Everyone Talks To Liz Claman

Everyone Talks To Liz Claman

Inspiring and motivational stories about some of today's most successful business leaders. Liz will speak with entrepreneurs and executives about their journey. This podcast will provide feel-good stories that will leave the listener feeling inspired and moved.

Episodes

August 3, 2021 21 min
This week, Liz is joined by FOX Business Network Senior Correspondent Charlie Gasparino to talk about the mysterious world of IPOs.  Charlie discusses the valuation of different companies, how institutional investors make decisions, and the herd mentality of markets.  Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
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This week, Liz is joined by Class Pass Founder and Executive Chairman Payal Kadakia, who shares her journey as the odd one out in a small New Jersey town with Indian immigrant parents to building a $1 billion fitness company years after quitting her corporate job. Payal explains how dance has played a huge role in her life and guided her to where she is today. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
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This week, Liz is joined by CEO of Crunch Franchise Ben Midgley, who shares his journey from the ground up in health clubs around the country and how he made it to the top without a college degree.  Ben explains how his love of fitness fueled his success and what it took to make a big comeback in the industry after facing the effects of COVID-19.  Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
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This week, Liz is joined by Head of IBM Global Services, Mark Foster who shares the story of how he went from studying ancient Greek language at University College Oxford to becoming a tech giant running a division of more than 240,000 employees.  Mark explains his road less traveled to get where he is today, which includes being a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and traveling the world working as a Commissioner for the Un...
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This week, Liz honors Independence Day by taking a look back at some of her favorite success stories where immigrants seized upon the American Dream. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
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This week, Liz is joined by CEO and Founder of CANO Health, Marlow Hernandez who shares his journey from Cuba to America at age nine, not knowing a word of English and how he persevered to build one of the fastest growing health care companies in the nation. Marlow shares his struggles as a medical student trying to create an affordable primary care facility while battling his own debt. He also explains how his upbringing and life...
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This week, Liz is joined by CEO and Founder of Pegasystems Alan Trefler who shares his journey from ordinary suburban kid in Massachusetts to world-renowned chess player by age 19, to now, more than 40 years later, a multi-billionaire dollar software company creator. Alan details his not-so-glamorous introduction into the business world after turning down admission to Stanford University Business School. He also explains how his f...
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As the world begins to reopen its doors, Liz revisits a conversation with British entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Peek.com Ruzwana Bashir.  Ruzwana shares how she overcame her childhood hardships and channeled her energy into hard work as a Harvard and Oxford University graduate.  Ruzwana also explains how she built an epicenter for finding the some of the most unique international experiences. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizCl...
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This week, Liz is joined by CEO and Founder of Zscaler, Jay Chaudhry who shares his journey from growing up in the Himalayas with no electricity to developing the world’s largest cloud-native security platform.  Jay details his story of determination that spans continents and how he put his life savings on the line to get to where he is today. He also weighs in on the recent increase in hacking activity. Follow Liz on Twitter: &#...
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This week, Liz is joined by Founder and CEO of Anastasia Beverly Hills Anastasia Soare, who shares the story of growing up in communist Romania, emigrating to America, and learning English in a country that was foreign to her, while building an eyebrow empire.  Anastasia details how daytime television helped her to learn the English language and the element of culture shock she faced when first arriving in the United States.  Fol...
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This week, Liz is joined by Founder and CEO of Superhuman Rahul Vohra, who shares the story of his journey from the United Kingdom to Silicon Valley after deciding to drop out of his PhD program.  Rahul describes how he learned the art of fundraising from scratch, the struggles he faced along the way and what it takes to become an avid startup investor. He also shares his experience in new, high risk business ventures and how to d...
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This week, Liz is joined by Co-founder and CEO of Vita Coco Mike Kirban, who shares the story of how he dropped out of college to build a company with his best friend. Mike describes how a chance encounter a small NYC bar was the inspiration for his company, the transition from selling their product out of the back of a van to hitting some of the world’s largest markets, and the touching impact Vita Coco has on people around the g...
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May 11, 2021 25 min
This week, Liz is joined by founder and CEO of Baked By Melissa, Melissa Ben-Ishay to discuss how getting fired from her job as a media planner encouraged her to build one of the largest cupcake emporiums in the nation. Melissa describes how her family guided her to enter a line of work that she is truly passionate about, passionate enough to start her business in a tiny NYC apartment and explains the value of working with a close...
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This week, Liz is joined by CEO of Envoy, Larry Gadea to discuss his captivating story that begins thousands of miles away as a non-English speaker to one of San Francisco's top tech wizzes.   Larry describes how his family escaped Romania’s dictatorship and his childhood in Canada, how he graduated while also working at Google, and what it was like being one of Twitter’s first 50 employees.  Later, Larry shares his passion f...
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This week, Liz is joined by co-CEO of Biggby Coffee, Michael McFall to discuss his journey from minimum wage barista to business leader for a brand he truly loves.? Michael shares how his business experiences shaped his entrepreneurial philosophy, how Biggby Coffee grew into a $100 billion-dollar coffee franchise, with more than 250 locations across the Midwest. Michael explains his inspiration to write his book “Grind” in the hop...
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April 20, 2021 27 min
This week on a very special episode, after nearly two years Liz is celebrating 100 episodes of Everyone Talks To Liz. Liz looks back at just some of the amazing stories and incredible guests who have shared their inspiring stories of hard work and dedication. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
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This week, Liz is joined by Founder and President of Nonfungible.com, Dan Kelly to break down what exactly NFTs are and how he was so early to the technology. Dan discusses how growing up playing video games in the 90s inspired him to teach himself computer programming, how he believes blockchain technology will revolutionize how society operates and why he thinks NFTs are a trend that will only continue to grow over time. Follow...
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This week, Liz is joined by Founder and CEO of theScore, John Levy to share how he took his love for sports and turned it into a billion-dollar sports gaming and media company. John discusses finding inspiration from childhood watching his father building a small cable business into a top competitor, how a challenging aspect of business foundation was the uncertainty of success, how theScore sports network innovated the game-switc...
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This week , Liz is joined by Outlier.org Founder and MasterClass Co-Founder, Aaron Rasmussen to discuss how he discovered a passion for providing quality higher education. Aaron recalls learning coding as a 7-year-old and taking his first college-level course at age 11, how he overcame his PTSD from an early childhood accident through coding video games, the difficulty he encountered in finding celebrity teachers when founding Mas...
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This week, Liz is joined by CEO of Panera Bread, Niren Chaudhary to discuss how his dedicated work ethic and deep friendships guided him to lead companies like Taj Hotels, Krispy Kreme and eventually Panera Bread. Niren describes the humbling experience of assuming a leadership role at Taj Hotels at only age 24, and how his work at Yum! Brands India brought cultural relevance to global brands like KFC and Taco Bell. He shares his ...
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