Coffee Pod #46: The Future Of Work, Education & Leadership With Frances Valintine

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Introducing Frances Valintine. Frances is an educational futurist from New Zealand. Now, she's won a stack of awards for her education program. Notably, best startup in Asia Pacific as judged by Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak in 2014. She also won excellence in social innovation and a variety of influence and innovation awards.

In this conversation. We talk about how the notion of what it even means to be skilled in shifting. We talk about the realities of the modern day workplace and the challenges, but also the opportunity for leaders managing millennials to think about the way they shift their approach and the way that they transform their culture.


Coffee Pod #45: Technology Trends and Breaking Banks with Futurist Brett King

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Meet Brett King. Brett King is a futurist, an Amazon bestselling author, an award winning speaker and CEO of disruptive mobile bank Moven. Brett also hosts the world's most popular fintech podcast 'Breaking Banks'. In this podcast we chat disruptive future trends leaders need to be preparing themselves for, the challenge of transforming legacy systems and how to kickstart innovation. 


Coffee Pod #44: Lisa King Founder of Eat My Lunch. The Business Of Doing Good

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This week, we're heading to the land of the long white cloud. That's right, New Zealand, and our guest is the incredible social entrepreneur, Lisa King. Now, Lisa had a background for about 15 years in high-level marketing roles in fast-moving consumer goods type companies before she stumbled upon the statistics she just wasn't prepared to walk past, and that was data around how many young New Zealanders go to school each day without food in their stomach.

She decided that she was the person to do something about it, so she set up Eat My Lunch NZ, a social enterprise built on a one for one model where you buying your lunch as an individual or a corporation not only gives you your lunch, but it provides a lunch to someone from a low income school. It's gone gangbusters. Lisa's been named Person of the Influence in Business in 2016, in the community in 2017, one of the most prominent social entrepreneurs in the whole of New Zealand, and the scale with which this business is growing is extraordinary.

We're going to touch on not only how Lisa saw the need, but how they've built and responded to that extraordinary demand because that's been one of the biggest challenges they've faced. It's an amazing story and a truly remarkable woman telling it. Without further ado, here's Lisa King.

Coffee Pod #43: Canadian Powerhouse Vicki Saunders Founder of SheEO, Entrepreneur & Award-Winning Mentor.

Meet Vicki Saunders. She is a Canadian powerhouse. She's an entrepreneur. She's an award-winning mentor. She's an advisor to the next generation of change makers, and a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

As we'll touch on at length in the podcast, she's the founder of SheEO, a movement of radical generosity, this extraordinary global initiative that's aiming to radically transform how we support, finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs. We're going to delve into the extraordinary journey of how Vicki and her team arrived at this concept, how they've built momentum behind it, and the extraordinary impact they're achieving in the world at this moment.

Vicki's been named one of 30 world changing women in conscious business. She's been named by the World Economic Forum as a global leader of tomorrow, and is continually called out the extraordinary impact that she's having through business and empowering women worldwide. There are so many brilliant takeaways in this conversation, but it's also just such an inspiring concept and initiative, one of those people who saw the need and decided to continually and persistently chip away at it. Without further ado, here's Vicki.

Coffee Pod #42: Lessons For Aspiring Entrepreneurs With Game Changing CEO Lisa Messenger

 Twitter:  @ LisaMessenger  Instagram: @lisamessenger

Twitter: @LisaMessenger

Instagram: @lisamessenger

Joining me this week is Lisa Messenger. The vibrant and game changing CEO of the Messenger Group and the Founder and Editor in Chief of Collective Hub magazine which was an entrepreneurial lifestyle magazine distributed into over 37 countries.

Lisa's authored and coauthored 16 books and become a real go-to in the startup scene. One of the things I love about this podcast is how vulnerable, real and raw Lisa is. Not only about her own life and the journey to build Collective Hub but also some of the more recent challenges she's found herself in.

It's a really great set of lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs, for people who are thinking about taking risks, for people who've got an idea that they're working on and also anyone who's interested in the journey of self discovery, for that matter. It's packed with a lot of honest reflection and I think you'll really thoroughly enjoy it. Without further ado, here's Lisa Messenger.

