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Leadership impacts everything that's why every episode is an opportunity to see a better version of yourself and the world. Welcome to the Real Leaders podcast, your #1 source for impact leadership, featuring the individuals and strategies harnessing capitalism to sustain the planet, people, and profits.

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46 Episodes
Likky Lavji is a well-known business mentor, visionary, speaker, coach, and entrepreneur who helps people identify blind spots and live a life of congruence. In this episode, Likky shares his career journey, leadership lessons, and work culture advice. Access your free digital magazine today at --- Support this podcast:
Dr. William Li is a physician, scientist, and author of Eat to Beat disease a novel focused on activating your body's self-defense system. Dr. Li spent years researching a thesis of "why don't we get sick more?" In this episode, he explains the correlation between healthy foods and a strong immune system. #xMed #SingularityUniversity--- Support this podcast:
Keely Wachs is the Vice President of Communications and Impact at Zume, a company that appears to be organizing a smarter sustainable food system. Can predictive food analysis reduce the unforeseen increases in food waste and improve misdistribution? Will climate change limit our harvest cycles? How are military officials preparing? Find out on this episode. --- Support this podcast:
Ep. 42 Internal Validation

Ep. 42 Internal Validation


Heather Flannery is the Global Lead at Consensys Health who shares what vulnerable life challenges lead to overcoming a distaste for healthcare, how the convergence of blockchain and machine learning technologies can lead to a more transparent and secure future, and what leadership concerns must be addressed when designing incentives for a new system. Watch the full interview here on YouTube: --- Support this podcast:
Ardy Arianpour is the CEO and co-founder of SEQSTER whose company accidentally fell upon a software that cracked the code of interoperability allowing healthcare providers and patients to access all of their personal health records in one common place.In this interview, Ardy shares the challenges of a siloed healthcare system, struggles of developing a startup, and the importance of leadership decision making. --- Support this podcast:
Ryan Hickman is the Founder of Ryan's Recycling. Ryan began collecting bottles and cans for his neighborhood when he was 3.5 years old. 7 years later he has inspired a global community of citizens who are taking the extra step to make a difference. In this interview, Ryan shares his passion, journey, and advice to people of all ages who want to make a difference.  #Plastic #PlasticPollution #YoungRealLeaders--- Support this podcast:
Mitch Hedlund is the founder of the nonprofit organization Recycle Across America (RAA) and Recycle Across the World (RAW). In this episode of the Real Leaders Podcast she discusses the U.S. and global recycling crisis and the increasing epidemic of waste in oceans. Her solution involves implementing society-wide standardized labels on recycling bins to help solve confusion at the waste bin. To join the standardized label movement, click the link below This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
David Young is the CEO of Participate an organization that enables teachers and students of all areas to experience a fun education abroad. Many B-Corps are mission driven companies that tend to draw employees who share similar core values and interests, in Participates case they attract employees and students who crave new cultures. In this podcast David shares how Participates model has expanded to now over 450 locations. More episodes at --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
Ep. 37 Why Solar Is Soaring

Ep. 37 Why Solar Is Soaring


Chad Farrell is the Founder and CEO of Encore Renewable Energy who explains where the panels come from, how solar farms are financed and the leadership it takes to sustain a business. This episode was recorded during the Real Leaders Top 100 Impact Companies campaign that highlighted the top businesses who are making a difference.--- Support this podcast:
Episode 36 features Robert Acton, the CEO of Cause Strategy Partners who discusses board seat placement, managing pushback, setting a vision, and inspiring a shared vision. --- Support this podcast:
Because who doesn't want to see how dog toys are made? Bear with us on audio experience as Spencer moves throughout the floor and try to visualize their massive machinery. If you’re at all interested in how West Paw brings these raw materials to life, head over to our facebook page @realleadersmagazine, go-to videos, and then episode 35 to experience the full virtual tour. --- Support this podcast:
Who is the most important person in the building? We sit down with Scott Koloms the CEO of Facilities Management Services who thinks Janitors deserve to be in the discussion. This interview was recorded and published live to our facebook page @realleadersmagazine on January 22 during the Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies initiative. Let us know what you think or want to hear by leaving a review!--- Support this podcast:
John-Paul Maxfield is the Founder and CEO of Waste Farmers who believes long-term thinking fundamentally solves the needs of social and environmental problems. On this episode, we dive a little bit deeper about how short-term thinking has inhibited our success as a society. You learn more about his company at  --- Support this podcast:
We sit down with Aaron Fairchild, CEO of Green Canopy to learn how his mission-driven real estate group is creating a  competitive advantage in the housing market. When there are two homes that cost the same but one is environmentally friendly which one would you choose? Visit Green Canopy at --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
From music to cryptocurrency, see how one of the world's most popular artists is harnessing his platform for good.  Majority of the public  know Akon as the artist who ruled the early 2000's hip/hop and R&B scene bringing us hit albums Trouble, Konvicted, and Freedom, but few are aware of his efforts to rebuild and restore the land he came from - Africa. Listen to the never before heard story of how he is activating Africa. Full story at This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
Thomas Raffa, founder of Raffa-Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group, shares his thoughts on shared value principles, what lead him to start a mission oriented company with quality services and how his group is benefiting from a shared leadership approach. This is a great interview if you are curious about how a company can reduce your turnover and lead with a shared vision.--- Support this podcast:
Ep. 30 How To Change Minds

Ep. 30 How To Change Minds


Kristin Carroll is the CEO of Rescue The Behavior Change Agency who was working for a major marketing firm in NYC when she realized she wanted to align her business acumen with positive behavior change. Rescue does this through health communications, policy change to try and shift environments that shift behaviors, altering social norms to ensure healthier behaviors become normal behaviors. You can see the live interview by clicking on this link! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
Micro-powered design or MpowerD empowers emerging economies by extending clean and affordable energy to create opportunities from problems. On this podcast listen to why MpowerD started, how they are able to reduce costs to reach poverty stricken areas, and the overarching leadership qualities that propel this company forward. See more online at --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
Founder & CEO, Lisa Curtis discovered a magical nutrient called Moringa in Niger, West Africa when she was 22 years old serving in the Peace Core. “I had never eaten anything that had had such a profound impact on my body”. The plant has now impacted more than just the consumer. Soon after, Lisa went on to raise all sorts of capital to hire women and men in South America, SE Asia, and Africa to produce and export her sustenance adding additional societal value to the supply chain by providing 1 world access to 3rd world countries, “it was really hard for me to get people to take me seriously. I got a lot of, `nice project little girl.’” Now, KuliKuli has raised over $10M, is located 445 stores and ranked #38 on the Real Leaders 100 list provided in the link in our bio. You can access Lisa’s full interview on Facebook: RealLeadersMagazine--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
Will Chen is the founder and CEO of P.L.A.Y., a San Francisco-based company that specializes in lifestyle pet products such as pet beds, toys and outdoor gear. P.L.A.Y. is one of the only three companies in the pet industry that is certified B Corp and their mission-driven approach has helped them achieved fast growth in the past few years. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. this podcast:
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