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Category: Society & Culture

Welcome to Speaking Of…, where we sit down with innovators & thought leaders to talk about ideas that are changing the world now.

June 6, 2018

Hector Monsegur and Chris Tarbell: The Hacker and the FBI Agent

At one point in time, Hector Monsegur was one of the world’s most notorious “black hat” hackers. He spearheaded attacks on governments, credit card companies, Sony Music, and even media outlets like Fox News. That is, until an FBI cyber crime agent named Chris Tarbell uncovered his identity. We talk with Hector and Chris about their story, plus what businesses need to know about the threat landscape today.

May 1, 2018

Neil Jacobstein: Using AI to Build a Better World

In our first ever "mini episode," we talk to Neil Jacobstein backstage at an event where he's presenting on robots, AI, and the ways advancing technologies will affect our lives. Listen to hear why it's not all doom and gloom, how robots will improve healthcare and remove language barriers, and when to expect to see robots actually rolled out as deliverymen, drivers, and more. 

April 6, 2018

Crystal Washington: Make Social Media Work for You

Crystal Washington knows a thing or two about online addition. She's a technology and social media expert who helps companies around the world figure out how to act online. She talks to Speaking Of about how we relate to our devices, what new tools are out there now, and how to avoid the unhealthy aspects of leading hyper-digital lives.

March 29, 2018

Ben Saunders: Life on the Edge

Polar explorer Ben Saunders has traveled across Antarctica and the Arctic six times, and holds the record for the longest polar journey ever recorded on foot. He talks with Speaking Of about attempting things that have never been done before, what motivates him to walk across frigid landscapes alone, and how he navigates the unexpected at the edge of the world.

March 16, 2018

Matthew Griffin: Walking the Walk

Matthew "Griff" Griffin is the co-founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops. A former Army Ranger, Griff felt lost and angry after returning home from four tours of duty. In this episode, Griff talks about how he rediscovered his life's mission and motivation by launching a purpose-driven business--and why he's come to believe that "the older you get, the more you are obligated to help the world." 

March 8, 2018

Nicole Malachowski: Why Not Me?

Colonel Nicole Malachowski is a 21-year-veteran of the US Air Force and the first ever female Thunderbird pilot. She talked with Speaking Of about how she dealt with the doubt, fear, and the pressure that came along with being “the first.” Plus, her advice for getting out of your comfort zone, thriving in a high-stakes environment, and forcing yourself to ask the question: “Why Not Me?”

February 23, 2018

Kal Kallaugher: Cartoons Speak Louder than Words

Kevin, "Kal", Kallaugher has been the editorial cartoonist at the Economist for over 30 years. He sat down with our team to share the incredible story of his professional journey and discuss how he turns caricatures into art.

January 10, 2018

Gretchen Carlson: Learning to Be Fierce

We sat down with Gretchen Carlson, acclaimed broadcast news anchor and former FOX News host, to discuss the changing culture of sexual harassment in the workplace. Gretchen opens up about her own experiences and reflects on the cultural shift represented by the #MeToo movement. She also discusses the bipartisan bill going through Congress to help enact change here in Washington.

December 13, 2017

Jake Harriman: Rethinking the War on Terror

Marine veteran and NURU International founder Jake Harriman sits down with Leading Authorities to talk about his multiple tours of duty and a moment that changed the course of his life and led to the founding of one of the world’s most innovative NGOs.

December 5, 2017

Ken Schmidt: What Are People Saying About You?

Ken Schmidt, former director of communications strategy at Harley-Davidson, pulled off one of the most celebrated corporate turnaround stories in recent memory. In this podcast he shares what smart, innovative companies are doing to differentiate themselves in this overcrowded marketplace. It covers topics such as what consumers expect in the future and how you can get your team on board with new ways of doing business.