Coffee Pod #41: How To Drive Change Within A Large Organisation With ABC's Manager Kellie Riordan

 Twitter:  @ KellieRiordan

Twitter: @KellieRiordan

Kellie Riordan is a manager at the ABC and was one of the original trailblazers behind the podcast medium in Australia. She designed and developed some of the earliest content in this whole platform in Australia and now leads a lot of the product development in that space for the ABC working on content ideas, audio storytelling, digital strategy, you name it. Her story and experiences that she shares around how to drive change within a large organization, the art of influence, her reflections on the period of journalism she's been involved in and how communications fundamentally changed, let alone all the other tidbits that are thrown in, I can't tell you how much pragmatic advice is packed into this podcast. So, let's take it away. Here's Kellie Riordan 

Coffee Pod #40: Award-Winning Entrepreneur Adam Schwab Co-Founder & CEO of Luxury Escapes

 Website:  Twitter:   @ LuxGroup_CEO


Twitter:  @LuxGroup_CEO

Our guest this week is bringing an entrepreneurial flavour to the conversation, meet Adam Schwab. Adam is a Best-Selling Author and an Award Winning Entrepreneur and has built one of the most profitable E-commerce businesses in Australia. We are going to talk about how he managed in just 5 years with zero funding to grow a business to more than $350million turn over with more than 400 employees he has been top of the BRW rich list many times over, he has been on the BRW young rich list since 2014 and he has got a really pragmatic and reflective, considered opinion on how to do business and a critical lens to the world around him. You will learn a lot from this podcast and this is a really brilliant one particularly for anyone who is thinking about how to move from an idea to a concept to scaling something.   

Coffee Pod #39: Creating & Designing Solutions With Founder & CEO At Connections Australia Rinku Razdan

We're taking a social enterprise turn this week, and our guest is Rinku Razdan. Now, Rinku is quite a remarkable woman. She arrived in Australia with very few dollars next to her name, and as a single mother, but with a burning passion to make sure that her son had a world of opportunity before him. She's risen up the ranks of the Australian banking sector, become a very successful technology consultant, and has recently launched Connections Australia, which is a mobile application designed to connect migrants into logistic information that can help them successfully transition to life in Australia, connect them to community and help them really feel a sense of belonging and inclusion, and significantly provide them with access to work.

Rinku's got a really remarkable personal story, and she's a great example of a social change maker who's chosen to use their own experience to create and design a solution that can add value to an enormous number of people in society. I hope you really enjoy the conversation. Here's Rinku.

Coffee Pod #38: Spotify's Global Creative Director Alex Bodman Talks Social Ideas & Innovative Marketing.

Alex Bodman Creative Director at Spotify. Spotify is an extremely extraordinary company when you look at how quickly it is growing, with over 150 million users and Alex is in charge of creating the tool-kit for the brand globally allowing the vision of Spotify to scale across the globe. Since he joined the company in 2015 he has built an in-house creative team with over 30 people. Recognised by Ad Age A-list in 2018 as the in-house creative agency of the year. It has a really interesting background throughout advertising and a number of creative agency roles. We talk about the change in the way that we Communicate and Market, how’s that shifted and what does that mean we need to be aware of as Leaders and as Influences trying to reach audiences with our own message, how is it that we can be mindful in managing our own energy and what does it take to foster creativity both in ourselves and in the teams of people we lead. 

Coffee Pod #37: Building Cross-Culture Relationships With Melanie Brock

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Twitter: @melanie_brock


Our guest today is the wonderful Melanie Brock who first visited Japan in 1982 as a Rotary Exchange Student and has never looked back. She has had over two decades of experience in Japan and has developed an incredible array of contacts in the Corporate, Political, and Diplomatic sectors and she has played a pivotal role in strengthening Australia Japan relations. She is a member on the board of the Australia Japan Business Corporation Committee and is the Chair of the Australian Unity NZ of Chamber of Commerce in Japan. After serving as chair for 6+ years up until 2016.

Our conversation today is really going to focus on cross culture understanding, we are going to use Japan as a little micro cousin which to think about how we can do a better job of approaching situations where we are doing business or seeking to build understanding and relationships with people who are from a different background, a different culture than that of our own.

Coffee Pod #36: 'Redefining The Collar, Blue' With Blue-Collar CEO, Mandy Rennehan

  Twitter:   @MandyRennehan    Instagram: @Freshco_Inc

Twitter: @MandyRennehan

Instagram: @Freshco_Inc

Our guest is Mandy Rennehan. Mandy is known as the blue- collar CEO. She's an incredible Canadian who is entirely self-made. She left home towards the tiny town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at 18 with just a dirty hockey bag and an audacious dream. A passion as well, I should add, for woodworking. By 19, she founded, Freshco which is now Canada's number one full service reconstruction and retail maintenance provider working for some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies: Nike, Apple, The Gap, you name it and Mandy's worked for them or is working for them right now.

