59 – Steve Forbes: CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Steve ForbesSteve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.

Under Mr. Forbes’ leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses.  They include:  ForbesLife, the dedicated luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published in Africa, Bulgaria , China, Croatia,  India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Middle East, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.  The company also publishes a number of investment newsletters.  Another division of the company is Forbes Investors Advisory Institute.

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In 1996 Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. Now averaging 18 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors.  Other Forbes Web sites are: ForbesWoman.com; RealClearPolitics.com; RealClearMarkets.com; RealClearSports.com and RealClearWorld.com.   Together with Forbes.com, these sites reach nearly 20 million business decision-makers each month.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 6 million readers.  The circulation of Forbes international editions is 590,500.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.”  A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times.  The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

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In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency.  Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense.  Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Mr. Forbes is the author of: Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral & Big Government Isn’tHow Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009).  He also wrote:  Flat Tax Revolution:  Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.

In 1985, President Reagan named Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB).  In this position, he oversaw the operation of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.  Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland’s Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism.  Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.

Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, New Jersey.  He graduated cum laude in 1966 from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.  He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970.

Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University.  He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.

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58 – James P. Massa: Former Vice President & Global Strategist for Cisco Systems Inc.

James Massa CiscoJames Massa has enjoyed a successful career in high tech industry and extensive involvement with a variety of charitable organizations. James was involved with the ground level of three “start up” technology companies that all reached a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO). James has faced the challenges of small business where business must be achieved in order to meet payroll “next Friday” while facing the pressures of Wall Street expectations for a publicly traded company every 90 days.

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A software engineer by collegiate training, James also has a degree in business. James went on to spend 13 years at Cisco Systems in a range of executive roles. James recently retired as Vice President and Chief Strategist for Cisco’s Global Government Solutions Group.

While at Cisco James grew Cisco’s commercial business in the Southeast US 180% in one year and the Federal government business 300% in 3 years. At the request of John Chambers, Cisco’s CEO, James formed Cisco’s Global Government Alliances organization, Cisco’s Global Defense and Space organization, and Cisco’s Global Government Solutions Group. Through the use of Mergers and Alliance relationships, Government business currently accounts for several billion dollars of revenues for Cisco Systems worldwide.

During his career in high tech, James assisted other silicon valley executives by establishing a not-for-profit foundation to help people of affluence connect their area of personal interest with support of charitable works (LTG Foundation “Learn to Give”). He has recently founded Loom Enterprises, an education and consulting organization which teaches and equips companies, governments, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations on how to form relationships that create exponential growth and achievement of vision.

James has served both industry and government through participation on a variety of organizations, some of which are the following:

· Appointed by John Chambers, CEO Cisco Systems, as Cisco’s Industry Executive Representative for the NSTAC (National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council) to the President of the United States. NSTAC provides the President a forum in which expertise not available inside of government can offer recommendations for national security and emergency preparedness.

· Board member of United States Technology Training Institute (USTTI), a The USTTI is a non-profit joint venture between leading US based communications and IT corporations and leaders of the Federal government who together provide tuition-free management, policy and technical training for talented professionals from the developing world.

· Board of Directors member for AFCEA, a non-profit international organization dedicated to supporting global security by providing an ethical environment that encourages a close cooperative relationship among civil government agencies, the military and industry. AFCEA serve as a bridge between government requirements and industry capabilities, representing the top government, industry, and military professionals in the fields of information technology, communications, and intelligence.

· Board Member for Highway One, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help government leaders better understand and use information technology as tools to run government more effectively and make informed decisions regarding IT policy.

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Check out James’ Blog at www.loomenterprises.com

57 – Dr. Mollie Marti: Psychologist, Lawyer, Author of “Walking with Justice”

Dr Mollie MartiDr. Mollie Marti is a resiliency researcher, psychologist, lawyer, and adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Iowa. She brings years of experience in coaching a prestigious list of business and athletic clients to her mission of helping leaders thrive and serve.

