Maria Ross, founder of brand consultancy Red Slice believes cash flow, creativity and compassion are not mutually exclusive. As a brand strategist, speaker and author, she advises entrepreneurs and fast-growth businesses on building irresistible brand stories that connect with customers and accelerate growth.
Maria’s most recent book, The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success (A Playbook for Branding, Leaders, and Teams), explores empathy as a competitive business advantage and was named by Forbes as a top 11 book redefining leadership and by CEO Magazine as one of the year’s most inspiring business books.
She is also the author of Branding Basics for Small Business and The Juicy Guides for Entrepreneurs. Maria understands the power of empathy on the brand and personal levels: In 2008, shortly after launching her business, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that almost killed her and inspired her acclaimed best-selling memoir, Rebooting My Brain.
Maria has spoken to audiences ranging from The New York Times to BlogHer to Salesforce and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, ABC News, Forbes.com and Entrepreneur. Her TEDx talk, How to Trojan Horse Leaders into Being More Empathetic, has more than 48,000 views. Maria’s LinkedIn course on Strengthening Your Empathy as a Leader debuts in October 2021. She also writes for many outlets, including columns on Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post. Maria lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, young son, and precocious mutt.
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ABOUT OUR PODCAST
Failed product launches. Furious customers. Dysfunctional teams. Many of the problems we face in the business world (and frankly, society) stem from the same root cause: Lack of empathy.
Each week, brand strategist, author and speaker Maria Ross shares keen insights and inspiring interviews that prove empathy and compassion are the new paths to market-winning performance. Leveraging both inspiring stories and hard data, Ross connects empathetic leadership and brands to more innovation, happier stakeholders, and lucrative bottom-line results. You’ll walk away with actionable strategies to amplify your impact, and learn how compassionate business tactics can transform your organization from the inside out.
The Empathy Edge podcast provides a quick dose of motivation, wisdom, and practical actions that executive leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers can use right now. Ready to infuse YOUR organization with more empathy? Tune in to learn why cash flow and compassion are not mutually exclusive.