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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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