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Have you ever wished you could be in the same room with an inspirational leader you admire? To hear them tell their story of how they became the Trailblazer they are today? At Salesforce, we’re fortunate enough to hear these conversations all the time. And now, you can experience those conversations too. Every week, Blazing Trails brings you these stories from Trailblazers who are leading the charge on topics like the future of work, equality, sustainability, wellbeing, and technology.
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What do all great leaders have in common? What does it mean to solve for fairness? What exactly is an “entrepreneurial leader”? Joining us to answer these questions and more is Joel Peterson, former Chair of the JetBlue Group, Founding Partner of Peterson Partners, Stanford professor, and author of "Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff." Joel's extensive experience on the frontlines of business inspires him to nurture the minds of future leaders. Today, he shares tips for leaders and managers and explains why he thinks a culture of feedback and transparency always wins.
In the age of quarantine, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by what divides us. Bridging our differences and making genuine human connections has always been difficult. Here to help coach us through the process is Louis Theroux, a documentary filmmaker, journalist, broadcaster, and author. Louis has nearly three decades of experience interviewing some of the most interesting - and some of the most wacky - people on the planet. Today, he shares his experiences facing adversity, and explains why a shared sense of humanity is the necessary first step to create lasting change. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about how Salesforce can help you in today's changing world, be sure to check out www.salesforce.com/uk.
If these past 7 months have taught us anything, it’s a lesson in embracing patience, finding gratitude, and building resiliency. So who better to call on for advice than a four-time Olympian? Joining us on this episode of Blazing Trails is Chaunté Lowe, an Olympic high jumper, bronze medalist, and world champion. From facing competition on the field to battling breast cancer off it, Chaunté knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. In today’s conversation, she shares her story, the mindsets and thought patterns she leans on to push through stressful times, and how we can all work to create more inclusive environments for each other. So tune in for your daily dose of inspiration and positivity, brought to by the amazing Chaunté Lowe.
Right now, we could all use a little lift, and joining us today for an insightful, entertaining conversation is just the guest for the challenge: Founder and CEO of Spanx, Sara Blakely. Sara has been featured by Forbes as the youngest self-made female billionaire and named one of Time’s most influential people. She is a mother of four, a dabbler in the world of standup comedy, a philanthropist, and a powerful advocate for women in business. In this interview, Sara’s shares her journey founding and growing Spanx – everything from the hard learned lessons and discouraging ‘no’s, to the funniest mishaps and stories in her career – and her advice to small business leaders facing similar challenges today.
Today's guests are Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll and performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais, the co-founders of Compete to Create. Together they are taking the proven training practices of high-performance athletes to create a coaching program for life and business. They join Salesforce’s Senior Vice President of Product Marketing Lynne Zaledonis to discuss the art and science behind this methodology, including how you can "train" confidence and why being purpose-driven is the name of the game.
Ever wonder how you can best motivate your employees? What the long term outlook for remote work looks like? Or how to retain top talent in an ethical way? Those are questions best selling author and Wharton Professor Adam Grant spends a lot of time thinking about. Today, Professor Grant joins Sarah Franklin from Salesforce to share his ideas about how business leaders can create a 'culture of safety' that allows their employees to thrive.
Joining us today is world-renowned primatologist, anthropologist, author, and hero-to-many, Dr. Jane Goodall. From the decades of her life that she spent working with chimps in Tanzania to the countless hours in the classroom educating future generations, Goodall has dedicated her life and career to wild-life conservation in all its forms. Today, she joins Salesforce’s Jody Kohner to share her story, discuss the interrelationship between the pandemic and our (mis)treatment of the environment, and why she remains hopeful for the future.
Joanna and Chip Gaines are the co-founders of home and lifestyle brand Magnolia and the stars of the hit HGTV show "Fixer Upper." Learn how this remarkable couple turned their family business into this hugely successful business empire. In this interview, the couple sits down with Salesforce's Senior Vice President of Small and Medium Business Marketing Marie Rosecrans to discuss their journey as entrepreneurs, the struggles they faced along the way, and how they are navigating their business through the challenges of today.
Joining Blazing Trails today is the CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff and the Co-Founder and CEO of Workday Aneel Bhusri. Marc and Aneel sit down for an open discussion about why — especially in times of crisis — company values need to be the heartbeat of your business. They discuss why putting your employees first is the best way to help your business thrive, and share tips for other leaders who want their businesses to become a force for change.
In today’s episode, we hear from political scientist, author, and Founder and President of leading global political risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer. Joining him is Salesforce Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Technology Parker Harris to discuss how the pandemic is reshaping our future and what we can expect from global alliances and leaders in the aftermath.
