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PODCAST

How to Change the World Podcast

PODCAST

How to Change the World Podcast

Sowing the Seeds of Change

How to Change the World Javelina Podcast with Catherine Alonzo

Through conversations with all kinds of people in a wide range of jobs and industries we take a microscopic look at what it takes to make change. We look at why change is sometimes feared and at other times celebrated, what it takes to have a change-focused mindset and how we can be creating tomorrow’s change today.

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OUR EPISODES

Episode 124

Episode 124 - Institutional Racism, COVID-19 and Health in America with epidemiologist Dr. Sandro Galea.

Catherine is joined by Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean of Boston University School of Public Health and epidemiologist, to discuss what 2020 has exposed about health in America and how we can create change when it comes to health and living for everyone – not just the privileged few. They talk about institutional racism and health in our country, how rates of depression have tripled in the past 6 months (and what to do about it), and what the coming months hold in the fight against COVID-19.

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Episode 123

Episode 123 - Mayor of Tucson Regina Romero: How to lead in times of crisis

Catherine talks to the first female and first Latina Mayor of Tucson, Regina Romero, about how she came to make history from growing up in a small border town in Arizona. She shares what it has been like to lead during these crazy times and what she thinks it is going to take to make our communities stronger, safe and healthier – for everyone.

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Episode 122

Episode 122 - Finding your core personal values with Chesa Mendez

Knowing your core values and using them in your leadership and social change work is a core skill that impactful leaders harness and develop, and yet as leaders, we rarely have the opportunity to truly laser in on what our core values are and the behaviors that extend from them in everyday life. In this interactive session, Catherine leads professional coach and habits expert Chesa in an exploration of her core personal values, with amazing results. Follow along and explore your own core values to unlock unlimited possibilities for your change work.

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Episode 121

Episode 121 - Commit to the Sh*t": How to get through the hard stuff to make meaningful change with Lloyd Hopkins

Lloyd Hopkins is the 2020 winner of the Influential People Creating Change Award for Javelina’s inaugural How to Change the World Awards and the founder of the Million Dollar Teacher Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the very foundation of our education system: Teachers. Lloyd and Catherine talk about the power every individual has to make change, how to stay committed when your motivation wanes, and the three essential ingredients for creating culture shifts in our society today.

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Episode 120

Episode 120 - How to lead a team through hard times: What the Javelina crew have learned from the last few months

Catherine shares three foundational lessons she’s learned about leading a team through difficult times, and is joined by VP of Digital Strategy Josh Zaragoza and Strategic Growth and Projects Manager Alana Campbell, who share their perspectives on how teams can show up for each other and their communities in challenging times. Tune in for tangible and easy-to-implement tips that your team can use right away!

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Episode 119

Episode 119 - Using Kindness as a skill in anti-racism work and amid COVID with Ben's Bells founder Jeannette Maré

Catherine is joined by How to Change the World fan favorite (and our very first guest!) Jeannette Maré, the founder and former Executive Director of Ben’s Bells, an organization dedicated to educating about the transformative practice of intentional kindness. Jeannette and Catherine talk about how you can use kindness in your daily work confronting Coronavirus and institutional racism, how it is different than niceness or empathy, and tangible steps you can take today to build your own kindness skillset.

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Episode 118

Episode 118 - Community Organizer and Advocate Peter Sargent

Peter Sargent is an organizer. And no, that doesn’t mean he’s really good at folding shirts and cleaning closets. In his own words, it means he empowers members of communities that are negatively impacted by a societal problem to speak up and create change. Whether it’s climate change or gun violence, Peter seeks to bring the underrepresented to the table and ensure the story of their experience is told. In telling his own story, Peter shares with Catherine the three things that enables him to be an effective change maker and the vital ingredients that go into transforming communities.

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Episode 117

Episode 117 - Your Communications Checklist: How to craft effective messaging in turbulent times

Amid national protests in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and countless others at the hands of a corrupt, racist system designed to ground down and enslave black Americans, and the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, intentional, values-driven communications has never been more important for organizations focused on creating systemic change. Catherine shares our Communications Checklist – ten vital things you need for effective storytelling in the near- and long-view.

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Episode 116

Episode 116 - How organizations can create space for impacting societal change with international leadership consultant Melissa Lamson

Melissa Lamson has worked across the globe with some of the biggest name brands – LinkedIn, Volkswagen and Porsche, to name a few. And what she has learned is the power that organizations can leverage when they invest in their people. She shares with Catherine the signs of high and low performing teams, and what it looks like to transform from the latter into the former. She shares her own background with wanting to impact structural inequities, and how she has found her own path to doing just that.

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Episode 115

Episode 115 - The Do's and Don'ts of Fundraising, Selling, and Storytelling amid COVID-19

For business, nonprofits, and political campaigns, taking a communication break amid the complexities of COVID-19 might sound tempting, but it could more likely be damaging. In this episode, Catherine shares insight on the Do’s and Don’t of Fundraising, Selling, and Storytelling amid COVID-19. Learn to honor your mission while meeting your fundraising goals.

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Episode 114

Episode 114 -Understanding Autism and our communities with SARRC President Daniel Openden

Daniel Openden is the President and CEO of SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center), an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families. Daniel talks to Catherine about his path to his current career, the state of autism research today, and how shifting our mindset toward people with disabilities can transform communities.

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Episode 113

Episode 113 - Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change

Catherine is joined by Nate Rhoton, Executive Director of one n ten – They delve into Morgan Simon’s “Real Impact” to discuss impact investment, a type of investing that supports social and environmental projects with a financial return. 

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Episode 112

Ep. 112 How to leverage digital tactics to meet your existing goals in new ways amid COVID-19

Right now, the future feels full of unknowns. As the world comes together to fight COVID-19, many businesses, nonprofits, and political campaigns are drastically restructuring their methods of outreach, and it can be incredibly daunting. We share 7 tangible ways you can utilize digital and online tactics to serve your community at this time.

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Episode 111

Ep. 111 AZ Secretary of State Katie Hobbs: How elections shape social change at every level

Katie Hobbs started her professional career as a social worker before a friend suggested she explore running for office. She first ran for the AZ House of Representatives, then the AZ Senate, before running successfully for Secretary of State of Arizona in 2018. She shares with Catherine the pivotal moment that changed the trajectory of her entire life, how administering elections impacts all important issues, and what her experience has taught her are the three vital ingredients for creating social change.

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Episode 110

Ep. 110 Crafting your organization's Coronavirus response plan

As COVID-19 and its social, psychological, and economic impacts unfold, organizations are facing wide-ranging tough decisions about all aspects of your work. Answers are hard to craft against a backdrop of breaking news alerts and disparate opinions about best practices around the world. In this solo-round episode, Catherine reviews how to develop an adaptive response plan drawn from your core values. Connect with us on social media if you have questions about developing a values-based response plan.

