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In the Arena is a show about human potential with LinkedIn's Leah Smart. Join her every Tuesday for conversations with today’s brightest minds and bravest hearts on how to improve our world by transforming ourselves.

Episode Date
How to Belong in a World of "Fitting in" with Jonathan Fields
This week in the arena: author, speaker, and founder of Good Life Project, Jonathan Fields. Jonathan and Leah have a wide-ranging conversation about the differences between beliefs and values, the versions of ourselves we present to the world, and their own experiences sharing stories.  Follow Jonathan on LinkedIn, and check out his show Sparked on the LinkedIn Podcast Network Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Jun 28, 2022
Just Like Me: A Guided Meditation
Let Leah guide you through a meditation practice meant to help you tap into radical empathy. Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Jun 21, 2022
Finding Flow in the Kitchen with Julia Turshen
This week, acclaimed cookbook author, podcaster, and cooking teacher Julia Turshen joins Leah to talk about how embodied experiences like cooking soothe anxiety, and how food can be a form of caretaking. Follow Julia on Instagram Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Jun 14, 2022
Five Principles to Live By with Reggie Fils-Aimé
In the Arena this week: Reggie Fils-Aimé, former COO of Nintendo and author of the book Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo. Reggie gets into his five life principles – originally delivered as part of a commencement address – and how being methodical helped him in his storied career. Follow Reggie on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Jun 07, 2022
The Non-Meditator’s Guide to Meditation
This week In the Arena: Meditation coach and founder of The Big Quiet, Jesse Israel. He joins Leah to talk about how his highest career high came crashing down, and how meditation has helped him be the person he wants to be in the world. Follow Jesse on LinkedIn and check out The Big Quiet Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
May 31, 2022
Facing Imposter Syndrome with Lisa Orbé-Austin
This week, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re re-releasing an old favorite: Leah’s conversation with Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin on how to confront impostor syndrome head-on.  Follow Lisa on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
May 24, 2022
Exploring Men’s Mental Health with Sean Harvey
This week in the arena: men’s healing advocate Sean Harvey, leadership coach and founder of Warrior Compassion. He and Leah talk about his focus on men’s healing in particular and why getting into community is always the answer. Follow Sean on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
May 17, 2022
Tunde Oyeneyin Is Living on Purpose
Leah sits down to talk with beloved Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin about trusting that everything that’s for you will come exactly when it’s supposed to, how to keep showing up when life doesn’t go you way, and the internal “drumbeat” we can all follow.  Follow Tunde on Instagram Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
May 10, 2022
Rethinking Digital Ghosting with Erica Dhawan
This week In the Arena: author of Digital Body Language, Erica Dhawan. Leah and Erica talk about rethinking communication (and how we care for each other) in this new hybrid age, and an astonishing statistic about how often we just misinterpret each other. Follow Erica on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
May 03, 2022
The Courage to Create with Morgan Harper Nichols
This week In the Arena: influencer, artist, poet, and author Morgan Harper Nichols. Morgan shares how she got comfortable being creative, why your dream matters and the ways her community and curiosity drive her work. Follow Morgan on LinkedIn and check out her beautiful art on Instagram. Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Apr 26, 2022
Finding Your Unicorn Space with Eve Rodsky
This week, Leah sits down with Eve Rodsky, speaker and author of Fair Play and Find Your Unicorn Space. They get into the delicious possibilities that can present themselves when we’re able to set aside our roles as someone else’s parent, colleague or partner and step into our own passions. Follow Eve on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Apr 19, 2022
Deepak Chopra Wants You to Wake Up
Leah sat down in the studio with global spiritual leader Deepak Chopra to talk about his new book Abundance and how peace and joy can come out of tough times.  Follow Deepak on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Apr 12, 2022
Finding the Love in Work with Marcus Buckingham
Leah sits down with world-renowned speaker and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham to talk about harnessing the power of your own uniqueness and making sure that you can find the moments of flow in your work. Follow Marcus Buckingham on Linkedin Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Apr 05, 2022
