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FORTUNE Unfiltered with Aaron Task

From FORTUNE and Time Inc., home of iconic franchises like FORTUNE 500, comes FORTUNE Unfiltered, an original weekly podcast series featuring in-depth conversations with the brightest leaders in business today. Audiences will discover the personal journeys and the raw ambition behind the executives who are driven to greatness. These are the stories of how and why these important figures in business went from visionary to leader. FORTUNE Unfiltered: Untold and Unguarded.

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Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP

One could say Bill McDermott is a natural born entrepreneur. When he was 11 years old, he turned his paper route into a multiple product course. When he was 16, he began working at a deli and soon owned the business. Today, McDermott is the CEO of SAP. He is no stranger to hard work, having grown up in a working class home. He has a unique optimistic spirit, and believes a person becomes a serious leader when they can control their mind and let their will supersede. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about his rise to success and his admiration for work.


20 Feb 2017

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Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder Stella & Dot

Jessica Herrin’s greatest strength is her endless will to hustle. The CEO of Stella and Dot is driven by her passion to create flexible, entrepreneurial opportunities for women, and supporting small businesses. She sees how women are completely different than they were in the 1950s, and therefore, the traditional business models have changed. Listen to this week’s episode of Fortune Unfiltered to learn more about how she created a successful business at 24, how advice from a cab driver helped shape her path, and why she strives to be daring.


20 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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Bethenny Frankel, Television Personality and entrepreneur

Bethenny Frankel wasn’t the first reality TV star but she has used the platform to grow her business and brand better than anyone this side of Donald Trump. In addition to starring on The Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Ever After, Frankel has hosted a talk show, written four best-selling books, and founded the Skinnygirl line of cocktails, which she sold to Fortune Brands in 2011. A savvy entrepreneur, Frankel kept the rights to the Skinnygirl name and is expanding it into a number of other product lines, including snacks, appliances, condiments, apparel, and sweeteners. Check out the interview to hear how Frankel stays motivated after hitting it big and deals with the balancing act of being a parent, businesswoman and celebrity. Fans love Frankel for her no-holds-barred style and she definitely delivers in our most ‘unfiltered’ episode yet.


10 Oct 2016

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Steve Case, Co Founder of AOL

AOL co-founder Steve Case lives by the African proverb: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”Before there was Facebook or Twitter or Google, there was America Online, the company which once served the functional equivalent of all three combined. During AOL's heyday in the 1990's, the company had over 300 partnerships, including with Apple and Sprint. Those partnerships helped Case's company become the first Internet company to go public and become the best-performing stock of the 1990's dot com boom. The boom ended in 2000, shortly after AOL's stunning $164 billion acquisition of Time Warner.In this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Case talks openly about went wrong with AOL-Time Warner and why being far removed from Silicon Valley’s startup culture was a key part of the Virginia-based company’s growth into one of the top consumer tech brands in the world.


1 Aug 2016

Rank #4

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Rob Manfred - Commissioner of MLB

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks about A-Rod, Pete Rose and the future of America's pastime.


25 Jul 2016

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Danny Meyer, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group

Danny Meyer was a disruptor before it was cool, and remains one today. From the opening of Union Square Cafe in 1985 through Shake Shack’s IPO in 2014 and beyond, Meyer’s restaurants have shaken up the industry’s norms. New York’s fine dining establishment didn’t really focus on customer service and restaurants generally didn’t offer their staff benefits before Meyer arrived on the scene. Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group continued to push boundaries of American dining by eliminating tipping from the Michelin-starred The Modern in late 2015, with plans to extend it to all 13 of its restaurants over time. And starting in 2017, the firm will offer paid parental leave to its full-time restaurant workers, extending a benefits package rarely seen in the industry that has long-included health insurance, life insurance and a matching 401(k) plan.Meyer’s personal background makes him an unlikely revolutionary but it’s clear he’s become one of the most important American restaurateurs of the past 30 years because of a relentless focus on the dining experience for everyone in the restaurant, from customers to employees to suppliers and everyone in between.

