On today’s show, Melo sits down with the chairman and managing director of the venture capital firm General Catalyst, Ken Chenault. As one of the one of the business world’s foremost experts on brands and brand management, Ken shares some great insight on both his path, leadership style and his work in the community. The conversation begins with Ken sharing what it was like growing up in the civil rights era, playing sports and coming of age with “Dr. J,” Julius Irving on Long Island. Over a glass, the two delve further into Ken’s career journey, including his meteoric rise in becoming the CEO of American Express from 2001-2018, and discusses his leadership style and what that means in a practical setting. Finally, Ken talks about his outstanding work in founding OneTen (https://oneten.org/), an initiative which assists the black community in getting sustainable jobs by working with companies to focus hiring practices on skills, not just credentials. He also shares details about his work and advocacy fighting for voting rights and much more.
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