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#154 Creating a Social Engine for Good: SustainChain – A Conversation with Joanna Hall

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Welcome to another episode of the Women and Manufacturing Podcast! In today’s program, Linda Rigano speaks with Joanna Hall, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SustainChain. a free tech platform that connects people on a mission to accelerate action to ultimately save humanity.

Joanna leads an exclusive team of technologists who believe that data, talent, and technology already exist to solve our world’s biggest problems. She brings her 20+ years of experience in the ad tech world to a nonprofit community where she feels great about combining her love of tech with doing good for the world.

Hear more about how Joanna is a master juggler — building a company and raising a family. In this podcast, she shares her personal and professional journey, the importance of technology, and the power it holds to solve problems at scale.

Tune in today to learn more!


Linda Rigano

Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.

Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg BusinessweekNightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.

Connect with Linda Rigano on LinkedIn.


Joanna Hall

Joanna Hall is passionate about the human side of technology. She is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of SustainChain and leads product strategy, design, and development. SustainChain™ is a free technology platform that connects people on a mission to accelerate action to ultimately save humanity. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, the technology maps global efforts, providing insight into hotspots to accelerate efficiency and speed.

Before co-founding SustainChain, Joanna was Managing Director and Global SVP of Partnerships at Originate, a world-class designer of custom software products that solve complex problems, with a focus on time-to-market, scalability, and business impact. Prior to Originate, Joanna co-founded BrightLine, the first company to pioneer interactive television solutions for brands. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.

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