Impact Series

The Impact Series

The Impact Series with our Managing Director Jessica Lauretti, hosts conversations with professionals working across our core causes in a live fireside chat.


Season 4 Episode 17: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Lara Joannides

In this episode, we’re joined by BBC’s Creative Diversity Lead, Lara Joannides!

As BBC’s Creative Diversity Lead, Lara has a track record of impactful award-winning work, including Project Lead for the 50:50 The Equality Project where she supported hundreds of BBC teams to reach gender balance and led the rollout of the project’s expansion into disability and ethnicity monitoring. Hear about her inspiring and unconventional career path as we dive into the importance of intersectionality in DE&I initiatives.


Season 4 Episode 16: Human & Civil Rights with Leigh McGowan

In this episode, we’re joined by Leigh McGowan, Creator & Host of #BreakfastRant and The PoliticsGirl Podcast!

#PoliticsGirl believes that American Democracy is not promised to us and, with all the forces working against it, saving it will take a level of work most people aren’t ready for. Through Leigh McGowan’s energy, authenticity, and heart, the podcast aims to give people a reason to care and a reason to fight. Listen to the episode to hear Leigh talk about the U.S. midterm elections, how she fosters authenticity and connection with her audience and more, in honor of our Human & Civil Rights Cause.


Season 4 Episode 15: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Karen Cahn

In this episode, we’re joined by Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO of IFundWomen!

IFundWomen is a crowdfunding platform for women that won an Inaugural Gold Anthem Award for their “Fund Black, Queer, Latinx & Hispanic, and AAPI Women Founders” campaigns. By amplifying Black, Latinx, AAPI, and Queer voices and driving dollars to these communities, IFundWomen makes it easier for generous donors to help raise capital and close the massive funding gap that exists for women-owned businesses. Karen shares her story with Jessica and explores why equitable, intersectional funding is so important and impactful.


Season 4 Episode 14: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with heather ahtone

In this episode, we’re joined by heather ahtone, Director of Curatorial Affairs at First Americans Museum (FAM)!

heather ahtone is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a proud descendant of strong Choctaw women who, together with FAM’s all-Indigenous team, developed the inaugural exhibitions for the 175,000 sq. ft. facility addressing the histories, cultures, and arts of the 39 Tribes in Oklahoma. She has worked in the Native arts community since 1993 and is recognized as a leading curator, arts writer, and researcher. Here, heather talks about the Anthem Award-winning OKLA HOMMA exhibition, the importance of indigenizing museums, and more!


Season 4 Episode 13: Responsible Technology with Molly Tierney

In this episode, we’re joined by Molly Tierney, Managing Director of Accenture, for our first-ever episode of The Impact Series on LinkedIn Live!

Molly Tierney leads the strategy for Accenture’s Health and Public Services team in vulnerable children and families. In her work, she manages the child welfare portfolio for North America and is the executive producer of the firm’s virtual reality learning method, AVEnueS. Learn about Accenture’s Anthem-winning project “Advancing Race Equity in VR (Tory’s Home Visit)” and more!


Season 4 Episode 13: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Ashley T Brundage

In this episode, we’re joined by Ashley T Brundage, Founder and President of Empowering Differences and the Vice Chair for Glaad’s National Board of Directors!

Ashley T Brundage is one of the most influential and trusted leaders in social impact, having developed proven approaches for organizations and individuals to enact real change and educating some of the largest corporations on trans rights, workplace equality, and leadership. We dive into DE&I in action, personal and organizational accountability in the workplace, the power of living authentically, and much more!


Season 4 Episode 12: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Selly Thiam

In this episode, we’re joined by Selly Thiam, CEO of AQ Studios and Host/Executive Producer of AfroQueer Podcast!

AfroQueer Podcast is Africa’s first LGBT documentary podcast produced in Nairobi, Kenya. The Gold Anthem Winner in our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cause aims to tell narrative-driven, nuanced stories about queer Africans living, loving, surviving, and thriving on the African continent and in the diaspora. We explore Selly Thiam’s journey in podcasting, the importance of inclusion, equity and representation in media, and much more!


Season 4 Episode 11: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Lola Bakare

In this episode, we’re joined by Inclusive Marketing Strategist, Founder of be/co, and Anthem Winner Lola Bakare for a conversation centered in our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cause! Lola Bakare was named one of 15 LinkedIn Top Voices in Marketing & Advertising this year and Business Insider has recognized her as one of 13 leading experts helping advertisers with diversity. We talk with her about creating Maximize The Movement — a Gold-winning initiative in the Inaugural Anthem Awards — and how her deeply nuanced understanding of the unique challenges marketing leaders face across industries shows up in her her empathetic, and successful, approach. Watch the episode for expert advice that will bring value to any brand.


Season 4 Episode 10: Sustainability, Climate & Environment with Guests on Earth

In this episode, we’re joined by Jackie Prince, co-founder of Guests on Earth, a Toronto-based sustainable home care brand on a mission to restore the balance between people and the planet through more consciously designed everyday products, starting with cleaning. We dive into the dangers of chemicals and single-use plastics and explore how eco-friendly approaches to home systems can help.


