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Michelle Risa: Author of “Conscious Entrepreneurs: A Radical New Approach to Purpose, Passion and Profits"

Here to shine a light on the rapidly growing conscious business movement today is author and social entrepreneur, Michele Risa. Michele is not only co-author of “Conscious Entrepreneurs: A Radical New Approach to Purpose, Passion and Profits” (winner of the National “Best Books 2008” Awards), but is also CEO of BeyondBodyMindSpirit.com, a website offering a “jumpstart your health” program that is designed to provide a new solution in our times of healthcare crisis, as well as how to turn the worst of times to the best of times in our day to day challenges and decisions that seems to keep steering us further and further from our goals.

Since graduating from New York University and Columbia University Michele has been able to travel the world as well as help many companies–most recently the New York Stock Exchange–improve its most valuable asset: the well-being of its employees.

Tune in Thursday to hear about the joys and challenges of starting and maintaining a successful social business with Michele Risa.

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A.B. Short, co-founder of MedShare

Join us this week for a conversation with A.B. Short, the CEO of MedShare, an organization he co-founded. Under his guidance, MedShare has evolved into one of the leading medical supply recovery organizations in the United States.

In 1998, A.B. Short and Bob Freeman were concerned with the critical healthcare needs of the underserved populations throughout the world and the environmental threat of discarded medical supplies and equipment. To act on these issues, MedShare was born.

To date, MedShare has shipped over $60 million worth of donated medical supplies and equipment to economically developing countries across the globe, which accounts to over 1 million cubic feet of landfill space saved.

Watch this cool video to learn more:

From 1981-1998, Short dedicated his time to addressing poverty issues in the Atlanta area as an educator, advocate and service provider. He served as the Marketing Director for the Atlanta Community Food Bank in the early 1980s, working with donors, local and national producers, and distributors of food and food-related products. During this time, Short also initiated the founding of a hospitality ministry through a local church, launching the Community of Hospitality (COH) which later became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a focus on homelessness issues. COH continues to this day.

Short then turned his attention to feeding the homeless. With the help of Bob Freeman and others, he opened Café 458 in the summer of 1988. It was, and still is, a “by reservation only” restaurant for homeless people. The additional need for an alcohol and drug treatment program became obvious, so a group of treatment professionals and homeless individuals were assembled to determine what opportunities might be offered. The result was the creation of a small, long-term residential alcohol and drug treatment program called Café 458’s Recovery Program, now known as the Oakhurst Recovery Program.

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JJ Ramberg, Co-founder of Goodsearch.com

This week’s guest, JJ Ramberg, is the co-founder of GoodSearch.com, a socially responsible search engine and online shopping mall that gives 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. Since its launch, GoodSearch has worked with more than 82,000 nonprofits and schools and has developed relationships with more than 1,300 retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, Macys and Petco.

In 2001 JJ was faced with an incredible hardship when her mother, Connie Ramberg, passed away from cancer. In helping her mom fight her battle, she discovered many organizations that were finding ways to give back and increase awareness of hope. Inspired and faced with the reality of need JJ and her brother Ken decided to revolutionize the way people support their favorite causes and create a way to incorporate helping into every day life by creating a sustainable way to raise funds and awareness for worthy organizations. The idea she came up with is simple yet so powerful – GoodSearch.com.

GoodSearch is an incredibly simple concept which is having an incredibly large impact. Tune in Thursday to hear more about JJ’s inspiring career balancing business with social good.

Download the GoodSearch toolbar for Firefox or Internet Explorer here.

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