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Episode 109

Ep. 109 The importance of understanding your opposition with Margaret Tyndall, former CEO of YWCA USA

Margaret Tyndall joins us as the third of four 2020 YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix Tribute to Leadership honorees. Margaret served as the CEO of YWCA Pittsburgh for 23 years (1977-2000) and as CEO of YWCA USA for two years (2000-2002). She shares with Catherine the pivotal moment in her life that created a passion for YWCA’s core mission of empowering women and eliminating racism, the job ad that changed the trajectory of her career, and everything she has learned about creating change along the way.

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Episode 108

Ep. 108 Girls Scouts Deputy Director Mary Mitchell: How to bring your best self to important conversations (and what to do when you don't)

Our conversation with Mary Mitchell is the second of four with the 2020 YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix Tribute to Leadership honorees. Mary serves as the Deputy Director, Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. In her 21 years with the organization she has served in a variety of capacities and now serves as co-lead for the organization’s work related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Mary and Catherine discuss what these terms mean in today’s world, and how they can be incorporated into change making.

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Episode 107

Ep. 107 ALWAYS Founder and former candidate for AZ Attorney General January Contreras: How to create change in every moment

For the next four weeks, we are proud to partner with the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix to spotlight their 2020 Tribute to Leadership honorees. Up first, is January Contreras. January ran for Arizona Attorney General in 2018, after founding ALWAYS, a nonprofit that provides no cost legal services to vulnerable young people and victims of human trafficking. From law school to election day, January opens up to Catherine about what she’s learned along the way and what’s next on her journey of community change.

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Episode 106

Ep. 106 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz to create unimaginable impact in your community

Catherine is joined by Javelina partner David Waid to discuss The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, field notes from the desk of a seasoned Silicon Valley tech CEO on how to build and run a business. Catherine and David share their key takeaways from the entrepreneur and current-day venture capitalist’s own personal story. Look out for actionable takeaways on hiring and firing, the importance of culture, and when making a “culture hire” is a bad idea – along with much more!

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Episode 105

Ep. 105 Co-Founder of the Phoenix Children's Museum Kate Wells: How to use intention and planning to create unimaginable impact in your community

Anyone who knows Kate Wells know she is a friendly, warm extrovert who has a passion for the people around her and the community we all call home. Over 20 years ago, Kate and her friends vowed to open a children’s museum when they learned Phoenix was the only city in the country’s largest 100 cities without one. It took them a decade to open it, and it has been shaping our community ever since. Kate shares with Catherine the secrets to her success and what it takes to turn a vision into reality.

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Episode 104

Ep. 104 Miss Arizona Jacqueline Thomas: How to craft your own definitions of success and validation

Last June, Jacqueline Thomas was crowned Miss Arizona 2019, and is currently serving our community under that title. In high school, Jacqueline was forbidden from being class President because of her gender, and ever since she has been determined to make change for women. Jacqueline talks to Catherine about what enabled her to win the Miss Arizona title after 6 years of competing, as well as what politics and pageantry have in common, and how we can take lessons on how to change the world from both.

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Episode 103

Ep. 103 Co+Hoots Founder Jenny Poon: How to change the face of entrepreneurship and why it matters

Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of CO+HOOTS, a purpose-driven coworking space in Arizona. Jenny is committed to building vibrant and equitable cities by bringing visibility to coworking as an economic development tool. She talks to Catherine about the childhood moment that changed everything for her, and has led her to a career dedicated to changing the face of entrepreneurship in our communities.

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Episode 102

Ep. 102 How to achieve remarkable success by being a giver: discussing Give and Take by Adam Grant

This month, Catherine is joined by Blake Hardison, founding member of Keyser. They discuss Adam Grant’s Give and Take which argues that in professional interactions most people operate as either givers, takers or matchers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Learn why givers are the least AND most sucessful among us and how to implement giving in your own life.

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Episode 101

Ep. 101 2020 Predictions: 4 changes to look out for this year

For our first episode of the decade, Catherine is joined by her husband Ruben to roll out their four biggest predictions for changes we’ll see in 2020. From non-alcoholic craft beer to Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial, they dig into the things they’ll be on the lookout for this year – and the wider implications they have for creating community change.

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Episode 100

Ep. 100 The Javelina Team: What we learned in 2019

For our very special 100th podcast episode, members of the Javelina team get together and look back at 2019. What went well? What changed? What mistakes did we make? From expanding to Colorado to launching strategic digital services, the team dig in to the highs and lows of the year that’s about to end – every step of the way asking: what did we learn? Featuring: Colorado VP Rob DuRay, VP for Digital Strategy Josh Zaragoza, Partner David Waid, Client Associate Justin Plumb and CEO Catherine Alonzo.

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Episode 99

Ep. 99 Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman: How to do things differently and follow your own path for chang

Kathy Hoffman was teaching in a public school when she was inspired to run for office. While many told her to start small, she had her heart set on the place that touches teachers and students statewide: the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kathy talks with Catherine about everything she’s learned about creating change in our community, from the moment she first thought about running to today, as she gets ready to head into her second year as the Superintendent of Arizona’s schools.

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Episode 98

Ep. 98 Author and Speaker Tania Katan: How to disrupt your day-to-day with creativity and put the spark and joy back into your work and life

Tania Katan is a speaker, performer, coach and consultant, and the author of Creative Trespassing, a field guide for injecting creativity into your work and life to break old barriers and create new outcomes. Tania is also the genius behind the #ItWasNeverDress movement and online phenomenon. No stranger to doing things differently and bringing her whole self into whatever space she is in, Tania and Catherine talk about what it takes to color outside of the lines and think beyond the rules.

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Episode 97

Ep. 97 How to cultivate braver, more daring leadership: Dare to Lead by Brenè Brown

This month, Catherine and David are joined by business leader and coach Eileen Rogers, who is certified in Brenè Brown’s transformational Dare to Lead training program, to discuss the author’s latest book: Dare to Lead. #1 New York Times bestselling author Brenè Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives. Her work on perfectionism and shame have made her a household name and have generated organizational transformation around the globe.

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Episode 96

Ep. 96 U and Improved Founder Jodi Low: How to turn ugly surprises into beautiful life-changing gifts

On a very normal day eleven years ago, Jodi read a text message that irreversibly changed the course of her life forever. Today, she leads U and Improved, an award-winning leadership development company that offers hands-on experiential training for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals who want to learn, grow and improve. Jodi shares with Catherine that heart-stopping moment that changed it all, and what lies at the center of our innate ability to choose to live the life we want.

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Episode 95

Ep. 95 National political commentator Karine Jean-Pierre on how to get into politics...and make a real impact

Karine Jean-Pierre is an accidental political organizer. Growing up wanting to be a doctor, she fell into political advocacy unexpectedly. She worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, served in his White House and today serves as the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org, and teaches at Columbia University. The author of the brand new memoir Moving Forward, she joins Catherine to tell the story of growing up a Haitian-American immigrant and falling into the career she loves.

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Episode 94

Ep. 94 How to generate popular hits: Discussing The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett

Catherine is joined by Javelina team members David Waid and Marisa Hoskins and Senior Advisor to the Arizona Department of Economic Security Maureen Casey to discuss this month’s book: The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett. They uncover what it takes to create commercially successful products and why they’re not sure this is the same as achieving creative success. Filled with tales of The Beatles and tattooing your own leg to get a job, this is a hilarious episode full of opinions and laugh out loud moments.

