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What’s your story? It’s a question that our host, Matt Story, has been asked countless times throughout his life. In this podcast, he sits with leaders to explore how their experience as a person of color has helped them in blazing new trails. Matt brings his love of storytelling to amplify how his guests utilized their diverse background and experiences to make an impact on the world. If you are ready to unlock your superpower and looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. If you wou ...
 
SDG Talks Podcast highlights Change Makers and their work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our passion is to highlight people and organizations that work towards the 17 goals that will transform the world into a more equitable place for everyone. Got a good story? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com or visit us at www.SDGTalksPodcast.com
 
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Jaume Marques Colom is a key account manager at Recyglo, an organization based out of Myanmar working to accelerate recycling uptake in Myanmar and Malaysia. Founded in 2017, the organization’s mission is to process materials in a safe manner to keep the environment clean. The organization hopes to become a leading waste management platform across …
 
Joe Oh, marketing executive, came to the US at the age of 3 but shares that he had his first original thought much later when he realized he didn't want to follow the successful upward mobile path his family had created. Joe stumbled into a career in advertising and marketing that would ultimately help him find his personal brief of "Shared Creativ…
 
Simone Filippini is a former senior Dutch diplomat. Among others, she served as Dutch Ambassador to North Macedonia, CEO of one of the largest Dutch humanitarian and development organizations Cordaid and interim ED of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. She then established Leadership4SDGs which aims to capacitate and empower govern…
 
Michael Craig comes back on the pod to help dive into why representation plays a key role in not only marketing but how organizations structure themselves. We discuss the strategies needed to ensure representation has the appropriate depth and authenticity along with some watch-outs that can be encountered when looking to improve representation. He…
 
Dr. JeongHyun Lee is an ICTD Fellow at the United Nations University Institute in Macau. Her research seeks to critically examine political and ethical issues around digital storage and algorithmic processing of emerging media operations. She currently investigates a set of connected histories around face-recognition Artificial Intelligence and its…
 
Deanna Ansara is a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, designer and community builder. She is passionate about about creating a world where we normalize as much as possible about the human experience and create thought provoking conversations in doing so. Her utopia is a world where social hierarchy is no longer a driving force, everyone is involv…
 
Marissa Matusiak, founder of Raise Black Voices and founding member of Level, grew up being called the UN given the number of countries represented in her family. This perspective helped inform her childhood goal of becoming a news reporter to help tackle important issues that people were facing. She took that goal and set out on her unique path wh…
 
Jonas Marie Dumdum is an Associate Consultant for GCSS Inc., a firm that helps large companies improve their ESG initiatives. He is a podcast co-host and head of research for Sustainarumble!, the first sustainable development podcast in the Philippines, and a consultant for two startup initiatives in Manila called Salin PH and Wear Forward. In this…
 
This is a discussion on what has been (and continues to be) the legacy of Black History that our host, Matt Story, participated in last month on the Modern Minorities Podcast (https://www.modmypod.com/) along with Tess Thomas. The conversation, led by Modern Minorities Pod hosts Sharon Lee Thony and Raman Sehgal, starts by exploring what it is like…
 
Ryan Robertson, Global Head of Brand Marketing at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, puts on for his city of Memphis because he wouldn't be where he is today without the foundation that it provided him. As seen through his accolades (e.g., Ad Age's 40 under 40), he has built a career with countless examples of combining culture and innovation for major bra…
 
Dhane Scotti, Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Google Hardware, knew from a very early age that he wanted to make commercials but he still felt like a fish out of water when he entered the advertising industry. So he decided early in his career that he had to leverage his sense of culture and uniqueness to have a seat at the table. His story i…
 
Ishani Palandurkar is a young professional working in environmental development, mainly on climate action through climate policy and mainstreaming climate dialogue, Himalayan mountain sustainability, sustainable livelihoods and waste management. She is also a Climate Reality leader and currently hosting regional UNLEASH Hacks in India on SDG 13: Cl…
 
Joy Fennell, Founder & CEO of The Joy in Beauty and Founder of All Black Everything Summit, has combined her natural curiosity with relentless persistence to create a path where many would not have seen one. From leaving school right before graduation to taking the bus into NYC after work so she could find her spot in the beauty industry, she has a…
 
Christopher Moss is a Nature Based Solutions (NBS) expert currently working at the United Kingdom Green Building Council on their Nature, Biodiversity and Climate Resilience programs. This role is during an interruption to his Ph.D. research which is investigating the potential of the Neighborhood Planning Process as a means for Green Infrastructur…
 
Ella Sangree and Isabelle Seckler are currently students at Columbia University who helped found their university's SDSN Youth Network. Both Ella and Isabelle grew up with a passion for environmentalism and sustainability, and are now bringing their passions to others in their work with SDSN. In this episode: The formation of SDSN at Columbia Unive…
 
