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Something big is happening in the world of business. CEOs increasingly say their jobs have become less about giving orders, more about inspiring, motivating, setting a north star. They are taking the lead on big issues like climate change, worker retraining, and diversity and inclusion. They are under pressure from employees, customers and investors not just to turn a profit, but to prove they are doing good in the world. And in the process, they are fundamentally redefining the relationship between business and society. Join Fortune CEO Alan Murray as he probes the best of these leaders for insight into what they're doing, why they are doing it, and what impact it is having.

Latest Episodes

Why More Companies Should Consider Becoming B Corps

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and its economic implications became clear, Leadership Next wondered if CEOs would quietly shelve the idea of stakeholder capitalism andfocus on their bottom lines. But forfood giantDanone, the crisis has instead accelerated its commitment to people and the planet. It’s on the path to becominga certified BCorporation, meaning it will be held to strict standardsforsocial and environmental impact. Company CEO Emmanuel Faber now wants to hit that goalof becoming the world’s largest B Corpeven sooner.Why? He feels it’s a competitive advantage. Faber explains, andtells Alan Murrayhow shifting toward B Corp status has changed the company’s behavior. The majority of B Corps are small businesses, but a growing number of larger companies are showing interest in the certification, according to AntheaKelsick, Co-CEO of B Lab U.S. & Canada.That interest was spurred by the Business Roundtable's shift to stakeholder capitalism last year and, more recently, by both COVID-19 and the business community's spotlight on racial justice. Kelsick speaks with Ellen McGirt.

28 MIN5 d ago
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Why More Companies Should Consider Becoming B Corps

Airbnb's Brian Chesky: 'We are a better company now'

What happens to a travel companyin the midst ofa global lockdown? “It felt like it took 12 years (..) to build this business, and we lost most of it in four to five weeks,” Airbnb CEO BrianCheskytellsAlan Murray and Ellen McGirt in this week’s Leadership Next.Cheskygoes on to describe the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic as“harrowing and nerve racking,” complete with large layoffs and a push to refocus the business.He outlinesin detailhow he madetough decisionsduring this time, and how he strove to take care of guests, hosts, employees and investors.Alan and Ellen also askCheskyhow Airbnb is responding toracial discrimination on the platform, and when the company plans to go public.

30 MIN1 w ago
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Airbnb's Brian Chesky: 'We are a better company now'

How Paul Polman Wants to Change the World

Paul Polman is the former CEO of Unilever. And Leadership Next host Alan Murray says he was the first CEO of a major company to truly embrace and promote stakeholder capitalism. Early in his tenure he pointed out that capitalism, as we practice it today, isn’t working – and he demanded that business take responsibility for its impact on society. Today’s episode explores how Polman did that at his own company, the pushback he faced, and how he’s tackling the issue with his new company, Imagine. Also joining Leadership Next is Dov Seidman, founder of LRN and the HOW Institute for Society. Alan calls him “one of the most thoughtful people I know in thinking about how business is changing, and needs to change, the way it operates.”

29 MIN2 w ago
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How Paul Polman Wants to Change the World

GM CEO Mary Barra Is Working to Drive Change

The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, is a fixture on Fortune’s list of the Most Powerful Women in business.When the coronavirus hit, GM was the first major American automaker to put idle assembly lines to work producingventilators. She sprang into action again following thekillingof George Floyd and the swelling protestssupporting Black Lives Matter, committing the company to internal improvementson diversityand vowing to use the power of GM to drive global change.All of that gave her lots to discuss with Alan Murray and Ellen McGirton this episode of Leadership Next. And for additional insight on Barra's leadership style, Ellen turned to Fortune Senior Editor at Large, Geoff Colvin. Colvin has been reporting on Barra since she became CEO in 2014. He says the changes she's wrought in the GM culture are extraordinary, and her example provides valuable lessons for any leader looking to drive change at their own company.

29 MIN3 w ago
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GM CEO Mary Barra Is Working to Drive Change

How to Talk to Your Employees About Race and Racism

After George Floyd was killed, the CEO of Cisco put out a strong statement. Chuck Robbins called the incident horrific, maddening, truly abhorrent. On this episode of Leadership Next, Alan Murray and Ellen McGirt ask “why?” How did this national conversation on race become a business issue for Cisco? And the questions don’t stop there. They want to know – among other things - what exactly Robbins plans to do, and how he develops trust among his employees on this topic. Ellen also speaks with Dr. Erin Thomas, the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Upwork. Thomas offers some very practical, actionable advice to companies looking to address concerns around race and equality in their own organizations.

