Category Archives: Dr. Karen’s Podcast Guests

May 27, 2021

Interview with Jeffrey Harris: Co-Founder of Plant Power Fast Food

Jeffrey Harris is the Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Plant Power Fast Food also sometimes called the Vegan “McDonald’s”. He and his partners Mitch Wallis and Zach Vouga opened their first restaurant in San Diego, CA in 2016. Today the company is expanding exponentially to open its first restaurants outside of Southern California. Dr. Karen talks to Jeffrey about their “secret sauce” to success, the importance of their why, what they have learned along the way, and what’s required to go to the next level. Dr. Karen and Jeffrey unpack powerful leadership lessons for any company committed to long-term success.

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April 29, 2021

Matthew Manos: Reflections on How to be a “Very Nice Company”

Guest Matt Manos, the Founder and Managing Director of verynice, a design and strategy practice shares how his company gives away half of its profits and services and remains profitable. With a mission to reduce expenses for nonprofit organizations and to increase access to design for all, they have already given away more than 40 million US dollars. Dr. Karen uncovers many golden nuggets from Matt on business purpose and why, reinvention, community service, and more. Today’s Biblical Word of Wisdom is “The Generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters, will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:25

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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.