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Measuring “Inclusion” – Sarah Cho, Director of Research, SurveyMonkey

"Part of retaining top talent is to make sure they feel they belong and are included in the workplace…There actually is a really big difference between women who plan on leaving their workplace and men who are planning on leaving…For example…(in whether they) feel their opinion is being valued." Sarah Cho of SurveyMonkey on Green Connections Radio “When you speak up at work, do you feel like your opinion is being valued?” That’s one of the 20 questions that SurveyMonkey recently asked in...


High Achievers, Grit & Talent - Angela Duckworth, Author of "Grit" & TED Talk star

“Race your strengths and train your weaknesses” to accomplish your goals. Angela Duckworth on Green Connections Radio Has anyone ever told you that you're "talented" or "not talented"? What does that mean and does it matter? Listen to best-selling author of "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance," Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. in this inspiring conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about grit, talent, strengths, weaknesses and strategies to achieve your goals....


Innovating with Purpose – Rainia Washington, VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Lockheed

"How do we innovate for the future?...Do we have the right talent to compete tomorrow? Are we thinking about technology and innovation from the right perspective? " Rainia Washington of Lockheed Martin on Green Connections Radio Everybody talks about how innovation is crucial to success over the long term. But how do you do it? How do you stay abreast of changing technologies and market needs, while maintaining performance standards and keeping what works? How do you successfully present...


Switching Seats! Joan Michelson on Fierce Feminine Leadership - Eleanor Beaton

"You have to validate your own voice and ...surround yourself with people who will really support you...with practical support, not just emotional support." Joan Michelson on Eleanor Beaton's "Fierce Feminine Leadership" podcast To change things up a bit this holiday weekend, we're publishing an interview of Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson by Eleanor Beaton, host of the "Fierce Feminine Leadership" podcast. In this interview, Joan shares a number of great tips,...


Women’s Political Leadership – Insights from Jay Newton-Small’s Best-Selling Book “Broad Influence"

"By the end of this rancorous term, the women produced 75% of the major legislation that passed the Senate, showing how...the Senate can be much more functional -- when women reach a critical mass" Jay Newton-Small in "Broad Influence" With more women running for office – and winning so far – this political season, listen to Time magazine contributor (and former long-time political reporter) Jay Newton-Small’s fascinating conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson...


Investing with Values Pays Off – Christopher Cordaro, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, RegentAtlantic

“Change occurs when we vote with our wallets…We are in a revolution right now when we can use our portfolios to express our values and actually impact the policies that corporations are making.” Christopher Cordaro With Facebook’s historic stock drop of 20% in one day, losing ~$120 billion in value – the most ever in any stock in one day – it’s a good idea to step back and talk about investing overall and why values matter. Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s...


Recruiting Innovative Talent for STEM - Barbara Whye, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Intel

"Fail"? It's "Fast Application of Iterative Learning" to Barbara Whye of Intel What do we need to know to recruit, retain and promote truly innovative talent? What do we need to look for in a potential employer if we ARE innovative talent? Listen to Barbara Whye, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Intel -- one of the most innovative and high-regarded companies in the world -- in this engaging interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan...


Providing Clean Energy to Remote Areas – Edna Adan Ismail, of her Hospital and Dan Bates of ImpactPPA

"Wake up in the morning and say ‘What did I get up for today”…What can I fix today? And find like-minded people and go after that and give it a try." Edna Adan Ismail on Green Connections Radio Remember the images of patients being moved out of hospitals in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico when they lost power as a result of the massive hurricanes in 2017? What if that never has to happen again? That’s the goal of the ambitious new “50 by 50” initiative by global nonprofit Earth Day...


Leading Global Change - Kathy Calvin, Pres/CEO UN Foundation

“We live at a time of unparalleled opportunity and progress…It’s the best time in the world’s history to be born female. That said, the challenges ahead are so much more tricky and complicated and complex….” Kathy Calvin, CEO on Green Connections Radio Kathy Calvin came to the UN Foundation senior team in 2003 feeling insecure, like we all do taking on a new challenge, even though she had spent 20+ years in senior level roles at AOL, and U.S. News. "I thought, 'I'm not qualified,'" and...


Rainforest Skincare Entrepreneur - Valeria Cole, Teadoro, formerly at Apple

"Do a lot of research so you know what the problem you're trying to solve really is." Valeria Cole on Green Connections Radio Skincare is a $130.7 billion industry, according to a 2017 study and the top driver of that growth is the demand for "natural" products. Listen to Valeria Cole, Founder and CEO of Teadoro skincare line made from Rainforest plants from her native Brazil tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson how she went from being Apple's head of marketing in Latin...


