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Brand on Purpose

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Brand on Purpose is an engaging new podcast focused on uncovering the untold stories of entrepreneurs and senior leaders who have discovered how to serve a greater good while building or transforming major brands. Join host Aaron Kwittken as he speaks to innovative leaders who make it their brand’s mission to do well by doing good.

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United States

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Brand on Purpose is an engaging new podcast focused on uncovering the untold stories of entrepreneurs and senior leaders who have discovered how to serve a greater good while building or transforming major brands. Join host Aaron Kwittken as he speaks to innovative leaders who make it their brand’s mission to do well by doing good.

Twitter:

@akwittken

Language:

English


Episodes

CEO of CentralReach Chris Sullens on Using Technology to Expand Job Opportunities for Neurodiverse Individuals (S9E07)

1/24/2023
Aaron sits down with CEO of CentralReach Chris Sullens to discuss CentralReach’s mission of leveraging technology to support individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chris explains that 85% of adults with autism are unemployed and CentralReach is working to fix this through innovative digital assistive software. Aaron and Chris discuss how companies can develop more inclusive processes throughout their organization, why it’s difficult to get more companies to...

Duration:00:25:33

Normalizing Mental Healthcare through Humor with Erin Pash, Co-Founder & CEO of Ellie Mental Health (S9E06)

1/10/2023
In this episode, Aaron is joined by Erin Pash, Co-Founder and CEO of Ellie Mental Health, to talk about the importance of mental health services and how the company strives to make each session as comfortable and fun as possible. The mental health industry is full of barriers, and Ellie Mental Health has made it their goal to fill the gap and find innovative ways to break down these barriers for the communities they serve. The two also discuss Erin’s experience as a therapist in both...

Duration:00:40:28

How CEO & Co-Founder of August Nadya Okamoto Built a Brand Focused on Destigmatizing Periods (S9E05)

12/27/2022
This week on Brand on Purpose, Aaron talks to Nadya Okamoto, the CEO and Co-Founder of lifestyle period brand August. Nadya shares what made her passionate about the period care space and what she has learned from building a brand that is dedicated to making high-quality period care more accessible. Tune in to hear Nadya and Aaron discuss marketing in the attention economy, why social media can be a double-edged sword, and how purpose-led brands can create change throughout an entire...

Duration:00:39:12

How DJing for JLo Led to Empowering Young Investors with Acorns CEO Noah Kerner (S9E04)

12/13/2022
We all hear how important it is to start saving young and consistently put money away for later in our lives. In this episode, Noah Kerner, CEO of Acorns, joins the show to talk about the company’s mission to look after the financial interests of the up-and-coming, beginning with the step of micro-investing. Noah and Aaron talk about the idea behind a feature of the app that rounds up every purchase you make to the nearest dollar and adds the difference to your portfolio, and why it makes...

Duration:00:37:06

We Need to Feed More People with Less Resources ASAP, But How? Featuring Jonathan Webb, Founder and CEO of AppHarvest (S9E3)

11/29/2022
Jonathan Webb, Founder and CEO of AppHarvest, joins the show to talk about the sustainable food company that is designed to grow non-GMO, chemical pesticide-free produce, using only recycled rainwater at some of the world’s largest indoor farms. Aaron and Jonathan discuss the major challenges we are facing when it comes to food shortages and why it’s so important to reduce the amount of water used in agriculture as quickly as possible. Jonathan also identifies Controlled Environment...

Duration:00:32:35

Being Naked is the Most Sustainable Option When it Comes to Fashion, but Chief Executive Officer of Reformation Hali Borenstein Says Reformation is Second (S9E02)

11/15/2022
Chief Executive Officer at Reformation, Hali Borenstein, takes Aaron through her background in business, what she’s learned from being a leader in times of transition, and what being sustainable means in the fashion space. Hali explains how Reformation was created to be a catalyst for change in the fashion industry. The company constantly tries to improve its business practices, from having a D2C model that is responsive to consumer demand to emphasizing transparency by releasing quarterly...

