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.
Robert Duran - Navigating Life with Pancreatic Cancer
Our guest today defines what it means to be courageous. Robert Duran is a father, husband and passionate cyclist. For the last decade, Robert has been riding through life navigating the rocky terrain that comes with being diagnosed with what many call a death sentence in Pancreatic Cancer. In this very open and raw conversation with host Ryan Berman, Robert opens up about how he has been able to survive and thrive despite the odds against him. Robert shares how cycling has been a lifesaver during his battle with cancer, but was almost the thing that killed him. The two also discuss how “cutting the cord” from most electronics has allowed Robert to take his life back and live every moment in the present. It’s a moving and inspiring episode with a tremendous human being in honor of World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 11/17/2022.
Landon Donovan - USMNT All-Time Leading Scorer
57 USMNT goals. 58 USMNT assists. 6 MLS Championships. 3 FIFA World Cups. 1 dramatic extra-time 2010 World Cup goal against Algeria that sent America through to the final 16. Landon Donovan is a name that needs no introduction to American soccer fans. On this episode of The Courageous Podcast, Landon calls into Ryan Berman on his way to Qatar. He shares what his next two weeks will be like, which American player he perceives will have the most courageous World Cup performance and, finally, he'll give his prediction for which team he believes will end up hoisting the coveted World Cup Gold Trophy.
Khartoon Weiss - TikTok, Global Head of Agency & Accounts
With a billion monthly users, an average session length of 90 minutes, and 27 billion views on the hashtag #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt — there is a lot of commerce to unlock for any business or brand on TikTok. At the center of it all is Khartoon Weiss. Khartoon has been named “40 Over 40” by Campaign, “40 Under 40” by Advertising Age and “Top 50 Professionals". In her conversation with Ryan, the two discuss what it takes for any brand (at any size) to be successful on the platform. She also gives practical steps to help brands “think like marketers, but act like creators.”
Jason Harris - Co-Founder & CEO of Mekanism
If you say it, you will build it. If you build it, they will come. Jason Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of Mekanism, has worked with some of the most iconic, soulful brands on the planet including Peloton, Ben & Jerry’s, Method and Jose Cuervo. So much so that Mekanism was recently the desirable acquisition of Plus Company. In this episode, Ryan and Jason touch on what it’s like for Jason to now have a boss and the power of manifesting your own destiny (Code for: declaring out loud where you want to go then figuring out how to get there). They also unpack what it means to use a blend of Soul & Science in creating successful, courageous marketing campaigns.
Geoff Cottrill - Chief Marketing Officer at Topgolf
For 300 years golf had remained the same. Then Topgolf came around. If you ask their Chief Marketing Officer Geoff Cottrill if Topgolf IS golf you’d be surprised to learn his answer. On this episode of The Courageous Podcast, we discuss how Topgolf is democratizing and diversifying the game. Geoff, on Forbes list of the 50 Most Entrepreneurial CMOs, and Ryan discuss what happens when sneaker culture meets golf culture and how to successfully introduce a new concept to the masses.
DJ DiDonna - Founder of the Sabbatical Project
What would you do with 100 days away from your job? It’s a scenario most of us could only dream of. Today's guest believes it could be the key to living a more fulfilling and authentic life. DJ DiDonna is the founder of The Sabbatical Project. In this episode of the Courageous Podcast, host Ryan Berman and DJ DiDonna discover that sabbaticals and courageous decisions can both serve as regret insurance for your future self. DJ also speaks on what it will take to make sabbaticals more equitable for workers of all pay grades, and the importance of taking time for yourself before you feel like you need it. It’s a thoughtful conversation that reminds us the importance of stepping away from our daily grind every once in a while to reset on our career and life journeys.
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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!
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