My Mission Is... podcast

My Mission Is...

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Mission Magazine Editor in Chief Karina Givargisoff and Texas singer songwriter Sharleen Spiteri speak to different icons about what their personal mission is that drives them. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support

42 épisodes

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    My Mission Is...Imarn Ayton on Founding the Black Reformist Movement

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    This week's My Mission is… podcast guest is Imarn Ayton, an activist, actor, writer, and motivational speaker. She is the founder of the Black Reformist Movement, a non-profit organization focused on black empowerment and eradicating institutionalized racism. Imarn rose to prominence during the 2020 wave of the Black Lives Matter movement, following the murder of George Floyd. Before that, Ayton graduated from The Brit School of Performing Arts and later became an actor and part-time teacher. She seeks to build awareness about how racism manifests within the UK, especially the education system. In this week's episode, Ayton talks with Mission's founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about how events in America shaped her identity, how she approaches activism, how she found her purpose. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    John Demsey on Building Tom Ford’s Beauty Enterprise

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    This week’s My Mission Is...podcast guest is John Demsey, executive group president of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Often referred to as “the creative of the suits and the suit of the creatives,” he straddles the line between business and creativity. His skills have brought growth and success to brands like MAC, Tom Ford, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Le Labo, Glamglow, Smashbox, and many more. All while raising over $500 million as chairman of the MAC VIVA GLAM Fund, which provides financial support for people living with HIV and AIDS. In this week’s episode, Demsey talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about his professional journey, how he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture, and the importance of honesty, appreciation, and support in the workplace. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Sophia Wang on the fashion industry's mushroom leather boom

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    This week's My Mission Is… podcast guest is Sophia Wang, co-founder of the California-based startup MycoWorks, which can be partially credited with orchestrating the fashion industry's mycelium (the root structure of the fungi) boom. Alongside her work making the fashion industry a more sustainable (and better) place through partnerships with the likes of Hermès, Wang is a seasoned academic (she has a Ph.D. in experimental American poetry) and heads up Brontez Purnell Dance Company. In this week's episode, Sophia talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about her path to founding a biotech, how the fashion industry can transform itself, and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Annabelle Delir on How Holistic Living Helped Her Navigate Grief

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    This week’s My Mission Is… podcast guest is Annabelle Delir. Following the passing of her brother, Annabelle turned to health and holistic living. With a degree in psychology along with certifications in fitness, Annabelle has found success in practices that integrate modern scientific findings with traditional wisdom. After studying naturopathy, Annabelle created Umoya Botanics, a cruelty-free skincare line that employs the healing properties of plants. She utilizes her social media channels as platforms for publishing healthy recipes and workout tips to teach others the simplicity of a healthy lifestyle, and the long lasting impacts for both the body and mind. She is continuously exploring creative approaches to healthy living, and expanding what it means to live holistically This week, Annabelle talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about Annabelle’s path towards holistic living, her brand Umoya Botanics and Umoya Wellness, and the benefits of herbal medicine. FIND ANNABELLE Instagram: @umoyawellness FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Norma Kamali on gender-fluid fashion

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    This week’s My Mission Is… podcast guest is Norma Kamali. As a powerhouse designer and healthy lifestyle advocate, Norma has channeled innovation into every look throughout her more than 50 years in the fashion industry. In 1970, she debuted her key invention of the Sleeping Bag Coat as part of her Parachute Collection, which has since resided in notable museums like New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Norma has also helped to usher athleisure into fashion's vocabulary, and was the first designer to have a store on eBay. As Norma continues to expand on her eponymous line, she has recently launched gender-fluid apparel. In 2016 Norma received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA, the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award at the United Nations, and an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Fashion Institute of Technology. This week, Norma talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff athleisure and how COVID has impacted fashion, healthy lifestyle tips, as well as her brand’s transition to gender-fluidity. FIND NORMA Instagram: @normakamali FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Sharleen: @sharleenspiteri Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    John Bartlett on fashion's connection to social upheaval

