NYCLU Executive Director, Donna Lieberman, on Civil Liberties and Our New Normal

At no point in recent history has civil rights been so loudly at the forefront of everyday life, in multiple ways. The tidal wave of shared trauma ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent slew of racially motivated murders presents glaring questions and implications around civil rights and how this moment can be a springboard for true systemic change. As an expert in policies, laws and all facets of civil rights, Ms. Lieberman discusses the implications of this time period, how it relates to other historical moments in civil rights and the myriad of nuances that comprise this complex, but powerful moment in human history.

Global Press Visionary, Cristi Hegranes, on the Need for Consequence Driven Reporting

In this episode, Global Press Founder, Cristi Hegranes, shines a powerful light on solutions to institutional, ingrained problems that underly today’s news media. She outlines key differences between action driven reporting and its more informative, impactful alternative: consequence driven reporting. Learn why trained local journalists, equipped to provide precise narratives that accurately inform listeners, represent a pathway to truly educating people in a non biased way, about important global issues.

Behind the Scenes of Corporate Giving: Insights from Salesforce Philanthropy VP, Becky Ferguson

How nonprofits can successfully and efficiently secure corporate giving is a more important issue than ever before. This conversation with Becky Ferguson, VP of Global Philanthropy for pioneering powerhouse, Salesforce, provides key insights and concrete information for nonprofits to consider when strategizing, securing and sustaining corporate partnerships.

Futurist Rohit Talwar on Thinking the Unthinkable and Reframing Positions of Power to Positions of Responsibility

The Aftermath of Crises - The Next Normal

We kick off our 5th season with Rohit Talwar, the CEO of Fast Future, a UK based research and insights business that specializes in the fields of futures and foresight. In this dialogue, Rohit and Vanessa discuss the implications of the groundbreaking events that have occurred in the first half of 2020.

Color Of Change President, Rashad Robinson, on Presence Versus Power

At the helm of Color Of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the country, Rashad Robinson’s reach and influence is undeniable. In this episode of the Social Change Diaries, Rashad reveals the core structure that makes Color Of Change so powerful. He talks about leading the successful campaign against credit companies who accepted money from hate groups- an effort that catalyzed everyday citizens into a powerful group of 1.4 million activists- and what celebrity and influence means from his vantage point.

GLAAD’s, Rich Ferraro, on Celebrity Social Media Channels as Today’s Most Trusted Media Outlet

Chief Communications Officer, GLAAD

Another must listen to episode from our Celebrity and Influencers season. For nonprofits looking to elevate their impact through communications and messaging, The Social Change Diaries provides a peek behind the curtain. In this episode, GLAAD’s Chief Communications Officer, Rich Ferraro, shares “aha moments” and first hand experiences, including how GLAAD has evolved with the changing media landscape- partnering with today’s influencers driving change, in a way that allows the org to indirectly mold the news cycle itself.

VICE Media’s, Paola Ramos, on Why Everyday People are the True Influencers

In this dialogue, VICE Media’s, Paola Ramos, shares unusual insights that elevate our conversations this season about celebrity and influencers. She asserts the true influencers are everyday people. This helps us consider where the opportunity is for nonprofits to create the essential emotional connection with their audience, one by one, in order to propel change. How can organizations tell their stories in a way that highlights how much power there is in the individual? What would that outcome look like?

Kimberly Peeler-Allen’s Guide to How Nonprofits Can Engage Audiences to Create Change

To understand the true meaning of #FollowBlackWomen, tune into this interview with Higher Heights Co-Founder, Kimberly Peeler-Allen. Kimberly shares the roadmap of how she and her co-founder built a movement that yields power and influence in the political realm. This interview provides a step-by-step guide to help nonprofits engage audiences in creating change. The organization’s ability to amplify the voices of black women offers a powerful example of what is possible for organizations who can create an emotional connection to their audience that catapults them into action. 

PETA Founder, Ingrid Newkirk, Explains Their Unprecedented Rise to Power and Influence

Social Change Diaries

Vanessa thought it would be fitting to launch the new season on Celebrity and Influence, with Ingrid Newkirk, the President and Founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Long before she working in the social change sector, Vanessa marveled at how influential PETA was and how effective their communications and marketing were. Over the years, PETA’s influence has grown substantially. In this dialogue, Ms. Newkirk sheds light on the ways in which PETA has managed to stay true to its founding principles, while also evolving and becoming increasingly relevant in the midst of a dramatically a changing cultural landscape.