Change The Rules

The Change The Rules Podcast celebrates the rule breakers in the nonprofit and social impact communities. In each episode, 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 31 - The Recipe for Giving

    This week Tiffany and Leon Chen join us in the studio to share their recipe for success, which includes passion, philanthropy, and community building.

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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 - Impactful 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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    Episode 17 - Cultivating More Women Activists

    A little over two years ago, Wendy Davis founded Deeds Not Words in response to the millennial population's strong desire for political change. The organization encourage this motivated population to lead the conversation and take action to implement change by increasing voter turnout, getting involved in the political process, and demanding change from our political leaders. Listen now!

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    Episode 16 - Tackling the Big Questions

    On Episode 16 of Change the Rules, we sit down with Raj Patel, a British born American academic, journalist and award-winning author. His impressive career also includes a fierce passion for activism, which is where we begin today's conversation. Listen now, as we dive into what it really means to devote your life to advocating for a better tomorrow. 

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    Episode 15 - Raising the Baseline on Nonprofit Marketing

    This week we sit down with Josh Jones-Dilworth, Founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth, Inc. and Dave Shaw, President of Arrow. We explore the specific branding, marketing, and public relations needs of nonprofits and social enterprises. Amplifying signal through the noise is a real challenge for impact organizations who are often operating with limited marketing dollars. Listen to these marketing expert's advice on how to increase and engage your organization’s audience!

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    Episode 14 - Investing in Impact

    On this Episode of Change the Rules, we meet with David Smith CEO of the United Way of Greater Austin to discuss how our local chapter is innovating and generating impact. United Way of Greater Austin's mission is to bring people, ideas, and resources together in order to fight systematic poverty. They do this by continually evolving their practices, partnerships, and programming. 

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    Episode 12 - Radically Better Mentorship

    Anna Robinson joins us in a conversation about her organization CERESA, a platform that connects women leaders for radically better mentorship. The organization's goal is to foster genuinely beneficial relationships between mentor and mentee that help bridge the gap in women's leadership across the world. In this episode, we speak with Anna about the global women's leadership gap, why women often find it difficult to be mentored by men, and how more women than ever today are actively seeking out mentors. Listen to how this Austin organization is changing the rules of women's mentorship. 

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    Episode 11 - These Walls Bring Us Together

    HOPE Events is a nonprofit production company where artists and makers donate their time and talents to giving back. HOPE is also the founding organization behind the HOPE Campaign, HOPE Farmers Market, and the HOPE Outdoor Gallery.

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    Episode 10 - Just Say Yes

    We are joined this week by Alan Graham, CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Community First! Village in Austin Texas to talk about his journey is helping the homless population.

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    Episode 8 - Indivisible

    In this episode of Change the Rules we sit down with Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levine to chat about the tactics we must take in response to the current political climate. 

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    Episode 4 - Building a Community

    This week, we talk with Michael Hsu and Ryan Steglich about Springdale General and The Center for Social Innovation.

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    Episode 2 - Royal Frasier With RAD Office Tour

    Office culture is more than just ping pong tables and team building. Creating a RAD office culture begins with design. Today we talk with Royal Frasier, a founder of RAD Office Tour about how Austin businesses are leading the charge by developing unique office spaces that support and encourage unique company cultures.

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    Episode 1 - What is CodeNEXT?

    What will we do with the 500,000 people people moving to Austin by 2024? Was I-35 built as a way to separate minorities in Austin? What does CodeNEXT mean for Austin? When was the last time Austin edited the zoning laws? Listen now for the answer to these questions and more. 

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