At 24, she signed her first $5 million deal and she's just gone up and up and up since then. She won a range of awards including the 2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award. She's also been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and I could go on and on. She describes herself as a fun-long adventurer and a rule breaker and I think you're going to love her wicked sense of humour too. Here's Mandy Rennehan.

Coffee Pod #35: Leading & Living High Performance with Aussie Diamonds Coach Lisa Alexander

 Twitter:  @CoachLisaA

Twitter: @CoachLisaA

I'm really excited to introduce you to today's guest. Someone I'm personally an enormous fan of. We've got a sporting Coffee Pod for you today, and our guest is Lisa Alexander, the head coach of the Australian Diamonds. Now Lisa's taken the Diamonds to Commonwealth Games Championships, World Championships, the trophy cabinet is chockablock. She's got a reputation for her professionalism, drive, and innovative approach to coaching. So much so, that in 2015 she was awarded the Australian Coach of the Year title. Lisa is a much sought after thought leader in what it takes to create and to sustain a culture of high performance, and that's what we're going to delve into in this podcast. What does it take to make an extraordinary team culture? How is it that you deal with setback, and the weight and pressure of expectation? How do you give feedback that allows someone to transform their performance? That and so much more. I loved this conversation and I hope you do too. Here's Lisa.

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Coffee Pod #34: Achieving Audacious Goals & Expanding Limits With A True Adventurer Roz Savage

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Contact: @rozsavage


Here at Coffee Pods we love an adventurous spirit. This week, we have a true adventurer for you. I'm really excited to introduce you to Roz Savage. She's the first, and so far only woman to row solo across the world's big three oceans. The Atlantic, the Pacific, and Indian. I'm talking single-scull rowing, as in stroke by stroke, across the three big oceans of the world. She holds four Guinness World Records, and was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to fundraising and the environment.

Roz has so many environmental roles, but notably, she's a UN climate hero. Now all this is quite an extraordinary achievement for a former management consultant who doesn't particularly enjoy exercise. This is a really interesting conversation. We talk about energy management, we talk about taking on audacious goals, how it is that you push outside of your comfort zone, and battle the talk in your head that says you can't do it. You name it, it's in this conversation. It's utterly inspiring, and there's so many pragmatic take-aways to walk away with.

Coffee Pod #33: Driving Transformational Change with Holly Kramer

 Contact: @hollyatthefarm

Contact: @hollyatthefarm

This week's guest is Holly Kramer. Holly Kramer is a prominent non-executive director. On the boards of organizations like Woolworth's, 2XU, and Australia Post. But she's also got a really interesting corporate history. She cut her teeth in roles such as executive level at Pacific Brands, Telstra, and the Ford Motor Company, across both Australia and the USA, before she found herself at the helm of Best&Less. A retail company with four thousand employees, and two hundred stores, that was not in a great place when Holly found it. Or when Holly took over as CEO.

What we're going to focus on in this podcast is what it takes to drive transformational change in a business. How is it that you can lean in to the customer experience, understand their needs, and transform the way that you deliver products and service? What does it take to shift the culture and really engage your people? And how is it you can inject innovation and agility in thinking and operating back into the way that you work? I hope you enjoy this weeks podcast.

Coffee Pod #32: The Power Of Unconventional Solutions With Pioneering Social entrepreneur And Award-Winning Chef Mark Brand

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Contact: @eastvanbrand


I'm fired up to introduce you to this week's guest. I left this conversation feeling 10 feet tall, I was so inspired and full of energy, by virtue of the sheer passion this individual emits when they talk about what they do, and the impact they're looking to create in the world.

I'm talking about Mark Brand. Mark is a restaurateur and social entrepreneur. In fact, he's one of North America's foremost social entrepreneurs. He runs a stack of businesses, social enterprises, and charities. And he's intentionally chose to start them in the poorest post code in America, which is also the largest drug market in North America. So he works in really impoverished, struggling, and disjointed communities, and the impact he's had will blow your mind.

Mark's also a Stanford Fellow, Professor of Innovation at USC, Executive Chef for Pope Francis's Laudato Si Challenge, and an advisor to corporations working to make real change. Get ready to get fired up.

WARNING: This episode contains language that may offend. 

