This quote comes from Theodore Parker, a 19th century abolitionist and Unitarian minister and was made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Arc Benders was created to inspire & equip you to use your unique talent to change the world.
We want to help you be bold enough to live an extraordinary life of impact. We believe that you deserve to be happy and to find your deepest purpose. In turn, you'll inevitably find your path to making the world better.
To help you find your path and to keep you inspired along the journey, we share stories of "Arc Benders," where we ask inspiring leaders from different sectors that are making a positive impact, to talk about their journey towards making a difference, the obstacles they've had to overcome, and the advice they have for other people working to "bend the arc."
These interviews have changed our lives and we're confident they'll change yours too.
We also develop content to support Arc Benders, including sharing resources that will help people "bend the arc," having Real Talks about what works & what doesn't in driving change, and we provide coaching to aspiring Arc Benders.
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Thank you for working to find ways to create a kinder, more equal world. Together, we can truly be the change we seek in the world.
Christina is the Founder of Arc Benders & Co-host of the Arc Benders podcast.
She started her journey to trying to become an Arc Bender one night after a friend asked her 'What would you do with your life if you didn't have to worry about money?'
Without blinking she knew the answer was that she'd dedicate her life to helping others. She had been working in Healthcare Consulting at a company that had an amazing reputation for being a great place to work, but at the time she was miserable and unfulfilled. She was raised by two parents that worked in traditional jobs - one in business development at a pharmaceutical company, the other a pharmacist. She honestly hadn't imagined that anything other than a traditional corporate career direction was even possible.
Despite this, she realized at that moment that she was called to follow her passion. The only thing that was holding her back was the fear of the unknown.
The path wasn't always easy. When she told people her mission was to change the world, sometimes she'd often get an eye roll. It was obvious that many of the people she met working in traditional jobs thought she was naive. Despite their doubts, she believed her dream was possible.
Over the next 5-years, she pursued her MBA at the University of Georgia, landed a life-changing internship at B Lab, the non-profit behind the B Corp movement, and moved back to her home state of North Carolina where she landed a dream job at a The Redwoods Group, a Certified B Corp that uses the power of insurance to create safe communities for all. She also discovered her passion for using creativity and innovation to scale impact.
She is the co-founder of the NC B Corps, a group of business leaders dedicated to using business as a force for good and in 2015 she was given the B Corp MVP award, given annually to the single person worldwide who made the most contributions to the B Corp movement, for her leadership in community building.
Through her journey, Christina has met so many inspiring people. She started Arc Benders to use her passion for photography and storytelling to inspire others to find their own path to change the world.
To take Arc Benders' storytelling to the next level, she was thrilled to partner with Alisa to launch the Arc Benders podcast.
Alisa is the co-host of the Arc Benders podcast and CEO and Creative Director of Unity Digital Agency.
Alisa always knew she wanted to help people, but she was never really sure how. In college, she majored in psychology because she was fascinated with people. Interestingly, she randomly landed in her first psychology class after dropping a business course because she thought it was filled with stupid busywork.
At the same time, Alisa was secretly honing her skills as a programmer. She had started learning to code in sixth grade and over the years coding was always a hobby. It wasn’t until she graduated with a Masters in Library Science (in 2009 when the economy was in the trash) that she ultimately found her path to becoming a woman in tech. She got a part-time job as a junior web developer and over 4 years worked her way up to the lead developer of a design firm.
That path eventually led to Alisa becoming the founding CTO of a media nonprofit focused on supporting public education.
However, Alisa eventually realized that she wanted to build something of her own. Throughout her professional career, she always felt like her life was being driven by other people and she was just along for the ride. That led her to launch Unity Digital Agency in 2016 as a business with a mission to make a positive impact on her home state of North Carolina.
Unity is a Certified B Corporation digital agency that specializes in working with community-focused organizations to build online brand experiences that capture and amplify their mission.