May 20, 2019
This episode is the first in a special ten part series that we've produced to celebrate the reissue of Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership in paperback. In this special release Michael Ventura sits down one on one with leaders across various industries who are experts in their fields. In this episode he dives in with James Victore, who is an artist, designer and author of several books. His most recent publication Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on on the Business of Life encourages people to follow their creative instincts and take charge of both their life and work.
May 31, 2019
In our second episode of this special edition release, Michael sits down with Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair of GE and author of Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change.  Beth gets honest about how change happens within organizations; including the need for some of the more uncomfortable elements that accompany it - such as conflict, and fear. She also delves into the necessity of trusting your gut and making space for discovery.
June 7, 2019
Simon is a prolific writer and his books are widely revered for helping people step into their power and ultimately become the leaders they wish they had. He is well known for his work on this exact topic, Start With Why. His latest book, The Infinite Game, will publish in October 2019. In this episode, Simon gets real about the value of courage within leadership, why goals can become unfulfilling, the challenges of finding and maintaining passion, the peril of pressure as a social force, and optimism as a muscle to be strengthened.
June 14, 2019
Chip Conley is an incredibly well respected hotelier and CEO. His impressive track record lead the founders of Airbnb to seek him out as their Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy. Some how he also found the time to author five books, the most recent of which is entitled Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. In this episode, Chip shares his perspective on what really matters when it comes to service, the importance of wisdom and curiosity when in an advisory role, and how the Golden Rule might not be so golden after all.
June 21, 2019
Lauren Bille is a community builder, social justice leader & entrepreneur. In this episode Lauren touches on the importance of nuance in understanding the complexity of the human experience, on sincerity as a way to move past ego, on the essentiality of telling the truth in order to live authentically, and her future plans to make our world a more open and embodied place.
June 28, 2019
In this episode Michael chats with Scott Belsky, an entrepreneur and author who currently serves as the Chief Product Officer at Adobe. Together they explore a host of profound topics including the importance of navigating volatility (within both company and career), the less discussed benefits of staying inside of a startup for the long haul, the need to get shoulder to shoulder with your consumer when building a technology product, the essentiality of design, and how happiness is, for some, the byproduct of being "fully utilized.
July 5, 2019
In this episode, Michael grabs time with the lead singer of OK Go (who is also the magical brain behind their insanely cool music videos). Together they cover a wide variety of topics surrounding the creative process. Damian elaborates on his own struggle to be creative inside of set parameters (which ultimately led to his departure from a career in graphic design), contrasted against the boundless energy he found when pouring himself into creative pursuits of his own making. The episode is full of incredible anecdotes ranging from a brief history of his family's relationship with fish sticks, to what it was like to create art inside of a zero gravity airplane, courtesy of a Russian airline. 
July 12, 2019
Jamira Burley has an impressively long list of accomplishments for her young age including, but not limited to, being named a White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 under 30, and Essence Magazine Woke 100 women. In this beautifully honest conversation, Jamira speaks about the tragic story that propelled her into a career of activism, the importance of empowering and engaging the youth, and the political issues to watch. She also elaborates on the struggle to stay positive, to continue to watch the news, and to avoid the insecurities of impostor syndrome.
July 26, 2019
Aaron is a speaker, writer, activist and transformational coach. His work allows people to examine their unconscious biases, and peel back laters of programming that prevent them from moving through the world with a mindset of love, unity and equality. In our increasingly divisive and fear-fueled world, this kind of work is absolutely essential. In this episode Michael and Aaron discuss a variety of subjects including the proverbial question of why can't we all just get along, how internal healing results in an improved external reality, and the importance of clearing out the past (including that of our ancestors) in order to move forward. Aaron also tells us about his publicly available mediation series, REBOOT, which helps listeners break problematic patterns related to race. We'd recommend checking it out!