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What can Digital do for you? Join host Kathy Hollenhorst and co-host Gino Giovannelli to explore why digital matters and how it helps entrepreneurs, business leaders and digital/marketing professionals make their businesses better. Featuring conversations with top Twin Cities business leaders and digital experts.

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Episode 4: Small Bets Placed Often
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Small Bets Placed Often—Featuring Jen Swanson

Digital transformation is not a toaster, you can’t just plug it in and expect it to work. It’s also not a big budget project that you wash your hands of after the end-date. So, what is it? One way to think of it is as a series of small bets, placed often. Founder and principal of her own highly-successful consulting business and former VP of Digital at Optum, Jen Swanson joins the podcast to discuss digital risk and reward, how she helps companies integrate digital into their business strategy, and why projects end but products endure.

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  • Episode 2: Why Sears Could Have Been Amazon
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    Why Sears Could Have Been Amazon—Featuring Craig Herkert 

    Dust from the Digital "big bang" is still settling. Global retail executive & Advisory Board member Craig Herkert knows the digital world is in its infancy and that change is just what business leaders and professionals sign up for. Craig joins the podcast to talk big picture: adapting to survive, the ethics of moving with—not in front of—your consumer, and why Sears failed to become Amazon.

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  • Episode 3: Measure Twice, Cut Once
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    Measure Twice, Cut Once—Featuring Andrew Benson & John Dusek

    When Shakespeare wrote "To thine own self be true," he might have been talking about Andrew Benson and John Dusek, who together co-founded Straight Line Theory, a company focused solely on user experience (UX) research and design. Andrew and John join the podcast to help us understand what UX design is all about, the challenges of developing digital products that are easy to use, and why users should influence technology, not the other way around.

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  • Episode 4: Small Bets Placed Often
    episode 4

    Small Bets Placed Often—Featuring Jen Swanson

    Digital transformation is not a toaster, you can’t just plug it in and expect it to work. It’s also not a big budget project that you wash your hands of after the end-date. So, what is it? One way to think of it is as a series of small bets, placed often. Founder and principal of her own highly-successful consulting business and former VP of Digital at Optum, Jen Swanson joins the podcast to discuss digital risk and reward, how she helps companies integrate digital into their business strategy, and why projects end but products endure.

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  • Episode 5: Welcome to the Sh*t Show
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    Welcome to the Sh*t Show-Featuring Andrew Eklund

    Ciceron CEO Andrew Eklund has captained his crews through multiple major economic storms over the past 20 years, and has stayed afloat by being adaptive and innovative. He joins the podcast to discuss why “economic reinvention”—using digital channels—is key to business survival in times of crisis, how to empower a fast & nimble team, and most importantly: why he loves the band Phish.

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  • Episode 7: Evolution Not Revolution
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    Evolution Not Revolution - Featuring Stuart Harris 

    “Go big or go home” doesn’t equal success for companies undertaking digital transformation. It’s so important to hit smaller, measurable goals before swinging for the fences. As Group President of Digital Transformation at Emerson Stuart Harris knows, companies must have a clear strategy before deploying new technologies. He joins the podcast to discuss the key aspects of driving digital change and how Emerson is helping their customers evolve dynamically.

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  • Episode 6: Keep the Talent, Lose the Fear
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    Keep the Talent, Lose the Fear—Featuring Darin Lynch

    What’s the secret sauce for creating a digital culture that promotes company flexibility, talent retention and fun? Hint: It’s not just a pint of Irish beer (although that can help). Award-winning business leader & Irish Titan CEO/Founder Darin Lynch joins to talk about how weaving digital and technology throughout your business practices can nurture a culture that keeps the best talent around, drives change and promotes scalability for businesses, while also fully enjoying the journey.

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  • Episode 1: Let's Get Digital
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    Let's Get Digital—Featuring Kathy Hollenhorst & Gino Giovannelli

    What is digital transformation and why does it matter to business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals? In this pilot episode for "In the Key of D" host Kathy Hollenhorst and co-host Gino Giovannelli help frame-up the big questions around using digital, how to get started and preview the fascinating topics we'll dig into with our guests.

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    Season One Guests

    Craig Herkert

    Craig Herkert

    Craig Herkert is an Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board member serving CPG start-ups. Craig was the CEO at Supervalu from 2009 to 2012. From 2004 to 2009, he served as President and CEO Americas at Wal-Mart International. From 2000 to 2003, he was COO of Walmart International.

    Andrew Benson & John Dusek

    Andrew Benson & John Dusek

    Andrew Benson and John Dusek are co-founders of Straight Line Theory. Founded in 2002, Straight Line Theory is a UX research and design company based in Minneapolis. Their team helps companies make web sites, apps and digital products easier to use.

    Jen Swanson

    Jen Swanson

    Jen Swanson is the Founder & Principal for Jen Swanson Consulting, a digital transformation and product leadership practice that helps organizations deliver exceptional, profitable digital products and services.

    Andrew Eklund

    Andrew Eklund

    Over the past 25 years, Andrew has led Ciceron and our clients through the entire history of our digital world. He’s able to do so by finding and hiring the very best creative, media and data experts in the field who push each other to be better, faster, smarter — an education delightfully known as the “Ciceron MBA.” 

    Darin Lynch

    Darin Lynch

    Darin Lynch is the Founder and CEO of Irish Titan, a digital agency focused on ecommerce & digital, design & creative, content & strategy. Darin offers over 25 years of digital, marketing, sales, technology and leadership experience ranging from Fortune 100 financial firms to national retailers to start-up and early stage companies.

    Stuart Harris

    Stuart Harris

    Stuart Harris became group president of Digital Transformation for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business in September 2019. In this role, Harris leads a business responsible for leveraging Emerson’s technologies and expertise to help drive business performance for key industries.

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