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Tap into the minds of social entrepreneurs creating a positive impact on people and our planet so you can learn how to live a life of purpose. Dale Wilkinson, founder of goodgigs, a career platform for good, has insightful conversations with thought leaders and good humans dedicated to social impact and elevating humanity through business. You'll learn about personal growth techniques, career and productivity tips, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and freelancing for good ...
 
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Listen Again: From living in his car for four months when he moved to Hollywood to helping diversify the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership base, our guest Shawn Finnie explains how coming from a place of service has allowed him to grow as an influential leader. Shawn also advises on how to carve out your own opportunities in th…
 
When John Barry and Alison Brown unexpectedly lost their 22-year-old son Ian in a tragic accident, their hearts were shattered. They knew how much he meant to them, but only when over 600 people showed up to his memorial did they begin to realize what a profound impact their quiet, caring son made on the community as a whole. As a way to process th…
 
059: How do you turn animal waste and plastic into renewable energy? Bob Powell, CEO of Brightmark, explains how his company has created technology to do just that. Bob and his team are on a mission to reimagine waste. He talks about how their technology works and how their goal is to eliminate the world's waste through circularity. Bob also shares…
 
Listen again: Do you ever have that voice in your head telling you that you're not good enough? In this episode, Dale records his session with Leadership & Executive Coach Eric Nehrlich. They discuss Dale's challenge with the imposter syndrome, and Eric takes him through a powerful visualization technique to help him become more present and control…
 
058: Do you know what goes into telling a good story? In this episode, we speak with Kelsea Little, Head of Brand Storytelling for GoFundMe, about her lessons on telling compelling human interest stories. We also discuss how Kelsea created this position for herself and how you can move up in your company by following her best practices for building…
 
057: Cardiovascular disease is one of the world's biggest killers. In this episode, we speak with Connor Landgraf about how he wanted to create the Shazam for heartbeats by building Eko, a digital healthcare company that uses AI technology and digital stethoscopes to help healthcare providers give better cardiac care. We also talk about what makes …
 
056: Online child sexual abuse material has exploded in the age of the internet. In this episode, we speak with Julie Cordua, CEO of nonprofit Thorn. Julie helped create Thorn in 2012 as an organization focused on building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Under Julie’s leadership, Thorn has developed products and programs deployed t…
 
Claudia Wheeler is a full-time mother, as well as an elementary school teacher based in Jersey City, NJ. On top of all of her other responsibilities in life, Claudia also manages to drive across the entire city, 7 days a week, on food rescue missions to help provide sustenance to those experiencing food insecurity in her community. In total, she ha…
 
055: If you hate the job search process, you're not alone. In this episode, we speak with David Fano, Founder & CEO of Teal, about making the job search not suck. Fano is a repeat founder & entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less. Fano is focusing his passi…
 
054: Have you been struggling to bring in business for your social impact campaign? We speak with Karen Goldfeder, former VP of Business Development of DoSomething, about effectively finding and doing cold outreach to potential clients, donors, or partners. Karen also breaks down what a business development professional does and how it differs from…
 
053: Have you been struggling to stand out as a job seeker or even as a business owner? In this episode, we speak with Colin McIntosh, Founder & CEO of Sheets & Giggles, an ethical and sustainable bedding company, about his advice on how to capture your listener's attention. We also discuss how the idea for Sheets & Giggles originated, his storytel…
 
052: For too long Black professionals have had to deal with racism and bias in the workplace. One company that is helping advance the opportunities for Black talent is Valence, a community for career development and opportunities for Black professionals. In this episode, we speak with one of its co-founders Emily Slade. We discuss the unique challe…
 
051: If you've tried to come up with a name for a business or product, you know how time-consuming and stressful it can be. In this episode, we speak with Brad Flowers, founder of an impact branding agency, Bullhorn, and author of 'The Naming Book, 5 steps to creating brand and product names that sell'. We talk about why it's crucial to spend the t…
 
After he was kicked out of his family home at 15 for being gay, Kemar Jewel found his chosen family through the underground Philadelphia dance scene. There, he leaned into his passion for movement and truly understood how Black queer men can help each other heal from trauma. Now a choreographer and director, Kemar is blending art and activism to sp…
 
050: Do you have trouble achieving your goals or sticking to new habits? Dale shares a simple yet effective technique that will increase the chances of accomplishing everything you set out to achieve. It's this same tactic that has helped us reach 50 episodes! 🥳 Next steps: Hit subscribe to get more career tips and advice each week! Find the transc…
 
049: Are you wondering how your business, or the company you work for, can give back to the community? Holly Copeland, Sr. Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Impact at Horizon Therapeutics, shares her strategies to create initiatives that align with your company and that will have the most impact on the communities you…
 
048: Do you speak badly of yourself in public? "I suck at public speaking," "I'm no good at writing," "I hate reading". It's time to cut this limiting language from our conversations and replace it with verbiage to reframe how we approach activities we want to get better at. You'll learn: Why the words you use are crucial to building the life you d…
 
047: Did you know that 70% of our freshwater use goes to Agriculture? And 70% of freshwater contamination comes from agriculture? In this episode, we speak with David Rosenberg, Founder, and CEO of AeroFarms, the first vertical farming company to be certified a B corp, about how their technology is reimagining how we can sustainably feed the future…
 
046: If you're feeling unfulfilled in your current job, and are thinking about changing your career, listen to this episode to learn what you should do first to set you up for success. Dale shares a simple exercise that you can do to help create a blueprint for the career exploration phase you're about to enter. This exercise takes less than an hou…
 
045: If you're thinking about approaching a nonprofit with an idea you think could help them, first listen to this episode! We speak with Sasha Purpura, Executive Director of nonprofit Food for Free, about the best way to approach nonprofits you'd like to help. Sasha talks about why it's best to first volunteer at the nonprofit, and how you need to…
 
044: Are you looking for work but you're not on Twitter? You have to listen to this episode! Dale explains why Twitter is an incredible tool to use when you're on the hunt for full-time or freelance work. He walks you through 9 steps on how to use it to your advantage when looking for a gig. He also talks about how Twitter can help you build a supp…
 
043: Have you ever thought about what it takes to get an apple from the farm to your mouth? It's extremely complex and can be riddled with inefficiencies causing food waste. We speak with Kim Bui, Global Head of FreshCloud Infrastructure and Analytics for AgroFresh, about how they're using data and analytics to improve the supply chain from grower …
 
042: If you have an idea for an impact-focused product, you have to make sure your solution is the right one before you go and spend thousands of dollars on development. In this episode, we speak with Sisa Lleses, Founder of Design Off The Boat, an all-women product design studio that helps women-led social impact companies, about how they approach…
 
041: Would you ever believe that a mushroom could taste like chicken? Seth Goldman and Spike Mendelsohn were surprised too, but they seized on the opportunity to turn this mushroom into a planet-friendly jerky snack. They are Co-Founders of Eat The Change, a company on a mission to create chef-crafted and nutrient-dense snacks that are kind to the …
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the US, it shook New York City especially hard. In a matter of weeks, hospitals around the city reached capacity and quickly ran out of personal protective equipment (PPE). At a time when so many New Yorkers felt hopeless, New York native and tech entrepreneur Ben Wei found the courage to act. Now, one year late…
 
040: To make a real impact, mission-driven organizations must be able to effectively tell their story, and do it often. In this episode, we speak with Kristi Porter, who is a copywriter and consultant who helps cause-focused organizations get noticed and grow through effective marketing and communications. She also teaches small businesses how to i…
 
039: Have you been fooled into sharing fake news on the internet? The spread of misinformation is alarming. In this episode, we speak with Sebastiaan van der Lans, Founder of WordProof, a tool that is using blockchain technology to stamp out misinformation and fraudulent activity on the internet. We talk about the ramifications of misinformation, w…
 
