Rank #1: Retail Doctor Bob Phibbs Says Consumers Still Crave Authenticity
The Retail Doctor, Bob Phibbs, dishes the secret to success for retailers. He begins by breaking down his background as a music student at Chapman University, and how a talk by Tony Robbins prompted him to pursue his personal brand, The Retail Doctor (6:30). He then discusses why the pursuit of “the next great thing” can be detrimental to success (9:00) and explains the true value of authenticity in a world obsessed with social media (14:00). In fact, this is why Phibbs believes brick-and-mortar shops are crucial for small businesses—with the caveat that those businesses continuously provide great customer service (21:30). He then discusses his sales training tactics, which now include virtual coaching (26:10) and the dirty little secret most small business owners won’t tell you (32:00). Tune in for all this and more!
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Jun 03 2019
Rank #2: How the American Cancer Society Continues Fighting Cancer
On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast” we sat down with Rob King, Chief Financial Officer of the American Cancer Society, to discuss the history of the organization (4:15), the challenges it has faced since its genesis in 1913 (6:40) and how it’s developed into a leading authority on cancer (11:00). King breaks down the competitive nature of non-profit organizations (15:40) and attributes the ACS’ success to maintaining transparency (18:00). He advises business owners to utilize data in striving for innovation and insists an organization has to have the proper technology and release the fear of new ideas in order to be successful (19:10). He concludes with some of the updated guidelines on cancer screenings and up-to-date patient care programs provided by ACS (27:00). Tune in for all this and more!
May 20 2019
Rank #3: Macro Is Giving a Voice to People of Color Across Film, TV & Digital
Macro is a multiplatform company founded by Charles D. King and dedicated to celebrating the voices of people of color in film, television and digital media. On this episode, Macro’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Eric Briggs, breaks down the company leadership, strategy, successes and challenges. He starts off diving into the history of the company, which all began with King’s vision (5:03). Briggs then breaks down the company’s three verticals and how each cater to Macro’s success (13:53), albeit through judicious deployment of capital (21:02). He recalls the company’s first foray into film with massively successful movies like “Fences” and “Mudbound” (25:12), which catapulted Macro’s success. He also explains how the company is affected by the 20+ list of distribution platforms today (34:47) and how leadership goes about choosing which platforms are better for which project (36:26). Finally, Briggs dives into the importance of providing a holistic experience (49:19) and some of the biggest obstacles Macro has faced to date (58:26). Tune in for all of this and more!
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Jul 15 2019
Rank #4: 2020 Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand on Her Run for President
On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast,” we sat down with United States Senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand. She takes us back to the heavy involvement of her female mentors--like her mother and grandmother--in politics (2:05) and their influence on her desire to become a senator. She then dives into her presidential run, noting her focus on small businesses to help rebuild a healthier economy (5:45). She reveals her plan to enlist the Small Business Administration to seek more women and people of color as business owners (8:25) and explains how that would benefit the entire economy (12:30). She segues into the impact of females and people of color in the U.S. government and how they bring forward important issues her fellow white, male colleagues do not understand (21:00). Finally, she presents her plan for standing out in the 2020 race (26:30) and reveals what she believes to be the greatest threat to humanity right now (29:40). You won’t want to miss this episode!
Jun 17 2019
Rank #5: How Art in Action Colors the Lives of Students All Over the United States
On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast” we sat down with Mizgon Darby, Executive Director of Art in Action, a non-profit dedicated to providing arts education to K-8 students all over the United States. She breaks down the history of the organization, going back to its genesis in 1982 (0:22). She then addresses the funding issues Art in Action has faced (3:15) and how the organization has overcome the misconceptions about arts education and its value in today’s workplace (5:15). In fact, Darby says the theme of Art in Action’s current lessons focus on art in technology (11:05) and why that artistic creativity is a valuable asset in the tech industry. She then breaks down how the organization continues to succeed, despite many obstacles (15:02), noting a team full of dedicated donors, board members and volunteers are vital to all of Art in Action’s accomplishments (20:40). Finally, Darby dives into the organization’s strategy in securing funding, allowing it to remain effective despite the competitive nonprofit space (26:30). Tune in for all this and more!