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Episode 93

Ep. 93 Founder of Police2Peace Lisa Broderick: How to address structural violence in our communities

With a background in entrepreneurialism and technology, an unexpected moment on a beach changed Lisa’s life forever and now she runs Police2Peace. Through a series of programs, including the simple act of adding the words PEACE OFFICER to public safety vehicles, Police2Peace develops community engagement and lowers the barriers between police and the community. Lisa talks with Catherine about the epidemic of violence in our communities today, and how Police2Peace’s approach is making tangible differences.

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Episode 92

Ep. 92 5-time cancer survivor and warrior for marriage equality Kevin Patterson: How to respond when change happens to you

Kevin Patterson is a true warrior for change – and his story is remarkable. A five-time cancer survivor, adoptive father to two girls, plaintiff in the lawsuit that toppled Arizona’s gay marriage ban in 2013, and a former candidate for elected office, Kevin has faced more change in the past decade than many people do in a life time. He shares his fascinating tale with Catherine, as well as the lessons he learned every step of the way.

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Episode 91

Ep. 91 New Pathways for Youth President Christy McClendon: How to lead the life you want by creating space for self-awareness, self-love and the service of others

Christy McClendon is the President and CEO of New Pathways for Youth, an organization that empowers youth to fulfill their potential. Christy gets vulnerable and shares that when she was 18, her mother passed, starting a series of realizations and lessons that shapes her life to this day. Catherine and Christy talk about the power of getting to know yourself really well, how to do it, and what it can create in your life when you do. They have transformed more than 7,000 lives since their founding.

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Episode 90

Ep. 90 Purpose-driven social media influencer Claudia Alvarado: How to manifest transformational change in the lives of yourself and others

Claudia Alvarado is a social media influencer on a mission. As a survivor of sexual abuse, she wants to help women trapped in a cycle of self-destructive behaviors break free from the shame that confines them, and help them realize that they, in fact, are enough. Claudia shares her own story of an ultimate breakdown that led her to seek treatment, and the unexpected breakthrough that changed her life forever, as well as her advice for anyone looking to make transformational change in their own lives.

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Episode 89

Ep. 89 How to master important conversations with important people: Analyzing Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson

Co-Owner of the epic Tucson brewery Borderlands Brewing Co. Mike Mallozzi joins Catherine to talk about the book Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson. The book teaches essential skills for how to have important conversations with the people you care about without them disintegrating into screaming voices or silence. From ‘Making it Safe’ to ‘The Pool of Meaning’, Catherine and Mike draw from their own experiences to break down the core concepts of the book and translate them into tangible takeaways.

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Episode 88

Ep. 87 Local First Executive Director Thomas Barr: How human relationships are the key to creating community change

Sara Mayer is a philanthropist, the Operations Director for one of the most well known nonprofits in the nation, and a foster mom. When Catherine first read her bio, she thought: “How does she do it all?” The answer is what Sara calls Self Management. Hear Sara’s story about how personal loss gave her an insatiable thirst for living life, and how self management enables her to do just that. When it comes to time management and task management, you will take away insights that you can action today.

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Episode 87

Ep. 87 Local First Executive Director Thomas Barr: How human relationships are the key to creating community change

Local First is the largest business membership group in the United States, with over 3,600 members, and a powerful advocate for shopping local. Thomas, who has been with Local First for 6 years and served as ED for 18 months, shares powerful insights about the power of local businesses in making our communities and the secret to creating change in your life and at work. Catherine also goes on a rant about the difference between cause marketing and change engineering, so you won’t want to miss that.

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Episode 86

Ep. 86 Financial Planner Catherine Scrivano - How to manage your money in alignment with your values

Catherine Scrivano is a dynamic Financial Planner who knows how to help her clients pursue financial dreams. In this episode, in celebration of Money Month, Catherine Scrivano shares how personal tragedy instilled in her a passion for helping women manage money, as well as some tried-and-tested strategies for managing your personal and business finances. Catherine Scrivano and Catherine Alonzo explore the connection between sound financial management and community change, as well as how to get started.

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Episode 85

Ep. 85 Javelina VP of Digital Strategy Josh Zaragoza: How to change the world in the digital age, and the must-know trends of 2020

Josh is a brand new member of the Javelina team, having just joined our ranks as the Vice President for Digital Strategy. Under his leadership, Javelina will be expanding our paid digital services for our clients. Josh talks to Catherine about the pivotal moment that forever changed his career trajectory, and set into motion a professional path he could never have imagined. They discuss how digital strategies have changed in the past few years, and what you can expect to see from 2020 political campaigns.

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Episode 84

Ep. 83 Murphy Herbert - AZ Secretary of State Communications Director Murphy Hebert: How to foster self-worth and find life-changing mentors

Catherine and David are joined by Sara Mayer, Director of Operations for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for five chapters in the Southwest region and master philanthropist, to discuss the three-book missive of Ray Dalio known by the simple name: Principles. They dig into his numbered lists of principles for life and work, and unearth a fountain of knowledge for creating impactful change and leading fulfilling lives.

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Episode 83

Ep. 83 Murphy Herbert - AZ Secretary of State Communications Director Murphy Hebert: How to foster self-worth and find life-changing mentors

If you’ve ever struggled with setting your own boundaries, have worried you’re not good enough, or been plagued by imposter syndrome, then take the time to listen to Murphy’s story.  Murphy shares her own personal experiences of how she has come to recognize her own agency, and develop the skillset to know her own worth in every job. Catherine and Murphy reflect on the power of getting to know (and love) yourself in anyone’s ability to create change in the world.

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Episode 82

Ep. 82 Drex Davis - The CEO of Scrapbook.com: How small moments create great change

When Drex Davis started working at Scrapbook.com in his late twenties to pay the bills while he pursued his dream of getting into the music management business, he could never have imagined it would become the vocation it is for him today. Started as a hobby, Scrapbook.com has become a business with 100 employees and worldwide customers. Drex talks to Catherine about what he has learned along the way about discovering your passion, finding great mentors, and the power of human kindness.

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Episode 81

Ep. 81 Pita Juarez - Combating racism and saving the planet with powerful storytelling

Pita Juarez is many things. A communications professional; a queer immigrant woman from Guatemala; an award winning filmmaker, and more. She shares her own story with Catherine, explaining how a racist law in Arizona changed her path forever, and what she is doing today to impact communities through storytelling. We dig into her experience making the award-winning documentary You Racist, Sexist, Bigot and how what she learned has impacted how she walks in the world today.

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Episode 80

Ep. 80 How to actualize a great idea against all odds: Discussing Loonshots by Safi Bahcall

Everything you thought you knew about how incredible things like international air travel and Toy Story occur will change when you read Loonshots by physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall. Mind Your Business regulars Catherine Alonzo and David Waid are joined by nonprofit consultant and dedicated community advocate Barbara Lewkowitz, and they dive deep into what this book teaches us about how to nurture a world-changing idea. 

