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Purposeful Pitch

19 EpisodesProduced by Joe DiBenedettoWebsite

Welcome to the Purposeful Pitch, a podcast focused on initiating positive change and addressing socio-economic challenges facing communities across the country. Conversations will feature school leaders, CEOs of not-for-profit organizations and public policymakers, among others.

19 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Helping the Homeless Amid a Global Pandemic

July 20th, 2020


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put a strain on economies throughout the U.S., many nonprofits are feeling the impact, especially those focused on homelessness and poverty. With limited support from the public, …

A Time to Listen

July 2nd, 2020


In his years of public service, Michigan State Senator Peter MacGregor has been a man of action. Serving as chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on health and human services, Senator MacGregor recently led the …

The Call to Serve

June 12th, 2020


The path to public service differs for many. For Michigan State Senator Winnie Brinks, it included serving as executive director for One Way House, a …

Into the Great Unknown

May 26th, 2020


School leaders across the country are working diligently in preparation for the upcoming school year, despite the continued uncertainty surrounding …

4 Impact: Amplify GR

May 19th, 2020


Amplify GR seeks to widen pathways so that more residents can participate and benefit from neighborhood growth. In our conversation with Jon Ippel, the non-profit organization’s executive director, we talk about …

4 Impact: Samaritas

May 14th, 2020


Kelli Dobner, Chief Advancement Officer at Samaritas, a non-profit organization providing critical services supporting vulnerable populations, …

State Economies in Flux

May 11th, 2020


In addition to the grave health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the global pandemic is wreaking economic havoc on communities around the world. While nothing is as important as the health and well-being of our neighbors, …

4 Impact: Humane Society of West Michigan

May 6th, 2020


Holly Guild, executive director of Humane Society of West Michigan, shares why the non-profit organization is a critical part of the community and …

Democratizing Entrepreneurship

April 9th, 2020


The president and chief innovation officer at Skypoint Ventures in Flint, David Ollila, is a serial entrepreneur with 12 patents on products ranging …

A Renaissance in Detroit

February 10th, 2020


Detroit is experiencing a major renaissance—returning to its former glory as one of America’s greatest cities. One way in which this renaissance is obvious is in the vast amount of development taking place across the …

A Return to Classical Education

January 17th, 2020


Parents have never had more choices for their children’s education than they do today. Whether it’s traditional public schools or public charter …

The Age of Data

December 2nd, 2019


Have you seen the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt? It’s one of my favorites. Whether that is because Brad Pitt is my favorite actor or because baseball, my favorite sport, is heavily featured throughout the movie, …

Widening pathways for all

November 15th, 2019


Anyone who’s had the pleasure of meeting Ashanti Bryant can’t help but be engrossed by his enormous personality. By making every person he meets feel as though they’re the only one there, he captivates every room he …

Importance of great superintendents

November 5th, 2019


Having worked with public schools for more than two decades, I continue to marvel at the commitment required by superintendents. A typical work day …

Caring for children with mental health concerns

October 11th, 2019


According to a 2016 study by the University of Michigan, nearly half of the 7.7 million children and teens in the country who are living with at least one treatable mental health disorder—including ADHD or anxiety—do …

Community Mental Health with Bob Sheehan

September 24th, 2019


Due to growing epidemics like the opioid crisis, and systematic underfunding of mental and behavioral health services, discussions on such issues have become more prevalent over the past decade. Open conversations take …

School Foundations with Sally Andreatta

September 4th, 2019


School funding is a sensitive topic. While many think we don’t spend enough on schools, others would argue that we spend too much. Having worked with …

Career Pathways with John Proos

August 19th, 2019


It’s no secret that schools are at the heart of the community – if your school system is doing well, more than likely your community is doing well. …

Purposeful Pitch Trailer

August 13th, 2019


Welcome to the Purposeful Pitch, a podcast focused on initiating positive change and addressing socio-economic disparities facing communities across …

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