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Take Command: The Dale Carnegie Leadership Podcast

Welcome to Take Command: A Dale Carnegie Podcast, where we seek to uncover what leadership means in today’s world. We’ll be sharing real-life insights into leadership—which in turn can help spark the next level of your growth as a leader.

About the Host

In 2015, Joe Hart became the President / CEO of Dale Carnegie, the worldwide leader in professional development, performance improvement, leadership training, and employee engagement. As with millions of other people, the Dale Carnegie Course has had a profound and transformational impact on Joe’s life. He is excited to serve as the leader of this tremendous organization and to work with an amazing and talented team to help individuals and businesses unlock their greatness and to perform at their very best.

Joe Hart
Joe Hart
dr Ali Parsi
Dr. Ali Parsa
Founder & CEO of Babylon Health
Podcast 28
Dr. Ali Parsa holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics and is the founder & CEO of Babylon Health, one of the world’s fastest-growing digital healthcare companies. Babylon reached “Unicorn Status” in 2019 and served over 24 million people in over 15 languages by 2021. Ali shares his incredible journey from childhood to being an Iranian refugee living in the UK, to achieving success in academia and investment banking, and to today, where he is a successful entrepreneur who is solving global health challenges. The goal of Babylon Heath is to provide people worldwide with affordable access to real “health” care, not just “sick” care. Ali and his team are working to achieve this bold vision by creating a workplace culture that attracts and hires talent around six core skills: compassion, inclusivity, creativity, positivity, resilience, and people who take ownership. Join Ali, who was named to “The Times 100 People to Watch”, as he offers inspirational insights on how to be bold, courageous, and to lead with empathy and intention.
Rachel Olney
Rachel Olney
Founder & CEO of GEOSITE
Podcast 27
Rachel Olney is the Founder & CEO of GEOSITE, a business intelligence software for spatial data. As a Stanford Ph.Dgraduate candidate and a Forbes 30 under 30, she believes that the twists and turns you experience in life and how you respond to them is what defines your success. Rachel focuses on constantly challenging herself, personally and professionally, without the fear of failure and with a desire to learn, grow, and impact the world. She believes that by checking your ego at the door and jumping into the unknown you can uncover opportunities with a “beginner’s mind”. Join us as Rachel challenges us all to work and live outside our comfort zone.
Artis Stevens
Artis Stevens
President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)
Podcast 26
Artis Stevens, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), lives with a relentless belief in finding and following our own purpose and leading with integrity personally and professionally. Artis brings 25 years of leadership experience with a background in innovative marketing, fundraising and program strategies. During Stevens’ tenure at National 4-H Council and as Vice President, Marketing, Strategy & Operations at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Artis has contributed to over $100 million in funding for both organizations. He became a recipient of the 2018 AMAF National Nonprofit Marketer of the Year. As a leader of BBBS since 2020, he committed to create a greater impact for youth, families, and communities in need. Artis believes in the power of mentorship and genuinely connecting with young people – by showing respect, humility, and vulnerability – to change communities, countries, and ultimately the world. Join us as we listen in on Artis’ inspirational lessons for leading with integrity and taking command to improve the lives of the youth.
Ryan Chen
Ryan Chen
CFO/ Co-Founder of Neuro
Podcast 25
Ryan Chen lives with a relentless focus on the present to maintain a positive, regret-free leadership style. Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur and the CFO/Co-Founder of Neuro, Ryan’s entrepreneurial success was carved from lessons learned on his journey to rising after a life-changing experience that left him paraplegic. He shares insight to the hands-on journey that has led to year-over-year growth for Neuro, what it means to be a leader, and the type of mindset that motivates action. Join us to hear inspirational lessons for redefining success, overcoming obstacles, and taking command of your potential – no matter the circumstance.
Jonathan karp
Jonathan Karp
President and CEO of Simon & Schuster
Podcast 24
A former stage writer and journalist turned editor-and-chief and business leader, Simon & Schuster’s President and CEO, Jonathan Karp, honed his belief in open and transparent leadership from years of experience with institutions designed to educate and inform others. An avid reader with a firm belief that books can change the world, Jon shares lessons he’s learned from formative experiences along his journey that span from addressing institutional racism at a college paper in 1985 to welcoming all voices – even the less favored – at Simon and Schuster today. Join us for today’s discussion to learn practical advice for building productive groups and encouraging “restless curiosity” through books, open interactions, and transparency.
Lea Gabriella
Lea Gabrielle
Director of the Global Engagement Center
Podcast 23
Lea Gabrielle is committed to the kind of personal and professional growth that is born from the courage of taking on the unknown, leading through adversity, and being intentional about how we expand our experiences to push our limits. Lea offers ideas for handling people that seek to undermine the overall success of the mission, discusses how to lead without designated authority, and shares questions we can ourselves when we’re fearful or anxious about pushing our limits and taking the next step.
Josh Linker
Josh Linker
Creative Troublemaker and Growth-Hacking Guru
Podcast 22
A creative troublemaker and growth-hacking guru, Josh Linkner first learned the art of creating something from nothing from his history as a jazz musician. Today, he is a celebrated entrepreneur, New York Times Bestselling Author, engaging keynote speaker, and an expert in unlocking the power of human creativity. In this episode, Josh shares real life examples from his experience on how to fail forward to cultivate the kind of creativity that leads to big results. Join us to learn what it means to democratize innovation, empower responsible risk, and reward the rituals that lead to psychologically safe environments open to ideas and innovation.
Stephen Klasko
Dr. Klasko
doctor gone healthcare executive
Podcast 21
Dr. Klasko is a doctor gone healthcare executive with an entrepreneurial flair and is a transformative leader who believes in a “no limits approach” to innovation. Noted by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and the leader behind Jefferson Health’s exponential growth. Join us for this episode to learn how to inspire the kind of creativity that “breaks the strategy” and revolutionizes the status quo.
Kathleen Hogan