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She speaks around the globe on servant leadership, mentorship, resiliency, and business ethics. In addition to numerous academic articles, her business success books have been published in several languages. Her latest book about Judge Max Rosenn, Walking with Justice: Uncommon Lessons from One of Life’s Greatest Mentors, is being welcomed as “a timeless handbook for being human.”

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Over the past couple of years, Dr. Marti has played a pivotal role in helping her small Iowa community cope with, recover from, and grow through the devastating loss of three teens to suicide. She recently accepted a position as CEO of the non-profit Community Resiliency Project, dedicated to empowering communities to grow resilient youth.

With her unique ability to combine the science of success with the art of exceptional living, Dr. Marti serves as a frequent media resource from an apple orchard in scenic northeast Iowa where she lives with her husband, their three children, and a large family of pets. Join her community at www.DrMollie.com for fresh resources to grow your leadership resiliency.

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56 – Chris Widener: Motivational Speaker, Author, Businessman, Coach & Mentor

ChrisWidnerChris Widener is widely recognized as one of the top speakers in the world today. He has spoken all over the world in places like Germany, Spain, Russia, China, Egypt, Singapore, Australia and of course, all over the United States and Canada. Chris speaks to groups as small as 100 and as large as 25,000 people. His clients are a “who’s who” of American businesses and organizations, including notables like General Electric, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and the Harvard Business School. Chris’ dynamic, practical and engaging speeches will have your audience laughing one minute and learning timeless truths of success the next.

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Chris was hand selected by two of the legends of the speaking world to work with them and he now carries on their legacy. Jim Rohn, one of the most successful speakers of the last 50 years, and also known for being Tony Robbins first mentor, made Chris his last protege and worked with Chris the last seven years of his life. Chris and Jim co-authored the Jim Rohn One Year Success Plan as well as Jim’s last book, The Twelve Pillars, which has become an international best-seller. Jim called Chris “The Leader of the next generation of personal development and leadership experts.”

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Zig Ziglar, considered to be the greatest motivational speaker of the 20th Century, personally chose Chris to co-host his television show, True Performance. Chris’ two books, The Angel Inside, and The Art of Influence are the only two fiction books Zig Ziglar endorsed in his entire life.

Along with co-hosting True Performance, Chris also hosted his own show, Made for Success, where he interviewed some of the top business achievers and thought leaders of our time.

Chris considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people and help them lead successful lives,and to become extraordinary leaders and masterful salespeople.


Chris Widener began a small publishing company called the American Community Business Network in the 1990′s. Chris then changed the name to Made for Success and grew the company into a large business selling tens of thousands of personal development programs through large retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Target and Barnes and Noble. He sold that business to his partner in 2009 to focus on his speaking, writing and coaching exclusively.


Chris is the author of twelve books and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation. His best-selling books include The Angel Inside (which has also been optioned as a movie), The Art of Influence, The Leadership Rules, Live the Life You Have Always Dreamed Of, Twelve Pillars, and the sequel to Twelve Pillars, Above All Else. Chris has also produced over 80 cd’s and dvd’s on a wide range of topics. You can check out all of Chris’ books and cd’s/dvd’s by clicking HERE.

Coach and Mentor

Chris has been a personal and professional development coach since 1988, helping people lead successful lives. Currently, because of his busy speaking schedule, Chris only takes ten coaching clients at a time. To find out more how you can have Chris coach you personally, click HERE (hot link to coaching page). In 2012, Chris founded www.TwelveCoaches.com where he and eleven coaches Chris personally selected give free video coaching for your business. Click HERE

Check out Chris’ Personal Website: chriswidener.com

Also check out his latest collaboration: twelvecoaches.com

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55 – Steve Miller: Founder & President of Millwood Incorporated

steve-millerSteve Miller is the founder and president of Millwood Incorporated a provider ofindustrial pallet and packaging materials and services that include recycling and warehousing.