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Episode 79

Ep. 79 Representative Andrès Cano - Vital lessons for creating change from a state representative

Andrès Cano was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2018; one of the new wave of non-traditional elected officials who represent a new way of approaching elected government. Andrès talks to Catherine about how family tragedy has shaped his drive to make change in the world, and what he has learned from his first legislative session about what it takes to create change.

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Episode 78

Ep. 78 Forest Melton - The emotional intelligence it takes to create change

Have you ever wished a friend or family member would change their actions or make different choices? Have you ever withheld the truth from a friend because you are scared of rocking the boat? This week, Catherine talks to Forest Melton about the emotional intelligence it takes to create change – and how to develop it. Forest is a cancer researcher, a passionate crusader for nonprofits, and the 2019 Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. 

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Episode 77

Ep. 77 Rep. Jennifer Longdon: How to find hope in personal tragedy

Representative Jennifer Longdon is a freshman member of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. When a gun crime left her paralyzed from the collar bones down, Jennifer’s entire life changed. Whether it’s against gun violence, for equal rights for people with disabilities, or for the improvement of the everyday lives of Arizonans, Jennifer is fighting for change in our world every second of every day. Hear how and why she does it in this impactful conversation.

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Episode 76

Ep. 76 George Grombacher and Sentari Minor - How to create change by talking to people you disagree with

Sentari Minor and George Grombacher fight all the time. The hosts of podcast Figure it Out, they come together to battle it out over important issues as friends and co-hosts. They talk to Catherine about the importance of talking to people who disagree with you, how your personal values should shape your career path, and how childhood events can shape the rest of your life.

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Episode 75

Ep. 75 Leading a Great Team: Examining Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Ever wondered why some teams flounder while others change the world? Legal mastermind and political changemaker Bob Lord joins Javelina partners Catherine Alonzo and David Waid on this week’s episode of How to Change the World to discuss Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last, which lays out a 21st-century approach to transformational leadership in action. We discuss the top takeaways from Sinek’s best-seller and dig into how it can help you make a difference at work. 

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Episode 74

Ep 74. Zach Kramer - How understanding civil rights differently could advance equity in America

Interim Dean of Arizona State University’s Law School and author of the recently published Outsiders, Professor Zachary Kramer, thinks we should understand human rights violations differently. He talks to Catherine about the power of recognizing rights and identity on an individual basis rather than in groups, as well as a whole lot of other things: leadership, powerful listening, storytelling in the law, and the secret to being a great lawyer.

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Episode 73

Ep. 73 How to achieve anything: A deep dive into Grit by Angela Duckworth

What is the biggest predictor of achievement? If you’re thinking it’s talent, think again. Javelina Founding Partners sit down to discuss this month’s book club pick: Grit by Angela Duckworth. Discover how to find your purpose, how to tap into your passion to achieve your wildest dreams, what it means to be a wise parent, and when to give up and when to persevere.

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Episode 72

Ep. 72 Enrique Feldman - Changing your brain so you can change your life

The former Director of University of Arizona’s Marching Band, Enrique Feldman one day walked out on the job he’d forever set his sights on with no plan. Facing gripping fear and all the reasons in the world to not take the risk, Enrique leapt – and has never looked back. 

Catherine and Enrique talk about what can be possible when we don’t set limitations. Enrique shares the varied work of his foundation, including Intellectual Brainwave Games – the key to altering your brain so you can change your life.

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Episode 71

Ep. 71 Bridie Farrell - Fighting for justice for victims of child sex abuse

Bridie Farrell is a record-breaking American speed skater and sexual abuse survivor, who has been a vocal champion for legislation around the country that protects the victims of child sex abuse. She was a key voice in the passage of Arizona’s against-all-odds HB 2466, which allows survivors of child sex abuse an additional 10 years to sue their abusers.

Bridie talks with Catherine about the pivotal moment that led to publicly sharing what happened to her, her advice to others on how to tell their own story, and what it takes to pass world-changing legislation.

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Episode 70

Ep. 70 Dimitri Zakharov - The first company of its kind in Zambia

This week Catherine sits down with Dimitri Zakharov, CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Enterprises. His company is focused on helping pioneer socially-conscious outsourcing in Africa and was the first company of its kind in Zambia.

They talk about his job, how Impact Enterprises is providing quality jobs for Zambians, and they get a bit philosophical about what it takes to change the world.

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Episode 69

Rob DuRay - Meet the VP of Javelina's Colorado Office

ICYMI: We’re reposting Rob DuRay’s interview from March in anticipation of this week’s celebration.

If you’re in the Phoenix area, we hope you can come to celebrate the Colorado expansion and our newest team members at our party this Thursday, May 23rd (bit.ly/javelinaparty2019). You’ll have chance to meet Rob himself and learn more about everything that’s happening with Javelina.

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Episode 68

Daniel Ramos - Fighting for a more fair and just Colorado

Daniel Ramos is the Executive Director at One Colorado: the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. 

We talk about how Daniel got into politics and advocacy, and the amazing work One Colorado is doing to create a more equal place for the LGBTQ community.

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Episode 67

Jayson Sime - The journey to a healthier life

This week, Catherine reconnects with an old friend – Jayson Sime. He opens up about the powerful difference between surviving and thriving, and the changes he made to get beyond survival. They also discuss Jayson’s plunge into politics, the importance of self-care, and when he decided to become a yoga teacher. Jayson has led an incredible path to get to where he is today and there’s a bit of something for everyone in his story.

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Episode 66

Candi CdeBaca - Why she's running to change Denver

Candi CdeBaca is a fifth-generation Denverite running for Denver City Council District 9. We talk about her amazing campaign, her vision for Denver, and why she’s running to make a change. She’s so inspiring and we hope you can listen in and learn about her experiences, and how we can all show up to make a difference in the world.

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Episode 65

Jo Ellen Caldwell - YWCA Phoenix Tribute to Leadership: First Responder Honoree

Jo Ellen Caldwell has led a trailblazing career and is currently a Captain and Paramedic with the Phoenix Fire Department. You name it and she’s done it: martial arts, kickboxing, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, working every position on a fire truck, and so much more. She’s committed to empowering and building up others so they can achieve their goals, and her work has earned her the distinction of being the 2019 YWCA First Responder Honoree.

You can learn about Jo Ellen and her incredible journey on the YWCA website

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Episode 64

Paula Cullison - YWCA Phoenix Tribute to Leadership: Advocacy Honoree

Paula Cullison is the Founder and President of the Arizona Women’s Partnership which awards grants to small charities in AZ that assist underserved women and children. Their amazing work has impacted more than 100,000 women. We talk about advocacy, what she has learned from her travels, and moving ideas into action. Paula is our second incredible guest as we feature YWCA Phoenix Tribute to Leadership Award honorees for the month of April. 

You can learn about Paula and her advocacy to uplift women on the YWCA website

 

Episode 63

Mind Your Business Book Club - Good to Great by Jim Collins

On this month’s Mind Your Business Book Club episode, we’re covering one of the most highly regarded and recommended business books out there: Good to Great by Jim Collins.

