 he became President and Publisher of The Virginian-Pilot. Maurice also served as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner.  Other positions include: Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and Director of the Fund during the Clinton Administration, Associate Attorney at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, and Partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners. Maurice received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations.  He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.
December 08, 2020
Vanessa Barboni Hallik, Founder & CEO of Another Tomorrow
Vanessa Barboni Hallik is the founder and CEO of Another Tomorrow, an end-to-end sustainable apparel company and platform for discovery and action committed to transparency and a circular economy. She is also an investor in early-stage companies with strong ESG commitments and the potential to catalyze positive change. Vanessa serves on the Advisory Boards for Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Trust for Public Land. Prior to founding Another Tomorrow, Vanessa was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she held several leadership roles in the emerging markets institutional securities business. While at Morgan Stanley, she served as a Trustee on the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and represented the firm at the Council on Foreign Relations. She likewise chaired the Fixed Income Philanthropy Committee, during which she initiated and subsequently led the firm’s mentoring program with East Side Community High School, in partnership with Vanessa holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and is an M.S. Candidate at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She grew up in the Midwest with a passion for nature, the arts, and operating at the intersections of disciplines.  Vanessa resides in New York City with her family and two dogs.
November 19, 2020
Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer & International Head of Institutional Affairs, Kering (Euronext: KER)
Marie-Claire Daveu began her career as a technical advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, before becoming Principal Private Secretary to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainability. In 2005, she became Director of Sustainable Development for the Sanofi-Aventis Group. From 2007 to 2012, she served as Chief of Staff to French politician, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, working in various secretaries of state and then at the Ministries of Ecology, Sustainability, Transport and Housing. In 2012, she was appointed Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs.  She sets out the strategy and ambitious objectives as well as implementing a set of best practices within the Group and the Houses. Today, Kering is a pioneer and recognized leader in sustainability. A French national, she is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (ENGREF). She also earned a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in public administration from Dauphine University, Paris.
October 28, 2020
Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability, Novozymes (Nasdaq Copenhagen: NZYM B)
Claus Stig Pedersen-Head of Global Sustainability, Novozymes Claus leads sustainability in Novozymes to help our customers make their businesses better for the world using Novozymes’ biological solutions. Sustainability is front and center of Novozymes’ purpose and strategy. Novozymes works closely with its customers and partners to drive innovative solutions that enable better lives for people with less environmental impact. Throughout his career, Claus has been driven by the vision of combining “good for the world” with “good for business” and by being an employee at Novozymes, a global sustainability leader, he lives that vision every day.  Claus holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Leadership & Management. He is appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg, where he teaches Sustainability Strategy & Transformation. Through his university engagements, he eagerly contributes to the development of future leaders.  Claus has been professionally engaged in sustainability for more than 25 years and he was one of the pioneers in the development of LCA methodologies and sustainability concepts for business. Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group.  Claus Stig Pedersen represents Novozymes in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative and he is serving in the Sustainability Council to the company Trane Technologies. Previously, Claus has served on sustainability boards and councils to Walmart, Procter & Gamble, and The Sustainability Consortium.  Novozymes has received numerous recognitions for leadership in sustainability, including the number one rankings in Dow Jones World, the STOXX Sustainability Indexes, Sustainalytics, MSCI, and the Carbon Disclosure Project.
October 14, 2020
Karin Raguin, VP Talent & Special Projects, LVMH (Euronext Paris: MC)
Karin Raguin; Vice-President of Global Talent LVMH Karin began her own career in human relations – employee training and reconversion – and those formative years left an indelible impression on how she viewed Human Resources. Karin learned the importance of combatting discrimination and witnessed the strength that some people gain from their fragile situations. Karin has always had a taste for risk, complex and innovative environments. She joined LVMH in 2007 and feels at home there. For the past 10 years, she has worked in the area of talent and career management while developing and leading in-house coaching and leadership programs (EllesVMH coaching and Women@Dior). Identifying high-potential talents, showcasing their abilities, and finding the right environment for them to move up within the company is very gratifying. The positive impact of helping others is a source of daily satisfaction. What could be better than having the freedom to work creatively as part of a global luxury goods company that is such a high concentration of brilliant minds? The values of diversity and inclusion promoted by LVMH are consistent with her own views regarding equality and doing things the right way. Karin's arrival in New York in 2019 was a wonderful cultural transition since words turn quickly into actions. Motivated by the examples of high-profile women, e.g. Hannah Arendt or Michelle Obama to cite but two, Karin has had the good fortune to work with many inspirational talents. She is a member for the past 20 years of various associations and boards promoting gender equality and continuously strives to break through glass ceilings. As a woman who specializes in communications and networking, Karin believes that social media is a great tool for showcasing talents, amplifying authentic voices, and creating social value. She believes that if you share these views, then everyone undoubtedly has a lot in common and she welcomes the opportunity to speak with you.
