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Join Jeff Hilimire and Alex Gonzalez for discussions about leading with purpose, innovating, and thinking expansively. Their insights reflect decades of startup, corporate, and civic experience. Jeff is a best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, and founder who leads Dragon Army and two nonprofit organizations. Alex Gonzalez is a seasoned corporate executive who writes about innovation, produces the Disruptor Studio, and is chief innovation officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Jeff and Alex Podcast Alex Gonzalez & Jeff Hilimire

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Join Jeff Hilimire and Alex Gonzalez for discussions about leading with purpose, innovating, and thinking expansively. Their insights reflect decades of startup, corporate, and civic experience. Jeff is a best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, and founder who leads Dragon Army and two nonprofit organizations. Alex Gonzalez is a seasoned corporate executive who writes about innovation, produces the Disruptor Studio, and is chief innovation officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

    The Secret to Great Mentorship

    The Secret to Great Mentorship

    On this episode, the guys discuss the power of mentors and advisors. Listen along as they discuss their experiences through the years both as mentors and mentees, and what is crucial for a successful mentorship relationship.
    Jump to 2:45 to hear about mentors that Jeff and Alex have had, and whether they were formal or informal.
    Jump to 5:55 to hear about Alex's experience with corporate mentorship structures.
    Jump to 7:58 to hear about important mentors in Jeff’s life.
    Jump to 10:07 to hear about the potential problems with formal mentorship programs, and how honesty in a mentoring relationship is crucial.
    Jump to 13:48 to hear how loneliness can affect you as you climb the leadership ladder.
    Jump to 15:17 to hear how things have changed for the guys as they have become mentors.
    Jump to 19:50 to hear the different types of mentoring and coaching, and the importance of sharing experiences to your mentees.
    Jump to 23:01 to hear how you can learn from peer mentoring relationships.
    Don't forget to subscribe, and if you enjoyed this episode please leave a comment below!
    Check out these recent episodes:
    On A Purpose Journey with Kate Atwood: https://youtu.be/kIndiTThCmc
    Purpose and Business Leadership: https://youtu.be/ZnmAW29Q8n4

    If you enjoyed this show, follow:
    Jeff Hilimire:
    Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/
    Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1
    The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6
    The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf


    Alex Gonzalez:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agonz
    Medium: https://medium.com/@alexginnovation
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexginnovation
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexginnova...


    Disruptor Studio:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedisrupto...
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-...
    Web: https://www.disruptorstudio.show

    • 27 min
    On a Purpose Journey with Kate Atwood

    On a Purpose Journey with Kate Atwood

    On this episode, the guys interview Kate Atwood: founder of Kate’s Club, former Executive Director of ChooseATL, former head of the Arby's Foundation, co-founder of LoCo+, and all-around ATL leader. Listen along as they discuss her career, her personal mission, and the legacy she hopes to leave behind.
    Don't forget to subscribe, and if you enjoyed this episode please leave a comment below!
    Check out these recent episodes:
    A Conversation with Joey Womack: https://youtu.be/uHVe5fBmqWk
    Purpose and Business Leadership: https://youtu.be/ZnmAW29Q8n4
    Jump to 3:37 to hear about Kate and her career path.
    Jump to 7:15 to hear about her strategy of knowing when it’s time to move on to a new project.
    Jump to 10:18 to hear about the importance of listening to your instincts.
    Jump to 11:57 to hear about Kate’s mission, her personal & career history, and what she is up to now.
    Jump to 22:15 to hear about ChooseATL and Kate’s focus on digital storytelling.
    Jump to 27:29 to hear what led her to founding LoCo+.
    Jump to 36:08 to hear Kate’s vision to bring local/regional culture to LoCo+, and how she wants content to be consumed across regions.
    Jump to 38:40 to hear how to stay informed about LoCo+, and how the platform will be beneficial to content creators.


