POV How To Lead With Vulnerability: Kevin Edwards, General Manager, Real Leaders

Kevin Edwards is the General Manager and Host of the Real Leaders Podcast, a Top 100 Podcast for both US and Canada Business News. Since 2015 he’s recorded more than 500 interviews with impact CEOs to educate and inspire listeners about the future of leadership. In this episode, Simon and Kevin share how to combine your personal and professional lives to be the best leader you can be, and how business leaders can and must show up to thrive in these changing and challenging times.
Lead With We is Produced by Goal 17 Media (goal17media.com).

Kevin Edwards
Kevin Edwards is the General Manager and Host of the Real Leaders Podcast a Top 100 Podcast for both US and Canada Business News. Since 2015 he’s recorded more interviews (500+) with impact CEOs than anyone else in the world to educate the mainstream about the growing impact movement and the future of leadership.

Resources
Learn more about Real Leaders: https://real-leaders.com
Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-edwards-360b15101
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Lead With Respect: Rob Cameron, Nestlé’s Global Head of Public Affairs and ESG Engagement.

Rob Cameron is Nestlé’s Global Head of Public Affairs and ESG Engagement. He brings 25 years of experience in the fields of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Nestle is the world’s largest, most diversified food and beverage company. It has a unique global footprint and sells products in over 180 countries working to enhance the quality of life and build a healthier future for people across the. In this episode, we’ll discuss how a company with such a complex and consequential footprint leads with respect to ensuring what it makes and how it makes it serves as many people as possible. And the precious planet we share.
Lead With We is Produced by Goal 17 Media

Rob Cameron
Rob Cameron is Nestlé’s Global Head of Public Affairs and ESG Engagement. He brings 25 years of experience in the fields of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Rob joined Nestlé in February 2021 from Sustain Ability, the internationally respected think tank and consulting firm, now part of the ERM Group, where he was Chief Executive and Executive Director from 2012. Prior to Sustain Ability, Rob was Chief Executive at Fairtrade International, the global umbrella organization for the Fairtrade movement, and was previously the owner and Executive Chairman of Flag, an international communications agency specializing in corporate responsibility. In addition to leading the Public Affairs team in its work internally and externally on Nestlé’s regeneration journey, he is also Secretary of the Sustainability Committee of the Board.

Resources
Learn more about Nestle at https://www.nestle.com
Connect with Rob on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robcameron1202
Visit leadwithwe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble.

A Formula For Success: Brenda Demers, CEO at Smartypants

Brenda Demers is the CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, where she most recently led the company’s integration into the Unilever’s Health & Wellbeing collective — while propelling the business to a Top-10 share position in the multivitamin category through her focus on marketing and operational excellence. In this episode, she shares how to build and scale a company that not only wins over employees and consumers, but also drives extraordinary growth while creating critical impact. She also explains why the company believes so deeply in giving back by making a matching nutrient grant donation to children in need with every bottle they sell.
Lead With We is Produced by Goal 17 Media – goal17media.com

Brenda Demers
Brenda Demers is the CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, where she most recently led SmartyPants’ integration into Unilever’s Health & Wellbeing collective — while propelling the business to a Top-10 share position in the multivitamin category through her focus on marketing and operational excellence. Prior to joining SmartyPants, Brenda spent more than 23 years leading businesses across the Beauty, Personal Care, Food, OTC Pharmaceuticals, and Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements categories globally.

Resources
Learn more about SmartyPants Vitamins at https://www.smartypantsvitamins.com
Connect with Brenda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendademer
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POV on the Business of Sustainability with GreenBiz’s Heather Clancy

We’re excited to launch this new POV format where, once a month, I go head-to-head with a featured guest. For our first POV episode, we welcome Heather Clancy, the Vice President and Editorial Director at GreenBiz. GreenBiz Group is a media and events, member-based company that recognizes the inextricable link between climate change and social change. Join Heather and I in a critical discussion around the climate and sustainability landscape, how business is showing up, and why we both believe there is strong cause for optimism. Lead With We is Produced by Goal 17 Media.

