Real Leaders Podcast


An episode of Real Leaders Podcast

By Kevin Edwards
Discover what motivates today’s CEOs, entrepreneurs, and celebrities beyond their chosen careers and the leadership lessons they obtained along the way

Each episode is recorded live on Facebook @realleadersmagazine and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and Anchor.

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Ep. 38 How Culture Attracts Culture
David Young is the CEO of Participate an organization that enables teachers and students of all areas to experience a fun education abroad. Many B-Corps are mission driven companies that tend to draw employees who share similar core values and interests, in Participates case they attract employees and students who crave new cultures. In this podcast David shares how Participates model has expanded to now over 450 locations. More episodes at 
August 8, 2019
Ep. 37 Why Solar Is Soaring
Chad Farrell is the Founder and CEO of Encore Renewable Energy who explains where the panels come from, how solar farms are financed and the leadership it takes to sustain a business. This episode was recorded during the Real Leaders Top 100 Impact Companies campaign that highlighted the top businesses who are making a difference.
July 31, 2019
Ep. 36 Inspire A Shared Vision
Episode 36 features Robert Acton, the CEO of Cause Strategy Partners who discusses board seat placement, managing pushback, setting a vision, and inspiring a shared vision. 
July 24, 2019
Ep. 35 CEO Gives Tour Of West Paw Inc.
Because who doesn't want to see how dog toys are made? Bear with us on audio experience as Spencer moves throughout the floor and try to visualize their massive machinery. If you’re at all interested in how West Paw brings these raw materials to life, head over to our facebook page @realleadersmagazine, go-to videos, and then episode 35 to experience the full virtual tour. 
July 18, 2019
Ep. 34 The Most Important Person In The Building
Who is the most important person in the building? We sit down with Scott Koloms the CEO of Facilities Management Services who thinks Janitors deserve to be in the discussion. This interview was recorded and published live to our facebook page @realleadersmagazine on January 22 during the Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies initiative. Let us know what you think or want to hear by leaving a review!
July 15, 2019
Ep. 33 Short Term vs. Long Term Thinking
John-Paul Maxfield is the Founder and CEO of Waste Farmers who believes long-term thinking fundamentally solves the needs of social and environmental problems. On this episode, we dive a little bit deeper about how short-term thinking has inhibited our success as a society. You learn more about his company at  
June 19, 2019
Ep. 32 Ecological Intelligence
We sit down with Aaron Fairchild, CEO of Green Canopy to learn how his mission-driven real estate group is creating a  competitive advantage in the housing market. When there are two homes that cost the same but one is environmentally friendly which one would you choose? Visit Green Canopy at 
May 30, 2019
From music to cryptocurrency, see how one of the world's most popular artists is harnessing his platform for good.  Majority of the public  know Akon as the artist who ruled the early 2000's hip/hop and R&B scene bringing us hit albums Trouble, Konvicted, and Freedom, but few are aware of his efforts to rebuild and restore the land he came from - Africa. Listen to the never before heard story of how he is activating Africa. Full story at
April 23, 2019
Ep. 31 The Benevolent Dictator
Thomas Raffa, founder of Raffa-Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group, shares his thoughts on shared value principles, what lead him to start a mission oriented company with quality services and how his group is benefiting from a shared leadership approach. This is a great interview if you are curious about how a company can reduce your turnover and lead with a shared vision.
April 16, 2019
Ep. 30 How To Change Minds
Kristin Carroll is the CEO of Rescue The Behavior Change Agency who was working for a major marketing firm in NYC when she realized she wanted to align her business acumen with positive behavior change. Rescue does this through health communications, policy change to try and shift environments that shift behaviors, altering social norms to ensure healthier behaviors become normal behaviors.  You can see the live interview by clicking on this link! 
