S2 E6. Woman and Change: Business Leaders with Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen

S2 E6. Woman and Change: Business Leaders with Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen

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In this episode, I speak with Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen, a global organization that invests in for-profit companies that are tackling poverty and building a world where everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity.

For too long, businesses and corporations have put profits above everything else, to the detriment of people and the planet. Jacqueline Novogratz has pioneered an entirely new business model that uses traditional market-based approaches to invest in companies that are bringing affordable, life-changing products and services to the world’s poorest populations.

In our conversation, Jacqueline speaks about what it takes to be a leader who creates meaningful and lasting social impact, who can withstand the inevitable challenges that get in the way, and who always strives to do what’s right, not what’s easy.

Some topics we cover include:

  • How Acumen is pioneering a new business approach that people people and planet above profits
  • Stories of the entrepreneurs Acumen supports, and the lives of the people they impact
  • The importance of building a world based on dignity
  • How change happens – starting small with big dreams
  • Jacqueline’s tips for being a socially responsible entrepreneur and investor
  • Why women are integral to solving the problems of poverty
  • Moral imagination, moral leadership, and the moral revolution

And more!


Jacqueline’s books:


Transcription is available here


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