Up2 Foundation

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.

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Shelby Coffey attained the highest positions in his chosen field of journalism, as both the award-winning editor of the Los Angeles Times and also as President of CNNfn. With a rare combination of intellectual wit and substantial brain power, this Up2 guest provides meaningful commentary on the new media and technology, on big life choices, and on what it feels like to work in the public eye and have all of your efforts so broadly scrutinized. 

Oct 19

1 hr

Dan Richards is a true entrepreneur, having started numerous businesses and considering many more.  After nearly 30 years of building his chemical testing business, why did he decide to sell his largest company?  Meet yet another super-successful human being who has remained humble throughout his journey... And how extreme stress almost derailed him along the way.   

Sep 1

52 min 12 sec

San-Diego-based Mark Tager, MD, has practiced medicine, been a successful entrepreneur and is a global leader in creative marketing. He's the author of 10 books and has given more than 1,000 speeches. He even created his own personality profile system and is a recognized expert in anti-aging. This wide-ranging discussion will be valuable to anyone hoping to become the best possible versions of themselves.   

Jul 6

55 min 2 sec

What does it feel like to negotiate deals with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and in business? And how do you decide, 'what's next?" after achieving major success at a young age?  This Washington D.C. power broker authentically shares on the importance of knowing your own strengths (and weaknesses), and the influential role honest mentors can play in your life, during this meaningful episode of the Up2 podcast. 

Jun 15

55 min 58 sec

Rick Goings: How does a man who left home at 16; quit college; and sold encyclopedias door-to-door end up running a successful $2 billion enterprise with worldwide reach? Our latest Up2 guest is a U.S. Navy veteran; has served as the global chairman of 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs; and he is such a passionate leader that he became known for sweating through multiple shirts when he pumped up his teams on stage.

May 24

43 min 13 sec

Washington, D.C.-based Jodie McLean leads Edens, a national retail real estate development company with more than 115 properties. Also a member of the Federal Reserve Board; a catalyst for female founders; and so much more, this Up2 guest authentically shares about her mission to enrich communities through bringing people together, and how she 'sorts' through initiatives to lean on her strengths to pursue the most compelling opportunities at home, at work, and in society at-large.

May 4

51 min 47 sec

Palo Alto, California-based Pankaj Shah, lives and works in the heart of Silicon Valley. He has founded several companies and has invested directly in even more. A new social network focusing on emotion rather than accomplishment; an innovative insurance company; even a new gin business! Our guest today builds bridges between the hyper-fast world of NBA players, music superstars, and some of the biggest names in venture capital, managing to always remain humble and helpful in spite of his success.  

Apr 13

46 min 2 sec

Washington, D.C. based David Ciccone and his family epitomize the American Dream.  Both his parents grew up in modest Western European villages and came to America with huge hearts and big ideas for a bright future. Just one generation later, David is now leading his family and an extremely successful business of his own, serving CEOs and high net worth individuals throughout the U.S.  In spite of his success as the managing director of CTH Group, David's mind and heart never stray far from his nurturing and intuitive heritage. CTH has become one of the largest wealth management firm's on the East Coast, and in this episode of the Up2 podcast David shares with Adam some of the secrets to his success.

Apr 13

57 min 49 sec

Philippe Bourguignon has travelled constantly since his early twenties. Only recently has he been forced to stay in one place for any length of time and even this is propelling him forward. Always one to learn and seek new adventures and challenges, Philippe has always risen to the occasion and as a result has served as the CEO of Euro Disney, Chairman and CEO of Club Med, and as the co-CEO of the World Economic Forum. He currently spends a majority of his time advising other business leaders through his role in the Washington D.C. based venture capital firm, Revolution.

Dec 2020

50 min 56 sec

Kalika Joy Nacion Yap is a three-peat entrepreneur; a published author and true influencer.  Based in Santa Monica, California this successful founder recently had her "Little Brand Book" published by HarperCollins, and she's been featured in many of the nation's most-respected publications.  Born in the Philippines; university in New York; and businesses in SoCal and Hawaii -- this global citizen energizes with her creativity and positive drive.

Sep 2020

55 min 27 sec

Jean-Claude Kihn, Ph.D, is a renaissance man. A true global citizen, Jean-Claude speaks six languages and has lived all over the world. Jean-Claude’s professional successes are a result of his dedication and willingness to learn as well as his steady evaluation of self in order to improve. His constant learning and practice in leadership eventually led to his having held 17 different positions at Goodyear before ultimately being promoted to President of Goodyear for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has now turned most of his attention to mentoring young executives and spending time with family and in nature.

