WSB Speakers Beyond the Podium

Beyond the Podium: Doris Kearns Goodwin Talks Leadership EQ, Reshma Saujani Maps the Way to Gender Equality, and More

Welcome to Beyond the Podium, a monthly feature showcasing timely news and ideas connected to WSB speakers. 

Speakers stand for so much more than stage presence. Many times their ideas create buzz that breeds dialogue, connectivity, and change. Learn more in this timely round-up of stories featuring our thought leaders and their latest endeavors — outside of the keynote.

Doris Kearns Goodwin in Beyond the Podium

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1. Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Art of Transformative Leadership

With her newest book hot off the presses and many future tour dates scheduled, Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times delves into the psyche of four former presidents and dissects their legacies.  In this article in Harvard Business Review, she explores the leadership style of Abraham Lincoln, and how he navigated a fractured political environment to unite the nation behind the Emancipation Proclamation.

Much can also be learned from General Colin Powell. He’s an adept leader who has collaborated with presidents on both sides of the aisle.

Arianna Huffington in Beyond the Podium

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2. Arianna Huffington: Honest Women Excelling in Leadership & Living

If you’re a tired and burnt out CEO, you’re going to make terrible decisions. At this all-female panel at Honest Headquarters, Huffington discusses the difficulty of unplugging in a society that values people who are always “on.”  She aims to end stress and burnout by correcting company cultures. She also uses her media platforms to distribute to the masses the science and storytelling in support of self-care.

Speaking of girl bosses: Chief Brand Officer for WWE Stephanie McMahon joined the popular podcast “MAX OUT with Ed Mylett.” The powerhouse executive opens up about her childhood and discusses the importance of women in leadership roles.

Joanna Coles in Beyond the Podium

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3. Joanna Coles: Why She Quit Her Mega Job in NYC

In the U.K.’s Sunday Times, Joanna Coles dives into detail about her decision to leave her role as Chief Content Officer at Hearst. So what’s next in her purview? Coles is taking the summer off, but she is not unwinding.  Instead, she’s setting up meetings, and looking to the road ahead — all while trotting along on her signature treadmill desk.  “Sitting,” she says, “is the new smoking.”

That’s not all Joanna Coles is up to these days. She wants you to make your life bigger and stop chasing balance.

Adam Grant in Beyond the Podium

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4. Adam Grant: You 2.0: Originals

Innovators procrastinate — that’s how they incubate ideas. Grant suggests that these kinds of deficits and delays are fundamental to originality. On NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast, he discusses his book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, and shares how to come up with better ideas and bring them to fruition.

ICYMI: Grant also joins Ian Bremmer and Sallie Krawcheck in the new GZERO Media digital series, “In 60 Seconds.”  Hosts provide a rapid-fire recap of the week’s most important issues in politics, foreign affairs, finance, the workplace, and technology – all in 60 seconds.

Mark King in Beyond the Podium

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5. Mark King: Hired as “Strategic Advisor” at Honma Golf USA

After stepping down as president of Adidas North America in April, Mark King makes a comeback into the golf business, via a consulting role with Honma Golf.  He’s serving as an adviser to the company chairman, helping to build its North American brand.  The innovation and craftsmanship behind Honma products inspired him to avoid retirement — for the moment — and jump on board with the rapidly expanding brand. “I see the opportunity to do different things, the right things for this brand, to understand who its customer is and how to reach that customer,” King says.

Laszlo Bock also knows the power of purpose in an organization. The HR expert and former SVP of people operations at Google is on a mission to help companies focus on impact — not business jargon. It not only increases employee happiness, it skyrockets productivity, he says.

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6. Reshma Saujani: Counting Our Way to Gender Equality

Data informs change, and change is needed to address the jarring lack of women and girls in STEM fields. To understand how to improve the gender gap, we need more diligent data-gathering, says CEO and founder of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani.  Girls Who Code released the first-ever comprehensive policy agenda. It includes recommendations for how to attract and retain girls in grades K-12 in computer science.

More on change: Christiane Amanpour recently replaced Charlie Rose. In her new PBS program, she’s making cutting through the noise a top priority. “I believe in being truthful, not neutral,” she says.

Jose Andres in Beyond the Podium

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7: José Andrés: Helping the Northern California Wildfire Relief Effort

Celebrity chefs José Andrés and Guy Fieri hit the road to feed the masses displaced by the Northern California wildfires. Andrés’s non-profit World Central Kitchen teamed up with Fieri’s Operation BBQ Relief to provide meals to victims and first responders.

These foodies aren’t the only ones pitching in to change lives. Entrepreneur and creator Mick Ebeling is transforming lives for the better with his innovation lab.


Author Megan Boley is a content marketing writer at WSB. When she’s not wordsmithing, she can be found with her nose in a book and a giant cup of coffee in hand.

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