Top RedTalks of All Time

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Our REDTalks series invites athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and influencers to share their stories with us – work-related or not.

Follow us on social media to hear about upcoming RedTalks, and scroll through some of our all-time favorites from the past few years below (in no particular order) :

Howard Schultz, Founder of Starbucks

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Over the course of three decades as Starbucks Chairman and CEO, Schultz’s unwavering commitment to social innovation and strengthening communities landed him a spot on Forbes’ “World’s 50 Great Leaders” list. Howard shared his incredible journey with RV employees and encouraged us to continue to use our platform to make a positive difference in the world.

John Calipari, Coach of the UK Wildcats

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Coach Cal is a semi-regular guest at Red Ventures headquarters, hosting basketball workshops with employees and sharing his unique perspective on competition – and winning – in two RedTalks (so far).

Bonnie St. John, First African-American Winter Paralympic Medalist

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Despite having her right leg amputated at the age of 5, Bonnie made history when she took home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Olympics. Today she’s a best-selling author and one of the “5 most inspiring women in America” (NBC News).

Stephen Jenkins, Frontman of Third Eye Blind

One of the coolest lunch breaks ever.

Erskine Bowles, Former President of UNC and White House Chief of Staff

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We heard career advice, personal stories about leadership, and thoughts about the biggest issues facing Charlotte today from one of the most influential men in the Carolinas.

Thomas Davis, Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers

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TD talked leadership, integrity, Kuechly, and much more.

Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Apple

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Eddy Cue shared what it was like to work with (and learn from) Steve Jobs, current tech trends, and what’s in store for the future.

Brad Gilbert, Tennis Pro/Sports Commentator

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Tennis legend Brad Gilbert stopped by to share tips on winning – on and off the court.

Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals

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NFL superstar Larry Fitzgerald shared his journey and perspective on competition.

Alex Sheen, Founder of Because I Said I Would

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A powerful message about the importance of keeping your promises.

Kelly Kashmer, Founder of Nothing Pink

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A former RV employee returned to share her personal story plus a powerful message about the importance of early breast cancer testing.

Jesse Itzler, Serial Entrepreneur

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Jesse Itzler took us on a rollercoaster of emotions – from starting as a rapper to becoming a serial entrepreneur, and then living with a Marine to test his personal limits.

Kathryn Switzer, First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

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Kathryn Switzer shared the story of “sneaking” into the Boston Marathon before women were permitted, and being attacked by an event organizer in the middle of the race.

Jay Walker, Inventor & Founder of Priceline

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Jay Walker has joined for multiple fascinating RedTalks, covering everything from the dangers of biohacking to the future of travel.

Toussaint Romain, Charlotte Public Defender & Civil Rights Leader

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Romain became a key figure in the civil rights movement after the Charlotte protests in 2016 and shared a powerful message with us about privilege and moving mountains – one pebble at a time.

Haley Bohon, Founder & CEO of SkillPop

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Haley shared how she built a fast-growing local business from scratch – plus practical advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs. BONUS: After her RedTalk, Haley brought in a team of 5 SkillPop instructors to teach RVers everything from how to brew kombucha at home, to how to build a personal brand, and even how to pop and lock!*

*Please note, in the event that “popping and locking” is highly irrelevant in 2018, the writer of this article did not actually attend this particular SkillPop Beginners’ Hip Hop class.

Want more? Follow us on social media to see who else we’ve hosted – and who’s coming next!

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