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The Robin Zander Show
22 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Creating Personal Connections with Katie Bisbee, CMO of DonorsChoose
Katie Bisbee is the Chief Marketing Officer of one of the most innovative non-profits in the world - Donors Choose. DonorsChoose.org was one of the very first organizations to use crowdfunding, before that was even a coined term. Donors contribute on the website, and that money then goes to supporting teachers and schoolchildren with the tools needed to have the best public school experience possible. Donors Choose has raised over one billion dollars for schools across America! In this interview, we discuss how Donors Choose has kept ahead and remained one of the most innovative companies in the world by fostering personal relationships between donors and classrooms, and staying focused on nimble growth. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Katie Bisbee, the CMO and Executive Vice President of Partnerships at Donors Choose.
33 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Big Picture Branding with Michele Floriani, Chief Marketing Officer at Sequoia Consulting Group
I’m so excited to introduce my guest today: Michele Floriani, Chief Marketing Officer at Sequoia Consulting Group. Sequoia started out as an HR broker 20 years ago, but has morphed into a full service provider, bringing HR tools to companies from early stage startups through to enterprise companies. Michele comes from a fine art and business background, and he blends these in his work today leading brand and marketing at Sequoia. He focuses on the company as a whole: The experience of employees and clients is an essential part of both branding and just running a good business. This holistic viewpoint is grounded in Michele’s dedication to getting the details just right for both creative work and operational processes. Listening to him talk about his work is truly sitting with a master craftsman. And I should note: Zander Media has had the pleasure of working with Sequoia over the last several years to produce a variety of videos about the company. Michele’s wealth of experience and deeply caring approach to his work are a beacon in a rapidly changing world. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!
11 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Bullying, Sensitivity, and Growth: The Journey from Boy to Man
This is one of the toughest parts of my life to look back on. And there is so much value in looking at ourselves, understanding our history, bringing those moments to the present and asking, “Who do I want to become?” Without having overcome challenges in my childhood, I would never have had the confidence to open up a cafe or start a media company. Strength comes from understanding our past, and our failures, and then building a future on top of what we've learned.
37 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Job Portraits CEO Jacqui Gibson-Clark on laughter, mistakes, and building an ad agency devoted to service
Today’s delightful guest is Jacqui Gibson-Clark, CEO of Job Portraits. Job Portraits is an employer branding studio, which helps fast growing companies showcase their culture and values to prospective hires. Jacqui brings a decisive vision to her work with Job Portraits that comes from years of hands-on learning in the field. She’s also full of delight, laughter, and practicality. In this conversation, Jacqui shares about her greatest teachers in life -- mistakes and on-the-ground experience. She talks about the structure of a great agency, and the biggest mistakes she’s seen agencies and clients make. I hope you learn as much as I have from Jacqui today.
8 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Daily Writing Habit
One of my most important self-awareness practices is my daily writing habit. And I've always written a lot, not just for the blog or publishing books, but for myself to synthesize my own learnings. In today’s episode, I talk about how I approach writing each day, and what I try to get out of it. Over the past ten years, I’ve built up a deeply supportive practice. Thanks for taking a few moments to stop in, and I hope you make some time for reflection and personal growth today.
46 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Aubrey Blanche of Mathpath and Culture Amp: Do the Next Right Thing
Today’s guest is Aubrey Blanche, who is both the Director of Equitable Design for People and Product at Culture Amp and the CEO of Mathpath. Aubrey is laser-focused on equitable design, and if you have any interest at all in diversity, equity, and inclusion you should follow her on Twitter. In today’s conversation, Aubrey dives deep into the nuances of what it means to build organizations that strive to be more equitable. This is something that needs to be held right at the heart of every organization. Aubrey emphasizes that there is no way to achieve equitable design. Instead, each of us can focus on what is the next best step that we can take. I hope you enjoy the powerful insights Aubrey shares in this conversation, and let us know what your next best step is.
8 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
A Student of Ido Portal and Moshe Feldenkrais: Movement Practice
I’ve had intensive physical practice - a movement practice - from quite a young age. But in almost 3 decades of maintaining a rigorous movement practice, I have struggled to define myself and what I do. Classical ballet, surfing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, juggling, trapeze, Capoeira, gymnastics - I have done all of these and more, but no term fits or encompasses me fully. In today’s episode, I share about two practices, The Feldenkrais Method and the teachings and community of Ido Portal, which form the basis of my movement practice today.
