Welcome to THE JUNGLE—the wild and exciting world of business. Thoughtful, yet lighthearted conversations provide an up-close, unvarnished view into the emotions, practices and lived experiences of leading and strategy-making in an uncertain world. Hosted by Dr. Doug Lepisto and Dr. Derrick McIver, co-directors of the Center for Principled Leadership and Business Strategy in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.
The first season of THE JUNGLE explores COVID-19 and the inherent leadership challenges and opportunities in times of crisis.
Episode 32 · 30:00
President and CEO of Consumers EnergyRecorded April 1, 2021
This episode features a conversation with Garrick Rochow – President and CEO of Consumers Energy. In December 2020, Garrick stepped into the CEO role for Fortune 500 Consumers Energy. A great alumnus of WMU Haworth, we speak with Garrick about his role transition during the pandemic, leadership lessons, the future of energy in the United States, and Consumers Energy competitive positioning as a leader in renewables.
Episode 31 · 33:49
US Congressman - Michigan 3rd DistrictRecorded March 23, 2021
This episode features a conversation with Peter Meijer – US House of Representatives for Michigan's 3rd congressional district. Peter has experienced a whirlwind start to his time in Congress with a pandemic, insurrection, impeachment, and new administration. Peter shares with us his first impressions of Congress, insights on leadership as a freshman representative, and his policy priorities for West Michigan.
Episode 30 · 44:32
LBS Student Experience
Ft. Megan, Kordell, and TylerRecorded February 12, 2021
This episode features a conversation with current and former students from our Leadership and Business Strategy (LBS) program. We speak with Megan Miller (Deloitte), Kordell Smith (VMware), and Tyler Earnst (current student and interning at Dell Technologies) to explore the transition to professional life as a recent graduate, how our LBS program prepares students for the professional world, and advice to students on how to get the most out of college.
Episode 29 · 33:39
CEO of Graphic PackagingRecorded January 7, 2021
This episode features a conversation with Michael Doss – CEO of Graphic Packaging. Mike is a proud two-time graduate of Western Michigan University and leads this great Fortune 500 company. Graphic Packaging recently invested $600 million in a new facility here in Kalamazoo. We speak with Mike about how he has led through the pandemic, the future of packaging in a digital world, and the company's investment in Kalamazoo.
Episode 28 · 52:37
Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan Ross School of BusinessRecorded December 8, 2020
This episode features a conversation with Jane Dutton – Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Jane is a world expert on processes that build capabilities and strengths of employees in organizations. A founder of the movement in Positive Organizational Scholarship, Jane's research has demonstrated the importance of relationships, compassion, identity, and meaning to what makes people and organizations flourish.
Episode 27 · 47:25
Senior Director of Global Learning and Development at the Kellogg CompanyRecorded December 3, 2020
This episode features a conversation with Thor Flosason – senior director of global learning and development at Kellogg Company. Thor is responsible for the systems, processes, resources and solutions that help over 30,000 employees across the globe learn and develop. We explore with Thor how a global organization facilitates learning during a global pandemic, the importance of learning to strategize and what the future of learning in organizations looks like.
Episode 26 · 35:22
Head Coach of the Detroit Red WingsRecorded November 23, 2020
This episode features a conversation with Jeff Blashill – head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. Coach Blashill, a native Michigander and former WMU hockey coach, shares with us his experience on leading the Red Wings through the pandemic, leading across generations and his lessons on leading during a time of change for the organization.
Episode 25 · 41:18
John and Apollo Braganini
St. Julian WineryRecorded November 18, 2020
On this episode, our LBS students launch the next evolution of Bronconess – the Bronconess Peach Bubbly in collaboration with St. Julian Winery. St. Julian is the oldest and largest winery in Michigan.
Episode 24 · 41:02
La June Montgomery Tabron
CEO of W.K. Kellogg FoundationRecorded October 26, 2020
This episode features a conversation with La June Montgomery Tabron – CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Based in Southwest Michigan, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the world. La June shares with us how the foundation has pivoted and innovated during the pandemic, the role business plays in solving social problems, and the conditions that facilitate greater opportunity and equity in business ownership.
Episode 23 · 39:31
Founder and CEO of Man Flow YogaRecorded October 20, 2020
This episode features a conversation with Dean Pohlman – Founder and CEO of Man Flow Yoga. The pandemic is challenging our mental and physical health. At the same time, it is also disrupting established sectors like the fitness industry, raising questions about how a traditionally in-person experience translates online. Dean shares with us how he founded and grew a successful online fitness brand, how the pandemic is creating opportunity in the fitness space, and his advice on implementing an effective content strategy.
Episode 19 · 30:43
Director of Athletics, Western Michigan UniversityRecorded August 11, 2020
On August 8th the Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced the postponement of all fall sports. We go behind the scenes of this decision, the implications, and the broader leadership and strategy dynamics confronting athletic directors.
Episode 18 · 32:00
CFO of Dell TechnologiesRecorded June 15, 2020
Tom helped Dell pull off one of the largest buyouts in history with the $67 billion acquisition of EMC. A great Bronco, Tom shares how Dell's senior leadership team is navigating current events and his thoughts on the future of technology and business.
Episode 17 · 33:05
Founder and President of Bell's BreweryRecorded June 10, 2020
Larry has helped pioneer the craft beer movement. Based in Kalamazoo, and 100% family owned and independent, Bell's is now the seventh largest craft brewer in the United States. Larry shares how Bell's is responding to the pandemic and issues of racial equity, his thoughts on the future of craft beer and innovation.
Episode 15 · 33:55
Dr. Stephanie Creary
Assistant Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of PennsylvaniaRecorded June 12, 2020
A leading expert on diversity and identity in organizations. Stephanie shares her expertise and experience on how business leaders create conversations and take action to foster racial equity.
Episode 7 · 31:29
CEO and President of Sanford Financial ServicesRecorded April 17, 2020
What are the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for financial planning?
Todd Sanford, CEO and President of Sanford Financial Services, and founding donor of the Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness in the Haworth College of Business, shares his insights in Episode 7.
Episode 4 · 34:57
CEO, President and Owner of Kosch Dining SolutionsRecorded April 16, 2020
The pandemic has hit food services and hospitality exceptionally hard. Gordie shares the rapidly unfolding trials and tribulations of leading an organization in the bullseye of the crisis.
Episode 3 · 33:10
Alessandro (Sandro) DiNello
President, CEO and a Director of Flagstar Bank and Flagstar BancorpRecorded April 17, 2020
Banks are playing a vital role to help individuals and businesses manage this unprecedented time. Sandro shares his experience remaining calm while guiding a publicly traded bank through crisis.
Episode 2 · 38:54
Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg'sRecorded April 7, 2020
John Bryant is the former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg's, and a current board member of Macy's, Godiva, Ball Corporation and Compass Group. Doug and Derrick hear how a current board member is experiencing and advising during this unprecedented time.
Episode 1 · 45:43
Dr. Edward Montgomery
President of Western Michigan UniversityRecorded March 26, 2020
Doug and Derrick kick off the podcast with a series of episodes exploring leadership and strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We begin in higher education with our very own, Dr. Edward Montgomery, President of Western Michigan University, former "car czar" in the Obama administration and nationally known labor economist.