ELLA Thought Leaders
Bringing Big Ideas Home
The Thought Leaders Podcast series was born out of our Generator Event - Human Connections - which brought together world leading experts and local thought leaders to discuss how seemingly unique challenges intersect to become big, unwieldy problems that can be addressed locally. The profound wisdom, intelligence and passion for making change shows what ELLA knows to be true - that we are greater than the sum of our parts.

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S2 EP 04 Circle of Mentorship

In this episode, we explore the transformative power of mentors and the profound impact they can have on individuals’ lives. Joining us are esteemed guests Dr. Cranla Warren, with local Thought Leaders Blessing Akpan and TK Pritchard, you will hear…

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In this episode, we had the privilege of hosting an insightful discussion with incredible guests Kelly Brownbill, Melissa Ireland, and Heather Majaury. Together, we explored the important topic of cultural sensitivity and the urgent need to decenter…

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In this episode Kimiko Shibata, a multilingual language educator for the Waterloo Region District School Board is both Host and Thought Leader. She is joined by Natalie Royer, ECE and Belonging/EDI consultant and Ian Mark Kamanjie, a TV producer…

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S2 EP 01 The Power of Listening

In this episode, Dr. Jean Clinton dives deep into the transformative potential of truly listening, amplifying unheard voices, and challenging the power dynamics that exist in our society perpetuating marginalization and inequality. Our guests, Fitsum…

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Episode #6 – From Healing to Human Flourishing

Dr. Angel Acosta works to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice & mindfulness. His healing-centred work is illuminating ancient wisdom that just might be the guide to human flourishing. Armed with his insights Dr. Clinton, Ojibway Elder…

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Episode #5 – Kindness, Compassion & Neural Connection

Dr. Dan Siegel calls them VUCA times (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) and during his conversation with Dr. Jean Clinton he spoke about the freedom and possibility that they held for us as a society. The discussion with local thought…

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Episode #4 – How We Read Now

How We Read Now talks, yes, about screens vs. paper – but so much more. How you read to your children could very well be changed by listening to this discussion. It affected our guests too – Moraa Mochama, a local app developer/writer and Marjorie…

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Episode #3- What Happened to You?

Our third episode of the Thought Leaders podcast is inspired by the work of Dr. Bruce Perry. Dr. Perry’s work on trauma and the developing brain was recently captured in the bestselling book ‘What Happened to You?’ coauthored with Oprah Winfrey. Local…

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Episode #2 – Seeing, Doing, Being

In our 2nd Thought Leaders podcast Dr. Jean Clinton speaks with one of the world’s most pre-emminent cognitive neuroscientists Dr. Adele Diamond about the developing brain. She brings the conversation home to talk about how kids are coping in our…

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Episode #1 – The Way of the Human Being

Sparked by a conversation between child psychiatrist, author & knowledge translator Dr. Jean Clinton with Mohawk Elder, wisdom keeper & author Tom Porter ‘The Way of the Human Being’ explores what it means to be human and how Indigenous…

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