CASE in Point

CASE in Point is a podcast from CASE at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business that dives into the stories and tactics that social impact leaders are using to make the world a better place. In each episode, we talk to executives at social ventures and impact investing firms around topics central to maximizing impact for social good.

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Emily BancroftEpisode 4:

Government Partnerships, Impact vs. Costs
Emily Bancroft 

For the past 20 years, VillageReach has kept its vision of improving access to quality healthcare in some of the world’s hardest to reach communities, continually evolving and adapting its relationships to achieve this vision. Now led by Emily Bancroft, VillageReach has prioritized the organization’s collaboration with and support of local governments as a key pathway to create and scale sustainable impact at what it calls “the last mile” (i.e., where community-level healthcare is consumed).

Ann Mei ChangEpisode 3:

Innovating and Experimenting for Outsized Impact
Ann Mei

From Google to startups to the US Agency for International Development, Ann Mei Chang has seen how thinking big and taking calculated risks can lead to large scale change in any sector.  As a tri-sector leader, Ann Mei was able to leverage her tech industry experience and think about how “Silicon Valley” tools could be adapted to the social sector. Her passion for faster innovation and scale led her to write Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good.

Centralization Episode 2:

Centralization or Local Adaptation
Elisa Villanueva Beard

We continue our conversation with Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO of Teach For America (TFA). We ask how, as an organization expands geographically, it can be challenging to find the balance between centralization for brand control and decentralization for local adaption. We know that local context is critical, but we also worry about controlling quality, brand messaging, and more.  How can social ventures navigate this tricky balance? Our conversation with Elisa, outlined below, is centered around answering this question.

Elisa Villanueva BeardEpisode 1:

The Teach for America Story
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Elisa shares how her personal story of growing up as a Latin American in southern Texas shaped her passion for education reform. During her career at Teach For America, she has used her passion to help guide the organization through a number of challenges on the path to scale.  She shares in detail about the challenges the leadership team faced and how they got over these speed bumps.