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Unleashing Social Change

63 EpisodesProduced by Becky MargiottaWebsite

Each episode we interview a badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they're doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way.

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Bonus Episode: High Tech High Unboxed- Improvement as a tool for our collective liberation, with Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford

November 16th, 2022

59:00

 

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High Tech High Unboxed, hosted by  Alec Patton. In this Episode, Stacey interviews Brandi. Stacey Caillier talks to Dr. Brandi …

Unpacking Mentorship; Humility, Authenticity, and Curiosity.

June 8th, 2022

1:02:24

Nicki Roth and I met back in 2003 working on the 100,000 homes campaign. She is currently heading the executive leadership coaching offered to all …

56: Sharon Kanis: A Profile in Interconnectedness of Communion

May 24th, 2022

1:01:20

My last mentor of the season is one who has known me since before I was born, my Aunt and Godmother, Sharon Kanis of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

55: Noah Winnick and Josue Barnes: A Profile in Fearless Community Activism

May 18th, 2022

57:51

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A few years ago I received advice that every leader should have a mentor who is 20 years younger than them. In the reckoning of June …

54: Mark Lipton - A Profile in Vision, Genius, and Feeling Feelings

May 10th, 2022

1:02:53

This week I sat down with Mark Lipton who I met when he was the Department Chair of my graduate program in Organizational Change Management at The …

53: Rosanne Haggerty: A Profile in Disruption and Active Listening

May 3rd, 2022

1:11:53

In this episode, you’ll meet Rosanne Haggerty, winner of the 2001 MacArthur “Genius Award.” Having worked for her for 11 years I can say with no doubt: she really is a genius, although she’d never tell you that herself. …

52: Holly Craig Silkman: A Profile in Candor

April 21st, 2022

53:18

Holly Craig Silkman, aka Adele Adler, aka my college roomie, joins us from her horse ranch in Montana to talk about her experience narrating the …

51: Howie Cohen - A Profile in Becoming a Leader's leader

April 19th, 2022

57:57

Join me this episode as I sit down with my mentor and friend, retired Colonel Howie Cohen, to discuss leadership, community, standards, and …

50: Jan Hicks: A Profile in Authenticity and Kindness

April 12th, 2022

55:39

Today Jan Hicks is living her best life as a farmer, mother, and doting grandmother. When she retired as a two-star Major General in 2005, she was serving as the Commanding General of the United States Army Signal …

49: Jane Holl Lute: A Profile in Never Moving Backwards

April 5th, 2022

1:00:20

Thirty years ago I met Jane Hall Lute while she was my professor at West Point. Since our time together she has gone on to be the Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding Support at the United Nations, the former …

48: Jay Parker: A Profile in Empathy and Unconditional Support

March 28th, 2022

52:56

If you’re a frequent listener of this podcast you’ve probably heard the name Jay Parker. Jay is currently the distinguished professor and Major …

47: Mimi Finch: A Profile in Becoming the Leader You Never Had 

March 21st, 2022

54:54

Join Becky as she interviews her Tactical Officer from West Point, Retired Army Officer and Defense Contractor Mimi Finch, and listen to their …

46: Brenda Sue Fulton, A Profile of Personal Courage

March 14th, 2022

52:32

Like many of Becky’s mentors, Army Veteran Brenda Sue Fulton’s list of accomplishments is longer than a CVS receipt and chock full of lasting impact. …

45: Marie Connor-Glenfield, A Profile in the Healing Power of Presence

March 8th, 2022

51:32

In this episode, I sat down with one of my first mentors, Marie Connor-Glenfield, who I met when I was sixteen. In our first encounter, she held space for me to process profound loss. She identified my pain and didn’t …

44: Susan Rivers Interviews Becky Margiotta

March 1st, 2022

1:13:52

Mentorship is often thought of as unidirectional - flowing from the mentor to mentee. In this upcoming season, I interviewed a baker’s dozen of my mentors - people who were there to guide me through some of my biggest …

Episode 43: Elizabeth Cushing "Shift Aims to Scale Joy"

February 10th, 2022

1:08:23

Anyone who has attended our workshops on how to design large-scale change is familiar with Playworks, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA. With their permission, we present a case study of their plans to go to …

