Culture Matters Podcast

Culture Matters Podcast

Authentic conversations about culture and cultural matters with some of the world's top influencers. Culture Matters is hosted by Ricardo González, Culturologist and author of The 6 Stages of Cultural Mastery and The Cultural Transformation Manifesto.

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Steve Akinboro

Steve Akinboro on The 6 Stages of Cultural Mastery Book by Ricardo Gonzalez

Steve Akinboro is originally from Nigeria and emerged from an economically distressed background to become one of the most respected worldwide leaders in both McDonald's and Dominos. He started cleaning floors at a McDonald's in London and has now come full circle to owning several McDonald's franchises in Atlanta. Ricardo and Steve discuss Nigerian culture, C-Suite culture, South African culture where Steve was opened McDonald's and more. This is a captivating and content-rich conversation.


Steve Cockram

Steve Cockram on Culture Matters Podcast

Steve Cockram is the co-founder of GIANT Worldwide, the co-author of 5 Gears, 5 Voices, and 100X Leader. He is from Great Britain and he and Ricardo talk in-depth about British culture, colonization, British relationships with America and India, how Cricket reveals British influence in the world, and even the influence of the Royal Family. They also talk about how the concept of 5 Gears can be contextualized for people of any culture. This is a truly smart and fascinating conversation. Connect with Steve here.

Dr. Shirley Raines

Shirley Raines on Culture Matters Podcast

Dr. Shirley Raines - Shirley is the President Emeritus of the University of Memphis and was President for 12 years. She was raised as a sharecroppers daughter in western Tennessee and had the uncommon journey of moving from that culture of poverty to become a highly influential President of a major University. In this episode, Shirley and Ricardo talk about the culture of Western Tennessee, the #MeToo Movement, female empowerment, and academic cultures. It's an amazing and authentic conversation. Learn more about Shirley here.

Emil Ekiyor

Emil Ekiyor on Culture Matters Podcast

Emil Ekiyor - Emil is originally from Nigeria, a former NFL football player and now Senior Executive of The GEO Foundation. He is also the founder of InnoPowerIndy. In this episode Emil and Ricardo talk about Nigeria, opportunities in Nigeria, the intersect between Africa and African-Americans, and more! It's a fascinating conversation, to say the least. Learn more about Emil here.

Joe Jacobi

Joe Jacobi on Culture Matters Podcast

Joe Jacobi - Joe Jacobi is an Olympic Gold Medalist, was CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and an NBC Olympic Analyst. He lives in Catalonia, Spain and is now a high-performance coach and writer. He and Ricardo talk about the cultural dysfunction that allowed for systemic abuse of female athletes in the Olympic movement, Joe's transition to Spain, leading from the heart, his love of the Catalonian people, the importance of language and more. This is an enlightening conversation. Learn more about Joe here.

Mariela Romero

Mariela Romero on Culture Matters Podcast

Mariela Romero - Mariela has won 23 Emmys for journalistic excellence and has worked for both CNN Español and Univisión as a Community Empowerment Director and also hosts her own show. She is originally from Venezuela but has lived in France, Mexico, Argentina, and the United States. Mariela and Ricardo talk about cultural transitions, the situation in Venezuela and how it happened, and the root causes of cultural decay in a country. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone interested in culture and cultural movements. Learn more about Mariela here.

Jim Knight

Jim Knight on Culture Matters Podcast

Jim Knight - Jim is the author of the book, "Culture that Rocks," a popular public speaker, and was the Director of Learning and Development with Hard Rock Café for 21 years. He and Ricardo talk about the music culture and its influence on society, Hard Rock Café's cultural philosophy, organizational culture, and the Diversity and Inclusion movement, among other things. Jim says that if you don't like change, you're going to love extinction. This conversation is super interesting and engaging. Learn more about Jim here.

Amy Ayoub

Amy Ayoub on Culture Matters Podcast

Amy Ayoub - She is the subject of the new documentary on sex trafficking entitled, The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence. After breaking free from a painful past of prostitution and addiction, Amy is now a public speaking coach and has been a high-level political consultant. She was raised in Las Vegas and her father was a well-known casino manager during the '50s and '60s. This is a deeply personal conversation about Amy's past and the culture of prostitution in the United States. Learn more about Amy here.

Sangram Vajre

Sangram Vajre on Culture Matters Podcast

Sangram Vajre - Sangram is the CMO and co-Founder of Terminus and originally from India. He is also the host of a top 50 business podcast called, "Flip my Funnel." He and Ricardo discuss his transition from India to the University of Alabama, Indian culture, how he learned American culture, and even how the size of our houses impacts our relationships with our children. You'll even learn the three sitcoms he binged watch to learn American culture! It's a mesmerizing and authentic conversation. Learn more about Sangram here.