Time Traveling Well with Dr. Sherry Walling
This week, Leah talks with clinical psychologist, podcast host, and author Sherry Walling about mental health, grief, and how entrepreneurs in particular can go all-out towards pursuing their passions while also avoiding burnout. Follow Sherry on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Mar 29, 2022
Marc Champagne on Asking the Right Questions
This week, Leah dives deep with mental fitness expert Marc Champagne, author of Personal Socrates. Marc explains how a well-timed question can get to the heart of what you need, and why we should be aiming to be just 1% better every day. Follow Marc on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Mar 22, 2022
Reshma Saujani on Finding Your Purpose
This week, Leah talks with Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms. They dive into why it’s so important for people – particularly women – to find their purpose, and how to empower yourself even as you fight for systemic change. Follow Reshma on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Mar 15, 2022
Dr. Jim Doty on the Science of Compassion and Manifestation
This week, Leah talks with neurosurgeon andbestselling author Jim Doty, author of Into the Magic Shop and founder of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, CCARE. Dr. Doty’s work proves that compassion is more than just good to talk about, it can actually improve your health and lengthen your life. Follow Dr. Doty on Linkedin Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Mar 08, 2022
Gretchen Rubin on Making Happiness Work for You
This week, Leah talks with bestselling author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project to get to the bottom of happiness – and why who you truly are may be your most important clue to how to be happier. Follow Gretchen on LinkedIn and check out her work at Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Mar 01, 2022
Liz Fosslien on Big Feelings
This week in the arena, illustrator and bestselling coauthor Liz Fosslien joins Leah to talk about some of our Big Feelings, the subject of the book she co-authored with Mollie West Duffy. Liz and Leah get into the feelings we're not “supposed” to show – Uncertainty, Anger, Comparison, and Regret – and dig into why it’s important to work through, rather than ignore them, so you can show up better for yourself and those who matter. Follow Liz on LinkedIn and check out her work with Mollie West Duffy at Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
Feb 22, 2022
Jessi Hempel Jumps In with Amelia and Emily Nagoski
In an episode from the Hello Monday archives, Jessi Hempel talks with Amelia and Emily Nagoski, authors of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle about emotional exhaustion and how to fix burnout.
Feb 15, 2022
Jessi Hempel Jumps In with Morra Aarons-Mele
While we focus on a revamp of sorts at In the Arena, we're sharing a few episodes from the Hello Monday archives. Today, Jessi Hempel talks with Morra Aarons-Mele, host of the HBR podcast The Anxious Achiever about (what else?!) anxiety.
Feb 01, 2022
Michael Bungay Stanier on How to Begin
This week in the arena, bestselling author of The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier is sharing how to start doing something that matters to you. In his new book, How To Begin, Michael blends coaching, motivation, and accountability to help you align with a goal that has the 3 characteristics he calls essential- important, daunting, and thrilling. No matter your vision, this formula will get you there.
Jan 11, 2022
Tamara Levitt on Calm & Consciousness
Join Leah Smart in the arena with Calm's Head of Mindfulness, Tamara Levitt to talk about how meditation and mindfulness can change your life. In the United States, meditation has historically lived on the fringes of the mainstream. But with anxiety and burnout at all-time highs, many people are looking for tools to feel better, calm down, get more sleep and clear their heads. Tamara has narrated the Calm App's guided meditations that have supported millions of people in improving their lives and she wants you to know why you should give it a try.
Jan 04, 2022
In the Arena is OOO This Month
In the Arena is taking a break in December and will be back in January. Tune in to listen to a simple way to reflect on the year you've had and get ready for 2022.
Dec 06, 2021
The Enneagram Guide to Waking Up with Beatrice Chestnut & Uranio Paes
Are you curious about The Enneagram? This week in the arena, global Enneagram thought leaders Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes join Leah Smart and Head of Learning & Culture at Airtable, Jess Amortergui. The Enneagram system has recently been regaining popularity at work and in the human development space. But a lot of what's out there doesn't scratch the surface of this life-changing roadmap to self-development. Listen in to hear more about each type 1-9, get hints on your personality pitfalls, and find out how to use this system to become a better version of yourself.