    To Follow Kate:
    https://www.kateatwood.com/
    Kate’s Club: https://katesclub.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kateatwood/
    Instagram: @kate_atwood
    ChooseATL: https://www.chooseatl.com/
    Loco Plus: https://locoplus.network/

    If you enjoyed this show, follow:
    Jeff Hilimire:
    Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/
    Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1
    The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6
    The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf


    Alex Gonzalez:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agonz
    Medium: https://medium.com/@alexginnovation
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexginnovation
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexginnovation


    Disruptor Studio:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedisruptorstudio/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-disruptor-studio
    Web: https://www.disruptorstudio.show

    • 46 min
    Ep. 9 Tech and Innovation Season in Atlanta

    Ep. 9 Tech and Innovation Season in Atlanta

    On this episode, the guys talk about the incredible fall tech and innovation season in Atlanta. Listen along as they discuss the tech events in Atlanta this fall, and how they’ve been modified to fit the current COVID environment.
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    Jump to 1:26 to hear what Jeff usually does in October, & about 48in48.
    Jump to 6:00 to hear about how tech events have changed this year due to COVID.
    Jump to 9:48 to hear about TiEcon & ATDC Healthcare Showcase.
    Jump to 11:48 to hear about FinTech South & A3C.
    Jump to 16:08 to hear about Techstars Demo Day.
    Jump to 18:45 to hear about ATDC’s 40th anniversary drive-in event.
    Jump to 22:18 to hear about TechSquare Labs’ Startup Battle & Truist + Techstars startup event.
    Jump to 26:20 to hear more about other great events including Startup Runway and more.
    Go here to learn about all that is taking place in Metro Atlanta in October and November:
    https://www.metroatlantachamber.com/innovation-entrepreneurship/a-thriving-innovation-hub
    Tech Events Discussed:
    TiEconn 2020: https://www.tiecon.org/
    ATDC: https://atdc.org/
    FinTech: https://fintechconferences.com/
    A3C: https://www.a3cconference.com/
    Techstars: https://demoday.techstars.com/
    TechSquare: https://techsquare.co/atlanta-startup-battle-edition-eletype/
    Techstars + Truist Startup Week: https://techstars.community/startup-week/atlanta
    Startup Runway: https://startuprunway.org/
    Watch more Jeff & Alex:
    Apple VS Google: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBN1_YPjwyE&feature=youtu.be
    Staying Inspired & Motivated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzM9MIE0tAE
    If you enjoyed this show, follow:
    Jeff Hilimire:
    Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/
    Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1
    The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6
    The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf
    Alex Gonzalez:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agonz
    Medium: https://medium.com/@alexginnovation
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexginnovation
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexginnovation


    Disruptor Studio:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedisruptorstudio/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-disruptor-studio
    Web: https://www.disruptorstudio.show

    • 29 min
    A Conversation with Joey Womack on Entrepreneurship, Atlanta, and Doing Good

    A Conversation with Joey Womack on Entrepreneurship, Atlanta, and Doing Good

    On this episode, the guys interview Joey Womack, Atlanta community builder and founder of Goodie Nation. Listen along as we discuss his passion for helping people make connections. To learn more about Goodie Nation and the Intentionally Good Project visit: https://goodienation.org.
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    Jump to 1:35 to hear why Atlanta is a great city for building a startup.
    Jump to 4:14 to meet Joey Womack and what he is working on right now.
    Jump to 6:25 to hear how Joey views diversity in Atlanta and how he is helping entrepreneurs get access to networks.
    Jump to 9:50 to hear how Joey’s project connects entrepreneurs with mentors and contacts in their field.
    Jump to 12:08 to hear about Joey’s first company that he started in college at Florida A&M.
    Jump to 15:44 to hear about how Joey identifies if an entrepreneur that will be successful.
    Jump to 20:04 to hear how self-awareness and confidence are crucial to networking, how Joey gives tips to entrepreneurs on how to appropriately talk themselves up during a pitch, and how he has adapted to the new way of living life virtually.
    Jump to 25:00 to hear about Joey’s goal to help 1 billion people by 2039.
    Jump to 28:45 to hear about how Goodie Nation creates social impact, and how they support other companies to do so as well.
    Jump to 31:45 to hear about how Joey helps build up a social entrepreneur and how he prepares them for storytelling and securing in capital.
    If you enjoyed this show, follow:
    Joey Womack:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeywomack/
    Instagram: @joey.digital
    Website: https://joey.digital/about/
    https://socialcapitalmarkets.net/2019/05/atlantas-equity-champion-joey-womack/
    Jeff Hilimire:
    Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/
    Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1
    The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6
    The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf
    Alex Gonzalez:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agonz
    Medium: https://medium.com/@alexginnovation
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexginnovation
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexginnovation
    Disruptor Studio:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedisruptorstudio/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-disruptor-studio
    Web: https://www.disruptorstudio.show

