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HeadRoom with Dr. Rod Berger

HeadRoom with Dr. Rod Berger

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HeadRoom explores deep into the minds of those on the frontiers of our society. Uncovering the 'why' behind acclaimed contributors forging their path through life and those new souls just stepping beyond the crowd. Investigating the source of inspiration that drove those who have gone before us, Headroom hopes to inspire the 'next' in us. Join Dr. Rod Berger, PsyD, uncover the stories seldom told and add richness to the narratives within our own lives.
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On Balance

Dr. Rod Berger

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Dr. Rod Berger introduces On Balance, part of the SPN network. Dr. Berger invites you into the conversation around the world of education and explores the stories of today with the personalities impacting tomorrow. Investigating the ideas poised to shape the minds of our next generation and enlighten the path that will lead us towards our brightest future.
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Welcome to the episode of HeadRoom. Today, we're diving deep into the transformative world of artificial intelligence with a trailblazing guest, Sarah Nagy, Co-Founder and CEO of SEEK AI. With an impressive background in finance and startups, Sarah has consistently stayed ahead of the curve, anticipating the seismic shifts in technology that would …
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Victor Wang is the CEO of Stockpile, the leading online brokerage for kids and families. He is also the founder of The Stockpile Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing financial awareness, advancing knowledge of financial planning, and investing in marginalized communities and at-risk youth. Victor assumed the position of Sto…
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Jennifer Dulski has a wide range of executive experience, including leadership roles at Facebook, Google, and Yahoo! and founder, CEO, and president roles at early-stage and scaling startups. She is currently CEO and founder of Rising Team, a company that provides tools, data, and community to turn managers into amazing coaches who build happier an…
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Welcome back to HeadRoom, a sanctuary for the curious mind and a canvas for thought-provoking stories, with your host, Dr. Rod Berger. Today's episode bridges the past with the present as we delve into the compelling narrative crafted by Linda Ambrus Broenniman in her book "The Politzer Saga." In this conversation, Linda peels back the layers of a …
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Berger sits down with Windō co-founder and former Chief Data Officer at J.P. Morgan Ken Janssens. The duo explores the new relationship between data and the talent pipeline across the globe. Janssens discusses efforts to more substantively examine sustainability efforts, lengths to close pay gaps, and diversity inequities expressed throughout globa…
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Dov Friedman has been selling EdTech for over a decade. Friedman joins Dr. Berger to discuss the role culture plays in understanding the impact on the development of young people across the world. Friedman is incredibly refreshing and transparent with his entrepreneurial journey. During his University years in NY, Friedman worked weekends with spec…
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In the high-stakes world of global retail and brand development, Bruno Schiavi's name is synonymous with innovation, strategic foresight, and an unerring knack for market disruption. Schiavi's groundbreaking collaborations with the Kardashian empire and the meteoric rise of Uncle Bud’s HEMP & CBD paints a picture of a business savant who has redefi…
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Taking us from Nazi Germany at age two to the boardroom of Gray Advertising (now Grey Global Group), Barbara Feigin's new book My American Dream: A Journey from Fascism to Freedom (Five Star Press, Jan. 2024) is a memoir of resilience, grit and grace. In this powerful episode, Feigin tells of her life as a young German-speaking refugee in a small W…
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HeadRoom with the incomparable co-founder and President of First Media, Sharon Rechter. Dr. Rod and Sharon discuss what it's like to build a media company from the ground up in an ever-changing media space, her life and family, and her inspiration to work as tirelessly as she does. Sharon is a powerhouse rooted in family, history, and impact. First…
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Richard Gerver came to prominence when, as a headteacher, he turned around a failing school in the UK in under two years. Winning plaudits globally, Richard was labeled The Walt Disney of The Classroom by the UK media and went on to win a multitude of international awards, including a UNESCO award for leadership and innovation, Global Gurus Top 30 …
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Teodora Pavkovic is the Director of Wellbeing at Linewize, where she leverages her decade-plus of experience as a parenting coach and digital wellness practitioner to provide guidance and advice to parents, teachers, and school administrators on topics concerning mental health, responsible and safe use of technology, tech ethics, parenting in the d…
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On Balance with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Chief Academic Officer Francie Alexander. Dr. Rod Berger and Francie discuss her life's work throughout education and current trends impacting policy and practice. HMH recently released its Educator Confidence Report which showed teachers rated their confidence in the profession at a 42 out of 100 (slight…
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In HeadRoom with Dr. Rod Berger, the topic of populism is explored with historian and author Dr. Steve Babson. In the newly released book Forgotten Populists: When Farmers Turned Left to Save Democracy (Mission Point Press: April 25, 2023), author Steve Babson, Ph.D tells the story of how the Populists of the 1890s transformed the nation’s politica…
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Welcome back to HeadRoom, in today's episode, we dive deep into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) with our special guest, Alex Swartsel, the managing director of Insights at Jobs for the Future. Guided by our host, Dr. Rod Berger, the duo unravels the complex narratives surrounding AI and its impact on jobs, skills, and society as a whole. …
