Author: Amadea Tanner

A Former NBA Coach Gives Advice on When to Pivot

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary of the Real Leaders Podcast “We all have the superhero power of choice to live this lifestyle through the habits that we build. And it really comes down to just continuing to do it, 1% step after 1% step, day, after day, after day.” David Nurse is a former professional basketball […]

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The Ray: Turning Idle Roadside land into Laboratories of Innovation

The Ray Highway, an 18-mile stretch of the I-85 in Georgia, is furthering a transportation revolution. A configuration of 2,600 high efficiency solar panels at Exit 14 are maximizing the potential of right-of-way land with a megawatt of renewable energy.  “Right-of-way” (ROW) areas are roadside lands owned by state departments of transportation (DOTs). They stretch […]

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Community Solar is Creating an Energy Revolution

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “We’ve impacted a lot of people’s lives in a very positive way, and we’re proud of all of that. But what we’re most proud of is the team that we’ve built. And I think a real leader is someone who consistently inspires the best in others […]

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Global Wildfires Are Going Nowhere: What You Need to Know

With dry seasons extended and temperatures on the rise, wildfire seasons have become longer and more dangerous than ever. Fires in the American West this summer, and other parts of the world, have reached air quality levels of unprecedented hazard, breaking records as the worst in the world and forcing entire communities to evacuate. Below is […]

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Bank Loans Designed to Make the World a Better Place

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “One of the distinct advantages we have is that we’re able to say to people what we do every day is going to make a difference in the world and it’s going to result in positive changes.” Douglas Bystry is the Founder, President, and CEO of […]

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How Saving the Environment Can be Profitable

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Consumers want products that have a low impact on the planet. They want to feel like they’re part of the solution. So one of our trade lines is, “Be part of the solution.” If you shop at SPUD, we’re saying you’re being part of a solution […]

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Breaking Down Plastics to Create Something New

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “For me today, it’s about continuing to demonstrate to people that you can build a great business that does something good for the world, that can be a catalyst for sustainable impact.” Jodie Morgan is the CEO of GreenMantra, the first company in the world to […]

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Why Not You? Advice to Live Inspired

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Leadership is not a job title or how many followers you have or how many books you’ve read or written. It’s the ability that you have to become a better version of yourself and to lead others forward toward their possibility.” John O’Leary is a keynote […]

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Scot Chisolm, CEO of Classy: A Real Leaders Top Impact Company

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Companies are at the epicenter of the good and the bad, and I think they can be a massive catalyst for positive change moving forward.” Scot Chisolm is the CEO and co-founder of Classy, a social enterprise technology company serving the nonprofit community. Classy is named […]

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How to Kill Conformity and Pursue Meaningful Work

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Most people have the desire to change. They have the skill but what they don’t have is the permission. What we needed to do was actually create a culture that would allow people to have the behaviors of innovation.” Lisa Bodell is a best-selling author, the […]

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Will the Next Big City be Built Underwater?

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “The flora and fauna of the planet are a natural resource bank account, and that bank account is going bankrupt. So we need to not only protect what’s left, but reinvest in that capital, so that we can live off the interest that it bears, rather […]

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Using Super Foods to Transform Lives

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary of the Real Leaders Podcast “I think it really came through my personal journey. And I realized, I want to help people, I want to help people make the right choices, and I want to help millions of people that maybe just don’t know better like me. I didn’t know better, […]

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How to Find Your Passion And Fuel Your Burn

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Every single day is this fire and this burn that lies inside of me that I won’t stop, I won’t quit. I want to serve. I want to give everything that I have. One day at a time. And I think for all of us, we […]

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Removing Politics from Environmental Conversations

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “The end goal of EarthX is to save the world and to save it environmentally, but through education, through calls to action, through recruitment. It was a disadvantage starting this in Dallas 10 years ago, but now it’s a great advantage because we have built a […]

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Why Planting More Trees is a Good Idea

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Every time I was talking to businesses, they were saying, ‘Oh, we wish we could help, Matt. We wish we could do more.’ I’d always tell companies, ‘You can. Plant trees.’ People don’t realize how important trees are to the environment.” Matt Hill is the founder […]

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NBA Consultant: Coach Your Business like Basketball

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “My definition of success is inner peace. True happiness is just inner peace. When you trust yourself, you know what kind of value you bring to the world, you know what you want to accomplish in the world. That’s what it is, it’s true peace.” Drew […]

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Inside the Mind of a Successful Networker

