45 episodes

Can learning transform your life? On this shared journey, Maria reveals the future of learning and work through the stories of people who are disrupting how we learn, work, and live in the connection economy. Together with her guests, she teaches you how to design your learning journey and create the life you want. The podcast puts full ownership of learning and work in the hands of students and professionals determined to build a better future for yourselves and society. We can talk about learning, we can design it, or we can do both. Welcome to Impact Learning with Maria Xenidou.

IMPACT LEARNING Maria Xenidou

    • Self-Improvement

Can learning transform your life? On this shared journey, Maria reveals the future of learning and work through the stories of people who are disrupting how we learn, work, and live in the connection economy. Together with her guests, she teaches you how to design your learning journey and create the life you want. The podcast puts full ownership of learning and work in the hands of students and professionals determined to build a better future for yourselves and society. We can talk about learning, we can design it, or we can do both. Welcome to Impact Learning with Maria Xenidou.

    Leadership & Education at the Learning House in Nepal with Michelle Welsch

    Leadership & Education at the Learning House in Nepal with Michelle Welsch

    Today, Maria talks with Michelle Welsch, a social entrepreneur, who founded the Learning House, a community learning center that offers free workshops, paid classes and scholarships to promote education and leadership in Pokhara, Nepal. She is the CEO and founder of Khata Life, a non-profit organization in the US.

    With a background in psychology and social work and after working for a branding company and then freelancing in New York City, Michelle left for Nepal for a two-week trip and never really came back to the US.

    Get inspired by our conversation that is full of zest and energy, just like our guest!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Empowering Congolese Farmers through an Agribusiness with John Kavyavu

    Empowering Congolese Farmers through an Agribusiness with John Kavyavu

    This week, Maria talks John Kavyavu, who is the Executive Director of Mavuno, a financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable non profit organization that serves the Congolese farmer. During his journey as a social entrepreneur, John has founded and managed startups businesses and NGOs in Africa and in the US.

    His biggest dream has always been to be a part of the solution in ending extreme poverty in Africa and in particular, the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was born and raised. He has served in different organizations including Pro-Microfinance International that he co-founded to provide financial services and technical assistance to Congolese entrepreneurs from low income families.

    Tune-in to listen from a visionary social entrepreneur who was inspired by his mother to imagine a better future for his home country, one of the most devastated places on earth.

    • 57 min
    Bringing Art to Indian Public Schools with Sana Sabah

    Bringing Art to Indian Public Schools with Sana Sabah

    This week, Maria talks with Sana Sabah, who is the cofounder and CEO of SHURUA(R)T, a startup in India that provides an online marketing platform to help student artists sell their work.

    When Sana was not able to find a job after completing her masters in mass communication and journaling, she decided to join SHURUA(R)T as a content writer intern and ended up becoming the CEO of the startup.

    Under her leadership, they were able to evolve their mission that today empowers artists to develop skills and their career while they teach art to Government primary schools. During “Let's Start Art” sessions, they improve the cognitive abilities of children by giving them the freedom to create art as they listen and visualize a story.

    Tune in to hear from an inspiring entrepreneur who found her calling in grooming artists and bringing art to government primary schools in India.

    • 50 min
    Funding Secondary Education in the Developing World with Matt Severson

    Funding Secondary Education in the Developing World with Matt Severson

    Today, Maria talks with Matt Severson, who is a Harvard MBA and the founder of The School Fund whom she met when she started serving on The School Fund board.

    When his mom showed Matt the importance of helping a stranger, she ignited his passion for helping those in need. Many years later, after he met a student named John in Tanzania who could not afford going to high school, Matt decided to found The School Fund and John became the first student they supported.

    Matt talks about the small dent he wants to make in the world by working to solve two big problems: climate change and poverty in developing countries. He currently contributes his part by working at Tesla, and serving as the Board Chair of The School Fund that he founded in 2009.

    We hope this conversation will inspire you to consider supporting students who need an extra hand to complete their education and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and communities.

    • 43 min
    Impact Learning: Christmas Special with Children

    Impact Learning: Christmas Special with Children

    This week, we have a special episode for you to celebrate the holiday season.

    Maria asked children to share what they learned this year and what they want to learn soon. Their responses blew us away and made us laugh out loud.

    We hope you will get as much joy out of this episode as we did. Enjoy listening and Happy Holidays!

    • 10 min
    My Money Story (Maria on Mic)

    My Money Story (Maria on Mic)

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    This week, Maria shares with us her Money Story. 

    She unpacks her philosophy on money that led her to create the Impact Learning Fund to support those who need a hand in accessing learning and education resources so they can also advance their life the way she did.

    Tune in to learn how you can also get involved in empowering others through learning.

    • 7 min

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Brilliant Questions, Deep Learning

Maria is able to transform seemingly everyday moments into spectacular opportunities for deep and personal learning. The Impact Learning Podcast is a gift! Thank you for the way you challenge those around you to challenge the status quo and to ask the hard, beautiful questions!

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