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Line of Sight Podcast
43 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Supporting Early Stage Female Founders with Allison Kopf
33 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
The Investing Landscape in Africa for Women with Dalia Cohen
Brigit and Don invite Dalia Cohen to indulge in the complexities of her upcoming fund, the investing landscape in Africa for women, exploring ESG companies and what this investment sector entails, the colonization of funding, social and societal impact of mobile money in Africa, and growing up in Zimbabwe.
36 minutes | May 16, 2022
The Complexity and Urgency of COP26 with Joyita Mukherjee
In today’s discussion, Brigit and Don welcome Joyita Mukherjee to decipher the complexity and urgency of COP26, the imbalance of geographical carbon emissions, industrial animal husbandry practices and the environment, the discouraging nature of climate change and ways to cope, mitigation and adaptation, and social entrepreneurship’s role in combating climate change.
43 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
There's Nothing Micro about a Billion Women with Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Brigit and Don welcome Mary Ellen Iskenderian to tackle the core themes within her upcoming book, There Is Nothing Micro About a Billion Women, such as the field of financial inclusion, the complexity of an untapped market, clearing the roadblocks and making a business case for financial inclusion, gaining support for this business case at scale, the ethical responsibility of policymakers to address financial inclusion, and the implications of data privacy and predatory lending practices in making this change.
42 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Funding Disparities and Inclusivity with Sharon Vosmek
In this episode, Brigit and Don welcome Sharon Vosmek to explore the ongoing issue of funding for diverse female founders, the entry point for changing the system that enables funding disparities, why inclusive teams perform better, eliminating “unconscious bias” from the investment process, adapting to language barriers in global opportunities, and how her career path led to where she is today.
37 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Women in Leadership with Mohini Malhotra
Mohini Malhotra sits down with Brigit and Don to delve into her focus on women’s economic empowerment, the correlation between leadership and international development, implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts into her leadership course, her interest in working with female artists, and the advice she would give to her younger self and students at Georgetown.
35 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
60 Decibels with Lindsay Smalling
Lindsay Smalling joins Brigit and Don to discuss the meaning behind the name “60 Decibels” and its mission, making sense of qualitative research data, Lindsay’s passion and motivation, 60 Decibels’ significant impact working with NGOs and social enterprises, ethical issues that arise in this field, and her outlook for this work in the future.
40 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
LEAD with Ronnie Lott and Will Smith
Brigit and Don welcome Ronnie Lott and Will Smith as they explore their work with LEAD (a social enterprise focused on Leadership, Education, Athletics, and Development), what they hope to accomplish, and plans to expand LEAD into the US to further its vision and impact. They also discuss the beginning of Ronnie and Will’s friendship, the dichotomy of pursuing an ethical initiative and abstaining from falling into the white savior trope, and Ronnie’s experience with NFL leaders and how these qualities are invaluable for leaders everywhere.
44 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Radical Generosity with Vicki Saunders
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change-makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of #radical generosity and SheEO, a global community of radically generous women supporting women-led Ventures working on the World’s To-Do List. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Vicki was received numerous awards for her work at SheEO including; UBS Global Visionary in 2020, YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2020, Business Leader of the Year 2019 by the Toronto Regional Board of Trade, 2018 Startup Canada Entrepreneurship Promotion Award and was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2001. In this episode, Brigit and Don invite Vicki Saunders as they immerse themselves into her world of creating positive transformation through entrepreneurship, being the Founder of SheEO, the media’s unrealistic glorification of venture capitalist funding, what differentiates SheEO from mainstream approaches, the meaning of radical generosity and its importance, and her vision for a better financial system that serves humanity.