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The Power Within: Cindy Watson's Journey In today's episode, we have the privilege of talking to the one and only Cindy Watson, founder of Women on Purpose and creator of the groundbreaking book Art of Feminine Negotiation. Cindy has an impressive background as an attorney specializing in social justice law for over three decades, is a TEDx and int…
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Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and innovation for sustainable business. Jason engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. These efforts help build a community of…
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Dr. Jody LeVos As Chief Learning Officer at Begin, Jody is responsible for leading HOMER’s team of learning design experts to craft an innovative, playful learning curriculum and provide data-driven insights for parents. With over a decade of experience in the children’s media and early learning space, Jody has overseen the development of countless…
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Nick Dazé is the co-founder and CEO of Heirloom, which builds no-code tools allowing schools and employers to tokenize credentials on the blockchain. Before co-founding Heirloom, he co-founded PocketList and was an early team member at tech companies such as Faraday Future ($FFIE), Fullscreen (acquired by AT&T), and Bit Kitchen (acquired by Medium …
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Ben Farrell joins Dr. Rod Berger to discuss wildly innovative approaches to education positioning current students for the future. Human-centered design, and entrepreneurism and innovation underscore this new approach to education. Ben joined the New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) from The International Montessori School of Beijing in Beijing, C…
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Nina Rees | President and Chief Executive Officer National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) Nina Rees is the president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Prior to joining the National Alliance, Nin…
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Miki Agrawal, the trailblazing Brooklyn-based entrepreneur and thought leader known for founding two $100 million companies that put her on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine - TUSHY and THINX - joins HeadRoom. Check out some of her past coverage and watch her 2019 Mindvalley Talk. Miki's journey in the world of entrepreneurship saw both great succ…
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On Balance brings together the founders of Daybreak Health to discuss mental health issues throughout U.S. education and solutions to meet students, families, and schools where they are needed most. After observing his brother's struggles with mental health, Alex Alvarado knew that more could be done. Alvarado began to dream big, bringing his Stanf…
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In this On Balance episode, Dr. Rod Berger sat down with Ana Homayoun to discuss her latest book, ERASING THE FINISH LINE: THE NEW BLUEPRINT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS BEYOND GRADES AND COLLEGE ADMISSION. For over two decades, Ana has focused on helping students discover practical solutions to promote purposeful learning. Her prescriptive solutions encour…
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On Balance with the CEO of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), Aaron P. Dworkin, explores the organization's upcoming SUMMER LEARNING SUMMIT (October 9-11, 2023, at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC) and the background of a leader who has always looked to make a difference. Aaron was a pleasure to get to know and a voice s…
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HeadRoom with Deniz Ozgur Dr. Rod Berger is joined by Deniz Ozgur, recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, and operates at the nexus of technology, finance, and fashion. After securing a degree in Economics and Finance in 2020, she moved rapidly into the role of Head of Growth at Techsign, an industry leader in AI-enhanced KYC solutions. In 2021, D…
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HeadRoom with Code.org's Hadi Partovi Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur, investor, and CEO of the education nonprofit Code.org. Partovi discusses AI 101 for Teachers and how the world might change due to the power of technology across the globe. Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science…
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Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs works with schools, organizations, and agencies to create responsive learning environments, upgrade curriculum, and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of contemporary learners. Her models of curriculum mapping and her design and approach to modernizing school ecosystems and learning spaces have been featured in num…
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Breeyn Mack (Senior VP of Education) and Garrett Bauman (Director, Public Policy and state Partnerships) of Teaching Strategies join Berger to talk about public policy across the education ecosystem in the U.S. Driven by research that shows a child's first eight years form a critical foundation for success in school and in life, Teaching Strategies…
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In this On Balance episode, Dr. Rod Berger sits down with Dr. Andrew Kahn, Associate Director of Behavior Change and Expertise at Understood. About Andrew Kahn: Andrew Kahn, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with people who think and learn differently. In his role as associate director of behavior change and expertise, Dr. Ka…
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HeadRoom with Conrad Wolfram Conrad Wolfram is the younger Wolfram of Wolfram Research—it's the brothers who started Wolfram|Alpha, Demonstrations, and the core underlying technology—Mathematica. Conrad founded the European Wolfram Research in 1991 after his brother Stephen set up the headquarters in the US. Since 1997 Conrad has also been strategi…
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In this On the Clock episode, Dr. Rod Berger sits down with new Strategos Group Partner and former Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis. Davis is an accomplished education leader with a wealth of experience in the field. As Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) from March 2020 to July 2023, he made s…