October 07, 2020
Pam Matthews, Executive Director of IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association)
Pam Matthews is a proven industry leader with four decades of experience in the entertainment business. She began her career at age fifteen as a runner for Mid South Concerts in Memphis. Today, she serves the live entertainment industry as Executive Director of one of its most influential trade organizations. Matthews toured as an accountant for KISS and Ozzy Osbourne in the early 80s and was part of the Pace Concerts team that designed, constructed, and managed Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville. In 1988, after three seasons at 18,000+ capacity concert venue, Matthews accepted a marketing/accounting position with The Judds' om-house booking agency production company Pro Tours, INC. In 1991 Pro Tours promoted 110 of the 128 sold-out concerts on The Judds Farewell Tour, which was second only to the Grateful Dead as the highest-grossing North American Tour that year. Matthews attended Christ Church College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1989, she passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. 
September 30, 2020
Sam Donaldson, Legendary ABC News Reporter and Anchor
Sam Donaldson was a news reporter based in Washington from February 1961 to October 2013, and was employed by ABC News from 1967 to 2013. He covered every presidential election during that time beginning in 1964, with the campaign of Barry Goldwater. He covered the war in Vietnam and the First Gulf War, he was ABC’s Watergate Correspondent, was Chief White House Correspondent covering presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton. In addition to co-anchoring the ABC magazine program “Prime Time Live” with Diane Sawyer, he -anchored the Sunday program “This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts” and was the founding anchor of “Politics Live,” the first regularly scheduled Monday through Friday news program in the United States on the Internet. His awards include four Emmys, two Peabodys and the Edward R. Murrow Award.
September 23, 2020
Ronna Chao, Chairperson, Novetex Textiles & CEO, Bai Xian Institute (Hong Kong)
Ms.Ronna Chao is Chairman of Novetex Textiles Limited, a textile industry market leader with operations across Hong Kong, China, and Asia. Since joining the family-run business in 2010, she has spearheaded initiatives that challenge and improve industry standards and practices, including The Billie System, an innovative upcycling process that endeavors to lessen environmental impact. As the CEO of Novel Investment Partners Limited and a Director of Novelpark Investments Limited, Ms.Chao's responsibilities cover investment and portfolio management, and property redevelopment. Prior to joining the Novel Group, she began her career in New York first as a Mergers & Acquisitions financial analyst as Goldman Sachs, and then as an associate in the Licensing Department of the lifestyle and apparel company Tommy Hilfiger Corporation. Ms.Chao is also CEO of Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI). BXAI manages the "Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program" (AFLSP), which offers scholarships for Asian students to study abroad at a network of leading universities of East Asia.
September 16, 2020
Supriya Singh, Head of Corporate Social Responsiblity, Tata Communications
Supriya Singh Corporate Social Responsibility globally, Tata Communications Supriya Singh heads Corporate Social Responsibility globally for Tata Communications and its subsidiaries. She has spent the last 13 years of her life in academia, and in improving the life chances of youth, women, and children. She has worked extensively with organizations like TERI, Going to School, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Centre for Science and Environment, Reset Berlin, SECMOL, UNICEF, and UNESCO. She was selected for the German Government’s leadership training program on Education for Sustainable Development in Berlin and is now a part of its 4-country Expert Net. She traveled to Antarctica in 2012 and is an alumni of 2041’s International Antarctic Expedition. Supriya is on the 2017 global listing of 100 most impactful CSR leaders. She has MPhil and MA degrees in International Relations from JNU, New Delhi and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. When she is not thinking about disrupting the CSR space, one can find Supriya on an island volunteering at local schools.
September 02, 2020
Herve Duteil, Chief Sustainability Officer, BNP Parisbas
Hervé Duteil, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Finance, BNP Paribas Hervé P. Duteil has spent most of his career with BNP Paribas in New York.  For over 20 years, he specialized in trading derivatives and managing capital market activities, spanning across commodity, currency, fixed income and electronic markets.  In 2014, he was appointed Regional Coordinator for Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Finance in the Americas, bringing a strong focus on promoting client dialogue around sustainability issues and developing tailored financing solutions or responsible investment products.  In 2016, Mr. Duteil led BNP Paribas’ efforts to close its first Social Impact Bond and regularly spoke on behalf of the Bank on a variety of sustainable products, including vanilla and equity-linked green bonds. Mr. Duteil holds a Master in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Paris.
August 26, 2020
Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor @ Bloomberg LP
Laura Zelenko is Senior Executive Editor overseeing talent, diversity, training, and standards across Bloomberg's global newsroom. As part of her role, Laura set out a comprehensive initiative to improve gender representation on every platform, including a tracking system for sourcing and a media training program for women executives. Within the newsroom, she works with managers to make meaningful progress towards gender parity and increased ethnic diversity at every level and leads new training, recruiting and development efforts to meet those goals. Laura began working for Bloomberg 26 years ago in Prague and has run numerous global reporting teams, most recently managing all of Bloomberg's business, finance, energy, and investigative coverage. She is a graduate of Princeton University with a BA in politics.
