TalkIMPACT uses the power of live and digital media to close the inequality gap in New York City by giving voice to the voiceless and celebrating the everyday heroes who are championing that change.
We envision a world where empathy replaces indifference and the human causes of suffering are diminished by love of one’s neighbor. We begin our journey in our own backyard, the five boroughs of New York City, and hope to use our success as a model for social justice to be replicated elsewhere.
TalkIMPACT, soft-launch in 2017, is an outgrowth of GoodB (GoodBusinessNY) a popular online journal and impact media company for social good based in New York City (2009-2015). The journal evolved from the “Economy of Trust” blog in response to the Financial Crisis of 2008-2010 and expanded into event production, web TV, podcasts, and online journalism. GoodB was named the “Standout Company of the Year” by the Washington Post and reported widely on Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Enterprise, and Business for Social Good with contributions from over two dozen writers and conscious business leaders. The company was a hybrid for-profit and nonprofit social enterprise founded by award-winning writer, Monika Mitchell. The media platform underwent a restructuring following the 2015 NYC Social Innovation Festival, produced by GoodB and has re-emerged as TalkImpact: Closing the Gap in NYC, a digital media platform for social change. TalkIMPACT is in the process of becoming a 501c3 organization.
About our Founders:
Monika began life as a child performer (singer, dancer, actress) on stage and in film. A serial social entrepreneur, she launched her first enterprise, a sustainable seafood company, at age 20 which was successfully acquired 2 1/2 years later by a large gourmet food company. Her second endeavor, the AfterSchool Theatre (AST), returned her to her first love, theatre, and her life’s mission, empowering marginalized communities. AST used performance and acting techniques to empower underserved and at-risk youth in New York City with poise, confidence, and self-esteem and was funded by a large grant from the New York City Parks Department. Recruited by a Wall Street executive search firm, she worked in the institutional securities markets for a few years and rose to the level of senior partner. While on Wall Street, she cofounded the United Nations CCSVGC NGO Values & Business Working Group and organized craft collectives for impoverished women in rural Bangladesh villages. The financial crisis propelled her back into the nonprofit social justice world full-time where she founded the widely-read and influential online news platform, GoodBusinessNY, otherwise known as GoodB. Monika is the creator of the NYC Social Innovation Festival and “MakeImpactNYC: Do Good in your ‘Hood” event productions, and cohost/producer with Shane Snipes of the web TV talk show, ThatMattersLive.
Kenny graduated from City University- College of Staten Island with a Communications and Media Arts degree. He garnered the Media Culture Department Award for his audio and video work. After graduation, he applied for an internship with GoodB (GoodBusinessNY) in photo journalism and began creating funny and innovative video blogs on social innovation in and around New York. He acted as a roving reporter for events and conference on social entrepreneurship and reported on programs with Larissa Gomez and Mia. Dornelles. When GoodB expanded into live event production, Kenny was promoted to production assistant and edited GoodB’s videos and podcasts along with social media innovation. He was the assistant producer of MakeImpactNYC: a program presenting 36 social entrepreneurs at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. In 2014 and 2015, he became the associate producer for the first annual NYC Social Innovation Festival, a 10 day, 7 event program that circled through the innovation centers around the five boroughs. In 2016, he acted as video producer of the Food Rich Summit: a innovation program to end hunger in NYC. Kenny was the senior associate on the production team along with Mai Dornelles and Larissa Gomez for the weekly web talk show, ThatMattersLive, featuring innovators and entrepreneurs who are changing the world. ThatMattersLive was distributed by GMedia to the Hulu and Roku platforms. The talk show has two successful seasons and showcased some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs in NYC. ThatMattersLive was co-created and cohosted by media personalities, Monika Mitchell and Shane Snipes.
Kenny is now the co-creating TalkIMPACT with Monika and TI’s small growing team. The imprint will have its official launch on April 24, 2017 with the newest “MakeIMPACTNYC:Do good in your ‘hood 2.0” event at Fordham University Law School, Lincoln Center, New York City.