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 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.