Undercover Leaders

Undercover Leaders

You see leaders everywhere: heads of state, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, sports team captains, platoon commanders, religious heads. But have you ever thought about the hundreds and thousands of leaders that never make the headlines? People who lead every single day of their lives through their deeds and character, but who are they? The kindergarten teacher who buys an extra pencil set for each of her students from her shoestring budget because the school supply falls short. An airline captain who gets pizzas for his passengers because the flight is stranded on the tarmac due to inclement weather. The chances are you and I may even meet these people in our lives but often fail to recognize or acknowledge them because, hey, life is just so busy. In the Undercover Leaders podcast, we will showcase the human beings who do the extraordinary every single day, yet without recognition. We will dig deep into why they do what they do and explore how they stay motivated. Together we will learn from these unsung leaders and perhaps take our own steps towards making the world a better place.

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September 12, 2020 13 min

"Happiness is something that is cultivated within, it is not something that we get from outside of ourselves."

Jay Abbasi, a mindfulness, sales, and leadership consultant, joins the podcast to talk about the importance of mindfulness and introspection in finding purpose and connecting with others.

You can find out more about Jay's work at www.jayabbasi.me



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“It’s forming relationships and sharing knowledge.”

Heather Monthie, Assoc Dean of Technology at Grand Canyon University, is a life-long learner as well as educator. In this episode, she talks about being brave in pursuing new passions. People learn by doing, so why not try? She recommends exploring, forgiving yourself for your mistakes and allowing yourself to move on if it just doesn’t work. And key to success? Be brave enough to ...

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August 15, 2020 22 min

“As consumers, the ethical use of our data is at the heart of who we trust and who we do business and interact with.”

Our consumer information is brokered, yet we have no access to it ourselves. It was this conundrum that led Adam Newman to create Pyrl, a platform that gives consumers access to their purchase data and therefore insight into their wallets, health and privacy. In this podcast, he describes the story behind Pyrl, encou...

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August 7, 2020 16 min

“That spirit of experimentation and being open to new things is incredibly important right now”

In this episode, Dave Cole, CEO and Co-Founder of Open Raven, talks about the sales challenges faced by a data security start up in the midst of a pandemic. Open Raven chose empathy over fear. But for Dave, the more important challenge lay in creating a company culture that built employee connections and fostered trust for a remote workfo...

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August 1, 2020 18 min

“While you’re here, make it impactful, make a difference, leave a legacy.”

Alex Sheridan, social media marketer extraordinaire talks about what it means to live a life focused on legacy. He describes the challenge of balancing giving back while growing a business and the true cost of success - sheer hard work. He also thinks it’s time we employed a little empathy and civility in the digital world. Before commenting on social media, ...

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“We have to fuel and keep the focus on the next generation, helping them to understand and get it right this time.” April Boyd-Noronho

“We’re not going to stop, we’ll be more fuelled, because that country that disappointed me, it’s my country. I love this country with all its issues, even today.” Kavya Pearlman

Kavya Pearlman, CEO and Founder, and April Boyd-Noronha, Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Board Member, at XR Safety ...

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July 5, 2020 17 min

“The potential here is unmatched. Africa has by far the highest growth rate of any continent both in terms of population but also in terms of economics.”

In this episode, Daniel Yu talks about Sokowatch, the innovative company he founded in East Africa that helps mom-and-pop shops access supplies using a low-tech text-message based system. He describes fighting the hierarchical bias in Africa with the four values that guide Sokowatc...

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June 26, 2020 13 min

“Everybody needs a home.”

Stephanie Nisan, Broker at The Stoz Group and Founder of The Animal Pad, talks in this podcast about how she combines her career in real estate with managing her animal rescue charity. The common thread is passion.

She describes the incredible effect the pandemic and ensuing quarantine have had on homeless animals. On one hand, more animals are in need as their financially struggling owners are forced to sur...

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June 20, 2020 18 min

"You have to be willing to fail miserably and experience as much pain as you can imagine from that, and then you still have to get up and try again.”

Childhood bullying left Sami Kader believing the taunts and thinking the worst of himself. A single positive influence in his life turned everything around. Sami was paying that message forward by visiting over 150 elementary schools every year with his program Sami’s Circuit until...

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“The key to it is if you learn how to forgive yourself then you learn how to accept yourself and the big unlock to that is, then you learn how to love yourself.”

Mark Metry, the self-described Human, Podcaster, Author and Speaker, joins this podcast as the guest. He shares his amazing story of pulling his family out of poverty at a young age, his battles with depression, and how telling your story can help others. He recommends work...

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May 23, 2020 24 min

“That’s what a monk’s life taught me to do; it taught me to see things holistically.”

In this podcast, Amarantho Maurice Robey shares his journey from IT engineer to Buddhist Monk to Executive Coach and Speaker. He talks about his experiences along the way and the healing power of connection — with breath, with the natural world, and with each other.



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May 15, 2020 22 min

"Of all the things I’ve witnessed as a doctor, in all my career, this is one of the most moving things. To see someone actually be so generous, so someone’s suffering becomes someone else’s treatment."

Dr. George Yu is a pulmonologist and sleep specialist. In this podcast he talks to Ashwin about his experience with two COVID-19 patients; trying to save one using a plasma donation from the other. He describes an effort that ...

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May 8, 2020 21 min

"For us it was, look at a person with disabilities and think of a mechanism with which we can reach them. When you have a disability, you have different ways of doing things."

Shiva Jayagopal and Akila Sankar are the husband and wife team who run the WinVinaya Foundation. It is an organization dedicated to providing free training and placement assistance to differently abled candidates to help them lead a life with dignity. 

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May 1, 2020 16 min

“I feel like these small acts of kindness can change the world, but it can also change each and every individual that engages.”

Amita Roy Shah is an author, professor and educator. In this podcast she discusses breaking cultural stereotypes, encouraging children to perform small acts of kindness, and the happiness hacks we should all adopt.



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April 24, 2020 23 min

“Just seize the positives and go forward.”

Despite being a casualty of COVID-19 layoffs, Andy Dockerty is a deeply positive human being. Realizing he wasn’t alone in his new normal, Andy took to LinkedIn to share a message of positivity. Here he talks about his experiences in childhood, the military, and his career that have shaped his character into one of robustness and resilience.

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"I’m out there telling everybody how great life is going to be if they buy my policy … and it’s just not in me to disappear when the promise needs to be kept."

Curt Carlson, Senior Vice President at Trawick International, is this week’s undercover leader. Curt is that rare thing, an honorable salesman with an amazing customer service ethic. In this podcast he shares his story and his belief that the human touch is everything...

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April 8, 2020 23 min

“The only one quality that we need to be human beings is to be kind.”

Rana Pratap Bhattacharya is a software engineer in Pune, but he is also a man who lives a life of example. From animal activism to saving a woman under threat of sexual assault to delivering groceries and medicine to the elderly under COVID-19 lockdown, Rana is intent on helping the weak, the vulnerable, and the silent. You can hear his story here.

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March 26, 2020 1 min

You see leaders everywhere: heads of state, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, sports team captains, platoon commanders, religious heads. But have you ever thought about the hundreds and thousands of leaders that never make the headlines? People who lead every single day of their lives through their deeds and character, but who are they? The kindergarten teacher who buys an extra pencil set for each of her students from her shoestring ...

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