Change The Rules

The Change The Rules Podcast celebrates the catalyzers and rule breakers in the nonprofit and social impact communities. Each week hosts Lisa and Dan Graham lead a conversation with a guest that shows us what it really means to be innovative in business and impact.

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    Episode 26 - Transcending Cycles of Poverty

    Our guest today, Natasha Harper-Madison is the Founder of East Austin Advocates and currently running for Austin City Council District 1. While her life has taken a leap into the political sector, her journey began as an entrepreneur at just nineteen years old. From there she went on to found many other successful companies and philanthropic ventures, all the while, keeping her mission as her driving force. Natasha’s lifelong mission is to help transcend cycles of poverty through philanthropy. Natasha is a fighter and makes a point to live a life that leaves a legacy for her family and community. Listen now.

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    Episode 25 - Impactfully Investing in Philanthropy

    On today’s episode of Change The Rules, we welcome the CEO and founder of Proper Wealth Management, a boutique weather management and investment advisory firm dedicated to creating dynamic strategies designed to create bigger legacies and empower clients to donate to the charities and causes that matter to them. Jared is passionate about figuring what the right moves for each, unique client case, especially when it comes to impact investing. Between personal portfolios, estate planning, tax savings, and philanthropy, each different and unique conversation that Jared has with clients shapes his perspective on the overlap of profitable financial returns and social impact. Listen to this week’s podcast to learn about the effects of deploying capital in low-income communities, underdeveloped regions, investing in companies with a social impact model, or organizations with powerful missions.

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    Episode 24 - Making Fair Trade Fashionable

    Kirsten Dickerson founded Raven + Lily, a fair trade fashion and home retailer employing at risk women from around the world, after years of traveling and working in the nonprofit sector. Her travels brought to light these women’s desire for education and need for a marketplace for their skills and products. With help from friends in the design and fashion industries she established Raven + Lily.

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    Episode 23 - Cultivating Communities That Last

    On today’s show, we welcome Alex Winkelman Zeplain, Founder of Hello My Tribe an online community for mothers, and Hayley Swindell, Founder and CEO of The Refinery a coworking community and event space in downtown Austin.

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    Episode 22 - A Marketplace By Women For Women

    This week, we sat down with our good friend Monica Peraza, CEO of, an online marketplace where women designers and artisans connect with buyers from around the world looking for unique, high-end products. alegreea is a marketplace by women for women, and this vision is very clearly ingrained in each aspect of the company. In the episode, we explore the access struggle that women makers outside of the US experience and how alegreea is closing this gap. Listen now!

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    Episode 21 - Fostering Supportive Startup Communities

    In this episode, we talk with Josh Baer about Capital Factory’s unique approach to fostering connections within their community, and the journey a startup takes once they walk through the CF doors. Capital Factory provides the space, mentorship, connections, and resources needed for first-time startup entrepreneurs to scale their businesses. Listen now!

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    Episode 20 - An Effortless Way to Donate

    As the third largest foundation in the Central Texas region, ACF reflects what is unique about Austin and works to serve the needs of the community. Therefore, ACF raises funds so the needs of Austin, as they exist today and in the future, can be met. Nellis explains the new tool the foundation adopted, called Modern Giving. It is a digital platform that allows micro-giving into a donor-advised platform, in other words, an easier way to donate to a foundation of choice. Modern Giving is an easily adaptable tool for this generation because of its flexible structure that makes donating an effortless task. Listen now and learn how Austin Community Foundation continues to practice innovation!

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    Episode 19 - Accelerating Impact at Techstars

    In this Episode, Zoe Schlag joins the team to discuss her journey in building Techstars Impact, the Techstars accelerator backing for-profit companies using new technologies to solve social problems.

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    Episode 18 - The Legal Services Early Stage Social Ventures Really Need

    Brian Hall, Attorney and Advisor at Traverse Legal, PLC d/b/a Hall Law, Managing Partner Austin, TX Office and expert in IP law, takes a 360 approach when looking at the needs of a startup venture or nonprofit. Nonprofits often overlook their branding, trade secrets, data, and potential products that set them apart from other organizations or for-profits. Concentrating on impact often result in the failure to notice the ever-changing rules of the legal space.

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