100 episodes

Protégé Podcast provides the insightful career advice, powerful inspiration and unvarnished truth you need to pursue and fulfill the career of your dreams. Protégé Podcast is hosted by Rory Verrett, the founder and managing partner of Protégé Search, a boutique talent advisory and executive recruiting firm. Rory has helped companies such as Boeing, American Express, the New York Times Company, and the NFL recruit, retain, and develop high potential talent. He has recruited leaders for companies in Silicon Valley, advised nonprofit organizations on leadership development, and coached countless entrepreneurs to breakthrough success.

Protégé Podcast with Rory Verrett Rory Verrett

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

Protégé Podcast provides the insightful career advice, powerful inspiration and unvarnished truth you need to pursue and fulfill the career of your dreams. Protégé Podcast is hosted by Rory Verrett, the founder and managing partner of Protégé Search, a boutique talent advisory and executive recruiting firm. Rory has helped companies such as Boeing, American Express, the New York Times Company, and the NFL recruit, retain, and develop high potential talent. He has recruited leaders for companies in Silicon Valley, advised nonprofit organizations on leadership development, and coached countless entrepreneurs to breakthrough success.

    Black Man Brilliance - Craig Brumfield on the Long and Short of Finance

    Black Man Brilliance - Craig Brumfield on the Long and Short of Finance

    On this episode of Protégé Podcast Presents: #BlackManBrilliance, I talk with management consultant/venture capitalist/hedge fund manager/software engineer Craig Brumfield. Craig and I talk about the value of ex-pat assignments and what it's like to work under a powerful Black senior executive and mentor. We discuss the highs and lows of a career in complex finance, including what it means when your boss declines to invest in a startup that becomes one of  the biggest tech companies in the world.

    • 34 min
    Black Man Brilliance - Steven Brooks on the Power of Grit

    Black Man Brilliance - Steven Brooks on the Power of Grit

    On this episode of Protégé Podcast Presents: #BlackManBrilliance, I talk with hospitality and leisure executive Steven Brooks. Steve talks about how he built a successful career in the procurement function through his uncanny blend of exceptional negotiation and strategic advisory skills. We talk about the challenge of starting a family before starting your career, the gift of failure, and what Ta-Nehisi Coates got right about Howard University. The truth bombs abound in one of our final episodes in the #BlackManBrilliance series.

    • 27 min
    Black Man Brilliance - Chaka Patterson on Advocating for Us

    Black Man Brilliance - Chaka Patterson on Advocating for Us

    On this episode of Protégé Podcast Presents: #BlackManBrilliance, I talk with super lawyer Chaka Patterson, the general counsel of Adtelem Global Education, as the third episode in our series on career reinvention. A powerful advocate for black lawyers, Chaka analyzes why law firms miss the boat on developing black associates and partners, and why he remains committed to providing opportunities to black outside counsel. 

    • 29 min
    Black Man Brilliance - Lewis Long on the Art of Reinvention

    Black Man Brilliance - Lewis Long on the Art of Reinvention

    In this episode of Protégé Podcast Presents: #BlackManBrilliance, I talk with corporate executive turned art dealer Lewis Long. The Harvard Business School and Howard University grad discusses how he's managed to keep his career purpose front and center, even as he's shifted the platform he's used to manifest his professional skills. We talk about tips for applying for the White House Fellowship and how the Black Lives Matter movement is impacting the fortunes of emerging black artists. 

    • 27 min
    Black Man Brilliance - David White on Succeeding Beyond the Game

    Black Man Brilliance - David White on Succeeding Beyond the Game

    On this episode of Protégé Podcast Presents: Black Man Brilliance, I talked with former NFL and Arena League pro David White about the art of career reinvention. David talks about how planning for the unexpected in his life and career has allowed him to thrive in his Plan B and his Plan C. We also discuss David's black male mentoring program at SUNY-Fredonia, Kings' Corner, and how it provides a safe haven for students to talk about everything from Black Lives Matter to their future careers. 

    • 33 min
    Black Man Brilliance - Aulston Taylor on Answering the Call

    Black Man Brilliance - Aulston Taylor on Answering the Call

    On this episode of Protégé Podcast Presents #BlackManBrilliance, I talk with superstar development professional Aulston Taylor about his career journey from working at ESPN in New York to leading fundraising at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. Aulston talks about the meticulous planning, strategic cultivation, and fearless tenacity it takes to succeed in the competitive world of nonprofit fundraising, and how a deathbed whisper from a mentor changed his life.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Zach Moo Young ,

Rory and his podcast have changed my life

I was fortunate to stumble upon the Protegé Podcast as a senior in college. Without having anyone in my family to turn to for career advice, this podcast has been a go to for me as a young professional. Keep it up, Rory!

Augustus06 ,

Great directional insight

Rory has a great vibe but his guests provide ridiculously valuable insight to help guide careers particularly for those who seek leadership in companies and organizations. This is ideal for the commute to work, the after-work workout, or times of reflection about one's career.

AMTReb ,

Invaluable Insight

I highly recommend Protege Podcast! Rory Verrett pulls from an incredible network of dynamic professionals who openly share the struggles and successes of their careers. He also shares advice from his extensive background in executive recruitment.

Rory's interviews will be helpful for young professionals who are seeking advancement, considering other options, or need positive reinforcement that career paths are often unpredictable. Young professional women should pay close attention to the female mentors who provide invaluable insight on navigating careers in male dominated fields.

Protege Podcast does not focus solely on the mentors' paths to success, the mentors' current positions and future aspirations are also discussed. This approach allows the podcast to also resonate with listeners who are peers of (or older than) the mentors. Rory's break down at the end of each interview provides advice that applies to all stages of a career.

Rory has created a binge listening worthy podcast!

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