2-8: "The Path Finder" - Skyler Mattson

2-8: "The Path Finder" - Skyler Mattson

Skyler Mattson is the President of Wongdoody - a small creative agency that’s been successful for 25 years.

She’s also the cofounder of June Cleaver is Dead, the agency’s consultancy whose expertise is in brand experiences for moms. 

Skyler is caring, determined and not a surfer. Which, metaphorically, is surprising because she rides the waves of a rapidly changing set of creative industries with great skill and grace.

This week’s theme is Intention. 

And this episode is called “The Path Finder”.

2-7: "The Inner Voice" - David Lee

2-7: "The Inner Voice" - David Lee

David Lee is the CCO of Squarespace.  

He is thoughtful, self-aware and restless. As you’ll hear, he’s allergic to the status quo. 

Which makes David and Squarespace a good fit.

In many ways, Squarespace have been at the heart of the democratisation of the internet. Unleashing creativity for millions of people who suddenly found they could be the designer of their own web presence.

2-6: "The Difference Seeker" - Dan Gardner

2-6: "The Difference Seeker" - Dan Gardner

Dan Gardner is the co-founder of Code and Theory - a creatively-led company that creates products, content and campaigns across physical and digital worlds.

They have five offices across three continents and a statement on the website that says, “We are always looking for motivated, multi-talented, and organized people to join our diverse team.”

Dan has an open-heart, an open-mind and a conscience. He wants to make a difference, and wants to build a company that lets other people contribute.

2-5: "The Results Driver" - Nathalie Molina Niño

2-5: "The Results Driver" - Nathalie Molina Niño

Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO of BRAVA Investments and the author of LEAPFROG, which she wrote as a guide to help Women Entrepreneurs succeed.

She’s a technologist, a coder, and a business builder. She also describes herself as a storyteller at her heart.

She founded BRAVA Investments on the basis of delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world.

Impact is one of the 13 themes we’ve seen show up regularly in these conversations with the best creative leaders.

Which is why this week’s theme is Impact, and this week’s episode is called “The Results Driver”.

2-4: "The Humanist" - Jonathan Mildenhall

2-4: "The Humanist" - Jonathan Mildenhall

Jonathan Mildenhall is the founder of 21st Century Brand, and the former CMO of AirBNB.

He wears his heart on his sleeve. And draws you towards him. The first time we ever spoke was a year ago when I asked him to come on this show. He not only said, yes. He gave me a way to think about Fearless that raised my own ambitions for what the show could become. 

His openness during that first conversation has stayed with me. It is a characteristic you find in some of the most Fearless creative leaders.


2-3: "The Magnetic Leader" - Paul Venables

2-3: "The Magnetic Leader" - Paul Venables

Paul Venables is the co-founder of Venables, Bell and Partners. A San Francisco ad agency with self described ‘good intentions.’ Last year, VB+P, was named one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies and one of the top ten companies in media and advertising. So having good intentions is clearly working for them.

Which makes you wonder why more companies wouldn’t claim such apparently low hanging fruit. After all, it’s easy to claim ‘good intentions’ as your operating principle. Easy in the sense that no one knows what’s really in your heart - as a company or as a leader - except you.

Or do they?

Which is why this week’s theme is Leadership Values. 

2-2: "The Pressure Valve Leaders" - Jaime Robinson and Lisa Clunie

2-2: "The Pressure Valve Leaders" - Jaime Robinson and Lisa Clunie

Jaime Robinson and Lisa Clunie are the founders of the New York agency, Joan.

Joan was started by two women who came together at the very beginning of a moment in history. 

As you’ll hear, they didn’t decide to start a company for the explicit purpose of creating an environment overtly designed for women. 

But they did decide to fuel the company with the unique qualities that the two of them bring as women: empathy; determination; sensitivity; resilience; intelligence and originality.

They brought one other thing that runs through the DNA of Joan. A desire to get the best out of everyone who works there. And you’ll hear how they support each other to do that, in their own ways.

2-1: "The Sensitive Leader" - Alain Sylvain

2-1: "The Sensitive Leader" - Alain Sylvain

This week I’m talking to Alain Sylvain - the founder of Sylvain Labs - an innovation and brand design consultancy. Sylvain Labs is 8 years old and describe their tools as science and whimsy. Their client roster is diverse, from Google to Nike. From Chobani to GM. 

Alain creates and invests in new products, works closely with HELP, a merit- and needs-based scholarship program, the Global Poverty Project and the Lower East Side Girls Club. And sits on the board of VCU’s Brandcenter.

And he thinks deeply about how the work he does affects the people that make it and the people that experience it.

67: "The Explosion Expert" - David Abraham

67: "The Explosion Expert" - David Abraham

This is my conversation with David Abraham of Wonderhood Studios. Wonderhood is a startup - a modern media company built around a content and programming studio and a full-strength creative agency for major brands.  David’s experience comes first from the London creative agency world of CDP and Chiat / Day. And most recently from seven years running Channel Four in the UK.

