8 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.

    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
    The Future of ESG Reporting: Emily Powell, THESIS

    The Future of ESG Reporting: Emily Powell, THESIS

    Emily Powell is a Solutions Manager on the THESIS Impact Team helping companies improve the ease of their ESG reporting. She is an expert in how businesses can gain transparency in their supply chain and operations, uncover risks created by environmental and social impact, and take initiative to improve their sustainability in anticipation of an uncertain future. Emily believes that global changes, including climate change and an evolving middle class, create a pivotal opportunity for businesses to become drivers of profitable, sustainable development. With experience assisting in program management on the sustainability team at Sprouts Farmers Market and in sustainability communication at various green-minded magazines and websites, Emily joins the Implementation team to help industry members put TSC’s sustainability measurement and reporting tools to good use in their supply chain transparency efforts.

    • 22 min
    Sustainability Skills for the Future: Gina Macllwraith, ISSP

    Sustainability Skills for the Future: Gina Macllwraith, ISSP

    Gina Macllwraith, General Manager of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, discusses the skills sustainability professionals need in this new normal. 
    She previously worked as a consultant working to jumpstart the circular economy mindset through strategic education initiatives and led environmental, health and safety at Vail Resorts. She has cross-sector experience building collaborative partnerships and developing strong networks with sustainability professionals.
    ISSP is the world’s leading professional association for sustainability professionals, empowering environmental and social impact professionals to drive positive change in organizations and communities around the globe. We establish professional excellence within the quickly changing field of sustainability by providing online and in-person professional development programs, networking opportunities, and developing the profession’s body of knowledge.

    • 29 min
    Gender Equality in Sustainable Finance: Natasha Lamb, Arjuna Capital

    Gender Equality in Sustainable Finance: Natasha Lamb, Arjuna Capital

    Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at Arjuna Capital, and Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, discuss gender equality progress and what's new in the sustainable finance sector. 
    Natasha integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into Arjuna’s investment process while engaging major corporations to improve their performance through shareholder advocacy. Previously, Natasha was Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement, and an Equity Analyst at Trillium Asset Management. Natasha has been profiled on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, and in Forbes, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, while her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on NPR and CNN.
    In 2016, Natasha received the Upstart Business Journal Upstart 100 Award and the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk. Natasha is a trustee of The Food Project and Chair of the Crane Institute of Sustainability, host to the Intentionally Designed Endowments Network. She teaches sustainable investing at Presidio Graduate School and holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Presidio. Natasha received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

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

kettle_chips ,

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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