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Mission Critical is a podcast hosted by GLORY Media Editor-in-Chief Lance Chung about the purpose and values that drive today's most inspiring leaders. From innovative entrepreneurs to cultural game-changers, each episode will introduce you to someone new who is defining their community and redefining the status quo.

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Mission Critical is a podcast hosted by GLORY Media Editor-in-Chief Lance Chung about the purpose and values that drive today's most inspiring leaders. From innovative entrepreneurs to cultural game-changers, each episode will introduce you to someone new who is defining their community and redefining the status quo.

    Laurie May (Co-founder, Elevation Pictures): How Do Independent Films Amplify Diverse Stories?

    Laurie May (Co-founder, Elevation Pictures): How Do Independent Films Amplify Diverse Stories?

    Laurie May has long been a guiding force that continues to shape the narrative voice of the film industry. As co-founder and co-president of Elevation Pictures, a Canadian distribution and production company, Laurie's vision has always been to make an impact by telling a wide range of independent stories that resonate with audiences—to help viewers feel acknowledged and represented. (After all, cinema, along with all other forms of artistic expression, can serve as a powerful reflection of the world around us.) 

    Since launching at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Elevation Pictures has gone on to release award-winning films, including The Imitation Game, Room, Moonlight, Everything Everywhere All At Once, and most recently, Past Lives, The Zone of Interest, and Anatomy of a Fall. 

    In this episode, Lance chats with Laurie about her fascinating career journey, the business of movies, and the importance of telling diverse stories.

    • 41 min
    Mark Williams (CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra): What Does the Orchestra of the Future Look Like?

    Mark Williams (CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra): What Does the Orchestra of the Future Look Like?

    In a world that is increasingly becoming defined by technological advancements and endless content scrolling, what role does a symphony orchestra play in the big picture of it all? It's a question that Mark Williams has had to confront in his role as CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
     
    The challenge ahead is an interesting one—how do you honour the rich legacy of a century-old cultural institution without being beholden to that same history, to innovate, push boundaries, and charge into the future? 
     
    For Williams—the first Black CEO of a major North American orchestra—it's about community. An orchestra is hardly a relic of the past but rather a dynamic force that has the power to open doors and minds by bringing people together, whether on the stage or in the audience.
     
    As the TSO embarks on its 101st year and its next century ahead, Williams envisions an orchestra that listens more than it speaks, touching lives in ways that go beyond the concert hall.
     
    On this episode, Lance chats with Mark about the power of music, diversity in the symphony orchestra, and what the orchestra of the future looks like. 
     

    • 39 min
    Leonard Brody (Co-founder, Caravan): Is a Celebrity Partnership Right for Your Brand?

    Leonard Brody (Co-founder, Caravan): Is a Celebrity Partnership Right for Your Brand?

    Leonard Brody is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and bestselling author. As co-founder of Caravan, a venture with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the two-time Emmy-nominated media visionary shares insights with Lance about the intricacies of building ventures for global icons like Carrie Underwood and Tom Hanks, and what brands should consider before entering into a partnership with celebrity talent.

    Here's what you can expect from this episode:

    Are we in the golden age of celebrity entrepreneurship? Or are we approaching celebrity brand burnout?

    How has the landscape of celebrity entrepreneurship evolved over the years?

    How does research create the foundation of a successful celebrity partnership?

    What is the difference between an endorsement, licensing, and partnership?

    What is the profile of the ideal celebrity entrepreneur?

    What are some of the safeguards that business owners can build in crisis PR moments where a celebrity has lost the public’s goodwill and trust?


    Make sure to subscribe to the Mission Critical podcast for more of today's greatest entrepreneurs and leaders.

    • 53 min
    Jens Grede (CEO, SKIMS): How to Build a Celebrity-Driven Legacy Brand

    Jens Grede (CEO, SKIMS): How to Build a Celebrity-Driven Legacy Brand

    You may know SKIMS for its celebrity co-founder, Kim Kardashian, but are you aware of its other co-founder? On this episode of Mission Critical, SKIMS CEO and co-founder Jens Grede joins Lance to talk about his fascinating entrepreneurial journey, his experience working with Kim, and the evolution of the celebrity-driven brand.

    Here's what you can expect from this episode:

    What makes a great brand?

    How Nike's Jordan brand influenced his and Kim's perspective on building SKIMS.

    How to harness culture to build your business.

    The impact of social media on the culture of fame and commerce.

    The evolution of the celebrity-driven brand.

    The biggest factor that has contributed to the success of SKIMS.

    Make sure to subscribe to the Mission Critical podcast for more of today's greatest entrepreneurs and leaders.

    • 55 min
    GLORY Features: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Cybersecurity with Leigh Tynan

    GLORY Features: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Cybersecurity with Leigh Tynan

    In GLORY Features, we're expanding our podcast to bring you more guests and their expert advice on what small business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders should know, today. In this episode, host Lance Chung sits down with Leigh Tynan, Director of Online Security at TELUS. Tynan brings her wealth of experience to the table, offering a comprehensive overview of the current state of cybersecurity, discussing the latest trends, emerging challenges, and the proactive measures individuals can take to fortify their digital defenses.

    In a world where information is both currency and vulnerability, understanding the truths behind cybersecurity becomes paramount. Here's what you can expect to learn from this episode:

    The state of cybersecurity today.The key misconceptions around online security.What entrepreneurs and small business owners can do to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats. The specific tools and software available for individuals to enhance their cybersecurity.

    • 40 min
    Coco Rocha (Model): Lessons from the Catwalk on Success, Self-Advocacy, and Mentorship

    Coco Rocha (Model): Lessons from the Catwalk on Success, Self-Advocacy, and Mentorship

    Over the years, society has had to reckon with much-needed change in order to build a more equitable future. Like many other cultural institutions, the fashion industry has not been quick to change. Thankfully, there are those within the ecosystem who have pushed for progress by empowering others and embracing innovation.

    At the forefront of this change stands supermodel Coco Rocha, a name synonymous with the industry's transformation. One of the first in her generation to recognize the power of social media as a platform for agency and independence, she instilled a turning point for the fashion industry and its ability to advocate for itself. Beyond the catwalk, she's pioneering the next generation of models through her groundbreaking Coco Rocha Model Camp. 

    In this episode, Lance and Coco discuss her entrepreneurial path, advocacy efforts, and what the future holds for fashion.

    This episode was sponsored by TELUS SmartWear Security. Learn more here: www.telus.com/en/smartwear-security

    • 41 min

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