Pro Bono Perspectives Podcast

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E18: Gary Bagley, New York Cares

Reflecting on Service 20 Years After 9/11
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This week, as we reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, host Danielle Holly and New York Cares Executive Director Gary Bagley have a conversation on how era defining moments from the 9/11 attacks to the current pandemic and racial reckoning bring on new waves of service and activism. They also talk about New York Cares’ increased focus on food insecurity, taking meaningful action on DEI, and why companies actually benefit more from designing service programs around nonprofit and community needs rather than their own business results.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E17: Susan McPherson, McPherson Strategies

The Lost Art of Connecting
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CSR and social impact expert Susan McPherson talks about her new book, The Lost Art of Connecting, and signature “gather, ask, do,” method for meaningful networking and lasting business relationships. She and host Danielle Holly discuss the Great Resignation and how employees having more power will democratize companies’ approaches to CSR. Plus, Susan explains why even though companies are not moving as quickly as they need to on social and environmental issues, we should be encouraging – not disparaging – those that are making efforts to deliver on their goals.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E16: Lina Klebanov, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Empowering Communities through Digital Access
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One of the biggest takeaways from the past year and a half has been that the “old normal” wasn’t working – like the digital divide.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E15: Dr. Stephanie Royal, The Robin Hood Foundation

Leadership in Times of Crisis & Recovery with Robin Hood
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Dr. Stephanie Royal, Chief People Officer at The Robin Hood Foundation, New York City’s largest poverty fighting organization, talks about community-driven philanthropy, leading with compassion, and how the K-shaped recovery from COVID-19 is further disadvantaging under-resourced communities and the nonprofit sector. Hear Stephanie’s takes on nonprofit talent management in the COVID-19 era, including new challenges with employee retention, the importance of investing in staff, building a culture of DEI, and supporting mental health and wellness.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E14: Dr. Rahsaan Harris, Citizens Committee for New York City (CitizensNYC)

Dr. Rahsaan Harris, Citizens Committee for New York City
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Join us for a conversation with Dr. Rahsaan Harris, CEO of Citizens Committee for NYC (CitizensNYC), a micro-funding organization that provides support to community leaders on the front lines of change in their own neighborhoods. Hear what it was like for Rahsaan to assume his position as CEO in March 2020 right as New York went into lockdown, how he drove meaningful change during the pandemic, and why he believes many elements of pandemic era philanthropy and work culture should remain in place.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E13: Yusuf George, JUST Capital

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Hear from Yusuf George of JUST Capital, the only independent nonprofit that tracks, analyzes, and engages with large corporations and their investors on how they perform on the issues Americans care about most. Yusuf recaps findings from JUST Capital’s Corporate Racial Equity Tracker and recommendations for how corporate leaders can act on DEI commitments as outlined in the CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E12: The Trevor Project & Google.org

Cutting-Edge Technology in Support of LGBTQ+ Youth with The Trevor Project & Google.org
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This Pride Month, we welcome Lena Ballantine, COO of The Trevor Project, which does life-saving work in mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth, and Jen Carter, Head of Technology & Volunteering at Google.org and founder of the Google.org Fellowship Program, a pro bono program that matches Google employees with social impact organizations full-time for up to six months.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E11: Julia Turshen, "Simply Julia"

Feeding a Culture of Equity and Inclusion with Chef Julia Turshen
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Chef, cookbook author, and activist Julia Turshen operates at the intersection of food and social justice. Her highly acclaimed cookbooks share deeply personal and meaningful narratives on LGBTQIA+ representation, racial equity, body positivity, and more.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E10: Caroline Barlerin, Platypus Advisors

Debating the Tech Sector’s Role in Society & Democracy
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Controversy over the tech sector’s role in society, democracy, and philanthropy has been making headlines for years. Recently, some tech companies have leaned into these areas even further while others have made statements that they are specifically staying out of political and social issues. In this episode, get a frontline perspective from Platypus Advisors Founder Caroline Barlerin, a leader in CSR and skills-based volunteering with experience at companies like Twitter, Eventbrite, and HP.

Pro Bono Perspectives S3E9: Dr. Mai Nguyen, The Design Lab & The Filene Research Institute

Credit Unions as a Catalyst for Social Justice
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Dr. Mai Nguyen talks about the power of design thinking and how it’s being applied to financial institutions like credit unions to advance economic empowerment and social justice. Director of the Design Lab at UCSD and a Filene Research Institute Fellow, Mai has dedicated her career to addressing systemic discrimination and policies that create inequities in access to capital, housing, and more.

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