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Blazing Trails Podcast Returns With Game of Thrones Star, Emilia Clarke

Blazing Trails Podcast

The Blazing Trails podcast from Salesforce Studios returns with Game of Thrones Star, Emilia Clarke. Stay tuned for the next episodes inspired by Dreamforce ‘19 on topics like business as a platform for change, sustainability, equality, and personal triumph.

Have you ever wished you could be in the same room as an inspirational leader? Close enough to be transported to their world or to join them in conversation to learn how they became the Trailblazer they are today?

We seek out conversations with interesting minds all the time — at our events, like Dreamforce, and in meetings with our customers and communities. And now, you can experience those conversations too with the return of the Blazing Trails podcast from Salesforce Studios.

The next 10 episodes feature the best conversations from Dreamforce ‘19 on topics like business as a platform for change, sustainability, equality, and personal triumph. Our guests are individuals who have forged new paths in their lives, careers, companies, and communities — all while changing the world for the better. 

Dreamforce attendees walked away from these conversations informed, inspired, and ready to explore new ways of blazing their own trails — and we hope you will do the same after listening to this podcast. Think of Blazing Trails like a personal master class, delivered through your headphones.

Episode 1: Actor Emilia Clarke and Dr. Bennet Omalu on Brain Health and Resilience

In the first episode, you’ll hear an incredible story of resilience and positivity between actor Emilia Clarke and Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first physician to publish findings on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL players. While you may know Clarke from her role as the “Mother of Dragons” on Game of Thrones, you may not know that she overcame two deadly brain aneurysms during the height of the series’ popularity.

As a self-described “pathological optimist,” Clarke not only recovered from these incidents, but founded SameYou to raise funds and help increase neuro-rehabilitation access for others in similar situations. You can listen to her story about creating a positive impact in the midst of major hardship in this episode:


Tune in for new episodes every week

Each Thursday, the Salesforce Studios team will release a new episode featuring inspiring leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bay Area chefs Samin Nosrat and Dominique Crenn, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Thrive CEO Arianna Huffington, and many more. Check out the full schedule below, and be sure to subscribe on Spotify or Apple Podcasts to be notified the minute new episodes launch.

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Matt Jaffe Vice President, Salesforce Studios

As an Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist, Matt spent seven years as a reporter and producer for ABC News, covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and breaking news such as Hurricane Sandy and the papal conclave that elected Pope Francis. Prior to coming to Salesforce in 2019, he was communications director at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the founder and executive producer of "The Axe Files" podcast featuring David Axelrod, executing the show's partnership with CNN and leading the podcast's transformation into a prime-time CNN TV show. He resides in Chicago with his wife and three daughters.

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