12 episodes

In today's world, there's no such thing as "business as usual." The coronavirus pandemic has turned life as we know it upside down. But that's not all. A heightened focus on sustainability, the continued disruption of technology, and new demands from employees and customers are all pushing companies to reinvent themselves. Whole industries are looking for ways to adapt and rise through new challenges in an effort to emerge stronger than ever. In each episode of Reinvent, Fortune's Beth Kowitt and Geoff Colvin will tell the stories of people, companies, and communities finding new ways to thrive in our uncertain future.

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    • Business
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

In today's world, there's no such thing as "business as usual." The coronavirus pandemic has turned life as we know it upside down. But that's not all. A heightened focus on sustainability, the continued disruption of technology, and new demands from employees and customers are all pushing companies to reinvent themselves. Whole industries are looking for ways to adapt and rise through new challenges in an effort to emerge stronger than ever. In each episode of Reinvent, Fortune's Beth Kowitt and Geoff Colvin will tell the stories of people, companies, and communities finding new ways to thrive in our uncertain future.

    As IRL Returns, What Happens to Zoom?

    As IRL Returns, What Happens to Zoom?

    Zoom has been a vital part of our daily lives over the past two years. We’ve used it to meet with co-workers, celebrate family events, and to attend concerts and yoga classes while the world shut down around us. But now that the world is opening back up, people are returning to the office and to life in person. Can Zoom stay relevant in our evolving hybrid world? And can it compete with similar services from bigger companies like Microsoft and Google?  
    In this episode of Reinvent, hosts Beth Kowitt and Geoff Colvin speak to Zoom’s Chief Product Officer Oded Gal about how Zoom will adapt its product to meet the needs of our changing world.  Geoff and Beth also talk to Debbie Lovich, leader of Boston Consulting Group’s People Strategy Research, about the future of work and what it will demand of technologies like Zoom. Mike Fasciani, Research Director of Digital Workplace Applications at Gartner, shares how Zoom stacks up against its biggest competitors.  
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    • 31 min
    Walgreens Wants to be Your Doctor

    Walgreens Wants to be Your Doctor

    Walgreens is transforming its pharmacies and retail stores into one-stop primary health care providers, with CEO Roz Brewer and her team planning to roll out 600 full-service clinics nationwide by 2025. It has invested $5.2 billion in primary care provider VillageMD as a partner in this transformation, a big and risky move. What can we expect from these clinics? Why is Walgreens doing this now? And can it compete with CVS which has a similar plan? 
    In this episode of Reinvent, hosts Beth Kowitt and Geoff Colvin speak to Walgreens Boots Alliance Chief Integration and Transformation Officer, Anita Allemand about how Walgreens plans to pull this off. Geoff and Beth ask Brian Tanquilut, Health Care Services Analyst at Jeffries, if Walgreens can compete with CVS and Walmart. And Dr. Deidra Candace Crews, of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, speaks to how these clinics could address America’s profound health care inequities.  
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    • 32 min
    Barbie and Abercrombie Bet on Being Gender Inclusive

    Barbie and Abercrombie Bet on Being Gender Inclusive

    If you’ve shopped for kids toys or clothing lately, you may have noticed a growing number of gender-inclusive offerings. Apparel giant Abercrombie & Fitch and Mattel Inc.’s iconic toy brand Barbie have made it a priority to produce products that go beyond the gender binary. What’s their motivation? Are these items selling? And does California Bill 1084 have anything to do with it? 
    In this episode of Reinvent, hosts Beth Kowitt and Geoff Colvin speak to Mattel’s Global Head of Design for Barbie and Fashion Dolls Kim Culmone and to Kim Dolder, General Manager of Abercrombie’s Gilly Hicks line, about how their brands are evolving to appeal to all genders.. Geoff and Beth also talk to Juli Lennett, Vice President and Industry Advisor for NPD Group’s Toy’s Division, about how gender inclusive toys perform in the market. Rob Smith, founder of the Phluid Project, shares how California Bill 1084 - legislation requiring retailers to sell trucks right next to dolls - came to be, and its potential impact.  
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    • 28 min
    General Motors Goes Electric

    General Motors Goes Electric

    In January 2021, one of America’s most iconic automobile companies announced it was undergoing a huge transformation. General Motors said it would stop selling vehicles with internal combustion engines, and would go all electric by 2035. GM’s Zero Emissions plan is an enormous commitment that has the potential to impact the environment and the entire auto industry. But can GM pull it off? 
    In this episode of Reinvent, hosts Geoff Colvin and Beth Kowitt speak to GM Executive Vice Presidents Gerald Johnson and Doug Parks about how they will make the Zero Emissions plan a reality and what obstacles they'll have to overcome to get there. Geoff and Beth also talk to Harvard Law Professor Jody Freeman and Bank of America’s Lead Auto Analyst John Murphy to weigh the plan’s chances for success and what it may mean for our planet.  
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    • 27 min
    Coursera CEO On The 'Forced Experiment' in Online Education

    Coursera CEO On The 'Forced Experiment' in Online Education

    The meteoric rise in unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis has forced many to rethink what they do for a living. According to economists, a large share of the jobs lost to the pandemic are gone forever. Enter MOOCs, the Massively Open Online Courses, which have long promised to democratize education. In this episode, Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda argues that MOOCs are an indispensable tool for retraining the workforce for the digital jobs of tomorrow.
    Also in this episode: Dr. Annelies Goger of the Brookings Institution discusses how learning new digital skills, while important, is only part of what it takes to embark on a new career. Many of those rehired not only learned the right skills, they knew the right people.
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    • 19 min
    Writing the McDonald's Pandemic Playbook

    Writing the McDonald's Pandemic Playbook

    While COVID-19 has dealt the restaurant industry writ large a difficult hand, some are faring better than others. In September, McDonald’s reported the best month it’s had in a decade; in this episode of Reinvent, host Beth Kowitt speaks with CEO Chris Kempczinski about how McDonald’s finds itself in a surprisingly good spot, thanks to the premium customers are now placing on speed, efficiency, drive-thru, and delivery. 
    Also in this episode: Aaron Allen, founder and chief strategist of Aaron Allen & Associates, a global restaurant consultancy, discusses McDonald’s remarkable size and how the fast-food giant will capitalize on the competitive advantage the pandemic has awarded them. 
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

sarahglistenstopodcasts ,

Interesting interviews & discussion

I am not even a huge follower of business news, but I love how this podcast takes certain industries & companies and gives voice to the changes that have come with the pandemic.

The length is perfect and I think the hosts do a wonderful job of distilling the interviews they conducted into really concise, organized and smart stories for the listener.

My favorites were the Land o Lake and David Chang episodes! What a strong podcast, Beth and Adam hit it out of the park straight away. Sometimes podcasts have to find their footing in the beginning, but these journalists provided great information in an interesting way right form the start.

Bravo! Hope there is a second season!

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Terrific

Beth Kowitt has a great voice. Good topics and smart analysis. Great show!

Quintin.Roberts ,

Well done

Insightful and intelligent! These are really interesting stories about how so many familiar businesses are working to adapt to changing realities.
Great hosts, great guests. And you’ve got to love a 20 minute podcast!

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