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Ideation Podcast

Ideation Podcast is an on-the-go podcast designed to help you move your ideas forward through better implementation. In each episode, you'll hear from thought leaders in multiple industries share about how they implement their ideas in order to make them remarkable (i.e., worth making a remark about).

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Paull Young on Nonprofit Digital, Product Creation, and Effective Partnerships

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Paull Young, Nonprofit Partnerships Lead at Facebook, shares his stories from his journey and lessons learned from leading digital and social impact efforts for notable brands like charity: water, Instagram, and now, Facebook. Paull shares his thoughts on numerous topics including inspiring and activating unforgettable experiences and innovative products for donors, reimagining charity, doing the hard work of simple, product development insights, and effective partnership building.      Paull Young was born and educated in Australia. In his current role at Facebook, Paull helps nonprofits around the world raise money and support their missions on Facebook and Instagram.Prior to starting this role in 2018 Paull spent 4 years working on strategic partnerships for Instagram. While at Instagram Paull led the media partnerships strategy for the launches of Stories, Live, Boomerang, IGTV and ranked feed.   Paull is a veteran of the nonprofit sector, leading digital at leading NYC based nonprofit charity: water for 5 years prior to joining Instagram. In this time Paull was responsible as a member of charity: water's first executive team for raising over $37 million online to fund clean and safe drinking water projects around the world.


2 Jul 2020

Rank #1

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Bryan Stevenson on Criminal Justice Reform, Courage, and Mercy

In this bonus episode of the Ideation Podcast, Bryan Stevenson, Founder/Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and inspiration for the recent movie Just Mercy, shares his stories and thoughts on criminal justice reform, courage, mercy, and being influenced by civil rights heroes like Rosa Parks. This interview was originally recorded backstage at Catalyst Conference in Atlanta a few years ago. We think Mr. Stevenson’s thoughts are not only timeless but also timely for the conversations we’re having today in our society around racial equity.   Under Mr. Stevenson's leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the United States Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-imprisonment-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018: the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias. Mr. Stevenson is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.


19 Jun 2020

Rank #2

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Andrew Means on Data, Strategy & Scaling Social Impact

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Charles Lee, CEO of Ideation, interviews Andrew Means, Senior Director of Global Impact Data Strategy for Salesforce.org, on framing the work and strategy of data and scaling social impact efforts.      Andrew is a serial social entrepreneur leading organizations that use data and technology to create impact. In addition to working for Salesforce.org, he is also co-founder of social sector data infrastructure firm BrightHive and founder of professional development organization Data Analysts for Social Good, a professional organization for individuals interested in how data, technology, and analytics are changing the social sector.         He has previously held leadership positions at Uptake.org, The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors at Ingenuity Inc., VolunteerMatch, and The Wabash Lights, and Chairman of the Board at 10k Windows.


12 Jun 2020

Rank #3

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Jamie Gutfreund on the Future of Digital, Data + Creativity, and Gen Z

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Jamie Gutfreund, Strategic Advisor at SuperAwesome and Anzu.io, shares her insights on topics including the present/future of digital, data + creativity, data-driven marketing, developing digital products, insights into Gen Z, mixed realities, gaming, and thriving in unchartered territories!   Jamie Gutfreund is an accomplished executive with significant experience building teams, creating new products and delivering results. Jamie's current activities include her role as a board member for Tubular Labs, the leading measurement and analytics solution for social video as a strategic advisor for Kidtech start up,  SuperAwesome and programmatic in-game platform Anzu (On Zu).   Previously, she served as Chief Consumer Experience Officer for Hasbro, where she implemented the first programmatic media campaign, established an internal creative and analytics agency and supported the growth and expansion of Pulse, a direct-to-consumer commerce effort.    Also, Jamie previously served as Global Chief Marketing Officer at WPP's Wunderman Thompson, with a specific focus on highlighting the work of the agency's 20,000+ creative thinkers, data scientists and technologists across the globe.   Jamie lives in LA with her family and two dogs and remains a dedicated fan of the NY Giants.


10 Jun 2020

Rank #4

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Xavier Ramey on Public Policy-Informed CSR, DEI, Civic Engagement & Equity-Focused Philanthropy

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Xavier Ramey shares his thoughts on public policy-informed Corporate Social Responsibility, challenges and opportunities in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the power of civic engagement, and equity-focused philanthropy.   Xavier Ramey is the CEO of Justice Informed, LLC, a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. He is an award-winning social strategist, noted public speaker, & conflict mediator. Combining his background in economics, extensive management & social impact experience, & direct action campaigning in the Black Lives Matter movement, Xavier leads a company that brings a wealth of experience & network to clients seeking catalyzed strategies for inclusion, philanthropy, CSR, & community engagement. A native Chicagoan, he is a recognizable voice on the topics of community and economic development, policing & policy violence, & connecting the Christian faith to our lived experience.   Xavier served as the lead of the Social Innovation and Philanthropy strategy in the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement, managed multi-million dollar philanthropic portfolios to stimulate employment, & worked as a nonprofit Director of Development in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. Xavier is a founding member of the #LetUsBreathe Collective, an artist-activist organization committed to addressing State violence against people of color. He is a Board member of Young Chicago Authors, & the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology.   Links: Justice Informed Website: https://www.justiceinformed.com/ Xavier’s Personal Site: https://www.xavierramey.com/ Xavier’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xavierramey/ LetUsBreathe Collective: https://www.letusbreathecollective.com/


