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Building a Business with Care – Jules Pieri, CEO, The Grommet

Building a Business with Care – Jules Pieri, CEO, The Grommet

Jules Pieri and her company The Grommet have learned so much from launching their own business and over 30,000 products on their e-commerce site that sells hand-picked products made by small “makers” — including the hazards of selling on Amazon — that she decided to write a book about it. In her extensive interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson, about her book, “How We Make Stuff Now,” Pieri explains key lessons learned (including how to manage Amazon, if you do go to it.

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Climate & Your Food – Robin Currey, Sustainable Food Systems Program at Prescott College

Climate & Your Food – Robin Currey, Sustainable Food Systems Program at Prescott College

As we face climate week at the U.N. this week, one of the more delicate issues is the threat that climate change poses to our food supply and in turn, the way our current food systems exacerbate climate change. You’ll learn about: • how the current way we get our food – our food systems – can make climate change worse.; • how climate change is endangering our food supply; • the facts about “organic” foods and how they can help the rest of the food supply; • 3 tips for eating to aid mitigation of climate change (instead of make it worse).
• And great career tips!

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Sustainability & Profitability – Suzanne Fallender, Sustainability Director, Intel

Sustainability & Profitability – Suzanne Fallender, Sustainability Director, Intel

What if corporations took their responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and as corporate citizens seriously and integrated it into their corporate strategies? That’s exactly what Suzanne Fallender, Director of Sustainability at Intel told Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson they are doing. From reducing energy and water use, eliminating the use of conflict minerals, to finding ways to recycle or reuse almost every by-product or waste material, she said Intel is leading industry. Listen to how they do it – profitably!

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Climate as National Security Issue – Sherri Goodman, Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

With a new Secretary of Defense coming in, and an Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, it’s important to remember the national security implications of climate change. Listen to Joan Michelson’s fascinating (and a bit frightening) interview with former Deputy Secretary of Defense, and former Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Military Advisor at CNA, a top national security think tank, Sherri Goodman on how climate relates to national security.

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Climate Resilience Action – Kathy Baughman McLeod, Atlantic Council

Climate Resilience Action – Kathy Baughman McLeod, Atlantic Council

With 6 extreme weather events costing over $1 billion each in 2019 already (as of early July), we know we need to adapt to this new normal caused by climate change. But how? A new The Resilience Center is embracing this challenge, with a goal of reaching one billion people with resilience solutions by 2030.. So, where do we start? Listen to this Kathy Baughman McLeod, the inaugural director of this new center, the Adrienne Arscht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, explain it in this enlightening conversation with Green Connections Radio podcast host Joan Michelson.

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Driving Eco-Innovation in Industrial Products – Rasha Hasaneen, Ingersoll Rand

Driving Eco-Innovation in Industrial Products – Rasha Hasaneen, Ingersoll Rand

As record heats spread across the U.S. (and the globe), air conditioning systems and the power systems they depend upon are getting a workout.  These HVAC systems – heating, cooling and ventilation – “account for approximately 50 percent of energy consumption in the average home” and about 39% of energy use in commercial buildings in the U.S., and they last for 10-15 years,  By the time you read this, there’s another new technology, and there’s a pressing demand for more eco-conscious systems. So, how do you juggle these competing demands and keep your talented team engaged?  Listen…

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Is AI Biased Against Women? Miriam Vogel, Executive Director of Equal-AI

Is AI Biased Against Women? Miriam Vogel, Executive Director of Equal-AI

Listen closely the next time you get directions on your smartphone or order Alexa to do something. Did you notice that the voices of personal digital assistants like GPS systems, Siri and Alexa are female? Why is that? Especially when the sophisticated problem-solving technologies like IBM Watson and Microsoft’s Einstein are named after men. That’s what a recent UN study found. But does that mean AI is biased against women?

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Forgotten Hero Of The Suffrage Movement And A Source For “Wonder Woman”

Forgotten Hero Of The Suffrage Movement And A Source For “Wonder Woman”

As we commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women that right to vote, we pay homage to those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line for this momentous effort: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the other women of the suffrage movement are well known. We should also celebrate the women journalists of the time, like Miriam Michelson, whose relentless and vivid coverage was pivotal in achieving passage of this important amendment that gave women the right to vote.

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Climate Resilience – Climate Scientist Rawlings Miller on How to Prepare for Climate Change

Climate Resilience – Climate Scientist Rawlings Miller on How to Prepare for Climate Change

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of some natural disasters….. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends that pre­-incident planning be documented,” says a brand new report from the EPA. In other words: prepare for the imminent consequences of climate change-related natural disasters and extreme weather events.  But how? And, how can your community improve its infrastructure at the same time? Listen to Rawlings Miller, a climate scientist and principal in the WSP advisory firm in this information-packed interview with Joan Michelson on Green Connections Radio podcast.

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Earth Day & Data Science – Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network

Earth Day & Data Science – Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network

“It’s really about voting…Commit to the greenest candidate you can. Period. For any office. Board of supervisors. School boards. Mayors. City Councils. It’s all about politics. We’ve got the technology. We’ve got the capacity We have brilliant people, but…It’s about voting.”Kathleen Rogers on Green Connections Radio. For Earth Day’s 50th, listen to Earth Day Network president, Kathleen Rogers talk with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about the top issues and novel ways they are engaging people today on environmental issues.

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Maximizing A Multi-Generational Workforce – Mary Lee Gannon, CEO & Executive Coach

Maximizing A Multi-Generational Workforce – Mary Lee Gannon, CEO & Executive Coach

“It’s about who you are in the process….We have more generations in the workforce than ever before and their life experiences are very different….Look at the other person as a peer,” Mary Lee Gannon on Green Connections Radio. Multiple generations in the workplace is a huge gift to innovators, because of the wide range of experiences and perspectives they bring to any challenge. Yet, there’s a tendency to buy into stereotypes and these stereotypes can interfere with success. Listen to long-time healthcare CEO Mary Lee Gannon, who is also an executive coach, talk about how to maximize this new workforce and more. 

