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Harmonizing profits and purpose

with Shay Wheat, CEO, Grace & Ease Productions
and Michele Risa, CEO and Founder of
Collaborative Solutions, Inc

As an entrepreneur, finding the delicate equilibrium between profit and purpose can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. That’s precisely why Michelle Risa, a masterful executive leader and communications coach, joins us to shed light on the transformative world of effective communication.
Listen as our conversation veers into the essence of a quadruple bottom line—where a company’s success is measured not just by its financial gains but also by its positive impact on people, the planet, and purpose.
Michelle’s insights on empathy as a competitive advantage in today’s corporate landscape serve as a beacon for fostering deeper connections within your team and with your clients, proving that a listening ear can amplify productivity and profit in ways you never imagined.
We dissect the art of self-awareness and the courage to present our true selves, both to those we work with and to ourselves. Our discussion celebrates how human cooperation and a nurturing community can propel us through crises, turning them into opportunities for tremendous personal and collective growth.
Join us to discover how your everyday interactions, even the simplest smile, can ripple out to create a significant difference in the world.
Key Take Aways
02:08 Conscious Entrepreneurship and Quadruple Bottom Line
07:38 Three Perspectives on Work and Motivation
17:18 Lessons on Authenticity and Collaboration
Michele Risa, an accomplished executive leader and communications coach, has made significant contributions to the business world through her impactful courses for Fortune 500 companies and corporations like Microsoft, Mastercard, and the New York Stock Exchange. Her compelling speaking engagements at Viacom, World Economic Forum, Forbes, Barclays, United Health, and TEDx in Manhattan have solidified her reputation as a thought leader in communication and leadership. As the author of “Conscious Entrepreneur,” Michele’s innovative approach to integrating purpose, passion, and profit has captivated entrepreneurs and business professionals alike. With a strong focus on collaboration and cultivating highly productive teams, Michele offers invaluable insights for creating a cohesive and efficient work environment.

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On the Creating Powerful Impact podcast, your host, Shay Wheat, Certified Event Producer™, Founder & CEO of Grace and Ease Productions, Inc. talks with coaches, experts, and thought leaders that are creating a wave of change with the work they do in the world. She believes that everyone has a unique message that can positively impact the world and we deserve to hear their stories. #creatingpowerfulimpact