Leaders as Humble as They are Successful

Refreshingly candid conversations with some of today's most humble leaders. Adam Kaufman dives into topics often left unexplored. His guests’ challenges, fears, and motivations show what it takes to become a humble leader.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Pandora

All Episodes

Waverly Willis: From “Well-Groomed Dope Fiend” to Bitcoin Barber

Up2 | S:3 E:5
Waverly Willis has overcome so much: drug addiction; chronic homelessness, etc., but is now a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and family man.
Listen to Waverly Willis: From “Well-Groomed Dope Fiend” to Bitcoin Barber

Dr David Agus: Driven by Hope and Inspiration

Up2 | S:3 E:4
Dr. Agus deploys his passion for health to treat all of his patients with an informed-intensity and willingness to do all that is possible in pursuit of the "End of Illness."
Listen to Dr David Agus: Driven by Hope and Inspiration

John DiJulius: Finding the Gift in Every Situation

Up2 | S:3 E:3
John DiJulius travels the globe working with the most-respected companies on their customer experience.
Listen to John DiJulius: Finding the Gift in Every Situation

General Laura Lenderman: Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

Up2 | S:3 E:2
Air Force General Lenderman gives Adam a rare glimpse into the daily life of an active duty general.
Listen to General Laura Lenderman: Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

Ted Souder: 20 Years at Google and Looking Ahead

Up2 | S:3 E:1
Ted Souder has spent his career on the leading edge of information technology.
Listen to Ted Souder: 20 Years at Google and Looking Ahead

Reflecting on Season 2: a Micro Episode

Up2 | S:2 E:11
Join Adam Kaufman, Dave Douglas (producer), and special guest, Madison Cichocki as they reflect on some of their favorite moments from the season.
Listen to Reflecting on Season 2: a Micro Episode

Doug Holladay: Ambassador; Professor; and Author.

Up2 | S:2 E:10
Doug Holladay has spent his career focusing on Meaning and Authenticity and becoming 'a better version of ourselves.'
Listen to Doug Holladay: Ambassador; Professor; and Author.

Fred Koury: Sales, Smarts, and Service

Up2 | S:2 E:9
Fred Koury is the President and CEO of Smart Business Network. He shares how he makes big decisions, about the importance of mentoring, and many valuable life lessons.
Listen to Fred Koury: Sales, Smarts, and Service

Dr. Marc Gillinov: Heart Health, Chocolate, and Wine

Up2 | S:2 E:8
Dr Marc Gillinov is the chairman of Heart Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, ranked #1 in the U.S. for more than 20 straight years. Considered by many to be the most sought-after heart surgeon in the world, today's guest is the epitome of humble.
Listen to Dr. Marc Gillinov: Heart Health, Chocolate, and Wine

Bernie Moreno: The Delusional Optimist

Up2 | S:2 E:7
As an adult, Bernie Moreno risked everything to purchase an underperforming car dealership, eventually having over 15 car dealerships under ownership. Having achieved immense success in the retail car market, he has now turned his attention to the emerging technology of blockchain.
Listen to Bernie Moreno: The Delusional Optimist

Baker Mayfield: Humble Over Hype

Up2 | S:2 E:6
Adam sits down with Heisman Trophy-winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Special appearances by his wife, Emily Mayfield, and entrepreneur Bobby George.
Listen to Baker Mayfield: Humble Over Hype

Adam Kaufman: Our Host’s Story

Up2 | S:2 E:5
In this episode of Up2, we learn all about our host, Adam Kaufman.
Listen to Adam Kaufman: Our Host’s Story

Scott Wolstein: Creating Consensus and Leading with Compassion

Up2 | S:2 E:4
Scott Wolstein has presided over a real estate empire with billions invested in the ground all over the United States. However, his legacy is about investment in people.
Listen to Scott Wolstein: Creating Consensus and Leading with Compassion

Joe Pulizzi: "The Godfather's" Goal-Setting Practice that could Change Your Life

Up2 | S:2 E:3
Joe Pulizzi is known as the Godfather of content marketing, but he knows the value in setting work aside from time to time.
Listen to Joe Pulizzi: "The Godfather's" Goal-Setting Practice that could Change Your Life