Andrew Colom, Co-Founder of Century Partners & Founder of Story ARC, is actually a chemist. He's developed the rare ability to combine differentiated skillsets to yield even better results than they would have individually. He's literally the walking manifestation of "1+1=3". From growing up in Columbus, Mississippi to attending NYU on a full ride …
 
Lynne Scott is a high school science teacher at Principia School in St. Louis, MO. She also serves as the school’s sustainability coordinator - Early Childhood (EC) - 12 and is passionate about education and helping students serve as change agents in their world. In this episode: · Making education local, contextual and meaningful · How to interwea…
 
Welcome to Season 2! What better way to start than with the person that was there for the beginning of Matt's Story, his mom. In this episode, Connie Story shares how she navigated growing up on the east side of Detroit during the late 50s/early 60s. She gives her perspective on how segregated neighborhoods prepared her for the real world and when …
 
Darshita Gillies is the founder and CEO of Maanch, a platform leveraging technology to enhance the impact of capital. Working within the framework of the SDGs, Maanch is connecting philanthropic funds, impact investors and corporates with project opportunities around the world. Launched in 2018, Maanch works with over 700 partners across 15+ countr…
 
Dr. Sisira S. Withanachchi is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Kassel, Germany and contributed to the United Nations World Water Assessment Program (WWAP). He is also an expert reviewer in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In this episode we discuss: · The importance of partnerships to achieve the SDGs · How UNLEAS…
 
Jack is the Founder and CEO of Impact Consulting, a growing global network of aspiring and professional consultants that provide pro-bono consulting support to social impact organizations. Every client Impact works with directly contributes to the achievement of at least 1 of the SDG’s. Examples of the work they have done so far include working wit…
 
Danni Washington is a TV host and Science Communicator who is also the first African-American woman to host her own science television series. Danni is the co-founder of Big Blue & You, a proficient scuba diver, the co-creator of Sea Youth Rise Up, an inspirational speaker and a passionate advocate for ocean and planet conservation. LinkedIn: https…
 
Eva Karlsson is the CEO of Houdini Sportswear, a brand pioneering the outdoor clothing space by making truly circular business. With rental services, subscription services and 100% of this season’s fabrics being recycled, recyclable, biodegradable or bluesign certified, Houdini is on a mission to change the trajectory of the industry. The latest pr…
 
Purnima Ramakrishnan is from India, is a UN Award winning writer (2015), recipient of the IRP Fellowship in Journalism by Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies(2014), and the recipient of BlogHER International Activist Award (2013). She is the host of the GLOW Heartfulness Webinars for Women (an acronym for Genuine Loving Outstandi…
 
Andrea Remes is the operations and programs assistant at Aspen Institute Mexico, is a Youth Delegate and Outreach Lead at the Youth Delegate Program as well as President of the Mexico City chapter of UNITE 2030, and is co-founder of the edtech platform Erandi Aprende. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-remes-706473106/ Instagram: https://…
 
Akshay Gunteti is a Waste-prenuer and Environmentalist. He is working as Head of Partnerships at Green Worms Waste Management Company and is actively involved in Youth engagement programs related to Climate Action, Leadership development & Community building. Most of the time as part of work, he is always found on roads to work with various stakeho…
 
Michelle Kwok is a born and raised Vancouverite - medical science student turned social entrepreneur. She co-founded FLIK, a female-focused apprenticeship portal connecting female founders/leaders to ambitious female students to facilitate game-changing relationships that lift communities of womxn. Michelle has had the honour of speaking at univers…
 
What does finance have to do with sustainable development? How can we use data to support lending and insurance to create new opportunities for development in underdeveloped regions? Great chat with the phenomenal Hesus Inoma, an experienced Financial Services Professional and Specialist in IoT and Connected Finance with +12 years’ experience withi…
 
Why is it so important to get involvement from the youth as we develop our future institutions of governance? As Generation Z continues to grow, the role of the youth in the development of strong institutions has never been more important. So what can we do about it? In Pakistan, Talha Saleem is doing just that. Talha Is the president of the Youth …
 
How do we create the leaders of the future? Memorizing textbooks and taking tests is surely not the recipe. In this SDG Talks, Mohit Rauniyar gives his insights about the future of Quality Education #SDG4. As the Co-Founder and Director of Canopy Nepal, which is a social enterprise working in the field of education, Mohit offers a range of unique p…
 
How can we provide increased access to food, education, and safe spaces for marginalized communities? Sammy Mwanja, the founder and Director of Tumaini Hand Mision, knows that you can’t just have food to provide success. It requires addressing all the SDGs to provide sustainable development for the marginalized communities in Kenya. Tumani means HO…
 
Lance Kittel is the Associate Director of Inland Ocean Coalition based in Colorado. Lance has worked on global sustainability and ocean-related issues since 2018, and coordinates both national and international programs and campaigns targeted towards ocean protection and conservation. Lance holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Western C…
 
Why is mental health such an important aspect within the SDG 2030 Road Map? In this SDG Talks, Vasundharaa S Nair discusses the roadblocks to mental health services, debunks the myths around mental health and the importance of seeking help. Vasundharaa is a mental health clinician and a senior research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Hea…
 