32 MINJUN 9
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How to Talk to Your Employees About Race and Racism

Coronavirus and the Art of Unbossed Leadership

Vas Narasimhan is the CEO of Swiss drug giant Novartis. With a medical degree from Harvard, and a public policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government, he has unique and specialized insight into the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode of Leadership Next, Narasimhan speaks with Fortune editor-in-chief Clifton Leaf. The two dive into a detailed discussion about the challenges in developing and manufacturing a vaccine. They also discuss the fragilities in our healthcare system, preparing for the next pandemic, what it takes to lead during crisis, and why being a global company will help Novartis weather this storm.

31 MINJUN 2
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Coronavirus and the Art of Unbossed Leadership

Working for Women: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

CathyEngelbertis used to breaking the mold.As commissioner of the WNBA, shejust hosted professional sports’ first-ever virtual draft. Under her watch, WNBA players will – for the first time– receivefully-paidmaternity leave and have a shot atsignificantly highersalaries.Before coming in to lead the women’s basketball league, she was the first woman CEO ofDeloitte, and the first woman toheadone of the country’s largeprofessional servicescompanies. On this episode of Leadership Next, she and Alan Murray discuss how and when the WNBA will resume play, and the league’s efforts to engage fans digitally.Engelbertshares how hercompetitivechildhood and college sports prepared her to become a business leader.And the pair debate how to elevate more women to the C-suite. Fortune’s Ellen McGirt also weighs in with some valuable insight.

25 MINMAY 26
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Working for Women: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise. Now What?

The coronavirus has pharmaceutical and biotech companiesracing to find a vaccine. Moderna is the first company to test its vaccine in people and,this week,Moderna announced those early tests appear to be a success.On this episode of Leadership Next, Alan Murray speaks with the co-founder and chairman of Moderna,NoubarAfeyan. Moderna is a portfolio company inAfeyan’sbiotech incubator, Flagship Pioneering.He founded Flagship in 2000with the goal of financing companiesthat useinnovative technologiesto solve problems. Moderna certainly fitsthat description: its approachto the coronavirus vaccine is unlike any other.Afeyanexplains why. He touches on the challenges of scaling production of the vaccine, and answer’sAlan’s blunt question:Is Moderna going to make any money off of this?The two also discuss how Flagship Pioneering differs from a venture capital firm, and howAfeyan’simmigrant roots have impacted his approach to business.

24 MINMAY 19
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Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise. Now What?

Mastercard CEO: Pandemic Is Pushing Adoption of Digital Tech

On the newest episode of Leadership Next, Alan Murray is joined by the CEO of Mastercard,AjayBanga. The two discuss how the global pandemic has impacted Mastercard’s business – surprisingly,it’s not all bad news. Talk then turns to economic recovery – what it may look like, and when it’s coming. Banga believes the crisis will likely speed the adoption of digital technologies.And while this can be a great equalizer, it can also deependivisions. Banga has a passion for financial inclusion – under his leadership, Mastercard has launched roughly 1500products designed to promote financial inclusion. Those projects have touched some 500 million people in 80 different countries.This drive for inclusioncarries through the current situation too. Banga explainsthat a focus on inclusion has led him tocommitto no layoffs at Mastercard right now,andto contribute $250 million to aid struggling smallbusinesses. Also in this episode: Fortune's Ellen McGirt asks Kate Moore - Head of Thematic Strategy at BlackRock - which industries are best positioned for an economic rebound.

30 MINMAY 12
Comments
Mastercard CEO: Pandemic Is Pushing Adoption of Digital Tech

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Tackles the Coronavirus

SalesforceCEO Marc Benioffbelieves businesscan improvethestate of theworld.And as the world has grappled with the realities of the coronavirus, he’s used both company and personal resources to attempt to do just that. But now he says we are preparing to enter the second phase of this pandemic: returning to work. In this episode of “Leadership Next,”Alan Murray and Ellen McGirtask Benioff what that return looks like. They discuss his challenge to companies to retain employees for at least the first 90 days of this crisis. They also ask if companydevotion to issues like diversity or the environment fallsby the wayside in the months to come. Benioff’s answer:CEOs who remain committed to stakeholder capitalism will ultimately find the most success.

