Founder & CEO, Starbucks
"The day of my interview with Howard started as any other—with my morning run to Starbucks to get a Grande Bold. I asked the barista whether she had read Howard’s latest book, Onward. She replied, 'Of course. My partner, Howard, gave it to me.'"
President & CEO, Wintrust Financial Corporation
"With one briefcase and a phone the size of a boot, Wehmer set up a meeting over a card table and a few cold beers in Lake Forest with the goal of creating a customer-oriented bank. Soon, his perseverance and mantra of failing forward transformed the startup finance firm into Chicago’s second largest banking company."
VP, Enterprise Transformation & Change Strategic Communications, Bristol-Myers Squibb
"With so much uncertainty and ambiguity today, Mauer stresses the importance of giving the tools people need to get to where they need to go and that 'you must have guts and courage to be a leader and a trusted advisor.'”
Best-selling Author, Various
Dan has a peculiar fascination with work. It’s the inspiration behind his books Drive, A Whole New Mind, Johnny Bunko and Fast Company‘s blog Free Agent Nation. Dan thinks of his work as a writer in terms of bricks and mortar—manual labor that’s more “hands than head.”
Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Airlines
It’s October 31, 2017 in Dallas, at Southwest Airlines headquarters. Employees are waiting for the chief executive to arrive. Gary Kelly, the fifth CEO in Southwest’s history, has been preparing for this encounter for hours... and arrives dressed as Thor.
Eric Ryan is a game changer. Just over ten years ago, he and his business partner Adam Lowry set out to advance a cause: revolutionizing the way we clean. Along the way, they built Method, one of Inc’s fastest-growing companies, pulling in more than $100M in annual sales.
President & CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Speaking with Patricia Harrison is a super-charged experience. Her enthusiasm is contagious! She crackles with energy, enthusiasm and passion for the mission of The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the leading funder of U.S. public radio and television programming.
Best-selling Author, Journalist & Philanthropist
There’s a point in Tuesdays With Morrie when Mitch notices Morrie’s visitors struggling, not knowing how to talk to a dying person. They’d start with an awkward joke or a story, trying to cheer him up. Morrie would ask about their lives and the conversation would shift.
Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer, MillerCoors
"As a leader, I want to take advantage of everyone’s brain because, most often, people have additive ideas. I encourage my team to think out of the box and take chances, because maybe their ideas aren’t so outrageous after all. I always urge participation in client meetings and brainstorms."