The Next Wave Leadership podcast is hosted by Dov Pollack where Dov talks to leaders about how they’re creating great places to work and more importantly great places to grow.
Mark Levy, Business Strategist and Differentiation Expert, On: Finding Your Signature Idea and Setting Yourself Apart in a Homogenous World by Being Real, Honest, and Compelling
Mark Levy is a keynote speaker, advisor, author, and the Owner of Levy Innovation, a positioning and branding firm that helps organizations and thought leaders differentiate themselves from the crowd. Over the last 20-plus years, his notable clients include Simon Sinek, a head of a division of two White House administrations, a head of the strategy unit for Harvard Business School, and a speaker to the United Nations.
Mark is the author of five books, including Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content. In addition to his primary career, he is also a magician, with popular shows performed in Manhattan and Carnegie Hall.
In this episode… The sad truth is that amazing companies and organizations are not always successful. Marketing, presentation, reputation, and networking are all crucial for growth. This is all easier said than done but can be boiled down to one essential point: differentiation.
Mark Levy has centered his brand and his consultancy around differentiation. He has worked with world-renowned businesses and public figures to create narratives that separate them from the crowds. His format has been proven effective, and now he offers that same valuable framework to you.
In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack has an informative interview with Mark Levy on the topic of differentiation. They discuss his approach to coaching, how to stand out from the competition, and how to capture what Mark calls Your Big Sexy Idea. They also go through the importance of honesty and how Mark’s background in magic influences his work with his clients.
Kate Terry, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Surround Insurance, On: Being an Insuretech Entrepreneur, an Amiable Disruptor, and What It Takes To Build a Healthy Co-Founder Partnership
Kate Terry is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Surround Insurance, which reinvents age-old insurance products to serve new customers. With 18 years in the insurance industry, she is a respected figure in the insurance space and works as a member of the board of directors for Skyward Specialty Insurance. Kate has also held leadership positions at Liberty Mutual and Progressive. She has an MBA in general management from Harvard Business School.
In this episode… With established industries, it can be difficult to see customers’ pressing needs beneath the tradition. It can be especially daunting to create a successful business that breaks those molds.
Kate Terry saw the limited selection of insurance options during her time in the industry. She and her Co-founder started Surround Insurance to fill frequently overlooked needs. Drawing from her experience and pattern recognition abilities, she stepped into a new leadership role. So what can be learned from her story?
In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviews Kate Terry, the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Surround Insurance, to discuss her career and her insights as a leader. They break down the insurance industry and what needs were failing to be met for consumers. They also go through the partnership with her Co-founder, working within conservative companies, and why blame is so damaging within organizations.
Rachel Cossar, CEO/Co-Founder at Virtual Sapiens, On: The Choreography of Business, Inhabiting a Milestone Mindset, and What You May Be Communicating Before You Even Speak
Rachel Cossar is the CEO and Co-founder of Virtual Sapiens, a machine learning SaaS platform that helps client-facing professionals develop and amplify their communication skills and presence in a virtual world.
As a former professional ballet dancer and gymnast with unparalleled expertise in nonverbal communication and live performance, Rachel has a knack for translating unique skills into relatable business skills and competencies. In response to a need for holistic communication and presence training in the workplace, Rachel founded Choreography For Business, LLC. Her thought leadership has been featured on the TEDx Northeastern stage, Harvard Business Review, and The Boston Globe, to name a few, and she has worked with leaders, including GE, Pfizer, and Accenture.
In this episode… One of the key characteristics of a strong leader is the ability to adapt and overcome. This process looks different for everyone, but in the case of Rachel Cossar, it turned into an entirely new career path.
Rachel was a professional ballet dancer for the Boston Ballet until an injury kept her from performing. Once realizing there was a world of possibility outside of ballet waiting for her, she discovered that she had a talent for communication, understanding her audience, and engaging in conversation. Especially with the onset of the pandemic, Rachel found there was a real need for people to be able to communicate effectively. The virtual world requires a combination of verbal and nonverbal skills, so using her skills in communication and leadership, she found a new field and went on to start a thriving company. Her experience has led to incredible insights — now, she shares those with others.
In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack invites Rachel Cossar, the CEO and Co-founder of Virtual Sapiens, to talk about her journey and how she successfully started her business. They talk about her background in gymnastics and ballet, how she developed her talent for communication, and how she found a new business niche. Additionally, they touch on the work Virtual Sapiens is doing and how they operate as a sidekick for other companies.
