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Purpose at Work with Nestle’s Lisa Gibby

In a world grappling with complex challenges, corporations have the potential to be powerful forces for good. But it takes courageous leadership to set audacious goals and rally entire organizations to drive meaningful change.

On this episode of Mission Forward, Carrie Fox sits down with Lisa Gibby, Deputy Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Nestle. As the first person to hold this role, Lisa is responsible for building and maintaining trust in Nestle’s global brand across 186 markets – no small task.

Lisa shares her journey from running her own small communications firm to leading anti-poverty efforts at Bono’s ONE Campaign to now sitting on Nestle’s executive board and ESG council. Her story is one of pursuing purpose at every scale.

Under Lisa’s leadership, Nestle has made bold moves—like being one of the first companies to publish a roadmap to reach net-zero emissions. Setting such ambitious public goals created some organizational nervousness, but it also rallied and engaged employees in a shared mission.

The conversation touches on navigating complex social issues as a global company, the importance of humility and embracing failure as part of the process, and how a new generation of consumers passionate about sustainability gives hope for the future.

At its core, this is a discussion about the power and responsibility of communications to drive positive impact. It’s about having the courage to set big goals, the focus to build alignment and momentum, and the wisdom to know you can’t do it alone. Lisa leaves us with an empowering message – that everyone has an opportunity to contribute as a force for good, and even failure is part of the journey forward.

Tune in for an inspiring look at purpose-driven leadership and the role we can all play in building a better world, one bold goal at a time. Our great thanks to Lisa for joining us for this conversation.

This season, we are taking you on a journey to meet ten people influencing and shaping how we communicate at scale for social change. From advertising executives to coalition directors, news editors, campaign managers, and authors, they’re all people who are shaping and challenging the deep power of communication. If you’re working to become a more inclusive and thoughtful communicator, there’s nothing holding you back—except you.
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