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.


September 25, 2023 34 mins

With 15 years as a storyteller, Mita Mallick now puts her talents to use as the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta. The company specializes in capitalization table management and valuation software that serves thousands of founders, investors, and employees.

Mita has worked with the likes of Aveeno, Avon, Suave, and Dove to ensure POC representation in products and campaigns. Along with her positions, she continues to c...

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Scott Simmons is the CEO of Ariel Group, an organization offering leadership training, relationship-building skills, and business consultation. He has experience leading teams of subject matter experts, analysts, and consultants.

Scott has worked extensively with Fortune 500 clients, including a 13-year term as a Partner at The Gallup Organization. He believes in experiential learning and specializes in helping executives solve com...

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Lori Mazan is the Co-founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer at Sounding Board, a tech-driven and human-centric leadership development firm. She spent two decades coaching CEOs and executives at both Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed companies. Some of those include Chevron Corporation, Sprint/Nextel, UC Berkeley, and Citibank. Lori’s background also includes leadership training and financial operations. 

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Angelique Bellmer Krembs is a marketing expert, the CMO in Residence at A.Team, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She spent 23 years at PepsiCo, leading turnaround and growth for many beloved brands, including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and SoBe. She was also the CMO at News America Marketing, created a CMO Advisory practice, and was the Managing Director and Global Head of Brand at BlackRock.

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Cie Nicholson is a speaker, investor and advisor to several start-up companies, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She serves as the Public Board Director for Selective Insurance, as an Advisor for Yext, as the Senior Advisor for PLANT-AG and Tangelo, and she’s on the Board of Advisors for Lavit. Her career also includes 11 years at PepsiCo, serving as the EVP and CMO of Equinox and Softcard.

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Christine Tao is the Co-founder and CEO of Sounding Board, a Silicon Valley startup that uses tech-enabled leadership coaching to transform how organizations develop their leaders. Christine has worked in leadership roles for multiple esteemed companies, including Senior Vice President of Global Developer Relations at Tapjoy and as a member of the Governing Board of Directors for HR West and Next Concept HR Association (NCHRA).


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Julie Fletcher is the Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, a home care company for seniors with dedicated support for clients and their families. Julie’s specialties include executive leadership, talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, and healthcare HR. She has a rich human resources and talent management career, including over 10 years as the Chief Talent Officer for AMN Healthcare. Her first position was at the Dis...

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Lori Tauber Marcus is a corporate board director, executive coach, founding member of The Band of Sisters, and an Executive Coach and Advisor for Crenshaw Associates, which provides world-class talent services for senior executives and leading corporations. 

After 24 years in multiple roles at PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation, she served as SVP of The Children’s Place Retail Stores and Chief Global Bra...

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Erin Hatzikostas is the Founder and CEO of b Authentic inc, where she teaches people and companies how to use authenticity as a strategic advantage. Previously, she was CEO and President of PayFlex, leading a massive financial and cultural turnaround. She worked with Aetna for nearly two decades, honing her leadership and helping others find their own leading voices.

In addition to b Authentic inc, Erin is a board member for Orbit...

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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 notable clients she’s worked with include Boeing, PBS, and United Way. 

Ann synthesized many of her ideas into her books, The Power of Clarity, The Clarity Papers, and her new book, The Disconnect Principle. She is a f...

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Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, author, tech executive, and mentor. She is the Founder and CEO of OwnTrail, a tech platform that uses experience graphs of people's lives with the tools and community they need to reach their goals.

Rebekah spent 15 years at Zillow, with roles including VP of Product and VP of Community & Culture. She wrote Blaze Your Own Trail and frequently speaks on the same topics of finding your own path, bo...

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Laura Fravel is a keynote speaker, communications coach, and storytelling expert. She spent over 16 years as a story producer at National Geographic, having developed and produced over 100 stories. Across her career, she worked with executives from Adidas, helped train the Warner Bros. Discovery global leadership team, and regularly spoke for Forbes Business Council.

Laura works with leaders to hone their stories, learn how to arti...

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Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and co-founded a behavioral science practice within the agency. Ogilvy is a British advertising and consulting agency that has worked with industry titans, including Dove, Samsung, BP, and IBM. 

Before founding Ogilvy Change, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He is the author of two books: The Wiki Man ...

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Benji Baer is the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, a global leader in commercial real estate services. She is a senior executive with extensive experience in brand strategy, strategic marketing, and business planning. Benji’s previous positions have spanned  J.P. Morgan, Legg Mason, and AllianceBernstein. Over her long career, she has become a globally-recognized marketing innovator focused on driving transformation in complex busi...

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Kristin Engvig is the Founder and CEO of WIN (Women’s International Networking), a global leadership initiative for women and men who want to lead authentically by embracing feminine values. She is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and worldwide authority on feminine leadership. Kristin is also a Board Member at Global Citizen Forum Network, a Board Member at UNISMO, and an Advisory Board Member at B-Corp Europe. 

Kristin was award...

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Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau is the former Managerial Advisor of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, where she advanced leaders for almost 18 years. Sylvia also served as a Senior Consultant for Ramboll Management and a Program Manager for the European Commission.

Over the last 25 years, Sylvia has amassed experience as a leadership development expert and senior professional coaching in international and f...

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Graham Barkus is the Founder and the Managing Director of The Human Factor, a management consulting firm designed to help people and businesses through major changes. The Human Factor helps clients address transformation, improve relationships, and enhance performance. 

In addition to his business, Graham is a Non-Executive Director of Peak Pacific Group and a Partner at Transformation Worldwide. Before founding The Human Factor in...

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Marco Aurelio is the Executive Advisor for SandboxAQ, an enterprise SaaS company that seeks to solve some of society's most challenging problems. With more than 30 years of information management experience, Marco is a recognized figure among businesses and a trusted consultant. He worked in executive roles at Amazon Web Services, Delphix, Oracle, and SAP, to name a few. He specializes in system development, managing global program...

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As a successful serial entrepreneur, Edward Woodford has become an expert in leadership and fintech. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Zero Hash, a company that integrates crypto products and services into ecommerce platforms. He previously co-founded Seed CX and How App and worked with several other businesses as a research analyst. Edward’s education includes a master’s degree in finance from MIT and a bachelor’s in politics, philo...

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Michael Landers is the Founder and President of Culture Crossing Inc., a company that offers strategic consulting for the global marketplace. His workshops and speaking events have drawn over 100,000 people worldwide. As a specialist in multicultural environments, he has consulted for organizations such as The Oxford Group and ALC Education Inc. Michael authored the bestselling book Culture Crossing, where he details how to work an...

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