36 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
The Future of Work Needs to Invest in Itself with Allison Baum Gates, General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital
My guest today is Allison Baum Gates, a General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital and a lecturer at the Business School at Columbia University and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Allison got her start working in finance and investing, but quickly saw that technology was changing everything about her work and our world. So Allison decided to go into technology, and to focus on investing in the technology that would be doing the disrupting in 5 or 10 years. She spends her days talking to startup founders and cultivating SemperVirens’ ecosystem of forward-thinking startups. Allison is making an incredible impact with the companies in her portfolio, and her passion for people and growth is clearly a guiding force in her work. It was a real pleasure to hear about how Allison is trying to make the future of work a reality.
41 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Everything Communicates, Everything Influences with Graham North
My guest today is Graham North, creator and head of Brand Camp at the iconic ad agency of Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners, the team behind Got Milk and many memorable campaigns. Graham just won “Strategic Planner of the Year,” and Jeff Goodby has said, “Graham is spearheading a new way of thinking and approach to clients’ problems.” But what excites me the most about talking with Graham is how he can bring a group of people together to focus on the present moment. He cares deeply about holding space and real human connection. He’s taken that passion for connection and created not just an incredible career for himself, but a novel and inspiring way of thinking about how we make meaning. Graham has two interwoven projects we talk about today, Brand Camp and Real Talk. Brand Camp is an intensive program for companies to find their “North Star” and shift operations to focus on the tangible, results-oriented core of their business. Real Talk is a card game about getting to the heart of things, whether that’s in a team at work or a group of folks at a party. While these projects might seem lighthearted, there’s a brilliant core of meaning and depth. I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend Graham North.
21 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Joy of Learning: Robin Gets Interviewed!
This podcast is a little bit different. As part of a rebranding exercise for this website, my YouTube channel, and RPZ overall, I recently sat down with Jonathan Kofahl, my dear friend and producer/director at Zander Media, for an interview...with me! Jonathan and I have known each other since 2017 when he filmed the Rework CEO Summit, which I put on in Boulder, Colorado. We’ve been in collaboration ever since, and since the earliest days of Zander Media, he has been my go-to for “how to create a video business” questions. So often, as the CEO of Zander Media, my job is having one-on-ones with my team - Jonathan included - about what business is like for them and what Zander Media can be doing better. This was a fun and deeply personal turning of the tables with Jonathan asking me about business and personal philosophy instead. I hope you enjoy!
17 minutes | May 7, 2021
Community and Joy with Nate Floyd
As part of the updates to this website and across the RPZ brand, I’ve recently sat down for a half dozen interviews with close friends. And instead of the typical “Robin conducts an interview”, I have asked them to interview me. Today’s interview is with my dear friend, Nate Floyd. Nate and I have known each other for several years as members of SF Movement Practice. Beyond our shared physical practice, Nate is a salesman and a plant medicine guide, and over the years has become a close and valued friend. In this interview, he asks me a wide variety of questions about life, meaning, and my personal approach to happiness. I hope you enjoy!
41 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Gayle Karen Young Whyte, former head of People and Culture at Wikimedia, on Immediacy and Resilience
My guest today is Gayle Karen Young Whyte, former head of People and Culture at Wikimedia (the parent company behind Wikipedia). These days Gayle is very politically active and consulting with a select group of executives on organizational and culture change. I’ve known Gayle since she spoke at the first Responsive Conference in San Francisco in 2016, and have followed her work ever since. In this conversation, recorded in late 2020, we talk about resilience, inquiry, the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can all do to rise to the challenges of these times. Gayle brings wisdom, simplicity, and kindness to the questions of how to continue learning, growing, and thriving as new opportunities arise in our lives.
40 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Dr. Emily Anhalt, Founder of Coa, on the mental health revolution
Hello and welcome to the Robin Zander Show. My guest today is Dr. Emily Anhalt, a clinical psychologist and the co-founder of Coa, a startup building virtual and in-person centers to practice and improve mental health and resilience. Emily spoke at a Responsive Conference event that I hosted on Mental Health in San Francisco in November 2019, and I was so impressed with her presentation on stage that I’ve been wanting to sit down with her ever since to talk about mental health. Now, more than ever, this conversation is needed and I’m delighted that Emily is leading the way and sharing tools to improve wellbeing. Her research into the psychological components of leadership is fascinating, and I learn a lot every time I listen to Emily. I hope you enjoy this conversation!