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Networking is the most complex and the most beautiful skillset and mindset that we can continuously practice in our lives.” Gil Petersil (above) is a networking guru and international expert on business strategy. His expertise in these fields comes from years of experience living, studying, working […]

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The Akashinga: Zimbabwe’s Female Anti-Poaching Team

Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poaching team is helping to improve the economy by empowering women and protecting wildlife.   Poaching has taken a severe toll on the elephant population of Zimbabwe. By 2017, numbers in the Lower Zambezi region had declined by 40 percent since 2001. According to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) as many as 35,000 elephants […]

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I Was Fired As The CEO Of My Own Company. Here’s What I Did Next

Firespring is Nebraska’s first certified B-Corporation, and helps organizations identify their purpose and bring it to life. Their media company offers a range of services, from creative and print production to marketing campaigns, and culture alignment solutions. The company was recently ranked #87 on the 2020 Real Leaders Impact Awards, but there was a time […]

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10-year-old Leads Global Recycling Movement

Ten-year-old Ryan Hickman has been operating his own recycling company since he was three years old. Ryan’s Recycling started out as something fun that was also beneficial for the environment and has since turned into a means of addressing a recycling problem in California. Many California redemption centers have recently shut down because of a […]

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Lush Cosmetics Investing in Farmers

This cosmetics company has laid some non-carbon footprints worth following.  When you walk into any of the 931 Lush stores spread across 49 countries, you’re immediately tantalized by colors and flavors you can only imagine before you’ve tried them with names like Moroccan Argan, Ugandan Moringa and Indonesian Illipe.  These ingredients are mixed together with […]

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Nike Steps to Erase Carbon Footprint

Nike is pledging zero waste to erase its carbon footprint Nike’s new European distribution center in Ham, Belgium is powered by 100% renewable energy. All 1.5 million square feet of the new facility, known as the Court, are powered by locally generated wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass sources. This is part of Nike’s sustainability […]

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Saving the Environment One Tree at a Time

Global deforestation may be a growing concern, but reforestation efforts are tackling the root of the problem.  “People don’t realize how important trees are,” says Matt Hill, Founder and CEO of One Tree Planted, a Vermont-based non-profit that supports reforestation campaigns across the globe. Trees are a major food source, and make up the key […]

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The Electricity-generating Bikes of Guatemala

Carlos Marroquin has shown that bicycles are good for much more than just transport. The Guatemalan inventor, inspired by the complexity of these two-wheeled contraptions, met representatives of PedalCanada, an organization that promotes bicycles as a way of helping local communities, especially widows affected by the armed conflict in Central America. Marroquin saw more potential […]

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Bringing Back Compassion and Empathy to the Business World.

Melissa Center and Tanny Jiraprapasuke have combined a passion for storytelling and a commitment to empowering marginalized voices to make an impact in the workplace. Their business, Whole Self Systems, is a socially and culturally-driven training company seeking a better future by activating equanimity, diversity, and compassion in a business setting. While the company wasn’t […]

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Jaden Smith Brings Clean Water to Flint

Actor and rapper Jaden Smith is tapping into uncharted waters to lead a community effort. Flint, Michigan faced a water crisis when the city switched its new water source to the Flint River in 2014. Without corrosion controls, the city’s old pipes leached lead into Flint’s water, transforming the city’s water into poison. Five years […]

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The Plastic Pollution Solution

Two surfers are navigating uncharted waters to keep our oceans clean. When Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze planned a surfing trip to the legendary waves off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, they never imagined the impact this vacation would have. While Bali’s waves may have been just what these surfers had always dreamed of, Bali’s […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse

Recycling has become a capitalist war…. one that nobody wins. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is the mantra we’ve lived by for years, but it has come to encourage an over-zealous recycling campaign that has been doing more harm than good. Americans tend to recycle for a clear conscience, which means throwing as much as we can […]

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Designer Virgil Abloh Teams up With Evian to go Beyond Plastic

Casual couture king Virgil Abloh is joining the Evian empire to make sustainability fashionable — in more ways than one. Known among the fashion community for his avant-garde approach to haute couture, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and DJ, Virgil Abloh, is using his international fame to help another brand on the frontier of sustainable consumer […]

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16-year-old Girl Inspires Climate Strikes Across The World

Thousands of students in 105 countries are skipping class today. They’re concerned about something more pressing than good grades and perfect attendance – the future of our planet. Scandinavian teenager, turned environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, decided to take a stand last year, noting that by the time she is an adult, the state of our […]

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