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Cause an Affect: a Thesis podcast, hosted by Ryan Buchanan, explores the human stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers who are causing a positive affect on their communities. There is a common set of values around the importance of equity that we all share on the podcast. These interviews dive deep into the formative experiences that helped shaped who they are today and go deep into their pathways to leadership!

Cause an Affect: a Thesis podcast, hosted by Ryan Buchanan, explores the human stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers who are causing a positive affect on their communities. There is a common set of values around the importance of equity that we all share on the podcast. These interviews dive deep into the formative experiences that helped shaped who they are today and go deep into their pathways to leadership!

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Cause an Affect: a Thesis podcast, hosted by Ryan Buchanan, explores the human stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers who are causing a positive affect on their communities. There is a common set of values around the importance of equity that we all share on the podcast. These interviews dive deep into the formative experiences that helped shaped who they are today and go deep into their pathways to leadership!

Twitter:

@ryanbuch

Language:

English


Episodes

Traci Rossi, Executive Director of Friends of the Children- Portland

6/23/2020
And just a month later, the brutal murder of George Floyd has sparked so many powerful conversations within the organization about racial equity. Traci is a natural leader and feels that running Friends of the Children- Portland is her calling. Growing up in NE Portland, Traci tells her story of living 2 lives — one in her predominantly African-American neighborhood and the other of where her mainly-white private school Catlin Gabel was on a 50 acre property in the woods. She is the daughter...

Duration:00:59:37

Alice Tang, Personal Finance Keynote Speaker

5/26/2020
Alice shares her story of growing up in Hong Kong and being the first in her family to graduate from college (halfway around the world at University of London). She also overcame a huge fear of public speaking and is a prominent keynote speaker on empowering women (and some men as well) on taking control of their financial lives.

Duration:00:56:26

Felicia Tripp Folsom, Executive Director of Emerging Leaders

5/16/2020
Felicia is a long-term data queen and knows that showing (not telling) results leads to funding and growth of key initiatives that deliver systemic changes for thousands of folks who've been overlooked or struggled because of their race or gender or identity.

Duration:00:59:18

Kate Day, co-founder of Dovetail Workwear

4/27/2020
This podcast covers entrepreneurs like Kate Day who have a positive affect on their community, and what’s fascinating to me about Kate's story is that she created a powerful community in a few years that I never knew existed - women who garden or work outside who also want to feel good and have a sense in dignity in going out in public without having to change their work clothes. This spark of an idea has become a significant company called Dovetail Workwear with thousands of women all over...

Duration:01:04:42

Interview with Bob Buchanan (thank you, Dad)!

4/21/2020
I’m here with my Dad, Bob Buchanan. He happens to also be the best man in my wedding 19 yrs ago and my life + business mentor who invariably has a life lesson in nearly every conversation we have - it’s exhausting but endearing. Dad is a third-generation real estate developer and has run Buchanan Partners in the Greater Washington DC area for nearly 50 years. The core of what Dad believes in is family first and community a close second. He founded an economic development non-profit called...

Duration:01:16:30

Interview with Sharon Buchanan (thank you, Mom)!

4/20/2020
I’m here with my Mom, Sharon Buchanan. She’s one of the most loving, engaging, dynamic, and entertaining people I’ve ever known. Mom is also an entrepreneur + founder of an art consulting company called Artists Circle that she started 48 years ago. Mom is the center of the family and has made a name for herself as a true leader in the art community in the Greater Washington DC area. She shares her life journey + entrepreneurial journey as one of few women business owners in the early 1970’s.

Duration:01:08:29

Ben McKinley, founder of Cascade Web Development

3/4/2020
Ben McKinley, founder of Cascade Web Development, has been plugged into the Portland entrepreneur, tech, and business community, but where Ben's heart really sings is in mentoring 9-18 year old kids as the Head Coach of the MRT big mountain ski race team at Mt. Hood. All that stems from a his childhood experience of ski racing transforming his life from an insecure, chubby kid to a confident ski racer filled with joy with just being on the mountain. When Ben lost his Mom at 14 years old,...

Duration:01:07:26

Su Embree, co-founder of Emerging Leaders

2/26/2020
Su Embree and I first met 8 years ago in a small CEO group in the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). From then on, we became fast friends and it has led to some amazing collaborations, including me following her as a President of EO Portland. Su also joined as a co-founder of Emerging Leaders 3 years ago. In this episode, which first aired 20 months ago, you'll see Su exude warmth and wisdom, leading from her incredibly strategic mind and huge heart.

Duration:00:45:51

Kali Thorne Ladd, founder of TASTE for Equity

2/19/2020
Kali Thorne Ladd has a unique ability in creating community among totally different groups of people and bringing them all together where we all feel a sense of belonging and beloved community. Nowhere is this seen more than in TASTE for Equity.