52 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Finding inner peace through 24 years of solitary confinement with Eldra Jackson III of Inside Circle
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show. My guest today is Eldra Jackson III. Eldra is a TED mainstage speaker and the co-executive director of Inside Circle, a non-profit which works to end cycles of incarceration and recidivism. Eldra was incarcerated for 24 years, with several years of that time spent in solitary confinement. Eldra now spends most of his time sitting with people inside and outside the prison system, helping them uncover their own truths to find greater internal peace. I first met Eldra through a Zander Media client, The Trium Group, where Eldra serves as a strategic advisor. I have since come to call him a friend. With their focus that “not all prisons have walls,” Inside Circle does transformative work to address the trauma and other wounds that create cycles of incarceration. Any time spent with Eldra is time well spent. I’m also pleased to share that Zander Media now produces The Inside Circle Podcast with Eldra Jackson III, with guests including Byron Katie, founder of The Work, Soren Gordhamer, founder of Wisdom 2.0, and many more. I hope you enjoy this wide ranging conversation with my friend, Eldra Jackson III!
51 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Mark Brand, Food Activism and A Better Life Foundation
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show. I first met Mark Brand through his talk at Responsive Conference 2017. The conversation in today’s episode is broad in scope, but the central thread is Mark’s tireless effort towards improving equality for all people. In Mark's world, that is predominantly through getting people fed. As a former restaurateur myself, I’m blown away by what Mark has accomplished, the millions and millions of people he has fed and his own personal triumphs. He’s gone from being unhoused to being a successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Anyone who wants to really have an impact on the world can learn a lot from Mark Brand’s approach and philosophies. Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with my friend, Mark Brand.
51 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Jude Gomila, Golden, and Mapping Human Knowledge
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show! For today’s episode, I sat down with Jude Gomila to talk about his journey as an entrepreneur and his start-up Golden. I first met Jude, and learned about Golden, when Zander Media was hired to create an explainer video about the company. We had 10 days to get up to speed on this company, craft a script, and put together this short video: https://vimeo.com/390117170 I was really looking forward to a more leisurely interview with Jude, but this conversation dramatically exceeded my expectations. Jude is a quirky, charismatic leader, who has invested in over 200 startups and is out to build the world’s first self-constructing knowledge database. Learn more about Golden at golden.com. Jude is a fellow circus performer and a polymath with interests ranging from robotics, space, and the learning process. He, and his company Golden, are on a quest to map all of human knowledge. I hope you enjoy this interview!
55 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
Achieving Radical Alignment with Alex Jamieson & Bob Gower
Welcome back to another episode of the Robin Zander Show! My guests today are Alex Jamieson and Bob Gower, co-authors of the new book, Radical Alignment. This book is designed to help people achieve more joy and less drama - at work and in daily life. Bob Gower is an organizational design consultant. He supported my curation leading up to the first Responsive Conference, where he gave a talk on "How Not To Join a Cult." Alex Jamieson was the co-producer and co-star of the academy award nominated documentary, Super Size Me. She is a leadership coach, radio show host, and nutrition consultant. In their new book, Radical Alignment, they teach a simple process for individuals and teams to establish clear boundaries with less drama and more joy.
55 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
How to Organize During Crisis with Chris Fussell
I'm really pleased to share my live conversation with Chris Fussell, former Navy SEAL and Chief of Staff to General Stan McChrystal. who was himself in charge of Special Operations during the Iraq War. Chris is now the President of the McChrystal Group and spoke onstage at Responsive Conference 2016. Chris is the first person I look to about how we can respond to crisis and we spent this webinar discussing how people around the world can (and should) organize amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic. I hope you find this useful!
35 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
David Hanrahan, CHRO of Eventbrite, on Remote Work, Parenting, and Mental Health in the times of Coronavirus
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show, and an entirely different world. The Coronavirus Pandemic has the entire world in an uproar. In today's podcast, I have a conversation with David Hanrahan, CHRO of Eventbrite, about taking a large company entirely remote in under 2 weeks, parenting tactics when so many of us are working from home, changes to the events business, and maintaining mental health. We keep our conversation short and tactical sharing specific tools and practices that can help you at home. Enjoy!
49 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
"Master Your Code" with Darren Gold of The Trium Group
Welcome back to the show! I'm your host, Robin Zander. I meet with a lot of people exploring the edges of both personal and professional performance, but rarely find folks combining these disciplines skillfully within large organizations. The Trium Group is an exception. In this interview, I sit down with Darren Gold, managing partner of The Trium Group, to discuss peak performance, his very unusual and challenged background, and his new book "Master Your Code." Enjoy!
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