Sep 2020

48 min 23 sec

A man who went from being an All-American high school football star, to homeless and on drugs in less than a year. Waverly Willis has overcome so much: drug addiction; chronic homelessness, and at one point, running for his life; severe obesity and cancer too... Yet with seemingly limitless resilience and with faith and persistence, today's Up2 guest is a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and family man. And even though lawmakers seek his advice, and media outlets want to tell his story, Waverly never forgets what he's been through and that he's just a regular guy.

Aug 2020

47 min 20 sec

Dr. David Agus is one of the most sought after physicians in the world. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had Dr. Agus lead his medical team for years; More recently, Larry Ellison, the billionaire chairman of Oracle, asked Dr. Agus to create the most innovative medical research center in the U.S. And Howard Stern even calls our Up2 guest, his doctor! Most importantly, 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."

Jul 2020

51 min 55 sec

John DiJulius travels the globe working with the most-respected companies on their customer experience. Starbucks. Disney. The Ritz Carlton.... Having overcome significant challenges in his own life -- like being asked to retake every year of elementary school -- John ultimately failed out of college, and also dealt with major family challenges.  Successfully navigating these curves in the road, John has built two award-winning businesses, and is now asked to speak around the world about his positive outlook and his commitment to service excellence.   John tells every story with a smile and he motivates and inspires everyone around him.

Jul 2020

53 min 6 sec

Brigadier General Lenderman became the youngest general in the Air Force two years ago, after serving as a war-time pilot and on the Joint Chiefs staff. Today she is responsible for thousands of people and billions in our Defense budget, yet she is convinced that leadership still comes down to relationships and love. Tune in as Gen. Lenderman gives Adam a rare glimpse into the daily life of an active duty general.

Jun 2020

47 min 25 sec

Ted Souder has spent his career on the leading edge of information technology. His ability to understand the importance that tech plays in the lives of individuals and businesses has led him to work at some of the most well known companies in the world, including America Online and Google for the past 20 years. Listen in to discover what Ted sees next on the tech horizon.

Jun 2020

49 min 53 sec

Season 2 saw another full lineup of remarkably accomplished and humble leaders, -- a Heisman Trophy winner; a world-renowned heart surgeon; and several business leaders. Join Adam Kaufman, Dave Douglas (producer), and special guest, Madison Cichocki as they reflect on some of their favorite moments from the season.

Apr 2020

21 min 32 sec

Doug Holladay has spent his career focusing on Meaning, Authenticity and becoming 'a better version of ourselves.' Hoping to fill some of the void now present in everyone's lives as we find ourselves coping with a society nearly shut down during the Coronavirus outbreak, we invited this former Ambassador, White House advisor, current Georgetown professor and founder of PathNorth, to discuss the positive aspects of being alone; the merits of practicing Gratitude; and how to get comfortable with who we are.

Mar 2020

53 min 31 sec

Fred Koury started his business career by subcontracting weekly chores to kids in the neighborhood. Today, his list of accomplishments and business success stories have become extensive. Fred Koury is the President and CEO of Smart Business Network, a multi-faceted company serving the business community nationwide. Listen as he freely shares on how he makes big decisions, on the importance of mentoring, and many valuable life lessons regarding the intersection of faith and ethics while running a company.

Feb 2020

48 min 56 sec

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. This revealing conversation delves into Dr Gillinov's remarkable achievements; how he manages stress while saving the lives of his patients; and an authentic dialogue about our guest's uncanny ability to always make it to the very top of his pursuits.

Jan 2020

46 min 22 sec

Bernie Moreno was born in Colombia and moved to the United States at just 5 years old. Mom and Dad, along with 6 siblings crammed into a 2 bedroom condo and began a new life. They took a risk to reinvent themselves. That same determination, belief in self, and tenacity was passed on to Bernie. As an adult, he risked everything to purchase an underperforming car dealership, eventually having over 15 car dealerships under ownership. He's now turned his attention to the emerging technology of blockchain.

Jan 2020

59 min 28 sec

In this episode of Up2, Adam sits down with Heisman Trophy-winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield. The former #1 draft pick reflects authentically on family; on goal-setting; and on handling the pressures of life in the NFL. Special appearances by his wife, Emily Mayfield, and entrepreneur Bobby George, make this a rare conversation you won't want to miss.

Dec 2019

24 min 5 sec

Usually the one asking all the questions, there have been inquiries to learn more about Adam. How does he meet the people he knows? What has his career path been? And what makes him the perfect host for a podcast about success and humility?

Dec 2019

56 min 14 sec

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. Scott has always strived to be a compassionate person, but in recent years, his focus has shifted further toward his family and his philanthropic efforts. Listen in to find out how his faith both informs and confirms his drive for excellence in business and compassion for the people in his life.

