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115: Shaping the Future: Transforming Reputation and Embracing Social Impact in Highly Regulated Industries with Donnica Hawes-Saunders

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Shaping the Future: Transforming Reputation and Embracing Social Impact in Highly Regulated Industries

Our guest on the podcast today is Donnica Hawes-Saunders is the Founder and CEO of The Averity Group, a consulting firm that helps companies and organizations in highly regulated industries transform their reputation at the intersection of social impact, communications, and public policy. She is recognized as a mission-driven, political, and social impact strategist that specializes in complex policy and media environments. With over a decade of experience in the private sector and on Capitol Hill, Donnica connects public policy and organizational priorities with an emphasis on politically astute, coalition-based communications and strategic partnerships.

In today’s conversation you’re going to hear a radically authentic conversation, there’s no doubt Donnica is a dynamic leader and advocate for social impact and transformation. She shares valuable insights on the evolving landscape of leadership and the profound impact of the pandemic that we’re still navigating, including the newly emerging appetite for social impact and bringing humanity back into businesses and politics.

From her experience working with globally recognized brands, such as Philip Morris International, to her role in forging meaningful relationships and building trust, Donnica offers a unique perspective on the power of change and the importance of shared values.

Join us as we dive deep into the world of leadership, social impact, and the transformative power of finding common ground. Get ready for an inspiring and thought-provoking conversation

Key Takeaways

  • The effects of the pandemic on business leadership
  • How to assist with social impact perspectives and community involvement in both politics and business
  • Importance of culture and shared relations in shaping values and ideas.
  • Evolution of business leadership styles towards collaboration and inclusivity
  • Fear of change as the biggest obstacle to the restoration and rebuilding of trust with organizations and industries

Memorable Quote

“The work that we do, also, although it can sometimes appear that these are the soft skills, these are actually the hard skills that are necessary to truly move industries forward. And it’s just been operating the other way for so long. If you want different results, you’ve got to change your behavior, just try and see what happens”

Donnica Hawes Saunders

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