Arc Benders

Episode 3: Scottish Soccer Hooligans + Prioritizing People + Designing Your Life Caitlin Kawaguchi, Social Impact & Communications Strategist

“If you don’t have a long term plan for success and the right people on board, it can be really hard to get beyond the first year or two of incredible impact & be able to scale.”

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James Casper, Arc Bender

Episode 2: Progress > Perfection + Insomnia + Building Innovation James Casper, founder of Baya Build

“In America, there is a deficit of 7.2 million homes for the affordable space…. And every year, we’re losing more and more laborers, which means that construction is only going to become more and more expensive — and more out of reach.”

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Helping Changemakers Leverage the Power of Creativity

Mailande is a modern-day renaissance woman and champion for the power of creativity. As she uses her talents to help mission-driven organizations communicate their stories, she also seeks to use her own creative risks as a catalyst for helping others do the things that make them come alive. She’s been a source of inspiration to…

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Dr. Tiffany Jana, CEO of TMI Portfolio

Episode 1: Getting Honest + Dead Squirrels + Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Tiffany Jana, CEO of TMI Portfolio

In today’s show, we talk a bit about our vision for the Arc Benders podcast and the community we hope to create. We also interview Dr. Tiffany Jana, the founder and CEO of TMI Portfolio, a collection of socially responsible and interconnected companies working to advance more culturally inclusive and equitable workforces.

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Arguably the Most Delicious Way to Change Lives Liz Miller, Senior Marketing Manager at Divine Chocolate

Liz Miller is the Senior Marketing Manager at Divine Chocolate, a global social enterprise with HQs in Washington, D.C. & London. Not only is Divine Chocolate delicious, but it is also co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. Liz also…