Tracey Franklin
Tracey Franklin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna. Tracey joined Moderna in October 2019 and is responsible for leading the accelerated build of the company from ~700 employees to over 3,000 in under 2 years. Originally Massachusetts-based clinical-stage biotech to now operating commercially in 12 countries around the world, talent and culture have been a critical focus area. Tracey is part of the leadership team that brought the company’s first product to market–a lifesaving vaccine to assist in a global pandemic.
Ms. Franklin joins Moderna following 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. where she most recently led Merck’s global talent strategy as Vice President, HR Chief Talent, and Strategy Officer and served on Merck’s HR Leadership Team. In this role, Ms. Franklin was responsible for leading the vision, development, and execution of the company’s Talent and Workforce Strategy with a focus on evolving the organizational culture and talent for the future. Ms.Franklin’s previous leadership roles included responsibility for HR for all divisions in the European region, head of HR for the U.K. and Ireland subsidiaries of Merck, and HR Operations leader responsible for HR program implementation across Merck’s global footprint. She was based in Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.
Ms. Franklin holds a bachelor’s in communication arts and sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Resources
Learn more about GreenBiz at https://www.greenbiz.com
Connect with Heather on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherclancycollins
Visit leadwithwe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble.

On A Mission to Save Our Home Planet: Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway

Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California with a mission to save our home planet. It was founded in 1976 by Yvon Chouinard and was the first B-Corporation in the state. Rick was Vice President of Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects for Patagonia for 15 years during which he founded the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. In addition to his accomplishments at Patagonia, Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. Along with Yvon and another friend, they were the first Americans to summit K2. He has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents.
In this conversation, Rick discusses why and how Patagonia is fulfilling their mission to save our home planet. He also talks about how Patagonia walks the walk when it comes to sustainability and how it measures its financial performance with the overall health of the planet.
Rick is also the author of 6 books. His latest book, “Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map” is a memoir that recounts some of his boldest expeditions. Rick estimates that he has spent over five years of his life sleeping in tents in distant locations around the globe, “Life Lived Wild” offers some insights to those adventures including his ascent of K2 to exploring a remote area of Tibet that no outsider had ever seen.
This episode of Lead With We was produced and edited by Goal 17 Media and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Audible. You can also watch episodes on YouTube at WeFirstTV.

Rick Ridgeway
Rick Ridgeway is an outdoor adventurer, writer, and advocate for sustainability and conservation initiatives. For 15 years, Rick was a VP at Patagonia developing environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, and Worn Wear. He also was founding chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, today the largest apparel, footwear, and home textile trade organization in the world. In addition, Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions, he was the first American to summit K2, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents.

Resources:
Learn more about Patagonia at https://www.patagonia.com/
Connect with Rick on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-ridgeway-151ab819/
Visit leadwithwe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon,
Google Books or Barnes & Noble.

A Dose of Optimism: Tracey Franklin, Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna

Tracey Franklin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company playing a critical role in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. Its enduring mission is to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients. Over the last two years, they were challenged to do so while facing extraordinary pressures, expectations, and conditions. In this episode, Tracy shares how Moderna works to solve this global health crisis in real-time, how they manage through hypergrowth, and what steps they took to nurture a culture that brought out the best in their people so they could protect and save countless lives.
The Lead With We podcast is produced by Goal 17 Media.

Tracey Franklin
Tracey Franklin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna. Tracey joined Moderna in October 2019 and is responsible for leading the accelerated build of the company from ~700 employees to over 3,000 in under 2 years. Originally Massachusetts-based clinical-stage biotech to now operating commercially in 12 countries around the world, talent and culture have been a critical focus area. Tracey is part of the leadership team that brought the company’s first product to market–a lifesaving vaccine to assist in a global pandemic.
Ms. Franklin joins Moderna following 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. where she most recently led Merck’s global talent strategy as Vice President, HR Chief Talent, and Strategy Officer and served on Merck’s HR Leadership Team. In this role, Ms. Franklin was responsible for leading the vision, development, and execution of the company’s Talent and Workforce Strategy with a focus on evolving the organizational culture and talent for the future. Ms.Franklin’s previous leadership roles included responsibility for HR for all divisions in the European region, head of HR for the U.K. and Ireland subsidiaries of Merck, and HR Operations leader responsible for HR program implementation across Merck’s global footprint. She was based in Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.
Ms. Franklin holds a bachelor’s in communication arts and sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Resources
Learn more about Moderna at https://www.modernatx.com
Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracey-franklin-8b731b1
Visit leadwithwe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble.

How To Balance Work, Play, And The Planet: Jessica Rolph, Co-founder & CEO of Lovevery

Jessica Rolph is the co-founder and CEO of Lovevery, a company best known for its award-winning subscription play kits, designed by child development experts and distilled to their purest purpose to be exactly what children need at each stage of life. In this episode, she shares how to design, launch, and scale a high growth and high impact business that combines the best interest of its customers, the greatest potential for profit, and the deepest commitment to the planet and our future while also balancing a happy family life.