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    This week’s My Mission Is… podcast guest is John Bartlett. Both an animal right's activist and acclaimed designer, John currently leads the fashion program at Marist College. Having worked in the fashion industry for more than 30 years, John has made a name for himself with his rugged take on classic American style. A graduate of Harvard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, he has served as a designer for the likes of Will Smith and Ronaldus Shamask. In 1991, he launched his eponymous collection, which has led to him earning multiple CFDA awards, including the Swarovski Best Newcomer Award and Best Menswear Designer of the Year in 1997. In 2011, the designer launched the Tiny Tim collection to help raise funds for his nonprofit animal-rescue organization, The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, which helps to support independent rescue groups across the country. This week, John talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about fashion's fight towards sustainability, the future for young designers, as well as animal advocacy. FIND JOHN Instagram: @johnbartlettny FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Sharleen: @sharleenspiteri Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Ashram Parsi on escaping anti-LGBTQ persecution

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    This week’s My Mission Is… podcast guest is Arsham Parsi, an Iranian human rights activist. As a gay teenager who lost lost a transgender friend to suicide, Arsham felt compelled to create an underground digital LGBTQ network in the country. Due to the strict laws against homosexuality in Iran, Arsham was then forced to flee to Canada. Since escaping persecution, he has dedicated his life to educating and helping others who face a similar fate. In 2008 he founded The International Railroad for Queer Refugees, which provides information, aid, and training to refugees awaiting emigration. He is also a founding member and CEO of the Marjan Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Toronto that educates people on HIV/AIDS and other STIs, and supports LGBTQ refugees with their newfound freedoms in Canada. He helped raise more than $1 million CAD in 18 months, all while working as a law clerk to support himself and his continuing passion for activism. This week, Arsham talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about the persecution of LGBTQ refugees around the world, the challenges facing non-profit organizations, as well as the personal struggles he encounters in directing the International Railroad for Queer Refugees and the Marjan Foundation. FIND ARSHAM Instagram: @arshamparsi FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Sharleen: @sharleenspiteri Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Talk to Coco on why it's ok to be different

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    This week's My Mission Is... podcast guest is Talk To Coco, the mental health advocate who is using her platform to break down stigma and foster open conversations around mental health. Coco was diagnosed three years ago with a brain tumor, which has taken a toll on her both physically and mentally. But she found a welcoming community online when she began to speak out about her condition and its impact on her life. The activist, who identifies as gender non-corfing, has now transformed her Instagram into a platform to discuss invisible disabilities, LGBTQ+ identity, and more. She has since worked with outlets like the BBC and companies such as Wagamama. In this episode, Coco talks to Mission’s Editor-in-Chief Karina Givargisoff about how the lockdown has impacted her, how she has dealt with suicidal thoughts, and found structure in her life while coping with ADHD. FIND COCO Instagram: @talktococo FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Sharleen: @sharleenspiteri Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Sean Ellis on how to tell a story on film

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    This week's My Mission Is... podcast guest is Sean Ellis. The British fashion photographer and film director took the world by storm with his youthful and imaginative artistic works throughout the 2010s. After getting his start assisting famed fashion photographer Nick Knight, Sean quickly established himself as a rare talent in the world of film and photography. He is the writer and director behind Academy Award-nominated short Cashback and British Independent Film Award recipient Metro Manila. He continues to make his mark on the film industry, screening his most recent film, the horror period piece Eight for Silver, at Sundance in January. This week, Sean Ellis chats with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff and musician Sharleen Spiteri about the state of film during the pandemic, Sean’s own writing process and how to answer the question, “What’s next?” FIND SEAN Instagram: @seanellisphoto FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Sharleen: @sharleenspiteri Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support
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    Sharleen Spiteri on 30 years in the music industry

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    This week’s My Mission Is… podcast guest is Sharleen Spiteri. Mission’s usual co-host sits on the other side of the mic for this episode, as she and her band Texas celebrate 30 years together with the release of a new album in 2021. The band already released a new single for the album last December, “Hi,” featuring hip-hop royalty and their long-time collaborators Wu-Tang Clan. With over 40 million records sold, three albums to have gone number one in the U.K, Texas and Sharleen’s journey continues to wow listeners around the world. In this episode, Sharleen talks to Mission’s Editor-in-Chief Karina Givargisoff about the tumultuous past year and what it’s like to write during lockdown. The Texas frontwoman also delves into her past, discussing everything from her experience with bullies in high school to her 30 years of experience working in the music industry. FIND MISSION HOSTS Karina: @missionmagazine Sharleen: @sharleenspiteri Website: missionmag.org  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mission-magazine/support

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