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From IVY: The Social University, comes The IVY Podcast — life-changing advice from the most inspiring thought leaders shaping our world today. With exclusive conversations covering entrepreneurship, the arts, policy, social impact, and more, The IVY Podcast is your hub for lifelong education and inspiration. New episodes every Wednesday. For more information about the IVY community, and to attend live events near you, visit

From IVY: The Social University, comes The IVY Podcast — life-changing advice from the most inspiring thought leaders shaping our world today. With exclusive conversations covering entrepreneurship, the arts, policy, social impact, and more, The IVY Podcast is your hub for lifelong education and inspiration. New episodes every Wednesday. For more information about the IVY community, and to attend live events near you, visit
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From IVY: The Social University, comes The IVY Podcast — life-changing advice from the most inspiring thought leaders shaping our world today. With exclusive conversations covering entrepreneurship, the arts, policy, social impact, and more, The IVY Podcast is your hub for lifelong education and inspiration. New episodes every Wednesday. For more information about the IVY community, and to attend live events near you, visit




#141: How Neuroscience Can Supercharge Your Business with Moran Cerf

Moran Cerf, world-renowned neuroscientist joined this IVY Ideas night to discuss the brain science behind business and the decisions surrounding it. By applying methods from neuroscience to understand our psychology, behavior change, emotion, and decision making, Cerf teaches members how we can best use our brain in business.


#140: Demystifying Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: How We Got Here and Where We’re Headed with Spencer Lyon

Spencer Lyon, Community & Strategic Partnerships Director at RealDAX, is on a misson. He wants to improve industries by joining them with the blockchain and cryptocurrency world. He joins this IVY Ideas Night to bring blockchain and cryptocurrency to life as he will shed a light on what they are and what they are not, their evolution, where they are heading, and how to apply them in the business landscape, focusing on the real estate industry.


#139: An Evening with Al Roker

Al Roker, America’s favorite weatherman, broadcaster, and media executive, took the stage at this IVY Ideas Night to discuss his latest work, Ruthless Tide. The book focuses on the deadliest flood in United States history and the heroes and leadership lessons that emerged from it. Roker also took us on the journey of his career, offering lessons into how to merge and balance passions with careers. This IVY Ideas Night is presented by smartwater®.


#138: The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters with Priya Parker

High-profile thought leader Priya Parker joins this IVY Ideas Night to shift our focus from the details, such as our table setting and powerpoint slides, to the people at our events if we want to foster meaningful connections. Whether it is a team meeting, conference, birthday party, wedding, or anything in between, Parker shares her innovative approach and guiding principles into lessons that are essential for effecting change, creating lasting connections, and fostering remarkable...


#137: Pick Three: Prioritizing in the Face of the Entrepreneur’s Dilemma with Randi Zuckerberg

Society tells us we must constantly balance sleep, work, friends, family, fitness, and more. Randi Zuckerberg a founder, executive, mother, media personality, and best selling author, joins our IVY Ideas Night to dispute this idea. In conversation with Juju Chang, Emmy-award winning co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline,” Zuckerberg uses her latest work, Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day), to guide members in choosing three areas of life to focus on at once. Instead of a...


#136: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: Where We’re Headed and Why You Should Care with Apolo Ohno & Reeve Collins

Apolo Ohno, legendary 8x Olympic medalist, joins this IVY Ideas Night with cryptocurrency pioneer & Tether Co-Founder, Reeve Collins to dive into the world-changing field of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Together, their combined expertise will lead members in understanding the current state of this technology and what we can expect to see in the not-so-far-off future, especially when it comes to how it will impact our world.


#135: Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture with Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings, the longest-running Jeopardy Champion and bestselling author, joins an IVY Ideas Night as he traces the evolution of humor and what it means to be funny now. In this talk Jennings argues that throughout human history, characteristics like strength and education were hallmarks of success, whereas now, using humor gets you a lot further than productivity and innovation. Now that our society expects everything from safety videos to news headlines and presidential campaigns to be...


#134: Through the Lens: The Art of Dominating A Niche Market with Seth Browarnik

It is not everyday that we see passion projects turn into a successful business. Seth Browarnik, a photographer who captures the magic behind Miami's world-renowned social scene, did as he watched his once small photography projects grow to become a go-to for high-profile celebrity photography. Over the course of this IVY Ideas Night, Browarnik discussed his journey and to gave members valuable lessons in how to pursue passions to dominate niche markets. This IVY Ideas Night is presented...


#133: Meet the Press: An Insider's Guide to Media in the Age of Fake News with Jim Newton

With an overwhelming amount of news coming from mainstream media, blogs and social media, Jim Newton, a former LA Times Editor at Large and professor of Public Policy at UCLA, joined us for an IVY Ideas Night. Among many other topics, he touches on the evolving industry of journalism, using insights from his experience and personal journey. Though social media and blogs are essential to mainstream media succeeding, he claims nothing can take the place of true reporting, as there is a...


