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Next Wave Leadership Podcast

The Next Wave Leadership podcast is hosted by Dov Pollack where Dov talks to leaders about how they’re creating great places to work and more importantly great places to grow.

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Wagner Denuzzo, Founder and CEO of Wagner Denuzzo Consulting, LLC, On: The Similarities Between an Organization and an Organism, the Value of Distributive Power in the Workplace, and the Future of HR
Wagner Denuzzo is the Founder and CEO of Wagner Denuzzo Consulting, LLC, a company that promotes a multidisciplinary approach to leadership growth by combining psychological insight with practical business foresight. He is a multifaceted professional renowned for his expertise in leadership coaching, HR strategy, and captivating keynote speeches. With a rich career history, including notable roles as Vice President of GBS Talent and Leadership Transformation at IBM and Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness at Prudential, Wagner brings a wealth of experience to the table. His latest venture as an author of Leading to Succeed: Essential Skills for the New Workplace explores the evolving dynamics of modern workplaces.  In this episode… Understanding the dynamic nature of organizations as living entities is crucial in today's workplace landscape. As organisms adapt to their environments, they must evolve to thrive amid change, competition, and technological advancements. How can we harness the principles of organizational biology to navigate and lead effectively within professional spaces? Coach and consultant Wagner Denuzzo recognizes the importance of nurturing an organization's vitality, which is akin to sustaining life itself. Adaptation and growth depend on collective energy from an organization's workforce, just as organisms need energy to thrive. This perspective underscores the significance of fostering an open ecosystem within organizations, where knowledge flows freely and decision-making authority is distributed among dynamic, globally dispersed teams. By embracing this inclusive mindset, we can collectively propel our organizations forward into a future of dynamic growth and success. In this episode of the Next Wave Leadership podcast, host Dov Pollack sits down with Wagner Denuzzo, Founder and CEO of Wagner Denuzzo Consulting, LLC, to talk about the evolution of organizational dynamics and leadership in the modern workplace. Wagner discusses the transformation of work and organizations, the value of distributive power in the workplace, and the future of HR.
31:38 25/03/2024
Lan Phan, Founder and Chief Community Builder of community of SEVEN, On: How To Live an Authentic Life, the Value of Mistakes, and Why She Created community of SEVEN
Lan Phan is the Founder and Chief Community Builder of community of SEVEN, an intersectional, purpose-driven executive leadership development program. She is also releasing her guide, Do This Daily, next month. Renowned for her expertise in purpose, mindset, and continuous improvement, she consults for Fortune 500 companies and advises top executives. As a keynote speaker, she captivates global audiences at prestigious venues such as the United Nations and Stanford University. Lan’s been featured in esteemed publications, including Harvard Business Review and Forbes. As a Stanford and Harvard graduate, Lan has received the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for her impactful leadership and community service. In this episode… Understanding, acknowledging, and accepting imperfections is essential for personal growth and emotional well-being. Embracing our shortcomings allows us to cultivate self-compassion and empathy, fostering deeper connections with ourselves and others. What might our lives look like if we treated imperfections as a beautiful aspect of our humanity rather than a flaw? As a leadership and mindset expert, Lan Phan stresses the importance of aligning personal values with corporate culture. She emphasizes why prioritizing values over short-term gains when tailoring your life or business to match your values is essential. In her up-and-coming book, Do This Daily: Secrets to Finding Success, Happiness, and Purpose at Work and Life,Lan introduces the four secrets for living your best life. She explains you must commit to action-oriented behavior to live the life you envision. However, getting there requires adopting a growth mindset with consistent habits that lead you to a path of fulfillment and purpose to reach desired results.  In this episode of the Next Wave Leadership podcast, host Dov Pollack sits down with Lan Phan, Founder and Chief Community Builder of community of SEVEN, to talk about how to start living a life that reflects your values. Lan discusses why she started community of SEVEN, the value of the “wabi-sabi” ideology, and why leaders should be open about their mistakes and imperfections.
33:22 18/03/2024
Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, Chief Simplicity Officer at ADAPTAA, On: Smart Power Leadership, the Value of Co-Creation, and Navigating Complexity Through Collaboration
Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau is the Chief Simplicity Officer at ADAPTAA, a boutique leadership development company focused on improving emotional intelligence and driving high performance in the modern workplace. At ADAPTAA, she leads the groundbreaking leadership program Artemis and serves as an executive coach and facilitator for executives and teams. Over the last 25-plus years, Sylvia has amassed experience as a leadership development expert and senior professional coach in international and financial institutions, backed by a PhD in international and global studies. She is the former Managerial Advisor of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, where she advanced leaders for almost 18 years. In addition to authoring her upcoming book, Who’s in Charge?, she is self-employed as an Executive and Team Coach and helps people and organizations emerge and excel as impactful leaders.  In this episode… Understanding power dynamics is crucial in navigating complex social and business landscapes and ensuring equitable relationships. Moreover, embracing co-creation fosters collaboration and innovation by leveraging diverse perspectives and expertise. How might integrating these principles enhance decision-making and problem-solving in your personal and professional endeavors? Author and executive coach Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau discusses the concept of power and its implications for effective leadership, particularly in the context of her book Energy, Power and Legacy. She emphasizes the need to challenge traditional notions of power as hierarchical and instead advocates for shared power and co-creation. Sylvia’s "Smart Power" model delineates five levels of power: intentional, personal, relational, co-creative, and generative. To effectively navigate challenges and catalyze positive transformation, leaders must prioritize cultivating self-awareness, nurturing genuine connections, and embracing collaborative endeavors. In this episode of the Next Wave Leadership podcast, host Dov Pollack sits down with Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, the Chief Simplicity Officer at ADAPTAA, to discuss her new book, Energy, Power and Legacy. Sylvia talks about defining power, the value of co-creation, and understanding and leveraging executive presence.
