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Making an Impact Podcast

“Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies” Podcast Series

This podcast series explores the work of Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Michelson 20MM Foundation, Michelson Medical Research Foundation, FirstGen Initiative, and more.

Jerry Sullivan of SullivanSays SoCal interviews key members of the Michelson Philanthropies‘ network of foundations to examine their work in animal welfare, the emerging pet care industry, pet-inclusive housing policies, impact investing, textbook affordability, philanthropic philosophy, supporting early-career scientists, medical research, entrepreneurship, and supporting immigrant women. Listen to all the episodes now!



Episode 1: Brett Yates

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation (MFA) has played an important role in the rapidly growing pet care industry. Entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities have expanded in the last few years, in part due to MFA initiatives such as Leap Venture Studio and its Bootcamp, which funds and helps grow the increasing number of companies and ideas in the animal welfare space.

In this episode of “Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies,” Jerry Sullivan interviews MFA CEO Brett Yates to highlight MFA’s focus on animal welfare as a source of social and economic benefit. Read more about this episode here and listen to the full conversation below.



Episode 2: Judy Bellack

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation (MFA), along with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), recently released their Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative (PIHI) report, which found that rental housing owner-operators can benefit financially from enacting more pet-inclusive policies for their tenants.

In this episode of “Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies,” Jerry Sullivan interviews MFA multifamily housing industry consultant Judy Bellack to highlight the PIHI report’s findings. Read more about this episode here and listen to the full conversation below.



Episode 3: Phillip Kim

For 10 years, the Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation has been highlighting the need to make textbooks more affordable for college students.

In this episode of “Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies,” Jerry Sullivan interviews Michelson 20MM CEO Phillip Kim about the campaign to make textbooks more affordable for community college students. Read more about this episode here and listen to the full conversation below.



Episode 4: Alya Michelson

Michelson Philanthropies’ FirstGen Initiative, founded by Alya Michelson, aims to uplift the voices, journeys, and contributions of immigrant women.

In this episode of “Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies,” Jerry Sullivan interviews Michelson Philanthropies co-chair Alya Michelson about the FirstGen Initiative’s efforts to reshape the narrative of immigrant women. Read more about this episode here and listen to the full conversation below.



Episode 5: Phillip Kim

Michelson Impact Ventures (MIV) is a social change fund deploying impact investment capital into early-stage, purpose driven, for-profit startups.

In this episode of “Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies,” Jerry Sullivan interviews MIV Managing Director Phillip Kim about Michelson’s 50-company portfolio and social impact investment philosophy—doing well by doing good. Read more about this episode here and listen to the full conversation below.



Episode 6: Dr. Gary Michelson

The Michelson Philanthropies‘ network of foundations focus on making an impact in the fields of animal welfare, impact investing, medical research, education and digital equity, immigration, and more.

In this episode of “Making an Impact with Michelson Philanthropies,” Jerry Sullivan interviews Michelson Philanthropies founder and co-chair Dr. Gary K. Michelson about the work of each of the foundations he has established under the Michelson Philanthropies umbrella. Read more about this episode here and listen to the full conversation below.



Meet Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan is the founder of SullivanSays SoCal, a leading source of news analysis and commentary for the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. He started SullivanSaysSoCal in October 2018 after serving as editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal for nearly two years and spending the previous five years in the same role at the Orange County Business Journal. Listen to all the episodes now!