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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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Julie Stevens

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Main Topics:

  • Why Gary Threw A Chair
  • Seeing The Same Thing, But Not Thinking The Same Thing
  • An Altercation With a Drunk Man On an Airplane
  • A 20th High School Reunion Story
  • Why Boring People Are Fascinating 
  • The Favor Of Shutting Up
  • A Nashville Bar Fight
  • Changing Perspectives, Conversing Politictics Without Placation


Quotations From This Episode: (In Order Of Time Occurred)

“I still remember how my stomach seized up and I just felt everything fall inside of me.” – Julie Stevens

“…All of the sudden, this guy picks up a chair and he throws it against the wall” – Julie Stevens

“We know morning shows, male and female morning shows that could not stand each other.” – Julie Stevens

“We live in such a PC world and I just wanna smack people in the head.” -Julie Stevens

“I really don’t know from day to day what’s about to happen.” – Julie Stevens

“Shut up you drunk old man!” – Julie Stevens (33:04-33:06)

“We did each other the favor of not talking to each other.” – Julie Stevens

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Mom, Program Director of 95.3 KRTY, Co-Host of KRTY Morning Show

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Jeremy Davis

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“Self mastery is not just self awareness.” ~@jeremyandredavis

“Letting your parents off the hook, it’s not only good for them, but it’s good for you.” ~@jeremyandredavis

“I really believe that people can figure out how to relate to what they’re passionate about and what they’re purposed to do without putting the pressure of their financial outlook on those things that they’re most passionate about.” ~@jeremyandredavis

“Attitude and effort–those are the only things that you can control.” ~@jeremyandredavis

Guest’s Bio:

Over the last 20 years, Jeremy has had the opportunity to be in leadership in some incredible organizations. His diverse professional experience consists of working for 3 Fortune 500 companies, various leadership roles, and recently ending a 7-year tenure with an organization that had a #1 rating by Glass Door, “Best places to work”. His obsession with leadership, cultural health, organizational effectiveness, and development, is what drives his passion to help organizations. Seeing them create environments that allow their top leaders to thrive, grow, and ultimately achieve the organization’s goals. He truly believes that organizations can be “agents of change” in not only their marketplace but in the lives of their most valuable asset… their people! 

Jeremy is a coach, a consultant, a communicator, and a content creator. Most importantly, he is passionate about all things people, and a champion of personal growth and development. He is committed to helping individuals realize their full potential, and helping organizations create environments that set an environment conducive to leadership growth. Strong leaders build successful organizations!

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