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Neelu Kaur: Be Your Own Cheerleader

Guest: Neelu Kaur

Kelly talks to Neuro-Linguistic Programming Executive Coach and Burnout Management Specialist Neelu Kaur about her book, “Be Your Own Cheerleader: An Asian and South Asian Woman’s Cultural, Psychological, and Spiritual Guide to Self-Promote at Work."

Leidy Klotz: Subtract

Guest: Leidy Klotz

Kelly talks to University of Virginia professor Leidy Klotz about his fascinating book "Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less."

Dr. Adrienne Boissy: Healthcare, Tech and Empathy

Guest: Dr. Adrienne Boissy

Kelly connects with the amazing Dr. Adrienne Boissy about her work for both The Cleveland Clinic and Qualtrics. She is always looking to lead with empathy.

Valarie Kaur: See No Stranger

Guest: Valarie Kaur

Kelly has a powerful conversation with civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and faith leader Valarie Kaur. TRIGGER WARNING: this discussion includes discussion of racial slurs and sexual violence.

Casper ter Kuile: The Power of Ritual

Guest: Casper ter Kuile

Kelly connects with Casper Ter Kuile to talk about his new book "The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities Into Soulful Practices.”

Beth Newell: There's No Manual

Guest: Beth Newell

Kelly connects with Beth Newell, co-founder and editor of the satirical woman's magazine "Reductress." They discuss her new book, “There’s No Manual: Honest and Gory Wisdom About Having A Baby.”

Vikram Mansharamani: Think For Yourself

Guest: Vikram Mansharamani

Kelly has an intriguing conversation with Vikram Mansharamani who contends that we outsource too much of our thinking to experts in his new book: "Think For Yourself."

Val Lantz-Gefroh: The Compassionate Practice

Guest: Val Lantz-Gefroh

Kelly connects with Val Lantz-Gefroh who is the first Artistic Director for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Texas. She uses improvisational techniques to train physicians.

Rich Karlgaard: Late Bloomers

Guest: Rich Karlgaard

Kelly connects with Rich Karlgaard, the publisher of Forbes Magazine whose new book is called "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement."

Drew Dudley: Leadership Courage

Guest: Drew Dudley

Kelly connects with leadership expert Drew Dudley about how vital it is to live your values as a leader every day and how much courage that requires.

Murray Nossel: Powered by Storytelling

Guest: Murray Nossel

Kelly talks to storytelling expert Murray Nossel about the art of effective communication. Stick around at the end for one of the best Yes, And stories we've ever heard.

Shane Snow: Dream Teams

Guest: Shane Snow

Kelly talks to author Shane Snow whose new book “Dream Teams,” shows the normal ways teams fall apart and the unlikely ways that teams can come together to excel.

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.

Daniel Coyle: The Culture Code

Guest: Daniel Coyle

This week we talked to Daniel Coyle, author of “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.”

Michael Lewis: The Undoing Project

Guest: Michael Lewis

Kelly speaks to New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lewis whose books “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side” and “The Big Shot” were made into blockbuster films. They talk about his newest book “The Undoing Project.”

Sameena Mustafa: From Comedy To Congress

Guest: Sameena Mustafa

Kelly talks to Sameena Mustafa who is running for the United States congress to represent the 5th District of Illinois. They discuss Sameena’s history in Chicago’s comedy scene and why she wants to run for office now.

Brittney Packnett: Activism, Education And Equity

Guest: Brittney Packnett

Kelly talks with Brittany Packnett an activist who has worked with Teach for America and served on Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Sam Wasson: Improv Nation- How We Made A Great American Art

Guest: Sam Wasson

Kelly and noted author Sam Wasson dig deep into his new book, “Improv Nation,” about the history of improvisation in America.

Bob Johansen: Seeing Into The Future

Guest: Bob Johansen

Kelly talks to futurist Bob Johansen who has worked with companies like Kellogg’s, Intel, Disney and McDonalds. Bob is a distinguished fellow at The Institute for the Future and got his PhD at Northwestern University.