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28 Nov 2016

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Maverick Carter, CEO SpringHill Entertainment & UNINTERRUPTED

Maverick Carter, best known as LeBron James’ childhood friend and agent, claims “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious,” borrowing a phrase from Albert Einstein.But to overlook him as “just” James’ trusted confidante underestimates Carter’s abilities as a businessman, sports marketer and media executive.Carter is CEO of SpringHill Entertainment, which signed a content deal with Warner Brothers in 2015. He’s also CEO and co-founder (with James) of Uninterrupted, a platform for first-person athlete stories hosted on Bleacher Report.In this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Carter reveals some of his career highlights, including negotiating James’ rumored $1 billion-plus lifetime deal with Nike, and his role helping put Beats Music on the map in the years prior to its acquisition by Apple in 2014.We also discuss going from “The Decision” special — which was widely criticized— to seeing LeBron bring a championship to Cleveland for the first time since 1964, what he learned from his grandmother, who ran a gambling parlor, working (briefly) with Johnny Manziel, what he considers “the worst thing” in business, and what’s next for him and James.“I feel like we’re just getting started...just getting started,” he says. “We’ve got a long way to go.”


14 Nov 2016

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Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit

Stacy Brown-Philpot is a girl from Detroit who is now the woman revolutionizing every day work as the CEO of TaskRabbit. After graduating from Wharton Business School, Brown-Philpot worked at Goldman Sachs, where she watched the dot-com bubble grow and pop. She saw the potential in tech, leading her to work at Google for 10 years. Listen to learn more about her business philosophy, what it’s like to work with Sheryl Sandberg, and why she never settles for ‘no.’


16 Jan 2017

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Jim Koch, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Boston Beer Company

Jim Koch, founder and chairman of Boston Beer Company and the brewer of Sam Adams beer reflects on his personal journey in the latest edition of Fortune Unfiltered, a journey that included dropping out of Harvard (twice), becoming an Outward Bound guide, and eventually spurring a revolution in the American beer industry.


3 Oct 2016

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Julie Larson Green, Chief Experience Officer, Microsoft

This week, Aaron Task speaks to Julie Larson Green, Chief Experience Officer at Microsoft


13 Mar 2017

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Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Twilio

Jeff Lawson is the CEO and co-founder of Twilio, which makes cloud communications tools for software developers. The company went public in June and has more than tripled from its IPO price, driving the value of Lawson’s stake to nearly $500 million. But having massive paper wealth doesn’t seem to have changed Lawson, who gained perspective from haing founded three companies prior to Twilio, including one that filed to go public in the late 1990s. Then the whole market fell apart and it went bankrupt shortly thereafter. “My takeaway [from that] was to focus on things that are real, of value and have faith if you focus on the true fundamentals of business - happy customers, revenue, good employees - good things will happen.”Lawson also talks about the lessons he learned about leadership and serving customers at Amazon.com where he was one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services.


29 Aug 2016

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Carla Harris, Vice Chair Wealth Management Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is not only the Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, but also chairs the National Women’s Business Council, is a world-renowned gospel singer, and a published author. Her journey has been unique and inspiring. Listen now for her insights on relationships, risk-taking, and the importance of being authentic.


12 Dec 2016

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Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer Marriott International

This week, Aaron Task speaks to Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer of Marriott International


23 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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Julie Sweet, Group Chief Executive of Accenture

Julie Sweet took an unusual road to become CEO of Accenture North America, a position which landed her at #39 on Fortune's 2016 list of the World's Most Powerful Women. In 1987, 19-year old Sweet went to China, going to a foreign culture to learn a strange language in an era when learning Japanese was far more fashionable. Risk-taking and doing things a little differently has become the theme of Sweet's professional career, taking her from partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP—one of the first females to earn that title—to her current position at Accenture NA, which has $31 billion in revenue and nearly 50,000 employees. Sweet helped Accenture land on Fortune's list of the 100 Best Places to Work by allowing employees returning from parental leave to work locally, providing 40 hours of subsidized back-up care, and prioritizing a diverse and inclusive work environment. Just this year, Accenture was the first big consulting firm to publish race and gender stats, another example of Sweet doing things a little bit differently as we discuss in the latest episode of Fortune Unfiltered.