Nov 22, 2021
Going Deep on Impostor Syndrome with Lisa Orbe-Austin
Join psychologist and author Lisa Orbe-Austin and Leah Smart in the arena to talk about Lisa's area of expertise- impostor syndrome. You'll hear not only what it is, but what research shows about where it comes from. And most important, how to become aware and conscious of your impostor syndrome triggers, so you can overcome it.
Nov 08, 2021
The Great Reshuffle Explored with Karin Kimbrough
LinkedIn's Chief Economist, Karin Kimbrough gets in the arena this week to talk all about The Great Reshuffle. This period of unprecedented professional change and upheaval is being driven by people everywhere asking simple but meaningful questions about not just where they want to work and how they want to work, but why they work. The Great Reshuffle marks a moment in time where we all get to rethink how to spend our 40+ hours every week.
Nov 01, 2021
The Power of Being an Outsider with Olga Khazan
Award-winning staff writer at the Atlantic and author, Olga Khazan gets in the arena this week to talk about her research on the experience of being "weird". Through dozens of interviews and research she set out to learn and share what it means to be an outsider and what the upsides are. From building your resilience to true self-acceptance, being a bit different in a society that praises conformity can and often does win.
Oct 25, 2021
Fearlessly Embracing The Nonlinear Life with Bruce Feiler
This week in the arena, author of seven New York Times bestsellers and thought leader on contemporary life, Bruce Feiler joins to talk about his most recent book, Life is In the Transitions. Based on thousands of hours of research, this book reveals that most people's lives are inconsistent with the expected linear path of success at work, in relationships, at home, and everywhere else. In fact, adults experience life disruptors every 12-18 months. And the big ones are called lifequakes. Bruce's work both reevaluates expectations of contemporary life and shares how to make meaning and magic after a lifequake.
Oct 18, 2021
Michelle MiJung Kim on The Wake Up
This week, CEO, author, speaker, and activist Michelle Kim gets in the arena to talk about her recent book. It's called, The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change. And in it, Michelle clarifies what she's come to understand in her lifelong social justice activism while giving us all the tools to show up for societal liberation. Her work is beyond the basics, she digs deep, and she spares no truth. Most of all, she promises discomfort, which she assures means real change.
Oct 11, 2021
Reid Hoffman on Masters of Scale
This week, entrepreneur and author Reid Hoffman joins for a conversation on his podcast and new book, both titled Masters of Scale. Hear Reid’s story and learn the counterintuitive principles that some of the world's foremost leaders use to guide themselves and their companies. Even if you’re not planning to start the "next big thing", these lessons will help you design your life, masterfully. This episode was recorded as part of LinkedIn's Speaker Series.
Oct 04, 2021
Daron K. Roberts on Waging War Against Your Status Quo
This week, get in the arena with Daron K. Roberts. Daron was named LinkedIn's #1 Top Voice in Sports in 2020. He's a former NFL & college coach and the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas. His work is about changing our limiting narratives, embracing discomfort for the sake of what you want, and creating a game plan for winning at life.
Sep 27, 2021
Nedra Tawwab Wants You to Find Peace Through Boundaries
This week, Leah Smart gets in the arena with New York Times bestselling author and relationship therapist Nedra Tawwab on her book, Set Boundaries, Find Peace. Boundaries are expectations and needs that help you feel safe and comfortable in your relationship. Nedra’s philosophy is that a lack of boundaries and assertiveness underlies most relationship issues.  You'll hear how freedom is on the other side of healthy boundaries, what might be stopping you from setting them, and the practical steps to doing so in all of your relationships.
Sep 20, 2021
On Season 4 of In the Arena
Join Leah Smart every week for an all-new season of In the Arena. As she explores vulnerable aspects of the human experience to inspire transformation. This season she sits down with CEO of LinkedIn, Ryan Roslanksy, NYT bestselling author, Bruce Feiler, CEO of Awaken and author, Michelle Kim, former NFL Coach Daron Roberts, founder and investor Reid Hoffman- and many more. Don’t miss new In the Arena episodes! Subscribe to the In the Arena Weekly newsletter:
Sep 13, 2021
Ryan Roslansky on Finding Our Way
This week, Ryan Roslansky, CEO of LinkedIn, talks about his journey: what it’s like to be over a year into his role as a CEO, the challenges he’s experienced in his transition and what keeps him grounded. He also talks about LinkedIn’s inspiring future and why he’s personally invested in transforming the future of opportunity through skills.
