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Conversations with Chanda

About The Podcast

What happens when people get together and dive into intimate conversation about our community’s grittiest, most vexing problems? Find out on our podcast, Conversations with Chanda. Hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, Conversations with Chanda unpacks complex topics—the power structures that surround wealth, navigating the world of philanthropy as a person of color, why criminal justice reform is something everyone should care about, and turning unthinkable grief into good.

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We’re calling on everyone to join us on this rough but revealing path of discovery and civic action.

Philanthropy Experts

Philanthropy in Focus

As we continue into the season of giving, we wanted to look back at guests whose work is centered around transforming systems and thinking critically about the power of philanthropy. Hear insights from our episodes featuring Jen Ford Reedy, Toya ...


Tonya Allen

Building a Bold Future

Tonya Allen, president of the McKnight Foundation, is all about being bold. Chanda spoke with Tonya about building and sharing power, and how that relates to one’s ability to rewrite the rules.


Hubert Joly and Piyumi Samaratunga

Unleashing Human Magic

Hubert Joly, former CEO of Best Buy, and Piyumi Samaratunga , a partner at the law firm Constangy, believe that diversity is a business imperative. In this episode, Chanda connected with these two business leaders to talk about the importance of ...


Kevin Reese

The Vibrations of Trauma

Chanda connected with Kevin to talk about his dedication to restorative justice, reimagining the prison system, and the importance of healing from unchecked and generational trauma.


Jason DeRusha

More Than Just The News

Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor Jason DeRusha has spent his career bringing people the news. Chanda sat down with Jason to discuss the challenges media faced in the wake of George Floyd's murder and throughout the pandemic. They also dive ...


Sven Sundgaard

Climate Urgency and Action

Sven and R.T. explore how to better explain this increasingly pressing issue to children and others with examples from here in Minnesota and around the world.


Meet Our Podcast Team

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Chanda Smith Baker
Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Souphak Kienitz
Podcast Producer
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Darlynn Benjamin
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief Impact Officer
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
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John Cuoco
Multimedia Content Curator
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Sarah Gillund
Design and Digital Media Manager
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services

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