We dive into the main concepts covered and what we learned about leadership, the application of new technologies, and the importance of maintaining hope while facing harsh realities.

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Episode 62

Alejandra Gomez - YWCA Phoenix Tribute to Leadership: Racial Justice Honoree

We’re excited to feature interviews with the recipients of the YWCA Phoenix Tribute to Leadership Awards for the month of April. Our very first guest is Alejandra Gomez, recipient of the 2019 Racial Justice Award. Alejandra is Co-Director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUChA) – an amazing community organization of families, working together to bring about a more socially and economically just AZ. She shares the story of how she came to her work and the importance of community organizing and advocacy.

You can learn about Alejandra and her work in advancing racial justice on the YWCA website

 

Episode 61

Juston Cooper - Being committed to creating change
We’re excited to feature one of our first guests from Colorado. This week Catherine sits down with Juston Cooper, the Deputy Director of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (www.ccjrc.org), to talk about being committed to change, the importance of criminal justice reform, and his work with this incredible group. The CCJRC is a client of ours so we really hope you enjoy this conversation and feel as inspired as we do.
 

Episode 60

Rob DuRay - Our new Vice President of the Colorado Office
 

This week we’re featuring Rob DuRay. In case you haven’t heard the big news, we’re expanding to Colorado and Rob is our new Vice President of the Colorado Office. On this episode, he’ll be sharing a bit about himself and how he came to Javelina. If you’re in the Denver area, come join us for our launch event on March 27.

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Episode 59

Mind Your Business Book Club - Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

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This month’s book is Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino. Catherine Alonzo, Ariel Reyes, and podcast newcomer David Waid sit down for a chat about nonconformity in the workplace and life, and how we all can embrace a bit of rebellion.

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Episode 58

Amy Armstrong - The importance of clubs

This week on the podcast we talk with Amy Armstrong, the founder and CEO of Support My ClubSupport My Club is a nonprofit organization that gives people opportunities to contribute to their communities by donating to high school clubs and teams. Their mission is to provide a convenient, specific and efficient way for individuals to support out of classroom education.This week on the podcast Catherine, Ariel and Taylor discuss the recent changes at Javelina. In this episode we say some goodbyes, praise our new office, discuss all our new hiring and even tease a little something special that’s coming up. You won’t want to miss this podcast full of twists and turns.

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Episode 57

Javelina Team – The times they are a changin'

We’ve got so much change we want to share

This week on the podcast Catherine, Ariel and Taylor discuss the recent changes at Javelina. In this episode we say some goodbyes, praise our new office, discuss all our new hiring and even tease a little something special that’s coming up. You won’t want to miss this podcast full of twists and turns.

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Episode 56

Brian Mohr - Conscious Capitalism – Mohr than just business

Saving the world – one business at a time.

This week on the podcast we talk with Brian Mohr. Brian is the President of the Arizona Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and Co-Founder of Y Scouts. In April of 2000, he became a founding member of a job board called Jobing.com and over an 11 year period, he helped build the company from 5 employees and a few thousand dollars in revenue to nearly 400 employees and $38M.

Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking that focuses on the potential businesses have in creating a positive impact in the world. It’s a fascinating discussion, and something more people are expecting of companies. Tune in and learn more about how business can be a force for good.

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Episode 55

Mind Your Business Book Club - Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Are you thriving?

This week on the Mind Your Business Bookclub podcast we discuss Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. We’ll give you a hint. If you’re only getting 5 hours of sleep – you’re not thriving.

Join us as we talk about what it means to thrive, how to find wonder in your life and why success is more than just money.

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Episode 54

Patti Russo - We can do it

We can do it!

This week on the podcast we talk with Patti Russo, a longtime advocate and fighter for women’s rights. Patti is currently the Executive Director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, where she trains and prepares women to run for public office.

We discuss the barriers to achieving gender parity in politics and her work to bridge the gap. You won’t want to miss this conversation with a true change-engineer. Patti has led an incredible career and has a fierce passion for what she does.

Applications for the the WCS Yale Summer Session are due by April 15th, so be sure to check it out if you or someone you know is gearing up to run for public office.

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Episode 53

Jeanne Nizigiyimana - Home away from home

Knowledge is power… it’s true

This week on How to Change the World we talk with Jeanne Nizigiyimana, the Co-Founder and Program Manager of Refugee Women’s Health Clinic center at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Jeanne opens up to us about her own experience as a refugee and her journey to safety. She shares what it means to be a refugee and the knowledge that everyone should have about refugees’ role in society.

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Episode 52

Marcus Ferrell - Politics, race and equality

There are those that run toward the sound of change

This week on the podcast we talk with Marcus Ferrell, a man with a storied political career and a burning passion for criminal justice reform and equality. Marcus has worked as a consultant for the Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential race, David Garcia’s gubernatorial campaign in 2018, and Adrian Fontes’ run for Maricopa County Recorder in 2016. We also talk race, racism, and Arizona.

You won’t want to miss this conversation with a true change engineer.

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Episode 51

Mind Your Business Book Club - The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

This week on the Mind Your Business Book Club Podcast…

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries takes the lean manufacturing framework and applies it to anyone launching a new product or service in a world of uncertainty. Yeah, so that’s all of us then. It’s one of the first books we’ve all liked – you won’t want to miss this one.

So join us as…

Ariel talks about Six Sigma, which is not actually a cult despite its unusual name,
Taylor explains the difference between a superhero and their non-super identity,
And Catherine questions her British-ness after a failed Harry Potter reference.

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Episode 50

Javelina Team - New Year Goals

It’s that time of year when the gym is packed, todo lists are long and aspirations are realized – er, attempted. This week on the podcast, Catherine talks with some of the Javelina Herd about their personal goals for the year. We have perspectives from the all-time goal keeper, the sometimes-I-get-things-done goal setter and the goal averse. Tune in and share your own 2019 goals with us on Facebook.

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Episode 49

Catherine Alonzo - Lessons from four change-engineers

We wouldn’t be ringing in the New Year right without bringing you a special episode. That’s why today we’re highlighting clips from four episodes as Catherine Alonzo reflects on the lessons she’s learned through these interviews in 2018.

It’s almost been a year since we launched the podcast, and it’s been incredible connecting with change-engineers from around the country and across the pond. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey and we’re looking forward to sharing more stories of change!

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Episode 48

Jeannette Maré - Revisiting the power of kindness

Our first podcast episode was also our most popular to date. In case you missed it or want to give another listen, we’re sharing it again.

Jeannette Maré is the founder and Executive Director of Ben’s Bells, a nonprofit working to make the world a kinder place. In this conversation, she explains how kindness helped her through the darkest time of her life. If you’re familiar with the work of Ben’s Bells, it should come as no surprise that kindness came out on top.

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Episode 47

Javelina Team - Year in Review

A lot happened this year. Let’s take a closer look.

2018 has been a long year… like, you-probably-don’t-remember-the-2018-Winter-Olympics-happened-this-February long. In this episode, our team boils the year down to its most important happenings.

