Extreme poverty, climate change, racial injustice. As the world’s problems accelerate, so should our solutions.

Mission to Scale reveals the tools, mindsets and strategies that organizations and funders need — to make the most impact.

On the podcast, Spring Impact Founder & CEO Dan Berelowitz talks to brilliant leaders from today’s most dynamic nonprofits, social enterprises, and purpose-driven brands about pursuing change, at scale.

From creating lean strategy to team building, each episode helps you take the guesswork out of changing more lives.

This podcast is a production of Spring Impact and Hueman Group Media.

 

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Episode 01:

Designing for Scale

“When I think about massive impact, I think ultimately about norm change. But then, I think – what are all the pieces that you need to pursue and what is your comparative advantage as an organization?” – Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America

Our inaugural guest is Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, a think tank that was founded in 1999.

From 2009 to 2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Anne-Marie is also the Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2012, she wrote “Why women still can’t have it all,” a piece that quickly became The Atlantic’s most read article in its then 150-year history.

In this episode, Anne-Marie and Dan talk about designing for scale and how leaders and organizations can think about scaling impact from the onset.

Anne-Marie will also share the inspiration behind her new book, “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in our Lives, Work, and Politics.” Get a copy of Anne-Marie’s book here.

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Podcast guests

New episode out every Monday, featuring conversations with brilliant leaders from across the world

Jeroo Billimoria, Founder of Childline India

Jeroo Billimoria is the founder of several innovative and award-winning NGOs and has over twenty years’ experience running systems change organizations as a Skoll awardee, an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Among her previous organisations are Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), Aflatoun International, Childline India and Child Helpline International.

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Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder of B-lab

Bart Houlahan, along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems – and it’s changing the way we think about and do business at scale.

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Sharath Jeevan, Executive Chairman & Founder of Intrinsic Labs

Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on reigniting our inner drive (intrinsic motivation). He founded and led STIR Education – arguably the world’s largest intrinsic motivation initiative. Sharath is currently the Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, which supports organizations all around the world to solve deep motivational challenges, from governments to leading UK universities and high-profile corporations. His work has been featured in the Telegraph, the New York Times and the Economist.

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Ann Mei Chang, Author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good

Ann Mei Chang is a leading expert on social innovation and author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. Ann Mei served as the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges.

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Kevin Starr, CEO, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr leads the Mulago Foundation. Mulago finds, funds, advises, and promotes organizations with scalable solutions to poverty. Mulago’s funding is unrestricted and continues as long as there is impressive progress toward impact at scale. The foundation’s two fellows programs teach promising early-stage social entrepreneurs how to design their solutions for maximum impact at big scale

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Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Sharmi Surianarain serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa. Sharmi is a fierce advocate for opportunity and social justice for young people and women across the African continent, and is a keen analyst and thinker on the future of work. Sharmi leads on Harambee’s impact and systems change agendas, and oversees Harambee’s work in new markets.

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Tulaine Montgomery, Managing Partner at New Profit

Tulaine Montgomery is an entrepreneur, educator, writer and organizer. She has played leadership roles in the launch and expansion of social enterprises across the U.S., the Caribbean, East Africa, Indonesia and South Africa. Tulaine currently serves as Co-CEO of New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that backs visionary leaders who are scaling innovations and transforming our nation’s broken and inequitable systems.

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Carmen Rojas, CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation

Dr. Carmen Rojas (she/her) is the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Carmen Rojas was the co-founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue-generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers.

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Devin Hibbard, Founder and CEO of Street Business School

Devin Hibbard is the Founder and CEO of Street Business School – an entrepreneurial training program that helps women living in poverty go from an average of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own businesses. Through a social franchise model, Street Business School is now in 25 countries and will reach 1 million women by 2027.

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Margot Fahnestock, Vice President, Strategic Development at Medicines360

Margot Fahnestock is a philanthropy and policy expert in family planning and reproductive health. In her role as Vice President, Strategic Development for nonprofit pharmaceutical organization Medicines360, Margot is helping align the organization though a strategy process integrating program development, impact measurement, and resource mobilization. Margot formerly served as a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, responsible for making grants to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Karri Eggers, Chief Operating and Transformation Officer at SHELTER, Inc

Karri led teams globally for clients such as Nike, Goldman Sachs, Toyota Motors, Sutter Health, Twitter and locally for Dignity Health and SHELTER, Inc and has built a reputation for the flexibility and cultural sensitivity required for not-for-profit and international relationships. While known for process improvement and leadership strategies for initiatives across the globe, Karri used project management experience, financial acumen and collaboration skills to form Mission 916 to support the local community, start a Winter Guest House for the homeless, mentor underresourced youth in the area, and work with the street kids in Brazil and the migrant farm workers in Mexico.

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Nisha Anand, CEO Dream Corps

Nisha Anand is a boundary-buster, common ground creator, non-violent culture-creator, outside-the-box experimenter, and national leader for social and racial justice. Her TED Talk, The Radical Act of Choosing Common Ground, was viewed over one million times in the run-up to the divisive 2020 election. Once a grassroots activist arrested in Burma for pro-democracy demonstrations, Nisha is known today as a leader in cultivating unlikely and unconventional partnerships to create change.

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Meet the host

Dan founded Spring Impact in 2011 based on his experiences starting and working across a range of social sector organisations, and his frustration at seeing them not scale up.

At Spring Impact, Dan has developed scaling and implementation plans for over 300 partners from Oxfam, GlaxoSmithKline, Nike Foundation, Population Services International, and Big Lottery to non-profits and social enterprises with huge potential to change more lives.

Dan is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

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