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SHACK15 Conversations

40 EpisodesProduced by SHACK15 StudioWebsite

Deep dive with the founders, investors, artists, athletes, and astronauts who contribute to the SHACK15 community. We'll explore the 'why' that motivates these individuals to build their businesses, and look closer at the mechanics behind 'how' they do what they do, surfacing some key insights and e… read more

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040 / Food Sovereignty & Climate Justice w/ People Over Plastic

January 26th, 2023


One year after a stimulating panel discussion with the climate justice org People Over Plastic, SHACK15 -hosted an evening of conversation featuring …

039 / Empowering Garment Workers w/ Kalpona Akter

December 22nd, 2022


Today, over 100 billion garments are produced annually for less than 8 billion people worldwide, a massive overproduction that places fashion in critical opposition with the planet’s natural capacity to support life on …

038 / Dr. Bronner's & Psychedelic Medicine

December 22nd, 2022


After decades of suppression, psychedelic medicine is having a pivotal moment. At the forefront is soap company Dr. Bronner’s, which is among the first companies in the U.S. to offer Ketamine-Assisted Therapy as part of …

037 / World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen

December 22nd, 2022


Eleven months, nine tournaments, and $1.6 million in prize money all came down to one thing: the finals of the award-winning Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. SHACK15 hosted the Opening Ceremony in San Francisco's iconic …

036 / Tech in Africa Part 2

December 7th, 2022


The African tech scene has witnessed an explosion of innovation and growth in recent years with several impressive startups springing up all across the continent, a staggering influx of global talent and over 5 billion …

035 / Tech in Africa Part 1

December 7th, 2022


The African tech scene has witnessed an explosion of innovation and growth in recent years with several impressive startups springing up all across the continent, a staggering influx of global talent and over 5 billion …

034 / Choreographer Sidra Bell

December 7th, 2022


On September 8, SHACK15 hosted the internationally recognized choreographer and the first black female choreographer to make works for the New York City Ballet, Sidra Bell, who was also a 2022 Djerassi Artist In …

033 / The Future of Cities

June 15th, 2022


Flying cars, teleporters, robot butlers, and geostationary metropolises are just a few of the tropes that have long been used as pop culture markers …

032 / People Over Plastic's Fight for Environmental Justice

June 15th, 2022


How do we mainstream the story about plastic, climate, and environmental justice? SHACK15 hosted the People Over Plastic BIPOC Storytelling …

031 / Psychedelic Science, Innovation & Policy

March 10th, 2022


On February 15th, SHACK15 hosted a panel conversation about the current state of innovation, legalization, history and opportunity of the burgeoning psychedelic field. The ongoing progress toward legalization of …

030 / Music, Mindfulness & RESONANCE

February 28th, 2022


SHACK15 collaborators Nkechi Njaka and Cory Tauber, who goes by the artist name Tauwoo, speak about their background and what led them to create the …

029 / Investing in Circular Fashion

December 10th, 2021


On November 17th, SHACK15 hosted a conversation with member Shamini Dhana about circular fashion and the launch of her new company, D/Sphere, with …

028 / Climate Migration & Displacement

November 17th, 2021


On October 6, 2021, SHACK15 member Emma Riley moderated a conversation on climate displacement and creative impact with leaders in entertainment, media, and tech. The conversation focused on how storytellers can …

027 / Data Rights, Policy and Privacy

September 21st, 2021


Who’s profiting off of your personal data? Listen in on a timely discussion between Gil Ruiz, Senior Advisor to New York Senator Kirsten Gilibrand, …

026 / Erik Rind & James Felton Keith

September 20th, 2021


Award winning engineer, activist, author and economist, James Felton Keith joins Erik Rind, Founder & CEO of data privacy company ImagineBC, to unpack the fascinating and timely global movement aimed at creating a …

025 / Ulf Schwekendiek

September 20th, 2021


Remote work has increased overall interest and reliance on digital tools that enhance collaborative and individual productivity however, not all of …

024 / Pamela Newkirk

April 26th, 2021


How can we make diversity more than just a buzzword? Pamela Newkirk, award-winning author of 'Diversity, Inc.' and time-honored journalist with The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times shines a bright …

023 / Claudia Romo Edelman

April 1st, 2021


Latinx advocate, visionary social entrepreneur and founder of New York-based non-profit, We Are All Human Foundation, Claudia Romo Edelman has spent years unifying the U.S. Hispanic community by promoting gender and …

