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Leading Into The Unknown

Optimism. Humanity. Creativity. Authentic Communication.

Today’s leaders need a new toolkit of capabilities to be resilient and effective as the challenges we face—as individuals, organizations, and a global society—become more complex. Leading into the Unknown features the approaches, ideas, and tips of some of the world’s most innovative leaders, from Fortune 100 CEOs to disruptors pioneering the future of work.

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Tom Andrews

For the past twenty years, Tom Andrews has been helping Chief Executives lead their organizations through transformation, most recently as the President of SYPartners’ Organizational Transformation practice. He has recently founded a new organization, TJA Leadership, which integrates leadership development into organizational and cultural transformation. Tom has helped design leadership curricula for GE’s Management Development Institute at Crotonville and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and regularly speaks at Fortune 100 companies and other high-performance organizations.

Ben Perreau

Ben Perreau is a Strategy Director for SYPartners in San Francisco. He got started in the music industry, first as a producer for Virgin Radio, and then led a transformation of NME.com, which became the world’s biggest music website of its time. Ben went on to lead Digital Product Strategy for Europe’s largest media companies—including Sky, Global Radio and the BBC—and has founded multiple companies, including his first digital business at age 19. Along the way, Ben has been a consultant, university lecturer, and writer for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, and The Times.

Andy Ng

Andy Ng is a Program Manager at SYPartners in New York. After working a full-time job as a high school student, he earned the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship and studied at both NYU and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has co-founded a successful education startup, cultivated his leadership and contemplative practice in fellowship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and spent time working on issues of diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley.

Porter Braswell, CEO of Jopwell: Why every company should be focused on DEI, no matter their size

After experiencing the lack of diversity on Wall Street, Porter Braswell was inspired to create a solution to the problem: Jopwell, a platform that connects Black, Latinx, and Native American talent with career opportunities. In conversation with host Andy Ng, Porter explains what the terms “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” mean to him, and why they are important for organizations at any stage of the business life cycle. Also, he offers advice for champions of diversity who may be facing resistance in their companies.

With Porter as Co-founder and CEO, Jopwell has formed partnerships with more than 100 of America’s leading companies and has facilitated tens of thousands of connections for Jopwell jobseekers. In 2017 alone, the company was recognized as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Ideas,” and Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies”.

Hosted by Andy Ng: Andy Ng is a Program Manager at SYPartners in New York. After working a full-time job as a high school student, he earned the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship and studied at both NYU and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has co-founded a successful education startup, cultivated his leadership and contemplative practice in fellowship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and spent time working on issues of diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley. Andy is deeply passionate about bringing others together, specifically young people, and has worked with students in London, Abu Dhabi, and across the U.S.

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Kelly Peters, CEO of BEworks: Think like a scientist to make better business decisions

“Our intuition is beautiful and can give us tremendous insights, but we also need to recognize that it’s misguided.” Kelly Peters explains how her “irrational passion” for behavioral economics led her to co-found the first management consulting firm dedicated to bringing scientific thinking into business strategy, and how leaders can make smarter decisions by incorporating behavioral economics into their operations.

Kelly Peters is the CEO and Co-Founder of BEworks, which provides scientific research, evidence-based strategies, and fully implemented solutions to their clients, which include Fortune 500s and governments around the world. She has also overseen the launch of several business ventures that capitalize on insights into consumer behavior. Kelly is a Faculty Lecturer of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, as well as a regular lecturer at Cornell and Harvard, among other schools.

Hosted by Tom Andrews: For the past twenty years, Tom Andrews has been helping Chief Executives lead their organizations through transformation, most recently as the President of SYPartners’ Organizational Transformation practice. He has recently founded a new organization, TJA Leadership, which integrates leadership development into organizational and cultural transformation. Tom has helped design leadership curricula for GE’s Management Development Institute at Crotonville and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and regularly speaks at Fortune 100 companies and other high-performance organizations.

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Kara Nortman, Partner at Upfront Ventures: Elevating the humanity in venture capital

As a Partner at Upfront Ventures, Kara Nortman focuses on the human element of venture capital. In conversation with host Ben Perreau, Kara explains what she looks for in founders, and how she is helping to increase female representation in the venture capital industry through All Raise, an initiative to accelerate the success of female funders and founders.

Kara maintains a portfolio of companies including Qordoba, Parachute, Stem, and Fleetsmith. Before joining Upfront Ventures, Kara co-founded Moonfrye, a children’s e-commerce company. Prior to Moonfrye, Kara spent close to seven years at IAC where she acted as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Urbanspoon and Citysearch. She was also a seed investor and advisor to Tinder.

Hosted by Ben Perreau: Ben Perreau is a Strategy Director for SYPartners in San Francisco. He got started in the music industry, first as a producer for Virgin Radio, and then led a transformation of NME.com, which became the world’s biggest music website of its time. Ben went on to lead Digital Product Strategy for Europe’s largest media companies—including Sky, Global Radio and the BBC—and has founded multiple companies, including his first digital business at age 19. Along the way, Ben has been a consultant, university lecturer, and writer for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, and The Times.

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Stephen Friedman, Former President of MTV: How businesses can begin to embrace social impact

During Stephen Friedman’s tenure at MTV, social impact drove many business decisions that ended up cementing the network as the cultural home for the Millennial generation. In this episode, he explains the first step businesses should take to embrace social action, and how more listening and empathy can inspire breakthroughs for leaders at any level.

Stephen, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning creator of social impact campaigns, is the Societal Impact Advisor at SYPartners. Previously, Stephen was the President of MTV for seven years, where he spearheaded the network’s successful transformation, resulting in more top-rated series for young viewers than any other network (including Teen Mom, Catfish, and Jersey Shore.) During his 18 years at the network, he created MTV’s social impact department, launched mtvU, and led MTV2, MTV.com and LOGO to record highs.

Hosted by Tom Andrews: For the past twenty years, Tom Andrews has been helping Chief Executives lead their organizations through transformation, most recently as the President of SYPartners’ Organizational Transformation practice. He has recently founded a new organization, TJA Leadership, which integrates leadership development into organizational and cultural transformation. Tom has helped design leadership curricula for GE’s Management Development Institute at Crotonville and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and regularly speaks at Fortune 100 companies and other high-performance organizations.

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