April 8, 2019
Ep. 29 Empowering Leadership
Micro-powered design or MpowerD empowers emerging economies by extending clean and affordable energy to create opportunities from problems. On this podcast listen to why MpowerD started, how they are able to reduce costs to reach poverty stricken areas, and the overarching leadership qualities that propel this company forward.  See more online at 
April 1, 2019
Ep. 28 Celebrating Rejections-Lisa Kurtis, CEO Kuli Kuli
Founder & CEO, Lisa Curtis discovered a magical nutrient called Moringa in Niger, West Africa when she was 22 years old serving in the Peace Core. “I had never eaten anything that had had such a profound impact on my body”. The plant has now impacted more than just the consumer. Soon after, Lisa went on to raise all sorts of capital to hire women and men in South America, SE Asia, and Africa to produce and export her sustenance adding additional societal value to the supply chain by providing 1 world access to 3rd world countries, “it was really hard for me to get people to take me seriously. I got a lot of, `nice project little girl.’” Now, KuliKuli has raised over $10M, is located 445 stores and ranked #38 on the Real Leaders 100 list provided in the link in our bio. You can access Lisa’s full interview on Facebook: RealLeadersMagazine
March 28, 2019
Ep. 27 How Leadership Manifests In Your Products
Will Chen is the founder and CEO of P.L.A.Y., a San Francisco-based company that specializes in lifestyle pet products such as pet beds, toys and outdoor gear. P.L.A.Y. is one of the only three companies in the pet industry that is certified B Corp and their mission-driven approach has helped them achieved fast growth in the past few years. 
March 25, 2019
Ep.26 Life Before Social Entrepreneurism
Shannon Keith, CEO of Sudara, speaks about her passion for social entrepreneurship and the journey towards creating her ethical apparel brand. Sudara is a company that aims to help minimize sex-trafficking in India by providing options for women who would typically have to sell their bodies for survival. Working through organizations that offer training and job placement for such at-risk women, the company enables them to have a life of their own choosing. Pursuing business opportunities and fair trade, Shannon hopes that one day there will be no need for a distinction between business and ethics.
March 21, 2019
Ep. 25 Making Money From Waste
Rick Perez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer or Avanguard Innovative, who helps manage, measure, and monetize your hidden green assets. The circular economy generates profit through reusing resources that have no negative environmental impact on the value chain. You'll hear Rick mention how his company has been successful because they were able to make waste valuable for businesses. Real Problems, Career Journeys, Leadership Lessons. See more at:
March 18, 2019
Ep. 24 The Governments Role In Emerging Economies with David Bohigian, CEO of OPIC
In this interview learn about how the government is taking action to improve emerging economies. David Bohigian is the Acting President and CEO of OPIC the Overseas Private Investment Corporation that provides direct loans and and partners with private equity investment fund managers to help American businesses and ultimately improve emerging economies. They do this by managing risk, allocating political insurance to ensure job growth and revenue streams that will not be affected by political interruption. They operate in over 160 countries around the world with more than 1/4 of those investments come from Sub-Saharan Africa.  At the time of this interview David was the Executive VP of OPIC (congratulations to David). See the live interview by visiting our podcast page here.
March 14, 2019
Ep. 23 Jack Sim, World Toilet Organization
2.5 billion people lack sanitation, when Jack Sim turned 40 years old he left the construction industry and decided to devote the rest of his life to social impact. He's now constructing a 65,000 sq. ft "World Trade Center" for the poor in Singapore that intends to coordinate and transform the world's 4 billion financially insecure into a massively efficient marketplace to end global poverty.  World Toilet Day was established by the United Nations, November 19th 2013 in efforts to increase awareness around sanitation problems in poverty-stricken areas. 
March 11, 2019
Ep. 22 Cultural Leadership
Ahad Ghadimi, CEO of Forums@Work opens up about how failure turned into meaningful insight that would forever shape his destiny. Over half of the US Workforce will work remotely by 2020, Forums@Work are company-peer groups who meet regularly in an open, honest, candid and safe setting with the purpose of becoming better leaders. The Forum members grow together by discussing leadership behaviors through powerful experience sharing and by supporting one another to take daily tiny actions to apply their learnings. Email OR see how you Forums@Work can improve your leadership culture now at  
March 7, 2019
Ep. 21 I Want to Impact 1 Billion Lives
Ting Shih is the co-founder and CEO of Click Medix whose company was founded with the intent to impact 1 billion lives.  Click Medix provides an all-in-one platform for underserved and uninsured patients to access medical professional advice and diagnosis with "one-click". Its business is a model for many aspiring social entrepreneurs who are focused on scaling their company to reach international citizens and impact millions of lives. Ting shares her account of how Click Medix came to be, how the Click Medix app serves patients and her advice to listeners.  You can find more information about Click Medix at: 
March 4, 2019
Ep. 20 We First CEO, Simon Mainwaring
Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a creative consultancy that builds purpose-driven brands. Simon’s book, We First: How brands and consumers use social media to build a better world, is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller. It was named an Amazon Top Ten Business Book, 800CEORead Top Five Marketing Book, and strategy+business named it the Best Business Marketing Book of the Year. Want more purpose? Go to and enter in coupon code: Mainwaring50 to receive 50% any print or digital subscription.
