This is Catalyze, a podcast produced by the Morehead-Cain Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a wink and a nod to the Foundation's two chemist benefactors—John Motley Morehead III and Gordon Cain—“Catalyze” is meant to represent action, movement, and bringing about change. Our conversations with action-oriented alumni and scholars cover Carolina experiences, career evolutions, individual leadership approaches, personal values, and all kinds of stories of transformation, resilience, and achievement.
Learn to Win and the rise of e-coaching, with Andrew Powell ’15 and Sasha Seymore ’15
Andrew Powell ’15 and Sasha Seymore ’15 (as well as UNC alumnus and former football player Tommy Hatton) are the co-founders of Learn to Win, a mobile learning platform that uses a content creation engine and data analytics suite to build and deliver training materials for instructors, coaches, and teachers of all kinds. The two alumni worked on building the startup as undergrads at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later as master’s students on the West Coast.
Civic Engagement Pt. 1: Voting this November, with political scientist John Sides ’96
To launch our fall season, we spoke with John Sides ’96, a professor and William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. His research focuses on comparative and American politics. The alumnus is co-author of the book, “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America.” John is also co-founder, former editor-in-chief, and publisher of The Monkey Cage via The Washington Post.
Civic Engagement Pt. 2: Community organizing and activism, with Greear Webb ’23
For our second episode of our two-part series on civic engagement, we spoke with Greear Webb ’23 of Raleigh, co-founder of Young Americans Protest (YAP!) and the NC Town Hall. At Carolina, the scholar serves on the Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity and as co-chair of the political action committee for the Black Student Movement (BSM) at UNC-Chapel Hill. This summer, Greear was selected by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education to participate in the Making Caring Common program as a Voter Mobilization Ambassador.
When the coronavirus takes over your beat: Laurel Wamsley ’06, reporter for NPR, on covering the pandemic
Before March of this year, Laurel Wamsley ’06 covered stories for NPR focusing on cities, technology, policy, and criminal justice. Now, the Washington, D.C.-based alumna covers the coronavirus which, of course, has impacted all aspects of society.
In between filing stories, Laurel spoke with Morehead-Cain from her home in the Columbia Heights neighborhood to share what the past two months have been like, how NPR has changed its approach to reaching Americans, and her thoughts on the impact the pandemic will have on public trust in local media and national news organizations.
Online events, kudos, other news from Morehead-Cain. Also: an update from Corrie White Conrad ’02
These are strange times to be living in, but it’s also a very busy time for Morehead-Cain, so we wanted to get everyone up to speed.
Bruce Gellin ’77 on the race for a coronavirus vaccine and the defense against COVID-19’s return
Morehead-Cain called Bruce Gellin ’77, president of global immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, D.C., to get a better understanding of what would need to take place before a coronavirus vaccine could protect against the next global outbreak.
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Great podcast for inspiration + connection to the Carolina community!
Love this podcast! It is inspiring to hear about UNC alumni in a wide range of professions, life stages, etc. The host does a great job of digging into more than the guests’ career trajectories. The breadth of guests and topics keeps each episode fresh. It energizes me when I’m reminded of this great community that I am lucky to be a part of!
Fantastic new podcast!
This podcast from the Morehead-Cain Foundation has tons of potential. The alumni of this program are so diverse and so accomplished that their stories would be interesting to anyone wanting to make a difference in the world! Can’t wait to see where it goes.