Rank #1: Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP
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.
Feb 20 2017
Rank #2: Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder Stella & Dot
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.
Mar 20 2017
Rank #3: Bethenny Frankel, Television Personality and entrepreneur
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.
Oct 10 2016
Rank #4: Steve Case, Co Founder of AOL
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.
Aug 01 2016
Rank #5: Rob Manfred - Commissioner of MLB
Jul 25 2016
Rank #6: Danny Meyer, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group
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.
Nov 28 2016
Rank #7: Maverick Carter, CEO SpringHill Entertainment & UNINTERRUPTED
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.”
Nov 14 2016
Rank #8: Stacy Brown-Philpot, 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.’
Jan 16 2017
Rank #9: Jim Koch, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Boston Beer Company
Oct 03 2016
Rank #10: Julie Larson Green, Chief Experience Officer, Microsoft
Mar 13 2017
Rank #11: Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Twilio
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.
Aug 29 2016
Rank #12: Carla Harris, Vice Chair Wealth Management Morgan Stanley
Dec 12 2016
Rank #14: Julie Sweet, Group Chief Executive of Accenture
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.
Sep 19 2016
Rank #15: Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte
Jan 02 2017
Rank #16: Carol Roth, Television Personality, Best Selling Author and Entrepreneur
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.
Aug 15 2016
Rank #17: Tom Farley, President of the NYSE Group
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 .
Jan 09 2017
Rank #18: Richard Parsons, a former Chariman of Citigroup and former CEO of AOL Time Warner
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.
Aug 22 2016
Rank #19: Scott O'Neil CEO for the NJ Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and Prudential Center
Jan 30 2017
Rank #20: Rebecca and Uri Minkoff, Co-Founders of Rebecca Minkoff
"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.
Sep 06 2016