January 10, 2019
Ep. 19 CMO of Barnana, Nik Ingersoll
A lot of social entrepreneurs struggle with maximizing profits and scaling their business but Nik Ingersoll is not one of them. Nik is the co-founder and CMO of Barnana the delicious bite-sized banana snacks that add environmental value to the supply chain by upcycling the 20% of bananas that would have otherwise gone to waste. Barnana is a certified B-Corp whose mission is to END FOOD WASTE and can be purchased online at Learn more at
December 21, 2018
Ep. 18 Troublemaker Turned Blockchain Millionaire
On this Episode 23 of the Real Leaders Podcast Jeremy Gardner talks about the lifestyle of a #blockchain millionaire, breaks down the potential of this technology, and pleads to young professionals "the bar was not set high for me growing up". #GonzoGardner #Crypto #Blockchain
December 20, 2018
Ep. 17 Self-awareness and Leadership
Rebecca Zucker makes leadership attainable. In this podcast, she tells you why we should focus on the positives more than the negatives. If you're looking for motivation this is for you.
November 16, 2018
Ep. 16 No Formula For A Leader
"Leadership is learning how to disappoint people at a rate that they can absorb". Leadership consultant, author of his book Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives (2014), and former 2-time TEDx speaker Ron Carucci delivers a series of leadership testimonies including what all young leaders should know, the 4 pillars of leadership, and his advice for the next generation of leaders! Like this podcast? Connect with Ron at
November 16, 2018
Ep. 15 The Agritect
How much does agriculture play a role in climate change? This episode dives deeper into the world's food problem. Throughout this conversation, sustainable urban agriculture expert Henry Gordon-Smith explains to us the current solutions for food scarcity in urban environments, the high-risk traditional farmers are under, and inspiration for people who want to create change!
November 16, 2018
Ep. 14 Patent Secrets For Entrepreneurs
Ep.18 with Passage to Profit Show hosts Elizabeth & Richard Gearhart who are owners of Gearhart Law that specializes in intellectual property. On this episode, we dive into why and how to get a #patent, the terms of a Non-disclosure agreement, and a few #tips and tricks every #entrepreneur needs to know before they take their idea to production.
November 16, 2018
Ep. 13 Evolution of Purpose to Profit
Joanna is the founding executive director of League of Innovators who believes we can create enterprises that are not only profitable but create social and environmental value in the world - no excuses. For Joanna its all about building changemaking ideas from concept to reality, to big impact and she believes everyone [even you] has a role to play.
November 16, 2018
Ep. 12 Growing As a Leader
Karen Walker is a consultant, author, and advisor to CEOs and senior leaders. She helps her clients grow their companies with successful outcomes that include IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases, and significant leadership development. Her clients include Inc. 500 start-ups and Fortune 500 firms. Her work helps senior leaders create internal strategies that support their organizations’ external growth; and she is the author of the recently published book, No Dumbing Down - A No-nonsense Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth. No Dumbing Down is a book for a company’s senior-most leaders. It teaches them how to do a job only they can do: aligning the organization’s internal and external strategies for profitable, sustainable growth. Why do leaders need this guidance? The problem is misunderstanding what it takes to grow. In this podcast Kevin discusses with Karen what she's learned in her 20+ years of leadership consulting, how to get your company in alignment, and is a leader born by nature or is it nurtured?
November 16, 2018
Ep. 11 Take Your Leadership to the Next Level
Scott is president of The Eblin Group, a leadership development firm committed to helping executives lead and live at their best. As a recognized expert on leadership, global speaker, best-selling author, and executive coach, Scott works with many of the world’s best-known companies and organizations. For more than a decade, Scott's Book, The Next Level has been an indispensable guide to executive success. It reads like a series of conversations with a trusted coach who has brought together a cadre of successful senior leaders to deliver a master class on executive level best practices. With fresh insights throughout, this 3rd edition will help readers sustain their success over the long run with new information on how to develop a personal action plan for leading at their best by living at their best.
