Episode 76: About the people who shaped you, with Eric Toda

podcast May 27, 2021

Eric Toda has an impressive resume: He is currently the Global Head of Social Marketing at Facebook. He has been a leader at Nike, Snapchat, Gap, and Airbnb. Recently he penned a viral op-ed for Ad Week imploring advocacy for the Asian American community. And also very importantly, Eric was one of the boys who attended my Bat Mitzvah in 1998.

In this very special episode of the podcast - one that holds the award for being the episode I’ve cried through most - I speak with my childhood friend about how we can use technology to unite or divide us, how we can speak up against injustice, and how we can nurture ourselves by maintaining our connections with the people who have shaped who we are. 

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Show Notes:   


  • 0:00 -  Welcome Eric Toda to the podcast.
  • 4:25 - Eric tells us a little about himself and what his journey has been like leading up to today. 
  • 11:00 - What does it mean to connect to the world at large, but also what does it mean to have these deep, personal connections around us?  
  • 15:10 - Eric answers a million dollar question: what are the benefits of connecting with technology, and what are the dangers? 
  • 19:15 - Elissa and Eric talk about personal passions and what has brought Eric into the public sphere. The hardships and triumphs. The pains and passions. And about legacy. All compounding into Eric’s article for Ad Week and the impacts it had on his life.
  • 29:30 - Eric answers what does it mean to have a voice and speak your truth.
  • 30:50 - Eric talks about his Grandfather. 
  • 32:05 - Our Voice Body Connection process check-in. Elissa feels heat in her body and a tingly sensation. Eric feels chills that come with memories of his Grandfather.     
  • 38:30 - We can make a difference in ways that, in years past, we weren’t able to. Eric shares his experience going back to Elissa and his high school. 


Follow Eric @Toda on Social Media and at his website.

Read Eric’s article for Adweek here

Read about US Army Regiment 442 here

Watch Eric speak to WGN News and NBC Asian America.


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Production Credits:

Our Editor is Sean Brennan

Our Photographer and Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Videographer is Miguel Garzón Martínez

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather


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