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Episode 24: Justin Dillon


We all have those special friends who, when they tell us that we are going to love something, we trust them without question. That is how Justin Dillon came to be a guest on this podcast. A friend of mine knows that my heart and soul is with making the world a better place in any way possible, and that is what Justin’s first book, A Selfish Plan to Change the World: Finding Big Purpose in Big Problems, is all about.

Justin Dillon is an artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and abolitionist. He is the founder and CEO of Made In A Free World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending forced labor, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery through increased public awareness, action, and advocacy.

During the podcast, we covered a variety of topics around his theme of our purpose being to help other people. That is a powerful statement to make, but Justin is using his creativity and words to do exactly that with his life.

In 2011, Justin founded the nonprofit organization Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the US State Department, they launched the site to answer the question, “How Many Slaves Work for You?”

When was the last time six simple words pulled at you so hard as that question? I encourage you to go to the site to find out the answer.

Justin Dillon is living proof that words matter and that when you back them up with action, amazing things will happen.

His work has been covered by CNN, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Fox, NPR, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Fast Company, and others. Justin has spoken at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and many other venues.

We can’t wait to see how you use words to change the world after listening to the episode.