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HeadRoom with Chris Brickley - With nearly 60 NBA players as clients and a viral online following, Chris Brickley is one of the most sought-after NBA skills trainers. Based in New York, his off-season workouts attract NBA titans and up-and-comers as well as music icons. Chris shares his training moments with his 1.5 million Instagram followers - bl…
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Welcome to another episode of On Balance with your host, Dr. Rod Berger. In today's episode, we have a fascinating discussion with guest Kristin Greco, CEO of Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR). This episode dives deep into the important and often overlooked topic of trauma in schools and its impact on students, teachers, and communities. Kri…
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HeadRoom with Dr. Lee Berger Paleoanthropology, Research, Human Ancestors Dr. Berger and Dr. Berger (yeah, that's right) discuss Lee's Netflix documentary about his book, Cave of Bones, and his perspective on life and the big questions still remaining about our species. Lee Berger is an award-winning paleoanthropologist whose explorations into huma…
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In this episode of "On Balance," Dr. Rod Berger sat down with Christopher "Chip" Paucek, the co-founder and CEO of 2U, Inc. About Chip Paucek and 2U 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), described by Forbes Magazine as the “nation’s leading provider of software for universities” delivering digital higher education at scale.Paucek's innovative work at 2U has ear…
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In this episode of "On Balance," Dr. Rod Berger sat down with J.D. LaRock. About. J.D. A respected educator, scholar, and policy expert, Dr. LaRock NFTE's President and Chief Executive Officer. He came to NFTE from the Commonwealth Corporation, Massachusetts’ public-private state authority focused on workforce development and regional economic deve…
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Bobby Bones (born Bobby Estell; April 2, 1980)[1] is an American radio and television personality, best known for hosting the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, originating from the iHeart Studios in Nashville, TN, and for his role as a full-time mentor on American Idol on ABC. He was the winner of season 27 of Dancing with the Stars with …
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In this On Balance episode, Dr. Rod Berger sat down with Doug Dennerline, CEO of Betterworks. Doug has worked in Silicon Valley since 1982 - starting with HP selling the first PC, followed by 12 years at 3Com, and 12 years at Cisco, massively scaling those companies. In his last role at Cisco, he became the CEO of Webex post the acquisition of Webe…
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In this episode of On Balance, Dr. Rod Berger sits down with Kelsey Clark. Kelsey is a member of Boston Consulting Group's Public Sector and People & Organization practices as well as a member of the firm’s education leadership team in the US. Kelsey serves as the Dallas office lead, as well as leading the Pride@BCG network for the US. Kelsey focus…
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On this episode of HeadRoom, host Dr. Rod Berger invites Rich Tu, a first-generation Filipino American, onto the show to discuss his current exhibit 'Human Response'. Rich is an award-winning designer and artist based in Brooklyn who has worked with several high-profile clients and has exhibited around the world. Dr. Berger delves deep with Rich to…
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Bill Salak has more than 20 years of experience overseeing large-scale development projects and more than 24 years of experience in web application architecture and development. Bill founded and served as CTO of multiple Internet and web development companies, leading technology projects for companies including Age of Learning, AOL, Educational Tes…
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On Balance with Ashley Naranjo Ashley Naranjo, M.Ed. Education and Outreach Strategist, Office of the Under Secretary for Education, Smithsonian Institution Naranjo is a museum educator specializing in the use of digital resources for teachingand learning. She currently manages distance learning initiatives and education partnerships for the Smiths…
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Advait co-founded GoGuardian to provide K-12 schools with new technologies that enable students to engage in a better learning experience. His dedication to help unlock student potential in education is made clear through his mission of using the internet in an open, but safe way. In his role as CEO of GoGuardian, Advait brings his passion for usin…
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On Balance with Hunter Moore explores the journey of an entrepreneur aiming to break outdated industry norms to better the world for generations on the come. Check out more of Hunter's background below! While working at many STEM corporations (IBM, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, Sandia National Laboratories), Hunter saw that it was always difficult to …
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HeadRoom with Karl Liapunov This is one of Berger's favorite episodes of the year - go behind the scenes with a leading entrepreneur who left the U.S. for Norway to become the Head of Energy at one of the world's most prolific incubators. Karl is transparent, inspiring, and just downright likable. Karl Liapunov grew up in Ridgefield, CT, with an Am…
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Caroline began her career as an entrepreneur and joined JA as a volunteer in Slovakia in the 1990s. She worked to establish JA operations in eight Eastern European countries after the Berlin Wall came down and eventually led the founding of JA Europe in 2002. She is passionate about the impact entrepreneurship education can have on young people, an…
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Prior to joining GII, Preston held leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Preston served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, leading both federal agencies during times of national crisis. He orchestrated successful turnarounds as th…
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