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Ideation Podcast is an on-the-go podcast designed to help you move your ideas forward through better implementation. In each episode, you’ll hear from thought leaders in multiple industries share about how they implement their ideas in order to make them remarkable (i.e., worth making a remark about).


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May 15, 2020

In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Michele L. Sullivan, social impact advisor and former President of Caterpillar Foundation and Director of Corporate Social Innovation at Caterpillar, shares her story of being a young person born with dwarfism and overcoming personal and professional challenges in her career to create significant impact in our world. In spite of being looked down upon by others, Michele learned to look up: to lead with an elevated view of others, a philosophy that landed her at the helm of one of the world most prominent philanthropy organizations and ultimately changed the course of millions of lives. While Michele’s height presented challenges that are different from those most have experienced (including uniquely humorous moments), it allowed her to see things, literally and figuratively, that others do not. With inspiring style, she offers unique takeaways for individuals that attest to the fundamental role one’s perspective plays in becoming a better person and more influential leader who makes a big impact on the world.
Michele is the Author of “Looking Up: How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles into Advantages. She is also a globally recognized leader and advisor in social impact. Michele has also inspired millions through your talks on stages like TED, Dreamforce, SXSW, The Atlantic Festival, and Global Citizen Festival. She was named by Inside Philanthropy as one of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy and also served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
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