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Developing Talent and Building Advanced Technology in Small-town America with William LaBar of CGI

Developing Talent and Building Advanced Technology in Small-town America with William LaBar of CGI

July 23, 2020

William LaBar, Vice President of CGI joins the podcast to talk about CGI’s network of Delivery Centers that employ over 1,800 IT professionals in small cities in the U.S. Will shares how CGI recruits and trains staff through programs that develop talent through its STEM@CGI training programs in K-12/community colleges and universities. Will talks about the impact CGI is having on economic development, jobs, and education in local communities.

Making News Socially Actionable with Melissa Anderson of Public Good Software

Making News Socially Actionable with Melissa Anderson of Public Good Software

July 17, 2020

Melissa Anderson, the Co-founder and President of Public Good Software, joins the podcast to discuss the consumer-brand-media-social action dynamic. Public Good is America's leading AI for good technology which makes news and content actionable; working with the nation’s leading publishers including CNN, Tribune Media, HuffPost, Vice, and brands such as Microsoft, Unilever and Danone.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Shallow Purpose with Brandon Peele of ion Learning

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Shallow Purpose with Brandon Peele of ion Learning

July 14, 2020

Brandon Peele, VP People Science at ion Learning joins the podcast to talk about the corporate purpose journey; the steps and changes an organization must take toward defining its purpose; and how to create a purpose-led culture. We talk a lot about where purpose manifests in the organizations. Not in signs, symbols and slogans, but in actions and outcomes. We spend a lot of time talking about the risks of shallow purpose, elitism and lack of commitment.

Talking Re-Commerce and Fashion Industry Transformation with Geri Cupi of MonoChain

Talking Re-Commerce and Fashion Industry Transformation with Geri Cupi of MonoChain

July 9, 2020

Each year $270BN worth of clothes are thrown away.Today on the podcast Geri Cupi, CEO and co-founder of MonoChain, joins the podcast to discuss MonoChain's blockchain re-commerce platform that gives brands and retailers access to circular economy practices. Geri lays out the case for why re-commerce is the key to transforming fashion and retail through sustainability, waste reduction while reducing counterfeiting, and forging deeper connections to GenZ consumers.

Connecting Leadership and Organizational Value with Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan

Connecting Leadership and Organizational Value with Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan

July 7, 2020

Chris Coulter the CEO of GlobeScan joins the podcast to discuss why ambitious and authentic leadership is the key to the sustainability agenda and vital to improving stakeholder engagement across – customers, investors, regulators, non-governmental organizations, communities, suppliers and employees. Chris unpacks a global research study GlobeScan conducted with Oxford University on risks, opportunities and priorities in corporate affairs around sustainability, ESG and corporate purpose.

Analyzing Trends and Potential Flashpoints in ESG Investing with Erik Wohlgemuth of Future500

Analyzing Trends and Potential Flashpoints in ESG Investing with Erik Wohlgemuth of Future500

July 2, 2020

Today on the podcast, Michael welcomes Erik Wohlgemuth, Chief Operating Officer of Future 500. Erik talks about the Future500 Force For Good Forecast which is an authoritative and compelling body of research and analysis on the top issues, trends, topics and potential flashpoints in ESG that will shape engagement between corporations and their stakeholders for the coming years. Erik talks about how employees and activists are joining forces (especially during COVID); the implications in the rise of GenZ; why passive investors are the “new regulators”; how companies are calling customers to action; and much more.

The Crumbling Facade of Corporate Responsibility with Alison Taylor of Ethical Systems

The Crumbling Facade of Corporate Responsibility with Alison Taylor of Ethical Systems

June 30, 2020

Today on the podcast, Michael welcomes Alison Taylor, Executive Director of Ethical Systems, a research collaboration housed at NY University’s Stern School of Business. Alison talks about companies making claims to be responsible citizens while committing abuses of corporate power, such as the pervasive non-accounting for negative externalities, creative tax avoidance, systemic racism and gender inequality, and regulatory capture. We discuss how COVID and Black Lives Matter have forced a reckoning between espoused corporate values and values in action. 

Redefining Diversity and Inclusion with Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Diversity Officer of HP, Inc

Redefining Diversity and Inclusion with Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Diversity Officer of HP, Inc

June 25, 2020

What does it mean for a company to have values as its guiding light? For more 80 years HP has stood atop the industry as a leader based on its foundational commitment to values and integrity. Today on the podcast, I welcome Lesley Slaton Brown the Chief Diversity Officer of HP to talk about her role in leading HP’s global diversity and inclusion efforts. We talk about systemic racism, Black Lives Matter, and why none no person or corporation is a bystander in the fight to end racial injustice. Leslie's vision, her passion and her faultless clarity on creating a values-based workplace lights the path for all of us to follow.

Racial Justice and Corporate Citizenship with Grady Crosby of Johnson Controls

Racial Justice and Corporate Citizenship with Grady Crosby of Johnson Controls

June 19, 2020

In 2020 the intersection between corporations and society has never been more sharply defined. First with COVID and workers’ health and safety, and now with the long overdue reckoning our society is having about racial inequity and injustice in the immediate aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Amhad Aubry. Grady Crosby, Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson Controls comes on the podcast to talk about the role of corporate citizens in racial justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. Grady talks about the many commitments Johnson Controls undertakes toward building a more inclusive and equitable society and in particular its role as a large employer and corporate citizen in the City of Milwaukee.

Reducing The Impact of Plastics with Ellen Jackowski of HP, Inc.

Reducing The Impact of Plastics with Ellen Jackowski of HP, Inc.

June 16, 2020

Ellen Jackowski, the Global Head of Sustainability, Strategy and Innovation at HP joins the podcast to talk about how HP puts sustainability at the core of everything that HP does. Ellen shares about HP's plastics strategy and how it is reducing the amount of plastics in its products, how HP substituting plastics, and significantly, how HP is taking ocean-bound plastics out of the waste stream and recycling those plastics into its products.  

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