Erika Mueller Chen speaks to Matt Stevenson-Dodd about the importance of purpose, measurement, and transparency in creating impact, and his experiences as CEO of Street League.

About Inspira

Launched in January 2023, the Inspira Podcast with Erika Mueller Chen is an interview-based podcast that provides career advice and stories from global change-makers in sport for development, social impact, and the diplomatic service. In 2023, 50 interviews with inspirational leaders working in sport for development and peace from over 35 different countries will be published. 

About the Episode Guest

Matt is Managing Director of Trust Impact, a data and impact consultancy that helps nonprofits and social impact organizations to measure and report impact from a more transparent, strategic and pragmatic viewpoint. He was previously CEO of Street League, the UK’s leading sport for employment charity where he launched an innovative online impact dashboard showing real time transparent impact data including all the young people Street League were not able to help. 

Matt is Chair of Football Beyond Borders, a charity using football to engage young people in secondary schools and help them stay in school to achieve better GCSE results. He is also a trustee of People's Postcode Lottery Children, Support and Care Trusts and in 2020 was made a Member of the Venerable Order of Saint John for his service as a trustee of St John Ambulance. 

In 2017 Matt was appointed to The Guardian Public Leaders editorial advisory board, was one of the top charity CEOs on social media (#SocialCEOs 2015/2016) and in 2014 was selected as one of the top 5 people to follow on Twitter on Social Isolation and Underemployment. Number 10 Downing Street chose Street League to be its first ever official volunteering partner in 2011. 

All of this is underpinned by a strong academic record which includes an MBA with Distinction from Nottingham University and a scholarship from Harvard Business School where Matt undertook their world-leading Strategic Perspectives In Non-Profit Management Course in 2012.

Listen to Episode 7: Matt Stevenson-Dodd (UK) - How can we be honest about the limitations of social impact?

Learn More

To learn more about the Inspira Podcast, read episode transcripts, and access “Erika’s Global Resource Hub” - a robust written resource created to support folks interested in sport for development and peace, please visit Erika’s LinkTree:

Erika Mueller Chen is an international development specialist with over a decade of experience leveraging the amazing power of sport to promote peace and positive social impact. She currently works in Sports Diplomacy and resides in Mexico.

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