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Stacey McKinnon – The Societal Duty of Businesses. Happiness, meaning, and fulfillment for your people.

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Businesses are often founded to make a difference in a particular industry. However, owners do not always consider the impact they will make in the lives of the people working for them. Business owners and leaders often struggle to focus on their people—especially when clients are calling, and the needs of the business feel urgent. The trickle-down effect eventually results in unhappy people at work, lack of meaning or purpose, and feeling unfulfilled when they return home or enter society every day. But what if we could change this result? What if businesses believed that it is their societal duty to help people be happier? Can you imagine the trickle-down effect then? Less depression, kinder people, better marriages . . . the list goes on. In this discussion, we will talk about how business owners and leaders can positively impact their people, including the importance of a culture of trust, motivating career paths, and valuing life balance.

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Linda Cole – Moving Beyond Extreme Poverty: Women Speak Their Development Strategies

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When women become active participants in defining their development strategies, change takes place. African Women Rising has been on the frontlines working in Northern Uganda for the last 15 years, an area long-damaged by conflict and extreme humanitarian aid dependency. The recognition of women living in extreme poverty as powerful agents for change is forging a shift in how we implement development and the meaning of community empowerment.

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Majora Carter – Community as Corporation: Talent Retention in Low-Status Communities

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Billions of dollars go into education, training, health, and other support for low-status communities in America, yet economic stagnation persists – at times interrupted only by displacement as a result of population increases from re-urbanization and infrastructure improvements such as transit, parks, and traffic calming measures.

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Dyhia Belhabib, Ph.D. – Understanding the global importance of small-scale fisheries

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Dyhia works at the intersection of sustainability and ocean criminality. She created the most comprehensive and largest database of ocean criminality in the world, Spyglass.fish. She’s a TEDx speaker on Diversity and Inclusion in science and climate justice. We will also get her views on the new Netflix film. Seaspiracy – its release this month is perfect timing for our conversation.

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Bishop Lamont – Standing out within an industry that keeps artists boxed into predictable molds.

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With the emergence of social media, streaming platforms, and new technologies, the journey of an independent artist establishing a global reach and taking control of their destiny can be a challenging yet significantly rewarding one if done correctly. We’ll also talk to Bishop about his activism and philosophy about giving back to the community.

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Jenna Arnold – We’re doing the wrong *work* if we’re looking for concrete answers.

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Our relationships, the systems of which we operate, our attempts to understand new sets of information can sometimes (who are we kidding, all of the time!) become polarized. We have forced each other and ourselves into a binary state of understanding and doing when in reality, living in the middle, embracing the uncertainty, plowing forward to a complete—yet impossible to achieve—understanding should be our focus in the next chapter of our work.