Molly Beck: Smart, Pretty, Awkward And Reaching Out

Guest: Molly Beck

Kelly visits with prolific blogger, marketer and author Molly Beck. Her new book is called “Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence.”

Jay Heinrichs: Thank You For Arguing

Guest: Jay Heinrichs

Kelly talks to Jay Heinrichs the author the New York Times bestselling book “Thank You for Arguing.” Jay talks about the lost art of persuasion, rhetoric and civil argument.

Kathryn Minshew: People, Purpose And Path

Guest: Kathryn Minshew

Kelly talks to Kathryn Minshew, The Founder and CEO of the online career source The Muse and the co-author of “The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career.”

Comedy In The Era Of Trump

Guest: Frances Callier and Angela Shelton

Kelly talks to Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton of the comedy duo “Frangela” about their early work at The Second City and creating and performing comedy in a world heightened by issues of politics, race and gender.

Julie Wilson: Failing Forward

Guest: Julie Wilson

Kelly gets schooled by Julie Wilson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Learning. Julie spent many years at Harvard and shares her cutting edge views on learning, schools and education.

Ai-jen Poo: Improvisation For Care

Guest: Ai-jen Poo

Kelly talks to activist, author and co-director of Caring Across Generations about Second City’s new collaboration to bring improvisational skills and practice to the caregiving community.

Improvisation And Alzheimer’s – The Long Hello

Guest: Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter

Kelly connects with Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter whose story of using improvisational techniques as a way to care for a relative with Alzheimer’s was featured on a memorable episode of “This American Life.”

The Surprising Power Of A “Useless” Liberal Arts Education

Guest: George Anders

Kelly talks to Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author George Anders about his new book “You Can Do Anything,” which offers that a Liberal Arts education is, in fact, the best way to prepare for a job in the future.

Dick Costolo: Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

Guest: Dick Costolo

Kelly talks to former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo about leadership, improvisation and working out with Gavin Newsome.

Alan Alda: Science, Improv And A Bad Trip To The Dentist

Guest: Alan Alda

Kelly talks to legendary TV and Film actor Alan Alda whose new book talks about the work he has been doing using improvisation to help scientists become more effective communicators.

Brené Brown: Rising Strong And Yes, And

Guest: Brené Brown

Kelly connects with Brené Brown to talk about her latest book “Rising Strong” and the parallels between her studies in vulnerability and the improvisational concept of “Yes, And.”

Mitch Prinstein: Popular

Guest: Mitch Prinstein

Kelly talks to professor Mitch Prinstein about his new book “Popular” which looks at the science behind popularity, status and likability.

Emma Seppala: The Happiness Track

Guest: Emma Seppala

Kelly talks to scholar and author Emma Seppala about the connection between happiness and a successful career.

Duncan Watts: Everything Is Obvious

Guest: Duncan Watts

Kelly talks to Cornell professor and Primary Researcher at Microsoft, Duncan Watts. Duncan’s book, “Everything is Obvious,” shows us how and why 80% of our predictions are wrong and we invent stories to make sense of an often unsensible world.

Scott Curran: Bill Clinton, Big Law And Purpose

Guest: Scott Curran

Kelly talks with former Clinton Foundation General Counsel Scott Curran about social impact and innovation and how Scott’s early classes in improvisation informed his career choices.

Rodd Wagner: People Aren’t Widgets

Guest: Rodd Wagner

Kelly talks to Rodd Wagner, VP of employment engagement strategies for BI Worldwide and the author of “Widgets.” Rodd shares his powerful point of view around the relationship between organizations and their employees.

Katherine Twells: The Story Of Coca-Cola

Guest: Katherine Twells

Kelly Leonard talks storytelling, consumer branding, leadership and listening with Coca Cola marketing executive Katherine Twells.