Eddie Micone on A Career In Showbusiness

In addition to his work with a diverse roster of entertainers ranging from Tony Bennett and k.d. lang to Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, Micone was also an original producer of such landmark events as Billy Crystal’s smash Broadway hit “700 Sundays,” the North American debut of Riverdance at Radio City Music Hall and an unprecedented six Super Bowl half-time shows. In his earlier career as an agent at ICM, Micone was personally responsible for guiding the careers of Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Dana Carvey.

Steve Van Zandt on Apartheid South Africa and the Sopranos

Steven Van Zandt is an American singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, and activist. He is best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin. He is also known for his roles on television drama series, such as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos (1999–2007).

Chris Hirst On The Leadership Industrial Complex

Chris Hirst is Global CEO for Havas Creative Network, a multi-disciplinary marketing services network. He was previously CEO at advertising agency Grey London. Once an engineering graduate working in a glass factory, his career path has taken him to the boardroom via Harvard Business School and Oxford University.

Paul Venables on Building Venables Bell and Partners

If Paul were here talking with you right now, he would surely point out that the agency’s big, sweeping, trademark-able philosophy has nothing to do with buzz generation, media agnosticism or content creation, but is simply “our intentions are good.” Those good intentions – doing right by its clients and people – have helped Paul and his partners attract about 180 of the nicest, most talented people you will find in advertising as well as blue chip brands including Audi, Reebok, REI, Celebrity Cruises, Starwood Hotels and MillerCoors.

Claudia and Richard Edelman on Coronavirus and Global Sustainable Development

Richard Edelman is the CEO of Edelman, a global communications firm and is on Great Minds with returning guest Claudia Romo Edelman, a Mexican-Swiss diplomat who is a Special Adviser at the United Nations and the We Are All Human Foundation, whose mission is to advance an agenda of equity, inclusion and representation. They also happen to be husband and wife.

Paul Woolmington On Solving Problems and Building Canvas Worldwide

Paul Woolmington has held leadership positions at the highest levels both globally and domestically in management, media, integrated business, brand, digital and communications strategy at holding companies including IPG, Y&R Inc, WPP and MDC Partners. He co-founded Naked Communications Americas, founded The Media Kitchen, and was named one of the ten most creative/innovative people in marketing and advertising by Fast Company. Paul is currently the CEO & Chief Agitator of Canvas Worldwide. 

Blake Ross and The Kindness Of Strangers

Blake Ross is the former longtime Editor in Chief of Playbill. She served as content coordinator across all mediums for Playbill — online, print and mobile — as well as managed all new media development. During the pandemic, Blake set up a charitable organization called The Kindness of Strangers, where she connects people’s skills with those who need it most. Volunteer your time and sign up at www.akindstranger.com.

Susan Smith Ellis on (RED), combatting AIDS and a $42 million auction

Susan Smith Ellis was the CEO of (RED), a global marketing company whose partnerships help combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa. She helped produce one of the largest grossing contemporary art auction in, which raised more than $42 million for (RED). Prior to joining (RED), Ms. Smith Ellis served as an Officer and Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group of Companies (www.omnicomgroup.com), the world’s largest advertising and marketing services corporation. She has extensive marketing and management experience and has lived and worked in London, Paris, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Keith Reinhard on Bill Bernbach and creating Omnicom

Advertising Age has referred to Keith Reinhard as the advertising industry’s “soft-spoken visionary” and in 1999 named him one of the top 100 influentials in advertising history. He is Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide. As a working creative director, Keith was responsible for McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today.” Teams under Keith’s direction created award-winning campaigns for Anheuser-Busch, Volkswagen, PepsiCo and others. 

Maria Bartiromo On Becoming A World Class Business News Anchor

Maria Bartiromo has been a pioneer in financial news television. In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis. She is host of Mornings with Maria and Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street. She worked at CNN for five years before joining CNBC, where she worked for 20 years. In 2013, she joined Fox Business and Fox News, and she’s also the anchor of Sunday Morning Futures on FOX News. In 2009, the Financial Times named her one of the “50 Faces That Shaped the Decade.”

Alvin Bowles on Diverse Voices and Facebook’s Covid-19 Response

Currently, Alvin Bowles holds the position of Vice-President-Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. He leads Facebook’s audience networking department. It is the technology that makes advertisements more viable for small business owners and directs them toward the proper audience. 

Ido Aharoni On A Career of Diplomacy

Ambassador Ido Aharoni serves as a global distinguished professor at New York University’s Program of International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Ambassador Aharoni is a 25-year veteran of Israel’s Foreign service, a public diplomacy specialist, founder of the Brand Israel program, and a well-known nation branding practitioner. Ambassador Aharoni, who served as Israel’s longest-serving consul-general in New York and the tri-state area for six years, oversaw the operations of Israel’s largest diplomatic mission worldwide.

Verizon Media’s CEO On Building Product Ecosystems

Guru Gowrappan is CEO of Verizon Media, a powerhouse of trusted media and technology brands, including Yahoo, HuffPost, and TechCrunch. Prior to this role, he was Global Managing Director of Alibaba where he focused on international expansion and e-commerce for key consumer and enterprise products

Patricia Corsi on Lifelong Learning and Curiosity

Patricia has over 20 years’ experience in consumer goods, she was previously Heineken’s CMO/SVP in Mexico and is now CMO of Bayer, based in Switzerland. Prior she was Marketing Vice President and board member for Unilever’s UK & Ireland business. During lockdown she is attempting to learn to play the ukulele.