36 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Accessing the Potential of Social Enterprises with Dr. Edward Mungai
Dr Edward Mungai is a global thought leader in sustainability. An author, researcher, advisor, entrepreneur, and authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, he is acclaimed for championing environmental excellence, sustainable consumerism and production, and the triple bottom line. Currently, Edward is CEO of Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) Group, a transformation agency working at the intersection of sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He is co-founder of KCIC Consulting, a consultancy, and think – tank-helping clients to integrate sustainability into their businesses also founder of Inspire leadership that helps people unlock their potential. He has authored several books, the latest being Impact Investing in Africa: A guide to Sustainability for Investors, Institutions, and Entrepreneurs. He teaches Corporate Sustainability and innovation to executives at Strathmore Business School and sits on several boards. A health and fitness enthusiast, he has participated in numerous global marathons such as Boston, Chicago, New York, and Berlin marathons but also bagged over 21 medals so far including the Abbot Marathon Majors. Edward holds a PhD in Sustainability from Strathmore University Business School; MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI) in Copenhagen, Denmark and undergraduate degree in business management from Moi University, Kenya Dr. Edward Mungai joins Brigit and Don to discuss his experience in accessing the potential of social enterprises to solve challenges across Africa, the challenges that social entrepreneurs are facing and possible solutions, COVID 19’s impact on the social enterprise sector in Kenya, key lessons he’s learned during his time as the CEO of the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) Group for the last 9 years, and the mismatch between the supply and demand of capital.
36 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
BRAC's Mission and Approach to Global Expansion with Donella Rapier
Donella Rapier is the President and CEO of BRAC USA, the North American affiliate of BRAC, one of the largest humanitarian and development organizations in the world. Founded in Bangladesh, BRAC now touches the lives of more than 100 million people throughout Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Donella brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in finance, fundraising, and strengthening and scaling nonprofit organizations. Before joining BRAC USA, Donella served as the Chief Development and Administrative Officer at Accion, a pioneer and global leader in microfinance and financial inclusion. Prior to that, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Partners in Health, a global healthcare organization working in remote places where healthcare alternatives are limited or otherwise nonexistent, such as Haiti, Rwanda, and Malawi. Earlier in her career, Donella spent more than a decade in senior leadership roles at Harvard University, including Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development and Chief Financial Officer for Harvard Business School. Donella received her MBA from Harvard Business School and began her career at Price Waterhouse. In this episode, Brigit and Don welcome Donella Rapier, President and CEO of BRAC USA, to highlight BRAC’s impact on Bangladesh, Sub Saharan Africa, and South Asia, what attracted Donella to BRAC USA, their mission and approach to global expansion, innovations pioneered by the organization, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s everlasting mark on BRAC, and the outlook for their future.
42 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Solidarity Journalism with Anita Varma
Anita Varma, PhD leads the Solidarity Journalism Initiative at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, where she is the assistant director of Journalism & Media Ethics as well as Social Sector Ethics. Her research, teaching, and public engagement all focus on how marginalized communities are represented in public discourse, and how these representations can improve. Varma serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California Chapter) and she is the research chair of the Media Ethics Division for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She believes storytelling can help change the world. In this installment, Brigit and Don welcome Anita Varma, the assistant director of Journalism & Media Ethics and Social Sector Ethics, to explore the essence of solidarity journalism, the dichotomy of journalistic neutrality and acknowledging social justice, the difference between empathy and solidarity in reporting, what solidarity reporting for India’s surge in Covid-19 cases would look like, how both journalists and audiences have been exhausted by the incessant trauma displayed in the news, and the implications of vicarious traumatization.
40 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Gender Lens Investing with Lisa Willems
Lisa Willems joined AlphaMundi Group in 2013 and is currently a Managing Director at the impact investment firm. She established AlphaMundi Foundation in 2016, a nonprofit sister organization to the group that supports social entrepreneurs with technical assistance, business first gender-smart interventions, and impact measurement. Beyond her investing experience, she spent four years working as a management consultant in New York, predominantly at Oliver Wyman. Lisa has traveled extensively and worked with social entrepreneurs in Ghana, Honduras, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic. With a BAs in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Lisa is an adjunct professor at American University, where she teaches a graduate course on impact investing. Brigit and Don sit down with Lisa Willems to discuss the ethicality and profitability of gender lens investing (GLI), AlphaMundi’s mission to address the need for female founders and comparable funding for their ventures, business first gender-smart interventions, the biggest challenges of GLI, key success factors, identifying the signs of growth in companies for investments, Silicon Valley’s influence on international venture capital markets, and advice for other investors who are looking to get started with GLI.
