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WCS-015: Pardeep Kaleka overcomes racism and violence through community service

pardeepJoin us to hear how Pardeep responded to tragedy with service and empathy to end the cycle of violence and racism. He offers practical advice on community building and fundraising.

About Pardeep Kaleka:

Pardeep Kaleka is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who was gunned down on August 5th, 2012 by a white supremacist in the worst race-based attack since the civil rights era. As a former police officer and a current teacher in the inner city of Milwaukee, Pardeep is no stranger to the never-ending battle against racism, bigotry, violence, hatred, and ignorance. His firm belief is that the lamp of knowledge and truth will outshine all the darkness in the world, and he does his best to embody this through his work with the organization he founded: Serve 2 Unite.

Pardeep was nominated by Arno Michaelis during World Changer Session #4.

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WCS-014: Tina Atherall creates communities around veterans and military families

Tina AtherallTina Atherall offers a wealth of practical advice and insights for non-profits, social workers, and social entrepreneurs gleaned from her work with veterans and military families.

About Tina Atherall:

Tina Atherall is the Executive Vice President for Hope For The Warriors and a Licensed Masters Social Worker.  As a military spouse, Tina has spent her career supporting military families.  She has guided Hope For The Warriors through development of programs and organizational growth since it was founded in 2006.  Tina is instrumental in policy work, program development, advocacy and education for the needs of veterans and military families.

Tina Atherall was nominated by Nancy Carbone in World Changer Session #6.

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WCS-013: Mike Simmons shares the sky with others

Mike SimmonsMike Simmons is bridging cultural divides around the world through the shared love of astronomy with Astronomers Without Borders.

About Mike Simmons:

Mike Simmons has been an amateur astronomer for 40 years and loves sharing the sky with others. He has an impressive background as a leader and founder in multiple organizations promoting astronomy. Seeing astronomy as a universal interest that transcends cultural differences, Mike founded Astronomers Without Borders in 2006 with the objective to foster lasting bonds, goodwill and friendships around the world.

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WCS-012: Tiziana DellaRovere touches veterans with PTSD through the opera, the Canticle of the Black Madonna

Tiziana DellaRovereTiziana DellaRovere has a lot to share about fusing art, spirituality, and social entrepreneurship. She shares her inspiration as well as practical advice from her successful fund-raising efforts.

About Tiziana DellaRovere:

Author, artist, mystical poet, and teacher Tiziana DellaRovere is the writer of an original two-hour opera called The Canticle of the Black Madonna. Tiziana’s libretto (written text of the opera) draws on classical elements such as the Greek Chorus, Jungian archetypes, and current events such as the effects of war, PTSD, and the destruction of the environment.

In addition to her work as a creative artist, Tiziana has dedicated more than three decades to creating, developing, and practicing a psycho-spiritual methodology called the “Descent” for healing the wounding of the deep psyche. Through the countless workshops, courses, private sessions, and organizations she has founded, Tiziana has facilitated the healing of thousands of people.

Tiziana is originally from Milan Italy, and she has a broad background in Law, Art, Psychology, and Spirituality.

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WCS-011: John Javna, an experienced social entrepreneur and community builder goes deep

John JavnaJohn Javna unleashes a torrent of deep insights into community building and funding for any grassroots movement. He leverages decades of experience to offer practical, actionable advice. You’ll want to listen to this one again and again.

About John Javna:

John got his start as a street performer and dollhouse maker in 1972. Since then he has branched out into numerous enterprises, written more than 50 books including the NY Times bestseller “50 Simple things you can do to save the Earth” and the acclaimed (and humorously informative) Uncle John’s bathroom reader series. He is a social entrepreneur who brings a wealth of insight to anyone seeking to create a lasting organization benefitting their community. For example, in 2002 John co-founded what has become a highly successful, non-profit children’s science museum called Science Works in a little town in southern Oregon. And in 2009 he founded the Neighborhood Food Project, a grassroots movement that collects food for local food banks which is rapidly gaining a national reach through John’s innovative approach to collaboration.

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WCS-010: Cheryl Charles intends to Leave No Child Inside

Cheryl CharlesCheryl Charles explains why it is so important for children to explore the outdoors. She shares her practical advice for building community and more.

About Cheryl Charles:

Dr. Cheryl Charles is an innovator, entrepreneur, educator, and author with a life-long commitment to the importance of getting children into the outdoors—for their health, success and happiness. Cheryl is Co-Founder, President and CEO Emerita of the Children and Nature Network (C&NN). Her organization has inspired campaigns throughout the world to “Leave No Child Inside”. Cheryl served during a 17-year period as founding National Director of what remain the two most widely used environment education programs in North America for K-12 educators receiving numerous awards for her leadership. In addition, Cheryl is Co-Founder and Principal of Hawksong Associates, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, organizational development and diffusion of innovation.

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WCS-009: Ashley Shuyler is transforming education for girls in east African villages

Ashley Shuyler

Ashley Shuyler demonstrates how little-by-little small actions can make big changes happen. She shares how support for education is transforming the lives of girls and entire communities in east Africa.

About Ashley Shuyler:

Ashley is the founder of AfricAid, a nonprofit organization that supports girls’ education in Africa in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities. Since its inception in 2001, AfricAid has supported thousands of Tanzanian students in their educational and professional goals. In 2010, Ashley launched the Kisa Project, AfricAid’s flagship initiative that supports girls’ scholarships and leadership training in Africa to prepare the next generation of leaders.

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WCS-008: Shannon O’Donnell merges grassroots volunteering and global travel

Shannon O'DonnellShannon O’Donnell helps travelers and volunteers use their time and money to make a difference that counts. Download the show to discover the pitfalls of traditional charities and a new way to engage that supports the true goals and needs of local communities.

About Shannon O’Donnell:

Shannon is a travel writer, international speaker, and marketing consultant who lives mostly on the road. She was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work supporting community-based, grassroots tourism. She runs a vibrant community of travelers on her travel blog A Little Adrift, as well as at Grassroots Volunteering, a database of social enterprises all over the world. She published her acclaimed first book, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, in October 2012 and she has been featured in a range of publications from NPR to Outside magazine.

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WCS-007: Kathryn Hall-Trujillo is improving birth outcomes around the world

Kathryn Hall-TrujilloKathryn Hall-Trujillo helps improve the birth outcomes of vulnerable populations. Join us as she shares the value getting a mentor and even more importantly the value of BEING a mentor.

About Kathryn Hall Trujillo:

Kathryn is the Founding Director of Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life.  The mission of this international organization is to improve birth outcomes for women of color by providing education, support and access to care and services to at risk women and families.

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WCS-006: Nancy Carbone is supporting the 9/11 first-responders

Nancy Carbone

Nancy shares how she was able to win the trust of 9/11’s first responder and serve their unique needs. She offers insights into what it takes to build a team and to succeed in your mission.

About Nancy Carbone:

Nancy had several friends among the first-responders on 9/11 and as the dust settled she immediately began to support the firefighter community in her area. She founded Friends of Firefighters, an organization dedicated to meeting the unique physical, mental health, and wellness needs of fire department members. Nancy has been featured in The New York Times, ABC News online, and on ABC’s Secret Millionaire show.

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