FORTUNE Unfiltered with Aaron Task

FORTUNE Unfiltered with Aaron Task

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From FORTUNE and Time Inc., home of iconic franchises like FORTUNE 500, comes an original weekly podcast series titled Fortune Unfiltered. Hosted by award-winning Digital Editor of FORTUNE, Aaron Task, FORTUNE Unfiltered features in-depth conversations with the brightest leaders in business today. Audiences will discover the personal journeys and the raw ambition behind the executives who are driven to greatness. These are the stories of how and why these important figures in business went from visionary to leader. FORTUNE Unfiltered: The Journey To Success: Untold and Unguarded.


Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP  

One could say Bill McDermott is a natural born entrepreneur. When he was 11 years old, he turned his paper route into a multiple product course. When he was 16, he began working at a deli and soon owned the business. Today, McDermott is the CEO of SAP. He is no stranger to hard work, having grown up in a working class home. He has a unique optimistic spirit, and believes a person becomes a serious leader when they can control their mind and let their will supersede. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about his rise to success and his admiration for work.

Phil McAlister, Director of Commercial Spaceflight Development NASA  

This week, Aaron Task speaks to Phil McAlister about the future of Commercial Spaceflight at NASA

Wayne Newton, Las Vegas Legend  

This week Aaron Task speaks to Las Vegas Legend, Wayne Newton

Scott O'Neil CEO for the NJ Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and Prudential Center  

This week Aaron Task speaks to the CEO of the NJ Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and the Prudential Center, Scott O'Neil

Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer Marriott International  

This week, Aaron Task speaks to Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer of Marriott International

Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit  

Stacy Brown-Philpot is a girl from Detroit who is now the woman revolutionizing every day work as the CEO of TaskRabbit. After graduating from Wharton Business School, Brown-Philpot worked at Goldman Sachs, where she watched the dot-com bubble grow and pop. She saw the potential in tech, leading her to work at Google for 10 years. Listen to learn more about her business philosophy, what it’s like to work with Sheryl Sandberg, and why she never settles for ‘no.’

Tom Farley, President of the NYSE Group  

Tom Farley is the second youngest president of the New York Stock Exchange. He attributes his success to networking, his mentors, and above all, luck. In this week’s episode, he discusses how he tackles it all- from running the 200 year old institution, balancing time with his family, and how he and actor Hugh Jackman were the first members of New York City’s now trendiest gym, the DogPound .

Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte  

From FORTUNE and Time Inc., home of iconic franchises like FORTUNE 500, comes FORTUNE Unfiltered, an original weekly podcast series featuring in-depth conversations with the brightest leaders in business today. Audiences will discover the personal journeys and the raw ambition behind the executives who are driven to greatness. These are the stories of how and why these important figures in business went from visionary to leader. FORTUNE Unfiltered: Untold and Unguarded.

Jed Hughes, Vice Chairman Korn Ferry  

Jed Hughes is the Vice Chairman, Global Sector Leader, Sports at Korn Ferry and has distinguished himself as an expert in developing leaders. Hughes shares personal anecdotes about major sports figures and puts you right on the playing field. He uses his personal experiences – both failures and successes – as steps in his own personal assessment. During his UNFILTERED episode Hughes talks about a wide array of sports. He reflects on his experience with the NFL, the importance of networking, and how “you can’t let setbacks eliminate you”.

James Altucher, Entrepreneur and Best Selling Author  

This week, Aaron Task speaks to Entrepreneur and Best Selling Author James Altucher

Carla Harris, Vice Chair Wealth Management Morgan Stanley  

Carla Harris is not only the Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, but also chairs the National Women’s Business Council, is a world-renowned gospel singer, and a published author. Her journey has been unique and inspiring. Listen now for her insights on relationships, risk-taking, and the importance of being authentic.

Tommy Motolla, Former Chairman of Sony Music Entertainment  

This week Aaron speaks with Former Chairman of Sony Music, Tommy Motolla. Tommy talks about the music industry, his history with Michael Jackson and his upcoming show A Bronx Tale.

Danny Meyer, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group  

Danny Meyer was a disruptor before it was cool, and remains one today. From the opening of Union Square Cafe in 1985 through Shake Shack’s IPO in 2014 and beyond, Meyer’s restaurants have shaken up the industry’s norms. New York’s fine dining establishment didn’t really focus on customer service and restaurants generally didn’t offer their staff benefits before Meyer arrived on the scene. Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group continued to push boundaries of American dining by eliminating tipping from the Michelin-starred The Modern in late 2015, with plans to extend it to all 13 of its restaurants over time. And starting in 2017, the firm will offer paid parental leave to its full-time restaurant workers, extending a benefits package rarely seen in the industry that has long-included health insurance, life insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. Meyer’s personal background makes him an unlikely revolutionary but it’s clear he’s become one of the most important American restaurateurs of the past 30 years because of a relentless focus on the dining experience for everyone in the restaurant, from customers to employees to suppliers and everyone in between.

Dave Brandon, CEO of Toys R Us and Chairman of Domino's Pizza  

Dave Brandon is the CEO of Toys "R" Us and Chairman of the Board of Domino's Pizza, which make him a supercool grandpa — and one of the most successful businessmen in the consumer space. Brandon was CEO when Domino’s went public in 2004, the largest IPO in restaurant history, and was brought in to run Toys “R” Us by Bain Capital presumably to do the same for the toy store chain. If that happens—and speculation is 2017 may be the year—Brandon would be a rare CEO to oversee three IPOs, having also taken Valassis Communications public in the early 1990. But Brandon has suffered his share of setbacks too. In between Domino’s IPO and running Toys “R” Us, he was the Athletic Director at his alma mater, the University of Michigan from 2010 to 2014. Brandon’s tenure was marred by controversy and even student protest. So does Brandon have any regrets? Listen to this episode of Fortune Unfiltered to find out.

