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What Does It Profit Podcast

Author: Dr. Dawn Carpenter

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What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Spoiler alert: Nothing.

This bible verse has endured over the centuries as a reminder that we can't put our price tag on what matters most. Yet, time and again, businesses have put profits above all -- leading our world to the brink of a climate catastrophe, an inequality crisis, and the greatest extinction of other creatures since the dinosaurs (except this time, the meteor is us).

Can we align growing returns with the greater good? Former investment banker turned business ethicist Dr. Dawn Carpenter believes we can -- and that figuring out how just might save the world.

In What Does It Profit, Dawn talks with the world's leading thinkers and researchers, entrepreneurs and executives, exploring the most innovative ways we can reconcile capitalism's demand for profit with the long term well-being of people and the planet. From socially responsible investing to conscious consumerism to business ethics in this age of extremes, Dawn is your guide to the cutting-edge ideas and experiments driving the purpose-driven business revolution. What Does It Profit?
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In this episode, we talk with former BlackRock executive, Morris Pearl, about his crusade to enlist his fellow millionaires to support the idea that even the rich see it in their interest to pay more taxes. Capitalist to the core, Pearl warns critics not to conflate paying taxes and civic duty with the naughty scare-word: socialism.
In this episode, we talk with business ethicist Kirk O. Hanson about corporate misbehavior. He and co-author Marc Epstein posit a theory that not only are there bad apples, but there are also bad barrels-- and some industries are just ripe with bad orchards.  In their book, Rotten: Why Corporate Misconduct Continues and What to Do about It, they tell the tales that end up inspiring corporate scandal documentaries on Netflix.  But what they do that the documentaries don't is give a prescription for how to clean it all up.
In this episode, we talk with one of the world’s leading lawyers for whistleblowers, Mary Inman of Constantine Cannon. Mary tells us the story behind the famous whistleblowers at Theranos and Boeing and offers insight on the often-heroic sacrifices of those who see it as their duty to the common good to stand up for better behavior in business.  Mary challenges us to rethink how we view whistleblowers and inspires us to see them as she does—forward indicators of risk.
In this episode, we talk with UCLA corporate law historian Adam Winkler about that other civil rights movement-- the corporate civil rights movement. Its seems like an apt conversation to have on a business show amidst these dynamic times and this generation's civil rights movement.  Move over Pete Seeger, Beyonce, and Z-Ro and make room for Roy Zimmerman. Corporations as people... corporations with civil rights? It is an old story. In fact, you might be surprised just how old.
In this episode, our guests talk corporate politics—but not the back-biting, ladder-climbing politics kind. We talk with Dan Ekstein, a leading corporate political strategist and muse about Levi's and Patagonia's call to political action. We also talk with Gabe Rissman, co-Founder of yourstake.org—a data management company that works with investment advisors to help them identify the ESG metrics of portfolios—including the political dimensions.  Big surprises when Gabe takes a look at our host’s portfolio.
In this episode, we talk with shareholder activism pioneer, Bruce Herbert of Newground Social Investment. Bruce recently brought together an A-list celebrity team from Alec Baldwin, Roger Waters, and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams to make the case that there are Chevron shareholders who believe it is both in the company's interest and the interest of the common good to honor its obligations of restitution for perpetrating decades of environmental degradation in the Ecuadorian Amazon on a scale never seen in human history.
In this episode, we talk with the Father of the Conscious Capitalism Movement, Raj Sisodia.  We explore the idea that business has the capacity to be the engine for tremendous positive change on both a personal and societal level. He also reminds us that business, if not practiced in a conscious way, can also be the source of marginalization and exploitation.  We are inspired by his stories of how some companies have cracked the code.
In this episode, we talk with Fahmi Quadir, known as the assassin of Wall Street to some, but a hero to us.  Fahmi is one of the world's leading short-selling hedge fund managers who looks to use a short investing strategy to achieve alpha... and to focus the world on companies whose demise makes the world a better place.  In our conversation, we hear about two of her iconic trades-- one in pharmaceuticals and one in fintech, but both capturing the attention of the industry and those who hold hope that Wall Street can be a force for good.
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What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?  Spoiler alert: Nothing.  This bible verse has endured as a reminder that we can't put our price tag on what matters most.  Yet, time and again, businesses have put profits above all. Can we align growing returns with the greater good? Former investment banker turned business ethicist Dawn Carpenter believes we can -- and that figuring out how just might save the world. 
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ID19946535

Great great GREAT podcast. Its super detailed and sooo informative. Great for people looking to gain more knowledge on business and so many other things!

Nov 1st
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Ebany Hill

it's about time chevron amoung the many other earthly polluters be held responsible for greed and continuous destroying our planet ,restitution seems like right place to start,eventhough,it's going to take a whole lot more than just paying off some countries to clean up our planet home,thanks to all the folks fighting for this our home ,let's keep fighting,✌

Oct 28th
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