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How FinTech & Data Increase Opportunities For Women – Shamina Singh, Mastercard Center For Inclusive Growth

How FinTech & Data Increase Opportunities For Women – Shamina Singh, Mastercard Center For Inclusive Growth

“There are networks that power the modern economy. They can be financial networks…social networks, energy networks, transportation networks…You have to be connected up into these networks in order to realize your full potential.” Shamina Singh on Green Connections Radio. But 1.7 billion people are not connected to these networks, and most of them are women, according to Shamina Singh, President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.  Listen to this engaging and inspiring interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about leveraging and partnering with NGO’s and nonprofits to address this “poverty of access.”
 

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Risks of 3D Printers, For Everyone, Kids Especially

Risks of 3D Printers, For Everyone, Kids Especially

Do you have a 3D printer in your home, school or office? Do your kids have one at school? If so, or if you’re considering buying one, listen to Dr. Marilyn Black of UL Chemical Safety talk with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about a ground-breaking new study that revealed the hazards of these magical machines and how you can reduce the risks to your and your kids’ health – or anyone standing near it.

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“Ecosystem of Social Good” – Rachel Hutchison, Blackbaud

“Ecosystem of Social Good” – Rachel Hutchison, Blackbaud

“This idea of ‘voice and choice’ is, ask me what I think and then listen to what I have to say and then give me a choice as to how I can participate. Don’t forget that I’m an individual…That’s a really big trend.”

Rachel Hutchisson on Green Connections Radio

Do you volunteer at a nonprofit, or donate to one? Does your employer even know what causes align with you?  More and more employers are realizing that it’s important to offer ways their employees can give back. Listen to Rachel Hutchisson of Blackbaud describe how to create “an ecosystem of social good” for employees tailored to your team, in this enlightening interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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Tips to Protect Your Side Gig, Intellectual Property – Christina Martini, Top IP Attorney

Tips to Protect Your Side Gig, Intellectual Property – Christina Martini, Top IP Attorney

“How protectible is your work, is really important to know.” Christina Martini, Green Connections Radio. Whether you’re an entrepreneur with a book, developing a new app, or have a side hustle, you need to understand what you own and how to protect it – including from your employer. Listen to veteran intellectual property attorney Christina Martini in this practical and engaging interview on Green Connections Radio podcast with host Joan Michelson.

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10 Real Life Career Tips From The Women Rule Summit

10 Real Life Career Tips From The Women Rule Summit

  Politico's Women Rule Summit 2018, panel with (l to r) Shawna Thomas of Vice, Cristina Shapiro of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, Olivia Milch of "Oceans 8," and Rhonda Foxx, Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Alma AdamsJoan Michelson You know you’ve struck a chord...

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Do This Before You Plan Next Year – 10 Things To List

Do This Before You Plan Next Year – 10 Things To List

Race to the finiish line. Pixaby Before you dash into 2019, take stock of what you accomplished in 2018.  We are strengthened and motivated by recognizing what we have done, even if we did not achieve all our 2018 goals, and it will boost your confidence and clarify...

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10 Best Career Tips For Women Of 2018

10 Best Career Tips For Women Of 2018

To start 2019 off strong, here are a bakers’ dozen of the top career tips for women from my ForbesWomen blogs in 2018. These apply to women in every field from government to the arts, and especially science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and other...

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Pay Gap? Harassed? Discrimination? Listen up – Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Pay Gap? Harassed? Discrimination? Listen up – Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

“Let me give you some reassurance here,” even when there are no direct witnesses, “there is always more evidence than you think.” Charlotte Burrows on Green Connections Radio. As a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 4 years, since December 2014 having been nominated by President Obama, she is a non-partisan defender of employees. Her goal is to make it as easy as possible for anyone to have the opportunity to seek legal protection in the workplace, so she shared terrific tips and insights in this raw, yet highly informative conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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Air & Space Museum Director – Ellen Stofan, Head of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Air & Space Museum Director – Ellen Stofan, Head of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

“Think about who you’re going to be and what you’re going to contribute.”Ellen Stofan on Green Connections Radio. When Ellen Stofan stepped off the management track to stay home with her kids and work part-time, she accepted that she was probably derailing her career.  She kept a few toes in the game over the 12 year period, working part-time doing a few interesting research projects that she could do on her own time.Today, she finds herself the new Director of the famed Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC — the most visited museum in the United States — and spearheading its ~$1 billion transformation, as the first woman in this prestigious role. Wait, really? Listen to this fascinating conversation Dr. Stofan had with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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A Creative Way To Teach Kids To Be Eco-Conscious

A Creative Way To Teach Kids To Be Eco-Conscious

“What does the earth need from you if you want to be a good friend to it?” “We choose where we spend our time and our energy “What do you appreciate?” “What do you value?” “What’s your favorite animal?” “What does the earth need from you?“ “Why should we care?” These...

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Eco-Kids? Ellen Sabin, Author of “The Greening Book,” Watering Can Press

Eco-Kids? Ellen Sabin, Author of “The Greening Book,” Watering Can Press

How do you “grow kids with character”? That’s the goal of Ellen Sabin, President of Watering Can Press and author of experiential children’s books that teach different values, including “The Greening Book” about taking good care of the environment.  How can a book be experiential? How can you teach kids values without being preachy? Listen to this engaging interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson to find out and also learn about her unique book publishing business model that guarantees sales before she starts writing.  She does extensive research before she starts writing and provides tools for teachers too.

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