022 / Sara Eide

March 25th, 2021


It’s no secret that employers in the COVID-19 era have faced a profound set of challenges. In this conversation, creative staffing specialist, Sara Eide unpacks the unprecedented challenges that employers have had to …

021 / Coffee + Chocolate

March 18th, 2021


With similar tasting notes, history and terroir, it’s no surprise that coffee and chocolate often go hand-in-hand. In this episode, we’re joined by …

020 / Laura Moreno

March 11th, 2021


Many people are left out of capital markets and the paths to prosperity that they bring -- specifically Latinx communities, women, and other minority groups. In this episode, Latinx entrepreneur and founder of financial …

019 / Jes Wolfe

March 4th, 2021


It’s no secret that young girls are severely underestimated and one of the biggest contributors to this social dilemma is the unrealistic narrative …

018 / Paint The Void

February 26th, 2021


For the past few months, we’ve all been watching as our beloved local businesses board up their windows in the fight against COVID-19. Local non-profit arts initiative, Paint the Void, has brought power and inspiration …

017 / Mike Steadman

February 19th, 2021


Every so often, a gentle reminder on the importance of community and mentorship presents itself. In this episode, we witness just that as …

016 / Audrey Crane

February 12th, 2021


Even though their end goals are often the same, business professionals and creative teams speak vastly different languages in the conference room, making productive communication seemingly impossible at times. …

015 / Cannabis, Tech & Equity

January 28th, 2021


Join us for a panel discussion on the intersection of cannabis and technology with leaders in cannabis who are innovating in this rapidly-growing and …

014 / Rimma Boshernitsan

January 22nd, 2021


Today's leaders often find themselves asking the “why” and “how” questions that will help drive their teams to success. Rimma Boshernitsan, who advises Fortune 500 CEOs as founder of strategy advisory DIALOGUE, explores …

013 / Building Sustainable Companies

January 9th, 2021


Have you ever given thought to the carbon footprint that we collectively leave behind on our planet or what companies and individuals can do to …

012 / Adrian Tirtanadi

December 18th, 2020


Imagine a world where everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, has the ability to access quality legal representation. That’s exactly what Adrian Tirtanadi has created within his award-winning SF-based non-profit, …

011 / Lisa Kristine

December 11th, 2020


Internationally acclaimed humanitarian photographer and master storyteller, Lisa Kristine, has harnessed the power of a photograph to amplify the human experience found in the furthest corners of the world. She has …

010 / The Pink Triangle

November 10th, 2020


As a profound piece of LGBT history and San Francisco’s PRIDE celebration, The Pink Triangle stands as an ode to the dark history of LGBT …

009 / Ellie Pritts

November 10th, 2020


Internationally recognized photographer, director, and producer, Ellie Pritts, speaks with moderator Marcus Colombano to discuss her journey as a …

008 / Outlaw Ocean

November 10th, 2020


The lawless high seas hold many secrets, ones that were too tempting for New York Times best-selling author Ian Urbina and renowned ambient …

007 / Zack O'Malley Greenburg

November 10th, 2020


Have you ever wondered what the intersection of Silicon Valley and Hollywood looks like? Forbes senior editor Zack O'Malley Greenburg shares insights …

006 / Alissa Carpenter

November 10th, 2020


If only there was a guide on how to communicate with confidence and authenticity. Author of the new book “How To Listen and How To Be Heard: Inclusive Conversations At Work”, Alissa Carpenter joins moderator Jen …

005 / Fanny Singer

November 10th, 2020


We’re often unaware of the critical role that food plays in all our lives and how flavors can recreate a distant memory of home. Accomplished chef, …

004 / Markos Kounalakis

November 9th, 2020


Media has played an even more striking role in the year 2020 as it has captured people’s attention around the world sharing information about the …

003 / Manny Yekutiel

November 9th, 2020


Manny Yekutiel is the Founder of Manny’s, the social gathering and civic event space housed in the Mission district of San Francisco. His dedication to inclusivity, affordability, and service to the local community is …

002 / Bridget Watson Payne

November 9th, 2020


We all wish that time was on our side, but it always seems to get away from us when we need it most. Bridget Watson Payne, author of the bite-sized-read “How Time Is On Your Side”, shares her wisdom within the world of …

001 / David Sax

November 9th, 2020


We're often told that today's startup boom has created a plethora of billionaires overnight. Award-winning writer, reporter, and author of the timely …

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