Month: March 2023
Misha Euceph: Dustlight Productions Founder & CEO
Published March 27, 2023 by Nina Pearl in
Misha Euceph is a Pakistani-American writer, podcast host, and producer. She also happens to be the Founder & CEO of Dustlight Productions, the critically acclaimed podcast studio that has created podcasts with Spotify, Bruce Springsteen, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Rolling Stone, REI, Subaru, and many more. She’s also the creator and host of the podcast “Tell Them, I Am” – a series about the small defining moments in our lives—where the voices are all Muslim, but the stories are universal. The NY Times, LA Times, TIME, The Atlantic, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post, have named it among their best podcasts. Misha is also frequently featured in The Wall Street Journal, IGTV, and McSweeney’s. Misha and Dustlight want to make mission-driven podcasts for and with awesome people—but they also train those who want to push the boundaries of audio and tell beautiful stories.
Misha got her Master’s in Journalism at Northwestern University and has taught as an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg and the Transom Radio Workshop. Misha started work in podcasting in 2017, at the dawn of the podcasting era, and has quickly become an important voice for today’s times, speaking on storytelling, identity, and ethical entrepreneurship. In a word, Misha is a podcast.
This insightful and entertaining conversation on identity and belonging comes from P&G Alumni Co-host Rajiv Satyal’s talk show “What Do You Bring To The Table” — where Rajiv spotlights prominent South Asian voices. Rajiv has spoken with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Comedian Hasan Minhaj, author Deepak Chopra, influencer Lilly Singh, journalist Manu Raju, TV personality Tan France, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and many more. You can SEE lots more of Rajiv’s video conversations at WatchRajiv.com.
The P&G Alumni Foundation’s 2023 Grant Cycle Opens April 3, 2023
Published March 26, 2023 by Nina Pearl in
Calling all charitable organizations whose efforts align with the Foundation’s mission of economic empowerment, and where a P&G Alum is actively and meaningfully involved. We are now in our 19th year of grant-making, and we invite you to apply between April 3 and May 13, 2023
The Foundation invests in programming across the globe that contributes toward real employment, financial independence, and the economic well-being of those served. The core areas supported are:
- Job skills development & vocational training
- Business-related skills education & training
- Entrepreneurial or business ventures viable in local communities
The P&G Alumni Foundation has economically empowered hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world and has awarded over 112 grants totaling almost $1.8 million spanning 40 countries on 5 continents!
Grant requests undergo a strategic and thorough review against their ability to deliver measurable results and strong impact. Uniquely, grants are also evaluated against the involvement and significant contributions of the P&G Alum(s) championing the grant. Our Grants Committee will review all applications and notify you of our decisions. Average individual grant awards are expected in the $10,000 – $25,000 range.
- Review Eligibility Requirements, Vetting Procedures & Submission Details
- Learn more about our 2022 Grant Recipients
- For general application or content questions contact: Sue Wilke, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For system or technology questions contact: Patrick Hartnett, email@example.com
About the P&G Alumni Foundation:
The P&G Alumni Foundation, the charitable arm of the P&G Alumni Network, has a mission of creating opportunities for those less fortunate—a mission grounded in the shared values that unite us as Alumni. Through strategic grant-making, the Foundation improves the quality of life around the world by economically empowering individuals in need to achieve greater financial independence and economic well-being for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Bringing its mission to life, the Foundation invests in programs and projects that contribute toward real and sustainable employment. What makes us unique is that a P&G Alumni sponsor must be actively and meaningfully involved with the charitable organization making a grant request. Learn more or donate by visiting: pgalumnifoundation.org.
P&G Alumni Conferencia Virtual en Español: Del poder del Brand Management Tradicional al poder en las Redes Sociales
Published March 20, 2023 by Elsie Gallegos in
Aprende que el modelo del marketing “típico” que conocimos cuando trabajamos en P&G ha cambiado y ahora hay nuevos modelos digitales a conocer que maximizan nuestras marcas y productos.
COACHING PROGRAM: 5 Signs You Need A Coach
Published March 17, 2023 by Nina Pearl in
That first step is always the hardest.
But don’t fret! The P&G Alumni Coaches are here to lend a helping hand through the entire process. Have a chat with us if you’re struggling in any of these areas. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Proudly Sponsored by the P&G Alumni Women’s Leadership Forum.
Charlotte Otto: P&G’s former Global External Relations Officer
Published by Nina Pearl in
Charlotte Otto served as P&G’s Global External Relations Officer for 13 years, and later as Senior Corporate Advisor to PR industry leader Weber Shandwick for six. At P&G, Charlotte led the company’s external relations activities worldwide—including media relations, employee and shareholder communications, government and community relations, and corporate contributions.
During Charlotte’s 33-year career at P&G, she rose through the ranks of Brand Management and Corporate Comms and was the trusted counselor to five P&G CEOs. In fact, Charlotte was P&G’s first female corporate officer. Charlotte has received numerous industry accolades—including being named Woman of the Year AND Corporate Woman of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer, as well as receiving the Matrix Award for Public Relations, and the prestigious Paladin award. Charlotte’s a proud Purdue Alum, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees—and she even studied at the Culinary Institute of America.
In a great conversation about intention and serendipity, you’ll learn about the power of embracing a path never imagined, and removing our own blinders to be truly intellectually honest and objective about whatever situations we may face.
