Brilliant Minds

Brilliant Minds

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The world is looking to innovation and technology as a platform for a better future. Where will the jobs of tomorrow come from? How will our children learn, shop, enjoy the environment, engage politically and give back? We’re entering an era where creativity will be integral to survival— a time where constant re-education and reinvention will be the key to remaining relevant. Our children will have to breathe disruption, be open to all possibilities and be the constant entrepreneur. What this future will look like is the purpose of this podcast. Brilliant Minds, a 2-day ideas festival, is the physical manifestation of this podcast. Created in 2015 by Ash Pournouri, Founder of At Night Management, and Spotify’s founder Daniel Ek, Symposium Stockholm provides a week-long festival for creative individuals with powerful ideas to come together and experience a creative home, at the intersection of tech, music, fashion and innovation. Curated at the heart of the Symposium Stockholm week is the flagship...

Episodes

Evan Ryan  

At an event for the Women in Public Service Project in the White House Symposium Stockholm's CEO Natalia Brzezinski met the former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan to discuss why education for girls should be a priority. Enjoy!

Nina Easton  

Why is the tech industry perfect for women? Why should Millennials learn about focus and depth from elder generations and what is really the future of media? With 35 years working in media as an American journalist, TV commentator, and author Nina Easton knows the answers. In 2016, she co-founded SellersEaston Media, a private-client storytelling service that preserves the legacies of leaders in business, public service, and philanthropy. A former senior editor and award-winning columnist for Fortune Magazine, she now chairs Fortune Most Powerful Women International, and she co-chairs the Fortune Global Forum, which brings together top business leaders from around the world.

Yomi Abiola & Lauri Fitz Pedago  

Lauri Fitz Pedago and Yomi Abiola have two different stories. Lauri was Assistant Secretary of Commerce during President Clinton’s administration. Now serving as an international executive, she leads the international, education and non-profit practices providing strategic counsel to domestic and international clients. Yomi is a thought leader, journalist and social entrepreneur. As the first African face for Maybelline cosmetics Yomi cultivated expertise in the arena of beauty and empowerment. Having different backgrounds they unite over being women of color. In this interview Yomi and Lauri talk about what happened with the hope we all felt in 2009, why Lauri says she's first an African American and second a woman, and why now is the time to melt the barriers and come together to make an effort.

Sallie Krawcheck  

Sallie Krawcheck knows how to take the bull by the horns. After all, she worked on Wall Street for most of her career. As the CEO of Smith Barney, Citi Bank Wealth Management, and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Sallie was called “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune, and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” During her career in the finance world, Sallie experienced sexism and an overall disregard of women's investing needs. Now as the co-Founder and CEO of Ellevest, a digital investment platform by and for women, she's addressing these needs and what Sallie calls, the 'gender investing gap'. Listen to this openhearted conversation with Natalia and Sallie now by searching for ”Brilliant Minds” on Spotify, Itunes or Acast.

Robyn  

Robin is the amazing Swedish singer with albums that have received widespread critical acclaim, three Grammy Award nominations and produced three top 10 hits; "Dancing on My Own", "Hang with Me" and "Indestructible".Together with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm she founded Tekla, a tech festival for kids with an ambition to inspire girls who are curious about technology. We're so proud to say that she’s also on our board for Brilliant Minds . Listen to this interview with one of the coolest woman we know!

Kiran Gandhi & Michelle Herrera Mulligan Live from WPSP  

No one missed the Women’s March on Saturday. 4.8 million participated world wide and in Washington DC Kiran Gandhi was one of the half a million protesting outside of the White House. Besides being an activist for feminism Kiran is also one of the founders of M.I.A as the former drummer, makes electronic music for her own project Madame Gandhi and has a MBA from Harvard. In this episode Krian was interviewed by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, the editor-in-Chief of Cosmo for Latinas on post-election topics.