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  • “If you don’t have a long term plan for success and the right people on board, it can be really hard to get beyond the first year or two of incredible impact & be able to scale.”
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This week on the podcast, we interview #arcbender Caitlin Kawaguchi, a social impact and communications strategist who is passionate about building partnerships across sectors and cultures and believes in an integrated approach to social change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As you’ll learn in Christina’s interview with Caitlin, she is an inspiration to those who don’t want to be put in a box and is a successful professional with TWO JOBS! Caitlin is currently the Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Bird + Stone, a social enterprise jewelry company, AND a digital engagement strategist for Spark Action, a youth & children’s advocacy organization.
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We also discuss non-traditional social impact career paths, transitions, and the importance of who you surround yourself with, & the importance of prioritizing people + process and rave about our game-changing experience using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), thanks to the help of Maria Kingery (picture # 2).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Other episode shout outs go to Danny Rosin (picture # 3) & Geraud Staton (picture # 4). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can tune into the show wherever you get your podcasts or click the link above to access it through our website (along with the show notes)! 👆🏻
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#socialimpact #inspiration #socialentrepreneurship #nonprofits #burnout #selfcare #nyc #ny #plannedparenthood #purpose #career #leadership #thefutureisfemale #motivation #jewelry #fashion #ethical #activism #policy
  • Hello, Arc Benders! Christina, here. I wanted to give a major shout out to our podcast co-host & co-creator, Alisa Herr. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sometimes being an arc bender is helping out a friend in need. This weekend I was planning to work on editing the next episode of our podcast... and then I woke up feeling terrible. My burnout has caught up with me in a big way & I’ve been sick more than I’ve been healthy since the beginning of 2019.  Not wanting to let the team down, I tried to power through... until I finally gave up and put myself to bed. Alisa immediately offered to step up and take over and it just reminded me how thankful I am to be doing this work with such an amazing person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was such a great reminder that to be the change we want to see in the world, we don’t have to do things alone. 🌎 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you haven’t had a chance, definitely check out Alisa’s original Arc Benders interview in the profile above. 👆🏻
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#inspiration #burnout #teamwork #leadership #selfcare #realtalk #changemakers #arcbenders #podcast
  • On Episode 2 of the podcast, we talk about the story of how Arc Benders was created, why progress is more important than perfection, how we deal with insomnia (which seems to be a common issue plaguing social impact leaders 🧐), and the importance of collaboration.
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We also interview, James Casper, the founder of Baya Build, a company on a mission to transform sustainable development & housing innovation. Baya Build uses a new method of building construction that produces high-performance structures at a significantly cheaper cost and in a fraction of the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can find the show at the link in our profile above  or subscribe to the show wherever you like to listen to #podcasts! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#arcbenders #socialimpact #inspiration #purpose #leadership #construction #building #innovation #opensource #goodnews #insomnia #changemakers #realtalk #collaboration
  • “Pay attention to how you spend your happiest free time. We hear so often that we should follow our passions, and so many people ask ‘but what if I don’t know what my passion is?’ That’s totally fine! I usually suggest that people look at what they do when there’s no directive, when they’re free to choose how they spend their time. What are you doing? What are you reading about? What makes you really, really excited? Are you reading about payday lending policies? Are you reading about music production?  I don’t believe that everyone needs to quit their job and follow something else full-time, but there’s always room to incorporate more of what you love into your life.”
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Our latest #arcbender, Mailande is a modern-day renaissance woman and champion for the power of creativity. As she uses her talents to help mission-driven organizations communicate their stories, she also seeks to use her own creative risks as a catalyst for helping others do the things that make them come alive.
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To learn more about how you can tap into your #creativity, find #joy, & get #inspired, definitely check out her interview at the link in our profile above! ☝🏼
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#quotes #creatives #freelancer #socialimpact #durham #nc #art #womenwhodraw
  • Are you tired of hearing bad news? We created Arc Benders to challenge you to be bold enough to life an extraordinary life with impact & our first full episode of the podcast is LIVE! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today we’re bringing you an interview with Dr. Tiffany Jana, the founder and CEO of TMI Portfolio and nationally recognized expert on diversity & inclusion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you wondering what dead squirrels have to do with social impact? We get honest about what it takes to design a life with purpose and tackle hot topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion ranging from what to do if you’re facing bias to how your organization can avoid tokenism.
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You can find this episode wherever you most enjoy listening to podcasts or check out the link in our profile above to learn more about the episode! ☝🏼 #arcbenders #socialimpact #diversityandinclusion #bcorps #bthechange #inspiration #quirky #purpose #designyourlife #goodvibes #leadership #boss #entrepreneur
  • “If you’re going to be trying to enact change, it’s never going to be one person doing all of it.”
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Liz Miller is the Senior Marketing Manager at Divine Chocolate, a global social enterprise with HQs in Washington, D.C. & London. Not only is Divine Chocolate delicious, but it is also co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. Liz also volunteers with the Ellevate Network, an organization whose mission is to help women advance in the workplace, both for themselves and the greater good. She serves on the DC Chapter Leadership team as the Marketing Lead.
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Read her story at the link in our profile above! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 cred: @christinanoelphoto ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#arcbenders #socialimpact #bthechange #bcorps #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #purpose #chocolate #bethechange #leadership #socialjustice
  • It’s finally here!!! 🎉
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We are so excited to announce that the Arc Benders podcast is now LIVE!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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After months of planning, interviewing, and editing, we have finally launched the Arc Benders podcast, a show created to challenge you to be bold enough to live an extraordinary life with impact.
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Today's quick 3-minute intro episode gives you a taste of the goodies that are yet to come this season. You'll meet co-hosts Christina Noel and Alisa Herr and hear some of our favorite quotes from upcoming interviews. Do you recognize any voices?
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To listen - click the link in our profile above 👆🏼
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After you've subscribed, please share with your friends! And remember, the best gift of all is a review and a 5-star rating. That will help us reach even more listeners like you!  Shout out to @announcedivinely & @aspiring ing_co for the confetti!! 🎊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Music cred: the amazing @djryanthedj ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#socialimpact #arcbenders #podcast #storytelling #celebrate #inspiration #leadership #socent #bthechange #socialjustice #systemicinequality
  • “The best advice I can give to people trying to design a life with purpose is to make time to design a life with purpose. In today’s world, through the power of the internet and otherwise, there are myriad opportunities available to those who are able to articulate what they truly want and why.”
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Jivika Rajani is the founder of @aspir8org; an award-winning transnational social enterprise that leads social innovation & entrepreneurship education programs for high school students in the Middle East and across South Asia. As of last week, Aspir8  has been named a semifinalist for the C3 Social Impact Accelerator, powered by @hsbc !
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To read our full interview, click the link in our profile above ☝🏽
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#inspiration #socialimpact #socent #purpose #mission #arcbenders #changemakers #bethechange #education #leadership #middleeast #southasia #maketime #wordstoliveby #advice
  • ”I’m tired of the status quo. We can’t just push against. We have to figure out, what are we pushing for? What is the future that we all want? How do we collaborate to get there?”
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Alicia Bonner Ness is an experienced facilitator, producer, social impact strategist, and author that is about to launch her first book, Purpose Power: How Mission-Driven Leaders Engage for Change, and will be hitting the road next year to visit 15 cities on the Purpose Power Town Hall Tour.  The tour will allow communities the opportunity to rebuild trust through active listening and community dialogue, while co-designing their shared vision for the future.
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To read our full interview, click the link in our profile above ☝🏻
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#arcbenders #socialimpact #politics #purposepower #inspiration #leadership #vision #future #roadtrip #townhall #ifundwomen