Episode 42: Nicole Hockley "Mission Doesn't Happen Without People"

February 3rd, 2022

53:02

On this episode we welcome back Nicole Hockley, a dear friend and force of nature, for a conversation about how Sandy Hook Promise scaled their …

Episode 41: Chris Lubbe - On Activism, Grief, and What He Learned from Nelson Mandela

October 8th, 2021

1:16:12

We did something a little different this time. We’re giving you an almost completely unedited podcast recording because you need to hear every single word Chris said, including those before and after the official …

40: Dr. Christine Ortiz, “Equity is a Verb, not a Noun.”

May 26th, 2021

49:07

40: Dr. Christine Ortiz, “Equity is a Verb, not a Noun.”

 

Listen in on this episode for an insightful and deeply personal conversation about why …

Episode 39: Dr. Julia Colwell, “Shifting from Reactive Brain to Creative Brain”

April 27th, 2021

1:21:23

39: Dr. Julia Colwell, “Shifting from Reactive Brain to Creative Brain”

 

In this episode, we talk with our friend, the brilliant and insightful …

Episode 38: Nancy Stubbs, “Aligning Team Talent to Maximize Impact”

March 30th, 2021

1:03:33

Episode 38: Nancy Stubbs, Kolbe Certified™ Consultant, Big Leap Coach and Founder of Hire Resonance - “Aligning Team Talent to Maximize Impact”

In …

Episode 37: Mike Thompson, Billions Institute Faculty, “Finding Common Ground in Community”

February 18th, 2021

54:15

Episode 37: Mike Thompson, Billions Institute Faculty, “Finding Common Ground in Community”

 

We kick off Season 4 with a candid discussion between …

Episode 36: Meredith Shockley-Smith and Elizabeth Kelly, “Reducing Infant Mortality by Following the Lead of Black Women”

October 20th, 2020

52:33

36: Meredith Shockley-Smith and Elizabeth Kelly, “Reducing Infant Mortality by Following the Lead of Black Women”

 

Over the past several years, …

35: Melissa Rodgers, “Community Always Trumps Cruelty: Inside the New Americans Campaign to help 500,000 Green Card holders become US citizens.”

October 13th, 2020

47:26

35: Melissa Rodgers, “Community Always Trumps Cruelty: Inside the New Americans Campaign to help 500,000 Green Card holders become US citizens.”

 

34: Peter Fitzgerald, “Honoring Our Elders: Providing Voice & Choice So People Can Grow Old at Home.”

October 6th, 2020

1:06:26

34: Peter Fitzgerald, “Honoring Our Elders: Providing Voice & Choice So People Can Grow Old at Home.”


As we grow older and our ability to live …

Episode 33: LaShawn Routé Chatmon and Kathleen Osta, “Rebel Leadership”

September 29th, 2020

1:22:41

LaShawn Routé Chatmon and Kathleen Osta, Executive Director and Managing Director of the National Equity Project, are unapologetic about advancing …

Episode 32: Kas Guillozet, “The Complexity of Living in Right Relationship with People and the Earth”

September 22nd, 2020

56:37

Episode 32: Kas Guillozet, “The Complexity of Living in Right Relationship with People and the Earth” 

The wildfires that are devastating the West Coast are all the evidence we need that we cannot continue as we have …

Episode 31: Katie Hong, “Re-Thinking Philanthropy”

September 15th, 2020

1:07:12

In this episode, we sit down with Katie Hong for a candid conversation about money, power and identity. Having worked in philanthropy for over 15 years, Katie knows the sector can be a significant catalyst for social …

Episode 30: Kevin Keenan, "Dismantling Mass Incarceration"

September 8th, 2020

58:18

Join us for an important and eye-opening conversation with Vera Institute Executive Vice President and Special Counsel, Kevin Keenan, as we peel the onion of mass incarceration - and learn what Vera is doing about it. 

