Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Mary Waldner

Mary Waldner had been sick most of her life without knowing why. When she was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1994, it was a life-changing relief—and was soon to be the ‘aha moment’ that sparked an entrepreneurial journey. “I developed a cracker recipe for myself so that I could have something to eat, especially when going out. And then …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Sonia Strobel

Sonia Strobel’s father-in-law, Otto Strobel, has been fishing the British Columbia coast since the 1960s. He’s seen the number of independent fishing vessels like his reduced to a skeleton fleet. Sonia and her husband Shaun started Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF) to make it possible for Otto and a few of the hold-out independents to continue fishing. Skipper Otto’s …

TrustBrand™ | Authenticity & The Power of Values

“Fake it ‘til ya make it.” You’ve heard it before—the old advice doled out to nervous entrepreneurs, early career leaders, or executives with ‘imposter’s syndrome.’ It’s the professional equivalent of a childhood pat on the head: “Keep at it, honey. You can do it.” The idea seems simple: if you act for long enough like you’re creative, confident, and leading …

Making 1 + 1 = 3 in the ‘Space Between’ Sectors

At each extreme of a pendulum’s swing, there’s a moment of pause. It’s the briefest possible moment of stasis, when movement halts, and all that’s left is potential. It’s mesmerizing to watch, trying to catch that moment before the pendulum falls again, and swings to its opposite extreme. It’s an apt metaphor for responsible business: If the business sector is set at one …