Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity: Home Is Where Our Hearts Are

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity: Home Is Where Our Hearts Are

Habitat partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. With their 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.

Alex Sarian, President & CEO of Arts Commons: Making Art Available to All Calgarians

Alex Sarian, President & CEO of Arts Commons: Making Art Available to All Calgarians

For 34 years, Arts Commons has been one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant arts centers. Located in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District in the downtown core, the center occupies a full city block and is home to five theatres and the world-class Jack Singer Concert Hall.

David Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia: Innovation that Broadens and Diversifies Audiences

David Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia: Innovation that Broadens and Diversifies Audiences

Managing Editor Robert Rimm talks with Opera Philadelphia’s General Director and President David Devan. Their mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage the public and propel the genre forward. By presenting innovative programming that speaks to the multicultural Philadelphia region, they broaden and diversify the opera audience. They also identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work.

Afa Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of The Sphinx Organization: Making Inclusive Music Together

Afa Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of The Sphinx Organization: Making Inclusive Music Together

Host Robert Rimm talks with Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director of The Sphinx Organization, the social-justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Sphinx’s four program areas—Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists and Arts Leadership—form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programming being performed, communities represented in audiences, and artistic and administrative leadership within the field.

Frank Leto, President and CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust: Putting Community First

Frank Leto, President and CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust: Putting Community First

Arch Street Press Managing Editor and host of the Innovate Podcast, Robert Rimm, talks with Frank Leto, president and CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust. For 130 years, its professionals have focused on being collaborative partners with individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Their culture is based on uncovering clients’ needs, not just for today but tomorrow, and being a responsible supporter of the communities they serve, both within the Philadelphia region and internationally.

Claire Greenwood and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia: Making Business Work for Good

Claire Greenwood and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia: Making Business Work for Good

As the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s regional CEO Council for Growth, Claire Greenwood leads the work of nearly 60 business, higher-education and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the tri-state area. Through Claire’s direction these leaders actively work to foster regional cooperation, enhance mobility, advance innovation, and develop and retain talent in the community, with a focus on growing the energy, manufacturing and healthcare innovation sectors.

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

In Philadelphia, Knight Foundation focuses on the power of public spaces to unite and strengthen the city. In partnership with the city and other funders, they piloted Reimagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to connect and reinvigorate public spaces such as parks, trails, recreation centers and libraries. Their goal is to bring together people from all backgrounds, develop new local leaders and foster a more vibrant, engaged community.

Ward Allan Yont & …and Purpose in Life: Spreading Enlightenment Behind Bars

Ward Allan Yont & …and Purpose in Life: Spreading Enlightenment Behind Bars

Shortly after being incarcerated in an Arizona state penitentiary, Ward discovered A Course in Miracles. For the past 25 years, he’s been an avid student and practitioner of that classic spiritual work, and is a prison-based facilitator and teacher of topics related to spiritual psychotherapy and metaphysics. ...and Purpose in Life is a memoir about the events that led to his incarceration and subsequent spiritual transformation. In renowned educator, speaker and author Marianne Williamson’s words: “We can easily focus on the tragedies in Yont’s story, but there is no need to dwell there. For this is a story of resurrection and love—of darkness turned into light, and the transformation of the human heart. Yont is not a victim, but a teacher. He has lived his own story and now he illumines ours.”

Tim Whitaker and Mighty Writers: Giving Kids the Power of Writing

Tim Whitaker and Mighty Writers: Giving Kids the Power of Writing

Numbers don't lie. Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. Nearly 40-percent of the city’s students are not graduating high school and only 30-percent of eighth grade kids are reading and writing at grade level.

That’s why in 2009, Mighty Writers was launched with a five-word elevator pitch: To teach kids to write.

They do this through four-day-a-week writing academies at their six neighborhood locations in Philadelphia, at their Kennett site in West Grove, and at their site in Camden, New Jersey.

Over the course of a year—including summers—they take students through every genre of writing but always with the same goal: to get kids to think clearly and write with clarity.

Safi Organics and Joyce Kamande: Empowering African Farmers

Safi Organics and Joyce Kamande: Empowering African Farmers

Safi Organics uses technology to downsize and decentralize fertilizer production, making it feasible to implement on a village-level basis using locally available resources and labor. This reduces the logistical cost and produces a high-quality product that, at the same price as conventional fertilizers, can improve farmers’ yields by up to 30%.

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