Pilot Season

Joseph Kopser, Entrepreneur, President at Grayline and Chief Growth Officer at The Mentor Method

Episode 21: Joseph recently stepped into the Trap for a wide-ranging, free-flowing discussion on the challenges of leading with humility and self-awareness. His breadth of experiences in the military, entrepreneurial tech, politics, and academia combine to shape his views on … More & Listen…

Ron Carucci, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navalent

Episode 20: Ron Carucci stepped into the Trap in support of his recently released book: “To Be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice, and Purpose”. He starts with a simple premise – tell the truth by saying the … More & Listen…

Ray Areta, Co-Founder of Better Man Movement

Episode 19. Ray Arata joined the Trap to discuss his passion to heighten expectations for what we should expect of male leaders in the workplace. He’s a writer, speaker, and business leader – pressing a new message at a time … More & Listen…

Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, founder of Triton Ventures, Austin Technology Incubator, Startup Advisor and Investor

Episode 18. Laura Kilcrease joined the Trap having made her mark in shifting Austin from an economy with a history of oil dependency to high-tech prosperity – ultimately putting it on the map as one of the top cities for … More & Listen…

Gordon Daugherty, best-selling author, executive, entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor

Episode 17. Gordon Daugherty joined the Trap with deep expertise in guiding early-stage entrepreneurs and their companies through the challenges of building companies of worth. As co-founder and chairman of Austin’s Capital Factory, Gordon is well-known in the business community … More & Listen…

Heather McKissick, EVP Community Impact, Communications & Marketing at UFCU

Episode 16. Heather McKissick joined the Trap for a focus on the work of organizations for social good and how leaders can be agents for the ‘good’. Her thoughtful views on how organizations (non-profits, for-profits, government entities, and more) make … More & Listen…

Kay Mellish, Humorist, Keynote Speaker, Author based in Copenhagen, Denmark

Episode 15. Kay Mellish joined the Trap recently for a well-timed reflection on how other cultures view their relationship to work. Kay’s expertise in Danish social and business cultures is smartly reflected in this episode. As the pandemic has led … More & Listen…

Amii Barnard-Bahn, Executive Coach, Speaker and Author

Episode 14. This is one of those episodes that should be bookmarked as required, repeated listening for emerging and current leaders at all levels. Amii Barnard-Bahm covers a wide range of leadership topics, essential to those who want to constantly … More & Listen…

Manoj Saxena, Executive Chairman Cognitive Scale

Episode 13. In this week’s Trap, Manoj Saxena shares his lessons learned from years of growing entrepreneurial companies – balancing the demands of assertive investors, skeptics, and high-believer employees trying to earn their keep. His reflections on valuing mentors, the … More & Listen…

Ed Burger, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation

Episode 12. In this week’s Trap, Dr. Edward (Ed) Burger reflects on his significant career shift at the beginning of 2020, moving from President of Southwestern University to President & CEO of St. David’s Foundation. Ed discusses his fuller career … More & Listen…

Eric Spencer, The Corporate Bartender

Episode 11. In this week’s Trap, Eric Spencer provides years of experience guiding leaders in expanding their knowledge, behaviors, and approach to running high-performance teams. He references the all-too-common trap leaders fall into of avoiding the difficult task of addressing … More & Listen…

Rob Lynch, Founder and Managing Director of Burst Consulting, Former CEO

Episode 10. In this week’s Trap, Rob Lynch shares his perspectives as a ‘serial entrepreneur’, having been the CEO of four start-ups that were all successfully acquired. Rob addresses his maturation as a CEO and what leads to being a … More & Listen…

Nancy Giordano, Strategic Futurist, Founder/CEO

Episode 9. In this week’s Trap, Nancy Giordano joins us to discuss the future of “Leadering” (also the title of her new book). Her background of advising some of the top global brands such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, Sprint, and Acumen, … More & Listen…

Jimmy Treybig, Startup Advisor, Former CEO

Episode 8. In this week’s Trap, Jimmy Treybig stopped by for a quick chat. If you don’t know Jimmy, you don’t know tech. So…it’s time for a quick bit of education on a key chapter in the history of technology … More & Listen…

Farnaz Wallace, Author, Consultant, Former CMO

Episode 7. In this week’s Trap, Farnaz shares her perspectives on the emerging global cultures reflected in the reshaping of US demographics and the implications for how companies position their products to this emerging marketplace as well as how they … More & Listen…

Joel Trammell, CEO and Founder, Khorus Software

Episode 6. In this week’s Trap, Joel shares lessons learned from moving to the CEO when formerly the head of a given discipline, 3 types of employees and the impact of each employee’s departure, hiring A & B players, and … More & Listen…

David Altounian, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and MBA Program Director, St. Edward’s University

Episode 5. In this week’s Trap, Dr. Altounian discusses first-time entrepreneurial traps, taking mentoring advice too literally, traps that founder’s make with their first hires, taking risks at Dell, and hiring for diversity – traps inherent to small companies. Dr. … More & Listen…

Lisa Blanton, Consultant, Author, and former COO, CFO, CHRO

Episode 4. In this week’s Trap, Lisa shares her perspectives on hiring the “whole person,” absolute power, defining where a company thrives when it may be struggling in key metrics, limiting perks to the family of closely held companies, the … More & Listen…

Catherine Morse, Employment Law

Episode 3. In this week’s Trap Catherine provides an employment law perspective on how leaders enter the trap zone. Topics range from social movements’ impact in the workplace, rogue leaders, “the naive hugger” and more. Catherine has served in senior-level … More & Listen…

Shawn Freeman, COO Phlur

Episode 2. In this week’s Trap Shawn shares his perspectives as an entrepreneurial leader. Listeners will hear Shawn’s learnings on building a socially conscious company, tying scent to memory (that’s right!), balancing investor interest and leadership independence to run the … More & Listen…

Ron West, Speaker, Executive Coach, Trainer, Author

Episode 1. In this week’s Trap, Ron explores ingrained behaviors of leadership, psychological safety for the coach/leader relationship, leading vs. managing, the trap of getting stuck, and much more. His vast range of experience as CEO, executive coach, and strategic … More & Listen…