August 19, 2020
Art Bilger, Founder of, Venture Capitalist and Philanthropist
Art Bilger, Founder & CEO, is a venture capitalist who started WorkingNation in 2016 to bring attention to structural unemployment issues, the future of work, the skills gap, and achievable solutions. Art has been an investor in, and director of, various private companies, including Akamai Technologies, where he served as Vice Chairman. He was also president and COO of New World Communications Group; a Founding Partner of Apollo Advisors; and Executive Vice President, Co-head of Corporate Finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Board of Overseers. In addition, Art is Vice Chairman of the Skirball Cultural Center; a board member of Bet Tzedek; an advisory board member for the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; and on the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. He was an executive producer for the film 20 Feet from Stardom, which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Art earned an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago. First Job: “Runner at a small, but important, Wall Street firm when I was 16. I was the youngest runner by 50 years, but it led me to want to work on Wall Street which led to Wharton and UC, then joining Drexel Burnham as a young investment banker. This background is key to my focus at WorkingNation.” Side Note: “I attended my first concert when I was 11 years old and heard a then-little-known band called The Beach Boys.” Follow Art at LinkedIn.
August 05, 2020
Damon D. Jones, Chief Communications Officer, P&G (NYSE: PG)
Damon Jones leads efforts to to ensure the world’s largest consumer goods company is recognized as one of the most trusted brands in the world. He leads a global organization responsible for P&G’s image and reputation and that of it’s nearly 100 brands. P&G’s global communications discipline includes brand and corporate communications, digital and social media, stakeholder engagement, issues advocacy and crisis management. Leveraging P&G’s significant industry presence, advertising spending and convening power, Jones also directs a broad portfolio of citizenship and advocacy efforts focused on driving equality for women, people of color and other under-represented groups. A trusted advisor to the C-suite, he has a proven track record of leveraging reputation and relationships to drive brand and business success, while guiding and enabling the Company to be a force for good and a force for growth.
July 22, 2020
Sally Susman, EVP & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)
Sally Susman, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pfizer As Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pfizer, Sally Susman directs the company’s communications, public affairs, philanthropic and patient engagement activities around the world. Currently, Susman serves on the board of WPP, the UK-based global advertising and marketing company, and as co-chair of the International Rescue Committee. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Susman held roles at Estée Lauder Companies and the American Express Company. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years in government service focused on international trade issues. Susman is a frequent commentator in newspapers, magazines and broadcast programs and was named a 2019 Top Voice on LinkedIn.
July 01, 2020
Joe Evangelisti, Head of Worldwide Corporate Communications, JPMorgan Chase
This Week's Guest Bio: Joe Evangelisti is head of Worldwide Corporate Communications and Media Relations for JPMorgan Chase. In this role, he serves as chief communications officer, lead spokesman, and head of internal communications for the firm. He also oversees the company’s vast art and archives collection. Evangelisti joined J.P. Morgan in 1986 as a member of J.P. Morgan's internal communications team. Two years later, he joined the company's media relations unit as a junior press officer, and in 1993 he relocated to London, where he was head of media relations in the U.K., later adding corporate communications for the U.K., continental Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 1996, he returned to the U.S. and was appointed head of global media relations for J.P. Morgan. In 2000, when Chase bought J.P. Morgan, Evangelisti became head of global media relations for the combined firm. And in 2004, when Bank One and JPMorgan Chase merged, he became head of global media relations for the new firm. In early 2006, he took on the chief communications role. Evangelisti is a senior champion for the firm's PRIDE employee networking group and active with the company's LGBT community. Outside the firm, he serves on the board of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and and is a member of The Seminar. Evangelisti received a BA in 1985 from the University of Virginia, where he majored in English and was an editor of a university newspaper.
June 21, 2020
Intro Promo for The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik
Welcome to my weekly 30-minute fireside chat with amazing business leaders who are committed to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Each week together we will meet bold, successful and highly responsible business leaders, including Sally Susman, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for the $51B pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and Joe Evangelisti, MD and Chief Global Communications Officer at the $115B banking powerhouse JPMorgan Chase. Together we will find out how they and their brands are advancing both purpose and profit. We will explore timely challenges from the Covid 19 pandemic, the killing of George Floyd and #BLM, and climate change, to name a few. We will get a bird’s-eye view of how great global brands are engaging with the greatest social and planetary challenges of our times. Toby Usnik, Author of The Caring Economy: How to Win with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and founder of Philanthropic Impact (π) helps individuals and organizations define and create their legacies. For leaders who understand that making a mark in business or achieving a level of personal success is not enough, π brings a unique approach to translating their values into making a sustainable difference in the world. In an increasingly interconnected world, people are drawn to businesses and organizations that express authentic values and execute on them. “We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give.”  – Winston Churchill
June 11, 2020