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The Best Salesforce Podcasts of 2020

Our team picks the podcasts that made us laugh, cry, and learn the most this year.

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As the host of the Salesforce podcast, Blazing Trails, and leader of the company’s podcasting efforts, it’s clearly part of my job to listen to a lot of podcasts. But podcasts have meant far more to me this year. They’ve been my connection to the outside world, sending me daily news updates, providing humor, and advice. And it seems I haven’t been the only one who has been listening to more podcasts than ever this year.

According to The Infinite Dial, an annual survey conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital, 37 million Americans listen to at least one podcast every month. (That’s 14M more than in 2017!) After a small (understandable) dip at the beginning of the pandemic, listenership is now up 47% from the same period last year.

I’m excited to share our list of the best Salesforce podcasts of 2020, selected by the podcast creators themselves. In putting this blog post together, it became clear the strongest episodes responded to this moment in a powerful way. From helping companies adapt to an all-digital environment quickly, to the importance of resilience and mental health, to the difficult issues around race and inequality, these conversations represent our collective thinking about a year like no other. We hope you find something great here — be it a new idea, a new mindset, or just a laugh — to carry you into 2021, feeling inspired.

1. Representation Matters: A Conversation on Moving Diversity Forward With Vernā Myers

Vernā Myers is vice president of Inclusion at Netflix. She’s most well-known for saying, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Recorded at our annual diversity and inclusion conference, Representation Matters 2019, this funny and insightful conversation brings a new perspective to inclusion.

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From: Blazing Trails

2. Making Slack the Center of Work With CTO Cal Henderson

Cal Henderson, chief technology officer of Slack, discusses how the company pivoted during its early years as a video game company to become the center of work for distributed teams.

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From: IT Visionaries

3. Dionna McPhatter Founder, Nacci

West Point graduate, start-up advisor, and founder of data start-up Nacci Dionna McPhatter believes standing out isn’t a bad thing. In fact, with the right mindset, it may just be a superpower. The world may try to limit us by putting us into boxes based on our age, race, or sex. McPhatter is all about busting through and moving past these labels with strength and inspiration.

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From: The Journey

4. Tim Cook and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on Innovation, Leadership, and Creating Change

This pre-pandemic conversation rings truer than ever today. It captures a Dreamforce 2019 conversation between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce Co-Founder and CEO Marc Benioff — two men redefining the role of the CEO in the modern era. They discuss the partnership between Salesforce and Apple, and what it means to be a leader who uses business as a platform to create positive change in the world.

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From: Blazing Trails

5. $26Trillion on the Line

The first episode in a new series from the Salesforce Retail and Consumer Goods team. Launched in November, More Than Plausible looks at sustainability in the context of retail and consumer goods. Guests, Valerie Morgan, senior carbon project consultant at EcoAct an expert in sustainable development, and artist Benjamin Von Wong discuss how brands should approach sustainability from a business and human perspective.

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From: More Than Plausible

6. Moment Makers: The Skills You Need To Stand Out

This summer we launched the Moment Makers miniseries from the Marketing Cloudcast. It’s a deep dive into how marketers can build real-time cross-channel customer experiences that truly resonate. The Skills You Need To Stand Out episode covers how marketers can stay ahead amidst constantly changing and developing technologies. We spoke with Thomas Barta, author of The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader; Rochelle Hinds, vice president of social media at OneUnited Bank; and Karin Holmgren, senior manager global marketing operations at Pitney Bowes.

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From: The Marketing Cloudcast

7. Leading Through Change: Purpose Driven Marketing With Kimberly-Clark’s #ShareASquare

It can be difficult to quantify the full ripple effect of a brand’s decision to give back to society in a bold way. In this episode, Senior Global Director of Creative, Content, and Design for Family Care at Kimberly-Clark Stephanie Pines discusses the impact of donating $1 (up to $100k) for every mention of the hashtag #ShareASquare on social media. Find out what it did for the community.

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From: The Marketing Cloudcast

8. The Art of Being an Effective Leader: A Conversation With Joel Peterson

Former Chair of the JetBlue Group, Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, and author of “Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff” Joel Peterson offers a master class in building trusted relationships with your team and your customers and shares stories from a lifetime of business leadership. Find out what inspires him to nurture the minds of future leaders.

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From: Blazing Trails

9. Breaking Down The State of Marketing Report With Jamie Moldafsky, CMO of Wells Fargo

Dive deep into our State of Marketing 2020 report with our friend Jamie Moldafsky, the chief marketing officer of Wells Fargo. She breaks down some of the key points of the report and how the findings may have shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moldafsky talks about the impact of the pandemic on company budgets, innovation, and customer connection. And all of her insights are backed by key data in the report.

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From: Marketing Trends

10. From Idea to App in 5 Hours With Jeff Berger

Salesforce Admin Jeff Berger is coleader of the Kansas City Salesforce User Group. In just five hours he built a Salesforce app for Academy Bank. Learn how he works to create transparency between his customers and his organization, how he got executive buy-in so quickly, and the importance of communication.

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From: The Salesforce Admins Podcast

11. How To Get Your First Salesforce Job With Tiffany Spencer

Here’s one for anyone who has aspirations for landing a job at Salesforce or a similar company. Tiffany Spencer, chief operating officer of Esor Consulting Group and the founder of HBCUforce, shares how she helps students gain the experience they need to land their first Salesforce job. Join us as we talk about the critical role of process and problem solving in tech jobs, how to get hands-on experience with skill-based credentials and case studies, plus some great tips for networking effectively.

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From: The Salesforce Admins Podcast

Lastly, here are a few of our favorites from Blazing Trails to round out the 2020 list:

12. Honoring Pride With Megan Rapinoe and Janelle Monáe

Hear from World Cup and Olympic champion Megan Rapinoe, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, actor, and producer Janelle Monáe, and host, Salesforce Vice President of Trailhead Evangelism Leah McGowen-Hare in a discussion about ways to champion positive social change.

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13. Without Adversity, There Is No Triumph: A Conversation With Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux, a documentary filmmaker, journalist, broadcaster, and author talks about how to bridge our differences to make genuine human connections. He also shares some humorous insights about life in the pandemic.

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14. An Olympian’s Perspective on Overcoming Obstacles: A Conversation With Chaunté Lowe

Chaunté Lowe, an Olympic high jumper, bronze medalist, and world champion knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. From facing competition on the field to battling breast cancer off it, Lowe shares how we can work to create more inclusive environments for one another.

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15. It’s More Than a Concert With Musician Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma speaks with award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Soledad O’Brien about why he thinks music and culture are essential for building a better future, and how he strives to foster connections with people through music.

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