36 episodes

storymark® invites you to a refreshing spin on the leadership podcast. These interviews are dynamic, story-driven conversations about pivotal moments that propelled each guest towards success. You’ll hear revealing truths and unexpected insights from creative visionaries, pioneering innovators, and global leaders. Each guest is leaving a unique mark in their industry and the world — and all are anchored by a connection to Israel.
 
In his role as itrek CEO, storymark host Gil Galanos has spent over a decade conversing with distinguished leaders. Compelled by his curiosity and motivated by the marks these leaders are leaving, Gil decided to hit the “record button” on the revealing conversations he was already having. Now you get to listen in.

itrek is a non-profit organization that equips rising influentials — graduate students in business, law, policy & STEM — to lead their peers on week-long treks to Israel for an up-close look at the “start-up nation,” in order to gain a nuanced understanding of the country’s complexity and richness.

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    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

storymark® invites you to a refreshing spin on the leadership podcast. These interviews are dynamic, story-driven conversations about pivotal moments that propelled each guest towards success. You’ll hear revealing truths and unexpected insights from creative visionaries, pioneering innovators, and global leaders. Each guest is leaving a unique mark in their industry and the world — and all are anchored by a connection to Israel.
 
In his role as itrek CEO, storymark host Gil Galanos has spent over a decade conversing with distinguished leaders. Compelled by his curiosity and motivated by the marks these leaders are leaving, Gil decided to hit the “record button” on the revealing conversations he was already having. Now you get to listen in.

itrek is a non-profit organization that equips rising influentials — graduate students in business, law, policy & STEM — to lead their peers on week-long treks to Israel for an up-close look at the “start-up nation,” in order to gain a nuanced understanding of the country’s complexity and richness.

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    storymark LIVE: Tzipi Livni, Former Vice Prime Minister of Israel | Driven By Belief

    storymark LIVE: Tzipi Livni, Former Vice Prime Minister of Israel | Driven By Belief

    When deciding which professional path to pursue, Tzipi Livni defied the expectations set by her politically active parents and initially chose a career in law. But sometimes a calling transcends pragmatism, and when Israel found itself split down the middle and rife with tension Tzipi was compelled to change direction and run for office.
    Tzipi amassed an impressive array of political roles, most famously, Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice. Each position was accompanied by a chorus of both praise and criticism for the policies she upheld and decisions she made. Reflecting on significant moments during her tenure, Tzipi concedes that the strategic implementation could have been better. Nonetheless, she affirms her decisions, which were all informed by an unwavering commitment to achieve equity and peace.
    Join Gil and 100 itrek participants in this captivating live conversation, where Tzipi’s indomitable spirit and steadfast determination truly shine, cementing her as an undeniable force to be reckoned with.
    More about storymarkTM
    storymark is brought to you by itrek studios. itrek is a non-profit that inspires tomorrow’s leaders through peer-led, week-long Israel Treks to experience Israel’s innovation, diversity and complex reality firsthand. For more on itrek’s mission, visit itrek.org.
    storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Patrick Emile. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi. Special thanks to the itrek marketing team.
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    • 20 min
    Seth Siegel, Businessman, Author and Activist | A Smorgasbord of Success

    Seth Siegel, Businessman, Author and Activist | A Smorgasbord of Success

    Seth Siegel has a penchant for following his curiosity and doing the unexpected. As a serial entrepreneur, Seth seamlessly moves from one endeavor to the next. This agility led to a diverse range of experience, from practicing law to licensing trademarks, and from writing an award-winning book on the global water crisis to producing a Broadway show. This unconventional career trajectory may have made his stability-oriented father nervous, but Seth achieved wide success across industries, and is a shining example of forging one's own path.
    Join Gil as he queries Seth on his approach to business, investment in the arts, and why he believes the solution to the global water crisis can be found in Israel. 
    More about storymarkTM
    storymark is brought to you by itrek studios. itrek is a non-profit that inspires tomorrow’s leaders through peer-led, week-long Israel Treks to experience Israel’s innovation, diversity and complex reality firsthand. For more on itrek’s mission, visit itrek.org.
    storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Patrick Emile. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi. Special thanks to the itrek marketing team.
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    • 24 min
    Laura Hassner, Educator and Builder, Berkeley Changemaker | The World is a Classroom

    Laura Hassner, Educator and Builder, Berkeley Changemaker | The World is a Classroom

