Hi everybody and welcome back to the 🎙The 4 AM Report!🎙 and what’s keeping our guest, Ankita Rao, up at night are burning questions about authenticity. Brands have been so quick to say they stand for something (for example, diversity, equity and inclusion) but are they just jumping on the bandwagon?
How can we know they’re being genuine and whether anything they do will be permanent? How do we keep the momentum going 🚀? Ankita is a social impact practitioner who is here to help us figure out how to create lasting change.
And it’s pretty simple: Put your money where your mouth is. Hold your brand accountable.
On this riveting episode you’ll find out:
- Why you need to ask ‘why’
- Whether DEI will benefit your organization in the long run
- How to eliminate the gap between intention and execution
- Why you need to tell stories, including the hardships you’ve faced 😲
Ankita is a Portfolio Manager with LEAP Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, responsible for selecting high-impact social organizations with passionate leaders for the LEAP portfolio, and working with them to provide strategic and operational capacity building support, and coaching, to scale their impact to more beneficiaries.
Prior to LEAP, Ankita led the access to finance strategy for USD25m cashew value chain development program in Benin, West Africa with Technoserve (international NGO). Prior to Technoserve, Ankita worked for 6 years as a Management Consultant with EY Canada.
Ankita is a CFA charterholder, and graduated with a Joint Honour in Economics and Finance, with a Minor in French, from McGill University.