November 16, 2018
Ep. 10 Diaper Company Reduces Millions of Plastic Waste
Jason Graham-Nye, Co-founder of gDiapers tells the story of his sustainable diaper company to host Kevin Edwards and notes the trends he has seen from consumers and economies around the world to reduce plastic waste. In this interview, Jason talks about taking on an unexpected crisis, conscious consumption, and advice he has for young business owners! If you're interested in purchasing gDiapers to help eliminate the 50 million diapers a day that go into landfills in the US alone check out their website at: Subscribe to the Real Leaders Podcast at: !! #PlasticWaste #gDiapers #Sustainability
November 13, 2018
Ep. 9 Is Peace The Most Scarce Resource?
In Episode 9, Kevin sits down with Federico Rivas, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and real leader. In 22 minutes today you’ll learn about how growing up in a hostile country changed Federico’s definition of success, how his movement is driving change not just in El Salvador but around the world and is peace the most scarce resource on this planet?
October 15, 2018
Ep. 8 Chief Economist, Basketball, and Ethics
Chief Economist talks to our host Kevin Edwards about how transparency, ethics, and basketball all relate to business. If you don't like this podcast and want better questions leave us a review and have your question asked in our next interview! #RealLeaders #Economics
October 4, 2018
Ep. 7 Barbara Minuzzi, Brazilian Immigrant Generates Millions In Venture Capital
Barbara Minuzzi a Brazilian immigrant who faced discrimination at the workplace and came to America to lead a purposeful life capitalizing on biotech and blockchain to help solve the worlds biggest problems. #SuccessStory #VentureCapitalismAsPhilanthropy Music by: @kantsleep @kontempt
September 24, 2018
Ep. 6 Barney Swan, South Pole Survivor
This is the story of Barney Swan, the man on a mission to remove 320 million tons of Co2 out of the atmosphere by 2025 . On this episode #6 Barney tells you about his excruciating journey to the south pole, how that experience changed his outlook on life, what makes him get out of bed every morning, and advice for anyone out there who wants to create real change and become a real leader. Real Leaders Podcast now available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.
September 17, 2018
Ep. 5 Erik Anderson, Lifelong Leadership
Kevin sits down with Erik Anderson, Executive Chairman of Top Golf Entertainment Group, Singularity University, and the owner of West River Group. In this podcast, Erik expresses what makes a company purposeful, his advice to young professionals, and always, his definition of a #RealLeader. #Leadership #Advice #Entertainment #TopGolf
September 4, 2018
Ep. 4 Dioselin Gonzalez, Mixed Reality
Kevin sits down with Dioselin Gonzalez, the Senior Director of Engineering Mixed Reality Experiences at Microsoft who is implementing mixed reality into everyday jobs to solve the world’s biggest problems. In this podcast, Dio breaks down what mixed reality is and how it might improve the future of business. She’s an intelligent and cheerful leader who is paving the future of business. #MixedReality #AugementedReality #Leadership
September 4, 2018
Ep. 3 Pablos Holman, Hacking for Good
Kevin sits down with Pablos Holman who is a futuristic badass hacker redefining how business approaches the worlds biggest problems. In this podcast, he takes you inside the mind of a hacker, what he’s doing to eradicate malaria as well as harness nuclear waste to supply the world with enough energy for 1,000 years. He’s a genuine guy with big dreams to make all of our lives better.
September 4, 2018
Ep. 2 Vishweswar Eswaran, 15 y/o sustainable farming
Kevin sits down with Vishwe, a 15 y/o stud from India who found that since the 1990's more than 300k farmers have committed suicide in India alone due to crop failure. This podcast talks about how he is solving that issue. #RealLeaders
September 4, 2018
Ep. 1 Tricia Stevens, LUSH Handmade Cosmetics
In our first ever episode, Kevin talks shop with Tricia Stevens from LUSH Handmade Cosmetics to talk about the secret sauce to how LUSH connects with their customers, hires and maintains employees like Tricia for 20 years, and utilizes #TRANSPARENCY to their advantage. Our listeners will receive free magazines using promo code: FreeMag Find us on social media: Instagram & Facebook @realleaders.shortcuts YouTube: RealLeadersMagazine
August 13, 2018
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