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At the age of 19 Steve believed that God had called him into business just as a pastor is called into ministry. This belief in the call provided the strength needed during the many struggles of a start up. Millwood’s first facility was started in Holmes County Ohio at the location where his fathers business had been destroyed by a fire. Millwood has since grown to establish itself as a unique company with over 1300 team members in 27 facilities throughout the North East United States

Steve along with his partners Chip Trebilcock and Ron Ringness believe it is their responsibility to provide the opportunity for growth of each team member in business, spiritual and family maturity. Millwood has a team of chaplains on staff to assist in this goal. Millwood also provides camps for the children and invites team members to join them on annual mission trips.

As a volunteer and board member for EQUIP, Steve has traveled throughout the world training leaders in biblical leadership principles.

Steve also sits on various boards that include:

New Covenant World Missions – A medical mission to Guatemala

Sports World Ministry – Sending Pro athletes into High Schools to share their testimony Turnaround Community Outreach – An intercity ministry in Canton Ohio

Faith Family Church – A family ministry in Canton Ohio

54 – Andrew Wilkow: Sirius XM Talk Radio Host of “The Wilkow Majority”

Andrew WilkowThe next generation of great talk radio got his “start” in the 4th grade when he drew radio controls on his loose leaf binder and stuck a pencil in the center to be his microphone. The station “WILK-Oh W” and Andrew’s commentary in class was not appreciated by his teacher. In 1990 Andrew became a college DJ at 640-AM WDTU at S.U.N.Y. Delhi in upstate New York. The station was carrier current, which meant it could only be heard on the campus. His first show was a mix of punk metal and what became nineties alternative and whatever “politically incorrect” things Andrew could say or do to get people to call the request line. Within a semester he was the Program Director. Being the PD meant spending more time at the station just keeping it on the air than studying.

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In the spring of 1992 Andrew transferred to S.U.N.Y Farmingdale back on Long Island and quickly made his way to the college radio station which was in disarray. The station was also a carrier current station, 640-AM WCTF. When Andrew became PD he began researching student listening habits, making relationships with record companies, staffing the station, training the DJs and airing campus news and events. For his efforts to turn around a chaotic station, Andrew received a tuition stipend from the school. While all of this was happening Andrew became an intern at Long Island’s alternative music station 92.7 WDRE. He worked as the morning show intern for Darren Smith (who now programs SIRIUS XMs First Wave 22). His day started with WDRE from 5:30-9am, then going to class, then performing the duties of PD at WCTF, then doing his own radio show in the afternoon.

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In the fall of 1993 Andrew moved to Gainesville, FL to attend school at the University of Florida. Andrew got his first chance at FM radio at ROCK 104 WRUF-FM. Initially, doing the overnight shift then weekend mornings before Florida Gator football games, a shift he volunteered for, since everyone else wanted to be at the game. After signing off the radio it was on to work at Larry’s Giant Subs. Andrew gave up all school breaks….including “Spring Break” to get as many on air hours as possible, in 1995 he was promoted to nights. As the internet came into play listeners could get all the band info they wanted from the band’s website, so began the change from simply talking about the music to developing his talent. His personal politics, were not exactly a welcome thing to the staff at a rock radio during the Clinton years. Andrew graduated in 1996 with a degree in Telecommunications Operations from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. The first post college radio job was as a weekender at a Top 40 radio station, Z96 WZNS in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. To make ends meet Andrew DJ’d at local nightclubs including being the DJ and MC at a strip club near Eglin Air Force Base.

In summer 1998 he was hired for his full time radio show at 100.1 WCLG-FM in Morgantown, WV. Andrew moonlighted as a bartender, doorman and DJ at local bars. Again his politics caused friction among his co-workers, something that became part of his radio show. This was the beginning of Andrew becoming a “talker” on the radio. It was an all out battle to get ratings and that’s what he got. In the summer of 2000 he was let go after helping move the station’s overall position into the top 3 in the market.

