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Episode 2: Forming An Upstream Mindset

Jennifer Mulholland & Jeff Shuck
June 9, 2020

In today's podcast, we have a timely conversation with Bea Boccalandro, founder of social impact consultancy VeraWorks. Bea is a longtime friend and graduate of our Lantern Leadership Retreat. 

In our conversation, Bea brings up the notion of looking upstream to understand where problems start. What signs and cues are beckoning our attention? Are we seeing them – or are we running too fast to notice them?

Although the podcast was recorded before the murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests, you’ll see that the themes, solutions and ideas apply to all societal issues, including racial justice. 

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Listen for a wide-ranging exchange about how people are waking up to a new mindset of looking upstream, and what it means for building a more just, equitable, and resilient world. 

There's a video version below as well. We hope it provides both food for thought and comfort for the days ahead.

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Bea Boccalandro HeadshotBea Boccalandro helps people mess with their jobs for good. Specifically, she increases the social impact of jobs and, therefore, makes work more enjoyable and fulfilling. "Job purposing," as this practice is called, has been shown to heighten employee engagement, performance, and wellbeing while making meaningful contributions to social causes.

Bea is founder and president of VeraWorks, a global firm that advises corporate boards and leadership on job purposing and that helps companies implement job purposing and measure its business and societal impact. Her clients include Aetna, Allstate, Bank of America, Caesars Entertainment, Disney, Eventbrite, FedEx, HP, IBM, Levi's, PwC, TOMS Shoes, and Toyota.

Her book, Do Good at Work, comes out in 2020 (Morgan James Publishing). Follow Bea on Twitter, @BeaBoccalandro, and learn more at

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