Nov 2019

46 min 24 sec

Joe Pulizzi is known as the Godfather of content marketing, but he knows the value in setting work aside from time to time. He has helped some of the biggest companies in the world with their marketing efforts and now, his concepts are heard in classrooms all over the world, helping to shape the next generation of marketing professionals. In recent years, a large portion of Joe’s attention has shifted to helping people in need and investing time in those most important to him.

Oct 2019

50 min 42 sec

Philippe Bourguignon meanders and dreams. His creativity and passion has led him on adventures around the world and placed him at the top of many successful companies and renowned organizations. He has served as the CEO of Euro Disney, Chairman and CEO of Club Med, and the co-CEO of the World Economic Forum. Listen in to find out what Philippe Bourguignon has been Up2 and what can be learned from him.

Oct 2019

39 min 10 sec

Ambassador Doug Holladay has a lot of knowledge to share. Having a career so varied as to include being US Special Ambassador to South Africa, advisor to several US Presidents, an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs, teaching at Georgetown University, and many other positions, there are countless reasons to pay attention to what he has to say. Listen in to his conversation with Adam Kaufman about what really matters in life.

Oct 2019

44 min 25 sec

Business owner and powerbroker, Umberto Fedeli, joins Adam for the final session of this three-part miniseries. Throughout this episode, a special focus is given to the importance of relationships and the treatment of others in both business and personal life. Umberto also shares some life lessons that he has learned during his 40 years in business, philanthropy, and politics.

Sep 2019

42 min 54 sec

Business owner and powerbroker, Umberto Fedeli, joins Adam for the second session of this three-part miniseries. Umberto shares business and investing advice, featuring special tips for those just starting out in the investment world. With 40 years experience in business, philanthropy, and politics, he also focuses on the importance of balance.

Sep 2019

36 min 30 sec

Coming out of the first season of Up2 it became clear that the interview with successful business owner and powerbroker, Umberto Fedeli, resonated with listeners. 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. Today he’s back in the studio for the first of a three-part miniseries. During this special series we are going to focus on his experience in business and investing, featuring advice for beginners. 

Aug 2019

34 min 27 sec

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. She's won countless awards, overcome a significant health challenge, and through it all humbly leads thousands of employees with a kind leadership style, all-too-rare in today's competitive world. She authentically opens up during the discussion with Adam, so let's find out what Sheryl is Up2! Adam@up2foundation.or

Apr 2019

42 min 44 sec

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. The Congressman speaks candidly with us about his former football career, what it’s like to learn the ins and outs of Congress, and the importance of his family. Let’s find out what Congressman Anthony Gonzalez is up to!

Apr 2019

35 min 4 sec

Adam invites into the studio Stewart Kohl, the co-CEO of global private equity firm, Riverside, who spends nearly as much of his time on charitable pursuits as he does overseeing the more than 400 transactions made by his firm. Let’s find out what Stewart is up to!

Apr 2019

33 min 36 sec

In this episode Adam interviews Umberto Fedeli, the CEO of a national insurance firm and an active private investor. Known for his first class hospitality and powerful political influence, Umberto has built his highly successful career around helping others. Adam's guest teaches us the importance of family heritage, and what it means to do what you love. Let's find out what Umberto Fedeli is Up2! 

Mar 2019

34 min 18 sec

In this episode Adam interviews Eric Chen. Eric is a Stanford graduate and silicon valley venture capitalist. He and his wife co-founded Tiny Prints with two other Stanford classmates (acquired by Shutterfly for $340 million), and he's also the founding partner of OVO Fund. 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!

Mar 2019

30 min 53 sec

In this episode Adam interviews Charu Ramanathan, an influential entrepreneur who earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Listen in as Charu tells 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.

Feb 2019

33 min 44 sec

In this episode, Adam talks with his good friend Bobby George. Bobby never let his health challenges prevent him from creating the restaurant empire he has today. Instead, he used his knowledge of healthy eating practices to open the first all non-GMO restaurant, Townhall. He continues to grow his portfolio as he expands into private equity, working with companies where he knows he can make a difference. Let’s find out what Bobby is up to!

Feb 2019

30 min 41 sec

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. Marc explains the use of API and blockchain in our everyday lives and tells us what he’s learned from the failure of his second company Emerge. There’s much more to him than your typical business leader: Marc has pink hair, attends burning man, tried to take on Microsoft, and has big ideas for the future! Let’s find out what Marc is up to!

Jan 2019

34 min 44 sec

The Up2 podcast identifies and showcases the most accomplished and interesting leaders in business, medicine, and the public arena. Our hope is that by giving voice to these impressive leaders (who remain humble in spite of the success and attention they've garnered), we can inspire others to lead with humility in their own lives.

Jan 2019

2 min 6 sec