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B-Time with Beth Bierbower


Jan 26, 2021

Maria Thomas has had a unique career covering such well-known brands as The World Bank Group, Amazon, NPR and Etsy.  Maria’s intellectual curiosity and her ability to see where the puck is going has afforded her the opportunity to work with bright people and help drive each organization forward in its digital transformation.  Join us as we hear from Maria, what skills are transferrable across industries, why customer focus matters and why it’s important to take risks.

Show notes:  This episode was recorded on November 30, 2020.  Maria’s favorite podcast revolve around these four themes: Media, Storytelling, Business and Healthcare.  Her favorite podcasts include: Hidden Brain, Throughline, How I Built This, Freakonomics, Home HealthCare News, Masters of Scale, Meditative Story and Should This Exist, Creating A New Healthcare and Tradeoffs.

Favorite Books Include: Reinventing American Healthcare by Ezekiel Emanuel, MD; The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama; On Earth We’re briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys With The Hustlers And Rebels Of The New China by Frank Langfitt.

Article which mentions Bezos' point of view on negative reviews

https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/jeff-bezos-says-1-thing-separates-successful-people-from-everyone-else-and-will-keep-you-from-giving-up-on-your-dreams-too-soon.html

1999 CNBC interview with Bezos in which he touches on customer centricity and long-term thinking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GltlJO56S1g

Launch of NPR Music which I referenced when talking about NPR and brand stretchability. In this 2007 article I mention some of the same points I brought up in the episode:

https://www.seattlepi.com/ae/tv/article/On-Radio-NPR-expands-its-digital-presence-1252124.php