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Apr 22 2019
Rank #6: From The Second City’s Dishwasher to EVP: Kelly Leonard’s Story
We sat down the Executive Vice President of The Second City, Kelly Leonard, to discuss the history of the famed theater (4:40), the usefulness of improvisational comedy—both on and off the stage (10:30)—and how Leonard himself went from a dishwasher to an EVP (14:50). He breaks down his mindset when dealing with obstacles (19:10), explaining that challenges often force him to solve problems through creativity. He also tells some of his favorite stories from his time with The Second City, which includes a theft by Bill Murray (31:00), and reveals the value behind using the “Yes, and…” improvisation rule in our day-to-day lives (36:20). Finally, he concludes by discussing some of The Second City’s performance-enhancing programs for people of all different backgrounds and explains his vision for the future (45:40). Tune in for all this and more!
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May 06 2019
Rank #7: Author Samantha Ettus Advises Women on Work-Life Balance
Bestselling author and entrepreneur, Samantha Ettus, sat down to detail how she got her start, sharing some of her most memorable experiences from her journey (8:35). She addresses the challenges companies face in early years (13:00) and explains how her background in competitive sports taught her valuable skills that were transferable into her life as an entrepreneur (17:15). She then dives into the inspiration and creation of her book, The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe For Success and Satisfaction (21:00), which stresses the importance for women to find and maintain a healthy work-life balance (30:00). She emphasizes the need for women to demand support, both at home and in the workplace (37:10) and reminds us to be mindful of our actions because it sets the tone for the next generation (46:10). Tune in for all of this and more!
Mar 08 2019
Rank #8: Warriors’ CFO Jennifer Cabalquinto Delivers Winning Business Playbook
We sat down with Jennifer Cabalquinto, Chief Financial Officer of the Golden State Warriors, to discover what her role entails (7:40) and how much power she has in the decision-making process for the championship team (8:55). She discusses the importance of diversifying a team, how that plays a vital role both on and off the court as well as the value of having a leader with a clear vision (9:50). Cabalquinto explains how her background in entertainment helped her succeed with the Warriors, despite having no previous sports experience (16:55). Now, a thriving CFO for the Warriors, she breaks-down the business of running a sports team, from ticket sales to stadium construction to the G-League and beyond (24:20). With the success of the team and her current business model, she talks future plans, which just might include a WNBA team in San Francisco (34:20).
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Feb 11 2019
Rank #9: Jeff Barrett’s Guide to Social Media & Influencers for Business
Jeff Barrett is the CEO of the award-winning digital PR agency Status Creative, a well-known contributor for brands like Inc. and Adobe, and a social media influencer. On this episode, Barrett defines the label “social media influencer” (5:46) and his journey to becoming one (7:57). He explains how companies (both big and small) can benefit from using social media influencers (12:02) and two strategies businesses should look at when considering influencers (14:39). Barrett also discusses the idea of digital PR and how it differs from traditional PR (17:58), what trends he’s seeing across the digital space (19:31) and his strategy for working with major names like Mark Cuban (31:41). Finally, Barrett breaks down how smaller companies can utilize social media to grow (37:05) and the metrics that matter when it comes to gauging social media success (39:00). Tune in for all of this and more!
Jan 28 2019
Rank #10: Actor, Director Chad Lowe Plays New Roles: Leader, Entrepreneur
Actor and director Chad Lowe discusses his move from Dayton, Ohio, to Malibu, California (4:15), and the sense of vulnerability he gained in the process (7:13). That vulnerability, however, eventually fueled his desire to pursue acting (21:02) and later led him into directing. He also addresses the misconception about artists and creativity (25:55) and explains how they play a role in business (35:00). Lowe says, “Hollywood is no different than any other business” (47:43) and insists curating a leadership style as a director or an entrepreneur requires vulnerability and the acceptance of all types of personalities. He says his goal is to inspire those who work around him (51:05), and that he plans to do just that as he dives into his newest venture: Starting his vintage sports memorabilia company, Cobb and Lowe (57:30). Tune in for all this and more!
Apr 08 2019