A podcast about creativity & innovation

Combining different fields, knowledge & talents to create something new.

2019 Outstanding Business Series

Taking over with Code

with Team Zeal Episode 21

Are young people more creative than adults? Team Zeal created an app & a business to solve a real-world problem in 12 weeks with no prior coding or entrepreneurial experience. They talk competing in the global Technovation Challenge & getting more young women into a non-traditional field.

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Optimism, Opportunity & Emerging Markets

with Deepa Prahalad Episode 20

What’s the connection between innovation & prosperity? Deepa Prahalad is a strategy, design & emerging markets expert & author. She talks economic inclusion, opportunities in challenges & the value of uniqueness in good design.

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E-Learning Explorers

with Ron Thiele Episode 19

What’s changing in the way we learn? Ron Thiele is President & co-founder of Xpan Interactive, an e-learning company. He chats on growing a company of e-learning explorers, tech, storytelling & disruption in the learning space.

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A Non-Specialist in a Specialist World

with Nickita Episode 18

Nickita created Passions Pilot. She’s an IT project manager, former stained glass artist & multi-potentialite with multiple interests. We chat non-specialist careers, natural cross-pollinators & undercover innovators. Nickita talks agile methods & organizing many passions with Passions Pilot.

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Designing Deeper than a Pretty Page

with Tracy Lay Episode 17

How does good design speak to readers? Tracy Lay applies design & creativity to connect authors & new ideas to an audience. She cross-pollinates art, self-publishing & branding & created a new business based on her unique combination of skills & talents.

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Curiosity, Creativity & Change

with Janice Francisco Episode 16

How can companies innovate better? Janice Francisco leads BridgePoint Effect. She tells us why employee creativity is organizations’ best resource in responding to change & developing new solutions. Janice explains what companies need to consider in embarking on an innovation journey.

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A Secret Sauce for Cities

with Elisha Muskat Episode 15

What’s civic innovation & how can it help cities? Elisha Muskat is a social innovation leader who tells us about how cities can work better for more people, how to redefine problems to unlock new value & opportunities to solve old problems in exciting new ways.

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Why Innovation is a Survival Skill

with Shari Hughson Episode 14

Shari Hughson is a serial entrepreneur, intrapreneur & social innovator who lived off the land for 7 years. She talks about why innovation is a human survival skill & a systematic process, how intrapreneurs & entrepreneurs are alike & why curiosity & execution are essential to solve problems in a new way.

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Tackling Problems with Good Design

with Kelly Shaw Episode 13

What’s design about & why does it matter? Kelly Shaw, Design Director at J5’s Social Impact Lab, demystifies design thinking. He talks about how companies & non-profits can use design methods to innovate & solve problems & why Spotify is a great example of good design.

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*’E’ rating for language* How to do things differently. Coalition Snow is an industry upstart. CEO Jen Gurecki gets frank about breaking into the outdoor industry, shaking things up & creating a platform for social change while manufacturing women’s skis & snowboards. Bring your sisu spirit & a bottle of bourbon.

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Telling Stories that Inspire Life & Work

with Christa Avampato Episode 11

Christa Avampato is a New York product development expert, business writer & award-winning fiction author. She talks about why tech is about stories; biomimicry & product design, the career story you need to tell & reinventing your career & life through creativity & imagination.

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Vizualizing Higher Ed

with Frank Maurer & Jeff Lafrenz Episode 10

How can universities play a role in innovation? Vizworx has answers. Co-founders Jeff Lafrenz and Frank Maurer talk about taking research beyond the academic realm, commercializing early stage technologies, augmented reality and data visualization and ensuring students can think big to solve problems in a multi-disciplinary world.

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No Walls & a Campfire

with Niki Choo Episode 9

Energized by time outdoors? Niki Choo drew on a background in outdoor recreation, business, psychology and real estate development to co-found Campsyte, an outdoor workspace. The CEO explains what sparked her business, the benefits of time outside and why cross-pollinating knowledge leads to more creative companies.

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Coming to a Screen Near You

with Vera Neverkevich Episode 8

Vera Neverkevich is a computer scientist & filmmaker. She talks about how IT contributes to her film work and how an outsider’s perspective helps her create new stories. Vera explains what it takes to get good at what you do, persist in a highly competitive field and live a creative life in two fields.

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Inventing a Creative Business

with Lisa Robbin Young Episode 7

Business coach Lisa Robbin Young helps creative entrepreneurs develop sustainable businesses. She explains the 3 types of creatives and her incubator that helps commercialize their expertise. She talks about cross-pollinating to stand out from the crowd and the difference between using your skills and your talents.

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How to be a Chic Geek

with Kylie Woods Episode 6

How do you take on a problem that’s bigger than you? If you’re Kylie Woods, you bootstrap Chic Geek with a volunteer army. The founder/Exec Director explains her love for tech, engaging more women in IT, leadership, experiments, blending startup, tech and non-profit approaches and applying your background in industries where your skills aren’t an obvious fit.

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How can sports help build creative muscle? Pro skier & entrepreneur Leah Evans turns imagination into reality. She talks about using sport to take risks & get out of your comfort zone. She chats on the creative film, music and business ventures she’s developed and learning from failure. Leah is founder/Director of Girls Do Ski and Airplane Mode and has appeared in films, international ski camps and expeditions.

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At Hyperspeed Take Nothing for Granted

with Gal Corfas Episode 4

What do you do when disruption & change are your industry norm? B2B tech marketing expert Gal Corfas explains how rapid change influences online marketing, different generations at work and the way that we think. He talks job and education trends based on the experience of his industry, being a non-specialist and how cross-pollinating and learning in different fields can help.

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Finding the Red Thread

with Elise de Bres Episode 3

How to connect different career interests? Book coach/publisher and Seats-2-Meet co-owner, Elise de Bres is an expert at making connections others can’t see. She explains the red thread that unifies her business interests, the power of serendipity and her unintended path to entrepreneurship.

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Psych, No Couch Required

with Velma Mockett Episode 2

What do business & psychology have in common? Velma Mockett is an unconventional therapist who mixes psychology, business, and public health to help people implement positive life changes. Velma believes cross-pollinating across fields gives you more ways to gain insights and develop solutions to face life’s challenges. She talks strengths, mental health, resilience and emotional fitness.

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Data Science, Trading & Agile Walk into a Bar

with Nima Safaian Episode 1

How to be an intrapreneur? Nima Safaian works in financial trading. Frustrated by outdated methods, he cross-pollinates data science, machine learning, design thinking and startup methods to create tools for new insights on the financial markets. He talks about developing a team with no prior data science or coding background and innovating in a large organization.

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