Fearless - Ep 31: "The Connector" - Michael Kassan

Fearless - Ep 31: "The Connector" -  Michael Kassan

Michael Kassan is perhaps the best connected person in the creative industries. As the founder Chairman and CEO of Medialink, he creates and unlocks relationships at the intersection of Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Wall Street. I talked to Michael about the criteria he looks for in people he wants to interact with, about what he’s learned about doing deals on the back of a napkin and about what he loves about being in the room when it happens.

Fearless - Ep 30: "The Director" - Neil Tardio

Fearless - Ep 30:  "The Director" - Neil Tardio

Neil Tardio is a hall of fame film director, responsible for some of the most iconic advertising ever created. His 1977 Xerox commercial, "Brother Dominic", is part of any list of the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all time. I talked to Neil about working with some of the most legendary creative figures of the last fifty years, about the challenges of marrying art and commerce in one of the most pressurized environments, the film set, and about the lasting power of creating simple human connections.

Fearless - Ep 28: "The Teacher" - Gerry Laybourne

Fearless - Ep 28: "The Teacher" - Gerry Laybourne

Gerry Laybourne has spent her life unlocking the creativity of others. From her early beginnings as a teacher and film-maker, she created not one but two game-changing networks. First, Nickelodeon, and then the Oxygen network. Along the way, she was named the most influential woman in the entertainment industry and one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine.

Fearless - Ep 26: "The Dancer" - Rosemarie Ryan

Fearless - Ep 26: "The Dancer" - Rosemarie Ryan

Rosemarie Ryan has been leading creativity almost of her life. She has helped to build some of the most famous and effective creative companies of their time, leaving behind her a wake of improved businesses and more thoughtful people.

Today, she is the CO founder of CO Collective, a strategy and innovation company based in New York.

I talked to Rose about the role her family played in unlocking her leadership at a very early age, about the importance of hard conversations when you’re the leader, and about the role of generosity in her leadership philosophy.

 

Fearless - Ep 25 "The Optimist" - Elizabeth Kiehner

Fearless - Ep 25 "The Optimist" - Elizabeth Kiehner

Elizabeth Kiehner is one of the world’s experts on the application of some of the world’s most powerful technology to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. 

As the Global Design Practice Director at IBM, she and her team can take the power of Watson -  rapidly becoming not just a computer system but in many ways a new form of intelligence - and apply it to the problems of both today and tomorrow.

I talked to Elizabeth about the expansion of natural language technology in our daily lives, about a machine’s ability to edit tennis highlights without human involvement and about how to design solutions for problems that will exist 5 years from now. 

Fearless - Ep 24: "The Difference Maker" - Nils Leonard

Fearless - Ep 24: "The Difference Maker" - Nils Leonard

Nils Leonard is a self-made success. His journey carried him from humble roots to becoming the chairman and chief creative office of one of the most celebrated ad agencies in London before he turned 40.

Today, he is the co-founder of Uncommon, a company that builds brands that people wished existed in the world. He is a disruptive and somewhat controversial figure. 

I met Nils in Uncommon’s London office, and we talked about why tattooing played a critical role in his early life, about what he’s learned about unlocking creative talent,  and about his own personal evolution and understanding of what matters most.

 

Fearless - Ep 23: "The Futurist" - Faith Popcorn

Fearless - Ep 23: "The Futurist" - Faith Popcorn

Faith Popcorn has spent almost half a century living in the future. She has predicted everything from the inevitable to the unbelievable. Her company, Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve has been instrumental in unlocking what comes next for many the world’s largest companies and most iconic brands.

I met Faith in her townhouse in Manhattan and she talked about the importance of conflict…about why companies hate change…..and about the future of the human race.

 

Fearless - Ep 21: "The Poet" - Wendy Clark

Fearless - Ep 21: "The Poet" - Wendy Clark

Wendy Clark is the CEO of DDB, North America. She was namedAd Age’s Executive of the Year for 2017 and she is rewriting the rules of the advertising industry.

She is a wife, the mother of three and one of the most respected and warmly held leaders in today’s creative industries. She will also ‘crush’ you if you underestimate her.

I talked to Wendy about growing up as the outsider, about the place she never takes her phone, and about her mother’s role in helping her pass her poetry class. This is Wendy Clark unfiltered.

Fearless - Ep 12: "The Visionary CEO" - Steve Shiffman / Calvin Klein

Fearless - Ep 12: "The Visionary CEO" - Steve Shiffman / Calvin Klein

Steve Shiffman became the CEO of Calvin Klein almost exactly three years ago. In that time he has led what has been described in many circles as a creative revolution.

Steve talked to me about the role creativity has played in his life, about why he decided to disrupt a company known for disruption, and about what he has learned about leading creativity and his own journey in the process.