We have hot takes on: 
  • Women and Equality: Strides made this year and progress yet to come.  
  • The Royal Wedding: Why it was more than a spectacle. 
  • The Climate: This year’s weather and what is means for the future of humanity. 

All are welcome at our table, so sit with us and listen in!

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Episode 46

Mind Your Business Book Club - Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

It’s time for another Mind Your Business Book Club review!

Do you make New Year resolutions? How often do you follow through on them? This week in the Mind Your Business Bookclub podcast, we look at a book that aims to help you grow in all aspects of life – and keep those pesky resolutions.

Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt is a 5 step approach for achieving your most import goals in life – at least that’s what the book jacket says. Join us on our journey to see if this book can help us achieve our dreams!

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Episode 45

Heidi Jannenga - Growing without the pains

WebPT has experienced some crazy growth

Growing a company is full of change. Growing a company to 500+ employees in 10 years is full of constant change. WebPT set out to change the way physical therapists file their paperwork and in the process built a company that’s made the fastest growing businesses list 6 times between Inc., Forbes, and Deloitte.

Last week, we sat down with WebPT President and Co-Founder Heidi Jannenga. We talk about how a college basketball injury led her to physical therapy and how she has revolutionized the industry since.

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Episode 44

Christy Moore - Changing the status quo

Most people dread laundry day, it’s a tedious task, but what if laundry day was filled with music, books and games? Laundromats are often overlooked spaces with so much to offer, but this week’s guest knows how to shake things up and change the status quo. She believes in the restoration of community kinship and that warm, post-dryer feeling of new beginnings.

Our incredible guest is Christy Moore, owner and founder of Social Spin, a local laundromat and community space. We discuss the importance of providing a safe and clean place for the community to come together. Who knew laundry talk could be so much fun!

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Episode 43

Jose Acevedo - Finding your way to change

This week on How To Change the World, we’ve got a very special interview in store. We sat down with Jose Acevedo, the Host and Founder of the Finding Arizona Podcast: a weekly podcast that interviews local business owners.

 We discuss his story growing up on the Hopi reservation, the amazing community we have right in our backyard, and podcasts as a medium for sharing incredible stories. We suggest cleaning your ears for this one, you don’t want to miss a thing!

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Episode 42

Mind Your Business Book Club - The Four Tendencies

It’s time for another Mind Your Business Book Club review!

Ever wonder why people respond differently to requests? One person will immediately do something – no questions asked, and another person might just downright refuse for seemingly no reason. Frustrating, right?

Well, this week we’re reviewing The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin, which will take away a bit of the mystery behind why we behave the way we do. It all comes down to how people respond to expectations. People are either an UpholderObligerQuestioner, or Rebel. 

Take the quiz to find out what you are, then tune on in to find out how this book changed the way we work and understand each other at Javelina.

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Episode 41

Adrian Fontes - Have you voted?

The day has come…

Election day is here and what better way to change the world than to participate and vote!

It’s only right that for this big day we talked to Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. He understands the importance of participating in elections and knows not to underestimate the power of voters.

On this week’s episode of How to Change the World, we talk about the power of a single vote in making change, how an Election Day disaster changed Adrian’s life, and the importance of understanding where you’re at if you want to change it. Lots of voting. Lots of change.

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Episode 40

Sandro Galea - An apple a day...

When you think of health, what do you picture? A hospital? A doctor? This week on How to Change the World we’re out to change your perception on what it really means to be “healthy”.

We sit down with Dr. Sandro Galea, dean and professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, to talk about what it means to be healthy. Dr. Galea, one of Time Magazine’s top scientific minds, brings together the social, economic and environmental conditions that lead to health in our conversation and in his new book Well: What we need to talk about when we talk about health.

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Episode 39

Megan Finnerty - Are you a teller of stories?

Here at Javelina, we understand the importance of storytelling. No two stories are the same, and we know they have the power to bring communities together. Having your words come to life to inspire change is a beautiful thing.

On this week’s podcast, Megan Finnerty, Director of Storytellers Brand Studio, shares the art of storytelling and how it can deepen our connection to the world around us. Stories are more than just words. Tune in to find out how to tell your tale!

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Episode 38

Mike Mallozzi - Here's to you change-engineer.

At Javelina, we believe business is about so much more than profits. This week’s podcast guest agrees with us too. He’s a biologist, a brewer, and a true change-engineer.

Mike Mallozzi sits down to talk with us about what it takes to truly be a part of a community. Mike’s brewery, Borderlands Brewing Company, is more than just a place to get a pint – it’s an engine for change. Cheers to that!

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Episode 37

Mind Your Business Book Club - To Sell is Human

This week on the How to Change the World podcast…

Catherine talks about yelling CHANGE in an elevator, Ariel defines “Carfax” and Taylor sets out to fill empty chairs.

This month’s Mind Your Business Bookclub book is To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink. We won’t try and sell you on this episode but we can tell you it’s definitely worth a listen.

Confused? Javelina now hosts a book club with our partner Changing Hands Bookstore. The book club is on the second Monday of every month. So, we figured on every second Tuesday, we’d bring you an extra special podcast version with our CEO Catherine Alonzo, Marketing Associate Taylor Flamini, and Client Manager Ariel Reyes.

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Episode 36

Carlos Terrazas - Change can be twice as nice

This week on How to Change the World we’re making history. For the first time in Javelina podcasting history (ahem, nine months), we sit down with one of our first interviewees to check in on the change.

Carlos Terrazas updates us on how things are going and his big plans to head over to the United Kingdom and advance his education. In case you missed his first appearance, check out Carlos’ interview back in Episode 15.  In his original episode, we discussed another major life change: a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down at age 19.

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Episode 35

Christine Macpherson - Facing sudden and unwanted change

This week, Catherine sits down with her mum, Christine Macpherson. Christine opens up about the sudden loss of her first child – Catherine’s older brother, Rory. Their conversation is deeply personal and incredibly moving.

This episode includes sensitive content that may be difficult for some listeners.

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Episode 34

Lauren Stiller Rikleen - A little kindness is all we need

This week we talk with Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President of the Rikleen Institue for Strategic Leadership, about her work creating effective multigenerational teams in the workplace. Lauren comes from the legal world, having served as an equity partner practicing environmental law and as the author of several books and more than 175 articles. Lauren shares with us her desire for a kinder world and it’s an episode you don’t want to miss.

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Episode 33

Mind Your Business Book Club - Who: The A Method for Hiring

In case you missed it, Javelina now hosts a book club with our partner Changing Hands Bookstore. The book club is on the second Monday of every month. So, we figured on every second Tuesday, we’d bring you an extra special podcast version with our CEO Catherine Alonzo, Marketing Associate Taylor Flamini, and Client Manager Ariel Reyes.

This month we talked about Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. What did we think of it? Well, you’ll have to listen in on the episode to find out.

Join us for lots of laughs and some useful change-engineering knowledge along the way.

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Episode 32

Michele Kalo - How music can create community

Michele Kalo is the Music Director of the Scottsdale Concert Band at Scottsdale Community College and teaches band at Gilbert Classical Academy. She’s been teaching music for 20 years, and she’s known this was her passion since she was in the 7th grade.