Episode 100! Vice President of Inclusion at Netflix Vernā Myers. Recorded at Representation Matters 2019 this funny and insightful conversation brings a new perspective to inclusion. A warmup for this year's Rep Matters on salesforce.com/live, September 14–18.
This week on Blazing Trails, join us in honoring the LGBTQ+ community and the origin of Pride. Hear from World Cup and Olympic champion Megan Rapinoe, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, actor, and producer Janelle Monáe, and host Leah McGowen-Hare, Salesforce Vice President of Trailhead Evangelism. They discuss ways to champion positive social change for all by leveraging your platform and connections to lift others up with you. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
Today’s episode features a roundtable-style discussion with CEO of REFORM Alliance and CNN Contributor Van Jones, Family Physician and Epidemiologist Dr. Camara Jones, and Senior Editor at Fortune Ellen McGirt. These three special guests join host Ebony Beckwith, Salesforce’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, to discuss the impact of today’s crisis on African American and minority communities, and what lessons organizations, companies, and individuals can take with them into the future. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
Today’s guest on Blazing Trails is author, speaker, and advisor Geoffrey Moore. Geoffrey is considered one of the most influential high-tech advisors in the world, and today he joins journalist Ari Bendersky to talk candidly about leadership and innovation during a worldwide crisis. They discuss power metrics versus performance metrics and what different industries can expect to see as their new normal, plus Geoffrey shares tips for leaders who are trying to redefine their place in the COVID-19 economy. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
Today on Blazing Trails, we take a break from our Leading Through Change series to share our interview with visionary, activist, and tennis world champion Billie Jean King. King joins Pip Marlow, CEO of Salesforce Australia and New Zealand, to talk equality and leadership. They discuss King’s journey as a young tennis player, how she got to where she is now, tips for how leaders can promote equality in the workplace, and why being solution-oriented is the key to success. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
Joining Blazing Trails today is Arianna Huffington, the founder of HuffPost and current CEO of Thrive Global. Arianna sits down with Salesforce Senior Vice President of Employee Marketing and Engagement Jody Kohner and Salesforce Employee Engagement Programs Director Kathryn Bowen. She shares her three favorite micro-steps for combatting anxiety, her philosophy of “Onward, Upward, Inward,” and the importance of having a routine, especially in stressful times. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
Today's Leading Through Change series guest is actor, comedian, and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah. Trevor sits down with Salesforce Senior Vice President of Employee Marketing and Engagement Jody Kohner to discuss humor as a gateway to human connection, adapting to work from home, and what it's been like producing The Daily Social Distancing Show. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
Today's guests are Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Co-Founders, Amy and Ben Wright, and Salesforce EVP & GM of B2B CRM, Bill Patterson. Ben and Amy share how they try to support their employees and customers on a personal level, communicate with honesty, and show their appreciation. They explain how they are using ecommerce to facilitate interactions with customers in today’s environment, and how they are recreating their in-person experience online through social media. Please note that halfway through the episode, VP of Trailhead Evangelism at Salesforce Leah McGowen-Hare joins the discussion to host a Q&A with our guests. To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
To kick off our Leading Through Change series, we are joined by Stephanie Buscemi, the Chief Marketing Officer at Salesforce, and Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions. As a small business owner, Soledad is familiar with the struggles facing businesses right now. In today’s conversation, she shares what it’s been like transitioning her business to work-from-home and the tools she’s using to stay in touch with her clients and employees. She also talks about how this crisis has created an opportunity for business leaders to build a deeper sense of community with their teams. And be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for a very special treat — a conversation and performance with musician, singer, and songwriter Sheryl Crow.  To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 global crisis, companies of all sizes are facing challenges they never could have predicted just weeks ago. In an effort to help businesses manage through this crisis we’ve created Leading Through Change — a program of thought leadership, tips, and resources from Salesforce and our community of Trailblazers to help manage through the crisis.   Over the next 10 episodes of Blazing Trails, you'll hear from guests of all backgrounds; from comedian Trevor Noah, to award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, to small business owners Amy and Ben Wright, and many more.   In today's mini-episode, join safe-at-home hosts Michael Rivo of Salesforce Studios and Laura Woods, Senior Manager of the Salesforce Blog, as they explain what this series is all about and why these discussions are so important to have and share right now.   To learn more about Leading Through Change and to access additional resources to help you and your business manage during this global crisis, go to salesforce.com/blog.
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Austin Peek

What's up with the kid dressed up as a raccoon on your podcast artwork? Asking for a friend...

Feb 16th
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