Chief People Officer and EVP of Human Resources for Microsoft

Culture Transformation: Model, Coach, Care Unlocking People Potential with a Growth Mindset

Podcast 20

Knowing your “true north” and proactively asking for feedback are two things that Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer and EVP of Human Resources for Microsoft, offers to others looking to Take Command of their leadership potential. Equipped with a mindset for opportunity and a passion for empowering dynamic teams, Kathleen shares insight on the steps Microsoft took (and continues to take every day) to implement its Culture Transformation and create balance between a growth mindset that rewards failing forward and an accountability mindset that empowers results.

Britney Turner

Founder and CEO of The Boss Up Inc

Cultivating Success with Healthy Habits with Britney Turner

Podcast 19

A media enthusiast and social media influencer with a knack for innovation and storytelling, Britney shares her journey from a 9-to-5 hustle to a successful and growing entrepreneur. Join us in this episode as we talk practical advice on how to take that leap, hold yourself accountable and commit to the habits that yield success through change, growth, and the era online comparison.

Christian Ward

Chief Data Officer & EVP of Yext

Leading for the Benefit of Others

Podcast 18

Understanding how great ideas come to fruition is the key to success for many leaders – something that Christian Ward, Chief Data Officer and EVP for Yext, knows a lot about. A serial entrepreneur with enthusiasm for leveraging data to tell compelling stories about the world around us, Christian shares insight on how to develop new ideas, listen to hear what people don’t say, and lead in a way that others rally behind. 

Ronan Dunne

EVP and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group

Inspiring Curiosity and a Positive Attitude

Podcast 17

Ronan Dunne, Executive VP and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, is characterized for his authentic leadership style and unyielding curiosity for people, leadership, and business. Join us for a discussion on how to create environments that “bring the light in” and welcome alternative ways of thinking to inspire innovation and confidence. Ronan shares practical insight on personal leadership and how to cultivate a curious and open attitude through change while empowering others to thrive. Join us to learn the leadership best practices for ensuring people are set up for the success they deserve, how to leverage context to tell stories that inspire and the secrets to making the decisions that move things forward – even when in crisis mode.

