Next Wave Leadership Podcast

Next Wave Leadership Podcast

The Next Wave Leadership podcast is hosted by Dov Pollack where Dov talks to leaders about how they’re creating great places to work and more importantly great places to grow.

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Tom Rodden is the former Senior Vice President and CIO of Varian Medical Systems. He has had a diverse and vast career that’s covered technology, IT leadership, and business operations. Tom spent nearly 15 years at Varian Medical Systems in various leadership positions, where he further honed his executive skills. He recently took the position of ERP Program Cutover Consultant at Seagate Technology, a global leader in mass data sto...

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Robyn Bolton is an executive with immense experience in product strategy and innovation. She uses her knowledge as the Founder and Chief Navigator of MileZero, a consultancy which helps companies fuel innovation in their culture and products. She developed her expertise by leading the launch of Swiffer in North America, going on to work with brands like Nike and Nestlé.

Robyn has also written for Harvard Business Review Online, Blo...

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Ann Latham is a writer, consultant, and the President of Uncommon Clarity, Inc. Known as the Queen of Clarity, her consultancy works with companies and organizations to streamline and accelerate their processes. Some of the notable clients she’s worked with include Boeing, PBS, and United Way. She has synthesized many of her ideas into her books, The Power of Clarity, The Clarity Papers, and Uncommon Meetings. She is a frequent gue...

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Jutta Miquelino is a Partner and the CEO of and dos Santos GmbH. The collective helps mid-size to massive companies innovate and expand. Some of their noteworthy clients have included Coca-Cola, L’Oréal, and Olympus, among many others.

Jutta got her start at Procter & Gamble, where she was a Customer Marketing Manager for over a decade. From there, she went on to work for Storck and Sony Electronics, accumulating 25 years of ex...

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Allison Byers is the Founder and CEO of Scroobious, which offers human-first fundraising for diverse entrepreneurs. As an experienced guide in venture capital, she has grown her own businesses to great success and helped others do the same. She continues to serve as a mentor, advisor, and angel investor for several companies such as Techstars, femmebought, BonBillo, HerSuiteSpot, and Vitalize Venture Capital.

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Cody Hall is the CEO and Founder of Octiva Healthcare which offers 24-hour healthcare support and emergency care. He started the company in 2020 with his experience as a Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Human Resources at Titanium Healthcare. Cody has had a diverse and successful career, including times in the military, healthcare, and business.

Cody served for over a decade in the United States Marine Corps as a Recon Marine. ...

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Neeraj Mehta is the CEO at DigniFi, which offers quick and flexible financing for all kinds of vehicles. As an incredibly experienced leader, he has served at an executive level for multiple global brands such as GE and Synchrony. He was also the interim President and CEO for United Way.

Neeraj is an expert in finance, operations, risk, and sales performance, just to name a few. He is a member of the Advisory Board at Teach for Ame...

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Jennifer Paxton is the VP of People at Smile.io, a company that creates effective loyalty programs for smaller businesses. With an extensive background in tech startups, she is a prominent leader in the world of HR and recruiting. Alongside her position at Smile.io, she sits on the board for the Cultural Alliance of Medfield. She has previously worked as a director of talent for other leading companies such as Privy, LevelUp, and T...

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Cara Shortsleeve is an accomplished leader and the CEO of The Leadership Consortium. The organization works with some of the world’s leading brands to help develop and cultivate the next generation of leaders. She has personally worked for multiple renowned brands herself, spending over a decade at Google and YouTube before taking on her current role. Throughout her career, she’s developed her specializations in strategy and operat...

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Monte Lee-Wen is the Founder and Chairman of the Casoro Group, which is a minority-owned commercial real estate investment firm. He is a leader within the global real estate community, having sharpened his expertise in multi-family real estate throughout his career. He continues to work as the Principal of Upside Avenue and CLEAR Property Management. 

Along with his work in real estate, Monte is an accomplished entrepreneur who’s f...

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Kim Alexis Newton is an entrepreneur, executive, and artist that defies simple categorization. She is a respected leader with a track record in consumer marketing, currently sitting on the Board of Directors for Big Lots and helming leadership programs for Netflix. One of her major roles was at Hallmark, spending almost two decades with the brand and working up to their Senior Vice President of Customer Experience.

Kim has brought ...

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Valerie Alexander is a renowned speaker with expertise on topics such as advancement for women and workplace happiness. Her brand, Speak Happiness, has brought her to lead workshops and keynotes on these principles. Some of her most notable engagements include Coca-Cola, NASA, GE Capital, and even a TED Talk.

Valerie has also channeled her ideas into multiple books, including Happiness...as a Second Language and How Women Can Succe...

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Ana Álvarez is a serial entrepreneur, consultant, mentor to startups across the globe, and the Founder and CEO of Migrapreneur. Migrapreneur supports the dreams and businesses of entrepreneurial migrants. She is also the Principal Owner of Migration Hub, which also seeks to provide opportunities for all.

Across her career, Ana has accumulated over 15 years of experience in government, private, and non-profit sectors. In her free ti...

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Wendy Bronfin is the Co-founder and CEO of BRIGHT, a health technology company that uses leading research to prevent Alzheimer's disease and fight cognitive decline. She is an accomplished entrepreneur focusing on product innovation and team building. She also serves as the President of Wen + Y, consulting and developing strategies for high-profile businesses such as Mattel, Barnes & Noble, and Fisher-Price.

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Rajesh Setty is a serial entrepreneur, having served on the founding team of 10 companies. His current focus is on Audvisor, a streaming app for micro-podcasts that sources relevant content from leading experts. He is also a prolific author, with 18 titles to his name since 1983 that range from fiction to business to mathematics and more.

Among his other projects, Rajesh continues to work closely with MentorCloud and WittyParrot, s...

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Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo is an expert in genetics, an innovator in the birth control field, and is the Founder of Adyn. The company aims to match people with the most suitable birth control for their unique biology. Her scientific background includes a doctorate from Duke University in genome sciences and postdoctoral research at UCLA. While there, her findings helped illuminate the genetic etiology of the autism spectrum disorder. She ...

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As a technology leader with a focus on people, Tracie Hlavka enjoys the process of enabling a team while also developing her company’s tech. She is the EVP of Engineering at Flyhomes, which makes home buying and selling easier. The majority of her career was spent at Blue Nile and Porch, serving on all levels of both company’s technological engineering teams. For her education, she received her bachelor’s from the University of Was...

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Maril Gagen MacDonald is an awarded leader in PR and a pioneer for disciplines that promote corporate collaboration and employee engagement. She is the Founder and CEO of Gagen MacDonald, a strategy execution firm that is intent on connecting the corporate office to frontline employees. Since its foundation in 1998, they have become an award-winning firm that’s worked with notable names such as ADP, Allstate, and McDonald’s.

Maril’...

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Over 30 years ago, Jennifer Harris co-founded Technology Management Concepts (TMC). Since then, she’s held many positions at TMC, from creating and leading Professional Services to her current job as CEO and President. She continues to serve as a Gold Microsoft Partner, which helps with Microsoft applications and cloud infrastructures for their clients.

Jennifer has gone through three different transformations in the digital age, g...

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Mike Dannheim is the Founder of Sensie, a health, wellness, and fitness company. Combining his roles as a wellness advocate and technology entrepreneur, Mike Dannheim created a holistic company that uses sensors in smartphones to diagnose any issues you might have. From there, users are offered coaching procedures to address them. Outside of Sensie, he continues to work as an Investor and Advisor at Rise Up Ventures and Raw Element...

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