In January 2001 Andrew was hired to be the mid-day DJ at Radio 104 WMRQ, an alternative rock station in Hartford, CT. In a cradle of political correctness and liberal thinking Andrew hit a nerve. He made immediate waves with the listeners and instant enemies among the staff. On September 11th 2001 the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack in history. Andrew left the radio station that day to volunteer at the Red Cross blood and supply drive. The program director, Todd Thomas, then freed Andrew to take his shift straight into politics and opinion. Little by little he built an audience and made name for himself in a top 50 radio market. In April of 2002 Andrew took the phone call that changed his life. Phil Boyce the program director of 77 WABC in New York had heard about him and had been listening over the internet.

July 21st 2002 Andrew hosted his first talk radio show ever, at the most listened to talk radio station in America, WABC. The show was a fill in for Mark Levin, when Mark was still doing weekends. Andrew filled in only when Mark Levin needed time off from his show. In September of 2003 Radio 104 WMRQ flipped from Alt Rock to Rap and Andrew was once again out of a job. The station management offered Andrew to 810-AM WGY, at a sister station cluster in Albany, NY, where they had an opening. After a 2 week try out Andrew moved to Albany to host a talk show full time. At the same time Mark Levin was moved to the full time schedule at WABC and Andrew took over his Sunday talk show. This began a weekly cycle hosting on WGY Monday through Friday and of driving 300 miles round trip every weekend to be a host on WABC Sunday mornings.

In the summer 2005 Mel Karmazin the CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio had been driving in a rent-a-car that did not have Sirius. He was listening to WABC when Andrew was doing his show. He made a note “to hire this guy”. By December of that year Andrew was in talks to make the jump to Sirius. He signed a contract in June of 2006. “The Andrew Wilkow Show” was launched on Sirius Patriot 144 in August of that year. By early 2007 Andrew realized the show needed a new name that would make a bold statement and “The Wilkow Majority” was born. “The Wilkow Majority” was added to XM America Right 166 after Sirius and XM became one company in January of 2009. The program can be heard live Monday-Friday on SiriusXM Patriot 125. Andrew works every day to make “The Wilkow Majority the most popular program offered by SiriusXM radio, because it’s based in one thing and one thing only and that is….rational thought.”

Visit Andrew’s Website: wilkowmajority.com

53 – Charlie Plumb: Former Navy Fighter Pilot & P.O.W.

Charlie PlumbCaptain Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in communist war prisons.

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During his nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his camp.

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Since his return home, more than 4,500 audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as Captain Charlie Plumb draws parallels between his P.O.W. experience and the challenges of everyday life. He has shared his message to an even wider public through appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie Plumb’s presentations are as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. His insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life have a positive impact on those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a friend.

Captain Plumb’s Military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the P.O.W. Medal.

52 – Wayne Allen Root: Capitalist Evangelist, Former Presidential Candidate, Entrepreneur, Author

Wayne Allen RootWayne Allyn Root is a former Presidential candidate, the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, a Tea Party favorite speaker, and a political pundit and media superstar. He is the ultimate Capitalist Evangelist: a blue-collar S.O.B. (son of a butcher) turned Ivy Leaguer, small businessman, entrepreneur, CEO, home-school dad, and citizen politician.

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Wayne is today a talk show host, best-selling author, business speaker, and TV/radio commentator on the topics of business, economics, entrepreneurship, and politics. He is a regular guest on Fox News Channel, as well as hundreds of national and local radio shows across the USA, with over 1000 media appearances annually.

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Wayne’s opinions reach tens of millions of Americans as a regular columnist and commentator for many of the most popular political and business web sites- including FoxNews.com, TheBlaze.com, Newsmax.com, TownHall.com, DailyCaller.com, Breitbart.com, PersonalLiberty.com, and many more. He also writes regularly for The Washington Times. He is the best-selling author of seven books.

