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Ep 15: Confessions of a Mad Scientist CEO with Tom Raffa, Founder, Raffa

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Tom Raffa admits he’s is a very unusual CEO. He “winged” his way into accounting to pay for college and has built a firm (and a legacy) that focuses more on impact than on profit. 30+ years later Raffa still contributes 10% (almost $5m last year!) in financial and pro-bono services to non-profits and allows *unlimited paid* community service time to any employee.

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Kismet Reflections

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Five months, one HUGE event and almost $140K later everyone wants to know how it feels to have Kismet for Kidsave behind me.  To be honest, I spent the last three weeks trying to figure it out.  Amazed.  Relieved.  Moved.  Grateful.  Proud.  Wistful that it’s over.  But until our videographer Will stuck a camera in […]

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It’s all about Kismet!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

“You’ve become a Kidsave evangelist,” joked my friend Alan who hears me pitch my charity so frequently, that I’m worried he’ll run away screaming next time. Except he totally gets it – he has been a tireless mental health advocate for decades and has been generously enabling my Kidsave obsession by pointing every possible helpful […]

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It must be love!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I have a confession to make – I am completely and utterly in love, bordering on obsession! I am experiencing a crazy mix of emotions on hourly – sometimes momentary basis – excitement, delight, nervousness, fear, gratitude and more excitement. My mind is constantly racing. It’s even beginning to affect my dreams! I envision a […]

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Do Your Giving While You’re Living!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I feel like it’s so infrequently these days that we’re moved to tears by inspiring – rather than heartbreaking – stories. On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend the book signing for Do Your Giving While You are Living and have such an experience. It was truly a gift to hear from – and […]

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Quote in the Smart CEO Magazine!

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Just found out that I was quoted in the Smart CEO Magazine the best way possible – through the kindest, most gracious appreciation email from our charity NFTE, the focus of the interview. It’s wonderful to know that business publications are interested in corporate philanthropy and was thrilled to be included in the article! In […]

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In pursuit of web fame

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I have to say, for anyone looking to expand their visibility on web, there’s definitely no shortage of opportunities. It’s mind boggling how much time and brain power you can invest into the various ways to promote your business online. At least we can say we’re working ON rather than IN our business, right? Thanks […]

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Girl Power video

Monday, October 13th, 2008

In case you haven’t seen this video yet http://www.girleffect.org/#/video/, I found it extremely powerful and touching. In today’s world – as reflected by daily headlines proclaiming despair and panic – it’s empowering to know that some of us ARE thinking about making a difference in the world. Even if we begin with helping one child.

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Developing responsible strategies

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is front and center these days as many companies become increasingly aware and engaged in making a difference globally, regionally and/or locally. Idealists see this as a positive evolution on corporate social consciousness. Skeptics argue that CSR is nothing more than a trend, and a self-serving one at that, a PR […]

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