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The Human Element: A Carat Podcast

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Exploring how insight and humanity impact modern marketing to build stronger brands.

Exploring how insight and humanity impact modern marketing to build stronger brands.


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Exploring how insight and humanity impact modern marketing to build stronger brands.









John Buzzell, Lead Enterprise BD at Unreal Engine, Epic Games and Michael Liu, VP Director, Innovation & Strategy at Carat US join us to discuss all things digital humans, from a limitless creator culture to implications for society, brands and the advertising industry.


Pride 2021

In honor of Pride Month this June, we have a very special edition of the pod featuring some of the amazing people within the dentsu LGBTQIA+ community, to not only celebrate Pride but to reflect on the opportunities and challenges within our industry.


Virtual Upfronts 2021

Mike Law, President; Cara Lewis, EVP Head of US Investment; and Dave Sederbaum EVP, Head of Video Investment, at Amplifi US part of dentsu, join us to share how brands should be leaning into this year’s Upfronts, DE&I within the TV landscape and some bold predictions for the future of the marketplace.


Beauty in Review

We’re joined by Bethanie Blanchard, Strategy Lead, and Annika Barrett, Strategy Director, at Carat Australia to take us through the team’s recent review of the beauty category, from the most drastic shifts in consumer behavior to tech acceleration and cultural reckoning.


March Madness 2021

Gaurav Shirole, Director Ad Measurement at Roku, and Brad Stockton, VP National Video Innovation at Amplifi, part of dentsu US, join us to share insight around March Madness, the shifts in consumer consumption and what it means for brands reaching today’s active sports viewers.


The Cultural Media Pod

Joe Anthony, Chief Hero at Hero Collective; Alexis Tirado, Head of Multicultural Branded at Buzzfeed; and Haley Paas, CSO at Carat US join us to discuss the role of community and what it takes for brands to make the long-term in roads to authentically connect in culture.


The One Where Robert Says Farewell

In this episode of The Human Element our CMO and dedicated, unwavering and irreplicable podcast host, Robert Schwartz, shares his favorite episodes and podcast memories from the past two years with producer, Jason, and co-host, Chelsea.


IWD 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a special edition of the pod featuring some of the many amazing women across Carat and dentsu. They share their views on the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in business today, and what they #ChooseToChallenge.


Episode 100: Christena Pyle on Equity & Inclusion

For the 100th episode of The Human Element we revisit the single most important issue we have covered over the past two years: diversity, equity, and inclusion in marketing. Christena Pyle, Chief Equity Officer for Dentsu Americas, joins us to talk about the progress and remaining challenges for marketers and agencies alike.


The Tea on Big Tech

Alex Heath, Reporter at The Information, joins us again for a scan across the big tech landscape including Facebook and Apple’s burgeoning feud, Clubhouse hype vs. reality and so much more.


That’s a (Virtual) Wrap: CES 2021

Michael Liu, VP, Director of Innovation & Mobile at Carat and Sarah Stringer, EVP Head of US Media Partnerships at dentsu discuss the impact of virtual CES & the topics that owned the “show floor.”


Podcast Year in Review (Christmas Fish, Part 3)

Your Human Element hosts and producer are back with their third annual “Christmas Fish,” year-end podcast reflecting on the wonderful guests who have joined us and (of course) some holiday memories along the way.


2021 Media Trends

We are joined by Danni Wright, National Head of Strategy & Connections Planning at Carat Australia; Dan Calladine, Head of Media Futures at Carat Global; and James Allen, SVP Head of Strategy at Carat US to review our marketing and media trends and predictions for 2021.


Voice & Commerce

We sit down with Nate Shurilla, Global Director of Commerce & Voice at iProspect and based in our Tokyo offices, to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on commerce, how brands should be building trust and authenticity, and the growing influence of voice on marketing.



This week we took some time to speak with a few of our Carat US team members to share what they are most thankful for in this challenging year and are most looking forward to this Thanksgiving.


The Brand EQ Study

In this very special episode of the pod, Fiona Lloyd, Managing Director and Global Client President, and Sean Healy, Global CSO at Carat join us to talk about the launch of Carat’s most significant research study ever, identifying the most emotionally intelligent brands for 2020.


The Bipartisan, Not-So-Political Election Predictions Pod

This week The Human Element hosts Robert Schwartz, Global CMO, and Chelsea Radovanovic, Director of Marketing, and Producer Jason Oberholtzer attempt to make a few predictions about one of the most historic US elections. While the predictions across the presidential, senate, house and select ballot initiatives are serious - the tone of our little crew is not.


The Spirit of Radio

We invited a new perspective into the pod this week as Donna Halper, Boston-Based Historian, Radio Consultant and an Associate Professor of Communications joined us to discuss the evolution of radio, this political moment for her communications students, media ethics, and the moment that helped define her career: discovering the band Rush.


Learning from Kids Media

Dylan Collins, CEO at SuperAwesome, joins us again for a discussion of recent developments in kids digital media and privacy, the implications for advertisers and social platforms alike, and the recent news that SuperAwesome is joining the Epic Games family.


The Art of Influence

In this special edition we gathered Stef Michalak, Creator and Producer of The Michalaks YouTube channel, Denia Souli-Vounisiou, Client Account Director at Carat UK; and Amy Bryant-Jeffries, Partnerships Director at Gleamfutures. They joined us to discuss our recent proprietary report about unlocking growth through influencer marketing and digital-first talent.