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Episode 24: Representative Asset-Building and Ownership in Social Entrepreneurship featuring Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Episode 24: Representative Asset-Building and Ownership in Social Entrepreneurship featuring Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

June 29, 2020

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, of Cherokee ancestry, is the Executive Director/CEO of Social Venture Circle, a nonprofit leading the way in the field of social impact; building and galvanizing the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company primarily focused on bringing important documentaries to the screen for which Red-Horse Mohl directs, produces, and writes. Additionally, she is the owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry with a unique expertise in the Native American tribal government sector. Red-Horse Mohl has raised, structured and managed over $3 billion in capital for tribal nations and holds seven FINRA registrations.

Valerie was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008. She was recently appointed to the Board of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and is teaching a Stanford course on Entrepreneurship for Race and Social Equity. She also serves as a Board Member for the Northern California Chapter of the International Women's Forum and the National Boys and Girls Clubs Native American Division. Valerie earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA and has founded several nonprofit ministries on reservations nationwide.

In this episode, Valerie shares what inspired her to serve her own community and advocate on behalf of other underserved communities of color. With the trillions of dollars that are leveraged in business, Valerie has been able to use her positional power to advocate peers and the next-generation alike to start their own ventures. Reflecting on the economic fallout and recovery efforts post-COVID 19, she shares what she believes is necessary for equitable capital ownership and deployment. We also learn what she is hearing from the next generation of social entrepreneurs and how they are hoping to shift the broken system of our economy. Valerie also offers up the principles of community and spirituality that she centers often in her work and extends her hopes of us doing the same.

We activate our power to create, own and leverage our innate assets as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Valerie on LinkedIn and Twitter. Look into her Top 5 recommendations for equitable social impact work here:

  1. Take a look at SVC's website for free to help to get through COVID-19
  2. American Sustainable Business Council
  3. Leap Frog and Nathalie Molina Niño
  4. Morgan Simon, author of Real Impact 
  5. Purpose Economy

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Episode 23: Returning to the Land & Tapping Into the Richness of Our Journey featuring Leonette Henderson

Episode 23: Returning to the Land & Tapping Into the Richness of Our Journey featuring Leonette Henderson

June 15, 2020

Leonette Henderson is a native of Clarksdale, MS and serves as the Director of Development and Partnership for Higher Purpose Co. (HPC).  HPC is a 501c3 economic justice nonprofit, building community wealth with Black residents across Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power. Leonette has a fervent desire to propel economic and social justice. This desire is rooted in a genuine concern for the overall well-being of people and community as well as a predilection for an equitable distribution of justice.

As a documentarian, she believes in shared stories that recreate narratives for individuals, communities, regions, and countries, giving light to their truth and healing.  Leonette has spent 14 years in higher education, education reform and secondary education collectively, six of which as a nonprofit professional.  She has served on the Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development team for the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine.  Prior to returning to the University of Virginia, Leonette joined New Leaders, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders, where she served as the Program Coordinator and later the Program Manager for the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) in Memphis City Schools.  She then served as the organization’s Interim Development Manager.  

Leonette has served as a guest co-lecturer at the University of Virginia on the “Obesity in the African American Community,” and as a guest speaker on “Philanthroculture” for the North Carolina Planned Giving Council. She has served as a board chair for Sisters Conquering Cancer, board member of Shelter for Help in Emergency in Virginia and Higher Purpose Co (MS). Leonette has a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a proud HBCU alum with a BA in History from Tuskegee University.

In this episode, Leonette bridges the journey of generations past and connects them with the present-day reckoning of #BlackLivesMatter. She reflects on pivotal points in her career that inspired the return to her hometown of Clarksdale, MS in pursuit of authentic community development and empowerment. As #BlackLivesMatter is currently amplified in global discourse, we reflect on the historical context of this moment of racial trauma and lift up the hope we are witnessing through intergenerational community engagement efforts that are underway. As companies and organizations grapple with internal and external racial equity and anti-racist (more specifically anti-Blackness) strategies, Leonette sheds light on the reprieve and solace she has found with her Black-led team at Higher Purpose Co. Additionally, we glean the importance of accounting for regional perspectives as we look to bring or further investments into Black communities and Black-led organizations. Not only do we gain further insight into the climate of the "Black Belt" but we are also re-empowered by the history of Black ingenuity and resilience as we prepare to celebrate Juneteenth 2020.

