Dr. Nicole Roberts on Bad Assumptions in Global Philanthropy; How to Talk to People about Vaccinations and Football Head Injuries

Dr. Nicole Roberts on Bad Assumptions in Global Philanthropy; How to Talk to People about Vaccinations and Football Head Injuries

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My guest for Episode #136 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Dr. Nicole Roberts. She is the Executive Director of Feed A Billion, an international nonprofit that feeds girls around the world to prevent exploitation and she's the founder of Health & Human Rights Strategies, a health care and human rights-focused advising firm in Washington, D.C. 

Nicole is also the host of “The Global Good Podcast.” 

Nicole contributes to Forbes, contextualizing health, and highlighting ideas, companies, and people that are changing the health landscape. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and publications, and her talks can be found on the United Nations website and various news and sports outlets. 

She has a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina, a masters in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed undergraduate work in psychology and biology at the University of Missouri. 

In today's episode, Nicole shares her “favorite mistake” story about making bad assumptions about starting a meals program for girls in India — assuming that a model that worked elsewhere would work there. How did she learn about the bad assumption and how did they correct this to be more effective?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • Given your brain science background – then going into public health… thoughts on the best way to get more people to say “yes” to vaccination?
  • You’re also hosting what has become an annual event at the Super Bowl – Brain Health Summit – in its 9th year — tell us about the event?
  • Was agent Leigh Steinberg too powerful to get ostracized after that paper & event?
  • Jen Welter Episode #60
  • Dave Scatchard Episode #59
  • Tell us about the nonprofit “Feed A Billion”
  • Tell us a little bit about your firm Health & Human Rights Strategies…
  • Tell us about the Podcast — The Global Good Podcast
  • “If you aren't making mistakes then it means you aren't paying enough attention or you aren't listening to the people around you.” Tell us what that means to you.

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"I say this universally, we have no business going into anybody else's any place and telling them how to do something."

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"One of the most important things to understand about people is you will never convince someone to agree with you by telling them how stupid they are or how wrong they are."
"If you aren't making mistakes, then it means you aren't paying enough attention or you aren't listening to the people around you."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.