Carol Cone is an incredibly generous person. To hear her talk about what she does from day to day, she says her super power is connecting people, but that minimizes her story by a country mile.
Her brand of generosity has brought to fruition iconic projects and teams to create products and campaigns that have — by all objective measures —changed the world since she started building brands in the 1980s. She was behind Rockport’s Walking Movement, positioning the company for growth and eventual acquisition by Reebok; she created and grew the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to span 50 countries, raising $1 billion; and with My Special Aflac Duck, she brought a team together to create a social robot that comforts children fighting cancer through their average 1,000 days of chemotherapy. Her accomplishments over her legendary career have well-earned her the industry moniker: “Mother of Social Purpose.”
Even after a career of accomplishment, she’s far from finished. Now at the head of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, she continues to push the field forward. Her work has built global movements, garnered hundreds of awards, and raised billions of dollars for a variety of worthy causes. This week, we went back to where it all began for Carol, how her values have shaped her career path, and the opportunity she sees as we crest 2020 and move into whatever comes next.
She stands atop a bold mission. We’re honored to have her join us for this first conversation of season two of the Mission Forward podcast.
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In season three of Mission Forward, Carrie Fox welcomes Natalie S. Burke explore the state of our collective health in the wake of the pandemic and what's necessary to bring us back together. They talk with experts, truth tellers, and firebrands who work and move among us to see what lies at the intersections of identity, value, and power.
Natalie S. Burke
A nationally-known speaker, “equity evangelist,” strategist, master facilitator, and public health leader, Natalie provides executive leadership for CommonHealth ACTION whose mission is to develop people and organizations to produce health through equitable policies, programs, and practices. Natalie joins Carrie as co-host for Season 3 of Mission Forward.
Carrie Fox is the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, a woman-owned strategic communications firm and Certified B Corporation that guides high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible corporations in realizing their greatest social impact. Since launching her first firm in 2004, she has guided hundreds of organizations around the world to lead with purpose, fueling organizations and their missions forward in new and more impactful ways.