22 MINMAY 5
Comments
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Tackles the Coronavirus

Latest Episodes

Why More Companies Should Consider Becoming B Corps

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and its economic implications became clear, Leadership Next wondered if CEOs would quietly shelve the idea of stakeholder capitalism andfocus on their bottom lines. But forfood giantDanone, the crisis has instead accelerated its commitment to people and the planet. It’s on the path to becominga certified BCorporation, meaning it will be held to strict standardsforsocial and environmental impact. Company CEO Emmanuel Faber now wants to hit that goalof becoming the world’s largest B Corpeven sooner.Why? He feels it’s a competitive advantage. Faber explains, andtells Alan Murrayhow shifting toward B Corp status has changed the company’s behavior. The majority of B Corps are small businesses, but a growing number of larger companies are showing interest in the certification, according to AntheaKelsick, Co-CEO of B Lab U.S. & Canada.That interest was spurred by the Business Roundtable's shift to stakeholder capitalism last year and, more recently, by both COVID-19 and the business community's spotlight on racial justice. Kelsick speaks with Ellen McGirt.

28 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Why More Companies Should Consider Becoming B Corps

Airbnb's Brian Chesky: 'We are a better company now'

What happens to a travel companyin the midst ofa global lockdown? “It felt like it took 12 years (..) to build this business, and we lost most of it in four to five weeks,” Airbnb CEO BrianCheskytellsAlan Murray and Ellen McGirt in this week’s Leadership Next.Cheskygoes on to describe the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic as“harrowing and nerve racking,” complete with large layoffs and a push to refocus the business.He outlinesin detailhow he madetough decisionsduring this time, and how he strove to take care of guests, hosts, employees and investors.Alan and Ellen also askCheskyhow Airbnb is responding toracial discrimination on the platform, and when the company plans to go public.

30 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Airbnb's Brian Chesky: 'We are a better company now'

How Paul Polman Wants to Change the World

Paul Polman is the former CEO of Unilever. And Leadership Next host Alan Murray says he was the first CEO of a major company to truly embrace and promote stakeholder capitalism. Early in his tenure he pointed out that capitalism, as we practice it today, isn’t working – and he demanded that business take responsibility for its impact on society. Today’s episode explores how Polman did that at his own company, the pushback he faced, and how he’s tackling the issue with his new company, Imagine. Also joining Leadership Next is Dov Seidman, founder of LRN and the HOW Institute for Society. Alan calls him “one of the most thoughtful people I know in thinking about how business is changing, and needs to change, the way it operates.”

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
How Paul Polman Wants to Change the World

GM CEO Mary Barra Is Working to Drive Change

The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, is a fixture on Fortune’s list of the Most Powerful Women in business.When the coronavirus hit, GM was the first major American automaker to put idle assembly lines to work producingventilators. She sprang into action again following thekillingof George Floyd and the swelling protestssupporting Black Lives Matter, committing the company to internal improvementson diversityand vowing to use the power of GM to drive global change.All of that gave her lots to discuss with Alan Murray and Ellen McGirton this episode of Leadership Next. And for additional insight on Barra's leadership style, Ellen turned to Fortune Senior Editor at Large, Geoff Colvin. Colvin has been reporting on Barra since she became CEO in 2014. He says the changes she's wrought in the GM culture are extraordinary, and her example provides valuable lessons for any leader looking to drive change at their own company.

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
GM CEO Mary Barra Is Working to Drive Change

How to Talk to Your Employees About Race and Racism

After George Floyd was killed, the CEO of Cisco put out a strong statement. Chuck Robbins called the incident horrific, maddening, truly abhorrent. On this episode of Leadership Next, Alan Murray and Ellen McGirt ask “why?” How did this national conversation on race become a business issue for Cisco? And the questions don’t stop there. They want to know – among other things - what exactly Robbins plans to do, and how he develops trust among his employees on this topic. Ellen also speaks with Dr. Erin Thomas, the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Upwork. Thomas offers some very practical, actionable advice to companies looking to address concerns around race and equality in their own organizations.

