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Better Angels: Women Creating Change

Weekly interviews with women—entrepreneurs, activists, business leaders, artists, authors and other visionary women--who will inspire you to live with purpose and make our world a better place. betterangels.substack.com

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How to Make Your Activism Count
By now we all really understand that sitting back and watching isn’t going to create the world we want to live in. But sometimes we don’t know how to get started and how to effectively fight for change. Today’s guest, Eileen Flanagan, traces her activist awakening to the years she spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana during apartheid, but it wasn’t until she was in her late forties that she found her voice as a climate activist and in teaching others how to effectively advocate for change. Eileen, who was raised Catholic in Philly who later became a Quaker, is currently campaign director of the Earth Quaker Action Team. Ahead of the 2020 election, she was Trainings Coordinator for Choose Democracy, which trained nearly 10,000 people in nonviolent strategies to prevent a potential coup. Eileen names the key roles every movement needs to succeed and has advice on finding your place as an activist, replacing fear with strategy, and recounts her journey to embracing a rebel role in fighting for climate justice.Episode highlights:Why marches don’t usually lead to lasting change.Learning what makes activism effective.The four key roles needed for change.The downsides of ‘polite’ activism.Replacing fear and anger with strategy.Staying positive during difficult times.Why Eileen became a Quaker and what it means to her.Learn more:Eileenflanagan.comEileen’s online courses in effective activismEarth Quaker Action TeamIG: @eileenflanaganauthorTwitter: @eileenflanaganEileen’s books:RenewableThe Wisdom to Know the DifferenceFind all episodes of Better Angels: Women Creating ChangeFollow our weekly free newsletter and join our community at betterangels.substack.comFollow Susan Ferry Price:IG: @susanferrypriceTwitter: @susanferryprice This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
37:24 09/28/2022
Making Fashion a Force for Good
Whether a T-shirt costs $5 or $100, it  can take 100 human hands to make it. Most of those are the hands of women who probably aren’t being paid a fair wage and often are working long hours in often unsafe conditions. When we’re stocking our closets or grabbing a cute new top on sale, we don’t think much about the true costs of our choices. In this episode, Ayesha Barenblat, founder and CEO of Remake, connects the dots between the clothes on our backs and climate and women’s issues. Ayesha is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over 15 years of leadership in promoting social justice and sustainability within the $3 trillion clothing industry, she founded Remake to mobilize citizens to demand a more just, transparent, and accountable fashion industry. Ayesha breaks down the complex issue, separates fact from fiction about fast fashion and luxury brands,  lets us know which steps we can take to support the women who make our clothes and help protect our planet, and asks: how can we make it cool to buy less?Key points in this episode:The fashion industry’s environmental impact.The lack of transparency around wages.The truth about both fast fashion and luxury brands.The power of regulation and how we can support better laws.The truth about donating your clothes.Making it cool to buy less.How Ayesha found her purpose.Learn more:remake.worldInstagram: @remakeourworldTwitter: @remakeourworld @abarenblatGetstix.coInstagram: @getstixInstagram: @susanferryprice This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
34:51 09/21/2022
Where Women Athletes Make the Rules with Cassidy Lichtman
What would a pro sports league look like if the athletes made the decisions? In this episode, pro volleyball player Cassidy Lichtman talks about coming out of retirement to play with Athletes Unlimited. Launched in 2020, Athletes Unlimited is a network of women’s pro volleyball, basketball, softball and lacrosse leagues where the players run the show. They're making decisions from recruiting to civic leadership to uniforms, and playing a shorter season in a single city to make it easier for women athletes to continue their pro careers in the U.S.. Cassidy, a former member of the USA volleyball Women's National Team, a two-time all American and an academic all American at Stanford, and member of AU’s board, tells us how the league is changing women’s sports, its new model for fan participation, and the importance of making an impact on and off the court.Episode Highlights:Why Cassidy came out of retirementWhy AU plays in a single city How the team structure changes how she playsAn unprecedented level of power for the athleteDeciding to play in Texas and make an impactThe new ways athletes are connecting with fansVolleyball as the biggest sport no one talks aboutAthletes using their influence to help kids build life skillsEpisode Links:Athletes UnlimitedPath SportsTwitter:  @CassidyLichtman@AUProSports@susanferrypriceInstagram:@CassidyLichtman7@auprosports@p.athsports@susanferryprice This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
