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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Ovidilio Vazquez – Ovi Vazquez is originally from Guatemala and is now a popular motivational speaker who speaks primarily at K12 School Systems around the country. He and Ricardo discuss his journey from Guatemala to the United States, landing in a Mexican jail, crossing the border, his culture shock in the American school system, learning English, Guatemala, DACA, and the present state of Gen Z in our schools. This is one of the most fascinating cultural conversations you’ll ever hear to so we hope you enjoy it.You can connect with Ovi here.
Chris N. West
Chris N. West – Chris is the President of LR Training Solutions, is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and formerly worked with Google as a marketing specialist. He and Ricardo discuss the dynamics of multicultural marketing, marketing to Hispanics, marketing to African-Americans, and also his own mixed-ethnic African heritage. This is an engaging conversation and great for anyone interested in marketing to multicultural audiences. You can connect with Chris here.
Adrian Bazemore – Adrian is the Director of International Restaurant Training at Chick-Fil-A. He and Ricardo discuss his upbringing in a multicultural neighborhood, his international travels, the keys to succeeding in a new culture, and also Chick-Fil-A’s organizational culture. Adrian brings great wisdom to Culture Matters and this is a great opportunity to learn from a master teacher with high levels of international experience. You can connect with Adrian here.
Rosanmarys Petrillo – Rosanmarys is the Manager of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity for the Georgia Region at Kaiser Permanente. She and Ricardo discuss her cultural transition from Puerto Rico to the United States as an adult, her dad’s influence in her life as a medical missionary who traveled to multiple countries, her own physical challenges and have a broad-ranging conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the diversity and inclusion movement. You can connect with Rosanmarys here.
Duane Cummings – Duane is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and leader. He is the author of The Sensational Leader and The Sensational Salesman. He is the former CEO of Leadercast and a Hall of Fame Soccer Coach. Duane and Ricardo discuss his time in South Korea, Millenials and their acceptance of socialism in the United States, how to create a winning team with international players, and the recent NBA firestorm with China. This is a must-listen if you are at all interested in multi-cultural leadership. You can connect with Duane here.
Phil Gerbyshak – Phil is an author, speaker, sales trainer, and technology expert. He speaks on mastering LinkedIN, leveraging technology in sales and more. In this fascinating and captivating discussion, Phil and Ricardo discuss how technology impacts culture, the impact of deep fake on culture, how the Gutenberg press changed culture, how emojis are simply hieroglyphics come full circle, the weakening of symbols in society, and more. You will truly enjoy this episode! You can connect with Phil here.
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.
Dr. Shirley Raines
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.
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.
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.
John Allgood is an experienced sport executive and is the Academic Director of the Executive Master of Science of Sport Business at Temple University. John and Ricardo discuss the culture of sport, the cultural challenges that the NBA is facing with China, Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, the impact of sports on American culture, and more. If you love sports, or want to more deeply understand how sports influence our culture, this is a must-listen. You can connect with John here.
William Lee Jr.
William Lee Jr. is an author, entrepreneur, and publisher. He is the author of Breaking the Mold, a book about a young African-American man’s journey to break the mold from the streets to success. He and Ricardo discuss the African-American experience in America, the black family, and fatherhood, getting past color, and ways to do business with the African-American community. This is a heartfelt and honest conversation that everyone should hear. You can connect with William here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.