31:14 11/03/2024
Amy Shoenthal, Founder of Visionaries Collective, LLC, On: Overcoming Setbacks, Toxic Positivity, and Recognizing the Setback Cycle
Amy Shoenthal is the Founder of Visionaries Collective, LLC, where she elevates and amplifies the stories of successful founders. She is a journalist, author, and marketing consultant with nearly two decades of experience in social media marketing. She's interviewed hundreds of leaders from politicians, peloton instructors, and fashion icons to founders just starting their journeys. Amy has worked with some of the world's largest brands, including Procter & Gamble and Google, providing strategic marketing and helping them to shape their brand narratives. Her new book, The Setback Cycle, is about how nobody reaches the heights of success without experiencing setbacks and how to overcome them. Additionally, she is a top contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review. In this episode… Setbacks are an inevitable part of life, testing our resilience and determination. Whether it's a career setback, personal challenge, or unexpected obstacle, overcoming adversity often leads to personal growth and development. How do we harness the power of setbacks to propel us forward instead of holding us back? Amy Shoenthal, author and marketing consultant, believes that setbacks contain lessons that can help us grow. She emphasizes that embracing failure not only fosters resilience but also cultivates a growth mindset essential for personal and professional development. So viewing setbacks as opportunities for learning helps people refine their strategies, adapt to challenges, and ultimately achieve greater success. To overcome setbacks, Amy advocates for a proactive approach, encouraging people to analyze the root causes of their failures, extract valuable insights, and use them as stepping stones toward future accomplishments. In this episode of the Next Wave Leadership podcast, host Dov Pollack sits down with Amy Shoenthal, Founder of Visionaries Collective, LLC, to talk about how to overcome setbacks. Amy discusses understanding your identity versus your behavior, acknowledging the setback cycle, and the implications of toxic positivity.
32:23 04/03/2024
Katie Lacey, Founding Member of The Band of Sisters, On: The Importance of a First Boss, Choosing People Over To-Do Lists, and What Executive Presence Means
Katie Lacey is a board member for Designer Protein and a founding member of The Band of Sisters, a consulting firm helping leaders leverage diversity to build inclusive and productive cultures. With expertise in brand strategy and consumer insights, she is a professional with more than 28 years of experience driving the growth of various companies and managing large-scale company turnarounds.  As the former President and CEO of Crane Stationery, she led a management buyout, returned the business to profitability, accelerated e-commerce investment, and acquired Crane's largest competitor, which led to its acquisition by an industry competitor. Before Crane, Katie was the Senior VP at ESPN and held various executive marketing roles at PepsiCo for 13 years. In this episode… Effective business leadership comes in various forms and requires diverse skills and approaches. Leaders who have worked in different companies and industries bring unique insights, particularly those with experience with global brands. Their ability to manage multiple stakeholders, navigate cultural differences, and respond to changing market conditions is essential in today's business environment, where agility and responsiveness are critical to success. Katie Lacey has had an illustrious and diverse career and has amassed a wealth of experience she's refined over the years. Her multifarious background has given her a unique perspective on leadership. Throughout her career, Katie has held leadership roles across various industries, including beauty, fashion, and retail. Her extensive experience has allowed her to develop a versatile and effective leadership approach. Through her work with The Band of Sisters, Katie shares her insights and mentors other women, helping to empower them in their careers. At this career stage, she is dedicated to giving back and sharing her knowledge with others to help them adapt their leadership styles. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack talks with Katie Lacey, a board member for Designer Protein and a founding member of The Band of Sisters, to talk about leadership and lessons from her career. They discuss the importance of a first boss, assessing employee reviews, combatting lazy language, and bringing your whole self to work. They also touch on her experience at male-dominated companies and her current work with The Band of Sisters.
33:47 27/11/2023
Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis, the Co-Founder of Bosa, On: Tackling Burnout on a Systematic Level, Building Company Culture That Lasts, and Living Inside and Outside of Boxes
Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis is the Co-founder of Bosa, a community-driven platform designed to help individuals achieve their goals and aspirations by providing a comprehensive and effective goal management system. Before Bosa, she was instrumental in establishing and managing accelerators for GRID110 and Backstage Capital, in addition to her service in local government. Anastasia possesses an unwavering passion for cultivating authentic relationships and empowering others to attain financial independence through entrepreneurship. Additionally, she is an amateur real estate investor and angel investor in start-ups. In this episode… Embarking upon a startup venture can be an intimidating undertaking. Even the most resolute leaders will likely face a fair share of challenges, such as extended waiting periods and unanticipated obstacles. While acquiring capital is the foremost obstacle, creating a robust and long-lasting enterprise is an even greater challenge that demands a superior level of diligence. Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis is a successful entrepreneur who co-founded and developed her business, Bosa, with great dedication. She has been associated with Backstage Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in underrepresented founders' businesses. This affiliation not only provided her with a structured framework and access to funding but also imparted invaluable lessons that influenced her company's growth. As a result of her entrepreneurial journey, she established an organization to assist others in overcoming similar challenges in starting their own businesses. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviews Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis, the Co-founder of Bosa, on her startup journey and business growth. They touch on her personal story, the steps she took to get Bosa off the ground, and the lessons she took from Google and Background Capital. The two also discuss culture and marginalized groups in the business world.
34:33 20/11/2023
Dave McKeown, Keynote Speaker and Author, On: The Danger of Distortion as a Leader, Balancing the Data and the Debate, and Why Success Is a Group Project
Dave McKeown is a speaker, consultant, and author. As a highly esteemed leadership expert, he helps teams navigate the challenges of rapid growth. He has worked with leaders at companies including Apple, Google, FedEx, Salesforce, and the NYSE. Dave is the author of The Self-Evolved Leader, hosts the popular Lead Like You Give a Damn Podcast, and writes a weekly column for Inc.  In this episode… Many companies experience a hyper-growth stage while you face the disarray of leading a rapidly growing team. Do you wonder if your leadership style is effective or if there’s a better approach you can use to unlock your team’s true potential? Leadership expert Dave McKeown is well-versed on the challenges of overcoming the chaos of fast growth. He explains the concept of adopting a heroic leadership style and how this approach can hinder progress. Leaders should be careful not to create a culture of dependency instead of fostering true leadership and growth. Instead, he suggests that leaders should focus on building strong teams and empowering them to take ownership of their work while providing guidance and support as needed. By doing so, leaders can create a more collaborative and productive workplace culture that benefits everyone involved. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack talks to Dave McKeown, speaker, consultant, author, and leadership expert, who explains heroic leadership and his insights on how to build stronger teams. Dave breaks down what leaders should focus on to foster growth, how to empower employees, and ways to create a culture of trust and collaboration. He also talks about his book and perspective on coaching.
28:12 13/11/2023
Gabe Orta, the Co-Founder of BarLab, On: Lessons From Venice, Respecting the Shift, and the Secret Sauce of Collaboration
Gabriel Orta is a renowned mixologist and the Co-founder of BarLab, a one-stop-shop consulting agency and internationally recognized hospitality management company developing unique and eclectic food and beverage programs for bars, restaurants, and hotels worldwide.  Gabe and his business partner, Elad Zvi, launched their first pop-up bar, Broken Shaker, in Miami in 2012, which scaled to major US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Fueled by its success, they co-founded many other restaurant concepts. The duo is known for their exceptional concepts and have amassed numerous accolades along the way. In this episode… Few industries need immediate and firm leadership, like the restaurant business. Every location is an organization within itself with urgent deadlines, tight working spaces, high expectations, and countless other moving parts. On a macro level, these locations need direction and support to thrive. Gabe Orta understands the complications of managing the micro and macro levels of the business. Getting his start at 15, he is a veteran of the restaurant business. He’s started, run, and developed numerous restaurants and restaurant concepts. With years of experience under his belt, Gabe understands the challenges that accompany developing a business, creating a positive company culture, and managing day-to-day issues while ensuring long-term success. Gabe’s experiences have propelled his success in the restaurant space.  In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviews Gabe Orta, the Co-founder of BarLab, to talk about leadership and insights from his life in the restaurant industry. They walk through Gabe’s background, how he works around egos, his time in Venice, and how he fosters company culture. They also touch on the books and advice that impacted and shaped him the most.
40:39 06/11/2023
Marcus Bullock, the CEO of Flikshop, On: Life as a Young Man in Prison, the Power of Opportunities, and Not Being a Unicorn
Marcus Bullock is the CEO of Flikshop, an innovative mobile app that allows easier communication between families and incarcerated loved ones. To help build reentry ecosystems through entrepreneurship, coding, and mobile app development, he created the Flikshop School of Business. Marcus’ background extends to sales, contracting, teaching, and sitting on the Board of Directors for the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing policies and solutions within the criminal justice system. In 2019, he was honored as one of the Root 100 Most Influential African Americans. In this episode… The hard reality of both life and entrepreneurship can be circumstances. Much of what defines our success comes from factors outside of our control. However, bad decisions and poor judgment can exacerbate the situation. In the face of adversity, how can you create opportunities that impact the lives of others? Despite unfavorable odds and big mistakes, Marcus Bullock turned his life around. Now a successful tech entrepreneur and activist, he positively influences other people's lives. His story is the cornerstone of his brand and drives him to help others through difficult times by sharing his hard-won lessons and guiding others through their trials and tribulations. After living through the results of the bad decisions he made at an early age, Marcus was inspired to develop an app that helps families connect with their incarcerated loved ones. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Marcus Bullock, the CEO of Flikshop, to discuss his story and his journey to entrepreneurship. They go through his circumstances, what helped him through, and the inspiration that led to his business. He also discusses his business school and how he helps other budding entrepreneurs.
41:59 30/10/2023
Raj Sisodia, the Co-Founder and Former Chairman of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., On: The Unethical Realities of Businesses, the Meaning of Casual Cruelty, and Breaking the Cycle of Victimhood
Raj Sisodia is the Co-founder and former Chairman of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., an organization set on elevating humanity through ethical business practices. He is a Professor and Chairman of the Conscious Enterprise Center at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Raj has consulted for and taught executive programs at many companies, such as AT&T, Nokia, LG, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, and McDonalds. A prolific best-selling writer, he has written 16 books, including The Healing Organization, Conscious Capitalism, and Firms of Endearment, and has also written over 100 academic articles. In this episode… Everyone has experienced pain, no matter how severe or mild, and it often originates at an early age and plays a role in shaping us. The expression “hurt people hurt people” stems from the theory that we unwittingly pass on the difficulties and pain we’ve undergone. However, this doesn't absolve us from who we become or how we go through life. For leaders, these personal struggles have more relevance to their careers than many would acknowledge. Thriving, respected leaders should be able to work through their issues for the sake of their families, businesses, and themselves. It is a complex process, so it helps to look toward people who have already started the healing process. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Raj Sisodia, the Co-founder and former Chairman of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., on growing through the struggles of life. They discuss Raj’s family dynamic, his realization in life, and his purpose going forward into the future. They also discuss how to be a stronger leader and reevaluate the ethical concerns of the business world.
47:32 23/10/2023
[Encore] Angelique Bellmer Krembs, Co-Founder of The Band of Sisters, On: The Likeability Trap, the Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Being a Chief Magic Officer
Angelique Bellmer Krembs is a marketing expert, the CMO in Residence at A.Team, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She spent 23 years at PepsiCo, leading turnaround and growth for many beloved brands, including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and SoBe. She was also the CMO at News America Marketing, created a CMO Advisory practice, and was the Managing Director and Global Head of Brand at BlackRock. In this episode… In a previous episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviewed some of the co-founders of The Band of Sisters to discuss women in the current business world. Now, founding member Angelique Bellmer Krembs returns to discuss her own career trajectory. Having worked with PepsiCo for over 20 years, Angelique uncovered her leadership style as her responsibility grew. Her experience has carried over to her current positions — developing healthy work cultures and leading by example. So what knowledge and insights does she have to share? In this rereleased episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack once again talks with Angelique Bellmer Krembs, a Co-founder of The Band of Sisters, to discuss her leadership style. They go through her career and life lessons, how to lead high-output teams, and ways to create a great work culture. They also talk about her work with the Beyonce halftime show and other takeaways from her time with PepsiCo.
36:19 16/10/2023
Mike Moshier, a Partner at Cresco Partners, Inc., On: How Leadership Resembles a Soccer Match, Switching Gears Over Burning Out, and How To Lead Skilled Professionals
Mike Moshier is a Partner at Cresco Partners, Inc., with 22 years of business experience. He honed his expertise in sales, marketing, talent management, and leadership development through senior executive positions at Novartis Consumer Health. Mike began coaching senior executives in 2000 and has since earned his credentials as a professional executive coach. He operates globally, working and traveling around the world, and now calls Switzerland his home. In this episode… We often see our careers as linear construction, building upwards one block at a time. The truth is it more closely resembles a sport, each match requiring adaptation and flexibility. This approach places the emphasis not on perfectionism but on improvement, becoming a better leader throughout the ongoing process. Mike Moshier coaches business professionals through the ups and downs of a long career. His expertise and broad knowledge base enable him to help other leaders continuously grow and handle the changes thrown their way. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack invites Mike Moshier, a Partner at Cresco Partners, Inc., onto the show to discuss key leadership principles. They discuss Mike’s time in Switzerland, his best advice for growing leaders, and seeing the humanity in the people you lead. They also touch on how to avoid burnout and learn how to switch gears properly.
31:14 09/10/2023
Eric Wong, Director of Global Leader Development at Adobe, On: Paying Attention To Power Dynamics, How Technology Can Solve Human Problems, and What It Truly Means To Have Executive Presence
Eric Wong is the Director of Global Leader Development at Adobe after serving as the Senior Leader Development Director for the company. As the Co-founder of Exember, he grew it into a thriving seven-figure firm before exiting. Eric had an immense passion for psychology, culture, teams, and mindsets, so he focused his roles around people and business strategy, leading him through positions of increasing seniority, entrepreneurship, and impact. Before Adobe, he worked as the Director of BTS and as the Chief Commercial Officer for Impro.AI. In this episode… Business coaching and leadership development are often necessary, but results are difficult to pinpoint. Finding quantitative impact can be challenging, leading to the misconception that these opportunities may lack value. Are these options a sound choice for you or your business? These tools are worth their weight in gold to help leaders and businesses gain much-needed clarity and guidance in an evolving business world. With a passion for entrepreneurship, consulting, and leadership development, Eric Wong has the experience and the tools of the trade when it comes to helping others in their professional and personal pursuits. He knows that, although profitability is the primary goal, connecting to the human element in your business is essential since that's what drives the brand's ultimate success. Eric suggests finding professional guidance to help you develop the skills and get the support you need to pursue your predominant professional and personal goals. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack speaks with Eric Wong, the Director of Global Leader Development at Adobe, about coaching and assisting leaders. They break down Eric’s background and the lessons he had to learn along the way. They also go through the trap of focusing solely on ROI, why asking more rather than speaking is a valuable leadership practice, and how to apply modern technology applications.
37:45 02/10/2023
Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta, On: Sponsorship Over Mentorship, Why Seeing Color is Crucial, and the Effect of Diversity Washing
With 15 years as a storyteller, Mita Mallick now puts her talents to use as the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta. The company specializes in capitalization table management and valuation software that serves thousands of founders, investors, and employees. Mita has worked with the likes of Aveeno, Avon, Suave, and Dove to ensure POC representation in products and campaigns. Along with her positions, she continues to contribute as a writer to Adweek and Entrepreneur Media. In this episode… Diversity has become a complicated and burdened topic in the modern age. Even for leaders committed to greater diversity, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, the work is well worth it and can tangibly lead to stronger businesses and organizations. Mita Mallick has dedicated her career to helping businesses diversify and understand the value of the process. She has encountered a host of myths and misleading narratives, both professionally and personally. Her work now extends to clarifying these issues and leading other leaders to a better tomorrow. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack has a powerful discussion with Mita Mallick — the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact of Carta — on the truths and myths of diversity. They go through her personal story, why she wrote her book, and she offers her greatest insights for modern businesses. They also talk about the collective positives of diversity for corporate and social improvement.
34:13 25/09/2023
Scott Simmons, the CEO of Ariel Group, On: Why People Matter More Than Process, the Value of Experiential Learning, and What It Means To Grow Up in a Spacesuit
Scott Simmons is the CEO of Ariel Group, an organization offering leadership training, relationship-building skills, and business consultation. He has experience leading teams of subject matter experts, analysts, and consultants. Scott has worked extensively with Fortune 500 clients, including a 13-year term as a Partner at The Gallup Organization. He believes in experiential learning and specializes in helping executives solve complex problems. In this episode… There seems to be a limitless quantity of software and processes to help businesses improve. Data, science, and metrics are all powerful tools, but they tell an incomplete story. Many companies focus on this form of success and still suffer long-term issues or plateaus. Focusing on the human element as a leader can be both personally and professionally rewarding. Yet, how do you implement such a broad concept? Scott Simmons, a consultant who specializes in this area, focuses on soft skills and experiential learning to help leaders connect to others. While some lessons are generally applicable, concrete advice can still be applied to those looking to grow. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Scott Simmons, the CEO of Ariel Group, to discuss human-centric consulting and improving as a leader. They touch on lessons from Scott’s own life, including his time in healthcare and Montreal. They also break down AI, how consulting has changed over the years, and how to apply essential soft skills.
32:14 18/09/2023
Lori Mazan, the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer, On: Helping Teenagers as a Therapist, the Masculine Ideal of Leadership, and Why Failure Is Not Always a Bad Thing
Lori Mazan is the Co-founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer at Sounding Board, a tech-driven and human-centric leadership development firm. She spent two decades coaching CEOs and executives at both Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed companies. Some of those include Chevron Corporation, Sprint/Nextel, UC Berkeley, and Citibank. Lori’s background also includes leadership training and financial operations.  In this episode… Executive coaching is a valuable tool for many leaders. Bringing on an experienced coach can give outside knowledge and a fresh perspective. However, many professionals fail to live up to their promises. This leads many to be skeptical of the entire profession rather than finding the right person for your team. Lori Mazan has coached many executives and worked closely with household brands. Her depth of knowledge comes from her own career, working alongside other successful executives, and finding what is best for developing leaders. Her story and expertise now serve to assist others in their journey. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack speaks with Lori Mazan, the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer at Sounding Board, to discuss coaching and businesses. They break down some inefficient leadership theories, what Lori has found to work, and how she helps her clients. They also touch on the differences between startups and large businesses and coaching women in a male-dominated industry.
57:20 11/09/2023
Angelique Bellmer Krembs, Co-Founder of The Band of Sisters, On: The Likeability Trap, the Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Being a Chief Magic Officer
Angelique Bellmer Krembs is a marketing expert, the CMO in Residence at A.Team, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She spent 23 years at PepsiCo, leading turnaround and growth for many beloved brands, including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and SoBe. She was also the CMO at News America Marketing, created a CMO Advisory practice, and was the Managing Director and Global Head of Brand at BlackRock. In this episode… In a previous episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviewed some of the co-founders of The Band of Sisters to discuss women in the current business world. Now, founding member Angelique Bellmer Krembs returns to discuss her own career trajectory. Having worked with PepsiCo for over 20 years, Angelique uncovered her leadership style as her responsibility grew. Her experience has carried over to her current positions — developing healthy work cultures and leading by example. So what knowledge and insights does she have to share? In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack once again talks with Angelique Bellmer Krembs, a Co-founder of The Band of Sisters, to discuss her leadership style. They go through her career and life lessons, how to lead high-output teams, and ways to create a great work culture. They also talk about her work with the Beyonce halftime show and other takeaways from her time with PepsiCo.
37:37 04/09/2023
Cie Nicholson, Co-Founder of The Band of Sisters, On: Maintaining Inclusivity in the Corporate Space, Defining a Quality Life, and Mirroring Your Staff and Customers
Cie Nicholson is a speaker, investor and advisor to several start-up companies, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She serves as the Public Board Director for Selective Insurance, as an Advisor for Yext, as the Senior Advisor for PLANT-AG and Tangelo, and she’s on the Board of Advisors for Lavit. Her career also includes 11 years at PepsiCo, serving as the EVP and CMO of Equinox and Softcard. In this episode… Many leaders are conditioned to have a narrow view of success. The image of a visionary entrepreneur or a radical new CEO is alluring but doesn’t provide a complete picture. Many successful leaders find flexible, nuanced versions of their lives and give back to their communities. So how do you find that delicate balance? Cie Nicholson has a storied career that includes a blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experiences and a proven track record of building brands and businesses. She has recently taken a new direction in her career, finding time for both professional ventures and her personal life. Now she offers her experience to others looking to do the same. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack joins Cie Nicholson, Co-founder of The Band of Sisters, again to talk about redefining a successful career and her work with other professionals. They start with Cie’s upbringing, the lessons she took from her leadership positions, and her “soft” retirement. They dive deep into the role of minority groups in the corporate space and how to provide a better platform for women in business.
37:39 26/06/2023
Christine Tao, the CEO and Co-Founder of Sounding Board, On: Overcoming Career Disappointments, Devoting Yourself Fully to Your Goals, and Watering Your Own Garden
Christine Tao is the Co-founder and CEO of Sounding Board, a Silicon Valley startup that uses tech-enabled leadership coaching to transform how organizations develop their leaders. Christine has worked in leadership roles for multiple esteemed companies, including Senior Vice President of Global Developer Relations at Tapjoy and as a member of the Governing Board of Directors for HR West and Next Concept HR Association (NCHRA). Currently, Christine is an angel investor and advises startups. She’s also a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, a foundation dedicated to investing in the success of female entrepreneurs. In this episode… Success can be a nebulous concept. Many societal standards exist for living a successful life or running an accomplished business, but none are definitive. Leaders are told to pursue excellence, but what does that look like in practice? How do you define success for yourself and your company? Christine Tao has faced both disappointment and success throughout her career, including starting her own business. These questions were present realities, and she was able to find an answer that suited her. Here is what she has to say to others pondering what prosperity means in their own lives. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack once again speaks with Christine Tao, the Co-founder and CEO of Sounding Board, about her life and how she defined her own success. They walk through her background, her experiences with disappointment, and how she ultimately founded her business. They also touch on her thoughts on entrepreneurship and working in the corporate world.
36:56 19/06/2023
Julie Fletcher, Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, On: Making Hard Decisions for Culture, the Value of Transparency in Candidates, and Thinking Before Leading
Julie Fletcher is the Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, a home care company for seniors with dedicated support for clients and their families. Julie’s specialties include executive leadership, talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, and healthcare HR. She has a rich human resources and talent management career, including over 10 years as the Chief Talent Officer for AMN Healthcare. Her first position was at the Disneyland Resort, leading its HR and working on client business strategy. In this episode… Human resources is one of the most neglected aspects of running a great company. The human element can turn a functional business into a thriving operation. HR has the ability not only to regulate and help employees but also to work with potential talent from the beginning. So what does this department look like at its best? An experienced HR executive, Julie Fletcher has worked for multiple leading businesses, specializing in both talent management and HR. Companies must have great leaders at the top who are transparent and offer opportunities to employees to leverage and develop their strengths. Your talent will thrive and support company growth when they’re allowed to progress in their roles and are vested in the values and culture of the company. Julie stresses the importance of HR and why it should be at the center of everything in a business. Her depth of experience has led to a wealth of knowledge, and now she offers her insights to you. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Julie Fletcher, the Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, to talk about HR and how leadership can shine through it. They discuss her career trajectory, working for Susan Salka at AMN Healthcare, and what she learned from her positions. The two also go into detail on how to establish culture, outgrowing the need for constant affirmation, and advice for new CHROs.
30:31 12/06/2023
Lori Tauber Marcus, Executive Coach at Crenshaw Associates, On: The Generational Value of Education, Being Present in the Moment, and Helping People Find Their “Aha” Moment
Lori Tauber Marcus is a corporate board director, executive coach, founding member of The Band of Sisters, and an Executive Coach and Advisor for Crenshaw Associates, which provides world-class talent services for senior executives and leading corporations.  After 24 years in multiple roles at PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation, she served as SVP of The Children’s Place Retail Stores and Chief Global Brand and Product Officer at Keurig Green Mountain. Lori also has significant board experience and presently sits on the board of directors for Fresh Del Monte Produce and 24 Hour Fitness. Lori is also one of the authors of You Should Smile More, a book that tackles gender bias in the corporate space. In this episode… Much can be learned from hearing a leader’s whole story — every influence, moment, and mentor work to shape each person’s career. For successful and inspiring leaders, their hardwon lessons are invaluable for the next generation. Lori Marcus spent her career serving major brands before turning her focus to executive coaching. She works directly with leaders, co-founded The Band of Sisters to help women in the corporate space, and sits on several leading companies' boards. Lori’s upbringing, background, and early career taught her many lessons and shaped her future. So what can you learn from her story? In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack invites Lori Tauber Marcus, Executive Coach and Advisor with Crenshaw Associates, back onto the podcast to speak about her own leadership lessons and personal journey. They go through her education, upbringing, and living in the time before social media. They also talk about how leaders perceive you and Lori’s coaching style.
44:00 05/06/2023
Erin Hatzikostas, Founder & CEO of b Authentic inc, On: Authenticity as a Strategy, Choosing To Play a Different Game, and Making the Compromise Calculation
Erin Hatzikostas is the Founder and CEO of b Authentic inc, where she teaches people and companies how to use authenticity as a strategic advantage. Previously, she was CEO and President of PayFlex, leading a massive financial and cultural turnaround. She worked with Aetna for nearly two decades, honing her leadership and helping others find their own leading voices. In addition to b Authentic inc, Erin is a board member for Orbit and is the co-host of b Cause Work Doesn't Have to Suck, a podcast especially designed for Gen X women who are fed up with corporate life. In this episode… Each successful leader in the business space has a story to tell and hard-won wisdom to share. The common theme among many of the greatest stories is authenticity. These noteworthy figures have found their personal version of passion, authority, and helpfulness that got them to where they are today.  Erin Hatzikostas had two distinct stages in her career that formed her authentic leadership style. She not only turned around and led a company back on track to success, but now she coaches and leads others to do the same. This is her story about the power of authenticity. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Erin Hatzikostas, the Founder and CEO of b Authentic inc, to discuss her life and career and the lessons earned throughout. They talk about her time at Aetna, how she led the company toward a cultural and financial rebound, and how she found her authentic self. They also touch on what she is doing now through b Authentic inc.
38:15 29/05/2023
Ann Latham, Author of The Power of Clarity, On: The M&M Theory, Learning To Eliminate Difficult Conversations, and Finding Solutions for Holding People Accountable
Ann Latham is a writer, consultant, and the President of Uncommon Clarity, Inc. Known as the Queen of Clarity, her consultancy works with companies and organizations to streamline and accelerate their processes. Some notable clients she’s worked with include Boeing, PBS, and United Way.  Ann synthesized many of her ideas into her books, The Power of Clarity, The Clarity Papers, and her new book, The Disconnect Principle. She is a frequent guest speaker and has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, The New York Times, and Forbes. In this episode… Leaders have the responsibility of problem-solving and communicating feedback. The dynamic is tricky, finding a balance between results and empathy, and even experienced leaders can struggle with the proper way to have difficult discussions. However, there is an approach that avoids needless conflict, and few people know this better than Ann Latham. With a career focused on solving common communication problems in organizational leadership, Ann has helped many with this exact issue. Her book, The Power of Clarity, answered the question of direct and honest conversation. Now she comes on to further those ideas and gives her feedback on feedback. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack welcomes back Ann Latham, the author of The Disconnect Principle, to talk about how to have fruitful communication and fix problems in a better way. They talk about avoiding unnecessary conflict, treating employees as partners, and removing blame from the equation. The two also break down how these concepts relate to her last book and some of the common pitfalls of feedback from leaders.
30:07 22/05/2023
Rebekah Bastian, Founder and CEO of Owntrail, On: Opportunities by Walking Through the Wrong Door, Intentionally Building Culture, and Why There Is No One Right Path
Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, author, tech executive, and mentor. She is the Founder and CEO of OwnTrail, a tech platform that uses experience graphs of people's lives with the tools and community they need to reach their goals. Rebekah spent 15 years at Zillow, with roles including VP of Product and VP of Community & Culture. She wrote Blaze Your Own Trail and frequently speaks on the same topics of finding your own path, both personally and professionally. In this episode… Life is virtually never a straight line but comes with twists, turns, and setbacks. Despite many leaders' intentions, they will undoubtedly face problems and missteps along the way, but is preventing mistakes the key to success? Making a mistake or confronting a problem isn't always the worst thing that can happen. The important thing is to recognize that those issues can be a catalyst for change, growth, and opportunity. Rebekah Bastian had her ups and downs and navigated her way through them. Once she learned the power of understanding and embraced a complicated path, she realized she could help others, and she took her knowledge and turned it into a business.  In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviews Rebekah Bastian, the Founder and CEO of OwnTrail, about her winding career and how she helps guide others. They discuss culture management, making the most of opportunities, learning from mistakes, and capitalizing on epiphanies. They also give advice on better living on a personal level.
34:23 15/05/2023
Laura Fravel, a Communications Coach and Keynote Speaker, On: What It Means To Live a Good Life, Making Your Story Effective, and How To See Your Life as a River
Laura Fravel is a keynote speaker, communications coach, and storytelling expert. She spent over 16 years as a story producer at National Geographic, having developed and produced over 100 stories. Across her career, she worked with executives from Adidas, helped train the Warner Bros. Discovery global leadership team, and regularly spoke for Forbes Business Council. Laura works with leaders to hone their stories, learn how to articulate them and make them more impactful, whether speaking to those inside or outside your company. In this episode… What does it mean to tell your story? What does that look like within the world of business? Leaders are often called to either tell their story or their company’s story. This abstract idea has real effects, shaping how others view you and leaving them with valuable insight. It is a learned skill to communicate effectively and, through that practice, become a better leader. Now you can learn directly from a gifted storyteller and thought leader. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack is joined by Laura Fravel to discuss how to be a better leader and how to tell your story. They start with Laura’s career in television and how she found her new line of work. The two also discuss vulnerability, finding your voice, living a good life, and much more.
29:11 01/05/2023
Rory Sutherland, the Vice Chairman at Ogilvy, On: Creative Solutions Over Logical Fixes, Avoiding Artificial Optimization, and the Calculus of Risk Management
Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and co-founded a behavioral science practice within the agency. Ogilvy is a British advertising and consulting agency that has worked with industry titans, including Dove, Samsung, BP, and IBM.  Before founding Ogilvy Change, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He is the author of two books: The Wiki Man and the best-selling Alchemy, The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don't Make Sense. In this episode… Every leader is burdened with decision-making and problem-solving; they are the foundation of all organizational progress. However, it's the process of arriving at those decisions that matter. Much of modern culture is centered on immediate solutions, singular fixes, and tangible numbers. These are incomplete approaches that leave a great deal of potential on the table. Rory Sutherland has built his storied career around the powerful and creative solutions that are overlooked. He works in behavioral sciences and helps clients with their unseen opportunities. This is an incredible opportunity, but one that’s difficult to grasp at first. Rory shares insights into his process. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Rory Sutherland, the Vice Chairman at Ogilvy, to discuss creative solutions and finding the actual issues. They talk about how companies miss the bigger picture, creative reversals, and coming up with better fixes. The two also touch on AI and how times have changed.
