Entries by Pete Wright

Episode 12: Business Beyond Business at the Washington Business Journal with Publisher Alex Orfinger

For over two decades as publisher, Alex Orfinger worked to develop a strong identity for the region’s business sector. After a brief stint away, he is now back at the publication as Market President and Publisher, leading the paper and doubling down on the city that he loves. In the face of great local and national challenges alike, he sees a role for the Journal.

Episode 11: Reimagining a Non-Profit Model: Inspiring Innovation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with Ken Zakalik

If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that dual transformation is key to sustaining organizations in 2021 and beyond. This week, Ken Zakalik, Director of Innovation at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, joins us to share how his team looks into the future in the spirit of constant innovation in three core areas—culture, strategy, and opportunities.

Episode 7: Decolonizing Wealth in Big Philanthropy with Edgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva didn’t plan on starting a movement. If it wasn’t for his boss telling him that he was getting “too big for his britches,” he’d likely still be knee-deep in big philanthropy. Instead of leaving, however, he was spurred on to write his book Decolonizing Wealth. On this week’s show, we talk about the problems he saw in philanthropy, how his take on the industry set a fire under people longing for change, and how to continue having authentic conversations with love.

Episode 6: Breaking Bias in Storytelling with Ed Yong and Liz Neeley

Ed Yong spent two years trying to fix the gender imbalance in the stories he was writing for The Atlantic, and wrote about his findings. His heartbreakingly honest revelation spurred our desire to dig in deeper on ways that all communicators can build equity and break bias in their storytelling. Part of digging deeper was bringing Ed Yong and his partner Liz Neeley of The Story Collider to speak at our Mission Forward Spring Reception. This podcast episode features that conversation on building equity through storytelling, and what we can all learn from their experience. Conversation moderated by Carrie Fox.

Episode 5: Modeling the Future of News with The Markup’s Nabiha Syed

Nabiha Syed is the President of The Markup. Just what is The Markup, you ask? If this is your introduction to The Markup, we stand as both disheartened that you’re not already a regular reader, yet delighted that we may serve as your guide by way of this week’s show. We talk about what it means to exist in the journalism space, and about building a news organization bespoke for us, our modern age, and dedicated to the modern information perils that stand before us.

Episode 4: Narrative Change with Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas is a writer who walks headlong into the storm of corporate institutional power. His latest book, “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,” is a rebuke of the “unelected upper crust” and their efforts to lobby and influence in the face of our public institutions. He joins Carrie Fox on the Mission Forward stage this week.

Episode 3: How Racism Harms All of Us with Natalie Burke

Natalie Burke is back with us today for a conversation that addresses one central question: how does racism harm us all? It’s a deceivingly simple question that is achingly difficult to answer. Natalie’s efforts to create what she calls “constructive discomfort” goes a long way toward helping us all adapt to the pain that can come through learning and change. When we can face our discomfort in trust we all win through transformation.