Coffee Pod #31: Mastering Stress, Performance & Mindfulness With World Leader Martial Arts Master Sifu Singh

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Contact: @SifuSingh


Our guest today is Sifu Singh a Speaker, Author and a High-Performance Coach. He is a teacher of Military, Special Forces, Secret Service, SWAT Teams & over 100 Law Enforcement Agencies across the globe. He is a 23rd generation Tai Chi Master and he is responsible for spreading Bruce Lee's martial arts and philosophical legacy. He is a master and a teacher of more Martial Arts than I know how to name and half of which I know how to pronounce. It's quite extraordinary the degree to which he is pursued his craft in this regard. Sifu is really a World Leader in Martial Arts, Functional Fitness & Mindset Development. Today's conversation is going to really delve into these core building blocks that he applies so successfully not only in his own life but in the work that he does in high pressure zero margin for error situations. It's going to be a real practical toolkit kind of podcast where you will walk away with things to add to your to do list, habits to put into your daily routine that can help you perform under pressure cope with stress and get the job done.  

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Coffee Pod #30: F1 And The Future Of Mobility With Formula E World Champion Lucas Di Grassi

 Contact: @LucasdiGrassi

Contact: @LucasdiGrassi

CEO of Roborace the Worlds first competition for Humans and artificial intelligence racing. Making autonomous technology exciting and inspirational for a new generation of spectators, I’m talking about Lucas di Grassi. Lucas is also a racing driver who has competed in Formula 1 Formula E and World Endurance Championships and is the current World Formula E Champion. He is now bringing his business experience and extensive knowledge of racing into Roborace helping grow it into an established competition and cooperation of human and artificial intelligence. I think you will be fascinated to hear about the technology that Lucas and his team at Roborace are pioneering but also hear from this World Champion about what it takes to be at the top of your game and to sustain performance at that level to operate in those low margin for error situations.

Coffee Pod #29: Cross-Culture Business & Innovations That Matter To The World With Janet Ang

 Contact:  @ janet_ang    Website:  IWForum

Contact: @janet_ang

Website: IWForum

Welcome to part three of our instalment in partnership with IWF, International Women's Forum. This week's guest is Janet Ang, a phenomenal STEM leader. Janet started as a system engineer in IBM, and has been at IBM for life. Rising to become the first female to lead the company as Director for Singapore, and nowadays she's Vice President of Industry Solutions, Systems of Engagement, and Smarter Cities for IBM Asia-Pacific, covering Australia, New Zealand, India, ASEAN, and Korea.

In this conversation we're going to get straight into the tech. We're going to be talking about the key trends that you as a leader need to have on your radar.

We're going to talk about cross-cultural business, the role of faith in a business leader's life, and Janet will suggest a totally different way of thinking about that work/life balance idea.

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Coffee Pod #28: Fairness, Fake News and Fun with Emmy Award Winning Journalist Ann Medina

   Website:  IWForum

Website: IWForum

Welcome to the second instalment of our special podcast series with IWF, the International Women's Forum. Our guest this week is Ann Medina, an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, in fact one of the world's most highly respected and renowned journalists, and an expert advisor in communications and technology. She began her TV career in Chicago, becoming a network producer at NBC, before moving to Canada, where she worked for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. She then joined The Journal, and became its senior foreign correspondent, focusing on stories in the Middle East in particular. She was actually the Beirut Bureau's chief for CBC's The National during that really critical period in '83 and '84. She's moderated election debates, she was President of the Canadian TV and Film Academy. The list goes on and on. This is a really insightful and engaging podcast, and a challenging one at times too. We're going to pick up the Me Too and Time's Up conversation. We're going to focus on the lessons learned from time on the ground in war zones covering significant conflict. We're going to unpack the art of effective communication. We're going to talk about the importance of being open and not thinking that you know. Enjoy.

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Coffee Pod #27: The Importance of being focused and staying open with IWF's President Teresa Weintraub

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Contact: @IWFglobal

Website: IWForum


This is the first in a special four-part Coffee Pods series, partnering with  the International Women's Forum (IWF). Our first guest is IWF International President Teresa Weintraub. Born in Havana, Teresa moved to the US as a small child and has gone on to forge a diverse career involving roles ranging from tax attorney and university fundraiser, right the way through to an extensive career in wealth management. She is currently the Managing Director of Merrill Lynch. Renowned for her philanthropy, Teresa is committed to empowering the next generation of women. In this conversation we explore how to give philanthropic impact, navigating challenges moments and the importance of being focused and staying open. I hope you really enjoy this conversation, proudly brought to you in partnership with IWF.

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