Special Encore Presentation: Business for Social Good: An Interview with Merry Korn
September 1, 2012
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore
Merry Korn is a clinical social worker with exceptional business acumen. While she was very successful leading business management services for some of the country’s largest companies, Merry felt like a fish out of water. Then she discovered she could create an enterprise that is good for people and good for business. So Merry launched Pearl Interactive Network, which delivers business services such as call centers and marketing research by tapping a workforce of skilled agents nationwide. What makes Merry’s business unique? The workforce she taps: service disabled veterans, military spouses, and people with disabilities. With assistive technologies, Pearl Interactive enables skilled people who might be geographically isolated or blind to provide valuable business services, right from home. From Businessweek to the National Association of Women Business Owners, Pearl Interactive is recognized as a social enterprise that works. Tune in and let Merry’s story fuel your passion for good!
Bread for the Journey Radio
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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.
Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.
Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.
Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.