Sep 13, 2021
In the Arena Program Note
Jackie and Leah share an update about their show and what’s next.
Sep 13, 2021
Jessi Hempel Jumps in with Lisa Orbe-Austin on Impostor Syndrome
Is Impostor Syndrome weighing you down? In our final post from the Hello Monday series on overcoming career challenges, Jessi Hempel talks with Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin about proactively managing careers as well as understanding impostor syndrome and how to combat it.
Aug 23, 2021
Jessi Hempel Jumps in with Angela Duckworth on Getting Grittier
This week, we're featuring researcher Angela Duckworth and Hello Monday’s Jessi Hempel as they chat about grit. Grit's not just about talent. Angela outlines her philosophy on grit, explains why grit isn’t the only trait that matters and shows how each of us can move the needle forward in our own professional and personal lives. This conversation was recorded as part of Yext’s “Answer Me This” series. 
Aug 09, 2021
Jessi Hempel Jumps In with Dorie Clark on Starting Fresh
This week, executive coach, author, and self-reinvention expert, Dorie Clark and Hello Monday’s Jessi Hempel chat about taking a chance and starting fresh in your career. They talk about how everyone can make a Plan B, the importance of having a growth mindset, and what keeps us from having the courage to do it. This interview originally aired as Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel. 
Jul 26, 2021
Listen More and Talk Less: The Power of Coaching
With so much curiosity and misunderstanding around coaching, we're diving into how influential our training as coaches has been in our own transformation. We're laying out some of the core skills anyone can use to change the way they connect and support others. After hearing our unscripted coaching, you'll walk away with a better sense of how talking less and listening more works.
Jul 12, 2021
Jumping in With Rosanna Durruthy on Self-Acceptance for Global Change
The week we're jumping in with Rosanna Durruthy, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at LinkedIn. She’s a well-known leader in D&I, grounded in her personal power and candor. You'll hear how the importance she places on her relationship with herself and accepting herself has allowed her to transform those around her, and what it means for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging globally. 
Jun 28, 2021
Jumping In with Marc Brackett on Permission to Feel
We live in a world where it has become critical to be aware of our emotions for self-development and interpersonal interactions, yet most of us were never taught these skills. In this week’s episode, we’re jumping in the arena with Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, on his 2019 book Permission to Feel. Through his personal stories, you’ll hear how the framework he’s introducing globally is redesigning how people, from students to corporate leaders, become more curious, open, and understanding of their emotions.   
Jun 07, 2021
Laughter is the Best Medicine
This week we're talking about one of the oldest human languages. Inspired by the book Humor, Seriously by Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, we share ways you can be intentional about creating moments of laughter in your life. From a stronger immune system to greater personal satisfaction, who wouldn’t want to reap the benefits of humor? 
May 24, 2021
Jumping In with Yung Pueblo on Clarity & Connection
This week we jump back in with one of our favorite guests, Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez). His second book, Clarity & Connection, poetically delves into what it means to move through a personal transformational process. In our conversation, Diego clarifies the variety of ways to heal yourself, the value of learning how patterns and conditioning affect your perception, and why we all benefit from staying present in our relationships while we grow.
May 10, 2021
Jumping In with Scott Shute on The Full Body Yes
This week we're talking to Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn, about his new book The Full Body Yes. While it's categorized as a business book, its focus is on the deeply human experience of knowing oneself, loving oneself, mastering oneself, and compassion in action. Scott brings 4 engaging stories from the book to life, followed by us connecting the dots with him on how they each apply as powerful lessons in life and at work. Together, we can change work from the inside out. 
Apr 26, 2021
The Words of Others
Leaning on the words of others during hard times has a powerful way of helping us get to the other side of our struggles. In this week’s episode, join us as we share the most memorable quotes we’ve collected throughout our lives. No matter what you’re facing right now, meaningful words can help you meet this moment.  