Wei-Li Chong, Founder and Managing Partner at Culture Playbook Partners, On: Helping CEOs Connect the Dots, Accelerate Performance, and Get the Business Results They Desire
Wei-Li Chong is the Founder and Managing Partner of Culture Playbook Partners (CCP), a company that helps organizations make their culture a tangible lever that drives business performance. He spent almost 30 years successfully leading human capital and culture transformations, driving business performance in billion-dollar-plus organizations.
Before CPP, Wei-Li was the SVP of Human Resources at ANN Inc. and served in multiple leadership positions at KinderCare Education. As the previous US President of MindGym, he helped the company weather the pandemic and rebuilt its operational infrastructure for scalable growth.
In this episode… In business, it can be all too easy to get wrapped up in the numbers and miss out on what matters most. Rules and procedures are important, but they can often eclipse the more vital aspects of running a company. This is especially true for businesses built on compassion and the people who provide it.
Wei-Li Chong was brought into KinderCare during a season of steady decline. During his time there, he helped the company regain its footing and enter a new period of success. Much of this was based on his approach to people, transforming culture to transform the business.
Dov Pollack has a powerful interview with Wei-Li Chong, the Founder and Managing Partner at Culture Playbook Partners, to discuss how to lead a company and its culture authentically. They talk about what can be learned from poor leaders, listening to employees, and connecting with others to encourage change. They also walk through the personal approach Wei-Li used to help bring KinderCare out of its descent. Hear the rest on this episode of Next Wave Leadership!
Coco Brown, Founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, On: Women Climbing the Corporate Ladder and Navigating the Business World Ecosystem
Coco Brown is an entrepreneur, board member, and the Founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance. The Athena Alliance is a digital ecosystem and platform designed around community, education, and opportunity for the top women in business. Coco has been actively leading Silicon Valley-based professional services and tech companies since 1997.
Before founding Athena in 2016, Coco was the President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a global leader in IT professional and managed services that has served hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies. She led the company to $54 million in revenue while navigating massive economic cycles and transformative business model evolution.
In this episode… On a previous episode of the Next Wave Leadership podcast, Dov Pollack talked with Lucy Basta about helping women find roles in the business industry. Now, the conversation continues with an important question: How do we support women once they’re in executive positions?
It’s too easy to add a few women to the boardroom and feel satisfied with the so-called diversity. However, women in leadership roles need the backing of the community, education for a smooth transition, and access to further advancement opportunities. It’s a difficult task — but women like Coco Brown are dedicated to seeing this process through. She has been helping women flourish in their leadership roles for almost two decades. Now, she’s here to help you.
In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack invites Coco Brown, the Founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, onto the podcast to discuss how to establish women in leadership and help them grow. They talk about her personal journey, the dinners hosted for leading women, and how she applies what she learns to her current role. They touch on the library of content that Coco and her team have curated for women to use and discuss the three elements needed for women to thrive in their positions.
A Look Back at 2022 With Dov Pollack
Dov Pollack is an executive coach and development consultant who has helped brands such as Charles Schwab, Slack, and Amazon. Through his executive coaching consultancy, Next Wave Leadership, he works one-on-one with leaders to find their presence and better tell their stories. He is a Founding Partner of Riverene and has previously worked with Future State Inc. and Hill Physicians Medical Group.
Dov is the host of the Next Wave Leadership podcast, where he interviews leaders about how they're building great places to work by creating inspiring cultures in which to grow.
In this episode… Dov Pollack has had the incredible opportunity to interview some of the greatest business leaders working today. The guests on Next Wave Leadership have not only shared their insights with the listeners but also shifted Dov’s viewpoint on leadership. This year has featured some incredible guests with some unique lessons on leadership. Now Dov shares some of his favorites with you.
In this special episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack is once again interviewed by Chad Franzen of Rise25 to talk about the best episodes of the year. They discuss topics such as being a citizen of the world, learning financial responsibility from a young age, the pink ghetto, how the Enneagram is being used in the military, and much more. They also touch on what Dov will be working on in the future.
Super interesting and amazing! I listen to it every day!
Dov has created a powerful podcast full of intriguing guests and content. There’s a wealth of useful information in each episode and well worth your time.
Engaging, thought-provoking, and insightful
I’m really enjoying hearing the perspectives of these leaders and ways that they create culture. Dov has great questions that get me thinking of my personal life as well as work life. Looking forward to learning more and enhancing my own ‘growth mindset’!