February 20, 2018
Ryan Fey is the star of the Food Network’s latest, delicious offering, “The Grill Dads.” Yet before he was on his way to becoming a culinary TV superstar, Ryan was building brands and running Omelet, the ad agency he founded. So why would a founder disrupt his business, throw caution to the wind and jump ship into a totally new profession? Tune in and find out as Disruptor Series Podcast host Rob Schwartz sits down with Ryan to understand what ingredients it takes to leave one successful gig and start another.
January 22, 2018
Nancy Koehn is an historian and a professor at the Harvard Business School. She’s just written an incredible book on leadership called, “Forged In Crisis.” The book tells the story of five great leaders who emerged as a result of major disruptions in their lives. What’s also disruptive is her style. Her history reads like fiction. And at key moments in the book, Nancy “breaks the fourth wall,” to give you a lesson in leadership. Listen in as she and Rob unpack the leadership journeys of Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Rachel Carson.
December 20, 2017
Alan Yang is disrupting the writer’s room. He’s an Asian-American writing for TV, movies and videos in a mostly white, Jewish and African-American industry. On this episode of the Disruptor Series, Alan sits down with D-Series Co-Founder Doug Melville from a live session at TBWAChiatDay. Alan talks about how coming from a different perspective helped him fuel the fresh comedy for shows like “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received his first Emmy nomination. And the Netflix Emmy-award-winning series Master of None, which he co-created with Aziz Ansari. Alan also shares his foodie obsession and a little project he did with Jay Z. Listen in on our 20th show.
October 23, 2017
If you think Snoop Dogg is just a rapper then you’re in for a surprise. Snoop is creating music and so much more. He’s curating and producing award-winning shows like “Get Out” and “Atlanta.” He’s creating and starring in content like “Pot Luck Dinner Party" with Martha Stewart, he’s making documentaries for Netflix and creating bits for Jimmy Kimmel. Also, with close to 20 million followers on Instagram, Snoop is a force of social media nature. And he’s not just posting on social media, he’s owning pieces of these platforms. And this is only half of it. On this special edition of the Disruptor Series Podcast, recorded live at the 2017 ADCOLOR Conference, Snoop sits down with Disruptor Series co-founder, Doug Melville and Ryan Ford the Chief Creative Officer of Snoop’s ad agency, Cashmere. As Snoop says, he’s “Disrupting to push the culture forward.” Listen and be inspired.
October 5, 2017
We're thrilled to share some terrific LIVE conversations we had with 6 Disruptors: Jon Bond of Tomorro, Abigail Posner of Google, Thomas Kolster, writer of Goodvertising, Professor Anthony Kalamut of Seneca College, Glisten McCrary of UTA and Shelley Zalis of The Girl's Lounge. Listen in as we unpack everything from AI to VR to Storytelling_2.0 and every buzzword in between
September 19, 2017
Imagine a sultry summer evening. A couple of friends are gathered around when someone pipes up and says, "Did I ever tell you the story about..." And then a great yarn is unfurled. Well, that moment, that feeling, was exactly what poet and novelist George Dawes Green wanted to create in 1997. Only with a stage. And nothing but a storyteller. A microphone. And an audience. Twenty years later, The Moth is now one of the world's most successful, influential, and entertaining cultural forces. Have a listen to this special LIVE Disruptor Series with Moth storyteller, Liel Leibovitz and a conversation with Artistic Director Catherine Burns.
September 12, 2017
America's first restaurant is also one of the world's most disruptive. And in a world where 70% of restaurants fail, this year, Delmonico's is celebrating its 180th anniversary. Their key ingredient for success? Innovation. Delmonico's was the first to call itself a "restaurant," the first to operate as "farm to table," the first to print menus, the first to use table cloths, the first to have a wine cellar and the first restaurant to allow women to eat unaccompanied by men. Delmonico's was also the inventor of favorites like Eggs Benedict, Lobster Newberg and Baked Alaska. Listen in as Rob sits down with Delmonico's owner and managing partner Dennis Turcinovic and head of sales and marketing Carin Sarafian, to discuss why Delmonico's next 180 years will be as disruptive as the first 180.
September 7, 2017
Professor Nancy Tag is injecting new life and new blood into Madison Avenue from the heart of Harlem. From her modern classrooms at fabled City College of New York, she is spearheading the BIC (Brand + Integrated) Masters Degree Program. Her mission is to make marketing and advertising as smart, diverse and savvy as the students she's recruiting and teaching. Listen in as Rob and Nancy talk about the past, present and future of advertising -- and the people and ideas who have and will shape it.
August 30, 2017
There's Cher, there's Madonna and there is Shingy. David Shing, known to all far and wide as "Shingy," is the Digital Prophet for the newly formed media holding company, Oath. And by the way, that's his actual title, "Digital Prophet." A graphic designer by trade, Shingy has been clarifying and proselytizing the power and wonder of all things digital for well more than a decade. Listen in as Rob and Shingy unpack a variety of topics from the quality of work at Cannes Lions to the future of wearables to the nature and possibility of brand fame in our ever-connected age. Want to know more about the future? Hear Shingy today.