Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert: “Our biggest impact has been modeling a different way of doing business”
In the fall of 2022, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard announced a bold new experiment in for-profit business: the voting stock […]
Environmental, Social, Governance
Advancing Food Security: An Interview With Chobani’s Becca Dittrich
In celebration of World Food Day this week, NationSwell is profiling some of the social impact and sustainability leaders in its community whose standard-setting initiatives are advancing global food security in innovative, scalable, and measurable ways.
Five Minutes With Kristy Drutman, Founder of Browngirl Green
Kristy Drutman, founder of Browngirl Green, discusses the work she’s leading (and inspiring) on climate justice, why the climate crisis is a mental health crisis, and how her Philippine heritage informs her sense of urgency and intersectionality.
Learnings from NationSwell and Verizon’s event on uniting to close the economic divide.
Building strong communities has never been more important. In addition to impacting the health of millions, the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged local businesses and economies, disrupted our education system, and deepened the divides that exist between those with and without access to technology.
NationSwell Announces New Partnership With JUST Capital
NationSwell is proud to announce a new partnership with JUST Capital, a non-profit organization whose data-driven tools, rankings, and indexes help companies improve how they serve not just their shareholders, but all their stakeholders — including workers, customers, communities, and the environment.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Five Minutes With Monoswita Saha, Global Employee Engagement Leader for CSR, Kyndryl
Monoswita Saha, Global Employee Engagement Leader for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Kyndryl discusses the launch of the new Kyndryl Foundation, why a young company decided to start a foundation so early in its journey, and the unique ways a career in cybersecurity can drive equity and progress.
Introducing Collaboratives, NationSwell’s New Cross-Sector Initiative to Tackle the World’s Biggest Problems
A series of overlapping crises hit — COVID-19, racial injustice, climate change, economic disruption — exposing the fragility and deficiencies in our current systems. For everyone, 2020 was a deeply challenging and jarring year. Leaders had a lot on their plate.
An Interview With Shelly Bell, Founder and CEO of ‘Black Girl Ventures’
NationSwell spoke with Kauffman grantee Shelly Bell, founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures, a company that “funds and scales tech-enabled, revenue-generating businesses (under $1M) founded by people who identify as Black/Brown and woman” to talk about the solutions she’s pioneering and the opportunities Kauffman has been able to help unlock for her along the way.
The Power of Corporations Doing Good
Dalila Wilson-Scott’s parents met during the Vietnam War; her dad was in the Air Force and her mom was a local Vietnamese woman who didn’t have much more than an elementary education. “When I think of the broader work of inclusion and opportunity, that’s my parents’ own story,” says Wilson-Scott. “A focus on economic opportunity and diverse perspectives is just something I grew up with.”
Business Must Be a Force for Good in Society
As president of CECP, Daryl Brewster is leading a team of more than 200 CEOs who believe that businesses should take a leading role in solving society’s biggest challenges. Recently, NationSwell spoke to Brewster about how adding purpose to a business model can contribute to corporate success.
Social Justice and Economic Opportunity
Marguerite Casey Foundation Partners With NationSwell for Author Series Centering Radical, Transformative Luminaries
Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) has partnered with NationSwell, an executive membership and advisory firm, on the MCF Book Club: Reading for a Liberated Future, a quarterly event series promoting authors from historically marginalized populations whose work centers radical, regenerative, and transformative approaches to community-building.
Place-Based Impact in Practice: 36 hours in Tulsa with NationSwell and George Kaiser Family Foundation
NationSwell’s Place-Based Impact Collaborative, an immersive, 1.5-day experience designed to explore how community-centered investment and strategic partnerships are working in concert to give new strength to Tulsa.
Council member Lauren Baer on stepping into the ‘Arena’ to protect abortion rights
In 2018, NationSwell inspired Council member Lauren Baer, a former senior policy advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to run for U.S. Congress in her home state of Florida. Her victory would have made history: Baer would’ve served as the first openly queer person to represent Florida in Washington.
Alejandro Gibes de Gac, CEO of Springboard Collaborative, on reimagining the education system
A data-driven and community based immersive experience, Springboard works to provide parents, guardians and family members with the training and resources they need in order to support children in learning outside of the classroom.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging
Learnings from NationSwell’s Strategic Advisory Session for ‘Make Us Visible’￼
The last several years of social and political upheaval have been met with an explosion of grassroots fundraising and activism. As communities, leaders, and activists rise to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing social fabric with newly formed nonprofits, they often run into barriers to expansion, and their charitable or activist efforts become kneecapped.
The NationSwell Mainstage: Women of color redefining power in corporate America
Far too often, women and people of color find themselves in the familiar position of glancing around the boardroom or C-suite to notice that they are vastly outnumbered. But that phenomenon is even more prevalent at the intersection of the two groups, with women of color finding themselves to be “the first, the few, and the only,” with concerning regularity.