19:11 04/14/2022
Reinventing Yourself in Uncertain Times
Are you ready to make a change in your life? Or are you ready to make a transition? If you think they're the same thing, you're not alone. But understanding the difference is a crucial first step if what you're longing for is a transformational shift in your life.After achieving a major milestone in her own career, Linda Rossetti found herself consumed by an unexpected mix of feelings that she struggled to name. She responded by making a series of changes that didn't  help. Linda began researching what was really going on in her own life and that of many women she knew. Today the former tech entrepreneur and executive is a consultant and author guiding other women through periods of upheaval and uncertainty.  Tune in to hear Linda explain the key aspects of her research and for guidance on navigating the sometimes rocky and lonely terrain of moving from one phase of life to another. Key Points in This Episode:Identifying the fundamental distinction between transition and change.The periods of transition that both Linda and Susan went through and how they first attempted unsuccessful changes to address them.How Linda first started investigating the concept of transition.The first step in transitioning: Becoming aware of the origins of your expectations.The second step in transitioning: gaining a deeper understanding of the role of emotions.The feelings of loss that can come with transition.How hurdles and barriers can prohibit us from embracing and pursuing transitions.Why experimentation is necessary to guide one through a transition.Why an educated and conscious approach is beneficial to transitioning.Practical steps for connection and finding support during these periods.How to disrupt previous beliefs about ourselves and foster new connections.The concept of the COVID pandemic as a persistent trauma and how people react to that trauma differently.How truly exploring transition can bring you into closer alignment with who you are.Quotes:“We use “change” and “transition” interchangeably, when in fact, what I've learned in researching this notion of transition in women's lives for more than a decade, I might add, I found that they mean very different things” — @LindaARossetti [0:03:13]“Transitions occur when there's a shift in what holds value or meaning to us. And what's happening when we're transitioning is we're reconstituting how we think about something.” — @LindaARossetti [0:03:54]“My newest favorite definition for transition is, it's an invitation for a deeper connection to ourselves. And that's something we need to consciously take”. — @LindaARossetti [0:21:54]“From my research and my work, I would say it is universally positive, that if somebody chooses to explore what transition might mean, the inflection point in their life is extraordinary.” — @LindaARossetti [0:36:05]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Linda Rossetti WebsiteLinda Rossetti on LinkedInLinda Rosetti on TwitterWomen and Transition: Reinventing Work and LifeDestination U This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
33:35 12/08/2021
A Latina Entrepreneur's Radical Approach to Healthcare Equity
When Bronx native Ivelyse Andino witnessed the inequities in the healthcare system firsthand, she did something radical. Andino gathered neighbors around her kitchen table to talk about their experiences. Those conversations became a cornerstone of the company she soon launched to transform healthcare for underserved communities. Radical Health--the first Latina-owned and operated Benefit Corp in NYC — combines the power of conversation with technology to help people navigate the system and advocate for themselves. In this inspiring conversation, Ivelyse talks about channeling anger into action, the crucial first step any founder can take to build confidence, addressing inequality in health care, the lessons of bootstrapping, changing the conversations we have about our health, and her single best piece of advice for everyone dealing with a health issue.Highlights from this episode:The experiences that led Ivelyse to start Radical Health Her early career in healthcare and her mother’s illnessThe first step she took to prepare to become a CEOHow she chose her company’s nameCombining tech and talk to help people navigate the healthcare systemAddressing systemic problems in a broken systemShifting power to give people more agency over their healthThe power of bootstrapping to ensure a sustainable companyWhy Radical Health doesn’t call people patientsIvelyse’s advice for everyone to transform their healthcare experienceLinks in this episode:Radical HealthRadical Health on InstagramRadical Health on TwitterRadical Health on FacebookSusan Ferry Price InstagramSusan Ferry Price TwitterSusan Ferry Price Website This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
