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Nonprofit Leadership Podcasts

How important the role of play is in a child’s overall development may surprise you.

Jill Violet – courtesy of James Irvine Foundation

How many of you remember recess as being your highlight of the day back in elementary school?

Would you be surprised to learn that in the last decade, nearly half of all school districts nationwide have either completely eliminated or reduced specific time for recess. Even though more rigorous academic standards and measurements typically dominate the headlines when it comes to our children’s educational future, the importance of playtime continues to be a critical, yet often neglected, aspect of our developmental and educational growth. Research has shown that students who play develop healthier lifestyles, are more attentive in class, and achieve greater academic, social, and emotional success. 

For over 20 years, the nonprofit organization Playworks has been the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. My guest today is Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play in America’s schools today.

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How to become the leader you would follow

Scott Miller

Leadership is talked about all the time, in books, podcasts, blogs and conferences. How do you become a leader that others would want to follow? How do you become a leader that you would want to follow?

My guest today has written a book that addresses that exact question. My guest today is Scott Miller, he is the EVP of Thought Leadership for global organizational improvement firm FranklinCovey and just released a new book, Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow.

In the book, Scott shares relatable, accessible, relevant experience and guidance with a refreshing transparency of his own ups and downs in leadership positions. Along with his experiences, the book guides readers in an introspective review of their own personal leadership style to ultimately help them become the kind of leader they would follow. 

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Nonprofit author and coach Joan Garry’s thoughts on leadership

Joan Garry

With 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. vying for the attention and generosity of the public, there are a whole lot of changemakers crying out for a ‘whisperer’ to guide them behind the scenes. Joan Garry knows this all too well. 

Before becoming an advisor to many of our nation’s leading nonprofits, Joan was Executive Director of GLAAD. She’s also advised leaders and worked on organizational strategy at UNICEF, the Ford Foundation, Union for Reform Judaism, The Legal Aid Society, and Union Theological Seminary, among others. 

She has an impressive following comprising of 100,000 board members, charitable workers and volunteers in over 150 countries through her agency, blog, book and podcast, “Nonprofits Are Messy”.

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How can Wall Street make money for social good?

Ethan Powell

What if your Wall Street investments could actually be used for social good?
One nonprofit is actually doing just that. My guest today is Ethan Powell, CEO of Impact Shares – the first 501(c)(3) nonprofit exchange-traded fund (ETF) platform.

Backed by the Rockefeller Foundation, Impact Shares helps organizations translate their social values into an investable product that is traded on the Exchange. Their non-profit partners define a set of evolving criteria for companies that are committed to being a part of their ETF to ensure ongoing alignment of corporate behaviors with social values. A portion of these profits go directly back to these non-profit partners. Currently, Impact Shares has two non-profit partners focused on gender and racial diversity, as well as one focused on sustainability.

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PGA TOUR generates millions of dollars to nonprofits every year…

Tom Alter current official PGA TOUR staff headshot. (Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

Did you know that the PGA TOUR generated $190 million for more than 3,000 nonprofit charities last year alone? I think that will come as a surprise to most of us, who probably wouldn’t put the PGA TOUR and Charity in the same sentence without knowing that fact. 

My guest today is Tom Alter and he is Vice President of Editorial Development for the PGA TOUR. He is going to share with us about the remarkable amount of charitable dollars the PGA TOUR generates and how this process works. I think you will be surprised.


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