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The Leading Edge podcast is hosted by Tom Stewart where he talks to people who are taking enterprises to the next level of achievement and talk about the ideas that make that possible

The Leading Edge podcast is hosted by Tom Stewart where he talks to people who are taking enterprises to the next level of achievement and talk about the ideas that make that possible


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The Leading Edge podcast is hosted by Tom Stewart where he talks to people who are taking enterprises to the next level of achievement and talk about the ideas that make that possible




Innovation That Starts With People With Gretchen Goffe, Founder and CEO of DTLiveLAB

Gretchen Goffe is the Founder and CEO of DTLiveLAB, which helps companies drive revenue and improve the customer experience using a human-centered approach to innovation. DTLiveLAB works with clients spanning all industries and sizes, from small agencies to Fortune 100 giants such as Nationwide, Ohio State University, Smithfield, and more. As the CEO, Goffe bridges the gap between executives and employees, helping them innovate and develop a customer experience roadmap. She personally...


Coach: What Great Coaches Can Teach Us About the Four Kinds of Leaders With Best-Selling Author, Justin Spizman

Justin Spizman is an award-winning and best-selling author, ghostwriter, editor, and proposal writer. Since beginning his writing career in law school, Spizman has worked on numerous nonfiction books and successful book proposals. He now works with people from all different backgrounds, upbringings, and expertise (including celebrities, athletes, and entertainers) to author and consult on their books. Working closely with some of the most successful people in their respective industries,...


How to Design and Build a Talent Machine With Marc Effron, President of The Talent Strategy Group

Marc Effron is the President of The Talent Strategy Group, a company that helps the world’s leading organizations increase the quality and depth of their talent. As President, Effron leads the firm’s global consulting, education, and publishing businesses. He also co-founded The Talent Management Institute, created TalentQ magazine, and co-authored the Harvard Business Publishing best-seller One Page Talent Management. Before founding The Talent Strategy Group, Effron was the VP of Talent...


Why Don’t Businesses Talk Like People? With Schulich School of Business Professor, Grant Packard

Grant Packard is the Associate Professor of Marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He studies the consumption and production of language, and his expertise lies in data-intensive marketing strategies in retail, media, cultural products, financial services, and consumer packaged goods. Professor Packard’s original research appears in outlets such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Psychological Science, MIT Sloan Management Review, and others. He...


Leadership in a Digital Age: What's Different? with Paul Leinwand and Mahadeva Matt Mani of Strategy&

Paul Leinwand is the Global Managing Director of Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting group, where he advises clients on the topics of strategy, growth, and capability building. Leinwand is also an Adjunct Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has co-authored three books as well as several articles in the Harvard Business Review and strategy+business. Mahadeva Matt Mani is a Partner at PwC’s Strategy&. As a global leader of their...


How Digital Do You Really Need to Be? With Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School

Julian Birkinshaw is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He has been on the faculty for 23 years, where he is also the Academic Director of the Insitute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital. Birkinshaw is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Academy of International Business. Birkinshaw is a recognized expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and renewal in large corporations. He has written 15 books, including...


Analytics in Action: How a Startup Is Transforming Fashion Retailing with Jade Huang, Co-Founder and CEO of StyleSage

Jade Huang is the Co-founder and CEO of StyleSage, an AI-powered data analytics platform designed for the fashion, beauty, and home industries. An ex-fashion designer-turned-technologist, Huang has over 10 years of award-winning experience in digital strategy, design, and technology. Huang is a frequent industry speaker, having presented in more than six countries over the span of her career. She studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design and holds a bachelor’s degree in...


Stay Positive, Stay Curious, Stay Kind: How a Third-Generation Family Business Has Reimagined Its Operations — and Is Playing a Role in Bringing Manufacturing Back to the United States with Michael Araten, President and CEO of Sterling Drive Ventures

Michael Araten is the President and CEO of Sterling Drive Ventures, a family holding company that manufactures plastic injection molding products for B2B and B2C markets, medical devices, food and pharma packaging, toys, and more. Araten also holds executive positions at The Rodon Group (Sterling Drive Ventures’ manufacturing division), SillDry Industries, LLC, and StartEngine — the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the US. Araten has played a key role in his community as a board...


The New Rules for Success in a New Role with Rob Cross, Founder and Chief Research Scientist at Connected Commons

Rob Cross is the Founder and Chief Research Scientist at Connected Commons, a consortium of over 100 leading organizations accelerating network research and practice. Cross is also the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College and Co-author of the November-December cover story of the Harvard Business Review, titled “How to Succeed Quickly in a New Role.” As a networking expert, Cross has worked with over 300 organizations, reaching thousands of leaders from the front...


How Midsize Enterprises Can Fight — and Win — the War for Talent with Jeff Green, Co-Founder and Principal of PROXUS

Jeff Green is the Co-founder and Principal of PROXUS, a talent and HR professional services firm that helps organizations align their people with their business strategy so they can reach their full potential. In his current role, Green is responsible for driving long-term growth and profitability through strategic planning, business development, sales, and marketing. He also provides guidance to business leaders and HR executives, as well as coaching for PROXUS’ team of HR...