We ground ourselves and celebrate our illustrious journeys as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Leonette on LinkedInTwitter and via email at: leonette@higherpurposeco.org. Learn more about the impact of Higher Purpose Co. on Facebook and Instagram.

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Episode 22: Championing Light & Empowerment in the Wake of Abuse featuring Indrani Goradia

Episode 22: Championing Light & Empowerment in the Wake of Abuse featuring Indrani Goradia

June 8, 2020

Indrani Goradia is the Founder of RAFT Cares (formerly Indrani’s Light Foundation), a philanthropist, and an advocate for women’s health and empowerment. She leads empowerment trainings in several countries around the world. She is also a board member of Everywoman Treaty and Think Equal.

In 2013, Indrani joined forces with the global health organization PSI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to transform the lives of girls and women and lift them out of poverty. In partnership with PSI, Indrani’s Light Foundation launched programs in 2014 to eradicate gender-based violence in India and in her home country of Trinidad.

As an in-demand author, speaker, and master certified life coach, Indrani delivers keynote addresses and leads workshops around the globe. She has also participated as a speaker at the World Women’s Health and Development Forum at the United Nations. In addition, Indrani has served as a keynote speaker and/or panelist at multiple international gatherings. Her TEDx Talk, Love Expressed as Violence is a Lie, can be found here.

Indrani completed her formal education in New York City, attending CUNY Queens College and Kent State University. She recently earned a certification in Social Impact Strategy at UPenn and completed an executive leadership program at THNK in Amsterdam. Indrani is a master life coach and yoga teacher. As though these aren’t great accomplishments in their own right, Indrani became a triathlete and marathoner at 50 and believes the body needs exercise. In her spare time she quilts and travels with her family.

In this episode, Indrani shares her passion for advocating for women and children in the wake of abuse. She recalls her transformational journey from childhood trauma to being intentional about breaking the  cycle of abuse when she became a parent. Combating the notion "don't ask, don't tell" Indrani has been able to courageously speak to abuse on the global stage. By accessing spaces of validation, she herself was able to process her healing and is currently in the position to offer resources for those that are often forgotten in the process, victim/survivor activists. As the country and world readjust to what life will be like post-COVID 19, Indrani cautions educators and practitioners alike, to proactively create space for children and women who are facing abuse. Additionally, as the Founder and executive leader at RAFT, Indrani reflects on brand identity in the social impact space. She shares her lessons learned so we are not hindered executing on our missions. As she notes, "As activists, your brand has to be the work".

We are reminded of ways to shine in the face of adversity and trauma as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Indrani on LinkedInTwitter and through her website. Learn more about the resources at RAFT here

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Episode 21: Advocating for Intersectional Activism and Youth Voice featuring Irene Franco Rubio

Episode 21: Advocating for Intersectional Activism and Youth Voice featuring Irene Franco Rubio

May 25, 2020

Irene Franco Rubio is a social justice activist and media professional committed to advocating for her Latinx community and historically oppressed populations in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona and across the world. Growing up in the West Phoenix Valley in Arizona and recognizing the social and racial injustices present within economically distressed communities, Irene made it her mission to advocate for not only her Latinx community but for systematically oppressed populations on an all-encompassing standard. As a media professional, her passion for uplifting diverse voices has been recognized by ProPublica, the National Association of Broadcasters, BuzzFeed and Teen Vogue. Currently a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication / Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, Irene recently became a part of the Yale Program Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis.

Through a young, progressive, and intersectional approach, Irene fights against injustice by tackling the most pressing issues black and brown communities face in the U.S. as an advocate, content creator, intersectional thinker, and change-maker. She was able to grasp more insight on community advocacy while interning for The Office of Representative Deb Haaland  as a CHCI-NAB Congressional Intern. Irene is devoted to igniting an intersectional digital movement through political and cultural dialogue where all voices are heard. 

In this episode, Irene reflects on her journey towards developing her political power. Noting the systemic access points that weren't available to her in her upbringing, she is humbled in what she has been able to accomplish at such a young age. One of the key pieces of legislation that sparked her interest in organizing was the anti-immigration bill, SB-1070. This fueled her to become engaged in local organizing through the One Arizona Coalition and as of recently becoming the Digital Organizer for AzC4C. She encourages other youth of color to become civically engaged in their local communities and hone in on the power they innately possess to be change agents. It is clear that Irene is committed to ensuring her peers don't feel powerless. She intends to continue this advocacy and shift the media landscape to be representative of community voices and all-inclusive by accurately representing the beliefs, issues and perspectives of disenfranchised communities as a content creator, change-maker, intersectional thinker, advocate and media professional.

We are grateful to witness the torch of community empowerment and justice blaze brightly in the next generation as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Irene on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Support AzC4C's work on Instagram and  Facebook.

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Episode 20: Engineering Transformation in Black Mother and Daughter Relationships featuring Ateira Griffin

Episode 20: Engineering Transformation in Black Mother and Daughter Relationships featuring Ateira Griffin

May 10, 2020

Ateira Griffin is a life-long Baltimore City resident, educator, facilitator, and community organizer. She is the founder of BOND - Building Our Nation’s Daughters, Inc. which mentors single mothers to cultivate positive mother-daughter relationships and increase their economic mobility 2 generations at a time. Ateira earned a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University and a Master’s in Secondary Education along with a Certificate in School Leadership and Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

She has served as a K-12 educator and school administrator at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and has authored and facilitated leadership training for adults in Baltimore and across the nation. Currently, she serves on the board of Teach For America - Baltimore and the Unity Hall. Ateira was awarded the 2019 Echoing Green Fellowship in recognition of her leadership and her work with BOND. She believes a part of her life’s purpose is to disrupt all things oppressive to the black community, women of color, and single mother households. She has learned through her experience in urban education, policy, and community organizing that purpose, action, and unconditional love go a long way to create change.

Cheers to us making it to the halfway mark in style and grace with our 20th episode! Also, Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunties out there! In this episode, Ateira blesses us with her journey to social entrepreneurship in strengthening relationships between single mothers and daughters. She recalls the critical nature of BOND's co-creation process and how that intentionality is evident in their work today. Ateira also shares how their mothers and daughters have been able to utilize this time during the pandemic to be more creative in their relationship-building. The BOND community has also pivoted their engagement to address the needs of the community, with 60% of the mothers being frontline workers.

At a time where social service agencies and nonprofits are being stressed and stretched with their capacity and delivery system (specially those led by people of color), Ateira speaks to what is needed to disrupt the status quo and rebuild generational knowledge and wealth. Additionally, with an increase in the usage of "communities of color", "women of color" and people of color" in the media, programming and branding, we reflect on the importance of specificity so as not to whitewash our experiences while also working towards consensus-building. Ateira, thank you for reminding us of the importance of going to the people closest to the pain to create solutions and for modeling the fruits of when we create agency for leadership in mission critical work. 

****Ateira's work with BOND was recently featured in Baltimore Magazine.

We are honoring our daughterhood and strengthening women as leaders in families and the community as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Ateira on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Support BOND's work on Instagram, Facebook and by donating here

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Episode 19 - Charting the Path for Equitable Leadership in Sports Development featuring Cyndi Mendoza

Episode 19 - Charting the Path for Equitable Leadership in Sports Development featuring Cyndi Mendoza

April 27, 2020

Cyndi Mendoza is originally from Southern California, the epicentre of women's football.  She is passionate about equaling the playing field for women and girls and believes in transforming data into a language that organisations can understand. She has a Masters in Programme Evaluation and an Honours in Social Development from the University of Cape Town. Cyndi leads Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) and a Sport for Good Community of Practice at Laureus and is also an Emerging Evaluator in the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA).

