Author Archives - Chris LaVictoire Mahai

Thinking of Great Ideas AND Making Them Walk, Too: An Interview with Becky Roloff

Becky Roloff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Minneapolis.  As their website describes, the YWCA serves over 30,000 annually with a budget of $23 million through a dedicated staff of over 600 full and part-time employees.  I’ve met Becky socially several times but had never sat down to talk with…

Optimistic. Empathetic. Curious. An Interview with Carly Broderick

Let me start this post where Carly Broderick and I ended our bold leader conversation. Optimistic, empathetic and curious were three adjectives Carly offered as the best descriptors of herself. I don’t know her well but in our few exchanges, all three of these characteristics have been on display.  I could add a few others:…

Learn Out Loud: An Interview with Nancy Dahl

I remember the day I met Nancy Dahl. It was 1999 and I was in a small fishbowl conference room at Lifetouch where she was at the time Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. It was a small group, discussing the implications of the internet (then a still relatively new phenomenon!) on the company strategies. …

Connect the Dots Through What and Why: An Interview with Steven Guida

My bold leader interview with Steve Guida picked up after a 15 – 20-year gap. Neither of us could remember exactly the last time we saw each other. As so often happens when you haven’t seen someone in a while, you have dated perceptions of who they are—as if they’ve been in a time-stopped bubble…

Do you know your personal brand? An Interview with Phil Soran

Phil Soran is a bold leader who knows himself very well. Not in a braggadocios way but in a confident, warm, and engaging way. Before committing to the actual interview, Phil wanted a conversation and asked me more questions than anyone I’ve interviewed to date. I thought that was great! And interesting. Through our two…

Fail Because You Are Trying: An Interview with Sam Yagan

The latter part of the title is the beginning of a quote from my conversation with Sam Yagan, CEO of Match.com.  The whole quote is: “Fail because you are trying, not because you are not trying.” It is probably a good example of why Time Magazine in 2013 named him one of “the 100 most influential people in…

BOLD Leaders Step Up and Simplify: An Interview with Sara Gavin

Chris Malecek, an Aveus Advisory Board member, suggested I interview bold leader Sara Gavin, President of Weber Shandwick North America. I’ve known Chris and relied on his always clear, on point advice for decades. All that time, Chris has worked with and for Sara. So when he suggested her for this series, I was thrilled….