Soraya Darabi is a general partner and founder of Trail Mix Ventures, a venture fund that invests in the future of living well. A startup visionary, Soraya has helped build brands that will enable people to live more purposeful lives. Companies in her portfolio include Casper, The Wing, Brit + Co, Hungryroot and Gimlet Media. For years, Soraya has taken her wealth of experience, intellect and most especially, her time to propel entrepreneurs who have a social purpose, and making sure that somehow, in some way, we’ll leave this world better than we found it.
Linda Graham is a superwoman who model and body activist Ashley Graham is fortunate enough to call her mom. Ashley owes much of her confidence, authenticity and love of self to Linda. On this episode, we share Linda’s journey of raising 3 beautiful daughters, why kindness matters and how living a positive life makes an impact on your kids.
PLUS on our postscript "The Kindness Memos", 18-year old Abbey Sager shares how she's fighting to end online bullying through her nonprofit organization Diverse Gaming Coalition.
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Jerron Herman was diagnosed with hemiplegia cerebral palsy at 3 months old. Doctors told his parents that he wouldn’t be able to feed, clothe or bathe himself. But for years, Jerron continues to defy his limits and is now one of the most provocative and inspiring dancers of his time.
Have you ever felt like your insecurities have made you a prisoner in your own life?
Cassandra Bankson has suffered from severe cystic since she was 14 years old. She's been ridiculed and bullied relentlessly for how she looked. But since posting her acne tutorial video in 2010, one that's been viewed 28 million times on YouTube, Cassandra has helped people rediscover their true beauty, regardless of what they see in the mirror.
Emma Yang grew up with her grandma. She took care of Emma, read books to her, helped Emma with her homework and took her to places while Emma's parents were at work. Over the years, Emma felt like she was losing her grandma to Alzheimer's disease, an illness that plagues nearly 44 million people worldwide, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Emma wanted to get her back. At 13 years old, Emma is creating an app called Timeless, an app that uses facial recognition software to help Alzheimer's patients remember and stay connected with family and friends.
In New York City, 5 teenage girls are working on an app that would help kids pay for school lunch they can't afford.
Alyssa Kapasi, a 17-year old highschool student, rallied her friends to create Food For Thought, an app that would allow parents (and even strangers) to anonymously pay for a 2 to 3 dollar meal for another child in their community. In America, nearly 13 million children live in food insecure households and 76% of school districts have school lunch debt. Kids are shamed with waterproof stamps that visibly read "I need lunch money", forced to clean tables or are sent to detention for not being able to afford a school meal.
Have you ever tried walking for miles in debris-filled soil with shoes that don't fit, or worse, no shoes at all?
In 2007, Kenton left the US for a trip to Kenya after a long-term girlfriend broke his heart. Soon after arriving, Kenton noticed a little girl in a white dress outside a small orphanage. He looked down and was shocked to see that her shoes were cut open in the front, and her toes were sticking out. Years later, a stubborn dream of creating shoes that would grow alongside children's feet turned into reality.
How do you become a light for others when you struggle with your own darkness?
Kate Speer was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, and went through 21 psychiatric hospitalizations and countless medication trials. But after decades of shame, anxiety, hiding and self-hatred, Kate finally took back her life. Her weapon? A serious love of self— in all its silliness, vulnerability and dorkiness. Her move? Jiggling and dancing for joy, without a care in the world.
How do I make a positive impact in the world with a crying baby on my hip?
In 2016, Sarah Lux-Lee, a public policy nerd and new mom, innovated for her own need. She founded what's been called the ‘TED talks of the parenting world’ so that parents like herself can continue to engage in things that matter to them, without having to pay for the astronomical costs of childcare.
Fresh, diverse perspectives on spreading positivity and doing good — one story at a time. Coming soon.
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