Cause & Purpose Podcast



A principle, aim, or movement that, because of a deep commitment, one is prepared to defend or advocate.



A person's sense of resolve or determination. The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. is home to Cause & Purpose, a podcast that highlights leaders in the social impact sector. Hear their stories, successes, failures, and lessons-learned from lives spent in the trenches, tackling the world’s most important social challenges.

Chris Bessenecker

Human-Centered Design, Innovation, and Life in The Peace Corps with Chris Bessenecker from Global Communities

Shortly after graduating from college with a degree in political science, Chris Bessenecker enlisted in the Peace Corps. Alone and with minimal resources, Chris learned first-hand the power of human-centered design in development work, and went on to apply those learnings to building a unique innovation program at Project Concern International.

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Carla Fernandez

Revolutionizing Support Communities and Humanizing Bereavement with Carla Fernandez from The Dinner Party

Carla Fernandez is a social entrepreneur and cofounder of The Dinner Party, an innovative nonprofit organization on a mission to transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement using the age old practice of breaking bread. Carla joins Cause & Purpose to share her founding story and lessons learned from a life spent pursuing positive social impact.

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Jessica Murrey

Conversations on Racial Justice Following the George Floyd Killing with Jessica Murrey from W!cked Saints and the Search for Common Ground

As fate would have it, we recorded Jessica's first episode just a few days before George Floyd was killed and our nation erupted into chaos. Because of her background and unique insights, we felt it was important to invite Jessica back to share her feelings about the ongoing crisis, and provide some helpful tools for addressing topics of racial injustice with those in our own communities.

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Jessica Murrey

Fighting the Problem and Not the People with Jessica Murrey from W!cked Saints and the Search for Common Ground

In our inaugural episode, Jessica Murrey joins Cause & Purpose to share stories from her life and career focused on conflict resolution and social justice. We'll delve into the importance of brand and communications strategy for nonprofits, exemplified by her work at The Search for Common Ground. We'll also discuss some of her upcoming projects, including an innovative new mobile game called Pathways, designed to teach teens about activism and self-efficacy.

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