Gustavo Guerrero — What Brings Us Together

As a DREAMer, Gustavo Guerrero is passionate about advocating for human rights, immigration reform, and civil and political rights. As a musician, Gustavo has found a tool to build empathy and understanding, and remind people that they matter — whether they have a social security number or not.

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Branden Harvey
Gary Haugen — Ending Slavery in Our Lifetime

As founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen fights the chronically neglected global epidemic of violence against the poor. While a member of the 1994 United Nations team investigating war crimes in Rwanda, Gary Haugen’s eyes were opened to the appalling extent of violence in the developing world. Upon his return to the U.S., he founded International Justice Mission, an organization devoted to rescuing victims of global violence including trafficking and slavery. In this conversation, Branden and Gary go behind the curtain and dive deep into the story International Justice Mission, lean into the power of systems that care for the individual, and explore the idea that joy is the oxygen behind doing hard things.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Scott Harrison — Work That Has No End

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, and models on repeat. But 10 years in, he was unhappy and morally bankrupt. Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe. In this conversation, Branden and Scott dissect his new book Thirst: an inspiring personal story of compassion, redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all.

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Ryan Cummins — Making Charity Go Viral

Founding Omaze with his business partner Matt, CEO and co-founder Ryan Cummins is responsible for the online platform known for raising hundreds of millions of dollars for charity by raffling once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, Omaze is breaking the traditional model of charity and creating more good than ever before. Whether it’s blowing up tanks with Arnold Schwarzenegger, watching the series finale of Breaking Bad with its stars, hanging out with Iron Man, or making a cameo appearance in the new Star Wars film, each campaign is making charity go viral — now responsible for working with 150 charities in 175 countries. In this conversation, Branden and Ryan dive deep into the origin of Omaze, the intersection of philanthropy and storytelling, and the power of living for something bigger than yourself.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Kendall Ciesemier — Amplifying Voices and Disrupting the Status Quo

Kim Kardashian West took note of the powerful story Kendall Ciesemier broke on Alice Marie Johnson, an undeniably groundbreaking step toward exposing an injustice and leading to Alice’s freedom from prison. However, this was not the beginning of Kendall’s story of impact. After watching a special of The Oprah Winfrey Show about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, 11-year-old Kendall Ciesemier founded the organization Kids Caring 4 Kids in 2004. This event sparked purpose in Kendall’s life beyond the chronic liver disease she had grown up fighting against. Today, Kendall is a producer, writer, and social entrepreneur who works at the digital news company Mic and seeks to impact others through authenticity and hope. In this conversation, Branden and Kendall dive deep into her story of thriving in the midst of life’s struggles, finding purpose and passion, how to use media to drive social change, and where to begin after overcoming adversity.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Jamie Tworkowski — Bringing Your Heart into Everything

Jamie Tworkowski’s life changed in 2006 when he met Renee Yohe and wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms”. He posted the story on MySpace and began selling t-shirts as a way to help pay for Renee’s treatment. Now, Jamie is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and the New York Times bestselling author of ‘If You Feel Too Much’. Currently, he’s been putting his time into HEART CAMP, an authentic 2-day workshop inviting attendees to dialogue about their passions and personal journeys. In this conversation, Branden and Jamie get real and personal about the cost of putting everything into your work, moving courageously toward transition and new chapters, and why the greatest thing we can do is to choose to stay until tomorrow.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
CJ Casciotta — Getting Weird and Making a Difference

What if the secret about making a difference was getting weird? Author, speaker, and media producer, CJ Casciotta, has passionately give himself over to this idea. Today, CJ has helped some of the world’s biggest brands discover their unique identity and share it creatively including Lululemon, The United Nations, MGM Studios, and Whole Foods. He also spends time speaking around the country at places including TEDx, STORY Conference, and charity: water. In this conversation, Branden and CJ talk about his newly released book: ‘Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference’ — diving deep into the truth of how getting weird just might be the key to making the world a better place.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
DeRay McKesson — The Case for Hope

Civil rights activist, teacher, and author, DeRay Mckesson thinks hope is the belief that tomorrow can be better than today. As one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has spent his life working to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy-makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. In this conversation, Branden and DeRay talk about his book ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’ and his personal journey of advocacy and activism that has caught America’s attention.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Ben Higgins — Leaning Into Generosity Wherever You Are

Former lead on ABC’s The Bachelor, ‘Almost Famous’ podcast host, and global entrepreneur, Ben Higgins has spent years living into the question of how he can use his fame for something bigger than himself. However, nothing could have prepared him for how appearing on one of the highest grossing television shows would ultimately pave the way for him to accomplish his humanitarian dreams. Today, Ben’s work with the organization Humanity and Hope United, and his new social enterprise, Generous, has been the catalyst for creating sustainable, meaningful work beyond his life of fame. In this conversation, Branden and Ben unpack what it means to lead a life of purpose and generosity, the importance of getting angry about injustice, the burden of fame, humanitarian work, and living into the questions that inevitably come with faith.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Lisa Gungor — Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Lisa Gungor’s faith was the lens through which she viewed her marriage, music, and dreams—all of which the world witnessed through her and her husband’s Grammy nominated band, Gungor. Yet, when the lens was shattered through events like the death of a friend, the unraveling of a career, the loss of a worldview, and the birth of a baby girl with heart defects, it led Lisa to a tumultuous place — until it gave way to a new perspective. In this conversation, Branden and Lisa talk about her process of writing her latest book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen. She also unravels what it means to hit rock bottom, understand what suffering is, feel what love can do, and continue to open our eyes to wonder in the heartbreak.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Barrett Ward — Creating Sustainable Change and Second Chances

While living in Ethiopia in 2010, Founder and CEO of the lifestyle brand ABLE, Barrett Ward, saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. This experience paved the way for the rest of his life. Today, as the visionary behind the rapidly growing Nashville-based company, ABLE, disrupting the fashion industry with a social conscience, Barrett’s company now employs more than 300 women in Ethiopia, Peru, Mexico, and Nashville. In this conversation, Branden and Barrett unpack the importance of making an impact where it matters most, building a company based on radical transparency and second chances, and the importance of fostering an attitude of gratitude in your sphere.

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Kristi Karrenbrock