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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jonathan Reckford. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jonathan Reckford, often where they are interviewed.

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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jonathan Reckford. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jonathan Reckford, often where they are interviewed.

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August 23, 2020 - Jonathan Reckford Interview

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Tony and Shane interview the CEO of Habitat for Humanity and author of, “Our Better Angels”, Jonathan Reckford. Tune in for a conversation about the history, necessity, and accomplishments of Habitat for Humanity and for inspiration from everyday heroes living out virtue as described in Jonathan’s latest book, “Our Better Angels”.
Aug 25 2020 · 25mins
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"A Life that Matters" - My Interview with Jonathan Reckford of Habitat for Humanity

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I feel privileged and honored to kick off this season by introducing today’s guest, a leader in the service arena, Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International and author of Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues that Will Change Your Life. Habitat for Humanity began in the 1970s as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Habitat has helped more than 29 million people gain access to new or improved housing.

Aug 20 2020 · 1hr 1min

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Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Discusses the State of Affordable Housing in America

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Jonathan Reckford has been the CEO of Habitat for Humanity since 2005. Before that, he served as an executive at Circuit City and the Walt Disney Company, as well as an executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in  Minnesota. Under his leadership, Habitat for Humanity has grown from serving 25,000 families per year to serving over 300,000. Today, he will discuss worldwide housing issues amid this generational health and economic crisis. 

Jonathan Reckford believes affordable housing has often been a forgotten social need that the COVID-19 crisis has made even more urgent. Without space, internet, food delivery, and the ability to socially distance and shelter in place, many low-income families find it almost impossible to stay safe. Reckford believes it is time for a national commitment to solve this problem. 

Go to NoLabels.org to learn more about how we are bringing together a bipartisan group of public and private leaders working to solve America’s toughest problems. 

Jun 22 2020 · 1hr 1min
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Mat Staver, Dionne Warwick, Jonathan Reckford | HUCKABEE

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December 21, 2019 | Mat Staver, Dionne Warwick, Jonathan Reckford | HUCKABEE by Huckabee

Dec 24 2019 · 52mins

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Habitat for Humanity’s Jonathan Reckford on the business of helping

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Since Jonathan Reckford became the CEO for Habitat for Humanity in 2005, the nonprofit housing organization has grown to help nearly 30 million people improve their housing conditions. “An interesting hybrid between a global corporation and a denomination,” he said. But as the world faces a growing affordable housing crisis, his work faces the same barriers as many people trying to find shelter. He spoke with us about some of the challenges to building affordable housing in a for-profit world.

Dec 11 2019 · 14mins
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Jonathan Reckford: Habitat for Humanity CEO Fosters Radical Inclusion 

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Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford is committed to solving the problems so many people face when it comes to affordable housing. After years of successfully working at for-profit companies like Disney and Marriott, Jonathan decided to shift careers as he desired to become more of a “servant leader.” Accepting the job as CEO of Habitat in 2005, Jonathan began to look closely at the issues surrounding the housing crisis that ballooned in 2008 during the economic crash, and found himself asking new questions about how to measure success—the quantity of houses being built had been the goal, but being meaningfully involved in reducing the housing deficits in the geographies Habitat served needed to be the new focus. Since Jonathan’s tenure, Habitat has re-navigated how they help people (to the tune of 9 million served per year) and aside from building homes, they pursue true social change by touching on education, financial management, and vocation as part of their services. Jonathan gives us a personal glimpse into what can happen when we focus on creating solutions over being driven by pride or ego and implores us, much like Habitat’s most well-known benefactor, President Jimmy Carter, said in his famous speech: to defer to the “better angels of our nature.”

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jonathan Reckford

Habitat for Humanity International

Our Better Angels book

Goldman Sachs


Circuit City


Musicland in Minneapolis, MN

Hurricane Katrina

Jimmy Carter, former US President

Jack Kemp, former Congressman & HUD Secretary

The Henry Luce Foundation


Interview Quotes:

“A big question that changed for us was “How many houses can we build?” which had been our core metric, to “What would it take to meaningfully reduce the housing deficit in all the geographies we serve?” [This] is a scarier question because, essentially, it forces you to think about changing markets and policies.” 

– Jonathan Reckford

“We only have one world. And not to understand the impact if we all take some action in a local community—that cumulative impact of individuals choosing to act is what really creates social change over time.” 

– Jonathan Reckford

“When I was focused on solving a problem, or creating something, or building something, or growing something, then good things would just unfold and the next thing would show up. The more I tried to over-manage—and particularly over-manage when I was driven more by pride, or ego, or success—the worse things went.”

– Jonathan Reckford


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Nov 18 2019 · 44mins
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Jonathan Reckford - CEO at Habitat for Humanity - The "Business" of Non-Profits

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How do you balance running one of the highest impact non-profits, one of the largest global homebuilders, and a highly profitable retail store all at the same time? Jonathan Reckord, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, walks us through how he brings for-profit efficiency to the non-profit world. Additionally, we discuss the 'business' of running a non-profit and why combining good business with good impact is crucial for recruiting and engaging today's millennial generation.

Mar 10 2019 · 29mins
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Episode 12: Jonathan Reckford ’84

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Our final episode of our second season features someone who knows a great deal about living a life of service. We talk with the CEO of Habitat for Humanity International: Jonathan Reckford, Morehead-Cain Class of 1984.

Listen to Jonathan talk about his varied career path, which includes a stint in strategic planning for Disney and an SVP role at the company that founded CarMax. The conversation ranges from the elements of leadership, to the importance of data in nonprofit work, to the real meaning of the word “vocation.”

Dec 19 2018 · 28mins
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Jonathan Reckford The Power of Leadership in Social Enterprise

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Great social enterprise takes great leadership. In this university podcast, Habitat for Humanity’s Jonathan Reckford talks about what makes an exceptional leader. He discusses his career journey, his own sources of inspiration, and the principles behind his views on managing organizations well. What are the core tenets of leadership? What does a good leader need be successful? Reckford also discusses the work and future goals of Habitat for Humanity, an organization that has helped thousands of low-income families around the world find new hope in the form of affordable housing. He spoke to MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mar 14 2011 · 45mins
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Jonathan Reckford Speaks at Duke

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Apr 06 2009 · 1hr 1min