29 episodes

Conversations with Chanda is a podcast and event series hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, The Minneapolis Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Chanda has over 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. Through things like Conversations with Chanda, The Minneapolis Foundation is leading our community on a tough but revealing path of discovery and civic action. We’re calling on everyone to join us in the hard conversations that seek shared understanding. We know even the most candid dialogue remains essentially talk – we seek to spark actions for our community’s grittiest, most vexing problems.

Conversations with Chanda The Minneapolis Foundation

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 19 Ratings

Conversations with Chanda is a podcast and event series hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, The Minneapolis Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Chanda has over 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. Through things like Conversations with Chanda, The Minneapolis Foundation is leading our community on a tough but revealing path of discovery and civic action. We’re calling on everyone to join us in the hard conversations that seek shared understanding. We know even the most candid dialogue remains essentially talk – we seek to spark actions for our community’s grittiest, most vexing problems.

    Fighting for Your Humanity: a Conversation with Leslie Redmond

    Fighting for Your Humanity: a Conversation with Leslie Redmond

    As the Founder of Don’t Complain, Activate and President of the Minneapolis NAACP, Leslie Redmond is deeply involved in civil rights advocacy in Minneapolis. Leslie connected with Chanda to talk about the nuances of what it means to defund or disband the police, what white allies need to know to get involved, and why we all need to take advantage of this moment to transform our systems.

    • 50 min
    Leading Through Grief: a Conversation with Nina Robertson and Brandon Williams

    Leading Through Grief: a Conversation with Nina Robertson and Brandon Williams

    George Floyd’s murder has sparked outrage and change in Minneapolis and around the world. During this heavy, traumatic moment, how do Black leaders continue to drive change and take care of themselves? Nina Robertson, Step Up’s Youth Employment Program Director, and Brandon Williams, The Minneapolis Foundation’s Criminal Justice and Safe Communities Fellow, are living it. Chanda, Nina, and Brandon talk about their personal experiences with the police, their involvement with The Minneapolis Foundation’s Fund for Safe Communities, and the importance of fighting for transformational change – even at a time of exhaustion.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Transformation of Youth: a Conversation with Larry McKenzie

    The Transformation of Youth: a Conversation with Larry McKenzie

    Larry McKenzie is an author, speaker, and six-time high school championship basketball coach in North Minneapolis. Larry connected with Chanda over Zoom to talk about what makes someone an effective leader, how to combat negative narratives in our communities, and the profound impact extracurricular activities have on our youth.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Keeping Community at the Center: a Conversation with Shannon Smith Jones

    Keeping Community at the Center: a Conversation with Shannon Smith Jones

    Shannon Smith Jones has more than a decade of experience in community development, housing justice, and community engagement. Today, she’s the Executive Director of Hope Community. She’s also Chanda’s sister. Chanda and Shannon got together to discuss what it’s like to lead during COVID-19, the complexities and ripple effects of the pandemic, and how foundations should be using their power right now.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Color of Law: a Conversation with Richard Rothstein

    The Color of Law: a Conversation with Richard Rothstein

    Richard Rothstein is an academic, historian, and author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.” Together, Chanda and Richard talk about segregation and its connection to our nation’s disparities, how government policies can reinforce stereotypes, and why understanding our history can help us reconcile our past.

    • 50 min
    Mobilizing Resources During COVID-19: a Conversation with Lisa Fitzpatrick and Natalie Davis

    Mobilizing Resources During COVID-19: a Conversation with Lisa Fitzpatrick and Natalie Davis

    The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly changed the lives of billions of people around the world. To better understand this pandemic, Chanda turned to two experts – Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist, and Natalie Davis, the Senior Director of Public Engagement at United States of Care. Chanda, Lisa, and Natalie discuss the damage of misinformation, why solutions need to be community-informed, and how philanthropy can best respond to this crisis.

    • 59 min

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