E1: Corporate Consciousness & the Healing Power of Business
We talk with the Father of the Conscious Capitalism Movement, Raj Sisodia. We explore the idea that business has the capacity to be the engine for tremendous positive change on both a personal and societal level. He also reminds us that business, if not practiced in a conscious way, can also be the source of marginalization and exploitation. We are inspired by his stories of how some companies have cracked the code.
Founder Conscious Capitalism
E2: Short-selling for the Common Good
We talk with Fahmi Quadir, known as the assassin of Wall Street to some, but a hero to us. Fahmi is one of the world's leading hedge fund managers who looks to use a short investing strategy to achieve alpha... and to focus on companies whose demise makes the world a better place. In our conversation, we hear about two of her iconic trades-- one in pharmaceuticals and one in fintech, but both capturing the attention of the industry and those who hold hope that Wall Street can be a force for good.
Hedge Fund Investor
E3: Shareholder Activism and Long-term Values
We talk with shareholder activism pioneer, Bruce Herbert of Newground Social Investment who recently brought together an A-list celebrity team from Alec Baldwin, Roger Waters, and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams to make the case that there are Chevron shareholders who believe it is both in the company's interest and the interest of the common good to honor its obligations of restitution for perpetrating decades of environmental degradation in the Ecuadorian Amazon on a scale never seen in human history.
E4: Politics - Corporate Style
In this episode, our guests talk corporate politics—but not the back-biting, ladder-climbing politics kind. We talk with Dan Ekstein, a leading corporate political strategist and muse about Levi's and Patagonia's call to political action. We also talk with Gabe Rissman, co-Founder of yourstake.org—a data management company that works with investment advisors to help them identify the ESG metrics of portfolios—including the political dimensions. Big surprises when Gabe takes a look at our host’s portfolio.
ESG Portfolio Data Analyst
Corporate Political Strategist
E5: The Corporate Civil Rights Movement
In this episode, we talk with UCLA corporate law historian Adam Winkler about that other civil rights movement-- the corporate civil rights movement. Its seems like an apt conversation to have on a business show amidst these dynamic times and this generation's civil rights movement. Move over Pete Seeger, Beyonce, and Z-Ro and make room for Roy Zimmerman. Corporations as people... corporations with civil rights? It is an old story. In fact, you might be surprised just how old.
Corporate Legal Scholar
E6: Whistleblowers: Forward Indicators of Risk
In this episode, we talk with one of the world’s leading lawyers for whistleblowers, Mary Inman of Constantine Cannon. Mary tells us the story behind the famous whistleblowers at Theranos and Boeing and offers insight on the often-heroic sacrifices of those who see it as their duty to the common good to stand up for better behavior in business. Mary challenges us to rethink how we view whistleblowers and inspires us to see them as she does—forward indicators of risk.
E7: Corporate Mismanagement: Bad Apples, Barrels, and Orchards
In this episode, we talk with business ethicist Kirk O. Hanson about corporate misbehavior. He and co-author Marc Epstein posit a theory that not only are there bad apples, but there are also bad barrels-- and some industries are just ripe with bad orchards. In their book, Rotten: Why Corporate Misconduct Continues and What to Do about It, they tell the tales that end up inspiring corporate scandal documentaries on Netflix. But what they do that the documentaries don't is give a prescription for how to clean it all up.
E8: Patriotic Millionaires and the "S" word
In this episode, we talk with former BlackRock executive, Morris Pearl, about his crusade to enlist his fellow millionaires to support the idea that even the rich see it in their interest to pay more taxes. Capitalist to the core, Pearl warns critics not to conflate paying taxes and civic duty with the naughty scare-word: socialism.
E9: Idle Savings - An Opportunity for Change
In this episode, we talk with Cat Berman, CEO and co-founder of CNote, a specialty investment firm that seeks to turn idle savings into resources for change. Cat left her role at Charles Schwab to use her finance and investment skills to bring high-quality financial products to underserved markets. Cat discusses the transformative power of finance and the multiplier affect of strategic investments.
E10: Finance Justice & Finance First Responders
In this episode, we talk with Lisa Mensah, President and CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network about "finance justice." We talk about how the struggle for justice in our country has much to do with money. We talk about the work of CDFIs (Community Develop Financial Institutions) and the role that they play in fostering economic justice in some of our nation's most challenged and disinvested communities. She offers a vision for a path forward and celebrates and encourages participation with some unlikely partners. (Special music credit in this episode goes to Peter Collins. Listen to more on Spotify.)
Finance Justice Advocate
E11: Green Swans & Regenerative Capitalism
In this episode, we talk with CSR and sustainability legend, John Elkington. John takes us beyond his "people, planet, and profit" to the "U-bend" and on to the green swans that bring us regenerative capitalism. John is one of the world's leading futurists and is here with us to share his hopeful vision for the future.
Father of the Sustainability Movement
E12: The Family Business: Italian-Style
In this episode, we rewind the clock to pre-COVID days and take an "audio" vacation to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We talk with culinary entrepreneur Chiara Lima of the famed Mamma Agata Cooking School in Ravello. Family businesses can be found all over the world, and here in Italy the "happy hands" of the entire family are involved. Buon Natale... Saluti!