In this episode of The Impact Podcast, we are live at Hive! You will hear from a handful participants, organizers, volunteers, and mentors who were part of this eighth iteration of Hive Global Leaders Program, that took place in San Francisco in May 2016.

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Show Notes

Social Impact Fellowship Programs Mentioned



Reflections on Social Impact Fellowship and Leadership Programs

This past weekend I participated in the Hive Global Leaders Program in San Francisco. And on Day 3, I also led an unconference session on social entrepreneurship…swapping my seat in the audience for a mic on the stage.

And this fluidity to move been leading and participating, this synchronicity between giving abundantly and receiving with gratitude, is powerful. It gives us perspective, it reminds us to be humble, it inspires us to always be curious.

It creates opportunities to experience that indescribable feeling of wonder when you connect with people deeply engaged in work that moves the entire social impact sector further.

And that just may be why I am drawn to social impact fellowship and leadership programs. Each can provide a unique lens into the space, shaped by the organizers’ vision and mission. They can each reveal some aspect of the space and its diverse and unique participants. Best of all, we come to each changed in a different way, seeking different counsel or inspiration to help us reach our next goal, challenge, and success.

I am proud to have participated in StartupWeekend, New Leaders Council, StartingBloc, and Hive. They provide both the steady wall and the fluid edge that help map out the growing social impact space. And they provide the flow and tension that help clarify how our work can better serve, create value, and help grow a vibrant global community of social impact changemakers.

live at hive global leaders program

In this episode, we meet Skip Garrett, a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of FreshStax, a startup delivering healthy smoothie mixes and donating fresh produce with each sale. Listen to his story and path into the social entrepreneurship space and his articulate and eloquent advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs.

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Meet Skip Garrett

William “Skip” Garrett was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and was very active in church, sports and the community growing up. He attended college at the University of Alabamawhere he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduating in 2010 he began working as a Systems Engineer for Boeing in Huntsville and then transitioned to a Operations Supervisor role with GE Aviation in Los Angeles in 2011. He also worked as an Operations Manager and Project Manager for Crane Co. before leaving Corporate America this August to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

He is now the CEO of FreshStax. FreshStax is a startup he founded that unites the community around solving the food desert problem in Los Angeles by delivering smoothies to people’s home, gym or office using a weekly subscription model and donating fresh produce to the underserved each time a delivery is made.

Skip also volunteers as a basketball coach and GED tutor at the Dream Center in Downtown Los Angeles and is also currently pursuing his MBA at Pepperdine University.

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Amp Your Good

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  • Value Proposition: “Our mission is to make fresh produce accessible to everyone by delivering 5-Packs of premium, organic locally-sourced smoothie kits to our customers and donating fresh produce to the underserved each time we make a delivery. This mission will help eliminate food deserts in South Central Los Angeles and make healthy eating and living a reality for everyone.

In this series of unique episodes, we meet Tony Loyd, host of Social Entrepreneur Podcast and CEO of Culture Shift Companies. We learn about his unique journey, path, and perspective into social entrepreneurship and why he feels it holds so much potential for the future.  And, instead of the usual interview format, in these episodes, we take a “podcaster to podcaster” approach by asking  each other questions and share our honest thoughts about everything from how we became interested in the space, to collaboration v. competition, and the importance of authenticity.

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Meet Tony Loyd

Over the past year, Tony Loyd has become a valued thinker, contributor, and facilitator of social entrepreneurship. His path and journey, spanning executive roles at large corporations to coaching leaders and entrepreneurs, along with his personal consciousness journey have led him to not only see immense value in the intersection between entrepreneurship and social impact, but also to find clarity about his role and purpose to support the movement.

His purpose? To help compassionate people gain the clarity, confidence and courage they need to commit to being a changemaker.

Tony Loyd has provided leadership to Fortune 500 and mid-size organizations for over 25 years. He has extensive experience working with senior executive leaders to direct global initiatives that align talent solutions to corporate goals. Through his innovative approaches, he has enabled his clients to achieve significant improvements in processes, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction while reducing costs and improving bottom line results.

Tony is currently the Host of Social Entrepreneur where he spends his time with changemakers who are making an impact on the world.  Social Entrepreneur has aired over 90 episodes including interviews with Bill Drayton of Ashoka, and leaders at RSF Social Finance, Noora Health, Ogunte, and many more.

