Elevate Your Impact- Extended Entry Deadline is September 13th


Judge Spotlight

Required Readings from The Anthem Academy

What inspires the most impactful advocates? We spoke with Anthem Judges to peek into their sources of inspiration.

Change hinges on consistency. And when the going gets tough, a little inspiration goes a long way in fuelling our fight. Whether it’s a Toni Morrison or Maya Angelou read, exploring imaginative fictional realms, deep-dives into exciting tech innovations, or simply visiting a bookstore, there’s no limit to where the most transformative impact leaders reach for motivation.

Who and where do they go for fresh inspiration? We spoke with Anthem Judges to explore the books, writings, initiatives, and campaigns that ignite (and reignite) their commitment to purpose. Discover recommendations from the influential minds shaping the impact space.

Keely Cat-Wells, CEO of Making Space

– “Driving Forwards” by Sophie Morgan
– “Being Heumann” by Judith Heumann
– “I’m Not Your Inspiration” by Stella Young

George McGraw, Founder and CEO of DigDeep

– Fenton Johnson’s 2017 Essay, “The Future of Queer
– Scott Harrison’s work at charity: water
– And the novels of NK Jemisin (because when you fight for social justice, you need a place to escape to)


Kamini Tiwari, VP of Social Impact at Humble Bundle

– Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming
– The novel “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
– “Find Your Why” by Simon Sinek, David Mead, and Peter Docker

Paris Hodges, Vice President at Morgan Stanley 

– Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise
– Nas’s song “I Know I Can
The Youngblood Singers from the Shinnecock Nation


Zibby Owens, Podcaster,  Author & CEO of Zibby Media

– Emma Straub’s bookstore Books Are Magic
– Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint
– And Reese Witherspoon’s impact on the publishing world



Connie Grazia & Nadine Licostie, Co-Founders and Executive Producers of Red Thread

– Joseph Campbell’s Power of Myth
Maya Angelou’s poetry

Friday, September 13th is the Extended Entry Deadline for the 4th Annual Anthem Awards!

The Anthem Awards is the most comprehensive award for purpose-driven work by people, companies and organizations worldwide. When you enter, your work is judged by a body of intellectually diverse leaders and executives across the impact industry.

If you’re creating impactful work, submit your work to The Anthem Awards and gain exposure from the most influential impact leaders. Enter by Friday, September 13th!

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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