Episode 29: Michelle Molitor, “Facing into our Collective Grief”

September 1st, 2020

49:39

Recorded shortly after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Michelle Molitor, Founder of the Equity Lab, joins Becky for a vulnerable and raw conversation …

Episode 28: Eunice Lin Nichols, “The Power of Intergenerational Connections” 

August 25th, 2020

1:16:02

If you are fortunate enough to live a long life, it is all too likely that you will experience ageism. Sadly, older adults are sometimes viewed as a …

Episode 27: Joe McCannon, “Building a Fear Free Army”

August 18th, 2020

1:13:09

In this episode, listen in on an intimate conversation between Billions Institute Co-founders Becky Margiotta and Joe McCannon as they talk about the adventures along the way of their 11 year friendship. 

 

Joe will …

Episode 26: Susan X Jane, “During These Pandemic Times, What Wants to be Unveiled?”

August 11th, 2020

1:11:30

Episode 26: Susan X Jane, “During These Pandemic Times, What Wants to be Unveiled?” 

 

Susan X Jane, Principal of Navigators Consulting

 

In this …

Episode 25: Christine Margiotta, SVP Los Angeles, “Shifting from Charity to Justice.” 

March 10th, 2020

55:32

In this episode, Becky interviews her favorite person, her amazing wife Christine! They’ll discuss everything from how they met 10 years ago (working on homelessness) to learning more about Christine’s current work …

Episode 24: Dimitry Anselme, Facing History, “Teaching Kids in the Midst of the Fragility of our Democracy”

March 3rd, 2020

53:35

How do we help balance the desire for our kids to know the truth and yet also wanting to shield them from the pain and horrors embedded in history? Dimitry Anselme from Facing History opens this episode’s conversation …

Episode 23: Jason Marsh, Greater Good Science Center, “Advancing Well-Being and Happiness through Research”

February 25th, 2020

47:21

Episode 23: Jason Marsh, Greater Good Science Center, “Advancing Well-Being and Happiness through Research”

How do we advance and spread something …

Episode 22: Kate Hilton, Institute for Health Care Improvement, “Getting Out of Your Own Way as a Leader”

February 18th, 2020

43:40

What could we all accomplish if we could put relationships first and primacy in shared purpose? In this episode, Kate Hilton shares how her view of …

Episode 21: Helen Smith, Forensic Psychiatrist (NHS) – “Creative Solutions that Arise When You Take the Fear Out of the System”

February 11th, 2020

46:15

As co-founder of the Billions Institute, Joe McCannon says, when you invoke the John Cusack rule of taking the fear off the set, that’s when amazing …

Episode 20: Gerry Balcazar and Hugo Ramirez, Vision y Compromiso, “The Movement is Built from the Community of Friends and Neighbors”

February 3rd, 2020

37:50

In California, only about 30% of children are being taken care of by formal licensed daycare centers while their parents go to work. This means as many as 70% are being taken care of by informal options such as family, …

Episode 19: Sasha Rabkin, Equal Opportunity Schools, “Working the Muscle to Change: Bringing Equity to AP/IB Classes”

January 28th, 2020

53:34

Episode 19: Sasha Rabkin, Equal Opportunity Schools, “Working the Muscle to Change: Bringing Equity to AP/IB Classes”

All across the country, there …

Episode 18: Tema Okun, Duke University, “Facing Into Your Own Racism with Courage and Love”

January 21st, 2020

1:03:10

For over 30 years, Tema Okun has devoted her life to dismantling racism and oppression of all forms. In this episode, Tema discusses her own …

Episode 17: Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, StriveTogether – “From Proof Points to Systems Transformation”

January 14th, 2020

49:55

Episode 17: Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, StriveTogether – “From Proof Points to Systems Transformation”

 

The myth is that systems are broken but every …

Episode 16: Dr. Arfon Williams, General Practitioner in Rural Wales, "When Crisis is the Mother of Invention"

January 7th, 2020

39:34

Episode 16: Arfon Williams, General Practitioner in Rural Wales – “When Crisis is the Mother of Invention”

Around the world there has been a crisis shortage of rural doctors. How did Arfon completely transform his …

EPISODE 15: Peter O’Driscoll, Equitable Food Initiative – “Getting a Win-Win-Win-Win-Win by Aligning Your Interests”