We discuss how she was drawn to music, the importance of music in our lives, and how it brings communities together.

The day before our interview, the Invest in Education Act was tossed from the Arizona ballot, so this conversation is quite a snapshot in time. We also talk about the RedforEd movement, her involvement in pulling together the spirit band during the teacher walkouts, and what we were feeling when we got the news about the Invest in Education Act’s fate.

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Episode 31

Nancy Feldman - Finding your glass ceiling – and destroying it.

Smashing barriers.

Nancy Feldman is the head coach of Boston University’s Women’s Soccer Team. Entering her 24th season, Nancy has redefined the program, taking it from club level challengers to regional champions.

Nancy joins us to not only talk about the sport she loves, but to tell us that it all serves a greater passion – educating and mentoring her team.

Feldman Facts:

New England Regional Championship x2

Career Record of 75-9-7

New England Coach of the Year 1991 and 1993

NEWISA/Brine Service Award 1993

Catherine’s interview with brother Alex Macpherson is episode 11 of How to Change the World.

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Episode 30

Natasha Lopez-Rodriguez - Saving change for the future

Be cheep now, save for later.

Natasha Lopez-Rodriguez brings the cha-change by helping people escape debt, start businesses and become financially independent. She’s the Financial Education Program Director for YWCA in Phoenix – and she rocks at it.

Natasha talks with us about the importance of financial literacy, learning from the past and preparing for success in the future.

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Episode 29

Adam Callow - Startups are trending

Adam Callow is the Founder and CEO of ExpertTrades. An entrepreneur at heart, Adam has chased his dreams of starting his own company.

Adam sits down with us to talk shop, the entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to forge your own path. Change-engineers will not want to miss out on Adam’s tale of realizing his own strengths and leveraging those into a successful business.

In his free time, Adam also has a podcast. Check out his interview with our CEO, Catherine Alonzo, on StartUp Diary.

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Episode 28

AiVi Nguyen - Law Partner at 31? Boss.

AiVi Nguyen became a partner at Bowditch & Dewey at just 31 – a testament to how intelligent, dedicated, and driven she is. As the daughter of Vietnamese refugees she grew up in public housing and had limited resources. But despite the obstacles, she was driven to reach the Ivy League and pursue a successful law career.

We sit down for an inspiring conversation with AiVi to talk about opportunity and how to find and open doors when there’s seemingly none to be found.

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Episode 27

Jack Wight and Carrie Dougher - Who wouldn't want a little extra change in their pocket?

We have a special interview this week featuring two guests: CEO Jack Wight and COO Carrie Dougher of Buyback Boss. They encourage folks who have old iPhones and Samsungs lying around to put them to good use by selling them back through their company, which offers cash payment.

The story of Buyback Boss is a fascinating one. Jack started the company out of his Arizona State University dorm room and Carrie lived just next door. Up to his ears in used phones and shipment packaging, Carrie’s top-notch Excel skills added systems and process to a great idea. A few years down the road, Jack’s natural entrepreneurialism and Carrie’s operational prowess have created a rapidly growing company, with a team of eleven and expanding profits. We talk to them about how it all started, the lessons they’ve learned, and what the future holds.

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Episode 26

Sherry Michaels - The remote work lifer

Working from home is very fashionable.

It wasn’t always that way though. Sherry Michaels started working remotely 30 years ago – before it was a “thing” – and she has been running her own company of work-from-homers for 20 years. Change is coming to the modern workplace and working remotely is on the rise.

Learn what it’s really like from a remote work lifer.

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Episode 25

Noah Karvelis - Leading a movement for education

If you’ve been in Arizona or on the internet lately, chances are you’ve heard of the #RedforEd movement for increased public education funding. Support has been posted in business windows, written on vehicles, discussed on national news, worn on shirts, and resulted in a historic teacher walkout across the state.

This week, we sit down with one of the people who helped to start it all. Noah Karvelis co-founded Arizona Educators United and helped spark the #RedforEd movement in Arizona. We discussed the reality for Arizona educators today, how teachers mobilized, and what leading a movement has been like every step of the way.

The movement continues. 270,000 signatures were recently submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State to place the Invest in Education Act on the state’s ballot this November. Due to the inaction of the Arizona State Legislature earlier this year, this ballot initiative seeks to raise the revenue necessary to restore some of the $1 billion that has been cut from public schools since 2008. Javelina is excited and honored to be a partner in this effort as the general consultant on the campaign moving forward.

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Episode 24

Gloria Feldt - Taking the lead to achieve gender parity

Not-so-fun-fact: Did you know that fewer than 20% of top leaders across all sectors are women?

Thankfully there are extraordinary people like Gloria Feldt who are trailblazing the way and vigilantly fighting for gender parity.

Gloria is the Co-Founder and President of Take the Lead, a nonprofit focused on preparing, developing, inspiring, and propelling women to leadership positions. And that’s after she rose through Planned Parenthood’s ranks to serve as President and CEO of the national organization from 1996-2005. Oh, and she’s a New York Times best-selling author too.

She joins the podcast to share her incredible journey, the wonders of internal and external barriers to leadership, and how we can make the world a more equal place.

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Episode 23

Mi-Ai Parrish - On her path from newspaper intern to publisher

Mi-Ai Parrish, former publisher of The Arizona Republic and current professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, joins us to discuss her path from intern to publisher, how she came to trust her instincts, and handling a barrage of death threats after taking a stand for what she believed in.

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Episode 22

Ellis Palmer - Change doesn't always mean making something different

Ellis Palmer, Senior Broadcast Journalist at the BBC, joins the podcast this week. Ellis was born super early, resulting in cerebral palsy. He opens up about growing up, living, and working with a disability. We chat about the changes that would make everyday better – like accessible Tube stations. Get your day on the right track with Ellis’s story.

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Episode 21

Hanna Miller - Juggling the change from the circus to consulting

Hanna is the CEO & Founder of Ringmaster, where she works with teams to understand their gifts and maximize their talents. We talk with Hanna about the importance of leaning into your strengths to create lasting and meaningful change – and we also chat about her time in the circus.

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Episode 20

Sean Mendez - Fighting for justice and facing the unimaginable

On June 14, 2017, the Grenfell Tower fire in West London claimed seventy-one lives. It was one of the deadliest fires in Britain over the past century.

Sean Mendez has close ties to the community devastated by the fire. He runs Solidarity Sports, a nonprofit that works with at-risk and disadvantaged youth. That night, Sean lost children he worked with and members of their families. Sean talked to us with grace and passion about the devastating impact of the tragedy, fighting for justice for the families affected, and facing the unimaginable.

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Episode 19

Rick McCartney - Coming out at age 47 and embracing change

Rick McCartney came out as a gay man at the age of 47 and it changed his life.

We talk about his incredible journey – from what it’s like to come out when you have a family to navigating new relationships and the unknown. Rick is President and CEO of InMedia, a multimedia development company, so we talk a little business along the way too.