Before launching Social Entrepreneur, Tony worked with global brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Medtronic, Diversey and John Deere. He has conducted strategic planning, led organizational design, created talent management strategy and conducted high potential development workshops. Tony created the learning strategy and led the start-up and operation of two world-class corporate universities. Tony has directed the development of up to 120,000 personnel in sixty countries. His breakthrough ideas enabled companies to dramatically increase worldwide training participation, while transforming the training organization from a cost center to a revenue neutral operation.

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.


More About Tony Loyd & Social Entrepreneur Podcast

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  • Value Proposition: “To help compassionate people gain the clarity, confidence and courage they need to commit to being a changemaker.

More About Culture Shift



Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s courageous edict, “do one thing every day that scares you”, we have a special #goanddo challenge for the month of May. We want to release one episode of The Impact Podcast each day, for 30 consecutive days.

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30 Days of Podcasting, So What?

The current 80+ episodes of The Impact Podcast have found their way to iTunes and SoundCloud over the expanse of 3 years. The idea of creating and delivering audio content daily is, to put it lightly, a bit on the terrifying side :)

Additionally, since publishing an interview daily won’t always be possible or the most effective in sharing the story of our journey, it means there will be far more reflective clips and sound bytes. There will be moments when it will just be me, sharing a story, thought process, or learning. Equally terrifying :)

So, Why Do It?

Right, so what is the “Simon Sinek Why” of this project. It is simple:

  1. Share stories and thoughts real-time, explore some of the opportunities and challenges of being a lean social enterprise as they unfold;
  2. Get better at recording and producing episodes of The Impact Podcast ‘on the fly’ using tools, apps, and hacks to deliver content in new and innovative ways;
  3. Get over the fear


Join Us for the Adventure

Tune in on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Stitcher to tune in to the latest Impact Podcast episodes. Feel free to suggest topics by tweeting us @innov8social too!

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In this episode we meet Patrick O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Amp Your Gooda crowd-feeding platform that radically changes and improves how food drives work by replacing the traditional physical collection model with an online donation model.

Prior to this social enterprise, Patrick has been CEO of other companies, including over fifteen years heading an award winning real estate and development company.

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Meet Patrick O’Neill

Patrick O'Neill

It’s Day 10 of our 30 Day Podcast Project! Today, you will meet Patrick O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Amp Your Gooda crowd-feeding platform that radically changes and improves how food drives work by replacing the traditional physical collection model with an online donation model.

Prior to this social enterprise, Patrick has been CEO of other companies, including over fifteen years heading an award winning real estate and development company.

Patrick graduated from West Point Military Academy and served in the armed forces prior to becoming an entrepreneur.

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Amp Your Good

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  • Value Proposition: “Our vision is to turn the billions of canned goods donated to food drives each year into billions of apples, bananas, carrots and other healthy food.

In this episode, you will meet Chase Norlin, a longtime Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Transmosis, a workforce accelerator. Learn the story behind this mission-driven startup that provides technology training, externship, and placement services to public workforce systems, educational institutions, State and Federal governments.

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Meet Chase Norlin

Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to improve and strengthen the American workforce.

Previously Norlin was the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in Americaand the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. EDG was a holding company for a portfolio of digital marketing businesses that Norlin founded and grew to $50mm in revenue in three years.  EDG was one of the first advertising technology companies which executed a broad and aggressive roll-up strategy resulting in domestic and international acquisitions. These assets have been divested, merged, spun-out, or acquired.

Norlin was Founder and CEO of Pixsy, a pioneer in video search funded by TVGuide-Gemstar (now Rovi), and served as senior executive at ValueClick (now Conversant) where he managed publisher development for the display advertising network, paid search, and comparison shopping divisions. Prior to ValueClick Norlin held the position of Senior Consultant to InfoSpace (now Blucora).

A veteran of the Internet industry, Norlin developed Sony’s first online photo sharing venture, founded the first online video sharing company, and served as new venture consultant in launching Boeing’s online video and image licensing division. Norlin is a a noted speaker on digital advertising, entrepreneurship, and American labor and recent engagements include the Goldman Sachs Global Media Conference, Bloomberg Media Summit, and the Monaco Media Forum.


Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Transmosis

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  • Value Proposition: “Transmosis is an organization founded by Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce.