December 31st, 2019

37:36

In this episode, Peter O’Driscoll discusses the transformational change that can happen when the whole system is in the room. When you change one …

Episode 14: Bruce Nilles, Rocky Mountain Institute – “Climate Change as a Profound Equity Issue”

December 17th, 2019

41:27

Bruce Nilles, Rocky Mountain Institute – “Climate Change as a Profound Equity Issue”

Shortly after meeting Bruce through the Climate Breakthrough Project, the Margiottas were convinced and began making changes to their …

Episode 13: Chris Chatmon from Kingmakers of Oakland - "When it is Time to Throw the Textbook Out the Window"

December 10th, 2019

1:01:50

In this episode, Christopher Chatmon, Founder and CEO of Kingmakers of Oakland shares his personal experiences growing up in the education system, having his desk relegated to the coat closet, to finally being …

Episode 12: Jake Maguire from Community Solutions - "From 100K Homes to Built for Zero"

December 2nd, 2019

1:02:04

12: Jake Maguire, Community Solutions – “From 100K Homes to Built for Zero”


What happened after the 100K Homes Campaign? Becky reunites with Jake …

11: Angele Davenport – Grounding your Work in Racial and Social Justice

September 24th, 2019

56:49

Many foundations and nonprofits aspire to address racial and social equity issues but few are able to navigate this complex challenge gracefully. …

10: The Opposite of Founder’s Syndrome: What an Awesome Succession Plan Looks Like with Ellen Moir and Desmond Blackburn of the New Teacher Center

September 17th, 2019

1:15:16

Transitioning from the founder to a new CEO is by far one of the most difficult transitions an organization can face. It’s incredibly rare to hear of …

09: Dan Heath - A Primer on Behavior Change

September 10th, 2019

44:13

This week we are joined by bestselling author Dan Heath. Dan and his brother Chip wrote SWITCH, a book Dr. Kate Hurley referenced many times in last week’s episode so we thought we’d get his thoughts about what made …

08: How Two Veterinarians Launched a Movement That Has Saved Over 2 Million Cats from Unnecessary Euthanization with Dr. Kate Hurley

September 3rd, 2019

1:16:26

Are there aspects of your job that break your heart and drain your soul? Veterinarian Kate Hurley remembers feeling that way. Nobody becomes a vet to …

07: Using Equitable Classroom Practices to Reach All Students with Karen Ahn

August 27th, 2019

54:03

This week many as many families prepare to go back to school, we thought we’d shine a spotlight on some of the best teacher training work that’s …

06: Creating Inclusive Classrooms By Leveraging Diverse Strengths with Anne Eidelman

August 20th, 2019

49:13

Teachers have a profound influence over their students’ lives and through that the future of our society. Imagine how hard it is to nurture and develop each students’ unique strengths and potential in a classroom of …

05: Using Conversations to Bridge Any Divide with Cheryl Graeve

August 13th, 2019

59:02

Racial, political, and generational division are not new concepts. We’ve been faced with the repercussions of division for as long as the human race …

04: Creating Inclusion Where It’s Least Likely to be Found with Nina Simon, Founder of Of, By, For All

August 6th, 2019

1:08:36

This episode’s guest, Nina Simon, Founder of Of/By/For All, knows that what looks like a “welcome” sign for some people can be a “keep out” sign for …

03: Improving the Learning Experience for Teachers and Students

July 30th, 2019

54:13

Finding unique and effective ways to get students involved and excited about their education is more important than ever. Today Mari and Michelle, …

02: Preventing Gun Violence with Nicole Hockley of Sandy Hook Promise

July 18th, 2019

57:46

After all of the tragedies that have occurred throughout the past decade due to gun violence, there have been multitudes of communities, activists, …

01: A Low Tech Solution to Combat High Tech Polarization with Andrew Hanauer of One America Movement

July 18th, 2019

44:24

The importance of human connections tends to get overlooked, but the reality is that without community, we have nothing. Although, the solution to …

Introducing Unleashing Social Change

July 10th, 2019

5:06

Large scale social change doesn't happen by accident. It happens when you follow the formula - and Becky Margiotta has the formula. Join her as she …

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