Jul 24, 2019
You don’t have to be in the public
sector or start your own charity to make a difference in the world.
You can make a huge impact with business! It’s possible to be in
both the corporate world and non-profit world and lead the way in
social responsibility. Today’s guest is Kate Hayes, who
oversees Echoing Green’s “Ecosystem
Programming’ to find, fund and support
early-stage global leaders who have incredible ideas to change the
2:24 - The Kate 101
- During college, Kate studied
neuroscience and was interested in knowing how change happens.
While working in Boston, she stumbled upon a mobile healthcare
clinic that was started by an Echoing Green fellow.
- Kate’s career made a sharp turn
from medicine to the non-profit sector, digging deep into
understanding nonprofits and the role of the private sector in
- In her first role with Echoing
Green, Kate connected business leaders to their purpose and helped
them understand their mission, connecting them to the social change
- In her new role as Director of
Ecosystems, Kate helps connect nonprofits across the globe to help
make an even greater impact.
5:15 - What Exactly Does Echoing
- Echoing Green is named after a
poem by William Blake about making the world a better
- The fellowship program is the
backbone of Echoing Green. It provides enough seed funding for
organization founders to get started and helps with a portfolio
management structure for clear planning and developing a strong
- Echoing Green creates community by
connecting social entrepreneurs with each other for collaboration
and support in the first few years of their organizations and
- A big priority is determining how
to access to capital whether philanthropic or investment and
connecting leaders to a broader community who cares about similar
- A lot of businesses think you have
to do something drastic like start a business or nonprofit based on
a social cause. However, businesses can get involved, even if
they’re not a charity or nonprofit.
10: 31 - Where Do We
- There are so many people who want
to make a difference in the world, whatever their career path, and
Echoing Green helps them figure out exactly how they can do that
while remaining in the private sector.
- For those ready to dive in,
Echoing Green helps people identify what issues matter to them, and
sends them on a domestic site visit to understand first hand how
change is happening on the ground.
- For those who are overwhelmed with
the endless possibilities of affecting social change, Echoing Green
helps them connect with what they care most about and matches that
to their skillsets.
- It’s ok to just take baby steps on
your own while also bringing people to your team to help you
implement those steps. Outside support is what really helps us
thrive in our efforts to be involved in social change.
20: 30 - Diversity in
- Kate was part of a group of
governance practitioners where it was communicated that board
diversity was not only not priority, but not important. She saw an
opportunity and became very passionate about communicating need for
diversity in leadership.
- This has to start with
organizations defining what diversity means in relation to their
cause, whether age diversity, racial diversity, or all of the above
- Boards need a shared understanding
of the impact that diversity can have on creating effective change
in communities. Boards need to look outside of their circles to
find as broad a pool of leaders as possible.
- There may be major fundraising
implications for Boards that don’t take diversity
- Once you’ve achieved a more
diverse board, it’s as equally important to create trust,
inclusivity, and equality. It’s about having in intention in
everything you do, admitting mistakes, and getting
35: 59 - Getting To Know Our
- Find out what Kate is grateful
for, what she would do differently when no one’s watching,
something you’d never guess about her, and what books she’s reading
(Moms, take note)!
[spp-tweet tweet="Take a step toward embodying
purpose rather than just finding it." - Kate Hayes]
Article on diversity on
Meet Your Guest:
Kate Hayes serves as Echoing Green’s Director for their Catalyze
Ecosystem programming. She oversees several programs at Echoing
Green, including Direct Impact, an innovative board leadership
program designed to prepare the next generation of board members
and transform nonprofit boards. She also manages Echoing Green’s
alumni programs, ecosystem building and place-based strategy work,
and internal program operations. She leads retreats, workshops, and
immersive site visits focused on leadership development, purpose,
strategic governance, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining Echoing Green, she worked as Director of
Evaluation and Program Impact in the national office of Minds
Matter. Kate currently sits on the Executive Committee at the
Northfield Mount Hermon School, where she serves as Vice President
of the Alumni Council. Kate has written for the Stanford Social
Innovation Review, Forbes, and across the web about issues related
to leadership, purpose, social entrepreneurship, and nonprofit
boards. She holds a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from