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Episode 025 – Garry Cooper Jr., PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Rheaply

On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, Garry Cooper, Rheaply’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, joins Amanda Lannert, Chief Executive Officer of Jellyvision. Tune in to hear Garry and Amanda discuss innovation, the transformation of Chicago’s tech sector, and how Rheaply thinks about bottom-line spending and waste in their day-to-day operations.

00:55 – Introductions
02:02—Garry shares career path and guides North Star
04:09—Garry describes the influential person in his life and the role of education in his upbringing
06:45—Rheaply helping companies attain net-zero through technology
09:00—Garry discusses Rheaply’s evolutionary and revolutionary sell approach to businesses
11:03—The key to success for pitching for funding
13:30—Amanda and Garry discuss measuring Rheaply’s impact and goal
15:55—Garry discusses Rheaply’s vision and goals and business structure
18:30—Holding companies accountable publicly on a green scale and the future repercussions of not scaling a circular economy
22:34—Garry discusses systems change needed for more cities to have a circular economy
27:00—The key to keeping customers engaged is being human
30:33—Garry provides tips for organizations to reduce waste
33:25—One concept to take away from this discussion & advice for influencers, not the leadership that wants to change within their company
35:18—Saying yes more to Chicago’s technology companies working to improve the world and being intentional in creating diverse boards in Chicago
37:14— The balance of work productivity, giving back, and personal time
38:41—Garry provides advice for younger self, recommended books, and ways to get involved with Rheaply

Recommended Book: Speed & Scale by John Doer

Episode link: Rheaply

Guest Host: Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

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