Apart from supporting Laureus with MERL, she helps manage the Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES!) programme, which focuses on empowering youth with accredited and non-accredited training. She also supports NPOs and sports clubs build organisational development plans through capacity building and long-term planning. When she is not a Sport for Development enthusiast she loves traveling, eating delicious food and playing football.

Cheers to our first international guest! In this episode, Cyndi reflects on her love for and journey in sports development. Her path, like most, has not been linear and it is that unconventionalism that inspires us. Despite being in a male-dominated space, Cyndi has honed in on her authenticity and tapped into external networks like The Coaching Fellowship to bolster her personal and professional development. The leaps she has taken into uncharted territory, whether it was in her education, work or on the field, remind us to not let fear stifle us from delivering on our purpose. In this segment, we also learn about the landscape of sports development in South Africa, the importance of monitoring and evaluation in social impact work and how vital equitable leadership is to the sports development sector and beyond. 

****References to Marta Effinger-Crichlow's documentary "Little Sallie Walker" and Brene Brown's work appear in this episode.

We are embracing new leadership pathways and advocating for equitable representation in the work as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Cyndi on LinkedIn and the latest sports for good efforts at Laureus here

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Episode 18 - Expanding Horizons Through Purpose-Driven Travel featuring Chloe Lander

Episode 18 - Expanding Horizons Through Purpose-Driven Travel featuring Chloe Lander

April 20, 2020

Chloe Lander is an entrepreneur and philanthropist from Houston, TX. Her company, One Love Travel Club, organizes group trips for its members to the world's most beautiful and sought-after travel destinations. Each experience focuses on diving into the authentic culture, engaging in "off the beaten path" excursions, and volunteering or giving back to the local community in some way. 

Being of Caribbean descent, with a family that immigrated to the United States, Chloe was exposed to travel at a very young age. She realized early in life that she had a knack for travel that many of her other Black American friends did not possess, it was her second nature. Chloe's philanthropic background started at an early age as well. She was heavily involved in her local community through various church and school organizations and always spent weekends doing these extracurricular activities. By the time she learned that her true passion was entrepreneurship, it was natural to start a travel company that centered around giving back to the community. 

 As her business continues to grow and thrive, Chloe is committed to pursuing more ventures that focus on "Enriching People's Lives" along the way.

In this episode, Chloe shares how she transitioned from the corporate sector and turned her entrepreneurial drive into the creation of her own travel company. She charted the course of wanting to be her own boss and built a global community of cross-cultural exchange for others. She reflects on her lessons learned along the way and the need to build a solid foundation before growing and scaling one's venture. Oh and if you're thinking about capturing your operational systems, she offers a resource that has been helpful for her and the team.

We are expanding our horizons and anticipating our next adventure as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Chloe on Instagram @chloelovestravel and the latest with One Love Travel on Instagram and Facebook

Continue to support Forward 40 on IG and Twitter @forward4tea.  Be in touch to nominate a guest to be on the show. You can also learn more about the host Coach Faith here.

Episode 17 - Breathing the Gift of Gratitude Into Our Present featuring Amy Elizabeth Paulson

Episode 17 - Breathing the Gift of Gratitude Into Our Present featuring Amy Elizabeth Paulson

April 13, 2020

Amy Elizabeth Paulson is a mental health advocate, facilitator, writer, speaker, trauma survivor, and the co-founder and CEO of Gratitude Alliance, a global nonprofit working to democratize access to mental health and healing by building the capacity of everyday community leaders around the world to break individual, collective, and generational cycles of trauma and violence.

As an orphan and survivor of gender based violence and child sexual abuse, Amy is passionate about healing and transformation for those who have lost their mothers and those who most need to reclaim their inner mother. A former CPA, Amy left the corporate sector in 2011 to start Gratitude Alliance after reuniting with her biological family, and learning to embrace her wounds as the portal to inner wisdom, resilience, and connection to our shared humanity.

Amy holds a MS in Nonprofit Management & Global Studies (Northeastern), is certified in Trauma Informed Interventions (UC Berkeley), and will complete a certification in Global Mental Health and Refugee Trauma (Harvard Medical School) this spring.

