The CEOpeek is a video podcast devoted to spreading the leadership philosophies of successful mid-market company CEOs in the form of short and powerful interviews. We select CEOs who lead teams that individually and collectively build the capacity and capability to create outcomes that matter most for the organization and the society in disruption and complexity.
Leading Globally in High Complexity
In this insightful interview, Paula Schneider, Susan G. Komen CEO, reveals the leadership lessons she learned from leading global organizations.
Susan G. Komen, a global movement, that over 30 years, has led the way in the funding of three Billion dollars, groundbreaking research, community health initiatives, and advocacy programs in local communities across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries serving millions of people.
Paula joined Komen 3 and a half years ago after serving as president and CEO of American Apparel, the largest apparel manufacturer in the United States with 260 retail stores globally, CEO of Delta Galil Premium Brands, and president at Warnaco Swimwear Group.
Among Paula insights:
- How to empower your team when you are not physically empowered
- How a defining moment can change trajectories in career and life
- Leading with a sense of urgency to expedite the vision
- Over-communicate always and even more in a multicultural organization
- The power of age diversity and what she learned in the "escape room"
- Inclusiveness happens when we take action on the diverse point of views
- The 'need to know' gets in the way of high performance
- The CEO as a statesman - should you get involved in social justice?
Discover the Keys to Scaling Your Business with Manish Hirapara, CEO PeakActivity
Manish Hirapara shares the leadership strategies that helped him scale PeakActivity to more than 200 employees.
PeakActivity is a digital strategy and implementation company, partnering with businesses to accelerate growth through eCommerce, Digital Marketing, and Technology solutions.
- Transforming from a scrappy startup to a high-performing organization
- Working on the business rather than working in the business
- Alignment around purpose
- Being an authentic leader
- Overcoming the constraints we set in our minds
Empower Conscious Capitalism - Andrew Pass, CEO, A Pass Educational Group
In this discerning interview, Andrew Pass, the CEO of A Pass Educational Group, shares the magic of empowerment by having double bottom lines.
A Pass Educational Group develops customized educational content from designing courses to creating assessments for K-12, higher education, and corporations.
Prior to founding A Pass Educational Group, Andrew completed advanced doctoral work in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy at Michigan State University.
He started his career as an elementary school teacher and continued teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in topics, such as educational technology, or ed-tech, at Michigan State University.
Among Andrew’s insights:
Empower employees by aligning their higher purpose and inner voiceAccept diverse points of viewsEncourage critical thinkingDevelop and promote leaders from within
In this thought-provoking interview, Nathan Stooke the CEO of Wisper Internet, a company that provides fast, reliable internet services to rural communities where other providers don't, shares the leadership lessons learned during the pandemic year leading the growth from 71 to 187 employees.
Nathan founded Wisper Internet 18 years ago when a friend didn’t have Internet access at his business.
Nathan Stooke accepted the challenge. It took a little research, a few maxed out credit cards, and hard work, and Wisper Internet was born to bridging the gap in rural America with fast internet.
Some of Nathan insights:
- The changing needs from the leadership team in hyper-growth
- The power of executive coaching to expose blind spots
- How to balance the individuals and the team
- How framework helps to navigate uncharted territories
- From CEO by default to CEO by choice
- Developing agile mindest
- Losing efficiency to get things done
Learn more about Nathan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-stooke-76028b1/
Learn more about Wisper Internet at https://wisperisp.com/
Leading Through Multiple M&As
In this fascinating interview, Kevin Jones, the CEO of Celero Commerce that provides payment processing services, business management software, and data intelligence to small and medium-sized businesses in one holistic platform, discusses the leadership challenges and the solutions of leading high growth through M&As.
Celero’s leadership team has completed 6 acquisitions since its inception. That’s untypical for a young company. Among Kevin’s insights:
The need to have a strong core leadership teamCulture fit as a prerequisite for an acquisitionHow culture evolves as the company absorbs new culturesThe shift from culture-fit to culture-blendTransparent communication as a key leadership styleHow to run business-as-usual concurrently with M&A activityThe importance of leveraging efficiencies to scale up quicklyKevin founded Celero in 2018 and 2.5 years later it’s the 16th largest non-bank payment processor in the United States, serving more than 25,000 businesses.
He began his fin-tech career at Chase Paymentech. He is the former President of SignaPay, and former CEO of Anovia Payments, which he led to a successful exit.
Breaking Walls with Matt Powell, Moroch CEO
Matt Powell, the CEO of Moroch, shares his 20-year journey from a media planner to CEO and his beautiful insights about career, work, and life.