Apr 12, 2021
Pt. 2: On Race in America and Earning Allyship
This week we’re re-releasing two episodes from last June recorded at the height of racial violence. We kick off with personal stories from our Asian colleagues at LinkedIn who were brave enough to share them. With the violence and hate targeting Asian Americans, we’re all reminded that we each still have a role to play in shifting our beliefs, narratives, and systems.  
Mar 29, 2021
Pt.1: On Race in America and Earning Allyship
This week we’re re-releasing two episodes from last June recorded at the height of racial violence. We kick off with personal stories from our Asian colleagues at LinkedIn who were brave enough to share them. With the violence and hate targeting Asian Americans, we’re all reminded that we each still have a role to play in shifting our beliefs, narratives, and systems.  
Mar 29, 2021
Real Talk on Impostor Syndrome
Impostor Syndrome is something many of us have felt yet do not often talk about. This week, we're navigating the ambiguous waters of this “syndrome” by sharing real experiences from listeners. Combining experiences, stories and research we're shedding light on the deeper experiences that could lead to feelings of self-doubt and the antidotes that exist for both individuals and groups. 
Mar 12, 2021
Jumping In with Dan Shapero on The Inner Game of a Strong Leader
This week, we jump in the arena with Dan Shapero, COO at LinkedIn, for an open conversation around his professional journey.  By weaving in stories from his life, Dan shares what he believes makes a strong leader, the 3 questions he asks to determine if someone is leading in a transformational way, and the most important lessons he’s learned over time.  
Feb 26, 2021
Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
This week we're sitting down together to talk about the book that kicked off our year, Atomic Habits by James Clear. With over 1 million copies sold, this powerful book shares simple tactics around how to create better habits and get rid of bad ones. Together, we're sharing the most important points to know and how to apply them immediately to transform your life.  
Feb 12, 2021
Jumping in with Jon Haidt on The Happiness Hypothesis
What is the formula for happiness? We connected with author and social psychologist Jon Haidt to talk about his first book, The Happiness Hypothesis. In this conversation, Jon shares how we get in our own way of achieving the happiness we desire, where happiness truly comes from, and strategies for creating it. 
Jan 29, 2021
Jumping In with Valorie Burton on Letting Go of Guilt and Cultivating Joy
This week, we're sitting down with life strategist, bestselling author and positive psychology expert, Valorie Burton, to talk about her recent book Let Go of the Guilt. In her work, Valorie stumbled upon the emotion of guilt after noticing how it kept so many from living joyfully. Valorie shares the truth about guilt, how to release it, and proven strategies to cultivate the joy we all want.
Jan 15, 2021
Infinite Possibility:The 3-Step Framework to Get What You Want
Join us In the Arena as we share a framework to create anything you want in your life. We’re discussing moving from unconscious reactions to cultivating a clear mindset and discovering what's most important to you. Anything is possible!
Jan 01, 2021
You at Your Best: Designing The Life You Truly Want
Join Jackie Goldberg and Leah Smart in the arena as they share the different ways you can connect to your mind, body, and spirit to be the best version of yourself. Explore the key things that might be keeping you from being fully connected and ways you can truly improve your wellness every day. 
Dec 11, 2020
Jumping in with Yung Pueblo on Going Inward
Leah Smart and Jackie Goldberg sit down with Diego Perez (Yung Pueblo). Diego is a meditator, speaker, and author of the best-selling book Inward. They discuss ways we can bring more clarity and peace to our lives. When we achieve peace and clarity, we can transform ourselves and help transform the world.
Nov 27, 2020
Jumping In with Hoby Darling on Humanity 2.0
Leah and Jackie sit down with Hoby Darling, Senior Executive at Logitech and Co-Founder of Liminal Collective- a community with the desire to enable humanity's greatest endeavors. Hoby's experience working with elite performers across diverse disciplines is revealing the path for each of us to go from great to legendary. In this episode, he shares the 7 commonalities he's seen from peak performers, why intentional regeneration is essential, and how he's democratizing human potential. 
