Zillennial Leader Podcast

A How-to Guide for First-time and Emerging Gen Z & Millennial Leaders

With Dr. Santor Nishizaki

Show Overview

Did you know that almost 60% of leaders never received training on how to lead people when they transitioned into their first leadership role, and “50% of managers in organizations are rated as ineffective?” -Center for Creative Leadership

In addition, Gallup’s research found that 70% of employee engagement can vary based on an employee’s supervisor, and 1 in 2 employees will leave their organization in their career due to their boss. Being a leader has a tremendous impact on an organization and can be compared to giving someone the keys to a car before they pass their driver’s test.

Having experience as an entry-level leader up to the C-Suite, I noticed that people get thrown into leadership roles without any training or coaching on how to lead, which can be highly challenging for the people who work for this leader, and the leaders themselves.

This podcast (and future book) aims to be a RESOURCE for future and first-time leaders whose organizations do not have the resources to invest in coaching or training for their entry-level managers. In addition, we wanted these leadership stories to be RELEVANT and APPLICABLE and in the voice of someone who just dealt with these issues or may still be dealing with them.

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Award-Winning Guests

Nelly Cheboi

Founder of Techlit Africa

Forbes 30 Under 30

Topic: Personal Leadership – Overcoming Adversity

Brian Loo

Senior Director of Operations Development at Meow Wolf

Former Star Wars Land Producer

Topic: Teamwork, Collaboration, and Office Politics

Jeremiah Brown

Keynote Speaker

Olympic Silver Medalist

Topic: Personal Leadership – Perseverance & Parenting

Erin Zaikis

Founder of Sundara

Forbes 30 Under 30

Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr. Jennifer Kwoon

Co-Founder of Illumentia

Organizational Psychologist

Topic: Bullying at Work

Eliana Turan

Board Member The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

LGBTQ Activist

Topic: LGBTQ Support

Tommy Marzella

Director, TrevorSpace

Board of Director, May Dugan Center

Topic: Innovation, Creativity, and DE&I

Stephen Kalayil

Branch Chief/Senior Program Manager at U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Professional Development Expert

Topic: Professional Development

Natalie Carpenter

Finance Lead, Aerospace Company

Leadership and Personal Development Advocate

Topic: Leading Up & Parenting

April Hansen

Group President, Aya Healthcare

Nurses 40 Under 40,
Featured in NYT

Topic: Worklife Harmony

Kendall Bronk, Ph.D

Principal Investigator, Adolescent Moral Development Lab

Professor of Psychology

Topic: The Science of Purpose

Ryan Clopton-Zymler

Director, Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Featured on Cleveland.com

Topic: DE&I

Penny Locaso

Chief Happiness Hacker, HackingHappy.co

Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Topic: Hacking Happiness

Blake Resnick

Founder & CEO,

Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Topic: Gen Z Start-Up Leadership

Paul Epstein

Bestselling Author, Chief Impact Officer, PurposePo

Former NFL/NBA Success125 Leader

Topic: Playing Offense and Living your Purpose

Pete Blaber

Founder & CEO, AddArmor.com

Delta Force Commander and Bestselling Author

Topic: Common Sense Leadership


Episode Blogs

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Leading Within An Organization: The Importance Of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) With Erin Zaikis

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October 11, 2022

Leading Within An Organization: Understanding And Preventing Bullying At Work With Dr. Jennifer Kwoon

Bullying at work is one of the biggest challenges any business leader could face. It...
September 27, 2022

Personal Leadership: Hacking Happiness With Penny Locaso

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September 20, 2022

Leading Others: How To Lead Others And Maintain Work-life Harmony With Natalie Marie Ramirez

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September 13, 2022

Leading Within Your Organization: How To Future-Proof Your Organization In The New World Of Work With Kian Gohar

With the rapid evolution of technology and the lasting impact of the pandemic, the future...
September 6, 2022

Leading Yourself: Professional Development To Level Up Your Leadership Skills With Stephen Kalayil

In this transitional age, workplaces can consist of folks from four generations, with Baby Boomers...
August 30, 2022

Leading Within an Organization: The Importance of Personal Branding To “Lead Up” With John Livesay

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August 23, 2022

Leading Others: HR 101 For First-Time Leaders With Katie Smith

Talent comes in all forms and sizes. This includes the diversity of the folks we...
August 16, 2022

Breaking Down Barriers For First-Generation Leaders With Dr. Sonia Maciejewski

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August 9, 2022

Personal Leadership: Overcoming Adversity to Help Transform Lives Through Technology

How a leader deals with personal adversity can affect the entire organization. On today’s show,...
July 26, 2022

Leading Yourself: An Influencer’s Story of Perseverance and Grit

Becoming an influencer is becoming an increasingly coveted career, especially for the younger generation. But...
July 19, 2022

The Future Of The Workplace With Janet Pogue McLaurin

What is the future of the workplace? When COVID hit, businesses fell into bankruptcy, shops...
July 12, 2022

Leading An Organization: AI And A Big Data Approach To Leadership With George Swisher

As we enter the digital age, more and more organizations are turning to artificial intelligence...
July 5, 2022

Leading Yourself: Business Etiquette For Emerging Leaders With Pamela J. Green

As an emerging or first-time leader, it’s essential to have business etiquette. That means having...
June 28, 2022

Leading Within An Organization: A Gen Z’s Start-Up Story With Blake Resnick

The new generation of entrepreneurs and thought leaders is a force to be reckoned with....
June 21, 2022

Leading Others: A Story Of Entrepreneurship And Healthcare With April Hansen

The pandemic has heavily impacted no other industry as much as the healthcare industry. It...
June 14, 2022
+ TZL 2 | Finding Your Purpose

Meaningful Living And Finding Your Purpose Pt. 2 With Paul Epstein

  You can have a purpose based on any hat you wear. You can find...
June 7, 2022
+ Finding Your Purpose | TZL 1 Dr. Kendall Cotton Bronk

Meaningful Living And Finding Your Purpose Pt. 1 With Dr. Kendall Cotton Bronk

How do you find your purpose? Do we have an answer to this age-old question?...
May 31, 2022