    • 39 min
    Reacting to the New Apple Announcement!

    Reacting to the New Apple Announcement!

    On this episode of The Jeff & Alex Podcast, the guys discuss tech competitors. Listen along as they discuss the classic Apple vs. Google battle, Peloton vs. Nordictrack, and the varying strategies of top tech companies.
    Jump to 1:30 to hear about Apple vs Google.
    Jump to 5:38 to hear what is drawing Jeff back to team iPhone: the new fitness tracker, Fitness+.
    Jump to 8:00 to hear about Peloton vs. Nordictrack and the deciding factor for Alex.
    Jump to 10:41 to hear about Apple TV+ and how Apple is shifting to a bundled services provider.
    Jump to 15:39 to hear how Google can keep Jeff as a phone consumer.
    Jump to 19:09 to hear about Apple’s full integration tactic and how crucial it is to their consumer experience.
    Jump to 21:50 to hear the shortcomings of Apple and Google, and the impact of a bad brand experience.
    Jump to 26:10 to hear about Alexa and Amazon’s home package strategy.
    Jump to 27:20 to hear about the guys favorite Apple+ shows, and tech innovation in the fitness industry.
    If you enjoyed this show, follow:
    Jeff Hilimire
    Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/
    Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1
    The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6
    The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf
    Alex Gonzalez
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agonz
    Medium: https://medium.com/@alexginnovation
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexginnovation
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexginnovation


    Disruptor Studio
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedisruptorstudio/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-disruptor-studio
    Web: https://www.disruptorstudio.show

    • 35 min
    Are You Creative?

    Are You Creative?

    On this episode of The Jeff & Alex Podcast, the guys discuss creativity in the business world. Listen along as they talk about how they each define creativity, and the value of having a creative team or process in a company.
    Jump to 3:30 to hear how Jeff defines creativity.
    Jump to 5:38 to hear about the 3 categories of creativity, according to Alex.
    Jump to 8:50 to hear about the contrast between being detail-oriented and creative, and if those characteristics overlap.
    Jump to 12:10 to hear about the provocative vs the duration.
    Jump to 15:00 to hear about Jeff's screening process for creativity when it comes to new hires, and whether or not CMOs are / should be creative.
    Jump to 22:40 to hear about the creativity of lawyers in regard to brand building specifically.
    Jump to 24:59 to hear how Alex wishes that he had released his creativity more throughout his career.
    Jump to 27:22 to hear about how Jeff tries to focus more on execution and follow through than big ideas.
    Jump to 29:14 to hear about the benefit of "big ideas" because they can spawn smaller ideas.
    Jump to 33:00 to hear about how group think can be damaging to a meeting and the need for a third party curator to drive creativity.
    If you enjoyed this show, follow:
    Jeff Hilimire
    Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/
    Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1
    The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6
    The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf
    Alex Gonzalez
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agonz
    Medium: https://medium.com/@alexginnovation
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexginnovation
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexginnovation
    Disruptor Studio
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedisruptorstudio/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-disruptor-studio
    Web: https://www.disruptorstudio.show

    • 37 min

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