EP131: Daniella Harkins, SVP, Commercial Strategy and Excellence, LiveRamp

Following up on a great conversation with our partners from LiveRamp last year, this week we speak with Daniella Harkins, LiveRamp’s SVP of Commercial Strategy and Excellence, on her work empowering agency executives to leverage the power of identity across the ecosystem, as well as the experience she’s cultivated along the way from her previous executive roles.

EP130: J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Audacy

This week, Great Minds welcomes Audacy’s Chief Digital Officer, J.D. Crowley, to the show to discuss not only his career, but the continued rise of audio and podcasts in the content marketplace. If you’re even remotely interested in the wide and varied world of podcasts and music, you won’t want to miss this episode.

EP127: Mike Henry, Managing Director – Financial Services, Google

In part two of four of our ongoing Great Minds series with Google, today we sit down with Mike Henry, Managing Director, Financial Services at Google. Mike takes us on an interesting journey through his role at the company, where he started, and where he and Google are headed in the years to come.

EP126: Russell Wallach, President, Live Nation

As President of Live Nation, Russell Wallach, and his team of over 400 oversee the world’s largest live entertainment company. On this episode of Great Minds, Russell dives into the inner workings of operating a live entertainment business and takes us through the career path he took to get here.

EP124: Matt Gourley, Actor, Comedian, and Podcaster

Today on Great Minds, we’re pleased to welcome actor, comedian, and podcasting trailblazer Matt Gourley of the Superego and Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend Podcasts. Matt discusses his career path from the early days to present, with a stop as Volkswagen spokesperson along the way.

EP123: Raja Rajamannar, Author and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and President, Healthcare Business, Mastercard

A single episode of Great Minds is not nearly enough to cover the extraordinary career path of Mastercard’s Raja Rajamannar. Raja covers his early career path to his most recent endeavor, his best-selling book Quantum Marketing in this part one of an inevitable two-part Great Minds profile of one of marketing’s truly greatest minds.

EP122: Colin Blunstone, Singer, Songwriter, Musician

As lead singer of the rock band The Zombies, Colin Blunstone’s voice has been featured on many of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest recordings. In this special episode of Great Minds, Blunstone, a Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame inductee, takes us through his career, from the early days to present.

EP121: Alex Schultz, Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Analytics, Facebook

On this episode of Great Minds, Alex Schultz of Facebook discusses how he brought his nearly two decades of direct response marketing experience to his CMO role, and what it’s like to be responsible for the global consumer marketing organization, promoting Facebook’s brands, products and services.

EP119: The Next 50

This episode of Great Minds takes a rare dive into the world of politics, featuring Zak Malamed, Cofounder and Executive Director of The Next 50, and Abby Finkenauer, The Next 50’s Senior Advisor (as well as former and possibly future member of the House of Representatives). Topics include midterm elections, the state of our country, and much more.

EP118: Ed Asner, Film and Television Actor (Re-Post)

This episode was previously published on June 15, 2021. We’re republishing in memory of Ed Asner, who passed on August 29, 2021 at age 91.

Legendary film and television actor Ed Asner joins Great Minds to discuss his phenomenal career. From his early days working in film with the likes of Elvis Presley and John Wayne, to his two award-winning television shows, Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant, and on to present day in beloved films such as Elf and Pixar’s Up.

EP117: Michelle Bandler, Managing Director of Tech B2B, Google

Part 1 of our 4-part Great Minds podcast mini-series with Google kicks off with this interview with Michelle Bandler, Managing Director of Tech B2B at Google. In this special episode, Michelle takes us through her career from the very beginning to the present day and her 15+ years at Google.

EP113: Bradley Rubin, Owner, Eleven City Diner

Combining his passion for Jewish Delicatessens and mid-20th century family-style diners, Bradley Rubin created Eleven City Diner in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Deli Week on Great Minds concludes as Bradley discusses his life, his inspiration, his successes, and the challenges that have come along the way.

EP112: Deli Boys

We’re kicking off the 1st Annual Great Minds Deli Week with special guests Evan Susser and David Phillips, hosts of the popular Deli Boys podcast. For the uninitiated, the Deli Boys podcast sets out to do something never been done before in the podcast world: rank 14 Jewish delis with some incredibly funny guests along for the ride.

EP111: Thembi Tambo, High Commissioner of South Africa to the United Kingdom

This week on Great Minds, we’re thrilled to welcome Nomatemba “Thembi” Tambo, High Commissioner of South Africa to the United Kingdom and daughter of legendary anti-apartheid politician Oliver Reginald Tambo. Thembi has previously served as the South African ambassador in Rome, and is the head of the Tambo Foundation.

EP110: Stephen “Cat” Coore, Musician

When Stephen “Cat” turned twelve he fell in love with Ska and Pop music, and later Rocksteady and Reggae. He loved the Beatles and asked his mom for a guitar and she obliged and this started a love like no other. Cat joins Great Minds to discuss both his incredible music career, as well as the other legends of music he’s played with along the way.

EP108: David Zucker, Film Director, Producer, and Screenwriter

Airplane! is widely regarded as the greatest American comedy film of all time, followed closely by The Naked Gun series. Today’s guest on Great Minds is David Zucker, one of the great minds behind these films, as well as Top Secret!, BASEketball, several of the Scary Movie films, and many more.

EP107: Stacey Feder, Chief Marketing Officer, Hudson Yards

As Chief Marketing Officer for Hudson Yards—the largest private real estate development in United States history—Stacey Feder oversees all aspects of the brand, as well as sponsorship sales, revenue-generating events and fulfillment strategies for office, residential, retail and public spaces. Stacey has a long track record of shepherding assets from initial concept to dynamic destination, demonstrating a talent for creating community where none existed by drawing businesses and consumers to new gathering destinations. In her previous role as Vice President of Marketing at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center, Stacey played an integral role in the global positioning of the innovative, 2.8 million square foot, mixed-use property, which soon after opening became one of the most-visited places and most-referenced landmarks in a city full of both.