19 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte

From FORTUNE and Time Inc., home of iconic franchises like FORTUNE 500, comes FORTUNE Unfiltered, an original weekly podcast series featuring in-depth conversations with the brightest leaders in business today. Audiences will discover the personal journeys and the raw ambition behind the executives who are driven to greatness. These are the stories of how and why these important figures in business went from visionary to leader. FORTUNE Unfiltered: Untold and Unguarded.


2 Jan 2017

Rank #15

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Carol Roth, Television Personality, Best Selling Author and Entrepreneur

Carol Roth is a great example of someone who has bet on herself -- and won big. Once a rising star at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, Roth got off the traditional Wall Street track and started using what she learned in investment banking to help small businesses get off the ground, and become big ones.In addition to being an early investor in startups like Jawbone, Roth is now an on-air contributor at CNBC, a judge on Mark Burnett's America’s Greatest Makers and author of the New York Times bestselling book The Entrepreneur Equation, which lays out the strategies that led her to be named one of America's Top 100 small business strategists every year since 2011.Despite all that (and more) Roth says one of her "proudest accomplishments" is being one of the mere 2094 people who the NFL is following on Twitter. Check out this week's episode of Fortune Unfiltered as Roth discusses her early investment banking career, her small business consulting work, her hatred of the term "woman entrepreneur," and that whole NFL Twitter thing.


15 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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Tom Farley, President of the NYSE Group

Tom Farley is the second youngest president of the New York Stock Exchange. He attributes his success to networking, his mentors, and above all, luck. In this week’s episode, he discusses how he tackles it all- from running the 200 year old institution, balancing time with his family, and how he and actor Hugh Jackman were the first members of New York City’s now trendiest gym, the DogPound .


9 Jan 2017

Rank #17

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Richard Parsons, a former Chariman of Citigroup and former CEO of AOL Time Warner

A former Chairman of Citigroup and former CEO of AOL Time Warner, Dick Parsons has tackled some of the toughest jobs of any American corporate executive in the past 25 years. In this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Parsons explains why he’s always the person who gets called after disaster strikes. “I’m attracted to that – it keeps your attention,” Parsons says of leading in a crisis. “ It concentrates the mind as Pat Moynihan used to say. If you’ve got serious issues you need to be alert [and] alive in the moment. I’m not the world’s best steady-state manager...not a particularly good one because my mind wanders.”In addition to the AOL and Citigroup jobs, Parsons took over as interim CEO of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers in May 2014 amid the Donald Sterling scandal.But all those professional tribulations pale in comparison to the battle Parsons is fighting today. About two years ago he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer for which there are a variety of treatments but currently no cure.Parsons talks frankly about his battle with cancer, his management philosophy and his reflections on being one of the first African-Americans to run a Fortune 500 company.


22 Aug 2016

Rank #18

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Scott O'Neil CEO for the NJ Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and Prudential Center

This week Aaron Task speaks to the CEO of the NJ Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and the Prudential Center, Scott O'Neil


30 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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Rebecca and Uri Minkoff, Co-Founders of Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff has used New York Fashion Week as a showcase for innovation, and I’m not talking about her fashions. Last year at this event, Minkoff became the first designer to broadcast her runway show in virtual reality. Last spring, the fashion house introduced a “buy now, wear now” format -- showing spring collections in the spring and fall ones in the fall, a seemingly logical decision that was actually a bit of a revolution in the fashion industry."The minute Instagram...became important, the consumer was getting frustrated and angry because she sees something but is confused she has to wait this long" before it's available to purchase, Rebecca Minkoff explains. "Or a fast fashion retailer knocks me off couple days after show. Both ends of spectrum—between frustrated consumers and the fact its copied right away, that cycle was definitely not going to be fixed by doing it the old way" of runway fashions not being widely available at retail until several months later.Ahead of Fashion Week, I spoke with Rebecca, and cofounder and brother Uri Minkoff about disrupting the industry, embracing technology, the challenges and opportunities of running a family-owned business, and how the tragedy of 9/11 helped give Rebecca her first big break.


6 Sep 2016

Rank #20