All of us have people who inspire us. We need people in our lives who inspire us. My guest today will not only inspire you, but has written a book about people who will inspire us all. My guest today is Jean Case. Jean is the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation. She is a philanthropist, investor and an internet/impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs.
She has just written a new book entitled: Be Fearless. Jean set out to investigate the core qualities of great change makers, past and present, from inventors to revolutionaries, she found five surprising traits all had in common. Enjoy today’s show.
What a year last week has been, right? The world has undergone a change that most people have never seen in their lifetime!
In times like these, it can be difficult to see anything positive. That’s why Rob has dedicated this episode to talking with nonprofit leaders from around the country about what they are doing to keep moving forward in their local communities and how they are staying hopeful in such dark times. Mark Kennedy Shriver, Beth Kanter, David Rivel, Kate Rubalcava, and Carly Fiorina join Rob today with a plethora of diverse nonprofit leadership experience between them. Mark is the Senior Vice President of US Programs and Advocacy for Save the Children. Beth is an internationally-acclaimed master trainer, blogger, speaker, and best-selling author. David is the CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York City’s largest social service organization. Kate is the CEO of the Utah Nonprofits Association and serves on the board of the National Council of Nonprofits. Carly is a former presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett Packard, eventually starting her own nonprofit, the Unlocking Potential Foundation.
Across the country, these nonprofit leaders are seeing uncertainty in the communities that they are working to support. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety right now, and it’s going to take a lot of creativity to respond to these problems to make sure that no one gets left in the wake of the ongoing spread of COVID-19. More than ever, this is a time to band together and help those who don’t have the resources to support themselves. Whatever crisis you are facing during this time of uncertainty, hopefully, you can take something from this incredible group of leaders and use it to guide you through these unprecedented times.
Not enough can be said about the impact that arts education can have on developing motor skills, the ability to be creative, visual spacial skills, and building confidence.
Rob’s guests today have chosen to invest in the next generation through the art of dance. Ellen Weinstein and Traci Lester both work at the National Dance Institute in New York City with a simple goal: change kid’s lives with the power of dance. Ellen began teaching and choreographing for the National Dance Institute (NDI) in 1985, and after 10 years was named Artistic Director of the in-school program, which serves nearly 6,000 kids throughout NYC. Traci joined the National Dance Institute in 2016 as the Executive Director, previously serving at LSA, a neighborhood-based non-profit which delivers a holistic model of human services in NYC. Through dance, poetry, literature, and other arts, teachers are able to engage emotion, and when emotion is engaged, true learning can take place.
The National Dance Institute, or NDI, was founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise with the hope that every child can have an education in the arts. He believed that the skills that children learned from the program could help them conduct the choreography of their own lives, rather than train professional dancers. As of right now, the NDI is in 44 schools throughout NYC, 13 associate programs across the country, as well as 2 international programs in Shanghai and Beirut. Through these incredible programs, over 2 million children from around the world have been impacted by the NDI.
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Rob is joined today by Dr. David N. Hempton, the dean of the Harvard Divinity School. David is an award-winning author and a social historian, with special interests in religious and political culture, secularization and religion, as well as identity and conflict. From Belfast, Northern Ireland, David began to dive deep into his interests while studying at University, eventually making a shift to Boston University in order to join the professor’s program. After that, he made his way to Harvard and for the past eight years, he has served as the dean of the Divinity School.
Harvard Divinity is non-sectarian and non-denominational with over 400 students from a diverse set of geographical and religious backgrounds. From this group of impressive students, about a quarter go into church ministry of some form, another quarter into academic life, and all of them are looking to incorporate a greater sense of purpose in what they do. Rob discusses with Dr. Hempton the data showing that many millennials are leaving institutional religion for the nonprofit sector. David hopes that these students can still leave with great respect for religious traditions as a whole, especially those other than their own. Through tolerance and understanding, these students can go on to become the future leaders of the nonprofit sector and the world as a whole.
Most often on this show, Rob features leaders in the nonprofit sector, such as Executive Directors/CEO’s of Nonprofits, Authors, and Researchers. This episode features guests from the donor side of things.
Joining Rob on the show is Nancy Rauch Douzinas, President of the Rauch Foundation and Dave Kapell, a consultant to the Foundation. The Rauch Foundation, a Long Island-based family foundation that invests in ideas and organizations that spark and sustain systematic change in our communities. The foundation was founded in 1961 and remained an unstaffed foundation until 1991 when Nancy became the President. The Rauch Foundation was able to gain notoriety by conducting an annual indicators report and special analysis of the entire region, gaining the full support of the governor of New York. Today, Nancy and Dave will share some important insights about how they are working to transform transportation in New York City with a $2.6 billion dollar project.
The Rauch Foundation’s hallmark achievement is its involvement with the Long Island Railroad, America’s busiest commuter railroad. The railroad on Long Island serves as the vascular system for the lives of everyone in the region. That’s why they decided to support the construction of a new rail station on the east side of Manhattan, thus creating a substantial saving of commute time for those that work on the east side. It is important to remember the vital role that foundations play when creating massive change in the community. Through the formation of The Right Track for Long Island Coalition and a partnership with the governor, The Rauch Foundation is making a difference that will impact millions of lives. “Foundations have the power of speaking truth to power.”