Integrating Purpose in Orgs. - Beth Colleton, Fmr SVP-CSO of NBCUniversal

“You’ve got to walk the halls and really understand how they run the business, where their pressure points are and what they think their challenges are….walk in their shoes….It’s not what you’re selling, it’s what they’re buying.” Beth Colleton on Green Connections Radio "Purpose" is in style right now, but how do you "do" purpose successfully, driving measurable value creation in a large company or organization? How do you create and lead sustainability efforts that make a...


Water Community Organizer - Lee-Anne Walters, Flint Water Crisis Organizer

"It worked really well with everyone concentrating on their area of strength." Lee-Anne Walters on Green Connections Radio What would you do if your water came out of the tap brown? Listen to the courageous and tenacious Lee-Anne Walters, one of the main community organizers in Flint, Michigan's lead water crisis, tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson how she brought the community together to fight for clean water – and collected the scientific support they needed. This...


NASA-Winning Teen Girls, Water - Bria Snell & Mikayla Sharieff, Banneker High, DC

"We wanted to create something that would not only impact our community, but the communities around us." Bria Snell on Green Connections Radio Before you drink from a school or public water fountain.... At 17 years old, these Washington, DC high school girls won second place in the NASA OSPARC 2018 contest that encouraged students to “Be the Spark” and "find a new purpose for an existing NASA technology." Listen to Bria Snell and Mikayla Sharieff of Banneker High School describe their...


“What People Say About You”: Your Brand – Diane Diaz, The Brand Teacher

"Clarity, credibility and consistency are the three most important things about your brand...You have to live up to your brand promise." Diane Diaz on Green Connections Radio Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room” (according to various sources). Yikes! What is a brand, what is your personal brand or your company’s brand, why should you care, and what can you do to understand and control yours? It’s...


"Think Big, Act Bigger" - Former Kodak CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett on His Book

"Change, adapt or die." Jeffrey Hayzlett on Green Connections Radio "Change, adapt or die." Jeffrey Hayzlett on Green Connections Radio Former Kodak Chief Marketing Officer, best-selling author and Founder of C-Suite Network, Jeffrey Hayzlett shares insider secrets that have helped him succeed, both in big companies and as an entrepreneur, in this engaging interview with Green Connections host Joan Michelson. Listen to Hayzlett share his lessons from Kodak, and currently as a sales...


Women Changing the Rules - Jennifer Palmieri, frm Head of Communications, Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign & Obama's White House

"I don't think talking points are very useful." "We're playing by an outdated set of rules." Jennifer Palmieri on Green Connections Radio "Look around the new world you are in and imagine what else may be possible for you there." From "Dear Madam President" Jennifer Palmieri tells it like it is. You might expect the Communications Director of the White House and a historic presidential campaign to spew talking points, but not Jennifer. She rejects them! Listen as Jennifer and Green...


Transitioning Coal Communities - Heidi Binko, Executive Director, Just Transition Fund

"What can companies who have pledged to source 100% of their energy from clean energy sources do to help coal country?" Heidi Binko on Green Connections Radio Coal country is an endangered species, between new technologies and the shift to a clean energy economy. So, how do you pivot entire communities and industries for a 21st century economy? Listen to Heidi Binko, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Just Transition Fund talk about her unique program that's tackling this challenge...


“Seismic Shift” in Financial Power & ESG Metrics - Patsy Doerr, Thomson Reuters, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion

"There’s a lot more pressure on companies to reveal their statistics…give us the number…a lot more expectation from employees, from clients, from investors to see that level of granularity." Patsy Doerr on Green Connections Radio How do the bolder positions on social and environmental issues that many companies are taking affect their financial performance? What difference can we as individuals make? Listen to Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and...


What Teenage Girls Hear - Hayden Arazza, Chief Science Officer of Paradise Valley High School

"Looking at these really strong female (mentors) is helping me see myself as a female in STEM...and then moving on from that to being passionate...about STEM education...being an advocate." Hayden Araza on Green Connections Radio We all talk about how to encourage young ladies to pursue STEM careers, so we decided to talk to a fabulous young lady who has found her passion in STEM. Listen to Hayden Araza, Chief Science Officer of Paradise Valley High School, in Arizona, and hear her tips...


Why Saudi Aramco IPO Matters - Dr. Ellen Wald, Author, "Saudi Inc."

"For Saudi Arabia, they see (this big solar deal with Softbank) really as a necessity...because right now they burn oil for electricity, and they recognize that that's horrible, that's just terrible for the environment and it's not cost-effective." Dr. Ellen Wald on Green Connections Radio You might want to dismiss the story of Saudi Aramco Oil and its impending historic IPO - the largest in history, valued at $100 billion - but listen first to this fascinating conversation with Dr. Ellen...