This is a podcast from Durham University Business School that brings the traditional experience of Careers Insights and inspirational speakers to you, wherever you are.
In each episode I'll be interviewing someone who has sat where you sit now and gone on to achieve success in whatever form that takes. Join me as I speak to truly inspirational people from all around the world.
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Dr David Brauer from Pittsburgh USA completed a DBA at Durham University Business School in 2015 and his career since then has come as a direct result. He started a business, Priority Bridge, off the back of his doctoral thesis and he's also an academic, taking roles at Universities in the UK and USA, including at Durham.
Listen this week as we discuss his decision to study at Durham, how he decided to start his company and the importance of cultural fit during the hiring process. We also explore his multiple academic roles and one of the favourite topics in this podcast - building and maintaining an international network.
Shirin Gerami has made an impact. Joining the triathlon society whilst studying at Durham, she went on to be the first woman to represent Iran in the sport of triathlon at a World Championships in London in 2013. Shirin is an example of someone who is able to push past the word "impossible" and discover what is actually possible through persistence, passion and grit.
Listen as we discuss her time at University and her entry into the sport that would become her career. We talk about the moment she received approval to represent Iran (the night before the race itself!) and her approach to racing now, with a real focus on making an impact.
Shirin is a pioneer for women in sport. Listen and learn that "there is no such thing as impossible".
Note: Due to a few issues in recording this episode there is some lag and overlap towards the end of the conversation with Shirin. It's a common problem when recording online but luckily it takes nothing away from the amazing conversation we had.
This week i speak to Hans Geffert, a graduate from the most recent MBA program in 2018/19. Hans is now back in his native Australia and is working in a social policy role for the Queensland government on strategic projects relating to issues such as concussion in sport and the impact of the coronavirus.
As a recent graduate I was keen to speak to Hans about his experience on the MBA program and his approach to life afterwards, including how it felt when the job search began and some of the key factors in the decision-making process when deciding where in the world to live and work.
It was great to catch up with Hans and it was fascinating to hear about the work he is doing now on some interesting and important areas of sport and recreation in Brisbane.
This week I catch up with Anna Champion from her current base in Vietnam. Anna is Head of Early Careers Learning at Jardine Matheson, a family owned conglomerate who she describes as the “best unknown company in the world” with around 450,000 employees worldwide, primarily in Asia.
Anna is from Durham University’s “Class of 2000” and she tells me about the initial difficulties she had in securing that elusive first graduate role, before going on to set up graduate schemes and hiring graduates herself for companies including Barclays and Jardines around the world. The irony isn’t lost on Anna and we touch on the value of failure and mistakes, and the contribution these can make to your own success in the recruitment process and beyond.
We also get a sneak peek into the Jardines’ recruitment process and Anna gives her advice to current students soon to embark on their own recruitment journey after University.
Enjoy the conversation.
This week I'm joined by Mike Burkly for a truly inspirational conversation about his life, work and study. Mike completed an MBA at Durham University Business School in the late 80s and has spent almost his entire career since working on humanitarian projects around the world. He's been with USAID since 1997 and is now Director of International Security Programs, currently contributing to their work on the global coronavirus pandemic from his base in Washington DC.
In this episode we discuss the impact an MBA had on Mike's work in the non-profit sector, and how a strong knowledge of business, particularly in marketing, was instrumental to many of the programs he worked on later around the world. We discuss the importance of finding a career that aligns with your values, and how he knew by the end of his MBA that he "wanted nothing to do with business".
This is a special one and gives a completely different perspective on the "traditional" MBA career path.
This week I speak to Rian Ingrim from Washington State, USA. Rian completed an MBA at Durham University Business School in 2017 and since then has returned to the US, started a small business, and he's now running for Congress.
I had a great time speaking to Rian about running for office in America, as well as his time in Durham and experience of returning to full-time study. Rian was also an Officer in the US military for 11 years so we spend some time speaking about that, and it's clear throughout the impact this has had on his drive and thirst for new adventures ever since.
Rian is clearly an excellent communicator so listen out for some great and simple take-homes that I think really stand out in the conversation.
This week I speak to creative connector, entrepreneur and Durham alumna (and local!), Meryl Levington. Meryl is a good friend and mentor and I was delighted to welcome her onto the podcast to talk all things study, work, networking and (for the first time so far) Covid-19.
Through her consultancy company, Actif, Meryl works with businesses across the UK and we get some of her advice for dealing with the current pandemic, as well as some top tips for those thinking of starting a business in the future. We also talk at length about the value of your network and this is something to listen out for whether you're in the classroom or the workplace.
As a personal highlight we discuss a phrase that I've heard Meryl say countless times and is probably partly to blame for this podcast!
Enjoy the conversation.
This week I speak to Kiran Ramakrishna, founder and CEO of Text Mercato. Based in Bangalore, India, Kiran completed his MBA at Durham University Business School in 2012 and went on to live and work in Paris and London before starting his company in 2015.
In this episode we get some valuable advice for budding entrepreneurs from someone that has been there and done it. From the things to think about when starting a business, to where to look for funding and what investors are looking for when they listen to your pitch. Kiran talks about the pros and cons (and myths!) of 'being your own boss' and gives an unexpected insight into the daily life of a Founder/CEO.
This is a must listen for anyone thinking of taking the plunge into entrepreneurship!
Listen to an insightful interview with Dr Larry Lee. Recorded internationally from his office in Hong Kong, I caught up with Larry about his life and career, from his "humble beginnings", to enrolling on an MBA at Durham University Business School, realising that being an employee wasn't for him and then starting his business, Avanti Media, in 2006.
Larry went back to Durham in 2016 to complete his DBA and we discuss his successes (and failures!) along the way, with some advice for current students thrown in for good measure.
I'm Chris Roberts and The Lemonade Principle is a podcast for students and anyone else that would like to hear from influential business leaders from around the world.
The aim is to provide traditional Careers Insights in a way that's accessible to busy students and professionals and can fit around a hectic schedule.
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