Podcast Topic

Diversity + Inclusion

Shellye Archambeau: Unapologetically Ambitious

Guest: Shellye Archambeau

Kelly talks with Shellye Archambeau, high tech's first female African American CEO about her new book "Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms."

Pamela Fuller: The Leader's Guide To Unconscious Bias

Guest: Pamela Fuller

Kelly talks to FranklinCovey's chief thought leader on inclusion and bias about her new book and how we are all subject to our own biases.

Martha Jones: Vanguard

Guest: Martha Jones

Kelly connects with Johns Hopkins professor Martha Jones to talk about her new book “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.”

Ainissa Ramirez: The Alchemy of Us

Guest: Ainissa Ramirez

Kelly sits down with academic and author Ainissa Ramirez to talk about her new book "The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another."

Irshad Manji: Don't Label Me

Guest: Irshad Manji

Kelly talks to prize-winning professor Irshad Manji about her new book: “Don’t Label Me: How To Do Diversity Without Inflaming The Culture Wars.”

Jennifer Freyd: DARVO and Institutional Courage

Guest: Jennifer Freyd

Founder and President of the Center for Institutional Courage, Jennifer Freyd, has an important and provocative conversation with Kelly about finding institutional courage in the aftermath of trauma.

Sarah Rose Cavanagh: Hivemind

Guest: Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Professor Sarah Rose Cavanagh talks about her surprisingly hopeful book, “Hivemind,” that breaks down the science of tribalism.

Dana Schwartz: The White Man’s Guide

Guest: Dana Schwartz

Kelly rings in the new year with Dana Schwartz, the writer behind @GuyInYourMFA to talk about her new book that satirizes a bounty of white, male writers.

Lindy West: The Witches are Coming

Guest: Lindy West

Kelly sits down with Lindy West, the author of "Shrill," to talk about her new book "The Witches Are Coming."

Stay Woke

Guests: Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith

Kelly connects with scholars Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith about their new book "Stay Woke," which looks at the pressing issue of racial inequality in America - from housing to schools to healthcare.

Alicia Menendez: The Likeability Trap

Guest: Alicia Menendez

Award-winning journalist and anchor for MSNBC, Alicia Menendez, talks with Kelly about her new book, "The Likeability Trap."

Melanie Katzman: Connect First

Guest: Melanie Katzman

Dr. Melanie Katzman sits down with Kelly to discuss her new book, "Connect First," which provides smart and practical ways to ignite success, meaning, and joy at work.‍

Rami Nashashibi: Inner City Muslim Action Network

Guest: Rami Nashashibi

Rami Nashashibi, 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow, 2018 Opus Prize Laureate and the Executive Director of Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network talks with Kelly Leonard.

George Lipsitz: Insubordinate Spaces

Guest: George Lipsitz

Professor George Lipsitz (Department of Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara) talks about his new book, co-written with Barbara Tomlinson, called "Insubordinate Spaces: Improvisation and Accompaniment for Social Justice."


Guests: Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli

Kelly talks to Doctors Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli about their new book, "Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes A Difference."

Devora Zack: Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Guest: Devora Zack

Kelly talks to CEO and author Devora Zack whose new book offers some tips and hacks for introverts who need and want to be more effective networkers.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: Incompetent Male Leaders

Guest: Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Kelly talks to Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an international authority on talent management and leadership development. His book, "Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders," looks at the science behind leadership as it relates to men and women.

Anand Giridharadas: Winners Take All

Guest: Anand Giridharadas

Kelly has a thought-provoking conversation with Anand Giridharadas about his new book "Winners Take All," which points the finger at philanthropists, thought leaders and business tycoons who extol social good while helping maintain the status quo.

Dr. Dolly Chugh: The Person You Mean To Be

Guest: Dr. Dolly Chugh

Kelly connects with Dr. Dolly Chugh who studies implicit bias at The Stern School of Business (NYU). Her new book has some surprising and useful insights into how all of us have biases - and how we can become better builders for inclusion and equity.

Michele Gelfand: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers

Guest: Michele Gelfand

Kelly connects with professor Michele Gelfand whose study of culture has led her to believe that our behaviors and attitudes are largely based on whether we are a product of tight cultures or loose cultures.

Matt Walsh: Getting Out of the Office

Guest: Matt Walsh

Kelly talks to Matt Walsh, the CEO of Green Stone and a business leader who has some interesting insights into the limiting effects of traditional office culture on the ability to be our most creative selves.

Clive Sirkin: Marketing as Inclusion

Guest: Clive Sirkin

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with South African-born Kellogg executive Clive Sirkin who is something of an iconoclast when it comes to marketing and established business practices.

Peter Horst: Marketing in the #FakeNews Era

Guest: Peter Horst

Kelly talks to the former CMO of Hershey's and Capital One, Peter Horst, whose new book explores how brands can no longer sit on the sidelines in an era dominated by politics, social issues an social media.

Francesca Gino: Why it Pays to Break the Rules

Guest: Francesca Gino

Kelly talks to Francesca Gino, a Harvard professor whose new book, “Rebel Talent,” highlights the unusual characteristics of our most successful innovators - including a chapter looking at the power or improvisation.

Sarah Spain: Sports, Sexism And How We Can Do Better

Guest: Sarah Spain

Kelly sits down with ESPN host and reporter Sarah Spain to talk about the future of sports, broadcasting and finding equity in both.

Charlan Nemeth: In Defense Of Troublemakers

Guest: Charlan Nemeth

Kelly cooks up trouble with professor Charlan Nemeth whose new book looks at the virtues of the outliers and misfits. Read further for this week’s Rule of Three.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz: Everybody Lies

Guest: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Kelly dials up data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz whose New York Times Bestselling book “Everybody Lies” offers some fascinating and disturbing insights into big data, little lies and the difficult search for truth in our country today.

Jamie Merisotis: America Needs Talent

Guest: Jamie Merisotis

Kelly talks to Jamie Merisotis who runs one of the largest private foundations in the United States that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.