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Good For Others Podcast

Author: John Valencia

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Good For Others highlights positive change-makers from various charities to inspire and motivate people to volunteer and get involved in their communities. With interviews of major philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and incredible volunteers, we share stories about how nonprofits are solving critical needs throughout the world.
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Take a leap, say "yes" and change your life! Good For Others Host John Valencia and special guest Kara DeFrias talk about finding the courage to say "yes" to life opportunities can lead to ultimate contentment. From the theatre, the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and even to the White House as an Obama Presidential Fellow, learn how Kara's decision to say "yes" in times of uncertainty has transformed her life and made it a fun, creative, and meaningful journey. Kara DeFrias' background is a mix of private and public sector experience, including Director of UX for Vice President Biden at the White House. She's currently Chief of Staff for QuickBooks Online Platform at Intuit. Prior, Kara spent 4 years at TurboTax and received an appointment to the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. In the latter, she served as an entrepreneur in residence, reimagining the relationship between the government and the people from a technology perspective. She was senior advisor to 18F's executive team, TEDxIntuit founder, and Oscars and Super Bowl staff.Kara does pro-bono digital strategy for the likes of Team Rubicon; spent ten days in rural India teaching micro-entrepreneur women human-centered design; and guest lectures at the University of California San Diego STEM Academy for high school girls. She graduated summa cum laude from Penn State with a master's in instructional design and was a finalist for San Diego Woman of the Year. Check out more of Kara's work on her website
Learn how building a culture of employee community engagement can increase morale, brand loyalty, and help the world.Good For Others Host John Valencia and special guest Warren Ruis, chat about how the many ways employee community engagement can transform workplace culture and support nonprofits in the process. Warren Ruis is San Diego Gas & Electric's Director of Regional Public Affairs.  Hear how he became an advocate and leverages his professional role to help his hometown. Listen to best practices on how you can get your company involved in transformative and meaningful ways in your local community. 
Everyone deserves to work in a toxic-free workplace.  Good For Others Host John Valencia and special guest Catherine Mattice Zundel chat about how to maintain civility in the workforce and prevent a toxic environment to ensure reduced turnover, engaged and loyal employees, and better quality and quantity of work.Catherine Mattice Zundel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, founded Civility Partners in 2008 as a result of working in a toxic environment and has since served a huge array of clients with consulting, training, and coaching services. She’s written three books, one of which Ken Blanchard called, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying. Catherine’s also been cited in such media outlets as Forbes.com, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, and USA Today, and appeared as a guest on such venues as NPR and CNN.
Listeners have asked, so we responded!  Our host and creator, John Valencia, shares his background and experiences that have led him to dedicate his career to the nonprofit sector. Our producer, Samantha Harrod, and John chat how our past influences our futures.John Valencia is the CEO and President of Good For Others and serves as the host of the Good For Others Podcast.  For the last 20 years, John has served as the CEO of various nonprofit organizations and as a Vice Chancellor in higher education. Throughout his career, John has raised over $500M to support various nonprofit organizations. Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, John was CEO of an international wholesale manufacturing company selling consumer goods to big-box retailers across the globe.
Hear about hiring best practices from the employer and candidate perspectives!  Good For Others host John Valencia and special guest Trevor Blair chat about tools everyone can use to help hire the right person for the job.  Trevor is a workforce expert.  In 2016, Trevor launched Blair Search Partners which provides recruiting and executive search services for mission-driven organizations in San Diego and Orange Counties.  In addition to Trevor’s passion for service and workforce development, his firm also offers coaching services for San Diegans undergoing a career transition.
Learn how creating a meaningful donor experience transforms your impact.  Good For Others host John Valencia and special guest Martin Leifeld chat about successful tactics to improve and enhance the donor experience to be more genuine, transparent, and authentic. Martin is an expert in fundraising where he has dedicated four decades in senior fundraising leadership and executive roles.  In 2018, Martin wrote a book called “Five Minutes for Fundraising” which includes wisdom from 26 other fundraising professionals to help readers learn about major gift solicitation, cultivating donor relations and how to make a big impact in fundraising efforts.For more information on Martin Leifeld, check out his website.
Learn how to market your organization's "why" and make your mission the focal point in fun and unique ways! Our host John Valencia and special guest Darlene Cossio chat about various marketing efforts that have transformed Goodwill Industries of San Diego County.  Hear about the tools and ideas you can implement at your organization to increase awareness and drive engagement to those you serve.
Learn which leadership skills to focus on so you can boost your career! Our host John Valencia and special guest Nancy Batterman, chat about various skills which are necessary to climb the ladder and reach your desired role.  Hear how skills like empathy, humility, and resiliency can launch your career and set you up for long-term success!
Learn how an Information Manager role can improve your organization by increasing efficiency and effectiveness.  Our host John Valencia and special guest Naomi O'Connor chat about the crucial role most organizations are missing.  Listen to why an Information Manager can make your job easier and more fun in the process!
Hear how to take a big idea and turn it into reality. John Valencia (host) and Melissa Slawson (guest) chat about ways to turn dreams into action. Melissa started with a desire to bring the March for Science to San Diego and made it happen. Now, Melissa is supporting the Women's March San Diego and helping to ensure it is a massive success with their next big event on January 18, 2020. Check it out!
Learn easy ways to integrate play into your work to enhance teamwork, reduce stress and inspire creativity. John Valencia and Breanna Baer share how they successfully add play into the workspace which increases productivity and builds meaningful relationships throughout an organization. 
Learn ways to build a culture of creativity in the workplace.  John Valencia and David Drazenovich chat about simple ways to design the conditions that allow creativity to flow. Learn how to inspire others by generating joy and supporting your team to be curious.
The Good For Others Podcast explores the power of relationship-building for nonprofit fundraising with special guest and fundraising extraordinaire, Kellye Buchanan. John Valencia and Kellye discuss the challenges and best practices when it comes to donor management and leveraging resources to serve the mission of nonprofit organizations.  
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