David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, Host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg, and Author of How to Lead

The Legacy of Giving Back

Podcast 16

Fueled by a passion for public service and helping others, today’s guest shares insight on what it means to be a business leader, philanthropist, and family man. In this episode, we welcome David M. Rubenstein, the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, author of several books including  How to Lead, and the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations on Bloomberg. David shares his journey from humble beginnings to a career in government and eventually the founding of The Carlyle Group, one of the largest private equity investment firms in the world. Join us to learn his experience around building a legacy that goes beyond business success by giving back to humanity, valuing those around you, and making the time for the people you care about most.

Carlos cubia
Carlos Cubia

Global Chief Diversity Officer and SVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Taking the Initiative

Podcast 15

It was from his upbringing, close family ties and lessons learned from his mother that Carlos Cubia, the Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, first discovered what it means to be a leader. The leadership lessons that were instilled in Carlos at a young age have been reinforced by his extensive leadership experience in Corporate America with companies such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Safeco Insurance. In this episode, we explore leadership through the honest, open mentality of “never being the smartest person in the room” and discuss the key actions leaders should take to cultivate inclusive atmospheres, lead change, and empower others to take initiative.

bill Salman
Bill Sahlman

Professor, Harvard Business School

Transforming Ideas Into Businesses

Podcast 14

With a longstanding history both researching and teaching entrepreneurialism as a Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and a National Venture Capital Association American Spirit Award recipient, we’re excited to introduce Bill Sahlman to the show. He brings practical insight for how people can transform opportunities into businesses by leveraging a simple, calculated framework that helps minimize risk and increases the likelihood of success. In this episode, we explore how to encourage others to adapt from successes and failures with empathy and a mind open to learning.

Alex Gorsky
Alex Gorsky

CEO, Johnson & Johnson

Empathetic and Humble Leadership

Podcast 13

This week we welcome a guest who shares tangible insight on leading innovative and effective organizations with authenticity, humility and empathy. As the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Johnson and Johnson, Alex Gorsky attributes much of his leadership success to being open to a variety of experiences that taught him the value of continuous learning, stretching your comfort zone, and committing to grit. Join us to hear more about the culture of innovation that led to the new COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, the importance of empathetic and humble leadership, and the mindsets that leaders should cultivate to empower people to thrive.

Camille Chang
Camille Chang Gilmore

Global Chief Diversity Officer & VP of Human Resources, Boston Scientific

The Courage of Innovation and Leadership

Podcast 12

Embrace servant leadership, have a coachable spirit and lean in to the gray. This is the philosophy that has guided the success our most recent guest, Camille Chang Gilmore, the Global Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Human Resources for Boston Scientific. With a background carved from people leadership with companies like IBM and Exxon, Camille shares insight on what it means to bring your voice to the table, have the courage to innovate forward through difficult times and cultivate environments that allow others to be seen.

Nolan farris
Nolan Farris

Chief Revenue Officer, Indeed

Scaling Success Through Trust and Transparent Leadership

Podcast 11

As the Chief Revenue Officer of Indeed, Nolan Farris touts a wealth of experience facilitating growth for companies by empowering their greatest asset: People. In this episode, Nolan offers advice on how to scale success through transparent coaching that motivates potential in others – even when it comes to the hard stuff. We explore the role of the manager as a “bridge builder” and how to earn trust and inspire growth through exceptional, people-centric leadership, a simplified focus, and an open, fun environment.

penny pennington
Penny Pennington

CEO and Managing Partner, Edward Jones

Galvanizing Your “Why” and Unleashing Greatness

Podcast 10

CEO and Managing Partner for Edward Jones and Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune, Penny Pennington shares her advice on unleashing greatness within ourselves and our companies. With the philosophy that failure only occurs from having never tried at all, Penny shares practical advice on how to leverage our inner purpose to inspire confidence, manage through change and unleash what’s possible.