This episode originally aired in April 2021
Share a Shout Out to Your Unsung Hero
Published by Nina Pearl in
Have you seen the buzz on social media as alums honor their Unsung Heroes? Do you have someone you’d like to recognize?
Join the celebration by making a tribute donation to the P&G Alumni Foundation in honor of your unsung hero. Even better, The P&G Fund for Gender Equality will double all donations (up to $50,000).
With donations like this, the Alumni Foundation can make more dreams become a reality—creating new, sustainable paths to prosperity for those in need around the world. Join us and Fama Francisco, P&G’s Executive Sponsor for Gender Equality, as we spotlight the great work of Cooperative for Education and help people thrive.
Ed Artzt Book Review and Book Tour
Published by Nina Pearl in
A leader’s legacy is shaped by their choices, what they choose to do, and equally what they choose not to. P&G: The Globalization Years is the story of those pivotal choices that transformed Procter & Gamble from an American marketer to a formidable global powerhouse, quintupling its global reach and revenue in a short span under the leadership of Ed Artzt.
Written in an easy-to-follow conversational style, it is a no-holds-barred, back-and-forth between two iconic corporate leaders, Ed Artzt and John Pepper with vivid stories that make for an easy and interesting read.
As much as they fete the company’s success, what pleasantly surprised me is a refreshing and candid critique of its leadership mistakes and organizational failures. In my opinion, herein lies the greatest value of this book to aspiring leaders as most organizations and leader bios tend to skim the “unpleasant” and paint a glorified picture that is hard to learn and emulate.
I would summarize Ed’s legacy at P&G and his gift to corporate America, as two-fold.
First is the gift of a global mindset, and that being global is more than a large global footprint and brand, but investing in a best-in-class global talent pool that is capable of operating with equal competence in any country and environment, transcending cultural and geographic barriers. Case in point, most of P&G’s top leaders today, including my own former boss (Bala), were not born in America.
Second is the gift of a growth mindset, making an investment in people the number one job of managers. Case in point, P&G, was my first employer and where I first learned how to be a manager of people but was the only company where 50% of my performance rating was determined by my employees’ performance ratings.
Ranu Gupta, PGAN Global Member Engagement Chair and North America Regional Ambassador
Editor’s Note: This is a fascinating book. While the leadership messages in the latter sections are instructive, the “gold” is in the first section, comprising 60% of the book, which provides an inside, behind-the-scenes oral history of decisions made, lessons learned, course corrections, and triumph—available no place else.
Jack McFadden, Co-chair, PGAN Communications
The Ed Artzt book tour, led by John Pepper is currently scheduled for:
- An Americas panel in April 2023
- An Asia, EU, and MEA panel in May 2023
Important Message regarding Ed Artzt Book Offer:
First, the great news. The response to the generous complimentary book offer in the 3/22 PGAN Newsletter to those willing to review Ed Artzt book P&G: The Globalization Years has been overwhelming.
The regrettable news. The amazing response has exhausted the allotted supplies of free books. Those requests that came in after capacity had already been reached will be notified by Ranu Gupta.
However, we suggest an attractive option. The Kindle version of the book from Amazon is readily and quickly available for just $4.99.
Whatever you decide, we hope you will read this deserving book and write a review.
Thanks for your understanding and support!
Bob Gilbreath: 2x-exit Entrepreneur on Career Changes
Published March 13, 2023 by Nina Pearl in
Bob Gilbreath is a longtime friend of the pod, a career friend, and a mentor to many. He is also a 2x-exit entrepreneur and co-founder of Hearty, a curated matchmaking service that combines top software developers with early-stage, venture-backed startups. He recently wrote a post entitled “Thinking of a Career Change? Try the Minimum First” – so we decided to sit down with him to learn more.
You can read more of Bob’s writings at behearty.substack.com
Peg Wyant: P&G’s first female Brand Manager, Grandin Properties Founder & CEO
Published March 4, 2023 by Nina Pearl in
Peg Wyant is the Founder & CEO of Grandin Properties. But before that, Peg broke the glass ceiling at Procter & Gamble in 1967 – a decade before the phrase entered the lexicon. When the company tried to put her in the typing pool, she responded with, “All I can do is think, don’t you have a test for that.”
She rose through the ranks, becoming a serial “first female” including first brand manager and first direct report to then CEO John Smale as head of strategic planning and acquisitions. After leaving P&G to become an almost full-time mom, Peg sought other challenges — consulting for Fortune 500 CEOs, and founding a venture capital fund focused on women-led companies. Peg soon launched Grandin Properties, a real estate development and management company focusing on walkable urban neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Beyond her career, Peg helped found the P&G Alumni Network and the Women’s Capital Club. Peg’s new book is called One Red Shoe: The Story of Corporate America’s First Woman. Alongside her husband Jack, Peg has four children and nine grandchildren. You’ll enjoy this insightful conversation about what it takes to persevere when the odds may be against you and to challenge the status quo, outperform, and break through boundaries.
This episode originally aired in November 2021
TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT
Published by Nina Pearl in
The P&G Alumni Foundation and the Women’s Leadership Forum are telling stories of women around the world who are changing lives through contributions like yours. These women are true unsung heroes, who are quietly making a difference in the lives of their families and communities.
Help us honor Unsung Heroes with your donation. What’s more, The P&G Fund for Gender Equality will double your donation (up to $50,000).
Join us and Fama Francisco, P&G’s Executive Sponsor, Gender Equality, as we help women at Street Business School and even more organizations to thrive. Learn more about Street Business School Here.