Kirsten Dickerson founded Raven + Lily, a fair trade fashion and home retailer employing at-risk women from around the world, after years of traveling and working in the nonprofit sector. Her travels brought to light these women’s desire for education and need for a marketplace for their skills and products. With help from friends in the design and fashion industries she established Raven + Lily.
This week, we sat down with our good friend Monica Peraza, CEO of Alegreea.com. Alegreea serves as a marketplace for Mexican women designers and artisans and connects them with buyers looking to buy unique, high-end products. Alegreea is a marketplace by women for women, and this vision is very clearly ingrained in each aspect of the company. In the episode, we explore the access struggle that women makers outside of the US experience and how Alegreea is closing this gap. Listen now!
In this episode, we’re excited to bring Josh Baer, Founder and CEO of Capital Factory, to the studio. Capital Factory is a coworking space and tech startup accelerator standing as the center of gravity for Austin’s startup community. Capital Factory also helps startups gain momentum by introducing them to their first investors, employees, mentors, and customers.
We talked to Josh about Capital Factory’s unique approach to fostering connections within their community and the journey a startup takes once they walk through the CF doors. Capital Factory provides the space, mentorship, connections, and resources needed for first-time startup entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.
Mike Nellis, president and CEO of Austin Community Foundation (ACF), joins the team in a conversation about the tax benefits and ease of donating.
As the third largest foundation in the Central Texas region, ACF reflects what is unique about Austin and works to serve the needs of the community. Therefore, ACF raises funds so the needs of Austin, as they exist today and in the future, can be met. Nellis explains the new tool the foundation adopted, called Modern Giving. It is a digital platform that allows micro-giving into a donor-advised platform, in other words an easier way to donate to a foundation of choice. Modern Giving is an easily adaptable tool for this generation because of its flexible structure that makes donating an effortless task. Listen now and learn how Austin Community Foundation continues to practice innovation!
In this Episode, Zoe Schlag joins the team to discuss her journey in building Techstars Impact, the Techstars accelerator backing for-profit companies using new technologies to solve social problems.
Brian Hall, Attorney and Advisor at Traverse Legal, PLC d/b/a Hall Law, Managing Partner Austin, TX Office and expert in IP law, takes a 360 approach when looking at the needs of a startup venture or nonprofit. Nonprofits often overlook their branding, trade secrets, data, and potential products that set them apart from other organizations or for-profits. Concentrating on impact often result in the failure to notice the ever-changing rules of the legal space.
A little over two years ago, Wendy Davis founded Deeds Not Words in response to the millennial population's strong desire for political change. The organization encourage this motivated population to lead the conversation and take action to implement change by increasing voter turnout, getting involved in the political process, and demanding change from our political leaders. Listen now!
On Episode 16 of Change the Rules, we sit down with Raj Patel, a British born American academic, journalist and award-winning author. His impressive career also includes a fierce passion for activism, which is where we begin today's conversation. Listen now, as we dive into what it really means to devote your life to advocating for a better tomorrow.
This week we sit down with Josh Jones-Dilworth, Founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth, Inc. and Dave Shaw, President of Arrow. We explore the specific branding, marketing, and public relations needs of nonprofits and social enterprises. Amplifying signal through the noise is a real challenge for impact organizations who are often operating with limited marketing dollars. Listen to these marketing expert's advice on how to increase and engage your organization’s audience!
On this Episode of Change the Rules, we meet with David Smith CEO of the United Way of Greater Austin to discuss how our local chapter is innovating and generating impact. United Way of Greater Austin's mission is to bring people, ideas, and resources together in order to fight systematic poverty. They do this by continually evolving their practices, partnerships, and programming.
We also talk about Click for the Cause, a new initiative that brings together 5 nonprofits who are answering one simple question.
What would you attempt to do if you had an influx of donor dollars?
Each week the Click for the Cause contestants are battling for votes to get themselves to the Philanthropitch stage on May 8th. Vote now to support your favorite Click for the Cause organization.
On today’s podcast we welcome self-made movie theatre mogul and beloved local philanthropist, Tim League, the CEO and Founder of Alamo Drafthouse.
Tim’s vision of a unique, new movie experience took Austin by storm and has since expanded to cities nationwide. Tim now spends his time helping people with more than just a fun night out. He is heavily involved in local philanthropy, supporting organizations like Mobile Loaves and Fishes to help curb homelessness in Austin. Listen to how Tim League has built a sustainable business while also remaining dedicated to serving his community.
Anna Robinson joins us in a conversation about her organization CERESA, a platform that connects women leaders for radically better mentorship. The organization's goal is to foster genuinely beneficial relationships between mentor and mentee that help bridge the gap in women's leadership across the world. In this episode, we speak with Anna about the global women's leadership gap, why women often find it difficult to be mentored by men, and how more women than ever today are actively seeking out mentors. Listen to how this Austin organization is changing the rules of women's mentorship.
Today we're excited to bring Andi Scull Cheathman, Founder and Executive Producer of HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Events, to the studio. HOPE Events is a nonprofit production company where artists and makers donate their time and talents to giving back. HOPE is also the founding organization behind the HOPE Campaign, HOPE Farmers Market, and the HOPE Outdoor Gallery.
Alan Graham's philosophy, "Just Say Yes" has lead him down many interesting roads and a number of incredible philanthropic projects. Mobile Loaves and Fishes, of which Graham is the CEO, began with the idea to use a catering truck as a distribution vehicle to support the homeless population. It was this entrepreneurial mindset that then propelled the success of that project and many others.
What happens when two progressive former congressional staffers draft a google doc with instructions on how to incite local activism? In this episode of Change the Rules we sit down with Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levine to chat about the tactics we must take in response to the current political climate.
Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler Smart Girls, grew up in the journalism and comedy industry, working to tell the stories of young people whose voices often weren't getting heard. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls is a digital media library helping girls around the world find and form their identity.