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The Interconnectedness of brands, purpose, and people — Sandy Skees

The Interconnectedness of brands, purpose, and people — Sandy Skees

May 24, 2021

We are living through a fundamental shift in how customers, employees, investors, and other business stakeholders expect brands to genuinely show up and care for social and environmental issues. On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, Sandy Skees, Global Lead of Purpose & Impact Practice from Porter Novelli, shares recent research that shows Americans want corporations to stand up for what’s right, provides guidance on how brands can identify and live their purpose, and illustrates that doing Good inevitably unlocks a spectrum of innovative opportunities for growth that were nonexistent before. Let's do Good!

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Shifting for Good in 2021 - Touseef Mirza

Shifting for Good in 2021 - Touseef Mirza

January 31, 2021

Although 2020 is finally behind us, it has molded us and caused tremendous repercussions on people, culture, and brands—now and in the future. On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, I share how last year’s events has forced people and brands to be more human, vocal, and powerful. Also, by considering the state of corporate activism, customers, and yes even politics, I provide guidance on how to be profitable while doing good in 2021. We are living in a precious time full of opportunities to create positive change—let’s do this.

The core of branding is belonging — Patrick Hanlon

The core of branding is belonging — Patrick Hanlon

November 30, 2020

Let’s face it, branding is abstract. It is only once we grasp the core of branding in the context of visceral human emotions and yearnings, that we can see its full capacity. On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, Patrick Hanlon, CEO of PrimalBranding.co and a world-leading brand practitioner who is the author of Primal Branding, systematically breaks down branding and its functionality, and shares how companies can flourish following a tumultuous year that has heightened people’s need to belong to brands that have authentic belief systems.

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Facing the business intricacies of purpose — Margot Brandenburg

Facing the business intricacies of purpose — Margot Brandenburg

October 29, 2020

It’s clear that purpose-led businesses have risen in 2020. But what are concrete implications that businesses must consider and undertake to embody purpose and act in accordance? On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, Margot Brandenburg, an expert on strategic philanthropy, capital markets, and inequality from the Ford Foundation, shares the nuances of today’s do-good corporate entities, reveals the latest valuable research on purpose, and the key elements a company must take into account in order to be profitable while creating positive change, simultaneously.

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Real creative advertising begins with self-awareness — Shannon Washington

Real creative advertising begins with self-awareness — Shannon Washington

September 18, 2020

Cultivating self-awareness can truly unleash human flourishing and imaginative ideas. On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, the brilliant and soulful Shannon Washington, Group Executive Creative Director at R/GA--who is one of the few Black Women creative leads in the advertising industry--shares why self-awareness is essential for creativity, how allyship leads to equitable and strong teams, and the key role advertising can play in today’s culture pertaining to racial and social justice.

Twitter: @shannboogie

Website: www.shannonwashington.net

 

Brand positioning for the awakened audience of 2020 - Touseef Mirza

Brand positioning for the awakened audience of 2020 - Touseef Mirza

August 24, 2020

2020 has been a year like no other. The compounding effects of the covid-19 pandemic, the crucial #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a pivotal U.S. election year has forced us as a people to reconnect with who we are and question our thoughts and feelings in a deeper way. On this episode, I share how cultural and individualist shifts has impacted our core values, and its inevitable implications on how businesses need to position their brands--from here on out--to truly connect with an awakened audience.

Being a strong and tender leader in the age of #BlackLivesMatter — Monique Nelson

Being a strong and tender leader in the age of #BlackLivesMatter — Monique Nelson

July 7, 2020

The brands and leaders who fully embrace the #BlackLIvesMatter movement will inevitably thrive—from a humanitarian AND profitability standpoint. On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, the fabulous Monique Nelson, CEO and Chair of UWG, the longest standing multicultural marketing agency in the world, shares how leaders can truly embody and champion diversity and inclusion from the inside out to create lasting positive change and growth.

https://www.uwginc.com/

Change begins with empathy — Maria Ross

Change begins with empathy — Maria Ross

June 5, 2020

These are such chaotic, sad, and uncertain times. But I believe that positive change can, must, and will happen. It all starts first by each of us being truly open to understand, feel, and actively listen to the needs and views of our fellow humans…to empathize with them. On this episode of the ClarityConnects podcast, Maria Ross, author of the book The Empathy Edge, shares how empathy can help cultivate genuine, caring, and effective leaders, teams, and businesses--which in turns enables a meaningful and valuable connection with customers.

Maria is providing a free downloadable Guide to ClarityConnects listeners called “5 ways empathy benefits your business”. Also, you can get more information on Maria at https://www.red-slice.com/ and get her book here.

Sending out love and peace.

The pandemic pause effect - Touseef Mirza

The pandemic pause effect - Touseef Mirza

April 30, 2020

The uncertain times of the covid19 pandemic, with its large scale isolation measures, is having a profound effect on people’s lives….and thoughts. On this episode, I share how the pandemic pause is affecting our feelings and values as a society, which is shifting the marketplace’s current and future needs. Topics include:

  • How the pandemic is changing our minds and emotions
  • Successful approaches that brands used during this tragedy 
  • The ultimate pandemic effect on businesses and brands

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Humanizing technology for genuine growth — David Ryan Polgar

Humanizing technology for genuine growth — David Ryan Polgar

March 30, 2020

We live in a digital age full of astonishing connection possibilities. But are we connecting in a way that nourishes genuine meaning and maximizes our human existence? Hear my conversation with David Ryan Polgar, tech ethicist, and the Founder of All Tech is Human, as we explore how we can humanize technology for the growth of individuals and businesses, simultaneously. Topics include:

  • Ethics and its importance in tech
  • Technology will not solve all your problems
  • Can we scale intimacy through tech?
  • Hyper-personalization and diversification of thought
  • How to start instilling laws and guidelines for AI

Here are the resources we mention during this episode: 

https://www.davidpolgar.com/

https://alltechishuman.org/

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