57 episodes

Welcome to The Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast where we feature compassionate leaders who positively impact their communities and the world.  For thousands of years, the sages have known that compassion is a powerful force for good. In the last two decades, compassion scholars caught up with these sages, proving an ROI to building loving communities and businesses. This podcast features leaders who can teach us about the power of compassion and is hosted by Laurel Donnellan and Darryl Brown. Laurel is a founder, author, and contributor covering compassionate leadership at Forbes. Darryl is a trusted faculty advisor at Compassionate Leaders Circle with a professional background working in media.

The Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast Compassionate Leaders Circle

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to The Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast where we feature compassionate leaders who positively impact their communities and the world.  For thousands of years, the sages have known that compassion is a powerful force for good. In the last two decades, compassion scholars caught up with these sages, proving an ROI to building loving communities and businesses. This podcast features leaders who can teach us about the power of compassion and is hosted by Laurel Donnellan and Darryl Brown. Laurel is a founder, author, and contributor covering compassionate leadership at Forbes. Darryl is a trusted faculty advisor at Compassionate Leaders Circle with a professional background working in media.

    Meet Darryl: Chapter 2

    Meet Darryl: Chapter 2

    Welcome back to the Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast! In this heartwarming and insightful episode, I, Laurel Donnellan, have the pleasure of interviewing my co-host, Darryl Brown, as we continue our "Meet the Co-Hosts" series. This time, we delve into Darryl’s transformative college years at Fordham University in New York City.

    Following up on his earlier reflections about childhood, Darryl highlights the importance of friendship during his formative years and how these bonds continued to shape his college experience. At Fordham, Darryl was recruited to play basketball, a journey that honed his skills on the court and developed his leadership abilities. He shares the excitement and challenges of playing at a collegiate level and how these experiences contributed to his growth as a compassionate leader.

    In this episode, Darryl also opens up about falling in love during his college years, sharing the joy and profound impact of this relationship on his life. He reminisces about the thrill of discovering his passion for journalism, a field that allowed him to combine his love for storytelling with his desire to make a difference.

    Darryl’s appreciation for receiving a Jesuit education is evident as he reflects on the values and principles that Fordham instilled in him. He talks about how the Jesuit emphasis on self reflection, service, and holistic education deeply influenced his personal and professional life.

    Join us for a cozy, intimate conversation as Darryl takes us through his college days, filled with friendship, love, passion, and growth. His journey is a testament to the power of education, the importance of community, and the enduring impact of compassionate leadership.

    Tune in to this episode for a warm and inspiring look at how Darryl’s college experiences shaped the leader he is today. Listen now and be inspired.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Meet Laurel: Chapter 1

    Meet Laurel: Chapter 1

    Join us for a beautiful journey into Laurel's life as she shares pivotal moments that shaped her into the compassionate leader she is today. In this special series, the podcast delves into personal narratives that illuminate the essence of leadership through compassion.

    In this first chapter, Laurel unfolds her path, beginning with the transformative inspiration that led her to Cornell University's School of Hospitality. She reflects on how this experience sparked her passion for nurturing others and fostering inclusive environments. However, life's journey also brought profound challenges. Laurel bravely navigates through moments of deep grief and loss, revealing how these hardships sculpted her empathy and resilience.

    Through intimate storytelling, Laurel invites listeners into her world, where warmth and inspiration abound. Her tale embodies the podcast's ethos of compassionate leadership, illustrating how personal growth and understanding can shape impactful leadership. Tune in to the podcast as Laurel's narrative unfolds, offering insights and encouragement for leaders and listeners alike.

    • 40 min
    Meet Darryl: Chapter 1

    Meet Darryl: Chapter 1

    CLC Podcast is kicking off a series where we dive deep into our lives, sharing the pivotal moments that have molded our paths. I’m your host, Laurel Donnellan, joined by my co-host, Darryl Brown.

    In today’s heartfelt and inspiring episode, I sit down with Darryl as he opens up about his childhood in a predominantly black neighborhood in a predominantly white town just outside of NYC. Darryl’s story is one of resilience, community, and the powerful influence of family. From the earliest memories to the challenges and triumphs of his formative years, Darryl reflects on the experiences that have shaped his compassionate leadership style. 

