Humans have told stories since the beginning of time as a medium to connect and pass knowledge from one generation to the next. Robert and Michael aim to explore these stories with today’s leaders with real and raw conversation - getting rid of all the noise in today’s data driven, twitter-fed society. The art of storytelling has taken a back seat to 24 hour news, politicking and diminished attention spans. As we began to contemplate this shift, we developed The Climb – Cross Roads and Defining Moments – to capture the stories of today’s leaders. Each of our esteemed guests will bring their own unique set of circumstances they faced in their life to our podcast so that our listeners can hear the raw and unfiltered truth. The climb is never easy – the cross roads and defining moments shape us.
#20 Betsy Price: Mayor of Fort Worth, TX
Betsy Price is the 44th Mayor of Fort Worth, TX, the 13th largest city in the United States. She is also the longest-serving Mayor in the history of Fort Worth. On this episode, we discuss Betsy's early life and her journey into the political world. We also talk about the impact of social media on politics, the future of Fort Worth & the DFW Metroplex and much more. Enjoy The Climb!
(1:37) - Mayor Price’s early life as the youngest of 4
(4:34) - What led you to want to pursue a career in politics?
(7:30) - How running a political campaign has changed over the past two decades
(9:58) - Voter turnout issues in local elections vs. national tickets
(14:29) - The impact of social media on politics
(20:40) - Cycling through “scenic” French country-side
(22:59) - The maturation of Mayor Price’s personal relationships as she decided to run for mayor
(26:25) - What else was holding you back from running initially?
(28:00) - What drives your passion for service?
(28:45) - Are your children involved in politics?
(30:17) - The relationship between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and the influence of legacy business-families on the direction of Fort Worth
(35:12) - What are some of the biggest challenge you’ve faced as Mayor?
(37:58) - Bob’s experience on the tension in Chicago
(40:46) - The future of Fort Worth and DFW Metroplex through attracting the best talent
(43:55) - Balancing the growth of Fort Worth without losing control
(46:24) - How Fort Worth was able to reverse a pension financing disaster
(51:36) - The issue of retaining TCU Graduate talent in Fort Worth
(54:28) - What do you want people to know about Betsy Price?
(56:36) - What advice would you give to people who want to be of service in local government?
The Climb is produced by Straight Up Podcasts
#19 Year 1 Highlights
Enjoy our first series of highlights from The Climb! The first episode in this installment features some of our favorite clips from our conversations with Keaton Turner, Michael Davidson, Katrina Ghazarian and Luke Reed.
#18 Shiek Shah: CEO of Akili Inc. - Culture Keeps People
Shiek Shah is the Founder and CEO of Akili Inc. On this episode, we discuss Shiek growing up in Kenya, the culture shock of moving to America, learning what to do and not to do in starting a company, enjoying life through travel, mountain climbing and more. We also talk about the importance of culture and how it's the catalyst for keeping great talent. Enjoy The Climb!
Connect with hosts Michael Moore and Bob Wierema
The Climb on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/the-climb-podcast/
Bob Wierema: www.linkedin.com/in/robert-wierema/
Michael Moore: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpmoore/
Connect with Shiek Shah
Akili Inc.: www.akili.com/what-we-do/
Shiek Shah: www.linkedin.com/in/shiek-shah-373735/
(1:48) - Introduction & the meaning behind the name of Akili
(3:00) - Growing up in Kenya & the decision to go to America for university and to work
(7:52) - Shiek’s Childhood and his family dynamic
(10:55) - Shiek’s first experiences in America
(14:48) - What were some of the most eye-opening challenges you faced when moving to America?
(17:28) - Continuing Sheik’s career journey that brought him to Dallas
(20:52) - Shiek meeting his business partner and sparking the idea for Akili
(22:27) - Seeing Prince live
(23:18) - Akili’s focus on culture
(28:48) - Why a good culture is the main incentive to keep great talent and maintaining a culture during massive growth
(32:04) - Akili’s services
(34:25) - Learning how to build Akili from working at EDS
(36:30) - Shiek and Andrew’s dynamic and friendship
(39:22) - Mountain Climbing Tales
(44:59) - Perseverance
(48:31) - Shiek’s son & thoughts on parenting
(53:03) - Giving autonomy to your employees
(55:33) - What do you see for yourself over the next 5 years?
(56:55) - Shiek’s thoughts on the state of the country given the events of the past year
(1:02:47) - What do you want people to know about you?
#17 Katrina Ghazarian: CEO of Gameday HR - Curate your own Life
Katrina Ghazarian is the CEO of Gameday HR and was voted Forbes Top Social Media Influencer of 2020. On this episode, we discuss developing a sense of identity for young women, Katrina taking the leap to start her own organization, and her core values of family, community, growth, honesty, love & joy. We also talk about authenticity in your value proposition, loving yourself, Katrina’s SitCom and her pivot into the motion picture industry. Finally we dive deep into the inability to have real conversations anymore without people going on the defensive, and the hilarity of conspiracy theories. Enjoy The Climb!
#16 Raleigh Green: Managing Partner at Emerald Consulting
On this episode, we sit down with Raleigh Green, Managing Partner at Emerald Consulting. We discuss The climb of his career through the ’08 financial crisis, working in sales for his father’s company and ultimately starting Emerald Consulting.
We discuss the power of building relationships, the word “no”, the impact of fatherhood, and Raleigh’s thoughts on the events of the past summer and the tension in the country. Enjoy The Climb!
Connect with Michael Moore and Bob Wierema
The Climb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climb-podcast/
Bob Wierema: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-wierema/
Michael Moore: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpmoore/
Connect with Raleigh Green
Raleigh Green: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raleighgreenv/
#15 Brian Ferguson: Founder & CEO of Arena Labs - The Future of Frontline Workers
On this episode of The Climb, we sit down with Brian Ferguson, Founder & CEO of Arena Labs. We discuss Brian’s family history in the military and his time in the Navy & the Special Operations Community, the blue collar mentality developed from growing up in Cleveland, exercising the muscle of making hard decisions, how Brian came to discover this need for a company like Arena Labs, making a massive pivot during Covid and much more. Enjoy The Climb!
Michael & Robert elicit a genuine vulnerability from all their guests. A must for anyone looking to be transported, even momentarily, into an intimate conversation.
Interesting and inspiring stories!
Really interesting and informative stories of the adventure different leaders have taken to get where they are today. Michael and Bob have chosen fantastic contacts to interview and ask thought provoking questions to tell the story of their guests.
Absolutely fantastic...great content from successful and motivating business leaders...great cohosts to keep the conversation flowing! Past this is on to all young business people..