His opinions have been quoted in Time magazine (multiple times), Forbes magazine, Fortune magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Robb Report, Millionaire magazine, Worth magazine, CNN/Money, Equities, and many others.Obama Survival

But Wayne is a businessman first and foremost. He runs multiple businesses, and serves as spokesman for numerous national and international companies. He serves as CEO of three companies- including a publicly-traded global nutrition company. Wayne also serves as Senior Economic Advisor to a global financial education company. He serves on numerous Boards of Directors.

Wayne is also well known in the television and media industries. Wayne started his career as an anchorman and host of five shows for CNBC (then known as Financial News Network). He has hosted, starred and produced many television shows. Today he is a producer of the highest-rated television show on Travel Channel, “Ghost Adventures.”

As a speaker, Wayne presents business keynote addresses at business conferences and conventions across the globe. He has spoken in UK, Italy, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and many other locations to business crowds as big as 10,000. His biggest political audience was a speech to over 40,000 at a Tea Party event in Dallas, Texas. Wayne was honored to be the opening speaker at “FreedomFest” to a crowd of over 2500 investors from across the globe for the second consecutive year in July 2012.

Because of his success in the diverse fields of business, media, sports, entertainment, and publishing, Wayne was awarded his own 180-pound granite star in the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Only 50 legends in the history of Las Vegas have ever received a star on Las Vegas Blvd. Wayne joins Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Liberace, Dean Martin, along with other Vegas legends. Wayne’s star can be viewed in front of New York New York Resort. The star calls Wayne, “The King of Vegas.” Today Wayne serves on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars- the only star recipient to also sit on the Board.

A native New Yorker and graduate of prestigious Columbia University, this capitalist evangelist proudly resides in Nevada, a state with zero personal & business income tax. He is proud to be the only Nevadan to ever run on a major U.S. Presidential ticket. He was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to the Judicial Selection Commission in 2010.

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51 – Howard Putnam: Former CEO of Southwest Airlines & Braniff International

Howard PutnamHoward Putnam was raised on an Iowa farm and learned to fly out of a pasture in his Father’s J-3 Piper Cub. He entered the airline business as a baggage handler at Midway Airport in Chicago for Capital Airlines at age 17. Capital was soon merged into United and Howard held thirteen different positions in sales, services and staff assignments in several cities, before being named Group Vice President of Marketing for United Airlines, the world’s largest airline, in 1976.

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In 1978 he was recruited to become President and CEO of fledgling Southwest Airlines in Dallas, TX. While at Southwest Howard and his team tripled the revenues and tripled profitability in three years. They also successfully guided Southwest through airline deregulation and Southwest was the first air carrier to order the Boeing 737-300, which later became the largest selling aircraft ever for Boeing.

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Howard led the visioning process at Southwest as well as further developing the “fun” culture and excellent customer service that Southwest is still known for today.  Southwest has been profitable every year for over thirty years, a record unsurpassed by any other airline.

In 1981, Howard was recruited by the board of directors of Braniff International to come aboard as CEO and save and/or restructure the financially failing airline. He was the first airline CEO to successfully take a major carrier into, through and out of chapter 11. Braniff flew again in 1984.windsofturbulence2

He is the author of “The Winds of Turbulence” on leadership and ethics. Harvard University wrote a case study on his experiences at Braniff, “The Ethics of Bankruptcy” as a model as to how to handle stakeholders in crisis.

He has also been an entrepreneur, serving as Chairman of a startup investment company and two small manufacturing and distribution companies.

Howard and Krista have two children, Michael, a commercial airline captain and Sue, in public relations and marketing.

Visit Howard’s Website: howardputnam.com

50 – Doug Conant: Former President & CEO of Campbell Soup Company

Doug ConantPractitioner Doug Conant delivers a critical and transformative message for today’s times: Anyone, anywhere, can expand their influence and improve their results.

