Category Archives: Dr. Karen’s Podcast Guests

March 30, 2021

Interview with Chris Cooper, UK Based Executive Advisor

Chris Cooper builds highly engaged workforces especially in the insurance and financial services industries. Host of the Business Elevation podcast, his show reaches more than 50 countries. Today Chris joins Dr. Karen to talk about the business climate of the UK and Europe, lessons from his book, The Power to Get Things Done Whether You Feel Like It or Not, what businesses need to do now to be ready for a post-pandemic world, and a whole host of other success strategies for today’s business executive.

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February 25, 2021

Leveraging Privilege with Guest Stuart Pickles

Guest Stuart Pickles is Managing Director of the UK based leadership consultancy, Aim Higher Leadership ( A former CFO with more than 25 years in Blue Chip companies such as Unilever, Kraft Foods, and Fosters, Stuart accelerates the development of higher level leadership for social justice, climate justice, and to build a regenerative future.  Listen to this podcast as Dr. Karen dialogues with Stuart about how he, as a white male, is learning to leverage his privilege to create a better and more inclusive world.

January 28, 2021

Loree Draude: One of the First Navy Women Aviators to Fly in a Combat Squadron

Supersonic leader Loree Draude was one of the first Navy women Aviators to fly in a combat squadron. Wharton Business School MBA graduate and author of, She’s Just Another Pilot, Loree also held key roles at Facebook, Google, and Bain and Company. Today Dr. Karen talks to Loree about gender dynamics in the Navy, leading effective teams, and how to prepare the next generation of leaders.

December 29, 2020

Interview with Dov Baron, The Dragonist

Dragons are the top talent in organizations. They must find their fire to reach their full potential. Their fire is rooted in the “Why behind the Why”. The difficult circumstances in life are the teachers that show true dragons what they are here to give to the world and how they are called to serve. Join Dr. Karen and her guest, leadership expert, Dov Baron as he highlights what’s really needed in leadership today.
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December 15, 2020

Happy Chanukah with Chad and Cantor Laurel Barr

The miracle of Chanukah, The Festival of Lights, lighting the darkness, and bringing hope to a hurting world is what guests Chad and Cantor Laurel Barr share on today’s podcast episode. Listen as Dr. Karen explores both the historical and current day significance of Chanukah.

Hear Chad and Laurel’s beautiful musical interlude on today’s show.

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November 24, 2020

Dr. Alan Weiss, The Rock Star of Consulting

Dr. Alan Weiss is the author of over 500 articles and 60 books including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting. He has consulted with over 500 leading organizations including Merck, Hewlett Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, The New York Times, Toyota, and the Federal Reserve. Alan is also an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame®, recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute. In this interview, Dr. Karen speaks with Alan about his life experiences, his upcoming book on Legacy, and how executive business leaders can be successful today.

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November 17, 2020

Interview with Daphne Maxwell Reid from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV Show

Actor Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known for her role as Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show starring Will Smith. Some of her other credits include starring roles on WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, Simon and Simon, and Frank’s Place, opposite her husband Tim Reid. Dr. Karen talks to Daphne about her experiences as a model, beauty queen, photographic artist, clothing designer, author, entrepreneur, and actor. Join Dr. Karen as she explores the beautiful tapestry of Daphne’s life experiences and extracts relevant business lessons for executive leaders.

Look for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Show on HBO Max and The Business of Christmas on BET Plus

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October 29, 2020

Ron McMillon, Jazz Saxophonist and Top 30 Billboard Artist Shares His Leadership Journey

Jazz Saxophonist, Ron McMillon, also known as “Mr. Sirius XM Watercolors”, is today’s guest. His debut single, “It Is Me” went to smooth jazz radio in 2015. Ron’s chart topping single, “Consuming Fire”, produced by format veteran Darren Rahn, from McMillon’s “Talkin’ About Jesus” album took the world by storm on smooth jazz, Sirius XM Watercolors, and gospel stations. His second hit single, “In the Flow” reigned on the Top 30 Billboard Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Dr. Karen interviews Ron McMillon and extracts his inspiring leadership story. Tune in to also hear Mr. Ron McMillon play live on the show.

September 29, 2020

Interview with Anna Scheller: Black Belt Sales Strategies for Executives

Sales and influence expert, Anna Scheller joins Dr. Karen in a conversation about the role of sales skills in executive leadership. Anna is the host of two podcasts, Black Belt Selling and Sales Mastery and author of the best-selling book, Black Belt Selling: Closing with Confidence. Today she shares leadership insights from her entrepreneurial business ventures, her years as an Air Force officer, and her journey as a Taekwondo Black belt master.

August 27, 2020

Always Brand Ready: Strategies from Marcella Scherer, Image and Presence Consultant

Special Guest Marcella Scherer grew her own business to multiple seven figures using the image and presence strategies she shares today. Dr. Karen speaks with Marcella about how executive image and presence impact opportunities and bottom line results. After up-leveling her executive presence, Marcella’s recent client landed a 10 million dollar contract.