    Growing up, Darryl found strength in the close-knit bonds of his community. He shares poignant memories of family gatherings, neighborhood events, and the unwavering support of those around him. These moments, filled with love and solidarity, laid the foundation for his deep sense of empathy and commitment to others.

    Despite facing hardships and navigating the complexities of a divided town, Darryl’s spirit remained unbroken. He recounts the lessons learned from overcoming adversity and the determination it instilled in him to rise above challenges. Through it all, Darryl discovered the joy of new and exciting experiences, from becoming a widely recognized athlete to embracing opportunities that broadened his horizons. 

    Join us as we journey through Darryl’s early years, uncovering the profound impact of his upbringing on his leadership philosophy. This episode is a testament to the power of community, the importance of family, and the resilience that defines compassionate leaders. Tune in for a warm, intimate conversation that will inspire and uplift, reminding us all of the enduring power of compassion.

    • 1 hr
    2024 Compassionate Leaders Circle Awards Ceremony

    2024 Compassionate Leaders Circle Awards Ceremony

    This is our fourth Compassionate Leaders Circle Awards Ceremony. The CLC Awards celebrate the brightest and boldest in their respective fields. Our Honorees acknowledge our universal interconnectedness and use their influence to make a positive impact on people and the planet. These leaders are courageous, contemplative, collaborative, and care about the world they will leave behind. The honorees this year are:






    Gar Grannell, CEO, Mohawk Global


    Comfort Dondo, Founder, Phumulani Minnesota, African Women Against Violence

    Laina Raveendran Greene, CEO, Angels of Impact


    Ish Orkar, Deputy Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, ACLU (find out more here)

    Jyl Feliciano, Global Vice President of DEI&B, Highspot


    Devon Henry, CEO & President, Team Henry Enterprises


    Geoffrey M. Roche, Director of Workforce Development (North America), Siemens Healthineers


    Audree Grubesic, Founder, Offsite Dirt Media


    Asia Pope, Director of DEI, The Buckeye Ranch


    Listen to this episode to learn more about our amazing honorees!

    This awards ceremony is sponsored by Angles, Inc, who do incredible work in content marketing.

    • 41 min
    Instilling Corporate Values with Digimarc

    Instilling Corporate Values with Digimarc

    In this episode, we interview Riley McCormack, President and CEO of Digimarc. Digimarc is leading the charge in digital watermarking and cloud-based product data. Part of what drives this incredible company is its incredible culture. 

    When it started out, Digimarc had over 50 to 60 corporate values. Riley found this to be hectic and unrealistic, so he leveraged his employees to help him narrow it down into three: collaborative, curious, and courageous. Collaborative—the company works well together and with all of its stakeholders. Curious—everyone asks the question “why?” at least a couple of times a day. Courageous—take responsibility to deliver what the company says it’s going to deliver. 

    To help guide the company’s employees as they embody these values, Riley has four principles:

    1. Give employees cool things to do
    2. Give employees the knowledge that they’re applying that technology to change the world
    3. Surround employees with good, smart human beings
    4. Recognize that employees are human

    Learn more about Riley and Digimarc by listening to the full episode.

    • 19 min
    Discussing Forgiveness with Mark Anthony Lord

    Discussing Forgiveness with Mark Anthony Lord

    In this podcast, I explore the power of forgiveness with my dear friend Mark Anthony Lord. Mark’s passion for spiritual awakening led him to ordination as a Minister and has founded two successful spiritual communities. The Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago grew from a handful of members to thousands under his leadership, and Living The Course, a virtual, global A Course In Miracles community that he transformed into a 7-figure business in under three years. What Mark and I discovered through this conversation is that forgiveness is critical for a leader to be compassionate. “The leader always has the potential to change the game and change the story,” says Mark. Listen to learn more about how leaders find and practice forgiveness.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Business

REAL AF with Andy Frisella
Andy Frisella #100to0
Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin
Money News Network
The Ramsey Show
Ramsey Network
PBD Podcast
PBD Podcast
Habits and Hustle
Jen Cohen and Habit Nest
The Money Mondays
Dan Fleyshman