Lisa Shalett

Extraordinary Women on Boards, Founder

Leaning In To The Upside

Podcast 9

As a former Partner and the Global Head of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy for Goldman Sachs from 2010 to 2014 in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Lisa Shalett possesses a breadth of experience leading through change and adversity. Currently founder of a dynamic community, Extraordinary Women on Boards, Lisa is known as a connector of people and ideas with a mindset for growth. In this episode, she shares her insight on what it means to lean in to the upside of risk and uncertainty, understand your inner strengths and lead with empathy – even during unfamiliar and difficult times.

Kevin McDonald
Dr. Kevin McDonald

VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Virginia

Discovering Empowerment Through Discomfort

Podcast 8

Dr. Kevin McDonald has dedicated his career to empowering young people to reach for success no matter who they are or where they come from. From his first job in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division to his current role as University of Virginia’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, he’s felt a calling to this space throughout his career. Today a pivotal force in shaping what the future of inclusive leadership looks like, he shares his own path and key lessons learned over the past two decades.

Nancy Mohan
Nancy Mohan

SVP, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies

Leading through Social Change

Podcast 7

As Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies, Nancy Mahon is a social impact “thought leader” in the rarest, truest sense of the term; each day she inspires teams around the world to make a concrete difference in their communities. Hear her proven lessons for meaningful, impactful leadership.

greg coleman
Greg Coleman

Executive in residence at Lerer Hippeau and Professor at NYU

Get Moving, Life’s Not a Dress Rehearsal

Podcast 6

Greg Coleman is a veteran digital media executive who made his career helping iconic brands navigate seismic industry upheavals—from Reader’s Digest, Yahoo!, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed to his current roles as an executive in residence at Lerer Hippeau and Professor at NYU

Pallavi Jha
Pallavi Jha

Chairperson and Managing Director,
Dale Carnegie Training India

Courage to Be Yourself

Podcast 5

As Chairperson and Managing Director of Dale Carnegie Training, India, Pallavi Jha has transformed the business into one of Dale Carnegie’s most successful and admired global verticals. Prior to Dale Carnegie, Pallavi held roles at Procter & Gamble and at her family’s construction business Walchandnagar Industries, one of India’s Industrial conglomerates—seeing firsthand what it means to be female in a completely male-dominated industry. Hear inspiring lessons and takeaways from her boundary-breaking career.

Katie Dill

VP of Design, Lyft

Designing the Future

Podcast 4

This week’s episode of Take Command: A Dale Carnegie Podcast features Katie Dill, VP of Design at Lyft, who is a rising star in her field—and a celebrated leader in a historically male-dominated industry. From the surprising reason her childhood set her up for success to her predictions about the most important trends in tech, Katie’s insights into 21st-century leadership can help all leaders achieve their full potential.

Jeannie Barsam

Gifting Brands, Founder

Fail Fast, Learn and Grow

Podcast 3

This week’s episode of Take Command: A Dale Carnegie Podcast features Jeannie Barsam. In her time as an executive, Jeannie has climbed the ranks at a who’s-who of American retailers, serving as a VP at Gap and an SVP at Talbots and Zales —before venturing out on her own, founding Gifting Brands to combine her executive experience with a drive to make a difference in her community.

Mike Searles

Former CEO, Benjamin Moore Paint

Integrity, Transparency, Humility

Podcast 2

For this week’s Take Command: A Dale Carnegie Podcast, Dale Carnegie CEO, Joe Hart, sat down with Mike Searles. In his time as an executive, Mike has weathered storms of change, gales of growth, and the ever-shifting culture of the American workplace. On this podcast episode, Mike covers the wealth of his experiences including his time at Toys “R” Us, as CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. (a Berkshire Hathaway Company), what it was like working for Warren Buffett directly, and how one of his biggest mistakes and failures also became one of the most valuable lessons in his life.

Allan Mulally
Alan Mullaly

Former CEO Ford Motor Company

Working Together

Podcast 1

For the first episode of Take Command: A Dale Carnegie Podcast, we’re speaking with Alan Mulally: a man who has headed up some of the biggest corporations on the planet. From his time as an EVP at Boeing and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and then as the president and CEO of Ford Motor Company where he is credited with saving the corporation, through today as a member of the board of directors at Alphabet, Mr. Mulally will discuss his decades of incredible leadership

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