Originally a UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and a former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, Dr. Mark Goulston’s expertise has been forged and proven in the crucible of real-life, high stakes situations. An influencer who helps influencers become more influential, his unique background has made him an indispensable and sought after resource and change facilitator to Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators across the nation. Mark joins Justin to discuss leadership, psychiatry, and COVID-19.
Maxwell-Scott is a family-run business based in the historic cathedral city of York in North Yorkshire. Despite honoring traditional craftsmanship, Maxwell-Scott is an eCommerce business that aspires to be at the very forefront of the digital age. With eight websites worldwide, the culturally diverse team works with every corner of the globe, from France to Australia! William Scott Forshaw, CEO and Founder, joins Justin to discuss the business.
"The Consumer Markets have never experienced disruption at a faster pace than at this very moment, with implications, actions, and opportunities to serve. In a phrase, we are faced now with the ultimate “Black Swan” where business as usual is no longer an option. New technologies, changing consumer demands and digital-first companies will be in the vanguard, as should we all. As such, we can no longer talk about individual solutions and projects in isolation, we must work together, to solve for today and tomorrow!" - Michael Forhez. Michael has extensive, deep and diverse retail and consumer products sector experience and joins Justin to discuss.
Basia and Courtney Gillespie are co-founders at Life’s Grape – a family-owned, California-grown brand of vine-dried grapes (yes, they are technically raisins). Because their signature Selma Pete grapes used to make the product are dried directly on the vine rather than the ground like most raisins, they translate into a product with more flavor, nutrition and juiciness. Come hungry to this episode of the ContenderCast as we unpack a “grape” idea!
Sherry Stewart Deutschmann founded her first venture, LetterLogic, in her basement and grew it to a $40 million company by putting her employees first and creating an empathetic work culture. Sherry initiated a practice called "Lunch with Lucy" where any employee could invite "Lucy" (Sherry's midday moniker) to lunch as a coworker and she credits this approach with the success of her company. She wrote "Lunch with Lucy" to share her insights into transformational leadership through empathy. Sherry joins Justin to talk about her business practices and new book.
Stephen Opie and Charlotte Heim are the co-founders of Sweetmobility. With their combined insights and skills, they are delivering products that support mobility with decorative style. Sweetmobility’s first product, CaneWraps, is a product set to help people who want to stay active and be seen as an individual. Stephen and Charlotte join Justin to discuss this new product!
Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases, which devastate bottom lines and bring down high-flying careers. His expertise and passion is developing the most effective and profitable decision-making strategies, based on pragmatic business experience and cutting-edge behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience, to empower leaders to avoid business disasters and maximize their bottom lines. Gleb joins Justin to discuss his new book and COVID-19