About the Episode

Tune in to this episode of #CompactNationPod for a discussion about corporate social responsibility and community engagement with Compact Nation Podcast co-host Emily Shields and Mandi McReynolds, Director of the Foundation and Community Relations at Principal Financial Group, a global company based in Des Moines, Iowa. McReynolds is a former higher education community engagement professional and talks about her transition to the corporate sector. The two also discussed similarities and differences between the sectors and ideas for building strong private-public partnerships. Plus, in pop culture corner, co-hosts pretend to understand Bitcoin and blockchain, discuss the power of forgiveness, and consider whether assessment actually works.

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Mandi McReynolds is an author, educator, and community relations practitioner-scholar. She is executive director of the Principal Foundation and oversees corporate social responsibility. She also is the owner of Mandi McReynolds Consulting. Mandi has a passion for teaching, supporting and advocating for system wide change that can impact the lives of individuals on the pathway to financial self-sufficiency – which includes access to affordable housing, employment, and childcare. She has spent her career building community relations and leadership programs at three different educational institutions and now serves the Foundation of a fortune 250 global company, Principal Financial in Des Moines.

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Andrew Seligsohn


Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact

J.R. Jamison

Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact