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This is the Level Up Podcast where we generate authentic conversations with business and industry trailblazers on how to bring growth, diversity, and leadership to the next level.

This is the Level Up Podcast where we generate authentic conversations with business and industry trailblazers on how to bring growth, diversity, and leadership to the next level.


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This is the Level Up Podcast where we generate authentic conversations with business and industry trailblazers on how to bring growth, diversity, and leadership to the next level.




Episode 39 - Diane McGraw

Diane McGraw is the President and Executive Producer at McGraw Productions and the Producer for The Dare to Dream Experience, a mentoring program for high school and college students. She began her career as the assistant to the President of the Screen Actors Guild and Kaufman Astoria Studios and has managed notable sports and entertainment events for over 30 years, including the Los Angeles Grammy Awards, the 1994 Soccer World Cup, MLB and NHL All-Star Games, and more. In 2017, Diane...


Creating Momentum and Clarity with Jon Sappey, Principal Consultant at INSTEP

Jon Sappey has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and is currently the Principal Consultant at INSTEP, a boutique consulting firm for software and technology companies. He excels at helping companies clarify their strategic intent and lead change initiatives in the commercial, operational, and human capital dimensions. Jon began his leadership journey as a teacher and sharpened his skills as the Director of Strategy for Vertex Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree from...


How to Express Empathy in Leadership with Mel Gravely, CEO of TriVersity Construction

Mel Gravely is the CEO of TriVersity Construction, a commercial construction company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mel is also the author of multiple books, including his most recent book, Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships and Our Path to Equity. As an active business and civic leader, Mel previously chaired the board of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the United Way. He was also a founding board member of the...


Re-imagining Outsourcing for a Better Business with Suneet Bhatt, President and Board Chair of Boldr

Suneet Bhatt is the President and Board Chair of Boldr, an outsourcing company that provides enterprises with high-quality, custom solutions in customer experience, data management, and sales enablement. With years of experience in business and marketing, he is a seasoned leader who has led companies through all phases of growth and performance. In addition to this, Suneet is the creator of My Authentic Story, where he helps people unearth, frame, and tell their authentic stories. He also...


Leveraging Innovation to Drive Real Results with Robyn Bolton, Founder and Chief Navigator at MileZero

Robyn Bolton, the Founder and Chief Navigator of MileZero, helps executives use innovation to unlock the potential of their organizations, get real results, and create a map for future success. Robyn began her career at Procter & Gamble, where she gained hands-on experience in corporate innovation by leading the North American launch of Swiffer and Swiffer WetJet. At MileZero, Robyn has worked with Medtronic, Ariadne Labs, Teachers Pay Teachers, and more to transform customer insights into...


The Human Advantage — Developing People and Culture with Eric Guthoff, Founder of Human Advantage

Eric Guthoff is the Founder of Human Advantage, an advisory firm helping organizations in sports stand out as leaders in people and culture. Human Advantage partners with leagues, teams, sports media organizations, and more to develop solutions that maximize engagement, growth, and performance. Eric is a relationship-driven and growth-minded executive with a proven track record of identifying, launching, and executing opportunities with complex organizations. His past experiences have...


Creating a Strategy for Long-Term Success with Mark Audino, Independent Consultant and Growth Strategist

Mark Audino is an Independent Consultant and Growth Strategist with over 35 years of international experience in marketing, sales, product development, leadership management, and more. Using his expert strategies and tactics, he helps organizations drive top-line growth and outperform financially. Before this, Mark served as the VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Xerox for 26 years. In this role, he launched over 200 products and gained marketing expertise in multiple countries. He also...


A Team-Centric, Inclusive Leadership Style with Martie Cordaro, President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha

Martie Cordaro is the President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha. He has been with the Omaha Storm Chasers since 2007 and was recently honored with the George Brett Commitment to ALS Award. Martie was also recognized as the Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year in 2013, the Sarpy County Business Leader of the Year in 2014, and more. Community has consistently been at the forefront of Martie’s daily efforts, and his team has received multiple honors for their community work,...


Becoming an Effective Leader with Eric Pillmore, General Partner of Amore Limited Partnerships

Eric Pillmore is a finance and corporate governance leader and the General Partner of Amore Limited Partnerships. He is also a board member for several companies and nonprofits, including Vectrus, a leading provider of global service solutions. Before this, Eric was the Senior Advisor for the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance. Throughout his career, Eric has held executive finance and corporate governance roles for companies such as Tyco International, General Electric, and General...


Fostering Relationships in Your Community with Momin Sheikh, Managing Partner of Frankel Management Company

Momin Sheikh is the Managing Partner of Frankel Management Company (FMC), a full-service real estate firm that develops, builds, operates, and manages real estate. FMC specializes in strategic and diverse acquisitions, including residential, industrial, commercial, office, and retail properties. With his partners, Momin is responsible for fund strategy, capital raises, and investor relations. Before joining FMC, Momin was the Founder and President of MerakiCMO, a creative agency that...


Building a Diverse, Value-Based Team with Rasagna Holt, Founder and CEO of KGTiger

Rasagna Holt is the Founder and CEO of KGTiger, a company that serves the in-house recruitment and talent acquisition industry. KGTiger provides solutions that combine human intelligence and machine learning to solve critical talent acquisition problems. Rasagna and her team have serviced companies including MathWorks, Microsoft, Disney, ESPN, Under Armour, and many more. Throughout her career, Rasagna has helped major organizations build talent strategies around diversity hiring,...


Strengthening Your Marketing Strategy with Lance Hollander, Co-Founder and Partner of The Agency Shop

Lance Hollander is the Co-founder and Partner of The Agency Shop, a company that provides due diligence and assessment of digital strategies, ROI, agency competence, media effectiveness, and technology selections. In addition to this, Lance is a board member at From the Future, an advisor at CourtAvenue, and the Principal of Lance Hollander Consulting. Lance has over 20 years of experience in digital strategy, customer experience, marketing technology, and media. He has owned, led, and sold...


The Art and Science of Talent Acquisition with Andrew Norrie, Founder and Partner of Forward Path Group

Andrew Norrie is the Founder and Partner of Forward Path Group, a company that provides human capital solutions to help businesses achieve growth. Andrew has 25 years of experience in executive search, client service, strategy, planning, and growth. Throughout his entrepreneurial career, he has led many start-ups to success and generated millions of dollars in revenue. Before launching Forward Path Group, Andrew founded Four Corners Group, an executive search firm that reached #42 on the...


Leading Social Change with Dr. DeRetta Rhodes, EVP and Chief People Capital Officer for the Atlanta Braves

Dr. DeRetta Rhodes is the Executive Vice President and Chief People Capital Officer for the Atlanta Braves. Dr. Rhodes oversees people capital initiatives for the organization’s major leagues, minor leagues, and The Battery Atlanta operations. In her three seasons with the Atlanta Braves, she has transformed the people capital department, expanded the organization’s culture, and created an internal diversity, equity, and inclusion council. In addition to this, Dr. Rhodes has served in...


Redefining the Human Resources Role with Laura Remaker, Head of People Operations at gettacar

Laura Remaker is a diversity champion, a leader in human resources, and the Head of People Operations at gettacar, an online platform that helps users buy, trade, sell, and finance used cars. Laura has managed HR, talent acquisition, employee engagement, and leadership and succession planning for seven fast-growing companies. Before joining gettacar, Laura served as the Advisor and Chief People Officer at Spring EQ and the Vice President of Human Resources at Greenphire. With over 18 years...


Using Creativity and Curiosity to Become an Effective Leader with Jim Caruso, Chief Financial Officer of Knipper

Jim Caruso is a financial executive and the Chief Financial Officer of J. Knipper and Company (Knipper), a leading healthcare solutions company that serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Jim is a former CPA/consulting firm partner with 30 years of experience in financial management, mergers and acquisitions, business process outsourcing, information technology, and operations. Prior to joining Knipper, Jim served as the CFO of a home healthcare provider,...


Creating an Ensemble Work Environment with Omar Abdullah, VP of Marketing & Outreach at Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education

Omar Abdullah is the Vice President of Marketing & Outreach at Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education. In this role, he helps raise awareness about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy through marketing, branding, communication, sales, and advocacy. Prior to joining Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education, Omar was an interdisciplinary scholar and communication consultant. He taught courses at the University of California, Davis, and Texas A&M University and has spoken at conferences...


Navigating Personal and Professional Change with Lori Hardwick, CEO of Wealth Tech at Red Rock Strategic Partners

Lori Hardwick is the CEO of Wealth Tech at Red Rock Strategic Partners. With 25 years of experience in the wealth tech industry, Lori is known for her intense passion for continuous improvement on behalf of financial advisors and their firms. She currently serves on several boards, including the Strategic Advisory Board for Genstar Capital, the Board of Directors for Riskalyze, and more. In 2017, Lori co-founded Advisor Innovation Labs, where she built systems of engagement for financial...


How to Achieve Super Bowl-Level Results with Chukky Okobi, Founder of Basic Instructions and Former NFL Champion

Chukky Okobi is a keynote speaker, mindset coach, entrepreneur, and former NFL Super Bowl Champion. He is currently a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the Founder of Basic Instructions, a mental bootcamp that helps organizations, leaders, and teams work through roadblocks to achieve peak performance. Chukky offers workshops, training, and one-on-one coaching focused on reaching your highest personal and professional potential. In addition to this, Chukky is an...


Going Beyond the Numbers with Todd White, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at AchieveNEXT

Todd White is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at AchieveNEXT. He is a high-impact senior financial executive, strategist, and business developer with over 20 years of experience in private equity and venture capital transactions. In his role at AchieveNEXT, Todd has led merger and acquisition activities, financial and business planning and analysis, and reporting. He has also directed the preparations, solicitations, due diligence, and closings for private debt and...