The Beautiful Thinkers Project

Carolyn Hadlock, ECD of Young & Laramore

Join Carolyn Hadlock, Executive Creative Director at Young & Laramore, as she interviews creatives, founders, creators, leaders, and visionaries to discover what makes beautiful thinking.

All Episodes

Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram, on fighting the inner and outer critics and doing your best work in mundane moments. 

Dec 2019

34 min 55 sec

Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, founders of Brand New, on the benefits of being married to your partner, creating to survive, and what it’s like to publicly critique your mentor’s work.

Dec 2019

48 min 57 sec

Hugh Weber, Managing Editor and CCO of The Great Discontent on telling untold stories from the spaces in between and the wider definition of the word creativity.

Feb 2020

57 min 22 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Sophie Kelly, SVP, Whiskies, Diageo North America on redefining status, having purpose at the heart of a brand and shaping the future.

Apr 2020

27 min 56 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Tom Herbst, former CMO for The North Face, on cultivating a sense of exploration and curiosity — especially now.

May 2020

30 min 6 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Kat Vellos, author, activist and former UX designer at Slack, on forging meaningful relationships through the intersection of design and empathy. 

Jun 2020

30 min 25 sec

Beautiful Thinker: A conversation with Pete Johnson, Head of Creation at the Lego Group, on living your company values, the universal state of play, and moving from Brooklyn to Denmark. 

Jun 2020

33 min 17 sec

Beautiful Thinkers: A conversation with Rebekah Moses, Head of Impact Strategy, Impossible Foods on the global becoming local, the pitfalls of guilting consumers, and her cautious optimism on COVID's environmental impact. 

Jul 2020

30 min 45 sec

Beautiful Thinkers: A conversation with Katherine Gray, artist and judge on Netflix's Blown Away, on glass blowing's mystical history, elevating domestic glassware, and interpreting the world through the polarities of glass. 

Aug 2020

28 min 13 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Bill Neff, VP Consumer Marketing at YETI, on expanding from hook and bullet, befriending communities, and the invisible work that cements a brand.  

Oct 2020

29 min 29 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Adam Lisagor, founder of Sandwich, on representing digital concepts in physical space, embracing your niche, and making mistakes only you can make. 

Oct 2020

33 min 20 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Joshua Ramus, Designer and Founding Principal at REX, on evaluating conventions in architecture, the utility of aesthetic, and COVID's impact on gathering spaces.

Nov 2020

32 min 7 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Mark Graham, Culinary Director at the Kellogg Company, on the role of ritual in food, global palates, and owning breakfast. 

Nov 2020

33 min 35 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Lindsay Adler, fashion photographer, on starting a business at 15, redefining femininity and the symbolism of the color red. 

Nov 2020

28 min 25 sec

Beautiful Thinkers: Hugh Weber, Managing Editor and CCO of The Great Discontent, and Marshall “Mr. P” Pollard, Founder of the Creative School, on creating equity through networks, intergenerational education, and an unlikely friendship that began on a bus in Switzerland.

Dec 2020

28 min 19 sec

Wes Rozen, founder of Camber Studio, on the dynamic meaning of "camber," finding creativity in the spaces between, and building the perfect place to work from home. 

Dec 2020

25 min 18 sec

Beautiful Thinkers: Emily Granger, harpist, and Luke Tierney, founder of Tier 1 Arts, on discovering the harp, the modern playlist movement, and what happens when classical music meets social media. 

Dec 2020

33 min 48 sec

Giovanni Corazza, founder of the Marconi Institute for Creativity, on the dangers of expertise, balancing creative ideas with business principles, and how even non-living things can be creative. 

Jan 6

30 min 18 sec

John Merris, President and CEO of Solo Stove, on cultivating a solid company culture, radical customer service transparency, and creating your own fire.

Apr 6

28 min 31 sec

Alan Lightman, author, physicist, and educator, on living a creative life, challenging science’s view of the unexplainable, and bringing the humanities to MIT.

Apr 13

23 min 25 sec

Beautiful Thinker: Alex Matisse, founder of East Fork Pottery, on bringing old-school manufacturing back, making community part of brand DNA, and finding success beyond his family’s legacy.

Apr 20

27 min 40 sec

Justin Parnell, Senior Director of OREO at Mondelez International, on staying playful, building a doomsday vault in Norway, and being an “and” brand.

Apr 27

37 min 4 sec

Alessandro Manfredi, EVP, Dove at Unilever on why brand purpose is good business, the need for systemic change in the world of beauty, and partnering with Lizzo.

May 11

32 min 15 sec

David Napolitano, founder of Breadico, on baking out of a garage, the perks of growing a business in a smaller market, and why we all got so into bread in 2020.

May 18

31 min 51 sec

Julie Browning Bova, designer/founder of Julie Bova Design, on story-centered interior design, putting intentional fear into your life and Midwest craftsmanship


May 25

29 min 45 sec

Chris Davis, Chief Marketing Officer of New Balance, on forming authentic partnerships, calculated risk-taking, and making dad shoes cool.

Jun 4

34 min 15 sec

Kevin Lynch. Creative Director at Oatly. World traveler. Story maker. Beautiful thinker. With a background at ad agencies in Chicago, Kevin first traveled the world to work in Shanghai, and later came to help the nondairy milk brand headquartered in Malmo, Sweden make creative messaging to further develop its quirky, highly individual tone. Kevin talked about educating consumers through laughter, being a brand with bravery, and staying in a year’s worth of Shanghai Airbnbs.

Oct 27

28 min 25 sec

Susan Holmes McKagan, author, model, and influencer. Susan has defied the expectations of being a model and rock star wife (to Guns N Roses’ Duff McKagan) by taking on a host of other careers, from swimwear designer and businesswoman to journalist and novelist. She talked about stressing the importance of her entertainer kids’ education, co-hosting a Sirius XM show with her husband, and the rejection-filled process of publishing a rock n roll novel. 

Nov 3

30 min 13 sec

Kourtney Morgan is a Senior Designer at Patagonia— and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People In Business in 2020. Kourtney, a nature lover herself, has taken up the company’s mantle to find unique solutions for minimizing waste in Patagonia’s clothing design, from championing the brand’s Worn Wear program for selling gently used out-of-season clothes to designing the ReCrafted collection from used and damaged clothing. According to Kourtney, the brand isn’t looking to just own these sustainable practices, but to pave the way for others: “There's a huge movement, not just within Patagonia, but across a lot of brands to repair and resell their garments. It's not happening fast enough, just like our reaction to climate change isn't happening fast enough.”Kourtney helps Patagonia execute its vision for a better cared-for planet and set a precedent for other brands to do the same.

Nov 10

30 min 11 sec

Martha Hoover is the founder of Patachou, Inc. One of the first restaurateurs to emphasize fresh farm-to-table ingredients back in 1989, Martha has transformed Patachou into an enterprise of multiple European-inspired restaurant concepts that have elevated the restaurant scene in Indianapolis and the Midwest as a whole.  She talked about how restaurants can shape a city, making the food she wanted to see be made, and why she thinks motherhood is an oppressive word.

Nov 22

38 min 32 sec