    Laura Hassner intentionally sought out educational experiences in unfamiliar environments so she could stretch herself personally and intellectually. From opting into a multilingual school setting, to embarking on foreign exchange experiences in Chile and England, Laura truly considers the world her classroom. 
    Eager to introduce a global mindset to students, Laura landed her dream job at Berkeley as builder of an entrepreneurship program called The Berkeley Changemaker®. The program empowers students to develop their leadership skills, and to utilize their education and talent to create positive change both locally and globally.
    Be inspired as Gil and Laura recount her leadership journey and the personal loss that clarified her purpose.
    More about storymarkTM
    storymark is brought to you by itrek studios. itrek is a non-profit that inspires tomorrow’s leaders through peer-led, week-long Israel Treks to experience Israel’s innovation, diversity and complex reality firsthand. For more on itrek’s mission, visit itrek.org.
    storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Patrick Emile. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi. Special thanks to the itrek marketing team.
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    • 16 min
    Tom Cohen, Head Conductor and Artistic Director of the Jerusalem Orchestra East & West | Music Without Borders

    Tom Cohen, Head Conductor and Artistic Director of the Jerusalem Orchestra East & West | Music Without Borders

    Tom Cohen's love for music has deep roots that can be traced back to his childhood home, where he and his parents listened to a wide variety of genres without judgment. This impartiality would prove invaluable as Tom later developed his own sound. 
    As the founder and head conductor of the Jerusalem Orchestra East and West, Tom creates a new, integrated musical experience that blends sounds from the East and West, old and new. His innovative approach transcends pre-existing limitations in Israeli classical music and allows audiences to overlook cultural and political conflicts — if only for a few hours.
    Enjoy Gil and Tom’s repartee about the gift of music, labor justice, and how even small acts of change can have worldwide impact.

    More about storymark™
    storymark is brought to you by itrek studios. itrek is a non-profit that inspires tomorrow’s leaders through peer-led, week-long Israel Treks to experience Israel’s innovation, diversity and complex reality firsthand. For more on itrek’s mission, visit itrek.org.
    storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Patrick Emile. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi. Special thanks to the itrek marketing team.
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    • 27 min
    Alma and Daniel Hernandez, Current and Former Representatives of the Arizona House | Barrier Breakers, Change Makers

    Alma and Daniel Hernandez, Current and Former Representatives of the Arizona House | Barrier Breakers, Change Makers

    Alma and Daniel Hernandez are a dynamic brother-sister duo; each with a powerful story to tell. 
    Raised in a loving Mexican-American home, they harnessed their family’s love and support as a springboard to forge their own paths.
    During their adolescence, Alma and Daniel each faced unexpected traumas that could have derailed their plans. Instead, they chose to use their healing experiences to help others and turn their struggles into a driving force for service and advocacy.
    Their journeys eventually led them to the Arizona House of Representatives, where they each championed unique identity-focused causes. Daniel became a vocal advocate for LGBTQ issues, drawing from his own experiences as a gay man. Alma focused on Holocaust awareness and education, inspired by the discovery of her Jewish heritage.
    Listen in as Gil uncovers Daniel and Alma’s incredible stories of resilience and how they shifted their focus outward to heal themselves and help their communities. 
    More about storymarkTM
    storymark is brought to you by itrek studios. itrek is a non-profit that inspires tomorrow’s leaders through peer-led, week-long Israel Treks to experience Israel’s innovation, diversity and complex reality firsthand. For more on itrek’s mission, visit itrek.org.
    storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Patrick Emile. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi. Special thanks to the itrek marketing team.
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    • 26 min
    Felipe Neves, Lawyer, Educator, and Founder of the NGO Project Constitutional Law in School | The World is a Classroom

    Felipe Neves, Lawyer, Educator, and Founder of the NGO Project Constitutional Law in School | The World is a Classroom

    Felipe Neves takes nothing for granted. Growing up in Brazil, his mother worked tirelessly to provide Felipe with a private education. After graduating from law school in Brazil and working at a law firm for several years, Felipe developed a burning desire to share what he learned about his country’s government and political infrastructure with young Brazilian public school students. This would become Felipe’s modus operandi; learn, grow, share.
    Felipe is currently the Head of Google Workspace for Education in Latin America — his achievements and accolades speak for themselves, but he humbly measures his success by the happiness and impact he brings to those around him.
    In this storymark spotlight episode, Felipe recounts his participation in a U.S. State Department program which led him to Stanford University. These experiences allowed him to pursue a law degree and lean into his entrepreneurial ambitions.
    More about storymarkTM
    storymark is brought to you by itrek studios. itrek is a non-profit that inspires tomorrow’s leaders through peer-led, week-long Israel Treks to experience Israel’s innovation, diversity and complex reality firsthand. For more on itrek’s mission, visit itrek.org.
    storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Patrick Emile. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi. Special thanks to the itrek marketing team.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Nikolas Bjorkan ,

Inspiring!

I love the episode from Niruban Balachandran!

Joel_KS ,

Super Interesting and Inspiring

This series of interviews is very interesting and inspiring. Once you start listening to them, you won’t be able to stop.

e-ziv ,

Precise and inspiring

The first few episodes are interesting and eclectic. Gil, the host, manages to produce genuine and sincere sounding interaction with his guests who are well-known figures in Israel and beyond it. Loved hearing the stories so far, in which the common thread seems to be a can-do attitude and thinking outside the box.

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