Duration:00:31:54

Living Your Life’s Purpose and Finding Joy with Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet (S9E01)

11/1/2022
It’s our most joyful episode yet! Aaron is joined by Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer and founder of Joyful Planet, a business and life consultancy that helps individuals and organizations find and actively live their purpose. Patrice inspires us with her entrepreneurial spirit and looks back on her experience cofounding three award-winning PR and marketing agencies before starting Joyful Planet in 2016. The two discuss their shared passion for encouraging people to do what they love, as...

Duration:00:33:19

CEO of Lovesac Shawn Nelson on Why All Products Should be Designed for Life and Getting “Wantrepreneurs” off the Couch (S8E21)

10/18/2022
Shawn Nelson, CEO of Lovesac, started his furniture company by “getting off of the couch” and acting on a business idea he had just after graduating high school. In this episode, Shawn walks us through the ups and downs that turned Lovesac into one of the most popular furniture companies in the U.S. Aaron and Shawn talk about some of the unfortunate realities of our global economy and why companies must start creating products that are designed to last a lifetime to truly be sustainable....

Duration:00:38:44

Stand Up Against Violence and For Gun Reform! How You Can Make an Impact with Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts (S8E20)

10/4/2022
In this episode, Aaron is joined by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, to talk about how the powerful grassroots network of mothers is fighting for greater public safety measures to protect people from gun violence. The two discuss the impact of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed by Congress, and why it’s just one step in the right direction of a much longer journey to address gun violence in America. Shannon also recalls the outrage she felt after the Sandy Hook...

Duration:00:38:30

Responsibly Bringing the Flavors of South America to the U.S. with Just Made Co-founders Walter and Norka Nimocks (S8E19)

9/20/2022
Co-founders Walter and Norka Nimocks sit down with Aaron to talk about the founding and growth of Just Made, a tropical juice brand that is bringing the “secrets of the tropics” to the Unites States. The two share stories about what led them to launch Jude Made in 2016 after living and traveling around Latin America and being amazed by the flavors and superior health benefits of the unique fruits. Walter and Norka also discuss why they’ve made it a priority to be “just” with their farmers...

Duration:00:36:47

Running a Tight Ship through Purposeful Leadership with President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (S2E18)

9/6/2022
President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises Lisa Lutoff-Perlo talks about her path in the cruising industry and Celebrity Cruises’ commitment to social justice, sustainability, and inclusivity. Lisa shares how running a cruise ship is like running a micro-city, with people from all around the world coming together to enjoy the experience. Because of this, she finds it extremely important to emphasize the company’s values across everything from sustainable business practices, prioritizing women in...

Duration:00:36:12

Your Toilet is a Privilege, Do Your Duty! Building Lasting Sanitation Market Systems with Robin Cho, Who Gives a Crap’s Head of Impact, and iDE’s VP of Communications and Marketing, Katherine Koch (S8E17)

8/23/2022
In this episode, Aaron is joined by Who Gives a Crap’s Head of Impact, Robin Cho, and International Development Enterprise’s (iDE) VP of Communications and Marketing, Katherine Koch. Who Gives a Crap makes eco-friendly toilet paper and paper towels, donating 50% of all profits toward efforts to see a world where everyone has access to the basic rights of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). IDE is a global non-profit organization that empowers entrepreneurs to end poverty by engaging with...

Duration:00:33:48

Responsible Marketing In the Alcohol and Spirits Industry with Pernod Ricard SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Pam Forbus (S8E16)

8/9/2022
In this episode, Pernod Ricard SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Pam Forbus, sits down with Aaron to talk about responsible marketing within the alcohol and spirits industry, as well as engaging with important topics like hate speech, consent and voting in brand messaging. As a worldwide wine and spirits manufacturer creating Absolute Vodka, Avion Tequila, Jameson and more, Pernod Ricard considers themselves an ‘unlocker of human connection’ and understands the role marketing plays in...

