Red “Cross”, Gun Control, Kalief Browder & Criminal Justice Reform

June 24, 2015

John and I cover current events and more. In this episode we talk about:

  • The scandal surrounding Red Cross (and new considerations on donating with smaller, leaner organizations).
  • A gun control policy that actually worked?
  • Kalief Browder and the importance reforming the juvenile detention/criminal justice system (and a report that highlights a starting point). 
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The Art and Science of Effective Delegation with Tim Duffy of Duffy

June 17, 2015

"I can't afford doing it twice so I rather do it right the first time myself."

Sound familiar? 

Delegation. We know it is important, but we know the fear of assigning someone with a task that won't get done or worse, not done properly. 

Yet, we know putting everything on our own shoulders isn't sustainable either. So how can we empower those around us to be more effective and efficient in their roles? 

Tim Duffy of helps us out by giving us a free coaching session on the art and science of delegation. In this new podcast format, Tim shares his leadership tips and techniques with Carly Hill, Executive Director of The Cardinal Nest, an up and coming nonprofit designed to help high school students through mentoring and post-graduate life planning. Please check out their websites and show some love.

In this episode we cover:

  • The set up for proper delegation
  • How to get deeper buy-in (and the 1 time you are justified NOT to wait and cultivate buy-in)
  • The 5 Elements of effective delegation
  • 2 Activities that turn this insight into habit

You can learn more about Tim Duffy and Carly Hill below along with the powerful  bonus document below in the show notes at…leadership-org



Claire Robertson-Kraft on REAL Education Reform

June 10, 2015

Claire Robertson-Kraft is a post-doctoral fellow in education policy and the Associate Director of Operation Public Education at Penn. Her research focuses on how new policies influence teachers' motivation, effectiveness, and retention. After graduating from Penn in 2004, Claire worked with Teach For America, first as a third grade teacher and then as a program director supporting teachers. It was during her time as a teacher that she built the passion she has today for working in urban education. In addition to her work at Penn, Claire is also very active in the Philadelphia civic community. She is the Co-Founder and President of PhillyCORE Leaders and serves on the boards of Russell Byers Charter School, Youth Build Philadelphia, and Leadership Philadelphia. In 2011, she was selected as one of the New Faces of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine, and in 2013, she received the Forum Award for Emerging Executive Women.

For show notes, please visit: 

In this episode we cover the following:

  • Bridging the gap between policy makers, practitioners, and researchers
  • What do schools who are defying the odds in undeserved areas have in common (and why is it so hard to replicate to scale?)
  • The one condition where giving teachers autonomy can actually work.
  • The historical context of unions
  • The hope for education reform: Union Professionalism
  • Breaking the SILO effect (Matching needs to assets in communities in Philadelphia)
  • How Philly Core Leaders activates relationship building for community engagement and social change under the GSD model ;)
  • For more info on our show, visit

Dr. Glenn Lang (Fmr NJ Assistant Secretary of Higher Education) on Systems Thinking for Social Change

June 1, 2015

Dr. Glenn Lang was former Assistant Secretary of Higher Education, Acting Executive Director of New Jersey's Commission on Higher Education, and Executive Director of New Jersey's Educational Opportunity Fund program. In 2013, he retired from public service after a career of successful, creative, progressive leadership in higher education and senior policy-level government; developing innovative programs to increase higher education student and faculty diversity and retention, and to increase educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority students.

We got a moment to speak with him after wrapping up the very successful Tri-State Conference of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education (which he was president of at one time).

In this episode we discuss:

  • Opportunity programs, then and now.
  • The evolving landscape and what we must invest in to adapt (Hint hint: technology/communications)
  • How has the idea of success changed to career readiness and placement (and why that REALLY matters)
  • The psychology of a 1st generation/minority student navigating the implications of success and cultural identity
  • Systems thinking and the paradigm shifting model that is NEEDED to overcome challenges facing opportunity programs
  • The psychology of time and how it relates to decision making and leadership

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