Purpose-Driven Culture and Leadership
Learnings from NationSwell’s event on ‘Protecting the Dignity of LGBTQIA+ Youth’
While many of the bills put forth will face significant legal challenges, the message they were drafted to convey is chilling on its face: After decades spent winning new legal protections, the LGBTQIA+ community is no longer safe in America.
Learnings from our ‘Selflessness in Practice’ event on caregiving
That’s never been truer than it is now, two years into a pandemic that demands so much of our physical, emotional, and mental energy. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control gauging the toll of the pandemic on caregivers, 70% of adults in caregiving roles reported adverse mental health symptoms like depression and anxiety.
The true impact of how you lead lies in your ‘leadership score’
What if, in attempting to measure impact, we began to think about leadership as a different type of score — a musical score — where emitting the right chords has the potential to attract the most talented people, assemble teams who outperform, and inspire confidence and commitment, particularly during a time when cultivating trust online and via social media platforms is increasingly essential?
Future of Work
Seizing the moment to close the opportunity gap
Autodesk Foundation, LinkedIn, and Workday have been working together as part of a Just Transition Collaborative facilitated by NationSwell, with the shared goal to identify opportunities to accelerate more equitable pathways into green jobs by increasing the use of skill-based hiring. In an effort to catalyze collective impact, we are sharing key insights from our work here.
Learnings and insights from the NationSwell Council’s multi-part series on burnout
According to a brief released by the World Health Organization, incidences of anxiety and depression have rocketed up 25% globally, an increase which can largely be attributed to the unprecedented stress, social isolation, and logistical barriers to mental health resources caused by the pandemic.
NationSwell’s 40×40 Mentorship Challenge Recap
Markle’s call to action is timely: An estimated two million women in the United States reportedly lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, many of whom are still struggling to regain their footing in a labor market that has been radically transformed.
Five Minutes With…
ESG Next: An Interview With Steelcase’s Kim Dabbs
Kim Dabbs, Global Vice President of ESG and Social Innovation at Steelcase and author of the upcoming book, You Belong Here discusses the importance of building a global learning community, the power of inclusive design, and the importance of centering the wellbeing of your teams and of other leaders.
ESG Next: An Interview With Levi’s Anna Walker
Anna Walker, Vice President of Impact and Issues at Levi Strauss & Co., on shared the unique strengths of an organization’s employees to inform corporate action, the undersung value of employee resource groups, and why coalition building is as much about the “where” as the “who.”
ESG Next: An Interview With Yelp’s Miriam Warren
Miriam Warren, Chief Diversity Officer at Yelp, shares how her childhood home was the beginning of her journey to the field, the three questions she asks herself before pushing for corporate action amid pivotal social moments, and the fellow leaders that inspire her leadership.
ESG Next: An Interview With Omidyar Network’s Michele Jawando
Michele Jawando, Senior Vice President at Omidyar Network, talks about the untold story of ESG’s unlikely allies, the importance of strong and engaged workers for any organization, and why we don’t have permission to surrender to the sorrow — even when working to advance justice becomes incredibly challenging.
ESG Next: An Interview With American Express’ Jennifer Skyler
Jennifer Skyler, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at American Express, discussed the importance of leveraging your core values in times of disruption, drawing new strength from embracing discomfort, and the timeless, underappreciated value of resilience.
ESG Next: An Interview With Citi’s Brandee McHale
Brandee McHale, Head of Community Investing and Development at Citi and President of Citi Foundation, talks about the unexpected challenges of headwinds becoming tailwinds, the necessity for leaders to break out of their echo chamber for inspiration, and why economic mobility is the foundation of her unlikely journey to the field of ESG.
ESG Next: An Interview With PJMF’s Vilas Dhar
Vilas Dhar, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation (PJMF) shares what this moment in artificial intelligence (AI) means for ESG practitioners, the importance of pushing past digital literacy and towards digital agency, and the big questions that leaders should ask as we build an equitable and human-centered future enabled by technological innovation.
ESG Next: An Interview With Liberty Mutual’s Melissa MacDonnell
Melissa MacDonnell, President, Liberty Mutual Foundation and Vice President, Community Investments, Liberty Mutual Insurance discusses what this moment in corporate philanthropy means for practitioners, the power of a collaborative framework for funding, and how employee volunteerism programs can better center inclusion.
ESG Next: An Interview With Mastercard’s Shamina Singh
Shamina Singh, Founder and President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Executive Vice President of Sustainability at Mastercard discusses the “S” in ESG, her commitment to continued learning and service, and the power of leaning into the urgency of the moment.