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Brand on Purpose is an engaging new podcast focused on uncovering the untold stories of entrepreneurs and senior leaders who have discovered how to serve a greater good while building or transforming major brands. Join host Aaron Kwittken as he speaks to innovative leaders who make it their brand’s mission to do well by doing good.

Brand on Purpos‪e‬ Aaron Kwittken

    • Marketing
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Brand on Purpose is an engaging new podcast focused on uncovering the untold stories of entrepreneurs and senior leaders who have discovered how to serve a greater good while building or transforming major brands. Join host Aaron Kwittken as he speaks to innovative leaders who make it their brand’s mission to do well by doing good.

    Understanding, Embracing and Integrating LGBTQIA+ Identities Into Our Lives with Thank You For Coming Out Founder & Producer Dubbs Weinblatt

    Understanding, Embracing and Integrating LGBTQIA+ Identities Into Our Lives with Thank You For Coming Out Founder & Producer Dubbs Weinblatt

    Thank You For Coming Out Founder and Executive Producer Dubbs Weinblatt talks about how their experience growing up in a reform synagogue impacted their identity and how their dedication to educating people on the nuances of LGBTQ identity inspired the founding of their improv group and podcast. Founded in 2015, Thank You For Coming Out offers a safe space for LGBTQIA+ storytellers and improvisers to share their vulnerable and heartfelt coming out stories. In today’s society, representation and visibility are so important for individuals who are discovering their sexual identities and orientations, and Dubbs offers their thoughts on how different life would’ve been if they had the right mentorship and guidance earlier in life. Tune in to hear more about Dubbs’ commitment to educating people on LGBTQ+ identities, why there must be a willingness to listen and learn, and how society plays a large role in coming out experiences. Learn more at thankyouforcomingout.com.

    Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, Michael Grubbs, and Mathew Passy
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    • 47 min
    The OG E-Commerce Company With a Conscience with Uncommon Goods Founder & CEO Dave Bolotsky

    The OG E-Commerce Company With a Conscience with Uncommon Goods Founder & CEO Dave Bolotsky

    Uncommon Goods Founder & CEO Dave Bolotsky offers an inside look at the groundbreaking e-commerce company – one of the very first in the space at its founding in 1999, and one of the original purpose-driven companies. Now a certified B-Corp headquartered in Brooklyn, Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace to connect creators and their products with shoppers looking for truly unique goods. Through the longstanding Better to Give program, the company donates $1 for every purchase to select nonprofit partners, donating over $2 million to date. Dave and Aaron discuss this and more, including Dave’s childhood dream of becoming an entrepreneur, how today’s younger generations want to engage with companies that have a conscience, and why his people-first philosophy – including always paying above the minimum wage – is so important. Tune in to hear about the positive influences of being a fourth-generation resident of Manhattan’s diverse Lower East Side, and learn more at uncommongoods.com.
     
    Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, Mathew Passy, and Michael Grubbs
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    • 26 min
    Toilet Paper for a Better World with Reel Co-Founder & CMO Derin Oyekan

    Toilet Paper for a Better World with Reel Co-Founder & CMO Derin Oyekan

    Reel Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Derin Oyekan talks about how his experience growing up in Nigeria and seeing firsthand the effects of the lack of access to sanitation inspired the founding of his eco-friendly toilet paper startup. Launched in March 2019 and available on Amazon, Reel Paper is made of 100% bamboo and helps to reduce waste, encourage conscious consumerism, and help improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people around the world. Derin and Aaron discuss where the idea for the company came from, the biggest challenges with getting a purpose-driven business off the ground, and how even small changes in consumers’ daily lives can add up to a significant impact. Tune in to hear Derin’s thoughts on how the social justice wave is spreading from the U.S. across the world, and learn more at reelpaper.com.
     
    Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, and Mathew Passy
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    • 27 min
    Addressing Inequities for Black & Latinx Businesses with digitalundivided Founder Kathryn Finney

    Addressing Inequities for Black & Latinx Businesses with digitalundivided Founder Kathryn Finney

    digitalundivided (DID) founder and former CEO Kathryn Finney talks about how the social enterprise supports Black and Latinx female entrepreneurs through data and resources. An Echoing Green fellow and Obama administration White House Champion of Change, Kathryn leverages her background in political science and epidemiology to spearhead innovative, systemic change in the business world. After the onset of COVID-19, Kathryn founded The Doonie Fund with a $10,000 personal donation, ultimately working with DID to provide over $150,000 worth of micro-investments to more than 1,500 Black women-owned businesses. Kathryn and Aaron also discuss what diversity and inclusion hires need in order for their roles to actually have an impact, the hope that Gen Z inspires for the future of leadership, and why we all have to get comfortable having uncomfortable conversations. Learn more at digitalundivided.com and kathrynfinney.com. 
     
    Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, and Mathew Passy
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    • 44 min
    Helping Female Entrepreneurs Break the Glass Ceiling with IFundWomen Director of Marketing Julia Steele

    Helping Female Entrepreneurs Break the Glass Ceiling with IFundWomen Director of Marketing Julia Steele

    IFundWomen’s Director of Marketing Julia Steele discusses the barriers that women face within the entrepreneurial community and how the organization helps women overcome those barriers to ultimately launch and fund their own businesses. Julia delves into how her background in media and startups influenced her career path and explains the steps the that IFundWomen has taken to help break through the glass ceiling that still exists for many women entrepreneurs today. Aaron and Julia also talk about addressing the gender inequalities in the business community and shed light on the reasons women are continuously shut out of entrepreneurial spaces – and what we can do to change that. Tune in to hear more about the resources offered to women entrepreneurs through IFundWomen, and learn more at ifundwomen.com.
     
    Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, and Mathew Passy
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    • 33 min
    Drink More Vodka, Save Our Planet with Belvedere CEO and President Rodney Williams

    Drink More Vodka, Save Our Planet with Belvedere CEO and President Rodney Williams

    Belvedere Vodka CEO and President Rodney Williams discusses the company’s commitment to nature, supported by a mission to nourish and protect the planet – with a goal to generate 100% renewable energy for the distillery and surrounding businesses by 2025. As leader of the world’s first luxury vodka, Rodney shares his thoughts on how vodka can be a muse for craftsmanship, the unique natural and organic properties that define Belvedere’s product, and the importance of having vulnerable conversations at work. Tune in to hear more about Belvedere’s approach to sustainability and how refined vodka has become a canvas for artisanal quality, and learn more at belvederevodka.com.

    Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, and Mathew Passy
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

In Good Company PR ,

Fantastic!

Always inspiring dialogue with the leaders of our time. Must-listen!

Drew LS ,

Excellent Podcast

BOP has become one of my favorite podcasts. It is a breath of fresh air in a world full of negative news. It focuses on people that are mission driven and Aaron does and an amazing job bringing us excellent stories.

The Mamabird Interviews Team ,

Every episode is inspiring and educational

Our team listens to Brand On Purpose because we too are trying to do business in a better way. Each week we are inspired and learn from Aaron and his guests. We could not recommend this podcast more. There are so many good options out there, but we feel that the planning and execution of Brand on Purpose is second to none. Thank you Aaron, Lindsey, and Katrina for all that you are doing to bring these important stories to the world. Sincerely, The Mamabird Interviews team.

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