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Episode 041 – Richard Edelman, Chief Executive Officer, Edelman

On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, we welcome Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman! He will discuss his journey working alongside family to leading an award-winning global public relations firm. We will also explore the findings of this year’s Trust Barometer, his insights on how business leaders can navigate the polarized world we live in, and where the Midwest ranks for trust.

00:00 – Intro
00:52 – Edelman details his Childhood
01:33 – Richard discusses how he joined his family business
02:32 – How it’s like working with family
04:37 – Edelman legacy as a company
07:20 – How the Trust Barometer got started
09:50 – Why business is the only trusted institution
14:23 – New leadership traits in business
18:25 – First force of polarization: Economic Anxieties
19:24 – Second force of polarization: Mass Class Divide
22:04 – Message from our sponsors, Shure
22:34 – Third force of polarization: Institution of Imbalances
24:57 – Fourth polarization the battle for truth
26:26 – What media sources are trusted
27:40 – How the Midwest is the least trusting region
29:30 – What is the path forward
34:17 – Surprises with the Trust Barometer
36:34 – Rapid fire questions
38:01 – Outro

Episode Link: Edelman | 2023 Trust Barometer

Host: Margaret Mueller, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago 
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

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