32:02 12/01/2021
Promoting Justice in an Amazing Space
Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder of Grace Farms, has fulfilled an ambitious vision to build both a foundation with an interdisciplinary humanitarian mission and an intentionally-designed space that embodies hope and peace. Housed in the sinuous, innovative River building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, Grace Farms focuses on programming in five areas--justice, nature, community, faith and the arts--with a particular emphasis on addressing modern slavery and advancing gender and racial parity. Sharon is taking an entrepreneurial approach to tackling a wide range of social and cultural issues, including pivoting early in the pandemic to supply PPE, developing an ethical supply chain, creating Design for Freedom, a movement to end modern slavery in the building industry, and launching a social venture, Grace Farms Foods. In this conversation, Sharon talks about the importance of setting clear goals for a project, hiring a values-aligned team, how her previous experience running a clothing brand helped prepare her, the importance of making a commitment to a goal, and how each of us has a role to play in asking how the products we use are being made. Highlights of the episodeHow the idea for Grace Farms came aboutIts mission of advancing good through five initiativesThe role of architecture in creating a more just worldBuilding a values-aligned teamHow Sharon’s entrepreneurial experience prepared herDeveloping an ethical supply chainHuman trafficking as a priority issue for Grace FarmsHow the Design for Freedom movement beganWorking together to rid the building industry of forced laborPivoting during the pandemic to address urgent needsCreating a social venture business as an income stream for non-profitsThe importance of asking how products are being madeGrace Farms Foods’ ethically sourced productsPartnering with chef Siliva Baldini to creates a Fair Trade cookieAn entrepreneurial ethos as key to non-profit successLinks in this episodeGrace FarmsGrace Farms FoodsDesign for FreedomGrace Farms on InstagramGrace Farms on TwitterGrace Farms on FacebookSANAASharon Prince LinkedInSilvia BaldiniAstonish MediaSusan Ferry Price InstagramSusan Ferry Price TwitterSusan Ferry Price Website This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
28:20 11/16/2021
Funding Local Businesses to Tackle the Wealth Gap
Small Business Saturday is coming up on Nov. 27, reminding us to do some of our holiday shopping at small companies and the local businesses that keep our communities vibrant and create jobs. But what more can we do? In Northern California, six grassroots organizations have come together to create an innovative model to fund and support small businesses in the East Bay, an area hard hit by gentrification as well as the pandemic. The Real Peoples Fund provides financial and other resources to help entrepreneurs who are often locked out of bank loans or lacking the resources and networks to start and run their own companies. This conversation  with Tash Nguyen, chair of the fund, is an inspiring reminder of the power each of us has to step up and work collaboratively to make our communities stronger. Tash describes how her experience as a community organizer and formerly incarcerated person led to her desire to work for a just economy, how the Real Peoples Fund started and operates, the importance of partnerships, working with foundations on a new model of supporting entrepreneurs, and helping heal financial trauma. Highlights of the conversation:How Tash became interested in restorative economicsHow six community organizations decided to tackle economic inequalityPartnering with groups with expertise to develop the fund’s modelThe fund’s mission-driven loan criteriaWorking with foundations aligned with their values on a new model of funding Understanding systemic racism in the financial system.Healing financial trauma and closing the wealth gapLinks in this episode:RealPeoplesFund.orgReal Peoples Fund InstagramRockefeller FoundationRunwayCommunity VisionsAlliance of Californians for Community EmpowermentAsian Pacific Environmental NetworkCommunities for a Better EnvironmentOakland RisingRestaurant Opportunities Center Restore OaklandUptima Entrepreneur CooperativeSusan Ferry Price websiteSusan Ferry Price InstagramSusan Ferry Price TwitterAstonish Media Group  This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
22:54 11/10/2021
How to Make Connections That Matter
