Welcome to Beyond the Podium, a monthly feature showcasing timely news and ideas connected to WSB’s leading voices.
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.
1. David Gergen: The Mueller Report and What It Means
With the April release of the redacted Mueller report, news outlets are still buzzing and dissecting the information for the public. David Gergen, advisor to four U.S. Presidents — Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton — joined Boston’s NPR News Station to provide his analysis on the 448-page report and what it all means, and what to expect next.
Leon Panetta, former Secretary of State and CIA Director, also shared his thoughts on the release of the Mueller Report.
2. Claire McCaskill: How to Avoid Leaving Money on the Negotiating Table
The first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, Claire McCaskill joined Mika Brzezinski to discuss how women can stop sabotaging their own growth and success. With women still fighting for equal pay, they tend to undervalue or undermine themselves at work. McCaskill shared five solid tips for how women can assert their value at work and get the results they want — whether it’s a raise, recognition, or a flexible schedule.
More how-tos: Kat Cole, FOCUS Brands COO and President, North America, has some tips, too – this time for entrepreneurs who want to plan and launch their dream business.
3. Giuliana Rancic: On Finding Strength and Surviving Breast Cancer
Entertainment journalist and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic shared her cancer journey before she presented at the 2019 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing. She shared her journey and assured other women that they are not alone. In her deeply personal and moving remarks, she revealed her ability to find the light at the end of the tunnel and keep pushing through the tough moments and hard years.
4. Eugene Robinson: We Have Only Ourselves to Blame for the Accelerating Loss of Species
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson tackled the effects of humans on the planet, in a recent opinion piece. “Species are going extinct at a rate unmatched in human history,” he writes. “It sounds melodramatic to say that we’re killing the planet, but that’s what the scientific evidence tells us.”
Also in environmental news: Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, discusses a new partnership to equip cities to address challenges like climate change, mass migration, and rapidly shifting economies.
5. Leah Busque: Fuel Capital Just Closed a $75 Million Fund
Leah Busque created TaskRabbit to match freelance workers with local demand, to help with everyday tasks like cleaning, moving, and handyman work. After its sale to Ikea, she joined the venture capital firm Fuel Capital. It looks for startups that build developer tools and business software. The firm just closed its third fund, with $75 million in capital commitments.
Co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter Yancey Strickler celebrated the company’s ten-year anniversary of funding people’s crazy ideas.
6. Dan Pink: 3 Steps to Your Most Productive Day Ever
Bestselling author and business visionary Dan Pink believes we’re capable of harnessing timing to our advantage. His platform focuses on the timing of life events — whether big ones like marriage or a career switch, or everyday routine tasks, like the workday. Pink shared his advice on how to reimagine your nine-to-five timeline, and tips for staying productive without getting burned out.
Speaking of productivity: Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, brings the “everything is possible” mentality of Silicon Valley to the Orlando tech landscape with $100K awarded to a local startup.
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 or planning her next adventure.