Season 4 Episode 09: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with CRANT

In this episode, we’re joined by Álvaro Melendez, co-founder of CRANT, a creative machine learning company that won Silver in the Inaugural Anthem Awards for their Diversity Equity and Inclusion Tracker. Learn about why it’s important for DEI goals and concepts to be concrete, trackable, and actionable and how CRANT is helping brands achieve that.


Season 4 Episode 08: Responsible Technology with José R. Lizárraga, PhD

In this episode, we’re joined by Designer, Researcher & Innovator José R. Lizárraga, PhD, aka Dr. ThemBot. Learn about social media for good, algorithmic justice and Lizárraga’s spectrum of digital activism and pedagogy in honor of the Anthem Awards’ Responsible Technology cause.


Season 4 Episode 07: Human & Civil Rights with Felice Trirogroff

In this episode, Felice Trirogoff talks with us about her experiences as an activist in Texas, U.S. fighting for reproductive justice and working to protect trans rights from some of the state’s most dangerous legislature. Learn about her journey as a grassroots social impact leader with local community-centered programs and why she’s so passionate about this work.


Season 4 Episode 06: Humanitarian Action & Services with Replate

In this episode, we’re joined by Maen Mahfoud, Founder & CEO of Replate, an organization that leverages tech to address both world hunger and the impact food waste has on the climate crisis. Learn about how Replate works with surplus food generators as part of their mission to reduce food waste and alleviate food insecurity in communities everywhere.


Season 3 Episode 05: Humanitarian Action & Services with the World Food Programme

In this episode, we’re joined by Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of the World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator, for a conversation about how the WFP is using innovation to source, support and scale high-potential solutions to end hunger worldwide.


Season 3 Episode 04: Humanitarian Action & Services with Joan Garry

In this episode, we’re joined by Joan Garry, Founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab. As the former CEO of GLAAD, Garry is an internationally recognized champion for the nonprofit sector and a highly sought after executive coach for CEOs of some of the nation’s largest orgs. She joins us to talk about her extensive career and her work with the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, which she calls one of her most personally rewarding endeavors because it gives her “the opportunity to support, mentor and champion board and staff leaders of small nonprofits.”


Season 2 Episode 03: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Pop Venture

In this episode, we’re joined by Nicole Loftus, founder and CEO of Pop Venture, to talk about access to venture investments, why it’s important for funding systems to be inclusive, the impact on innovation and economic equality, and more.


Season 2 Episode 02: Sustainability, Environment & Climate with Cerqular

In this episode, we’re joined by David Friedrichs, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of the sustainable marketplace startup Cerqular, to talk about the importance of making sustainable products more accessible and how purpose-driven brands and ethical shoppers are the future of E-commerce.


Season 2 Episode 01: Human and Civil Rights with #metoo

In this Season 2 launch, we’re joined by Chief Communications Officer of the #MeToo Movement, Denise Beek, to talk about sexual violence, survivorship, and healing in honor of our Human & Civil Rights Cause. She also explores some of the movement’s program offerings, including We, As Ourselves and the brand new Survivor’s Sanctuary.



Episode 01: Responsible Technology

We’re joined by Thomas Scovell of Yes Queen Club, a collection of 10,000 queer NFTs, with a deep dive into inclusivity in the Cryptoverse.


Episode 02: Sustainability, Climate and Environment

We’re joined by Raj Joshi, Founder & CEO of Bridging Ventures on the importance of business leaders driving climate action and key takeaways from COP26.


Episode 03: Human & Civil Rights

This Thursday, we’ll be joined by Soraya Bagheri & Naeim Khanjani of the mission-driven startup @electoanalytics for our Human & Civil Rights cause. Join us for a conversation on public affairs and why access to information is so important.


Episode 04: Humanitarian Action & Services

The next installment of The Impact Series kicks off tomorrow with Chris Tsakalakis, CEO of Kiva, a non-profit with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.


Patagonia – Don’t Buy This Jacket

Patagonia has put social impact at the core of their brand mission and values from the start, and their iconic Don’t Buy This Jacket campaign demonstrates how brands can use their platform to make an impact — or better yet, to help reduce our impact. This 2011 ad ran in the New York Times on Black Friday, making a lasting impression for its bold message addressing the issue of consumerism head on and asking readers to take the Common Threads Initiative pledge to reduce, repair, reuse, recycle, and reimagine a world where we take only what nature can replace.

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Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels Movement

Love Has No Labels is a movement by The Ad Council to promote diversity, equity and inclusion of all people across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability.

Read our Q&A with Heidi Arthur, the Ad Council’s Chief Campaign Development Officer on the team behind LHNL collaborates with partners to combat implicit bias—from crafting PSAs to driving viewers to take action, to how brands and companies should approach corporate social responsibility with authenticity.

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