32 MINJUN 9
Comments
How to Talk to Your Employees About Race and Racism

Coronavirus and the Art of Unbossed Leadership

Vas Narasimhan is the CEO of Swiss drug giant Novartis. With a medical degree from Harvard, and a public policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government, he has unique and specialized insight into the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode of Leadership Next, Narasimhan speaks with Fortune editor-in-chief Clifton Leaf. The two dive into a detailed discussion about the challenges in developing and manufacturing a vaccine. They also discuss the fragilities in our healthcare system, preparing for the next pandemic, what it takes to lead during crisis, and why being a global company will help Novartis weather this storm.

31 MINJUN 2
Comments
Coronavirus and the Art of Unbossed Leadership

Working for Women: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

CathyEngelbertis used to breaking the mold.As commissioner of the WNBA, shejust hosted professional sports’ first-ever virtual draft. Under her watch, WNBA players will – for the first time– receivefully-paidmaternity leave and have a shot atsignificantly highersalaries.Before coming in to lead the women’s basketball league, she was the first woman CEO ofDeloitte, and the first woman toheadone of the country’s largeprofessional servicescompanies. On this episode of Leadership Next, she and Alan Murray discuss how and when the WNBA will resume play, and the league’s efforts to engage fans digitally.Engelbertshares how hercompetitivechildhood and college sports prepared her to become a business leader.And the pair debate how to elevate more women to the C-suite. Fortune’s Ellen McGirt also weighs in with some valuable insight.

25 MINMAY 26
Comments
Working for Women: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise. Now What?

The coronavirus has pharmaceutical and biotech companiesracing to find a vaccine. Moderna is the first company to test its vaccine in people and,this week,Moderna announced those early tests appear to be a success.On this episode of Leadership Next, Alan Murray speaks with the co-founder and chairman of Moderna,NoubarAfeyan. Moderna is a portfolio company inAfeyan’sbiotech incubator, Flagship Pioneering.He founded Flagship in 2000with the goal of financing companiesthat useinnovative technologiesto solve problems. Moderna certainly fitsthat description: its approachto the coronavirus vaccine is unlike any other.Afeyanexplains why. He touches on the challenges of scaling production of the vaccine, and answer’sAlan’s blunt question:Is Moderna going to make any money off of this?The two also discuss how Flagship Pioneering differs from a venture capital firm, and howAfeyan’simmigrant roots have impacted his approach to business.

24 MINMAY 19
Comments
Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise. Now What?

Mastercard CEO: Pandemic Is Pushing Adoption of Digital Tech

On the newest episode of Leadership Next, Alan Murray is joined by the CEO of Mastercard,AjayBanga. The two discuss how the global pandemic has impacted Mastercard’s business – surprisingly,it’s not all bad news. Talk then turns to economic recovery – what it may look like, and when it’s coming. Banga believes the crisis will likely speed the adoption of digital technologies.And while this can be a great equalizer, it can also deependivisions. Banga has a passion for financial inclusion – under his leadership, Mastercard has launched roughly 1500products designed to promote financial inclusion. Those projects have touched some 500 million people in 80 different countries.This drive for inclusioncarries through the current situation too. Banga explainsthat a focus on inclusion has led him tocommitto no layoffs at Mastercard right now,andto contribute $250 million to aid struggling smallbusinesses. Also in this episode: Fortune's Ellen McGirt asks Kate Moore - Head of Thematic Strategy at BlackRock - which industries are best positioned for an economic rebound.

30 MINMAY 12
Comments
Mastercard CEO: Pandemic Is Pushing Adoption of Digital Tech

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Tackles the Coronavirus

SalesforceCEO Marc Benioffbelieves businesscan improvethestate of theworld.And as the world has grappled with the realities of the coronavirus, he’s used both company and personal resources to attempt to do just that. But now he says we are preparing to enter the second phase of this pandemic: returning to work. In this episode of “Leadership Next,”Alan Murray and Ellen McGirtask Benioff what that return looks like. They discuss his challenge to companies to retain employees for at least the first 90 days of this crisis. They also ask if companydevotion to issues like diversity or the environment fallsby the wayside in the months to come. Benioff’s answer:CEOs who remain committed to stakeholder capitalism will ultimately find the most success.

22 MINMAY 5
Comments
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Tackles the Coronavirus
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