Jessica Rolph
Jessica Rolph is co-founder and CEO of Lovevery, a stage-based early learning program best known for its award-winning subscription Play Kits. Prior to Lovevery, Jessica was the Cofounder and COO of Happy Family, helping to launch, build and lead Happy Family to its position as a top organic baby and toddler brand in the U.S. Jessica also co-founded the Climate Collaborative, a non-profit organization helping companies in the natural products industry take meaningful steps to reverse climate change. Jessica and her husband, Decker, live in Boise, Idaho with their three children.

Resources
Learn more about Lovevery at https://lovevery.com
Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-rolph-4b86ba
Visit LeadWithWe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble.

Why Being Unreasonable Produces Great Results: Daniel Epstein, Founder & CEO Of Unreasonable

Daniel Epstein is the founder and CEO of Unreasonable. An international company dedicated to supporting growth equity entrepreneurs, re-purposing capitalism, and bending history in service of people and the planet. Part investment firm, part media house, and most importantly a global community of like-minded and passionate change agents, Unreasonable partners with multinational institutions and respected brands to support impactful growth stage entrepreneurs. In this episode, Daniel shares how to launch, build and scale a collaborative ecosystem that not only gives entrepreneurs an unfair advantage to succeed but also provides the tools and support they need to scale their impact and realize a future we can all look forward to.
The Lead With We podcast is produced by Goal 17 Media.

Daniel Epstein
Named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Daniel’s life has been shaped by a fundamental belief that entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today. This unfettered belief in entrepreneurs led Daniel to found and become CEO of Unreasonable. Unreasonable is dedicated to supporting growth-equity entrepreneurs positioned to bend history in the right direction. Part investment firm, part media house, and most importantly a global community, Unreasonable partners with multinational institutions and revered brands to align them with impactful growth-stage entrepreneurs. Today Unreasonable actively supports over 310 entrepreneurs who have raised more than $8.9B in financing, generated over $7.1B in revenue, and impacting the lives of more than 800M individuals across 180+ countries. Daniel’s mission through Unreasonable is to evolve capitalism specifically how the world’s largest companies and iconic brands can partner with disruptive entrepreneurs to profitably solve seemingly intractable social and environmental problems.

Resources
Learn more about Unreasonable at https://unreasonablegroup.com
Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/unreasonably/
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Aligning Climate Goals With Digital Transformation: Angela Baker, Chief Sustainability Officer at Qualcomm

Angela Baker is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Qualcomm, a leading global technology company enabling a world where everyone and everything can be intelligently connected. In this episode, Angela explains how 5G technology not only drives transformative innovation but also holds the key to myriad avenues of impact, from regenerative agriculture to education to health and safety. And how such technologies can accelerate and scale dramatic improvements in people’s lives at a time when it’s critically needed. The Lead With We podcast is produced by Goal17Media.

Angela Baker
Angela Baker is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Qualcomm where she oversees all corporate responsibility and environmental, social, and corporate governance. This includes the company’s climate strategy and net-zero emissions by 2040 goal as well as several other ESG 2025 targets. She also manages all social impact programs, including Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues.

Resources
Learn more about Qualcomm at https://www.qualcomm.com/home
Connect with Angela on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angela-baker-ba7b772/
Visit leadwithwe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble.

Living Your Values at Work: Carina Cortez, Chief People Officer at Glassdoor

Carina Cortez is the Chief People Officer at Glassdoor. Built on the foundation of increasing workplace transparency, Glassdoor offers insights into the employee experience powered by millions of company ratings and reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, and more – all by the employees themselves. Carina is passionate about building the future of work and helping people find meaning in their work at a time when this is critical to every business. In this episode, she shares what she had to unlearn from her 20-plus-year history in HR during her first year at Glassdoor and how the company is leading with purpose, building a culture of transparency, and empowering organizations to rebuild their cultures to drive growth, productivity and impact.

Carina Cortez
Carina Cortez is the Chief People Officer at Glassdoor. Thousands of employers across all industries and sizes turn to Glassdoor to help them recruit and hire quality candidates at scale who stay longer. Cortez had 20 years of experience in HR before joining Glassdoor. She has formerly worked in recruiting and people operations across a diverse set of companies, including Ellie Mae, Walmart eCommerce, PayPal, and Visa. As Chief People Officer, she leads the company’s people functions, including strategic human resources, talent acquisition, total rewards, culture management, employee relations, learning and development, diversity, inclusion and belonging, and more.

Resources:
Learn more about Glassdoor
Connect with Carina on LinkedIn
Visit leadwithwe.com to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on Amazon, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble.
The Lead With We podcast is produced by Goal17Media.