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December 2020

James Lilja

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James Lilja

Drummer for Bunko, a founding member of Offspring, and real-life surgeon


“Phosgene doesn’t really get affected by a urine-soaked sock.” – James Lilja

“…That would be the find of the millennium.” – James Lilja

“The Germanized Romans kicked his ass too, then made a deal with him and let him slip away.” – James Lilja

“You’ll never know the truth, but it’s fascinating to try.” – James Lilja

“We burned everything they wrote.” – James Lilja

“He came and thought it was the work of Satan.” – James Lilja

“Some dude gets assassinated in Austria Hungry by a Serbian national who didn’t really know what he was doing…it was an incompetent assassination.” – James Lilja

“You get a blizzard of uncurated garbage that is then shaped by your search engine algorithm that tries to show you what it thinks you want to hear.” – James Lilja

Guest’s Bio:

Musical “career:” Originally the first drummer for the Offspring. Then quit and got metaphorically lost in the woods forming and dissolving a bunch of bands during the decades between. Then finally got the alchemy right and formed BUNKO….The only band truly capable of transubstantiating social/self mockery into music. Oh, then there’s that detour into medical school/cancer surgery stuff along the way. Boring.

Guest’s Contact Info:

Instagram: @bunkoband

Joss Taylor

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“I saw the monster and I was actually very calm.” – Jocelyn Taylor

“I flung the door open with the cat poop scoop in my hand and I woke him up.” – Jocelyn Taylor

“The Facebook app I get my newsfeed from, I threw in the garbage ‘cause I thought, ‘I’m being ruined by this.” – Jocelyn Taylor

“He came into my room, I heard the door open, I was sound asleep and the light came on…” – Jocelyn Taylor

“The wall of fire was behind her house!” – Jocelyn Taylor

“Dark humor is people making sense of a bad situation.” – Jocelyn Taylor

“The brain likes things to make sense, the brain likes things to be in order.” – Jocelyn Taylor

“Social media is a very scary place.” – Jocelyn Taylor

Guest’s Bio:

A California girl doing morning radio with my husband in San Diego! I’m a wife, daughter, friend, and cat-mom!

Guest’s Contact:

Instagram & Twitter: @robandjoss

Carl Guardino

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“We’re trying to raise them in a home where they may wonder about a lot of things, but they’ll never wonder whether their parents love them.” – Carl Guardino

“It’s harder to run people over on a bike.” – Carl Guardino

“We’re all three dimensional instead of the cardboard cut out that sometimes we can think people are, especially those who don’t agree with us.” – Carl Guardino

“When it comes to racial justice and equity, that should be something that always brings us together.” – Carl Guardino

“If they would let me put playing cards in my spokes and have a little bell and the streamers on my handlebars, I would do it.” – Carl Guardino

“My chest started vibrating and I thought, ‘Whoa, am I having a heart attack or something?” – Carl Guardino

“We’re like a jigsaw puzzle. My piece of the puzzle is here, this is how I try to add value, your piece of the puzzle is there, that’s how you try to add value, but if we step back you see that each piece forms a beautiful picture if we take the time to look for it.” – Carl Guardino

Guest’s Bio:

Carl Guardino is one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders. As President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for more than 23 years, Carl earned a reputation throughout the region as a consensus builder. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Policy for Bloom Energy, Guardino is proud to help lead the pursuit of making clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. In May of 2020, Guardino joined the Board of Directors of San Jose Water, a public utility, and one of the largest and most technically sophisticated urban water systems in the United States.

First appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, Guardino has been re-appointed three times by Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. Elected Chairman of the commission in 2014, Guardino is a widely respected voice pursuing solutions for the state’s increasingly complex transportation needs. With roots as an affordable housing advocate, Guardino and his wife Leslee served as founders of the Housing Trust Silicon Valley which, since 2013, has annually awarded the “Guardino Affordable Housing Scholarship” to help students who have grown up in affordable housing further their goals for their future careers. In addition to serving as an unwavering champion of housing for everyone in Silicon Valley, Guardino founded the annual Thanksgiving Day “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot,” the largest timed Thanksgiving Day run in the country which has raised ten million dollars in cash and in-kind support for local non-profits over the last 15 years. Guardino also founded the “Santa Run Silicon Valley” and the “Heart & Soles 5K” to place salad bars in 200 Silicon Valley public schools.

Born and raised in San Jose, Guardino received his BA in Political Science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus. Carl and his wife Leslee Guardino are the proud parents of three children and the family is active in a variety of volunteer and community service organizations throughout the region. 

Bryan Kramer

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Main Topics:

  • How To Not Feel Alone
  • Human Connection and Its Ties To Vulnerability
  • The Possibility Of Unlearning
  • The Key To A Business’s Longevity
  • Why People Prefer Quitting
  • How Bryan Used Pepsi To Make More Money
  • Perspective, Identifying Blind Spots and Looking At Ourselves Through Story Arcs
  • Creating The Life You Want Through The Words That You Use
  • Why Now Is the Best Time To Start Up Your Dream Business
  • The Three Psychological Phases Of Crisis


“We can also quickly unlearn things as soon as something replaces it.” – Bryan Kramer

“I’d get fired for speaking my voice.” – Bryan Kramer

“We actually get what we ask for.” – Bryan Kramer

“The only thing that kept me going was perspective.” – Bryan Kramer

“We think in terms of emotions.” – Bryan Kramer

“The reason that we all exist as humans is to connect with other human beings.” – Bryan Kramer

“The way that we don’t feel alone is through connection and the way we do that is through vulnerability.” – Bryan Kramer

Guest’s Bio:

Bryan Kramer is a renowned business strategist, global keynote speaker, executive trainer and coach, two-time bestselling author, and Forbes contributor. As former President and Co-Owner of PureMatter, a Silicon Valley global marketing agency since 2001, he sparked the Human-to-Human H2H movement that set out to humanize business through simpler communication, empathy, and celebrating our imperfections. His TED Talk on the subject in 2014 featured a TED “first – allowing mobile devices during the event to share the experience to illustrate his belief.

Noted as the “Zen master to Digital Marketers” by Forbes, named a “Top 3 Thought Leadership Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss” in Forbes and in “The Top 100 Most Influential People on Twitter” by Business Insider, Bryan teaches speakers, executives and audiences how to up-level their storytelling and how to be more compelling and clear. With more than 350,000 social fans and followers, Bryan believes that being human is our competitive advantage because of our ability to leverage our emotional intelligence alongside technology to scale, in order to share stories in a human way – not corporate speak.

Bryan’s first book There Is No B2B or B2C: It’s Human to Human H2H rose to the #1 spot in Business Books on Amazon in its first week. His second book, Shareology: How Sharing is Powering the Human Economy published by Morgan James, made USA Today’s Top 150 Book List the week of its release, as well as #1 on Amazon in Business books.

An experienced interviewer and host, Bryan has spoken with the greats, including Ted Turner, Founder of CNN and philanthropist; George Zimmer, Founder of Men’s Wearhouse; and John Grisham, renowned fiction author of 30 novels and nine blockbuster films including The Firm, Runaway Jury, and The Pelican Brief. He has hosted the EMC Dellworld conference twice and conducted workshops and executive interviews at IBM, Cisco, Verizon, and Pitney Bowes.

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