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy - Live from WPSP  

With the mission to bring gender parity to Silicon Valley, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is aiming high with her database of board-ready women. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a technology executive, entrepreneur and founder of The Boardlist, an online marketplace that connects CEOs who are looking for board candidates with women who are peer-endorsed for private and public tech company boards. Currently she is the founder and Chairman of JOYUS, a video shopping platform for women. Before starting JOYUS in 2011, she spent almost 20 years as a leading consumer internet and media executive at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Polyvore, Yodlee, and News Corporation. In addition to her role at JOYUS, Sukhinder currently serves on the boards of TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Ericsson. She has previously served as an advisor to Twitter, on the Advisory Council for Princeton University's Department of Computer Science, and as a board member of J. Crew Group. Inc. Symposium Stockholm's CEO Natalia...

Icona Pop - Live from Brilliant Minds 2016  

During Brilliant Minds in June, Icona Pop performed a few songs that got the whole audience dancing. But the fiercely feminist pair also took the stage for a conversation about the need to question other people - especially in the music industry, and especially as a woman.

Jane Harman - live from WPSP  

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) is a program at the Wilson Center committed to reaching a minimum of 50 percent of all decision-making positions in public service held by women by 2050. Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President and CEO. At a WPSP event our CEO Natalia Brzezinski got to interview Jane on the hardship of being a women in Congress, losing an election and what it takes to be a leader today. If it's someone who should know it is Jane. Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all the major security committees: six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence, and eight on Homeland Security. During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues, and has received numerous awards for distinguished service. Jane is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the State...

The Power of Entrepreneurs - Eric Schmidt & Niklas Zennström Live from Brilliant Minds 2016  

The global technology community is growing in number and impact, and nowhere more so than Europe. As we reach a tipping point, with more transformative technology being developed outside Silicon Valley, how does that change the balance of the tech world? And what social and economic responsibilities lie with this generation of entrepreneurs to ensure they have a sustainable impact on the world around them? Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet Niklas Zennström, CEO & Founding Partner, Atomico Moderator: Robin Wauters, Founding Editor, Tech.eu

The Integrity of Truth - Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales interviewed by Ralph Simon Live from Brilliant Minds 2016  

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of human knowledge.” In a world where consumers believe what they read, How do we address the inaccuracies of crowdsourcing media and content? In this interview live from stage at Brilliant Minds in June Ralph Simon asked Jimmy Wales about founding Wikipedia, the integrity of truth and of course, Edward Snowden.

Björn Lyrvall & Pelle Sjönell - live from the WPSP  

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) is an innovative initiative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide. Founded by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the WPSP is dedicated to engaging and inspiring future generations of leaders in the United States and around the world. At the WPSP five year anniversary Symposium Stockholm's CEO Natalia Brzezinski met with The Swedish Ambassador in Washington D.C. Björn Lyrvall and BBH's Pelle Sjönell to talk about feminism in business.

Challenging evil while fighting for freedom - Joanna Shields  

For over 25 years, Joanna Shields helped building some of the world's leading technology companies, holding senior executive roles at Google, AOL, and Facebook. As Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa, she led the company's international growth to over 1 billion users. In 2015 Shields joined the British government as the country's first Internet Security Minister to fight the war against cybercrime. At Brilliant Minds in June, Shields spoke about how to get the bad guys while maintaining a free and open internet.

An Artist’s Saga - Quincy Jones and Quincy Jones III Live from Stage Brilliant Minds 2016  

A lifetime in music unveiled on stage between father and son.

Impolite: Talking about the Hard Truths - Ruzwana Bashir & Ronan Farrow Live  

One of the most noteworthy talks during Brilliant Minds was the conversation between TV broadcaster Ronan Farrow and Peek.com co-founder Ruzwana Bashir. In an open and honest conversation they discussed how to handle hard truths in the media by relating to their own difficult experiences. Ruzwana was sexually assaulted in a Pakistani community when she was younger and Ronan's sister was sexually abused by Woody Allen, their father, when she was a girl.

Using Technology for the Good - Scott Harrison Live from stage  

Scott Harrison was the NYC club promotor you would never expect to start a non-profit organization. 10 years later he's running Charity: Water, bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. On stage at Brilliant Minds in June 2016 Scott talked about using VR as a way to get people engaged in the charity. Charity: Water has so far funded 19,819 projects in 24 countries, benefiting over 6.1 million people, raising $200 million.

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