Philippe Bourguignon: A Life of Creativity and Passion

Up2 | S:2 E:2
Philippe Bourguignon meanders and dreams. He has served as the CEO of Euro Disney, Club Med, and many other successful companies.
Listen to Philippe Bourguignon: A Life of Creativity and Passion

Ambassador Doug Holladay: Embrace Your Fears and Live a Life of Meaning

Up2 | S:2 E:1
Ambassador Doug Holladay and Adam Kaufman talk about what really matters in life.
Listen to Ambassador Doug Holladay: Embrace Your Fears and Live a Life of Meaning

Special Series with Umberto Fedeli: Session Three

Up2 | S:1 E:11
Umberto Fedeli shares life lessons from 40 years in business, philanthropy, and politics. Special attention is given to the importance of relationships in both business and personal life.
Listen to Special Series with Umberto Fedeli: Session Three

Special Series with Umberto Fedeli: Session Two

Up2 | S:1 E:10
Umberto shares business and investing advice, featuring special tips for beginners. With 40 years experience in business, philanthropy, and politics, he also focuses on the importance of balance...
Listen to Special Series with Umberto Fedeli: Session Two

Special Series with Umberto Fedeli: Session One

Up2 | S:1 E:9
Given how genuine Umberto was in sharing the lessons learned from his mistakes, Adam wanted to give listeners a chance to hear more from this experienced veteran of nearly 40 years in business, in philanthropy, and in politics.
Listen to Special Series with Umberto Fedeli: Session One

Shoes Off with Sheryl Palmer

Up2 | S:1 E:8
In this final episode of the Up2 season, Adam interviews Sheryl Palmer, the CEO of Taylor Morrison, one of the largest home builders in the U.S. and traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Listen to Shoes Off with Sheryl Palmer

Achieving Balance with Congressman Anthony Gonzalez

Up2 | S:1 E:7
In this episode Adam talks to Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, one of the youngest members of the US. House of Representatives. He is a former NFL wide receiver; a college All American; and graduate of Stanford Business School.
Listen to Achieving Balance with Congressman Anthony Gonzalez

Talking Billions and Biking with Stewart Kohl

Up2 | S:1 E:6
Adam invites Stewart Kohl into the studio. Stewart is the co-CEO of global private equity firm, Riverside.
Listen to Talking Billions and Biking with Stewart Kohl

Breaking Bread with Umberto Fedeli

Up2 | S:1 E:5
In this episode Adam interviews Umberto Fedeli, the CEO of a national insurance firm and an active private investor.
Listen to Breaking Bread with Umberto Fedeli

Eric Chen: Leading with a Grain of Humility

Up2 | S:1 E:4
In this episode Adam interviews Eric Chen. Eric and Adam discuss investing in startups, the importance of finding a good mentor, and the legacy that Eric hopes to leave behind. Let’s find out what Eric Chen is up to!
Listen to Eric Chen: Leading with a Grain of Humility

Creating Connectivity with Charu Ramanathan

Up2 | S:1 E:3
In this episode Adam interviews Charu Ramanathan, an influential entrepreneur who speaks with us about the lessons she’s learned, how she became a better leader along the way, her view on parenting, and the importance of role modeling.
Listen to Creating Connectivity with Charu Ramanathan

Navigating Curves in the Road with Bobby George

Up2 | S:1 E:2
In this episode, Adam talks with his good friend Bobby George.
Listen to Navigating Curves in the Road with Bobby George

Blockchain and Big Ideas with Repeat Entrepreneur Marc Blinder

Up2 | S:1 E:1
For the first official episode of the Up2 season, Adam Kaufman interviews Marc Blinder, founder of one of the hottest blockchain companies in Silicon Valley.
Listen to Blockchain and Big Ideas with Repeat Entrepreneur Marc Blinder

Sneak Peak

Up2 | S:1
Coming soon: Find out what today's leaders are Up2 through refreshingly candid conversation! Figures in business, medicine, military and more...
Listen to Sneak Peak

Connect on social media or subscribe to our newsletter

Connect