Duration:00:26:36

Need a hand? Reimagining the American trades economy with Fixer Founder and former GrubHub Co-Founder Mike Evans (S8E15)

7/26/2022
Fixer Founder and former GrubHub Co-Founder Mike Evans takes us through his goal of rejuvenating the trade education system in America, building his business as a lever for social change by empowering employees and what he learned about purpose in his time at GrubHub. Mike talks about the issues of the ‘gig economy’ and why Fixer is committed to training employees to be full-time handy people. Fixer started as a few of Mike’s friends getting paid to do jobs for other friends and has grown...

Duration:00:37:11

Recycling the Unrecyclable with TerraCycle Founder & CEO Tom Szaky (S8E14)

7/5/2022
TerraCycle Founder & CEO Tom Szaky shares the misconceptions around recycling, how he started innovative recycling company TerraCycle, and what lead to the creation of the Loop platform. For Tom, entrepreneurship was a passion from the beginning and he was committed to creating a business that sits at the intersection of profit and purpose. In the episode, Aaron and Tom discuss the anomalies in the recycling industry, the major turning point for TerraCycle, and how the company turns...

Duration:00:39:06

Dairy That’s Wicked Good and Good For You with Vermont Creamery President Adeline Druart (S8E13)

6/21/2022
Vermont Creamery President Adeline Druart talks about her experience growing up in France, her love for dairy products and how she worked her way up the professional ladder at Vermont Creamery. Growing up with dairy farmers as grandparents, Adeline was a cheese expert from the beginning. With the help of a good friend to translate English for Adeline, she moved from France to Vermont to intern at Vermont Creamery as a cheesemaker. In the episode, Aaron and Adeline discuss the company’s...

Duration:00:35:27

Keeping the Planet Cold & the People On It Warm with Canada Goose Chief Marketing & Experience Officer Penny Brook (S8E12)

6/7/2022
In this episode, Canada Goose Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Penny Brook, discusses the core brand ethos for Canada Goose, the brand’s commitment to supporting underrepresented communities, and how Canada Goose is making a difference in sustainable fashion. Helping customers find the warmth they seek since 1957, Canada Goose has grown from a single warehouse in Toronto into a global company and leader in performance luxury apparel. Aaron and Penny talk about the brand’s commitment to...

Duration:00:34:12

Turning Miles into Money for Charity with Charity Miles Founder Gene Gurkoff (S8E11)

5/24/2022
Charity Miles Founder Gene Gurkoff discusses his career as an attorney, the inspiration behind the Charity Miles app and the importance of staying active. To honor his grandfather who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Gene began running marathons to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. From there, Gene was inspired to create a platform that enabled people to turn their physical activity into money for charity. In the episode, Aaron and Gene discuss the app that was created before...

Duration:00:30:46

Building a Safer & More-Inclusive World For LGBTQ Young People with The Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley (S8E10)

5/10/2022
The Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director, Amit Paley, discusses his career trajectory at The Trevor Project, the impetus for the organization, and how it became the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ young people. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning short film, “Trevor,” The Trevor Project was established after discovering there was no organization that provided resources for LGBTQ young people in the United States. Since launching its 24/7 phone...

Duration:00:37:14

Building a Sustainable Marketplace with Hive Brands Co-Founders Thomas Ellis and Katie Tyson (S8EP09)

4/26/2022
Hive Brands Co-Founders Thomas Ellis and Katie Tyson discuss their experience building a startup company, the challenges they’ve faced and how their backgrounds individually led them to co-create Hive Brands. Prior to Hive Brands, Thomas and Katie were exposed to the startup world early-on and noticed the extreme challenges that came with building a scalable business model. With a combined desire to create positive impact, Thomas and Katie were driven to create a marketplace that directly...

Duration:00:41:44