#132: What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You with John Hillen

John Hillen, a business professor, former Assistant Secretary of State, and former U.S. Army officer, joins IVY to discuss how leaders must grow along with their companies. In this talk, he identifies the common stalls or warning signs to look out for and provides the tools necessary for overcoming them. Through his work with hundreds of leaders and organizations, he has taught members how to combat these challenges by radically changing their mindset, behaviors and skills to reinvent...


#131: Existential Entrepreneur: Navigating the Emotional Roller Coaster of Business with Pierson & Peter Krass

In this episode of the IVY Podcast, father-son duo Pierson and Peter Krass join an IVY Ideas Night for an honest conversation about the emotional hurdles of the entrepreneurial experience such as the failure, stress, anxiety and depression that professionals can struggle with. The pair then provided members with the best practices to operate at an optimal level emotionally, mentally, and physically, all based on wisdom and research from interviews with top entrepreneurs, researchers, and...


#129: Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys' Club of Silicon Valley with Emily Chang | Presented by smartwater

Emily Chang, a Harvard University graduate and five time regional Emmy award winning journalist currently working as Bloomberg Technology’s anchor and executive producer, joins IVY to discuss her new book Brotopia. An exposé into how Silicon Valley’s sexist, aggressive, and misogynistic culture creates an environment where women are subject to toxic workplaces and sexual harassment despite the utopian ideals and moral high ground that the Valley claims to hold. In her book, she continues...


The Experiential Era: The Future Trends of Brand Marketing with Dominic Sandifer

In this episode of the IVY Podcast, Dominic shares his rich insights and experiences in the world of experiential marketing, discussing the relationship between content, media, and audience engagement in the era of branded entertainment.


#127: Design Through Choice with Designer Simon Collins

As the former Dean of Parsons School of Fashion and founder of the Fashion Culture Design “Unconference,” Simon Collins is a renowned fashion expert with extensive industry knowledge working with brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Zegna, and Nike. In this episode of The IVY Podcast, Simon sits down with IVY’s Arts & Culture Director, Phil Chan, to discuss the notion of beauty, how to design the life you always wanted, and the role design plays in nearly all aspects of culture.


#126: Geoengineering the Climate with Harvard Professor David Keith

David Keith has some big ideas for the planet. A Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard, David is leading a team of researchers focused on the science and public policy of solar geoengineering, a field that yields innovative ways to manipulate our environment. David and his colleagues believe that solar geoengineering can go a long way toward mitigating the effects of climate change. In this episode of The IVY Podcast, David offers his insights on the technologies, risks, experiments,...


#125: Ahead of the Curve: How to Solve Future Problems with Visionary Solutions ft. Chris Gladwin, Founder and CEO

Chris Gladwin knows how to stay ahead of the curve. His digital music distribution service, MusicNow, launched five years ahead of iTunes and over a decade prior to Spotify. His tablet came out twenty years before the iPad, just as his company Cleversafe, a cloud storage company, burst onto the scene well before “cloud” technology became a trendy topic. Now, Chris and his new company, Ocient, are building solutions for data-analytics problems that companies will face a few years down the...


#124: The Fox Hunt: One Refugee’s Miraculous Escape to Freedom with Activist & Author Mohammed Al Samawi

As extremist groups surrounded his apartment in Aden, Yemen, Mohammed Al Samawi made a last-ditch appeal for help from his Facebook network. Amazingly, over the course of two weeks, four near-strangers devised a daring mission to lead him to safety — an improbable journey that spanned six technological platforms and ten time zones. Al Samawi shares his moving story in the new book The Fox Hunt, which was picked up last year for a film adaptation by La La Land producer Marc Platt and the...


#123: The Future of Solar Technology with Climate & Energy Expert Varun Sivaram

Energy is a hot topic and a critical issue in politics, business, and society at large. And it doesn’t look like this will be changing any time soon. On the forefront of this discussion is clean energy, and, particularly, the rise of solar-powered technology. To get a better understanding of why this is the case and what that means for our world, we held a conversation on The Future of Solar Technology with climate and energy expert Varun Sivaram. Varun authored the recent book, Taming...


#122: BaubleBar Co-Founder Daniella Yacobovsky on How to Build a Booming Startup

Daniella Yacobovsky, the co-founder of the rapidly growing e-commerce company BaubleBar, is transforming the way women shop for jewelry and accessories. With its “fast fashion” approach to women’s jewelry, BaubleBar provides its customers with on-trend products at an affordable price. Evidently, it’s working: Daniella and her co-founder, Amy Jain — who both come from investment banking backgrounds — raised $20 million in funding during their Series C round in 2016. The two have been...


#121: The Courage Solution: How to Bring Your True Self to Work with Best-Selling Author Mindy Mackenzie

IVY held a conversation in Chicago with Mindy Mackenzie, the highly accomplished speaker, CEO advisor, and author of the new book The Courage Solution. This is our second conversation with Mindy as part of a larger series on the power of authenticity in the workplace. Mindy, who oversaw Beam’s $16-billion acquisition by Japan’s Suntory Holdings in 2014, talks about how to bring your true self to work, speak unpopular truths, and engage in every aspect of your business.