“Open Minds, Kinder Hearts, Cooler Heads, Better World” with Tom Fishman artwork
The Change Maker

“Open Minds, Kinder Hearts, Cooler Heads, Better World” with Tom Fishman

  • S1
  • 38:35
  • September 5th 2022

Today on The Change Maker: Tom Fishman. Tom is the CEO of Starts With Us, a movement of people dedicated to creating understanding and healing the divides in the United States. He explains his background in the tech fields and the three C’s Starts With Us is built on: Curiosity, Compassion, and Courage.

You can learn more about Starts With Us at https://www.startswith.us/

To find more information on this show: https://www.augustapodcasts.com/thechangemaker 

The Change Maker

The Change Maker is hosted by Deke Copenhaver. When Deke took over as mayor of his hometown of Augusta, Georgia, the city’s politics were broken and riven along racial lines. No group trusted any other group, so nothing got done.

From 2005 through 2014 Deke was a catalyst in helping to transform Augusta, attracting businesses to spur economic development, implementing social programs that impacted the lives of Augustans on a daily basis. He focused effort on communities that had been neglected for years.

No serving as the Principal of Copenhaver Consulting, Deke remains committed to being a Change Maker while helping others realize their potential to impact their communities for the better. For his work, he’s been recognized on multiple occasions by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Deke currently authors a monthly column on leadership published by the Georgia Municipal Association. Deke earned a BA in Political Science from Augusta College and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.

A passionate athlete, Deke has completed five Ironman 70.3s and several half marathons. He and his wife, Malisa, reside in Augusta with their dogs Sarah Bet, Buddy, and Johnny.