When Ashley Webb moved her family from Los Angeles to New Orleans in 2017, it was a huge culture shock. Not only was the city very different, but the neighborhood they moved into was considered a food desert, meaning there is no immediate access to fresh produce. Wanting to change this, Ashley and her husband started a community garden—and it bloss…
 
038: Do you feel comfortable speaking up at your workplace? Many people don't. This is why Claire Schmidt created a tool that allows employees to anonymously provide feedback to company leadership. Claire talks about the inspiration behind Allvoices and walks us through her process for validating the idea. She also talks about how the product works…
 
037: Are you looking for investors to help scale your mission-driven startup? Or are you thinking about becoming an angel investor yourself? This episode will help you understand the thought process of a prolific impact-focused angel investor, Zecca Lehn. Zecca talks about what an angel investor is, and how they can help early-stage founders scale …
 
036: Have you, or someone you know, had an interaction with the US criminal justice system? In this episode, we speak with Karen Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services, an organization in Washington state, helping the formerly incarcerated get support with housing, employment, treatment, and training. Karen talks about some of the issues with the US le…
 
035: If you're a dog owner, and you feed the pup kibble, you're going to want to listen to this episode. We speak with Shawn Buckley, Founder of Just Food For Dogs, a pet food company that has kitchens that are accessible to the public, where they cook fresh, whole-food meals for dogs. We talk about how Shawn came up with the idea, the challenge of…
 
Most people know will.i.am as the founding member of The Black Eyed Peas, one of the most popular hip hop groups of all time. Aside from music, however, Will actually has another passion: education. Since founding the “i.am.angel foundation” in 2009, Will has worked tirelessly to set up robotics programs in schools, get kids into STEAM fields, and …
 
For formerly incarcerated individuals, safe, stable and affordable housing is the foundation of a smooth reentry into society. Unfortunately, it’s often the most difficult resource for them to obtain. Recognizing this need, one San Francisco Bay Area collective—run by and for formerly incarcerated Californians—is bringing housing and other necessar…
 
034: Imagine using the power of mobile games to create a positive social impact. That is what Mariam Nusrat is doing with her social impact gaming studio GRID. Mariam tells the story of how she came up with the idea of using games to encourage positive behavioral change, how they developed mobile games around issues such a menstruation stigma, stru…
 
When Katie Blomquist was in her mid-20s, she left her career in marketing and PR to pursue something more personally fulfilling: teaching. After landing a job at a school in Charleston, South Carolina, Katie quickly fell in love with her students. When she learned that most of them didn’t have access to simple childhood pleasures such as bicycles, …
 
Eleven-year-old Genevieve may be young, but she has big dreams. After going through the application process to foster a kitten, she was inspired to start her own nonprofit organization to improve the foster matching system in her local area. While Genevieve’s efforts are virtual-only for now due to COVID-19, she dreams of someday expanding to an in…
 
033: The United States is the global leader in food waste, discarding billions of pounds of food per year. In this episode, we speak with Matt Schwartz, Co-Founder, and CEO of Afresh, an AI platform that is helping grocery retailers order fresh produce while reducing food waste at the same time. Matt talks about how he and his co-founders narrowed …
 
When 5-year-old Dana Perella was at a speech therapy session she met another young girl named Mila, and they became fast friends. Over the years, Dana’s speech challenges went away while Mila’s got worse. Other health issues started coming up for Mila as well, and she eventually received a diagnosis of Batten disease, a neurological disorder that w…
 
032: Have you been wanting to get out in your community and make a difference? In this episode, we speak we CR Celona, Founder of Cluster, an app on a mission to revolutionize and simplify volunteering and social impact. Celona talks about how everyday folks can use the app to amplify the good they're doing in their community, and how brands can ge…
 
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