35 episodes

This is a show about inspiring people who explain their path to achievement. Guests range from elite athletes to prominent leaders in community and business. We learn first-hand about motivations, successes, failures, and most importantly the wisdom they have gained from their life experience.

The Ascent Podcast with Joe Burgess Joe Burgess

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

This is a show about inspiring people who explain their path to achievement. Guests range from elite athletes to prominent leaders in community and business. We learn first-hand about motivations, successes, failures, and most importantly the wisdom they have gained from their life experience.

    David Russick -- Founder of TUBS, Bagster Dumpster in a Bag, and Gopher Angels

    David Russick -- Founder of TUBS, Bagster Dumpster in a Bag, and Gopher Angels

    David is a visionary and entrepreneurial executive leader who founded waste management companies TUBS and Bagster Dumpster in a Bag.   In addition, with his wife Sara, founded an angel financing network called Gopher Angels.   He shares the origins of his entrepreneurial spirit and how his companies developed and evolved.   It hasn't all been success.  David also reveals what he feels is his biggest weakness when it comes to business. 

    • 29 min
    Corie Barry -- CEO of Best Buy, Revisited

    Corie Barry -- CEO of Best Buy, Revisited

    This is a replay of one of our most popular episodes.   At the time, Corie was CFO of Best Buy.   She has now moved on to be the CEO.  We learn about her upbringing, being a woman in the business world, and her authentic leadership style.   

    • 44 min
    Michael Mader – Co-Founder of Hippy Feet - Helping Homeless Youth

    Michael Mader – Co-Founder of Hippy Feet - Helping Homeless Youth

    In October 2015, Michael suffered a traumatic brain injury falling off his long board.   He learned how vulnerable he was during his recovery process and how much support he needed from others.   It sparked an idea to help homeless youth who have no one to turn to in a time of need.
    Eventually, Michael and his business partner Sam Harper founded Hippy Feet.   On our podcast, we learn about their mission, the evolution of the evolution of their business model to support that mission, and ultimately their vision to positively affect more homeless youth around the country.

    • 39 min
    Mark Stutrud - Founder of Summit Brewing - The Power of Relationships

    Mark Stutrud - Founder of Summit Brewing - The Power of Relationships

    Mark is a pioneer in Minnesota brewing.   Summit Brewing began in 1986 out of St. Paul--well before microbreweries were able to sell their beer from a taproom. As of 2020, they are the 21st largest craft brewery in terms of sales volume in the United States. Mark talks about how he got started, some guerilla marketing he did early on, and the power of relationships and making a difference in your community. 

    • 42 min
    Henry Lake: Talk Show Host at WCCO Radio, Being Authentic

    Henry Lake: Talk Show Host at WCCO Radio, Being Authentic

    Henry hosts an evening sports talk show, at WCCO radio in Minneapolis, called Lake Night.  Henry shares how he got started in talk radio, the value of having a voice as an African American in a major market, and his focus on giving back to others. 

    • 28 min
    Mandi Simon - Founder of Simon Says Give, Giving Back to Her Community

    Mandi Simon - Founder of Simon Says Give, Giving Back to Her Community

    Mandi founded her own non-profit, Simon Says Give, at the age of seven.   She shares her inspiration, how it developed, and ulitmately how her organization broke a Guiness World Record.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

chelseakr ,

Seeking the advice

This podcast is amazing! Brilliant questions asked by Joe to get to the grit of personal success. We can all become the best version of ourselves but in order to do that we have to ask the hard questions to achieve growth and understanding. Thank you for this podcast!

marybrunett123 ,

I’m loving these episodes!

These episodes are inspiring, helpful and . I’m interested in the guests and love how they are educational and great entertainment. Joe Burgess is a brilliant interviewer! He knows what he’s doing and is highly skilled in his work. I’m inspired with how hard the guests worked to get where they are and how helpful with tips and experiences are! I’m super excited for upcoming episodes!

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