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Shauna Swerland, CEO of Fuel Talent, launches the What Fuels You podcast, where she sits down with influential, interesting and successful leaders to learn from them. She digs into the stories and choices that made them who they are today, with the goal of sharing the inspiration, perseverance and stories of resilience that are normally only shared within an inner circle. You'll walk away feeling fueled by each episode as Shauna uncovers things like personal hardships and failures, what it’s like to become an entrepreneur and tips on building a successful career.

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Shauna Swerland, CEO of Fuel Talent, launches the What Fuels You podcast, where she sits down with influential, interesting and successful leaders to learn from them. She digs into the stories and choices that made them who they are today, with the goal of sharing the inspiration, perseverance and stories of resilience that are normally only shared within an inner circle. You'll walk away feeling fueled by each episode as Shauna uncovers things like personal hardships and failures, what it’s like to become an entrepreneur and tips on building a successful career.

    Matt Ehrlichman

    Matt Ehrlichman

    Matt Ehrlichman is the CEO, Chairman, and founder of Porch Group, a Seattle-based vertical software platform for the home. Porch’s mission is to help home services companies grow and through these relationships to help make the home simple, from moving to maintenance and everything in between. Prior to founding Porch, Matt created his first technology startup, Thriva, in his dorm room at Stanford University, where he also received his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Engineering and Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering. In 2007, he sold Thriva to Active Network for $60 million and went on to become Active Network’s Chief Strategy Officer, where during his five-year tenure, Active grew from $60 million to more than $420 million in revenue and an initial public offering in 2011. Matt currently lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. 
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    • 52 min
    Poppy MacDonald

    Poppy MacDonald

    Poppy MacDonald is the President of USAFacts, the non-partisan, non-profit civic initiative, and source for well-visualized data on the American people and how we are doing as a nation – leading an effort to help Americans ground their democratic debate in facts. Previously, Poppy served as president and chief operating officer of POLITICO USA; President, publisher, and chief revenue officer of the National Journal, as well as executive director of business development at POLITICO Pro, overseeing the launch of Politico’s first paid subscription model. Poppy has also served as a partner at Gallup Inc., where she launched the World Poll and led the health care practice. Poppy began her career serving members of Congress, representing her Pacific Northwest hometown on both the Senate and House sides of Capitol Hill – and is happy to be back, enjoying Seattle with her husband and two children.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Tom Skerritt

    Tom Skerritt

    Tom Skerritt is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Triple Squirrels, a PNW lifestyle focused media content provider. Tom has led a successful acting career, being a two-time Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In a 60-year acting career, Tom has appeared in more than 40 films and over 200 television episodes, including roles in classics, such as M*A*S*H, War Hunt, Alien, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, and Picket Fences. After Tom graduated high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force, then continued to UCLA, where he began his storytelling and acting career. Originally from Detroit, Tom now resides in Seattle with his wife Julie, who he co-founded Triple Squirrels with just prior to the covid pandemic. In his free time, you can find Tom working on his memoir and two new screenplays.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Manoj Pinna

    Manoj Pinna

    Manoj Pinna is the Co-Founder and CEO of Seattle based Pebble Health. Pebble Health levels the playing field between small businesses & startups and Fortune-500 companies for employee benefits. Pebble Health is used by people in 20 states, making it available for small employers to offer generous benefits like fertility, $0 deductible health plans affordably, or save 30% on benefits spending. Over the past 17 years, Manoj has been driving change in staid and inefficient industries including finance, fintech, and health care.
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    • 54 min
    Lisa Sun

    Lisa Sun

    Lisa Sun is the Founder & CEO of GRAVITAS, a company whose origin story dates back to Lisa’s first professional review: that she “lacked gravitas” and “should go buy a new dress, big jewelry, and great shoes.” Realizing the transformative power that clothing can have, Lisa secured the patent on building shapewear into dresses and launched Gravitas as a Confidence Company that offers innovative apparel and styling solutions designed to makeover women from the inside-out. Prior to founding Gravitas, Lisa spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company where she advised leading luxury, fashion, and beauty brands globally on strategic and operational issues. Lisa graduated magna c*m laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with distinction in Biology and Political Science.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Erin Quick

    Erin Quick

    Erin Quick is the Co-founder and CEO of PairTree. With more than 20 years of global brand marketing experience, and more importantly, as a two-time adoptive mother, Erin is a leader in the movement to modernize adoption in the U.S. Previously, Erin co-founded Stoke Strategy, a Seattle-based brand strategy firm, which she led for 12 years. She began her marketing career at Addison in San Francisco and New York, where she worked on global branding for Domino’s Pizza, Merrill Lynch and The Make-a-Wish Foundation. Erin is a recipient of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40-Under-40 award and most recently, PairTree, under Erin’s leadership, was selected to participate in the 2021 TechStars Seattle Accelerator. She is currently a Visionary Voices Member, Speaker with All Raise, guest lecturer at Brown University and the University of Washington. Erin lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband and two children.
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    • 54 min

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