Joe Tortorich Talks About the Power of Passion, Compassion and Empathy, Family Legacy and Smiling More

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Joe Tortorich is perhaps the most passionate person you’ll ever meet — and his passion for everything he does is undeniably contagious. As the Vice President of Operations and Sales at Torch Trailer Repair — his family’s business — Joe jumps into every day on the job headfirst. And while he’s proud of his work and his family’s success in …

Kolbe Corp Founder Kathy Kolbe: On the Kolbe Index, Standing up for What’s Right and ‘Moral-Imperative’ Projects

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Kathy Kolbe is a fascinating individual in a class all by herself. She’s an iconoclast who’s always been ahead of her time as a female leader. In fact, she was even recognized in Time magazine’s 1985 “Man of the Year” issue for her groundbreaking accomplishments. Kathy is the founder of Kolbe Corp and is arguably best known for creating the …

InfinityComm CEO Alan McLaren: On Chasing Excellence Not Perfection, Support and Love, Making an Impact on Human Beings

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Alan McLaren is an incredible leader. He self-describes as “always happy, but never content.” He’s really a man on the move — for more than 30 years, this accomplished executive has been an integral part of everything from Fortune 50 public firms to small startups to volunteer positions on international boards. He currently serves as the CEO of InfinityComm, a …

Vizient’s Chris Moreland: On Life’s Purpose, Achieving Diversity, Changing the Way People View Each Other and the World

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Our guest on Episode No. 5 is a man whose background is almost as diverse as his view of the world. A former Captain of the United States Air Force, Chris Moreland is a guy with corporate experience that includes selling fossil fuels, soft drinks, financial services, travel, software and now healthcare. He currently holds the position of Chief Inclusion …

Junto Institute’s Catherine Jelinek: On Humanity in Business, Embracing Period Power, Bringing Women Together Episode 4

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Our guest on Episode No. 4 is Catherine Jelinek, founder and partner of The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Junto is a leadership and revenue accelerator for growth-stage companies with 10-100 employees and/or $1 to $10 million in annual revenues. Catherine believes deeply that it’s nonnegotiable to lead with humanity in business, she embraces the power of periods, aligns with …

Tiesta Tea CEO Dan Klein Spills the Tea on Transparency, Philanthropy, Teaming up with Chance The Rapper Episode 3

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Our guest on episode No. 3 is Dan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Tiesta Tea. He and his fellow co-founder started the company with the mission of creating functional, loose-leaf tea blends that are affordable, accessible and understandable. Tiesta Tea has been recognized by the biggest news outlets including Inc., Forbes, ABC and FOX, and is available in tons of …

Kelly Manthey: Mom, Wife and Leader of Solstice, a World-Changing Organization Episode 2

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Our guest on episode No. 2  is Kelly Manthey, CEO of Solstice. Solstice is one of Chicago’s largest and fastest-growing software-services companies. She leads a world-class team of digital strategists, designers and engineers in Chicago, New York, London and Buenos Aires. Kelly, along with Solstice as a whole, is hellbent on changing the world through reimagining the digital customer experience …

Mike Maddock: Leader of Thinkers, Self-Proclaimed Idea Monkey and Burkhart’s Doppelgänger Episode 1

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Our guest on the inaugural episode of Square Stories is Mike Maddock, founder of internationally-recognized innovation consultancy Maddock Douglas. Mike believes in lifelong curiosity, shared responsibility and leaning into creative solutions. His services have been sought out by more than 25 percent of the Fortune 100. Mike’s purpose in life is to inspire and empower curiosity. He’s driven by his …