29 May 2020

Rank #5

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Angie Richey on Building Remarkable Teams, Leadership Mindset, and the Future of Education

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Angie Richey, President of Life Pacific University, shares about her leadership journey, insights into building talented teams, removing limiting beliefs, caring for a team’s emotional health and wellness, and innovating the future of education. She also shares her thoughts on traits with Founders and/or Gen Z and their potential to impact our world.    Angie has worked in numerous roles at the University prior to her presidency including VP of Enrollment and Chief Communications Officer in addition to being a professor. Angie is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in psychodynamic and family systems therapy. She has specialities in several areas including strengths based education and emotional health and wellness.


27 May 2020

Rank #6

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Chris Heuertz on The Enneagram: A Journey to Radical Self-Acceptance

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Chris Heuertz, Founding Partner at Gravity and Author of The Enneagram of Belonging, shares his insights into the Enneagram and its implications for self, relationships, spirituality and vocation. Topics include the origins and uniqueness of the Enneagram, true self vs. false self, personal liberation, nature vs. nurture, self-awareness, radical self-awareness, practicing compassion, virtues, making peace with our passions, and implications for the workplace.   Chris Heuertz is a founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism. Gravity exists to support the development of consciousness by offering contemplative retreats, spiritual direction, and Enneagram consultations and workshops. Chris spent nearly three decades in community organizing, international humanitarian work, and anti-human trafficking efforts, and was first introduced to the Enneagram in the slums of Cambodia. Since then he has trained under some of the great living Enneagram masters, and now teaches the Enneagram in workshops around the world as an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional. Host of the Enneagram Mapmakers podcast, Chris is also featured in the new documentary NINE: The Enneagram Documentary, a journey across America to introduce the essence of the nine profile types. He is the author of seven books, including the award-winning bestseller The Sacred Enneagram and his latest work The Enneagram of Belonging; both are compassionate guides for those who want to incorporate personal growth and development with their Enneagram type.


20 May 2020

Rank #7

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Stephen Robinson on Navigating Life’s Challenges, Leading Well, and Making a Difference

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Stephen Robinson, Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, shares his incredible journey from growing up in the projects in New York to becoming one of the most recognizable leaders in the legal profession. Judge Robinson openly shares about his childhood in poverty, the strength and wisdom of his mother, the pain of losing his wife to cancer, and his journey as a single father. In addition, he provides leadership insights learned from decades of leading teams through, solving complex problems, collaborating effectively with others, and making a difference in the world.   Judge Stephen Robinson has had a varied career serving in high profile roles in both the public and private sectors. Judge Robinson currently is a partner in the Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime group at Skadden in New York City. Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Judge Robinson served as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated for that position by President George W. Bush in 2003. In 1998, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Robinson as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, where he served for three years.

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18 May 2020

Rank #8

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Michele L. Sullivan on Turning Obstacles into Advantages and Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Impact

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Michele L. Sullivan, social impact advisor and former President of Caterpillar Foundation and Director of Corporate Social Innovation at Caterpillar, shares her story of being a young person born with dwarfism and overcoming personal and professional challenges in her career to create significant impact in our world. In spite of being looked down upon by others, Michele learned to look up: to lead with an elevated view of others, a philosophy that landed her at the helm of one of the world most prominent philanthropy organizations and ultimately changed the course of millions of lives. While Michele’s height presented challenges that are different from those most have experienced (including uniquely humorous moments), it allowed her to see things, literally and figuratively, that others do not. With inspiring style, she offers unique takeaways for individuals that attest to the fundamental role one’s perspective plays in becoming a better person and more influential leader who makes a big impact on the world.   Michele is the Author of “Looking Up: How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles into Advantages. She is also a globally recognized leader and advisor in social impact. Michele has also inspired millions through your talks on stages like TED, Dreamforce, SXSW, The Atlantic Festival, and Global Citizen Festival. She was named by Inside Philanthropy as one of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy and also served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.   Helpful Links: Michele’s Website: https://www.michelelsullivan.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/followmichelel/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Michele-L-Sullivan-Looking-UP-385745471985840/ Ideation’s Website: https://theideation.com/ Charles’ Links: https://linktr.ee/charlestlee


15 May 2020

Rank #9

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Chris Marlow on Innovating Non-Profit Work, Leading through Crisis, and Leveraging Data for Greater Impact

In this episode, Chris Marlow, Founder and CEO of Help One Now and Author of “Doing Good is Simple”, shares his stories and insights into developing data-driven solutions to ending extreme poverty, leading non-profit organizations through crisis, strategically working together with donors and influencers, and building a personal discipline for learning.   More than a decade ago in Zimbabwe, Chris met a starving child who was orphaned living in an abandoned gas station, and that helped launch the idea and spirit behind Help One Now, an organization that empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty.   Chris now dedicates his life to seeking justice by empowering leaders and organizing tribes to launch global movements that do good. Chris is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and is a sought-after speaker at conferences including TedX, Plywood People, Ideation Conference, Together for Adoption, and The White House’s gathering of Innovators Doing Good.


5 May 2020

Rank #10