Appointed President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company in 2001, he was the 11th leader in this iconic company’s 140-year history. Under Conant’s leadership, Campbell reversed a precipitous decline in market value and employee engagement — with many recognitions since, including the prestigious 2010 Catalyst Award.

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A key driver is Campbell’s success model: Winning in the workplace, winning in the marketplace, and winning in the community and doing it all with integrity. Conant joined the company with 25 years of experience with three of the world’s top food companies — General Mills, Kraft, and Nabisco. A native of Chicago, he earned his BA degree from Northwestern and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Conant’s new book with co-author Mette Norgaard, available now, isTouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments (Jossey-Bass).

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Join the conversation about how leadership can truly drive results on Twitter @DougConant, and visit his website at www.conantleadership.com.

49 – Dana Perino: Co-Host of “The Five”, Former Press Secretary for President George W. Bush

Dana PerinoDana Perino has achieved a distinguished career in politics and public service.

Perino currently serves as a Fox News contributor and co-host of The Five, the channel’s daily 5pm news show that covers the day’s news in a fast moving and dinner table conversation format. The Five is one of the highest rated shows in cable news, with a ratings jump of 34 percent in its start in 2011.

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Fielding tough questions and handing complex issues on the highly rated television show comes secondhand to Perino. She served as President George W. Bush’s Press Secretary from 2007-2009. Perino was only the second woman press secretary in U.S. history, and she was one of the most widely-respected members of President Bush’s senior staff.  CBS’ Marketwatch recently profiled Perino and cited her as fearless for knowing just what to say, and how and when to say it. She’s also been called the voice of reason on the show.

After serving in the Administration, Perino runs a communications business, Dana Perino and Company; serves as the editorial director of Crown Forum, the conservative imprint of Crown Publishing Group; and speaks  frequently around the country on what’s really going on in Washington. President Obama nominated Perino  to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America; she was confirmed to that post by the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Perino has taken the same dedication she applied to two decades in government service and directed it towards philanthropy.

After leaving the White House, Perino spent time volunteering at an HIV/AIDS treatment center in South Africa. She has developed a unique interest in the areas of women’s rights and maternal health, especially in Africa.

Perino also founded Minute Mentoring, an organization focused on giving professional guidance to young women starting their careers. Perino saw the need for Minute Mentoring after being sought MM_logo1after for advice by young women at various events. Knowing how far so many distinguished women have reached the heights of success, Perino came up with the idea to give these women a minute to mentor those who are coming up in their field. Her events are held across the country and, through its digital presence, is reaching more young women than ever before possible.

Additionally, Perino serves on the boards of Mothers Day Every Day, Running Start, ONE Campaign, and Pets2Vets.

Before she joined the White House, Perino was a spokesperson at the Department of Justice. Two years later, she moved to the White House to do communications work for the Council on Environmental Quality. Altogether, she spent more than seven years serving in the Bush administration. She has a masters in public affairs reporting and worked for PBS and CBS stations before moving to Washington, D.C. where she worked for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO) and Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO)

Perino met her husband, Peter McMahon on an airplane in 1997 and she moved to England to be with him shortly thereafter. They currently live in Manhattan.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • Dana discusses the genesis of Minute Mentoring & the importance of mentoring young women on career advice.
  • Dana talks about her Father and the great advice and lessons he imparted on her.
  • Learn about the importance of networking and being willing to relocate  & take assignments out of your comfort zone.
  • Learn what it was like to work for George W. Bush and the leadership lessons he left with her.

Dana’s Website: DanaPerino.com

Follow Dana on Twitter: @DanaPerino


48 – Jim Thompson: Founder & CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance

JimThompsonJim Thompson is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit formed at Stanford University with the mission to create a movement to transform the culture of youth sports so that all youth athletes have a positive, character-building experience.