Instead of asking people you meet to help with your career or business, what if you asked what you can do for them? That shift is key to building connections that not only support your success but bring more meaning to your life--something we’re all looking for more than ever. Susan McPherson has put all she’s learned as a serial connector and social impact leader into the three-step formula described in her new book,  The Lost Art of Connecting.  Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on social impact, Susan has advice for introverts and extroverts alike on using technology wisely, being intentional about building  community, identifying what you can offer to others, learning how to listen, connecting with people outside your bubble, and following-up gracefully after meeting new people. You’ll never dread networking again.Highlights of the episode:How to use technology without being used by itThe gather, ask, do methodology for connectingAssessing your own secret sauce before reaching out to othersSusan’s tips on following-up and introducing others in your networkThe importance of learning how to listenBuilding trust to create long-term relationshipsReaching outside your bubble for fresh ideasAdvice for leaders to better connect with their employeesLinks mentioned in this episodeThe Lost Art of ConnectingSusan McPherson on TwitterSusan McPherson on InstagramMcPherson StrategiesJulian Treasure TEDtalksSusan Ferry Price websiteSusan Ferry Price on InstagramSusan Ferry Price on Twitter This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
23:54 11/03/2021
The Multimillion-Dollar Brand Taking a Bite Out of Landfills
Lindsay McCormick had one of those business ideas that make you instantly ask: why didn’t someone think of that before?  Lindsay was a TV producer when she began thinking about all the landfill waste we make when we toss out toothpaste tubes. Soon she was talking to dentists, learning about chemistry, and mixing up ingredients at home to create the first all-natural toothpaste tablets.From that clever idea she went on to build a multimillion-dollar oral care brand with a line of all-natural and sustainable products including mouthwash and a whitening gel. Just last month, Bite expanded into a new area of personal care products--deodorant. Bite has launched the first 100% plastic-free deodorant with compostable refills. Bite is still Bite--but now its name stands for Because it's the Earth.  Listen in on a great conversation about building a conscious company,  customer loyalty, turning down investors, and easy steps we can all take to help the planet.Find the full transcript here.Highlights of this episode:The first steps Lindsay took to figure out how to make toothpaste sustainable.How she went from $6,000 to $200,000 in sales in a few weeks.Why she turned down a deal with Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban and Kevin O'Leary.Creating a brand story that resonates with customers.What it really means to be a transparent brand.Choosing to keep Bite's products palm-oil free despite the costs.Lindsay’s favorite--and easy--everyday choices for a better environment.Links mentioned in episode:Astonish Media Grouptrybite.comBiteBite on InstagramBite on TwitterLindsay McCormick LinkedInLindsay McCormick InstagramLindsay McCormick TwitterSusan Ferry Price WebsiteSusan Ferry Price on InstagramSusan Ferry Price on Twitter This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
30:38 10/27/2021
Pop Culture as a Force for Good
The power of storytelling is indisputable, but who is--and isn’t--telling those stories shapes our world far more than how much we simply enjoy a film or book. Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke are leaders in building a more inclusive Hollywood and creating cultural change through storytelling in all its forms. In 2016, they founded the Pop Culture Collaborative, a network of more than 5,000 creators, activists, and philanthropists who are reshaping pop culture. They have worked with America Ferrera, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae and a long list of other Hollywood icons and trailblazing activists. In 2021, they launched the Becoming America Fund to support creators that celebrate a diverse America and introduce the kind of transformative and often joyful ideas that help us imagine a better society.  In this episode, Bridgit and Tracy talk about expanding the definition of pop culture and how it can--and must--be used to build a more just society, making Hollywood more inclusive, the digital water cooler’s impact on cultural narrative, the opportunities in the “big sky moments” that unite us, and the questions we should all be asking when we read, watch, or tell stories. It's a powerful and hopeful conversation.Key Points From This Episode:How Bridgit and Tracy learned that they could combine culture and social impact for change.Solving the challenges of merging fact and fiction by expanding the definition of pop culture.The importance of intentionally leveraging content and entertainment for social change.Supporting art and creativity as part of building a more just society.Reimagining existing Hollywood structures while also building new ones.How the PCC fosters a community of culture-change artists in the entertainment industry.The questions we can ask ourselves as we watch or read stories to be part of the change.Engaging with social justice organizations working on the issues that come up in the stories we read or watch. How “big sky moments” can unite us despite a fragmented social media landscape.The impact of Black Panther as an example of transformational narratives. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Pop Culture Collaborative Pop Culture Collaborative on InstagramBridgit Antionette Evans on LInkedInBridgit Antoinette Evans on TwitterTracy van Slyke on LinkedInTracy van Slyke on TwitterSusan Ferry Price websiteSusan Ferry Price InstagramSusan Ferry Price TwitterThe Color of ChangeAva DuVernayAmerica FerraraAnna Deavere SmithThe Domestic Workers Alliance This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
32:13 10/19/2021
Choosing Love over Fear with Scarlett Lewis
In our divisive world, it can seem that values such as love and compassion are slipping further away. But during these turbulent times we need one another more than ever. Today's guest, Scarlett Lewis, faced the unthinkable when her son, Jesse, was killed in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary. Rather than letting anger and grief define her, Scarlett chose forgiveness. Inspired by a three-word message Jesse had left before he was killed, she founded the Choose Love Movement to create a free social and emotional skills program for kids--and now adults. We talk about how  Scarlett was able to forgive and how her family and friends reacted,  and how the four pillars her program is built on--courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion- are exactly what we all need to practice right now.Key Points From This Episode:The message Scarlett found from her son, Jesse Lewis.How Scarlett got her power back through forgiveness.How isolation and the pandemic are increasing the need for healing.How Scarlett came up with the idea for the Choose Love program.The four key elements of her free program for kids and adults.How Choose Love works in schools to help kids develop social and emotional intelligence.Who can benefit from the free resources Choose Love has created.Links in todays's episode:Choose LoveSusan Ferry Price WebsiteSusan Ferry Price on InstagramSHEbd This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
31:16 10/06/2021
Leveling the Startup Playing Field with Jaime Schmidt
Jaime Schmidt started Schmidt’s Naturals in her kitchen and in only seven years scaled it to an acquisition by Unilever. Now Jaime is empowering other entrepreneurs through her inclusive investment firm, Color, and Supermaker, a media company that celebrates inclusive and disruptive independent brands. Her book, Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms, follows her journey as an entrepreneur and is packed with advice about turning a passion project into a thriving business. Jaime is now starring in Going Public, the first show that let viewers invest in the companies on screen. She talks about finding purpose, building a values-based company, confidence and vulnerability as key business skills, keeping up with crypto and democratizing entrepreneurship and investing.Key Points From This Episode:The organic process by which Jaime discovered her entrepreneurial skills.Why Jaime wrote her book, Supermaker.Key qualities and guiding principles that helped Jaime make Schmidt Naturals such a success.Lessons that Jaime learned through her journey of founding and growing Schmidt Naturals.How the acquisition of Schmidt Naturals by Unilever came about. Challenges of maintaining the value of a brand as it grows. One of the main drivers behind the founding of Schmidt’s. Overlap between Jaime’s personal life and her work life, and how she manages this. What changed Jaime’s post-acquisition plans. The original goal of Color, Jaime’s investment fund, and how it has evolved over time.Going Public; how Jaime’s latest project is democratizing investing. An explanation of what an accredited investor is, and the regulation which makes investing more inclusive. What Jaime has learned through mentoring founders and entrepreneurs. Factors that keep underrepresented founders out of the game. The importance of being able to be vulnerable and admit what you don’t know. A new definition of a Maker.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Jaime Schmidt WebsiteJaime Schmidt on LinkedInJaime Schmidt on InstagramSchmidt’s NaturalsColor CapitalSupermakerSupermakerGoing PublicSusan Ferry Price WebsiteSusan Ferry Price on InstagramSHEbd This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit betterangels.substack.com
29:48 10/05/2021