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In the Arena: Conversations of a Lifetime

Brad Rieger

What makes leaders tick? In the Arena podcast delves into the inner workings and personal dynamics of leadership. We’ll shine a light on the life-shaping experiences and perspectives of leaders who have navigated adversity and moved their organizations and themselves forward. Defining moments, lessons learned, and points of inspiration provide a roadmap for these conversations of a lifetime. The podcast title In the Arena has historical roots. In 1910, a year after leaving the presidency, Teddy Roosevelt gave a rousing address in Paris in which he chastised cynics and grenade-throwing critics who lambasted leaders as they worked valiantly to improve the human condition. Over time TR’s “The Man in the Arena” became indelibly linked to the nobility and struggles of leadership. In the Arena host Brad Rieger is the chief executive officer at Cooper-Smith, a full-service marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Toledo, OH with a satellite office in Stamford, CT. Prior to working in the private sector, Brad enjoyed a meaningful 31-year career in education serving in the roles of teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He is a student of the complexities and nuances of leadership and admires the strivers, trailblazers, and influencers who lead with conviction, courage, and resilience. Host/Executive Producer; Brad Rieger, Audio Engineer/Production Coordinator; Kerry Schwable, Social Coordinator; Tim McCarthy, Graphic Designers: Stephen Shankster/Jeremy Thomas. Content made possible by Cooper-Smith Advertising LLC 2023
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Susan Palmer – Community Leader, Educator and Philanthropist May 28, 2024
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Christina Rodriguez – Executive Director, Mom’s HouseMay 03, 2024
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Eamonn Reynolds – Director of Football Communications, The Detroit LionsMarch 07, 2024
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Levi Stubbs III – Business and Community Impact LeaderFebruary 23, 2024
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Amy Chang – Associate Principal Cello, Toledo Symphony OrchestraJanuary 04, 2024
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Logan Sander - Co-Founder and Editorial Director @ MidstoryDecember 07, 2023
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Marco Molesini – International Sommelier and Owner of Molesini Wine ShopNovember 17, 2023
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Dr. Bill Bisset – President, Lourdes UniversitySeptember 28, 2023
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Dan Creps – Superintendent, Rossford Schools September 13, 2023
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Tim Selgo – Leadership Consultant, Speaker, and AuthorJuly 28, 2023
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Dianne Barndt – Executive Director, The Victory CenterJune 02, 2023
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Mary Sabin – VP of Institutional Advancement, Lourdes UniversityApril 25, 2023
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Tom Brady – Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and Education AdvocateApril 04, 2023
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Dr. Dione Somerville – President, Owens Community CollegeMarch 08, 2023
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Joe Napoli – President/CEO: Toledo Mud Hens, Toledo Walleye, and HensvilleFebruary 23, 2023
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Danielle Donehew – Executive Director, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)February 08, 2023
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Randy Oostra – Retired President & CEO, ProMedicaDecember 22, 2022
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Allison Armstrong – Fire Chief, Toledo Fire and Rescue DepartmentDecember 09, 2022
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Janet Eaton-Smith – Vice President of Athletics, Lourdes UniversityNovember 14, 2022
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Chad Bringman - Executive Director & President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW OhioSeptember 22, 2022
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Rev. John Jones - President & CEO, Hope ToledoSeptember 08, 2022
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Tom Runnells – Professional Baseball Player, Coach/Manager, and Ambassador August 05, 2022
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Dr. Veronica Motley – Superintendent, Sylvania Schools June 29, 2022
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Tod Kowalczyk - Head Coach, University of Toledo Men’s BasketballJune 21, 2022
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Wendi Huntley – President, Connecting Kids to MealsMay 11, 2022
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