Season One Review - Ryan Estis Interviews 12 Geniuses CEO Don MacPherson


Keynote speaker and writer Ryan Estis interviews 12 Geniuses CEO Don MacPherson for a recap of the podcast’s first season. They discuss why Don chose the theme of “Change” for Season One, what was learned during the 13 episodes, and who makes up the podcast audience.

Ryan and Don cover how the podcast got started, the differences in interviewing someone you know versus someone you have never met, the importance of doing interviews in person, and some of Don’s favorite episodes. They also discuss what surprised Don while creating Season One.

Finally, Ryan and Don dive into what is ahead for the 12 Geniuses podcast. Season Two will feature 12 more geniuses with insights to share on topics such as cybersecurity, designing more humane jails, carbon capture techniques, the creative process in art, disruptive transportation, and how human resources is using data to improve employee performance. They also talk about why Don created the “12 Geniuses Leadership Moments” (three-minute profiles of historic leaders - that are airing as mini-podcasts over the summer).

Confirmed Season Two guests include NYT and WSJ bestselling author Daniel Pink, cybersecurity expert Max Heinemeyer, rocket scientist and aerospace engineer Dr. Anita Sengupta, legendary hip hop artist Brother Ali, correctional facilities architect Ken Ricci, and people analytics expert Ben Waber. Episode One of Season Two will be available on 9/9/2019.