Meet Solène Pignet, a French born business graduate who moved to Turkey and launched an online global consulting firm focused on supporting sustainable business entrepreneurs. She is a facilitator, author, and enabler of social enterprise globally!

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Meet Solène Pignet

Solène Pignet is a strategist for global citizen entrepreneurs, founder of Creators for Good

A globetrotter, committed to sustainable development and passionate about alternative entrepreneurship, Solène founded Creators for Good in 2014.

Creators for Good offers 1-to1 accelerator programs, to help individuals find and validate their impactful and sustainable idea, launch their own alternative business efficiently, as well as reach break-even rapidly.


Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Creators for Good

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  • Value Proposition: “Helping value-driven individuals around the world transition from successful-yet-unfulfilling careers to create their own profitable & impactful business.

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We’re back! And, ready for a fun adventure. Join in for 30 Days of podcasting in May. You’ll get to hear interviews with thinkers and doers, but also real reflections on the social entrepreneurship path, plus, come along for a fun month of events, speaking, and conferences.

In this episode of The Impact Podcast, the “Neetal Notes” series, join me as I prepare to table for “51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship” in downtown Mountain View, California.

It’s gonna be a ride…and contents may shift over the flight :)



Show Notes

Here is a recap of a few posts mentioned in the podcast episode:

Do you enjoy listening to humor? Have you actively tried to be funny in your talks and presentations? In today’s episode you will meet David Nihil, author of new book “Do You Talk Funny” and founder of and hear the ‘why’ behind adding humor can actually help articulate and sharing your social impact.


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Meet David Nihill

David was born in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Business in 2003, he moved to San Francisco where he worked for the Irish government helping startups expand rapidly. David is the Founder of FunnyBizz Conferences, a community conference series helping content creators tap into the power of storytelling, comedy and improv to create better content.

David Nihill (Nyhill) is the author of the best-selling book Do You Talk Funny? If you are a fan, as I am, of NPR’s Moth Radio Hour—you’ll be excited to know he has won multiple Moth Storyslam competitions.

He has performed standup comedy at California’s leading clubs including Cobbs, the Comedy Store, the Improv and the Punchline even though he strongly denies being a comedian and is well aware most people don’t understand his accent. His learning, taken from one year’s intensive experiments in comedy, performed on someone from the business community with a huge initial fear of public speaking (i.e. him!) have been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, and Forbes amongst others

David is also the Founder of Comedy for a Spinal Cause, which brings together top comedians & local communities to raising funds and awareness to assist incredible individuals on their road to spinal cord injury recovery. And that’s actually my first introduction to David since he talked about this cause in a workshop he led at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.
He works with San Francisco State University, General Assembly and the Nasdaq entrepreneurial center as a course instructor and his clients include top companies like LinkedIn, best-selling authors, TV personalities, CEO’s, TED speakers and a penguin he once failed to make funny. 


Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.


More About David Nihill


More About FunnyBizz

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  • Value Proposition: “In the land of infinite distraction, the one who tickles the funny bone reigns supreme. As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, savvy startups, leading ad agencies, and Fortune 500 firms alike are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for being memorable amidst the ringtones and vibrations of modern life.”


What does it mean to immerse yourself in an experience? Meet Natasha Parekh, Program Manager at Leaders’ Quest, which creates immersive global experiences in social enterprise. We hear not only her story into the social impact space but how the social enterprise has grown to span 14 countries and a fellowship program.


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Meet Natasha Parekh

No two social impact journeys are the same. Take Natasha—from education work experience firmly rooted in marketing and PR, her journey to the social impact space came quite coincidentally. In her words it has opened up new potential and possibility in the role innovation can play in creating global change.

Born in India, Natasha has lived, studied, and spent time in Dubai, US, and UK. She Completed an MSc in Marketing at Manchester Business School. Having worked in PR and even under the Mayor of London during the London 2012 Olympics, in the past few years her work and career have taken a sharp pivot toward social impact.

In 2013, Natasha joined Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise that creates immersive, experiential experiences for global leaders. She has since designed and delivered Quests across the globe including Brazil, China, Cuba, and India.

Her work is intertwined with social impact and she spends much of her days planning, designing, and immersing herself in the social impact and social entrepreneurship space.


Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Natasha Parekh


More About Leaders’ Quest