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For more than 10 years, Jim was director of the Public and Global Management Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he also taught courses in leadership and non-profit issues. US News named Stanford’s Public Management Program the top nonprofit business management program in the nation in 1992. He has a degree in elementary education from the University of North Dakota, a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon, and an MBA from Stanford.

Since its founding in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance has developed a network of more than 130 trainers across the U.S., who have delivered 10,000-plus workshops for youth sports leaders, coaches, parents and athletes.  Jim was named one of the Top 100 Sports Educators in the U.S. by the Institute for International Sport in October 2007.  Dan Doyle, IIS Executive Director, described PCA as “the finest organization of its kind in the United States.”

47 – Orrin Woodward: Founder of LIFE Business, Author of “Leadershift”, Expert on 5 Laws of Decline

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Orrin Woodward is an internationally celebrated New York Times bestselling author and a recognized leader in team leadership, success coaching, and executive management training. As such, he is a much sought after motivational speaker.

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Orrin Woodward co-authored two NY Times bestsellers – LeaderShift Launching a Leadership Revolution. His first solo book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books List and the resolutions are the framework for the top-selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

Orrin has co-founded two multi-million dollar leadership companies and serves as the Chairman of the Board of LIFE. He has a B.S. degree from GMI-EMI (now Kettering University) in manufacturing systems engineering. He holds four U.S. patents, and won an exclusive National Technical Benchmarking Award.

Orrin is honored to have been named on numerous leadership lists, including the Worlds Top 25 Leadership Experts on www.topleadershipgurus.com.

His highly popular leadership blog www.OrrinWoodwardBlog.com has received international acclaim as one of HR’s Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership and as a Universities Online Top 100 Leadership Blog. You can visit Orrin Woodward’s Leadership Blog here.

Orrin sat down with Richard to discuss his latest book titled “Leadershift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand-up & Lead“.  In this podcast Richard & Orrin capture the essence of what made America great while at the same time ask all of us to step up and become the leaders we were called to be. Orrin talks about:

  • How America is suffering from the Five Laws of Decline, and what you can do to reverse them.
  • How America is following the same path that led to the downfall of ancient Rome.
  • Why American needs three specific types of leaders, and how you can become one of them.
  • Why entrepreneurs and business leaders must lead the charge to preserve, protect, and promote freedom.
  • How the battle for freedom is between Creators and Builders versus Credentialists and Bureaucrats, and how to get in the right camp.
  • Why every business leader needs a broad and deep liberal arts education.

Learn More about Leadershift & how you can help lead America back to greatness.

46 – Brian Kibby: President McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Brian KibbyBrian Kibby is the President of McGraw-Hill Higher Education & is passionate about Leadership, Education, & Innovation. I’ll let Brian’s own words tell you’ll understand why I chose to interview him:

The most powerful word in the world is the word “action.” If you want to achieve your dreams or to help others achieve theirs, action is the word. The ability, willingness, and the guts to act (now, immediately, today!) is the single greatest dream-maker and success factor. That’s it. That’s the secret. That’s the ball game.

I have interviewed and hired thousands of winners and success-makers. I have also had the good fortune of working with global thought leaders and CEOs. I cannot think of one person who was more brilliant than the other. Yet, all of them have one thing in common: they all have the guts to take action toward their goals and dreams. That’s it. The ability to put one foot in front of the other, to keep moving, to take action. That’s the secret. It is the ticket to wherever you want to go or whoever you want to be.

I am not smarter or better than you or anyone else (my ACT score, wife, children, and friends will vouch for that). I have, however, been very blessed to have people who have cared enough about me to help me (a lot) along the way. Anyone who tells you that they are self-made is either not being truthful or they’re just being foolish. No one gets anywhere without help and a lot of it. The combination of wisdom and support from those in your life and a consistent ability to act, is the most powerful recipe for success.”

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I’m a huge new fan of Brian and his Blog.  I hope you enjoy the interview where we talk about Common Sense Leadership, Courage, & Risk.