66: "The Servant Leaders" - George Felix & Jesse Johnson

66: "The Servant Leaders" - George Felix & Jesse Johnson

In 2018, KFC was named marketer of the year. Wieden + Kennedy were named agency of the year. And their partnership produced the Campaign of the year. Their partnership is driving business results and changing culture. It’s also the embodiment of the Wieden + Kennedy philosophy that Jason Bagley and Eric Baldwin described in our podcast last year - a philosophy they describe as ‘branded everything’. George Felix and Jesse Johnson are the two people at the heart of this very modern creative partnership.

65: "The One-of-Many Leader" - Mohan Ramaswamy

65: "The One-of-Many Leader" - Mohan Ramaswamy

Mohan Ramaswamy is one of the partners of Work & Co.  Mohan and I recorded this conversation at the Cannes Creativity Festival in June. Work and Co is unusual because they have 14 partners - all of whom are involved in all the major decisions of the company. For a business whose reputation and success has grown rapidly, that kind of community leadership is rare.

64: "The Empowering Leader" - Avery Baker

64: "The Empowering Leader" - Avery Baker

This is my conversation with Avery Baker - the Chief Brand Officer of Tommy Hilfiger. It was recorded live on stage as part of this year’s Cannes Creativity festival. Over the last two years, Avery has been instrumental in changing how Tommy Hilfiger shows up in the world. I wanted to talk to her about how she encouraged so many people across the organization to take the leap with her, and how she learned to push herself out of her own comfort zone in the process.

63: "The One Company Leader" - John Seifert

63: "The One Company Leader" - John Seifert

I first met John Seifert in 1983. We were both working at Ogilvy & Mather in New York on the TWA business. The world was very different back then. What hasn’t changed much is John.  John and Ogilvy always seemed to fit together. You couldn’t imagine him working anywhere else.  Thirty nine years later, he still hasn’t. Today he is the company's CEO. In an era and industry defined by upheaval, I wanted to talk to John about why he has stayed at one company for so long.

62: "The Son" - Thomas Benski

62: "The Son" - Thomas Benski

This is the second of my interviews from the Cannes Creativity festival. In this one - which was recorded in front of  alive audience - I talked to Thomas Benski, the founder of Pulse Films, an award winning modern-day content studio,  which two years ago was bought by Vice.  Thomas is charming and charismatic. He is relentlessly energized and filled with original ideas. He is engaged. Interesting. And Interested.

61: "The Teacher, The Preacher, The Weird Kid and The Absurdist" - John Boiler, Glen Cole, Evin Shutt & Matt Jarvis

61: "The Teacher, The Preacher,  The Weird Kid and The Absurdist" - John Boiler, Glen Cole, Evin Shutt & Matt Jarvis

This is my conversation with the four people at the heart of over the last 14 years. The two initial founders: John Boiler and Glenn Cole. And the two people they added soon after to help build the business. Evin Shutt and Matt Jarvis. Rarely do I see partnerships that - both in their intention and in their casting - have been formed on lasting foundations. Ego, insecurity and yes, fear get in the way. But when you get it right, it sounds like this conversation.

59: "The Instinctive Leader" - Robin Domeniconi

59: "The Instinctive Leader" - Robin Domeniconi

This is my conversation with Robin Domeniconi - CEO/Founder of Threaded Tales and one of the founders of Real Simple magazine.  I was struck by Robin’s history. By the diversity of things she has done. Of the size and significance of the organizations she has led.  And during our conversation, I was reminded again of how even the best of the best are human. And that it is their ability to use that to their advantage that separates them from other leaders.

58: "The Gymnast" - Kat Gordon

58: "The Gymnast" - Kat Gordon

This is my conversation with Kat Gordon - founder of the 3% Percent Conference and CEO of the 3% Movement. Kat started 3% in 2008, to highlight the fact that only 3 percent of creative directors at major ad agencies were women Kat is a change agent, moving into previously unoccupied spaces, doing things that hadn’t been done before. A revolutionary in a time of revolution. I wanted to understand where that willingness to take on the status quo in such a public and sustained way comes from. 

57: "The Open Leader" - Cheryl Abel-Hodges

57: "The Open Leader" - Cheryl Abel-Hodges

This week, my conversation with Cheryl Abel-Hodges, the Group President of Calvin Klein North America and The Underwear Group. Cheryl welcomes debate and exploration and new ways of looking at things. She welcomes it whether the conversation is about her business or about her leadership. So, this episode is called, "The Open Leader." I was struck by Cheryl’s clarity, her openness and her generosity. And by the environment she creates for real give and take.   I’m curious what you think.

56: "The Young Leaders" - Ramaa Mosley & Aniya Wolfe

56: "The Young Leaders" - Ramaa Mosley & Aniya Wolfe

Adolescent Content believes that content intended for youth would be more impactful if it was conceived and created by youth. Their creators, and directors are as young as 11. They have developed work for iconic brands, shot feature films and given TED talks.   Ramaa and I were joined by one of her directors, sixteen year-old Aniya Wolfe, who is a member of Gen Z, which.  The oldest member of Gen Z is 21. As Aniya shows in our conversation, this generation is coming of age much much earlier than that.