Scott Mordell Talks About the Value of Shared Experiences and Having a Safe Haven

Scott Mordell has been CEO of a number of privately-held organizations.  He has served as YPO’s CEO for six years.  YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 25,000 chief executives in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses.  Altogether, YPO member-led companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

Next week’s guests are  Jimmy LeBlanc and Perry Stagg, Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Christina L. Martini Speaks to the Power of Diverse Perspectives

Christina L. Martini is a partner with DLA Piper – a global law firm with lawyers in more than 40 countries.  Tina is Chair of the Chicago Intellectual Property Practice Group and serves as DLA Piper’s National Hiring Partner – Associate Recruiting.  She has received numerous professional accolades, including an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

In addition to Tina’s full-time practice and various leadership roles at the firm, she is a thought leader, author, columnist, and speaker.  Tina frequently shares her business and legal expertise on media outlets such as Bloomberg, Thomson ReutersWGN Plus RadioChicago Lawyer Magazine, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Huffington Post, and Fast Company, among others.

Next week’s guest is Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO.

Jeffrey Hayzlett on Paying It Forward

Jeffrey Hayzlett is the primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives LIVE on C-Suite TV and is the host of the award-winning All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on C-Suite Radio.  Hayzlett is a global business celebrity, Hall of Fame speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders.

Next week’s guest is Christina L. Martini, Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US).

Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer Update

Leo Bottary is an author, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage.  After eight years as an instructor for Seton Hall University, where he was named adjunct teacher of the year in 2015, he now serves as an instructor for Rutgers.

During his tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo Bottary led the rebranding of the company and directed a thought leadership initiative on the power of peers in business.  This work resulted in a book he coauthored with Leon Shapiro titled:  The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success.  Leo (and publisher Taylor & Francis Group) will release a new book in Spring 2018, which he’ll tell us more about on the show!

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Gini Dietrich on Influencers, Leading Virtual Teams, and Being Part of a Peer Group

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a digital marketing communications firm based in Chicago. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. Gini is also the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Clients who have benefited from Gini’s forward thinking approach to communication have included Ocean Spray, Sprint, Denny’s, GE, and Abbott, to name a few.

Next week’s guest is Louis J. DeGennaro, PhD, president and CEO of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Ryan Foland on Engaging Your Peers: Listen more, talk less!

Ryan Foland coaches leaders worldwide on the art of simplifying spoken and written messaging for greater impact. Ryan was recognized in 2016 by Inc. Magazine as a Top Youth Marketer and, in 2017, was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top Personal Branding Expert.  Ryan’s company InfluenceTree, specializes in helping individuals discover, build and grow their personal brands. Ryan hosts the radio show Get Notified on KUCI and is a gifted speaker on the topics of communication and personal branding.  Ryan is also a sought after TEDx host, having worked with TEDxUCIrvine, TEDxSantaMonica, and most recently TEDxLA.

Next week’s guest is Arment-Dietrich CEO, Gini Dietrich.

Marian Salzman on Agile PR

Marian Salzman is the CEO of Havas PR, U.S. Named one of the world’s top five trendspotters (bringing the term “metrosexual” to the world in 2003), Marian is one of the most-awarded female public relations executives in North America. Prior to joining Havas PR and the Global Collective, Marian was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Porter Novelli, CMO at JWT Worldwide, and Chief Strategy Officer at Euro RSCG Worldwide.

Author or coauthor of many books, her latest (written with the Havas PR team): Agile PR: Expert Messaging in a Hyper-Connected, Always-On World is now available.

Next week’s guest is Ryan Foland, Managing Partner, InfluenceTree.

Paul Michelman: Working Together In a Changing World

Paul Michelman is editor-in-chief of MIT Sloan Management Review, serving as the guiding hand behind MIT SMR’s content strategy as it expands across both digital and print platforms.  Prior to joining MIT SMR in December, 2015, Paul served as editor-in-chief of Safari Books Online.  Before that, he spent a dozen years in leadership roles at two of the other premier names in management publishing: As Harvard Business Review’s executive editor and director of new editorial products, Paul launched a suite of digital initiatives over a 10-year period that today comprise the core of HBR’s online brand.  And as executive editor of strategy+business, he spearheaded its digital make-over.

Next week’s guest is the CEO of Havas PR, U.S., Marian Salzman.

Sekou Andrews – Making the Whole Greater Than the Sum Of Our Smarts!

Sekou Andrews is an elementary schoolteacher turned actor, musician, national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and now the world’s leading Poetic Voice.  On any given day, Sekou may deliver an original talk for international marketing executives, give a keynote speech at a leadership conference, or perform pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard.  His work has been featured on such diverse national media outlets as ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET.  Sekou does more than inspire us with his story; he inspires us with our story.  You can learn more about Sekou at and

Next week’s guest is Paul Michelman, Editor-in-Chief, MIT Sloan Management Review.

Larry Robertson on Community and Creativity

Larry Robertson is an innovation advisor – a rare combination of many parts that quilt together into a greater whole. He’s the author of two award-winning books – The Language of Man. Learning to Speak Creativity and A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress. He’s also the founder of two ventures: Lighthouse Consulting, a firm that for 25 years has guided entrepreneurs and leaders, and a non-profit focused on creativity. These things and more make him a widely sought after expert in the areas creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership. A quick listen to him ‘live’ in this podcast and in other appearances will immediately show you why.