45 minutes | May 17, 2021
The Significance of Social Justice with Joanna Thompson
Joanna Thompson was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in Rockville, Maryland - always staying true to her East Coast roots. She is a criminologist, receiving her B.A. in Criminology & Investigations from West Virginia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining us here at SCU, Joanna lived in Chicago for 8 years where she taught criminology courses at UIC for 6 years and worked at Center on Halsted--an LGBTQ community center--for 1 year. Her mixed-race (half-Black/half-Latina) and queer identities make her passionate about intersectionality and social justice. As Director of the Office for Multicultural Learning, Joanna is excited to help educate and transform the SCU community when it comes to multicultural and multiracial issues. Brigit and Don invite Joanna Thompson to indulge in the significance of social justice, spearheading diversity equity and inclusion work, her role at Santa Clara University as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Learning, actively striving to address urgent social issues on campus and nationwide, teaching empathy, the multi-faceted implications of the capitol riots, and having the temerity to live in all of your identities.
39 minutes | May 3, 2021
The New Builders with Elizabeth MacBride
Elizabeth MacBride is an award-winning journalist and an entrepreneur with deep expertise in finance, technology and international business. She has talked her way into Gaza for a story, reported on business in refugee camps and written stories about entrepreneurs everywhere from Northern Idaho to Helena, Arkansas, to Cambodia. She is the co-author of The New Builders and founder of Times of Entrepreneurship, a weekly web publication covering entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Valley, launched in Feb. 2020, with support from the Kauffman Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. Elizabeth has written or edited for Quartz, Forbes Magazine, Atlantic.com, Stanford GSB, CNBC, HBR.com, BBC Capital, Advertising Age, Newsweek and many others. Her stories have been viewed by millions of people worldwide and translated into languages including Arabic, Turkish and Armenian. Her recent work includes a viral story: “Why Venture Capital Doesn’t Build What We Really Need,” for MIT Tech Review; an award-winning feature on the lack of diversity among investment advisors for Investment News, the most efficient form of aid for Syrian refugees for Quartz, and a feature for CNBC on one of the few successful economic development projects in Bethlehem, led by Greek businessman, Samer Khoury. Elizabeth's work for corporate and startup clients includes thought leadership with Andy Rachleff, co-founder of Benchmark Capital and Wealthfront, as well as a number of internationally known Stanford professors in management and finance, including Huggy Rao and Benham Tabrizi. She edited two books on investing for Charley Ellis, founder of Greenwich Associates, and the author of the classic Winning the Loser's Game.
31 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Building a Better World with Janine Firpo
About Janine: Janine Firpo is an author and speaker who spent more than 20 years in executive roles at Hewlett-Packard, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and more. She is a values-aligned investor in companies that make the world a better place and is passionate about teaching women to learn how to invest their own money. Embodying these principles, Janine is releasing her first book, Activate Your Money - Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World in April of 2021. The company Janine founded, SEMBA, will create a community for those looking to take control of their investments and bring them in line with what matters most to them. She is one of the lead investors in the Next Wave Impact Fund, an impact angel fund designed to help more women become angel investors. Janine also sits on the board of Zebras Unite, an organization developing the capital structures, community, and culture that non-unicorn start-up businesses need to thrive. A graduate from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Biology, she earned her Masters Degree in Zoology and Computer Science from the University of Florida.
