11 episodes

Welcome to the Positive Impact Podcast, where we discuss topics at the intersection of business, sustainability and social justice. With so many negative things out there in the world today, politically and with a pandemic, this podcast explores how we can break barriers and create positive impactful change with industry leaders and pioneers.

I’m Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a firm that works with organizations to have a positive impact on the planet and social justice through the lens of business.

Positive Impact Podcast Kevin Wilhelm

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Welcome to the Positive Impact Podcast, where we discuss topics at the intersection of business, sustainability and social justice. With so many negative things out there in the world today, politically and with a pandemic, this podcast explores how we can break barriers and create positive impactful change with industry leaders and pioneers.

I’m Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a firm that works with organizations to have a positive impact on the planet and social justice through the lens of business.

    Embedding ESG into Your Organization’s DNA: Edua Dickerson, ServiceNow

    Embedding ESG into Your Organization’s DNA: Edua Dickerson, ServiceNow

    Edua Dickerson is a distinguished tech executive who currently serves as VP, ESG and Finance Strategy at ServiceNow. Her role includes leading and scaling ServiceNow's ESG strategy and program throughout the enterprise, embedding it into the ServiceNow operations and culture; driving strategic initiatives that help shape and amplify the CFO’s vision, leadership and voice; and spearheading key initiatives that enable the finance organization to operate effectively and at scale.
    In this episode, Edua and Kevin discuss how to build an ESG program that goes beyond checking boxes and instead becomes baked into an organization's culture and DNA. Edua also shares her thoughts on the ESG profession at large and how to get involved in the space. 
    Check out ServiceNow's 2022 Global Impact Report: https://bit.ly/3f50lBz
    Also see ServiceNow's 2022 DE&I Report: https://bit.ly/3SgGHRt

    • 33 min
    The Intersection of Sustainability, Equity, & Social Justice: Katherine Cheng, Social Impact Expert

    The Intersection of Sustainability, Equity, & Social Justice: Katherine Cheng, Social Impact Expert

    Katherine is a seasoned social impact expert and sustainability architect who has worked in diverse industries such as retail, tech, government, and travel, and with organizations like Starbucks, Microsoft, and UNESCO. Most recently serving as the Head of Global and Community Impact at Expedia, Katherine excels at connecting the dots between business, community, and the environment.  In this episode, Katherine and Kevin discuss how organizations can go beyond just checking the box on social impact, instead making sure that justice and equity are core to what they do.
    Check out Expedia's 2020 Global Impact Report: https://bit.ly/3ykWNTt
    Learn more about the Our Stories Are Your Stories initiative: https://bit.ly/3OXhQl1
    Sign up for SBC's monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/3JVEeIq

    • 29 min
    Sustainable Sourcing in Healthcare: Mellissa Nguyen, Vizient Inc.

    Sustainable Sourcing in Healthcare: Mellissa Nguyen, Vizient Inc.

    Mellissa Nguyen is the Senior Program Manager of Environmentally Preferred Sourcing at Vizient, the country's largest member-owned health care services company. Under her leadership, Vizient developed and deployed an environmentally preferred sourcing program, representing the largest portfolio of products with environmentally preferred attributes in the healthcare supply chain spend, serving more than half the nation’s health care organizations. Through her work, Vizient has partnered with suppliers across every hospital purchasing sector including food, medical commodities, and furniture, creating sustainability standards that make today’s healthcare systems more resilient. Mellissa and Kevin discuss the future of healthcare and sustainability coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of sustainable procurement practices in driving positive impact.
    Learn more about Vizient's Environmentally Preferred Sourcing program: https://bit.ly/3K9zKhL
    Stay up to date with Vizient: https://bit.ly/3tShZ0x
    Sign up for SBC's monthly newsletter: https://bit.ly/3JVEeIq

    • 21 min
    Philanthropy and Grantmaking that Works: Sybil Ackerman, Philanthropy Professional

    Philanthropy and Grantmaking that Works: Sybil Ackerman, Philanthropy Professional

    Sybil Ackerman is a philanthropy professional who has helped to contribute over $45M in large and small donations. For over two decades, she has worked closely with individuals, charities, and donors to ensure they make a true impact with their money and avoid costly mistakes. 
    In her 20+ years of offering advice to entrepreneurs and businesses seeking social responsibility - they’ve raised capital, become profitable, and want to do good in the world - but where to start? Sybil is here to tell us how.

    • 21 min
    Community Partnerships for Impactful Change: Marianella Franklin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Community Partnerships for Impactful Change: Marianella Franklin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Marianella Franklin is the Director for Sustainability Programs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2009, she has founded the Office for Sustainability and now is the UTRGV Chief Sustainability Officer.  Under her leadership, UTRGV (and its legacy institution, UTPA) has forged forward in creating a sustainable development platform for the University and the region it serves, influencing partnerships nationally and globally. 
    Marianella and Kevin discuss how community partnerships can be an impactful catalyst for lasting change, in academics and beyond. 

    • 34 min
    Transdisciplinary Problem Solving: Ben Packard, University of Washington

    Transdisciplinary Problem Solving: Ben Packard, University of Washington

    Ben Packard serves as the Executive Director of EarthLab at the University of Washington, an initiative to tackle environmental challenges including climate change, ocean health, natural hazards and healthy ecosystems. Ben is responsible for promoting new learning and action to building relationships between the University and public, private and nonprofit sectors.
    Before coming to EarthLab, Ben served as the Global Managing Director of Corporate Engagement at The Nature Conservancy and the Vice President of Global Responsibility at Starbucks.
    Ben and Kevin discuss using multiple disciplines to solve real-world problems, engaging and supporting faculty that work on sustainability, and integrating social justice into environmental work. 

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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khagen5903 ,

Great #sustainability content

I’m a corporate #ESG leader and can say that this is great content. Highly recommend the whole series.

Kevin Hagen. VP ESG strategy Iron Mountain

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Best way to stay up to date on sustainability topics!

Thanks to the folks at SBC for bringing awareness to these critical subjects

EspressoEmily ,

Great insights, inspiring speakers!

This podcast helps restore my faith in humanity.

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