Revolutionizing the Fan Experience with Ruby Newell-Legner, Founder of 7 Star Service

Ruby Newell-Legner is a consultant, speaker, trainer, and fan engagement expert. She is the Founder of 7 Star Service, where she helps sports, leisure, and entertainment venues create amazing fan experiences. Newell-Legner’s goal is to guide leaders in creating the ultimate guest experience and positive, engaging workplace cultures. Since 1996, she has used her expertise to transform over 60 professional sports teams and more than 90 stadiums. Newell-Legner is also a popular workshop...


Cultivating a Network of Advocacy For Women in the World after Covid with Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founder and CEO of Hewlett Consulting Partners

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is a world-renowned author, economist, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of Hewlett Consulting Partners, a boutique consultancy focused on helping organizations leverage talents and bridge the divides of culture, gender, and generation. Dr. Hewlett is also the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Center for Talent Innovation (formerly Center for Work-Life Policy), a non-profit leader in diversity and talent management that promotes diversity, equality, and...


How to Win Through Customer Experience--in a World where Customers Are in Control with Douglas Longenecker, Tara Baumgarten, and Patricia O'Connell

Douglas Longenecker is the CMO, CEO, and Chief Collaboration Officer at //NKST, a growth acceleration firm. He is an entrepreneur and leader who specializes in fostering environments of listening, curiosity, and innovation to help businesses and brands evolve. Longenecker is passionate about creating an atmosphere of open possibilities and forging human connections to drive real results. Tara Baumgarten is the Head of Public Relations at //NKST. She has experience providing creative senior...


Sustained Innovation: How to Keep Those Ideas Coming with Martin Reeves, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG

Martin Reeves is the Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco office. With over 30 years of experience in consulting, Reeves specializes in business strategy management and idea origination and development. He is also the Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, BCG’s think tank and laboratory. Reeves is the co-author of multiple books, including Your Strategy Needs a Strategy and his most recent release, The Imagination Machine. He has a triple...


Enhancing Dialogue and Collaboration in the Workplace with Nancy Dixon, Knowledge Transfer Expert

Nancy Dixon is an author, consultant, researcher, and expert in the field of knowledge transfer. Dixon launched her career in organizational learning as a researcher and professor at the University of Texas before moving to George Washington University. She has spent the last 15 years as a consultant helping NASA and other organizations build effective knowledge transfer processes. Dixon’s drive to use dialogue as an agent for change led her to write eight books, most notably Common...


Leadership Leverage: What You Get Done Depends on Where You Stand ? With Eric Herrenkohl, Managing Director of Executive Coaching and Executive Career Services at AchieveNEXT, and Milton Corsey, Director of Human Capital Solutions at AchieveNEXT

Eric Herrenkohl is the Managing Director of Executive Coaching and Executive Career Services for AchieveNEXT, a management consulting firm for emerging and mid-market enterprises. He is also the best-selling author of the book, How To Hire A-Players, the creator of the A-Player Executive and Leadership Leverage coaching systems, and works with executives to improve financial results. Milton Corsey is the Director of Human Capital Solutions at AchieveNEXT. Throughout his career, he’s also...


Strengthen Your Talent-Management Capabilities with Rob Sher, Founder and CEO of Mastering Midsized

Rob Sher is the Founder and CEO of Mastering Midsized, a company that partners with leading middle-market companies to maximize growth. Prior to founding Mastering Midsized, Sher was the Co-founder and CEO of Bentley Publishing Group for over 20 years. He has experience as a consultant, lecturer, and board member for various companies. Sher is also the author of multiple books, including the just-released Driving Midsized Growth and Mighty Midsized Companies. He earned his MBA from Saint...


Decision-Making in the Workplace with Bob Frisch, Founding Partner of Strategic Offsites Group

Bob Frisch is the Founding Partner of Strategic Offsites Group, a boutique consulting firm that designs and facilitates strategic conversations for executive teams and boards. Before founding Strategic Offsites Group, Bob was a Managing Partner for Accenture, the Vice President and Strategy Practice Head for Gemini Consulting & Services, and a Manager for Boston Consulting Group. Bob is also the best-selling author of two books and has published multiple articles in Harvard Business Review....


How to Hand Off the Reins

Jeff Sonnenfeld is the Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies at the Yale School of Management, where he also serves as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management. Sonnenfeld is also the Founder of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute (CELI), a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on corporate governance and executive leadership. In addition to this, Sonnenfeld is the author of eight books on leadership — most notably, The Hero’s Farewell: What...


A Brand Is an Experience

Russell Klein is the CEO of the American Marketing Association, the force and voice of marketing. He is a master of digital marketing campaigns, and his pioneering thinking has changed the very definition of what a brand is and what marketing does. Over the years, Klein has led teams for Dr. Pepper, Gatorade, 7-Eleven, Burger King, and Arby’s. The teams he has led have won innumerable awards for their work, and more than four dozen people he trained have gone on to become CMOs in their own...