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Episode 18

Debi Chess Mabie - Acknowledging a painful history and beginning powerful new chapters

100 years ago, the Dunbar School in Tucson, Arizona opened its doors as a segregated school. It was the only school in the city that served African-American children up until 1951. As you can imagine, it’s a place with a complex history.

We dive into that history with Debi Chess Mabie and discuss her work to revitalize the space and elevate the contributions of African-Americans in Tucson. We also discuss her 100-year view, what a legacy means, and how no matter what – our plans are constantly subject to change.

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Episode 17

Drena Kusari - Life-altering changes from the past and future

Drena discusses her experience living through the war in Kosovo as a teenager, leaving for the United States for her last year of school, and how it shaped her as a person.

Today, she is the General Manager of the Southwest Region for Lyft and she dives into how she got there, what she loves about her job, the change happening in ridesharing, and how Lyft is providing solutions to community challenges to create opportunity.

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Episode 16

Grace Gámez - How the criminal justice system shapes a life

One of the biggest life changes anyone can experience is becoming justice system-involved.

Going through the system means enduring a broken, confusing process that turns lives upside down and changes people forever.

Grace Gámez shares with us her personal story of involvement with the criminal justice system, the changes that need to happen to make improvements, and the impact that opening up to share a personal story has on the storyteller.

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Episode 15

Carlos Terrazas - Overcoming negative change to live positively

Change is not always for the better.

Change is often thought of as a good thing, new human rights protections or funding for education, but what happens when change is forced upon us that we didn’t ask for? Not all change is welcomed.

This week on the podcast, Carlos Terrazas talks with us about living with uninvited change when he became paralyzed at 19 years old in a rollover car accident. Hear how he hasn’t let that become a negative point in his life.

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Episode 14

Tracey Beal and Jill Hicks - Executive Director and Director of Business Partnerships at School Connect

Tracey Beal and Jill Hicks of School Connect join us and share how they help our schools impact lives and form lasting relationships through partnerships. They tell us about the pivotal moments in their lives, how to ensure every partnership is a win-win situation, and how everyone has something valuable to give – no matter how big or small.

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Episode 13

Andrei Cherny - CEO and Co-Founder of Aspiration

Andrei Cherny has seen, experienced, and been a force for change throughout his life. He joins us to share his remarkable story as a son born to immigrants to working in the White House to starting his own socially-conscious banking and investing company.

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Episode 12

Nate Rhoton - Executive Director at One N Ten

Nate talks about growing up LGBTQ in a Mormon family and coming out in his twenties. He also shares his story about making the change from a corporate background to leading a nonprofit, what he’s learned from volunteerism, and how he’s gathered mentors to help him in his new leadership role.

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Episode 11

Alex Macpherson - International Academy Partnership Executive at Celtic Football Club

Alex Macpherson, brother of Catherine Alonzo, joins us to talk about the twists, turns and changes he’s encountered from college to his current career. The two siblings also open up about growing up in a grieving family after the tragic loss of their older brother.

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Episode 10

Janey Pearl Starks - Associate Director of Marketing and Engagement, Mountain Park Health Center

Janey Pearl Starks discusses change moments in her life that have inspired her to make a positive impact in the world. From her grandfather’s influence, to her immigration at a young age, to the moment she discovered she had a brain tumor – Janey shares the pivotal points in her life that have made her the woman she is today.

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Episode 9

Shane Greer - Co-Owner, Campaigns and Elections

Ever wondered what role business’ play in social change and how society benefits from innovation? Shane Greer, Co-Owner of Campaigns and Elections shares his thoughts with us. He also discusses the #MeToo movement and how lasting political change might come about.

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Episode 8

Tomas Robles - Co-Executive Director, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

Tomas Robles

In 2016, Arizonans overwhelmingly voted to increase the minimum wage and provide earned sick time for workers. This week’s episode gives you a behind-the-curtain peek into the story of this historic change. It’s a much more complicated tale than you might expect, and it starts with one man: Tomas Robles, Co-Executive Director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA). Tomas shares about his background in the military, the challenges he faced growing up, how he got into organizing – and most important – how he overcame doubt and obstacles to realize a vision of change he believes in.

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Episode 7

Paul Penzone - Sheriff, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Paul Penzone

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of drawing national attention and coverage for all the wrong reasons. But in 2016, all that changed. Voters brought in a new sheriff – Paul Penzone. Sheriff Penzone believes in being the change you want to see, so he ran for office to bring change to an office he believed could do better for the communities it serves. He’s been in office a bit over a year now and you can learn how he’s turned the organization around for all the right reasons.

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Episode 6

Tanya Alvarez - CEO and Co-Founder, OwnersUp

Tanya Alvarez

Starting and growing a business is tough work. 90% of companies fail within their first five years. But Tanya Alvarez is working to change that. She’s the CEO and Co-Founder of OwnersUp, a place for solopreneurs to team-up, problem solve and supercharge their growth. Hear about the importance of building the right team, connecting to others, and how Tanya relies on teams to do everything in life – including finding her husband.

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Episode 5

Alicia Maule - Assistant Director of Digital Communications, The Innocence Project

Alicia Maule - Innocence Project

As Assistant Director of Digital Communications, Alicia Maule helps tell the powerful stories of the people The Innocence Project serves. If you’re not familiar with The Innocence Project, it is a national non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through DNA testing. We dive into a discussion about the criminal justice system at large and it is such an eye-opening, and important conversation. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share their work with you.

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Episode 4

Maricela Solis - Director of Operations and Government Relations, World View Enterprises

In our personal and professional lives we often encounter all sorts of life-changing challenges that affect the way we move forward. Maricela Solis’ strength and the perseverance of her family in the military with a young son and husband experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will inspire you. In the fourth episode of our podcast Maricela and I discuss the way our lives can change forever.

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Episode 3

Anand Varma - Photographer, National Geographic

Anand Varma, How to Change the Word Podcast Javelina Guest

In my experience, dream jobs are always unplanned and Anand Varma is no different. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a marine biologist because he was fascinated by fish and other marine species and even went to school for marine biology. And then he kind of accidentally found photography and has built this incredibly fascinating career. In this interview Anand shares the story of how he came to be a photographer for National Geographic and we talk about his approach to his amazing work.

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Episode 2

Jay Parry - Chief Operating Officer, Women’s National Basketball Association

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Jay is a personal friend of mine and a professional that I admire so much. I was so honored to sit down with her and talk with her about her career, her job, and what it looks like to create change. Prior to working for the WNBA Jay was the President/CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl host committee. She worked really closely in that role with the NFL and with the local community to execute a record-breaking Super Bowl 49. We discuss her career and she shares some great insights.

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Episode 1

Jeannette Maré - Founder and Executive Director, Ben’s Bells

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Jeannette has experienced unimaginable change and she makes huge change every single day. The work of Jeannette and the nonprofit she founded and runs, Ben’s Bells, literally changes people’s lives on a daily basis. She shares the story of her son Ben and how kindness helped her through the darkest period of her life. She’s an incredible human being and you’ll learn how we can all be kinder to one another.

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