Episode 4: Building the Future
Inquiry to Insight
by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
In this explosive episode, host Steve Valentine brings you three visionaries in their respective spaces of Finance, Technology, and the Arts. These thought leaders are entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealists who shape the conversation and trends in their fields. This podcast follows a unique format: The trio will each present a problem in their respective fields that is attracting the most attention and resources right now. As a group, they will come to a consensus on which is the biggest problem that needs addressing and design a hypothetical company to address it.  Discover how in ever ..read more
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Episode 3 | Part 3: How a World-Renowned Photographer, Influencer, and Far East Expert Will Never Stop Adapting His Art
Inquiry to Insight
by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Michael Yamashita ’67 has been a photographer at National Geographic for over 40 years, the recipient of a host of industry awards, a teacher and lecturer,  a producer of two documentary feature films, the author of 16 books, and now a dabbler in NFT’s. In Episode Three of Breaking Barriers: Hear about Michael’s extensive archive of photos from China as well as his incredible travel adventures in the Far East. Learn about his willingness to reinvent his art and himself. Explore his relentless pursuit of a platform in an ever-evolving art world to share his work with the next generation o ..read more
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Episode 3 | Part 2: How A Silicon Valley Chief People Officer Stewards a Disruptor Company to Success
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by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Over the years, Evan Wittenberg ’87 has built great companies with great people, including Ancestry.com, Box, and Google. Now driven by the altruistic mission of Pivot Bio, he is creating a work culture that will change the world. In this episode: Hear about Pivot Bio: a climate tech company that's disrupting an industry by transforming the way fertilizer is produced and used by the world’s farmers.  Learn how a company whose goal is to exist for a hundred years, plans to do just that with a compelling mission and strong leadership. Explore the idea that there is no one way to “do” leade ..read more
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Episode 3 | Part 1: Breaking Barriers - How Two Women Joined Forces (and Two Jockstraps) to Make History
Inquiry to Insight
by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Best friends from their time at The Kimberley School, Polly Smith ’67 and Lisa Lindahl ’67, now members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, paved the way for women in the sporting goods industry. Hear about the invention of the “Jogbra” and how a prototype from two men’s jockstraps launched the first women-owned business in sporting goods. Learn about the importance of timing. As the United States was going through the Vietnam War and experiencing its second wave of feminism, the sport of running exploded, and two women saw a need and an opportunity.  Explore how a seven-time Emmy-wi ..read more
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Episode 2 | Part 4: Patricia Chin Sweeney ‘99, Director, IDEV Africa/ IDEV International
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by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Hear about fairtrade and corporate/social responsibility. Learn about impact investing and trends in impact investing. Explore what conscious leadership means ..read more
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Episode 2 | Part 3: Mark Smuckler ‘08, Founder and CEO, Flow
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by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Hear what it means to offer ‘frictionless’ engagement. Learn about people’s resistance to subscription and membership models, and how Flow disrupts an industry. Explore the concept that real estate as a business model can be monetized through access and services that include physical space as an alternative to long-term commitment ..read more
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Episode 2 | Part 2: Carina Wong ‘11 Documentary Filmmaker
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by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Hear about the importance of understanding the essence of someone else's truth and innovating and experimenting with different technologies to tell their story.  Learn how the musings of an NYU professor and famous writer inspired and guided Carina and ultimately changed the course of her life.  Explore leading with your perspective, your bias, and your intentions to get to the most honest version of a story ..read more
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Episode 2 | Part 1: Kevin Wilkins '83, Founder, Managing Director at trepwise, llc
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by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Hear about the importance of alleviating fear in your organization so that innovation can take place and then be baked into the fabric of the organization. Learn how to frame ideas, and what you can do to help evolve these ideas in ways that will allow them to scale and attain maximum impact. Explore how success can actually be a detriment if it leads to company stasis ..read more
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Episode 1 | Part 4: Tech With a Focus on Design
Inquiry to Insight
by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Hear about how the facets of the human-centric design process invite us to embrace, and thrive in, ambiguity. Learn about why the design process plays such an important role in technology, specifically when designing features and modalities to meet the needs of consumers. Explore: How are companies beginning to thoughtfully integrate design technology, where previously, frustrations were high because most things were designed for the “system” and not the individual? Devika Patel ‘12 is a human-centered designer, public health researcher, and engineer working at the intersection of health care ..read more
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Episode 1 | Part 3: Tech With a Focus on Product/Partnerships
Inquiry to Insight
by Montclair Kimberley Academy
4M ago
Hear about the importance of trust and integrity when licensing at scale and distributing music on a large platform like YouTube. Learn about how one should distinguish between those opportunities that offer legitimacy and those that do not, particularly in the tech industry. Explore: What comes first, the tech or the vision? How do some companies succeed by iterating and fail by creating products for problems that do not exist? What happens when a tech product is created for one purpose but unintentionally disrupts another? Alex Holz ‘99 is a Senior Product Specialist at YouTube. His primary ..read more
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