153 episodes

Ryan Berman talks to thought leaders from around the globe in business, sports and entertainment to uncover what it means to be courageous in today's world.

The Courageous Podcast with Ryan Berman Ryan Berman

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 46 Ratings

Ryan Berman talks to thought leaders from around the globe in business, sports and entertainment to uncover what it means to be courageous in today's world.

    Albert Lin - Explorer, Innovator, and TV Show Host

    Albert Lin - Explorer, Innovator, and TV Show Host

    From exploring the farthest reaches of the planet to experiencing a life-changing accident, Albert Lin’s story is one of resilience, gratitude, and unwavering courage. Albert is, quite literally, a modern-day high-tech explorer, blurring the boundaries between man and machine while redefining how we explore our own humanity. In his conversation with Ryan, Albert takes listeners on an awe-inspiring journey through his life and adventures, from sleeping in his car to save money, to near-death experiences while scuba diving with actor Will Smith. Lin shares how his upbringing shaped his perspective on life and adventure, drawing from his childhood experiences growing up around the world with a father who was an astrophysicist and a mother who was an actress and musician. Later in the episode, the two discuss the different depths of courage, and Albert gives listeners a behind the scenes peak of a few of his TV and Film projects including National Geographic’s Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan and Lost Cities with Albert Lin.

    • 57 min
    Tom Braun - President of LA Galaxy

    Tom Braun - President of LA Galaxy

    It’s 3:30am. While most of us are still asleep, Tom Braun is in mid routine running his daily 5 miles, contemplating what it takes to push boundaries, win over Los Angeles, and redefine success in the world of Major League Soccer. In this episode of The Courageous Podcast, Ryan sits down with Tom as he prepares for a new MLS season - his first as President of the LA Galaxy. Tom and team kick off their season this Sunday at home against none other than Inter Miami, Lionel Messi and David Beckham. Reflecting on his journey since 2014, Braun isn’t just aware…but up for the challenge…to doing what is necessary to bring the LA Galaxy back into glory; without resting on its laurels of their glory days. Tom opens up about how he’ll go about driving this change, even if it means ruffling a few feathers along the way.

    • 32 min
    Rick Baldridge - Former President of Viasat

    Rick Baldridge - Former President of Viasat

    Blasting their satellites into space? Just another day for Viasat; a company known for consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation. Whether pioneering the latest advancements in satellite technology or extending high-speed internet access to remote and underserved regions, recent Vice Chairman Rick Baldridge has been an indispensable and straight-shooting force at Viasat over the past two decades. In his conversation with Ryan, Rick offers a glimpse into his incredible career at Viasat, diving into his belief in fostering a meritocratic culture where groundbreaking ideas can emerge from any corner of the organization while turning the seemingly impossible into reality. Inspired by Rick’s recent retirement from Viasat a few months back, the two dive into the importance of having a “balanced busy” schedule that allows time for things like sitting on boards (such as Viasat) while still finding time to take a few grandkids to school.

    • 46 min
    Dr. Shirley Collado - President & CEO of College Track; President Emerita of Ithaca College

    Dr. Shirley Collado - President & CEO of College Track; President Emerita of Ithaca College

    As the President and CEO of College Track, the nation's foremost college completion program, Dr. Shirley Collado is realizing her dream of advancing equity and educational justice for underserved students and communities. With a distinguished background as President Emerita of Ithaca College, where she became its first president of color, Dr. Collado brings a wealth of experience and leadership to her mission. In their conversation, Dr. Collado and Ryan delve into the imperative need for courageous and visionary leaders in higher education, particularly as society redefines the norms of intelligence and academic achievement for future generations. They explore empowering young individuals with the autonomy to shape their career trajectories, underscoring the importance of agency in navigating one's professional journey. To end the episode, Dr. Collado gives a surprising answer to Ryan’s question about what success looks like for College Track in 30 years.

    • 44 min
    Michael Smith - Head of Brand Marketing, Starry at PepsiCo

    Michael Smith - Head of Brand Marketing, Starry at PepsiCo

    As the official soft drink of the NBA and WNBA, you've likely encountered the vibrant yellow and green Starry logo gracing sidelines and megatrons nationwide. Serving as the Head of Brand Marketing for Starry at PepsiCo, Michael Smith stands as a pivotal force behind the innovative partnerships that have propelled Starry to its current rapid success. Engaging in a conversation with Ryan, Michael delves into the strategic choice of the NBA as the brand's launch partner and shares insights on the nuances of marketing for an established brand compared to a nascent one—a perspective shaped by his experience on both ends of the spectrum. Michael also sheds light on the art of curating a team with the optimal blend of in-house talent and partner agencies, articulating why saturating the digital landscape with a diverse array of content is the key strategy for brands navigating the complexities of today's social media terrain.

    • 46 min
    Bill Neff - VP of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Experience at YETI

    Bill Neff - VP of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Experience at YETI

    Bill Neff loves a good adventure. As VP of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Experience at YETI, he's on a quest for two R’s: Realness and Relevance. In this episode of the Courageous Podcast, Bill and Ryan delve into the art of forging genuine connections with audiences. They get into details about certain tactics and strategies Bill has successfully implemented in his role at YETI, contributing to the brand's evolution from a hunting and fishing-centric company to the household name it is today. Among the key themes discussed are the nuanced distinctions between brand-awareness and brand-trust, uncovering a product's unexpected relevance in niche markets, and the imperative for brands to prioritize people over data.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Bigredprod ,

Very entertaining and informative podcast

These podcast have featured some of the smartest, bravest and thoughtful leaders in dozens of spaces. It’s not always business speak, but it’s always passionate, entertaining and provides a well round view of how you can use these different courageous principles in your daily business or personal life. You really feel like you are in the room where it happens with this podcast and you have a front row seat to enjoy each week. Download a bunch for the morning commutes or flights!

KVoorhis ,

Inspiring Courageous Conversations!

After each and every interview I’m left feeling inspired to make courageous change not only in my workplace but in my personal life as well. Ryan Berman hosts courageous conversations with incredible business leaders and action takers. The Courageous Podcast is the perfect soundtrack for your morning commute. Grab a cup of coffee and let The Courageous Podcast be the soundtrack for your day. You won’t be disappointed!

.MarieClaire. ,

So much wisdom

Ryan keeps it real and there are so many nuggets of wisdom throughout each episode. It’s a can’t miss podcast for me!

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