The Social Change Diaries podcast is dedicated to exploring pivotal aspects of the social change sector, from the perspective of the experts who live and breathe the work of changing our world for the better. The show is hosted by Wakeman Agency CEO, Vanessa Wakeman. Each season is dedicated to a specific theme that is at the forefront of the sector.
Season 1 is phenomenal, with deep insights from some of the powerhouse female thought leaders in the sector today. From personal experiences to expert observations, we immerse in the topic, encouraging listeners to think about their own evolution into thought leadership, personally and professionally. We encourage listeners to absorb each of these timeless episodes- truly dialogues for the ages.
If you’ve ever heard her speak or read her writing, you know that Melissa Harris-Perry is going to teach you something you didn’t already know, while also sharing her truth. In her interview on the Social Change Diaries, she does just that- with a no holds barred sit down with Vanessa.
Jacki Zehner is a community builder. Through Women Moving Millions, she, along with a group of 300 women, have provided more than 1 billion dollars in funding for the causes that impact women and girls around the world. As one of today’s most influential voices on women, money and changing the world, Jacki reframes the notion of power to be inclusive, collaborative and empowering.
Some people believe that women were written out of history, but Abigail Disney believes that women were never written in. Through her films, she’s on a quest to change that. Abigail’s passion for storytelling, and for accurate representations of women in the quest for peace, has led her to understand what makes a woman courageous enough to share her truth, even in the most dangerous and politically charged climates.
Saru Jayaraman has been championing the rights of restaurant workers for more than a decade. Her activism and unapologetic pursuit for justice makes her a natural thought leader and visionary.
Strategist and storyteller Erica Payne is a fearless advocate for economic justice. Known to “poke the bear,” as creator of some of the most powerful issue campaigns of the last decade, Erica has built a thought leadership platform that provides a trail of bread crumbs for how women can leverage their ideas and expertise to create meaningful change.
In this episode, Race Forward Senior Strategist, Rinku Sen, looks at the world through the eyes of an activist and journalist, sharing her observations and convictions about the challenges facing women of color, in advancing their respective agendas. As a racial justice expert, Rinku beautifully touches on the importance of support and what is needed for women to excel in leadership roles.
Answering the question “what will it take for women to occupy the spaces and places where we are normally silenced,” Marianne Schnall shares her insights gathered from over two decades of progressive thought leadership on feminism. During her interview, Marianne advocates for the reclamation of the term “power” and encourages women to consider how “power with” and “power to,” rather than “power over,” can be used to spark change.
Ana Oliveira offers practical advice, and the wisdom of a sage, about thought leadership for women that are working in the nonprofit sector. Her profound understanding of the sector, and candid insights about how women can best professionally support women and the secret for raising money as leaders, makes this a “must listen” interview.
Ai-jen lets listeners peek behind the curtain of her personal thought leadership journey, to reveal what life really looks for an agent of change. From vulnerability to community, Ai-Jen shares the resources that make her one of today’s most respected thought leaders.