In the season one finale, Matt shares his thoughts on the first season of What's Your Story? podcast and his top takeaways from the time spent with the amazing guests. He also shares some of the plans for season two (coming in early 2021). Make sure you are subscribed to the podcast and Matt's newsletter on mattestory.com to be the first to know wh…
 
Avinash Jhangiani (Avi) is a senior, award-winning digital transformation and innovations leader with more than 20 years of experience with large enterprises and consulting firms in the US and India, such as Deloitte, Reliance and Omnicom Group in India. Avi left his fast-growing, cushy corporate career at the age of 42 to find his true calling, wh…
 
Nash Ahmed, CEO & Founder of Undock, has his eyes set on creating a once in a generation company. Based on his story, you'll learn why he's going to make it happen. In this discussion, he recalls the sacrifices his mother made for to ensure he and his siblings were in positions to be successful. He also touches on the improvements he would make to …
 
What does the India of 2050 look like and how can YOU work to influence it? Due to the impacts of climate change, there is an increased frequency and severity of cyclones that are changing the landscape of India. We cannot sit on the sidelines and watch. In this SDG Talks, you will all get to hear from Ranjan Panda, popularly known as Water Man of …
 
Tiana Conley, VP of Global Cereal at the Kellogg Company, has built breakthrough, award winning marketing campaigns for many brands that are in your cabinets right now. There are two things she shares that she has learned through those experiences: 1) Facts are the foundation of being a great marketer and truth-teller; 2) You have to find organizat…
 
We know the next cyclone is coming, but what are we going to do about it? How we can design cities and communities to withhold, sustain, and thrive in uncertain climatic conditions? In this episode of the SDG Talks, Animesh Behera shines a light on the challenges and opportunities of Cyclones. This is such a big issue in India that the upcoming UNL…
 
Amal Yamusah, founder at Make A Play Foundation, believes you can reduce your dependency on luck by being intentional on where you are looking to make an impact. His story is definitely a great example of this. As a former collegiate athlete, he saw first hand the difficulties of competing on both the field of play and the field of job. However, it…
 
How can we change the story from the Tragedy of the Commons to the Happiness of the Commons? Praharsh Patel communicates how we can flip this switch by providing proper incentives to farmers. We hear a unique first-person story from Praharsh and how this can drive tangible change for the farmers in India; and the world. Praharsh Patel is a young en…
 
Charles Moore, Principal at Thrive Street Advisors, recognized through personal experiences that waiting for some payoff many years down the line was not the way he wanted to live his life as nothing about tomorrow is promised. This led him to focus on not having a job but instead to control his time and use it as an investment in the areas he felt…
 
Did you know it is the 75th Birthday of the United Nations this year? How do we know if there has been any progress in the past 75 years? In this SDG Talks, Vidyadhar Prabhudesai explores past and future issues around how the 17 SDGs intersect to drive a positive impact around people, the planet, peace, and prosperity. Throughout the chat, we explo…
 
Yolanda Owens, founder of iwi fresh, believes that fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and essential oils are the only ingredients suitable for a healthy, beautiful body because it is what it is ('iwi'). Despite being pushed into engineering given her skills in math and science in school, she was always drawn to her creative side that led her to start…
 
Why should we consider climate and environmental risk in financial investments? Do investors care about these topics when allocating funds? In this SDG Talks, you will hear from Colin Banning who is the CEO of TGB Consulting Guatemala and national consultant for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in the country. He has an Innova…
 
Ebony Wyatt, Director of Sales at General Mills, has one goal...be bad ass everyday. She is able to achieve this thanks to her ancestors, husband, children and colleagues. In our discussion, she shares the path she took to find her voice AND confidence in sharing it. She also talks about the importance of everyone from individuals to organizations …
 
Ombretta Androff is an Italian-born, Miami-based freelance curator and climate activist with more than twenty years of curatorial expertise with an international practice across non-profit institutions, commercial galleries, and art advisory pursuits with private clients. An avid swimmer, diver and kiteboarder, since moving to Miami in 2013, Ombret…
 
C.J. Gunn, Creator of The Money Whys Guy, says he is still in search of his why. However, our conversations covers many topics that give strong indicators that he is very close to uncovering it. C.J. shares how he navigated the elimination of his role as a co-founder at a startup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also take a trip down memory lane (w…
 
SDG Talks presents a mini-series collaborating with UNLEASH Hacks USA around homelessness. In this third episode with Steven Samra, we take a deep dive into the challenges people experiencing homelessness face on a daily basis. Steven breaks down the concept that we are not talking about homeless people but instead, people experiencing homelessness…
 
Minda Harts, CEO & Founder of The Memo, was the first in her family to graduate college and enter "Corporate America", which was a great achievement. However, she entered a world that at times didn't see, hear or value her as a women of color. There was a pivotal moment in her career where she decided that she would no longer let her environment co…
 
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