Did you ever wonder how an innovation got to its finish line? How innovators saw the future, made a product, and created change – in our world and in their companies? I did. Innovation Storytellers invites changemakers to describe how they created their innovation and just as important – THE STORIES – that made us fall in love with them. Come learn how great innovations need great stories to make them move around the world and how to become a better storyteller in the process.
I’m Susan Lindner, the Innovation Storyteller. But I wasn’t always. I’ve been a wannabe revolutionary, an epidemiologist at the CDC and an AIDS educator in the brothels of Thailand helping to turn former sex workers into entrepreneurs. Trained as an anthropologist and the Founder of Emerging Media, I’ve spent the last twenty years working with innovators from 60+ countries. Ranging from cutting edge startups to Fortune 100 companies like GE, Corning, Citi, Olayan, and nine foreign governments, helping their leaders to tell their stories and teaching them how to become incredible advocates for their innovations.
Great innovation stories make change possible. They let us step into a future we can’t see yet. I started this podcast to shine a light on our generation of great innovators, to learn how they brought their innovation to life and the stories they told to bring them to the world.
Innovation in Electric Aviation at MagniX with Roei Ganzarski
We’ve been watching the rise of electric cars for nearly 30 years now, but how comfortable are you with taking an electric flight? This is a really special episode in which aviation veteran Roei Ganzarski takes us up, up and away on battery power planes and the future of electric flying.
Most importantly, storytelling at MagniX is such an important part of the culture, that they literally have it painted on the stairs leading up to their office, asking each new employee to help them write the next chapter of aviation history when they join the team. If you thought masks and temperature taking were the future of flying, think again.
Roei leads magniX. Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ, a global provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software which, under Roei’s leadership, grew from a seed software startup to a profitable multi-million dollar SaaS company. Before BoldIQ, Roei was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led all worldwide customer and market facing organizations. Other experiences prior to Boeing include private investment banking, corporate finance, advertising, and the military.
How to Shatter Myths and Realities of Innovation
Today’s episode features one of Tesla’s top materials experts, Michael Pilliod, who runs the glass division. We’ll explore how a globally watched “failure” became a learning experience that would change everything. He even brought the steel snowball to the show [watch the YouTube broadcast of the podcast] as a lasting memento of that moment. Some are wondering, “How does this guy still have a job?” Would you survive that public misstep?
We explore how the culture of Tesla allows for very public triumphs and defeats and urges innovators to keep going. Mike’s background as a Product Designer at Apple through the age of the iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch as well as an Engineer at GE prepared Michael for that moment, and the ongoing successes that follow.
Innovation in Banking at TD Ameritrade with Gina Mitchell and Michael Jareo
What happens when two banking powerhouses, Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade take on a $22 billion merger creating a behemoth online brokerage with more than $6 trillion in client assets and 28 million brokerage accounts? Innovation.
Gina Mitchell and Michael Jareo had a front-row seat at TD Ameritrade watching it all go-down. On this episode of Innovation Storytellers, you’ll learn from these innovators about the pieces that were put in place prior to the merger, the cutting edge innovations that made TD Ameritrade an attractive partner to Schwab, and the stories that are now being told to make these two companies - and their innovation departments - into one.
Gina Mitchell is a creative problem-solver who has spent her career in the financial services industry building various programs and implementing the supporting frameworks. She has experienced the rewarding feeling of bringing together uniquely talented individuals to form successful, high-performing teams within a Fintech environment, most recently within innovation.
Gina is most inspired when she sees how she’s impacted individuals’ lives through her leadership and mentorship. She truly believes my success is directly contributed to the people who have worked alongside her through uncertainty, bringing their best everyday to help build sustaining programs and deliver projects that drive companies forward into the future.
Michael Jareo is a strategic-minded problem-solver with a successful 15-year history in the financial services industry. Starting as a front line broker directly serving clients, he has grown in his influence and impact in change management and strategic leadership.
As a Lean Leader and Champion and as an Innovation Consultant, Michael aligns those efforts with a larger strategic vision to build long-lasting and effective relationships. As a coach from young employees and interns to executives leading large organizations, Michael gets particularly energized when his clients begin to apply new concepts and approaches in a way that improves their work and leadership.
Since our recording, Gina has gone on to become the Head of Innovation Accelerator and Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships at Charles Schwab.
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Space Age Innovation with Steve Rader
Steve Rader is a speaker/consultant on open innovation and the future of work based on his 30 years at NASA with the last 8 years dedicated to scaling up open innovation and open talent initiatives across NASA and the U.S. federal government. Steve has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice University and has worked in various roles at NASA including flight controller, software developer, project manager, systems engineer, communications system architect, and innovation manager.
Steve Rader is not only an award-winning speaker, innovator and thought leader on innovation, but he has taught most of us more about Open Innovation, than any other I know.
Over the past 8 years, Steve served as the Deputy Director for the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation at NASA, he has found a way to harness the power of the crowd and their love of outer space to get people from around the world collaborating on the next set of innovations that will take us to Mars and beyond.
In this episode, Steve shows us how open innovation brings diverse new talents to large organizations like NASA, ushers in new ways of thinking and inspires an even greater level of collaboration and innovation culture at the organization.
169 Years of Innovation at Corning with Marty Curran & Anis Fadul
How do you stay at the cutting edge of innovation as a 169-year-old company? Marty Curran and Anis Fadul have been inventing and reinventing innovation at Corning for 30 years.
In this episode, you’ll not only hear the stories behind how glass is fighting disease, empowering Tesla and becoming a leader in sustainability, but also how innovations from 90 years ago are still yielding new fruit for Marty and his team, and all of us.
Innovating the Job Hunt at Indeed.com with Lisa Besserman
Lisa Besserman is a revolutionary in the startup space. Not content with promoting startups in the ease and resources of Silicon Valley or NY, Lisa helped create the startup ecosystem in Buenos Aires, Argentina developing critical linkages with corporates and the government to catapult startups to their success. On this first episode of Innovation Storytellers, we dive into the stories behind Indeed.com’s meteoric success and the startup revolution she’s created inside the company.
I greatly enjoyed this podcast. The guest was compelling, Susan asked excellent questions. I look forward to hearing more episodes. I highly recommend!!