42 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Addressing Homelessness in California with Elizabeth Collet Funk
Elizabeth serves as the Senior General Partner at Dev Equity, a venture capital fund investing in B-Corps in low income housing, urban revitalization, and sustainable agriculture in Latin America (Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru). She works closely with her portfolio companies to take their businesses to the next level while also making positive social changes in their countries. Elizabeth started her career in rapidly growing, innovative technology companies. She served as a Product Manager for Microsoft Word when Windows was first launched and participated in forming the original Microsoft Office product. After graduating as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School, she joined Yahoo! as one of the earliest employees-- quickly rising through the ranks to lead the business side of several divisions including Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Auctions, Yahoo! Classifieds, Yahoo! Greetings and other properties. Most importantly, she was a founder of Yahoo! Shopping and became a leader in developing and shaping Yahoo’s e-commerce strategy. Since that time, Elizabeth has dedicated the past 15 years to impact investing and corporate social responsibility-- demonstrating that strong financial performance and positive social change are inherently connected. During the Covid-19 pandemic she created a new social enterprise, DignityMoves, with the purpose of creating innovative and scalable solutions for homelessness in California. Her first DignityMoves housing site has been funded by the State of California’s Project Homekey program and additional sites are in the works for Santa Barbara, San Francisco and elsewhere across California.
40 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
The Rise of Synthetic Drugs with Mary and Ed Ternan (Song4Charlie)
In an effort to raise awareness about the rise of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl that unfortunately ended the life of their youngest child, Charlie Ternan, Mary and Ed Ternan join Brigit and Don to discuss the urgency of this problem that is infiltrating the lives of young men and women. Throughout the episode they elaborate on what happened to Charlie, the magnitude of which synthetic drugs are harming the youth, why synthetic drugs are on the rise, the dangerous chemical properties of fentanyl, decoupling the fentanyl problem from the opioid crisis, the tendency for college students to self medicate with pills, and their strategy to educate the youth about the dangers of synthetic drugs.
43 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Innovation in Africa with Anzetse Were
Anzetse Were is a development economist with over ten years of experience working in Africa on Economic Research, Analysis and Strategy Development with a focus on Macroeconomics, Manufacturing, Private Sector Development, Financial Sector Development, and Trade and Investment. She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Sydney (Australia) and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University (USA). Over her career, Anzetse has worked with African governments, private sector, development finance institutions, non-profit organizations, as well as academia and think tanks. She is currently an Economist at FSD Kenya. In this episode, Brigit and Don welcome Anzetse Were to highlight how innovation within Africa can address social injustices, M-Pesa as an active element of shifting financial norms in Africa, promoting competition in an environment full of monopolies, using the technological ecosystem to create a sense of ownership in which Africa is playing a role in its innovation, fostering innovation in the private sector, prominent ethical issues within the work that she does, and the implications of COVID 19 to Africa’s economy and society that delve deeper than businesses closing: the bigger picture.
33 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
The Impact of the Better Than Cash Alliance with Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen
Brigit and Don welcome Dr. Ruth Goodwin Groen to discuss the impact of the Better Than Cash Alliance, addressing the challenges of cultivating responsible digital payment methods, G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, how Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen began advocating for women’s financial equality, how digitization can relieve systemic corruption, Covid-19’s heightened impact on women, and the ethical issues and implications of the lack of international access to identification. Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen is the Managing Director of the United Nations based Better Than Cash Alliance, leading its efforts to accelerate the global shift from cash to digital payments by governments, companies and international organizations. This continues her work on poverty reduction as it helps to increase transparency, efficiency and provide a pathway to financial inclusion, driving inclusive growth. She represents Better Than Cash Alliance at the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, is a member of the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee and a member of the Reference Group of the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Previously, Dr. Goodwin-Groen was the Australian Co-Chair of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and the Financial Services for the Poor Adviser at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). She has also advised organizations in the field of financial inclusion including the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the World Bank Group, the Soros Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the FinMark Trust (South Africa), the German Technical Cooperation, Women’s World Banking, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as Cambridge University in over 15 different countries. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bath, UK, an M.B.A. (Distinction) from Harvard Business School, USA and; a B.Sc. Hons. (1st) from the University of Western Australia.
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