Duration:01:00:25

Jelani Memory, founder of A Kids Book About

2/12/2020
Jelani is a black man married to a white woman and they have a blended family of 6 kids and the topic of race comes up often in life and in conversation with the kids, so Jelani wrote a straight-forward book about it called "A Kids Book About Racism." That book sparked conversation and interest from all of his adult friends because it gave kids and adults permission to talk about such a difficult topic. What started as a small project is now a series of a dozen books around racism, feminism,...

Duration:01:00:45

Lou Radja, What's your Personal Hashtag for 2020?

2/5/2020
Lou Radja, founder of Be More Give More, is a leadership coach around success and significance. Lou talks about the importance of finding what your personal hashtag is for this upcoming year + decade!

Duration:01:14:59

Sadie Lincoln, CEO of barre3

1/29/2020
After moving 13 times in the first 8 yrs of her life, Sadie Lincoln grew up on a commune in Eugene, Oregon. At 21 yrs old, she had a vision of becoming a teacher of teachers in the fitness + wellness world. A dozen years later, that vision became barre3 - creating a movement of 100,000+ women in 100+ countries around the world.

Duration:00:50:31

Doug Johanson, CEO of Vista Capital Partners

1/22/2020
Doug Johanson, CEO of Vista Capital Partners, leads the most intentional lives of anyone I know. He seemingly designed his entire life in high school, and it was all going according to a dreamy plan, until the plan fell apart when his wife Kristen was diagnosed with cancer and his 9-year-old son said "Dad, I'm having trouble breathing" and nearly died from a tumor in his stomach from Burkitt's Lymphoma. Fortunately, his wife beat cancer and his son Cole overcame lymphoma, but all of Doug's...

Duration:00:58:17

Shari Dunn, Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon

1/15/2020
Shari grew up in Milwaukie, Wisconsin in a working class, black neighborhood where she played with friends in the streets until dark. She has an intense pride in her Midwest upbringing and the value of work ethic and strong values. She majored in Philosophy in college and is fascinated by how systems work. Shari became a lawyer, then a TV news anchorwoman, then was recruited to run Dress for Success in Portland. She credits her childhood lemonade stand as the entrepreneur experience that has...

Duration:00:54:13

Duncan Campbell, Founder of Friends of the Children

12/17/2019
Duncan Campbell, founder of Friends of the Children, grew up tough with mom and dad most often drunk or in jail, and he used that as motivation to become one of Oregon's most successful entrepreneurs with starting + growing a timber investing company Campbell Global and then starting Friends of the Children, Oregon's #1 Most Admired Non-profit for the past 5 years in a row. Duncan has story after story about perseverance and optimism in the face of bleak obstacles, but the current story...

Duration:00:49:38

Tyrone Poole, Founder of OneApp

12/2/2019
The cops drove him to a homeless shelter and the Exec Director vouched for him to get 100% government assistance to pay rent for a year. Even with that, he got denied from dozens of vacant apartments because of his eviction + credit history. That gave Tyrone the idea to start OneApp, which is now rapidly transforming from a free rental application website and mobile app to be the only app that can be used to stay in compliance with Portland, Oregon and Minnesota’s new FAIR housing laws that...

Duration:01:06:07

Nina Byrd, CEO of Nina Byrd Consulting

11/6/2019
When asked who inspires her most right now, she gives a key insight about Portland, describing a man on the Ross Island bridge who makes hats and invariably has a smile on his face. “He doesn’t have a sign, he hasn’t asked for anything. But he is just there working his craft every day.”

Duration:00:46:40

Patrick Criteser, CEO of Tillamook

9/16/2019
Patrick is an Oregonian through and through — growing up in NE Portland and then Corbett at 12 yrs old. He was an incredibly independent and driven kid — in sports + academics, which led him to become the first in his family to go to college and eventually Harvard Business School. He credits the leadership training academy at P&G as the most impactful thing in his early professional years. The most painful thing he has ever endured was a turn-around at Farmer Brothers where he was working...

Duration:00:51:40

Monica Enand, founder of Zapproved

9/1/2019
Always humble, Monica shares her passion for being engaged in the community started in high school and continues to this day with entrepreneurship + tech at her kids high school and with Techtown Diversity Pledge initiative. She got the idea to start Zapproved in 2008 when seeing this huge shift of companies needing to store their data in the cloud. The company started as a general document + message collaboration tool and quickly found its niche in legal e-discovery software. Monica has had...

Duration:00:55:36

Ray King, founder of Top Level Design + PorkBun

8/13/2019
As with all of us, Ray’s journey has not been a straight line to where we are now. He grew up in Manhattan, and as a kid in the early 80's, he’d be on the NYC streets near a paper stand, wowing people with what a computer could do. As an introvert, this was mind-bending to experience the amazing possibilities of converting strangers into customers and friends. It gave him the confidence to start and build tech-related companies from nothing into real businesses. And that confidence was...

Duration:01:01:21