Welcome to In Reality: Lessons from Leaders and Entrepreneurs hosted by New York Tech alum, John Rebecchi, Ph.D. (M.B.A.'83). You’ll hear thoughtful and revealing conversations as our guests open up about finding and translating their passion into a business, how leaders inspire others to follow their vision, and even talk about making mistakes, but always looking for solutions.
With varied backgrounds from running startups to multinational companies, each guest provides a unique perspective on problem-solving, decision making, and how to confront the challenges of running a business.
This podcast is co-produced by New York Institute of Technology’s School of Management, Strategic Communications and External Affairs and John Rebecchi, Ph.D.
Empowered consumers champion brands that commit to sustainability transformation and the drive has led businesses to opportunities and innovation. In this episode, our host John Rebecchi (M.B.A. ’83), Ph.D. welcomes Ann Tracy, Chief Sustainability Officer for Colgate-Palmolive, a global consumer products company.
Today, Ann will share insights on the implementation of Colgate’s global sustainability strategy, and how Colgate is leading in zero-carbon transformation by setting science-based targets. We will also learn the importance of cultivating new technology and why deep focus is imperative for leaders and entrepreneurs.
Leveraging Competitive Intelligence
What is competitive intelligence (CI) and why it is curial for the success of today’s businesses? In this episode, host John Rebecchi (M.B.A. ’83), Ph.D. welcomes Jonah Lopin, CEO and co-founder of Crayon, an award-winning, industry-leading CI software company. Prior to Crayon, Jonah was VP of Customer Success at HubSpot, served as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting and has worked in China focusing on entrepreneurship and non-profits.
We will discuss the current state of CI, how to gather and analyze industry-specialized information, mine the web and leveraging competitive intelligence to boost business performance. Jonah will also share the importance of following the market’s interest, building a solution and why entrepreneurs should stay focus for the customer.
Elevating Your Personal Brand
In this episode, our host John Rebecchi (M.B.A. ’83), Ph.D. sat down with Ramon Ray (B.S. ’07) entrepreneur, leading expert on personal branding, motivational speaker, author, founder and CEO of ZoneofGenius.com and SmartHustle.com.
It has never been easier now to start a business, although for budding entrepreneurs, the challenge is how to grow the business. Ray will share with listeners the significance of one’s personal branding and how to gain leverage in growing a business. Our host John Rebecchi and Ray will walk us through the process of creating a compelling marketing pitch and why a matter of runway is critical for startups.
Uncover Your Creative Core
We frequently hear entrepreneurs talk about turning passion into a business. However, within the fine arts space, it is not an easy feat to design a creative experience for customers of all ages. In today’s episode, our host John Rebecchi (M.B.A. ‘83), Ph.D. is joined by Sue Wilkowski (B.F.A. '85), founder and owner of Casa de Spin, art director, author and an art specialist for teens diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
With Sue's fascinating background in teaching arts and passion for spin art, we’ll hear how it led her to open Casa de Spin, a first ever paint event venue combining spin-art with step-by-step painting instruction. Sue will share with us the impact she faced in her business during the pandemic and the need to pivot for survival. We will also discuss the importance of tapping into your creativity when overcoming entrepreneurial challenges.
The Fear of Not Trying
Why do we tend to overlook opportunities while some see potentials? In today’s episode, our host John Rebecchi (M.B.A. ‘83), Ph.D. is joined by Craig Dubitsky, a serial entrepreneur, founder of Hello Products, Chief Innovation Strategist at Colgate-Palmolive and a previous guest of the #InRealityPodcast.Craig will catch us up on his entrepreneurial journey since our previous interview in 2019 and what led to his current role as a Chief Innovation Strategist for Colgate-Palmolive.
We’ll discuss in a broader view of what innovation is, how innovation originate and the importance of trying something new by embracing the idea of FONT (Fear of Not Trying). Craig also will share his insights on how emotional spark can ignite new ideas, and the process to unleash your optimism and creativity in whatever you do.
Support us by sharing or reviewing our podcast series. Recaps and links to each episode can also be found on our blog, The Achievement Index. Listen to our previous episode with Craig here, Season one, Episode five.
Embrace an Innovative Mindset
As we kick off season 5 of the “In Reality: Lessons from Leaders and Entrepreneurs,” our host John Rebecchi, PhD (M.B.A. ‘83), is joined by Lorraine Marchand, a life sciences consultant, business executive, speaker and writer. She recently authored a book, The Innovation Mindset: Eight Essential Steps to Transform Any Industry
Lorraine will walk us through the roadmap in which had guided her to successfully launch businesses while demystify the process to transform in any industry. We’ll also learn the significance of having a positive energy as an entrepreneur and why it is important to embrace an innovative mindset.
Support us by sharing or reviewing our podcast series. Recaps and the link to each episode can also be found on our blog, The Achievement Index.
Currently a business student and found this to be a great listen! Totally worth the time and definitely recommend!
Life Changing Podcast
Just listened to the latest episode of this podcast, and as a current business student, it was very inspirational. I am always looking for podcasts on successful entrepreneurs to learn more about how to suceed in business, and this podcast does just that!
I think this podcast is great. One suggestion I have is to ask the guests to provide more lessons or key takeaways. I found this to be the most informative part of the podcast and would love to hear more on this aspect of the guests’ lives.