In this episode, Amy reflects on how her "capacity to experience pain will be matched to experience joy". She shares how trauma lives in the body and speaks to the "heartwork" she underwent to heal a lineage of it in her life. In a moment where news of illness, pain, loss, death and grief are abound, Amy offers up the power of breath. She acknowledges how much of a privilege it can be to access and find reprieve in moments such as this while others are just coping to get by.  Thank you Amy for encouraging us to be introspective, compassionate and grateful for the small things - giving light to what our capacity can be on the other side of healing. 

We are grateful for life and our capacity to be present in this very moment as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Amber on Twitter @amyepaulie and the work of her team at Gratitude Alliance TwitterInstagram and Facebook

Continue to support Forward 40 on IG and Twitter @forward4tea.  Be in touch to nominate a guest to be on the show. You can also learn more about the host Coach Faith here.

Episode 16: Generating a Circle of Giving in Community Leadership featuring Amber Gonzales-Vargas

Episode 16: Generating a Circle of Giving in Community Leadership featuring Amber Gonzales-Vargas

April 6, 2020

Amber is on a mission to leverage the energy and potential of all Latinxs to create a more equitable society. Her goal is to use storytelling to help shape a new narrative about Latinxs in California and across the country.

In her current position as Senior Program Manager at the Latino Community Foundation, Amber executes and manages the strategic vision of their core initiatives – the Latino Giving Circle Network and the Latino NonProfit Accelerator. In this role Amber supports LCF’s philanthropists and grantees to maximize and unleash their own power and power of our communities. 

Amber is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Political Economy and French and minored in global poverty and practice. She carries a California spirit and Peruvian soul in her personal and professional life. These days, that translates into pursuing her dreams of writing a New York Times bestseller and visiting 30 countries by the time she turns 30.

In this episode, Amber reflects on the events that led her to shift her career focus from an international agenda to one of local community leadership. She shares what steps she took to arrive at a more formal position in philanthropy and the pivotal influence of her CEO, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, in her leadership development. As Amber and her team disrupts traditional philanthropy for the Latinx community in California, she reminds us that our liberations are tied together. Especially at a time where inequities are being exacerbated with the COVID-19 pandemic, how can the sector further transform from a position of charity to one of equitable change? Amber is evidence of what is needed - a changing face of leadership in philanthropy and activation of community giving.

We are committed to representative leadership and redefining what a philanthropist means as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Amber on Twitter @Ambersvida and the work of her team at Latino Community Foundation Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

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Episode 15: Tapping Into Your Core to Grow Community featuring Liz Rebecca Alarcón

Episode 15: Tapping Into Your Core to Grow Community featuring Liz Rebecca Alarcón

March 23, 2020

Liz Rebecca Alarcón is a communicator and social entrepreneur. She leads Pulso, a digital organizing platform that reaches almost 1 million Latinos in the US via Facebook Messenger with the mission of increasing this community's political power. Liz comments and writes on Latin America, Latino issues and current events. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, Buzzfeed, The Miami Herald, and the World Economic Forum blog, among others. Liz is a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a B.A. in International Studies & Sociology from the University of Miami and a Master's in Latin American Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She serves on the board of the Miami-Dade County Office of New Americans and is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

In this episode, Liz shares more about her journey of connecting her purpose with media and politics. She recalls a few pivots in her life that inspired her to leverage her core for a more expansive representation of the Latinx community. Additionally, she notes how the power of community and her immediate team have helped her to become more balanced in the work. Liz and her team are truly representative of what it means to break away from traditional media. We are grateful for her leadership, dedication and vision. As she so beautifully puts it, we are our own messengers. 

We are humbled to be in this very moment of authentic and expansive representation of the Latin American diaspora as we share Forward 4O’s platform with this phenomenal WOC in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

Stay connected with Liz on Twitter @LizRebeAlarcon and the work of her team at Project Pulso on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. Subscribe to the latest from Pulso through Facebook Messenger.  You can also learn more about Liz's journey in journalism and media here

Continue to support Forward 40 on IG and Twitter @forward4tea.  Be in touch to nominate a guest to be on the show. You can also learn more about the host Coach Faith here.