Maverick Carter, CEO SpringHill Entertainment & UNINTERRUPTED  

Maverick Carter is best known as LeBron James’ childhood friend and agent, and claims “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious,” to borrowing a phrase from Albert Einstein. But to overlook him as “just” James’ trusted confidante underestimates Carter’s abilities as a businessman, sports marketer and media executive. Carter is CEO SpringHill Entertainment, which signed a content deal with Warner Brothers in 2015, and CEO and co-founder (with James) of Uninterrupted, a platform for first-person athlete stories hosted on Bleacher Report. In this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Carter relieves some of his career highlights, including negotiation James’ rumored $1 billion-plus lifetime deal with Nike, and his role helping put Beats Music on the map in the years prior to its acquisition by Apple in 2014. We also discuss going from “The Decision” special — which was widely criticized— to seeing LeBron bring a championship to Cleveland for the first time since 1964, what he learned from his grandmother, who ran a gambling parlor, working (briefly) with Johnny Manziel, what he considers “the worst thing” in business, and what’s next for him and James. “I feel like we’re just getting started...just getting started,” he says. “We’ve got a long way to go.”

Russell Simmons, The Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications  

Russell Simmons isn't shy about expressing his opinion, and doesn't mince words, whether it's about Hollywood's lack of diversity, global warming, veganism, or the election. "The first thing I said is 'I'd rather Kim Kardashian be president,'" Simmons says of Donald Trump, a man he's known and had a friendship with for some 30 years before the 2016 campaign. One of the most extraordinary businessmen in modern American history, Simmons achieved enormous success in a variety of endeavors. As co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, Simmons helped bring hip-hop music into the mainstream. He later created fashion lines like Phat Farm and produced HBO's Def Comedy Jam, which helped launch the careers of megastars like Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Martin Lawrence and many more. Today, Simmons is chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, which includes over 10 businesses and three non-profits. He's also the author of several best-selling books, including Success Through Stillness and The Happy Vegan. "The integration of culture is an explosion," he says. "It's so much fun. That's what America is about. That's where the success comes in."

Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the Air Force  

U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is responsible for a $139 billion budget and the welfare of nearly 660,000 active-duty, guard, reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. Sec. James says this awesome responsibility is the "honor and privilege" of her career, which includes 30-plus years in senior homeland and national security roles in both the public and private sector. Addressing Donald Trump's comments, Sec. James says "I can tell you the United States military is not any sort of disaster. It is the best military on the planet." In addition to her personal story, Sec. James discusses current events — including the operation to liberate Mosul from ISIL, the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Russia's provocations in the Baltics, and tensions in the South China Sea. "This is the most complex period we have ever faced during the three decades I’ve been on the scene," Sec. James says in this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, recorded at Fortune's Most Powerful Women summit on Oct. 19.

Anthony Scaramucci, Founder of SkyBridge Capital  

Anthony Scaramucci is a very busy man. He’s the founder of SkyBridge Capital, an investment firm with $12.1 billion in assets, host of the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, co-host of Wall Street Week on Fox Business, an active philanthropist and the author of Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success. And if that weren’t enough, he's also on Donald Trump's economic policy council and finance committee. In this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Scaramucci explains how he overcame his initial skepticism about Trump's campaign—like many Republicans he initially didn't take Trump's candidacy seriously—and why he believes the GOP candidate's economic policies are best for America. Scaramucci embodies the American dream - he grew up in a traditional Italian working-class family and recalls watching his father, a construction worker, got to work every day at 4:30 a.m. "Let me ask people who are saying I'm a relentless self-promoter: How was I going to get here folks?"

John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems  

John Chambers was CEO of Cisco Systems from 1995 to 2005. Cisco’s stock surged over 1400% during Chambers' tenure vs. a mere 350% gain for the S&P 500. But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses for Chambers, who recalls the “life-threatening experiences” the company faced after the dot com bubble burst in 2000 and again after the 2008 financial crisis. Now Cisco's executive chairman, Chambers explains why he’s so proud of how the company navigated those challenges and recalls the advice he got from GE’s Jack Welch during those struggles. Chambers also talks about his personal battle with dyslexia and how he turned the condition into a strength. But he admits "my hands still sweat" thinking about being called on in class to have to read out loud. Note: When this episode was recorded on September 15. Chambers said he was “waiting for the debates” before deciding whether or not to support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Chambers, who served as national campaign co-chair for John McCain's 2008 presidential bid and endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, could not be reached for additional comment.

Bethenny Frankel, Television Personality and entrepreneur  

Bethenny Frankel wasn’t the first reality TV star but she has used the platform to grow her business and brand better than anyone this side of Donald Trump. In addition to starring on The Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Ever After, Frankel has hosted a talk show, written four best-selling books, and founded the Skinnygirl line of cocktails, which she sold to Fortune Brands in 2011. A savvy entrepreneur, Frankel kept the rights to the Skinnygirl name and is expanding it into a number of other product lines, including snacks, appliances, condiments, apparel, and sweeteners. Check out the interview to hear how Frankel stays motivated after hitting it big and deals with the balancing act of being a parent, businesswoman and celebrity. Fans love Frankel for her no-holds-barred style and she definitely delivers in our most ‘unfiltered’ episode yet.

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