61:26 24/04/2023
Benji Baer, the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, On: The Importance of Grit, Taking People Along With You, and Using Intuition to Build the Right Team
Benji Baer is the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, a global leader in commercial real estate services. She is a senior executive with extensive experience in brand strategy, strategic marketing, and business planning. Benji’s previous positions have spanned  J.P. Morgan, Legg Mason, and AllianceBernstein. Over her long career, she has become a globally-recognized marketing innovator focused on driving transformation in complex business environments. In this episode… Some people appear to be natural-born leaders, and others struggle in leadership positions. What characteristics, values, and attitudes make for an influential leader? Benji Baer’s upbringing and the core values she was taught led her to where she is today. With over three decades of experience in senior-level and executive positions, she’s established herself as a transformative, innovative leader in the business world. Her focus as the Chief Marketing Officer has allowed Benji to use her unique leadership abilities to stimulate a growth strategy for CBRE in three central areas: company profile, profit, and pride. Using her experiences in large, complex business environments, she brings teams together and breaks down traditional silos to cultivate new business growth opportunities. As a marketing pioneer, there are many takeaways and lessons we can learn through Benji’s career trajectory. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack talks with Benji Baer, the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, to discuss leadership and how she views life. They break down her upbringing and some of the essential lessons she learned. They also talk about empathy, building the right team, how to foster a culture of trust, and what the future holds for Benji’s career.
27:58 17/04/2023
[Best of Next Wave Leadership] Kristin Engvig: On Ushering in an Era of Authentic Leadership Where Feminine Values Are Embodied and Our Global Interconnectedness Is Prized
Kristin Engvig is the Founder and CEO of WIN (Women’s International Networking), a global leadership initiative for women and men who want to lead authentically by embracing feminine values. She is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and worldwide authority on feminine leadership. Kristin is also a Board Member at Global Citizen Forum Network, a Board Member at UNISMO, and an Advisory Board Member at B-Corp Europe.  Kristin was awarded the CEO of Life award in March 2021, was named in DiversityGlobal Magazine’s Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity, and won the International Alliance of Women Award. In this episode… Do you want to become a more holistic entrepreneur, employee, or executive? Are you looking for ways to embrace both masculine and feminine energy in your career?  While traveling the globe for her job, Kristin Engvig noticed something: women are undervalued and underutilized in business. As a result of growing up and living in a society that embraced female empowerment, Kristin felt frustrated with the degradation of women she saw both inside and outside the office. This prompted Kristin to create WIN, a feminine-forward initiative that is taking the world by storm by helping men and women everywhere embrace feminine values and discover their purpose in life and business. So, how can you learn more about WIN today? In this revisited episode of Next Wave Leadership, Kristin Engvig, the Founder and CEO of WIN (Women’s International Networking), sits down with Dov Pollack to talk about the power of feminine leadership. Listen in as Kristin discusses what motivated her to start WIN, how the seven pillars of WIN’s values propel more holistic leadership, and the value of prioritizing creative output as a thriving professional. Stay tuned!
39:25 03/04/2023
Best of Next Wave Leadership - Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, Former Senior Expert of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, On: The Presence and Stillness of Leadership, Managin
Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau is the former Managerial Advisor of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, where she advanced leaders for almost 18 years. Sylvia also served as a Senior Consultant for Ramboll Management and a Program Manager for the European Commission. Over the last 25 years, Sylvia has amassed experience as a leadership development expert and senior professional coaching in international and financial institutions backed by a PhD in international and global studies. Today, she uses her skills at ADAPTAA as a Chief Simplicity Officer and is self-employed as an Executive and Team Coach, where she helps people and organizations emerge and excel as impactful leaders.   In this episode… It can be all too easy for leaders to get tunnel vision inside their companies. With constant pressure and demands, their focus zeros in on the numbers, leaving room for little else. A lot can get lost in the mix, from mental health to employee satisfaction to the long-term performance of the business.  According to Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, a successful coach and leadership expert, improving as a leader comes from self-awareness and a priority for stress management. Sylvia has worked for the European Investment Bank and the European Commission, accumulating over 25 years of leadership development experience. She has witnessed the lasting effects of burnout, stress, and ineffective communication, and she made it her mission to guide passionate leaders to increase their impact with joy and ease. Dov Pollack invites Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, the former Managerial Advisor of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, on the podcast to learn about her unique approach to leadership coaching. She explains her techniques for centering yourself and improving communication. She also dives into her philosophy on embodying your emotions and how that translates into performance. 
43:13 27/03/2023
Best of Next Wave Leadership - Graham Barkus, the Managing Director of The Human Factor, On: The Relationship Between Stress and Innovation, Clearing the Path, and Taking a Different Approach to Healt
Graham Barkus is the Founder and the Managing Director of The Human Factor, a management consulting firm designed to help people and businesses through major changes. The Human Factor helps clients address transformation, improve relationships, and enhance performance.  In addition to his business, Graham is a Non-Executive Director of Peak Pacific Group and a Partner at Transformation Worldwide. Before founding The Human Factor in 2002, he worked with Cathay Pacific Airways as its Head of Organization Development and Change for almost nine years. In this episode… What does well-being in the workplace look like? The response can vary wildly from generation to generation, job to job. The latest trend is holistic thinking. Being healthy isn’t just about physical performance — it’s also about your mind, emotions, and social relationships. Many companies fall short of this standard and wonder why their employees’ performance is not up to par. You must ensure your team’s success and well-being to have them at their best. In his own line of work, Graham Barkus noticed what works — and he’s made it his mission to help companies reach the next level through the human touch. In this episode of the Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack talks to Graham Barkus, Founder and Managing Director of The Human Factor, about how improving your employees’ well-being will increase company performance. They detail the relationship between stress and innovation, reconsidering the definition of “healthy” and why we need proximity. They also discuss Graham’s interesting career and what led him to become a leadership expert.
43:49 20/03/2023

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