Mike Mannina: Disrupting Poverty Through Market-Based, Collective Action

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Jeff Bond

As the CEO of Chat With Leaders Media and Executive Partner of People First Elevation Team, Jeff leads media strategies for global clients, enhancing content marketing, companywide meeting experiences, conferences, and cross-cultural training. With over 20 years of experience in media, technology, and marketing, Jeff founded Chat With Leaders Media in 2021 to elevate purpose-driven businesses in the marketplace. His core values are Partnership, Inclusion, and Empowerment. Jeff also co-hosts "The People Experience Pulse," a podcast that explores leadership strategies in People, Employee, and Human Experience (PX/EX/HX). Off the clock, he is a devoted husband, father of three, and active citizen in Atlanta, GA.

With nearly two decades of international experience, including nearly twelve years serving in a variety of policy-making and diplomatic roles in Washington, DC, and the Middle East, Mike Mannina joined Atlanta’s disruptive coffee startup Thrive Farmers in 2015 to launch the company’s sister international development nonprofit, ThriveWorx. As President of ThriveWorx, Mike leads the organization to empower farming communities to thrive by creating customized, market-based solutions to poverty. Prior to ThriveWorx, Mike served as the U.S. Treasury Attaché to Saudi Arabia, as an advisor within various offices of the U.S. Treasury Department, and as a staffer at the White House Homeland Security Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. Mike is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds business and journalism degrees from the University of Georgia and an MA in Strategic Studies/International Relations from the United States Naval War College. He is an active member of his local church in Roswell, GA, a husband, and a father of three energetic children ages nine, four, and two.

Discussion Topics

  1. Can you share your founding story of ThriveWorx and how you arrived at your formula that advances flourishing communities across the globe?
  2. How has your experience with this movement informed the way you look at the responsibility of leaders to collaborate and use their influence in the marketplace as a force for good?
  3. What was the impetus of the Thrive Farmers leadership team making the decision to become a Certified B Corporation and joining B Local GA?
  4. How has the B Corporation certification model helped your team score your impact and keep you on track with your mission?
  5. Given the intense polarization in our present-day society – coupled with how your global experience informs your leadership – how do you keep your team unified around purpose and mission towards social impact vs getting too caught up in the division?

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