Real Leaders

Inspiring Purpose-Driven Teams

Accelerate your impact and your bottom line by attracting and building a people-first culture. Imagine a world where work is additive to people’s lives. They take home a sense of inspiration and belonging to their families, friends, and communities, setting off a positive ripple effect. Leaders have the power to perpetuate this cycle of good […]

6 Secrets to Effective Impact Leadership

Here’s my best advice from 30 years of C-suite experience. By Darin Anderson As impact companies, we see the greater purpose of our work and are dedicated to making decisions with the best interest of team members, customers, investors, partners in mind, knowing financial success will follow. However, it’s not always an easy path. From […]

Pharrell Williams: Uplifting Entrepreneurs of Color

Pharrell Williams is closing the opportunity gap for entrepreneurs of color. By Real Leaders Pharrell Williams knows music. One of the most influential musical artists and producers in hip-hop, R&B, and pop, Williams has created chart-topping hits for household names, earning 13 Grammy Awards and six Billboard Music Awards. (Cue the mega-hit song Happy.)  Then […]

How Business Leaders Can Build Trust As They Work Toward a Sustainable Future

As many in society are losing trust in our systems and institutions, business leaders need to step up and lead the way. Trust in Action is a leader’s guide to drive the sense of urgency and change needed to address the big issues we face today. The book, which will be released on April 10, 2023, is […]

Rethinking Humanitarian Funding: How the World’s First Humanitarian Impact Bond Delivered Physical Rehabilitation to Conflict Communities

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) created the world’s first humanitarian impact bond in 2017 to help transform how vital services for people with disabilities are financed in conflict-hit countries. Now, at the end of its five-year initial run, this innovative approach has delivered on its promise. Over 3,000 people with disabilities have […]

Pledge vs. Practice: Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Requires True Executive Buy-In

As people protested and turned the tide to finally talk about once-taboo racial topics in the aftermath of George Floyd, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) prioritization that corporations promised have fallen well short of what was promised. Jochebed Fekadu discusses what real change would need to look like for meaningful DEI initiatives. This past […]

Businesses Fighting for Justice – this Nonprofit Shows How

When employers and investors speak up, lawmakers pay attention. The Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) was founded in 2017, and the award-winning nonprofit has partnered with hundreds of companies across the world to advance fairness and quality in systems of punishment and incarceration. By engaging businesses to use their voices, resources, and working practices, […]

Why I Buy Dirty Businesses and Clean Them Up

I am asked all the time, “what do you do?” to which my most authentic response is, “I buy dirty businesses and clean them up.” This all started in the early 2000s when I bought a local same-day courier company, which forever changed how I do business.  When I acquired Novex Delivery Solutions, the local […]