Nov 13, 2020
Jumping In with Kevin Delaney on Leading an Extraordinary Life
If life is a container, what are you going to put in it? Jackie Goldberg and Leah Smart sit down with Kevin Delaney, VP of Learning and Development at LinkedIn to discuss his new book,  A Life Worth Living. This inspiring and action-oriented read focuses on helping anyone create meaning and purpose in their everyday life. Tune into this episode to hear more about the monumental experiences that shaped Kevin and gave life to his book.
Oct 30, 2020
Listen More and Talk Less: The Power of Coaching
With so much curiosity and misunderstanding around coaching, Jackie and Leah dive into how influential their training as coaches have been in their transformation. They lay out some of the core skills anyone can utilize in personal and professional relationships to completely change the way they connect and support others. And, you'll hear a live demo of Leah coaching Jackie on a topic she's challenged with. 
Oct 09, 2020
Channel Your Inner RBG
In the Jewish culture, it is believed that the most righteous people die on the New Year- Rosh Hashanah- because the world needed them until the very last moment. This holiday ushers in a time for anyone to reflect, express gratitude and decide who they want to be in this world. On the heels of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, Jackie and Leah talk about her steadfast commitment to what was right and just, reflect on the value of standing for something and share what the holiday means for them. In this uncertain time, the world needs each of us to show up, stand up, and channel our inner RBG. 
Sep 25, 2020
Coffee with Hello Monday's Jessi Hempel
Jessi Hempel, Senior Editor at Large and Host of LinkedIn's podcast, Hello Monday joins Leah and Jackie for a virtual coffee. For more than 20 years Jessi has interviewed people all of us would want to have coffee with; from CEOs, celebrities and Pulitzer-Prize winners to explorers, corporate refugees and disruptors. In this episode, the spotlight is on Jessi as she shares the big lessons she's learned, the emerging role of technology and business, and how continually choosing your true north can transform the world. 
Sep 11, 2020
Who's on Your 1x1 Square?
How are you consciously connecting to those who matter most? Leah and Jackie use Brené Brown’s 1x1 square to help you identify the high-value relationships in your life. Through shared stories and techniques, they talk about ways you can be more intentional in growing these relationships.
Aug 28, 2020
Jumping In with Brad Lawrence and Jess Amortegui on the Enneagram
What have you heard about the Enneagram? Jackie and Leah sit down with two LinkedIn leaders who are certified in the Enneagram to understand more about this ancient personality assessment. Brad and Jess give an overview of the 9 personality types that will help us understand ourselves, others, and the world in a more holistic and powerful way. If you haven’t taken it, you’ll definitely want to dive into it after listening.
Aug 14, 2020
When Life Throws You a Curveball
Curveballs in life are inevitable, yet we often find ourselves surprised when they are thrown our way. Even after the initial shock, it’s hard to see the way forward. Leah and Jackie share a 3-step practice – Stay, Shift, Signify – to work through the disruptive events in our lives. Not only will this practice change the way you experience the next curveball, it will also leave you stronger than you were before it got thrown your way.
Jul 31, 2020
Letting Go
When we looked back on the last 6 months in our country and the world, the one theme we couldn’t ignore was letting go. So many of us ended 2019 with inspiring visions of what this year would bring. And for most of us, it has been entirely different than we imagined. But that doesn’t mean we can’t release our expectations to accept our new realities. Join us to talk about what we've had to let go of, why it's so hard to do so and how to chart a new, optimistic path forward.  
Jul 02, 2020
Pt. 2: On Race in America and Earning Allyship
Join Leah Smart and Jackie Goldberg as they reflect on their last episode - Pt. 1: On Race in America and Earning Allyship– and share the progress they’ve made over the past several weeks. Discover how you can do your part with three guiding principles: Learn about racism in America, Explore the role you play, and Commit to taking action.
Jun 19, 2020
Pt. 1: On Race in America and Earning Allyship
In the latest episode of “In the Arena,” Jackie Goldberg, a white Jewish American, checks in with her best friend and colleague, Leah Smart, a Black American, on how she is doing during this unsettling time. This vulnerable conversation aims to open the doors for others to challenge their perspectives and beliefs about race and privilege in America. When we all show up honestly and ready to do better, we can move forward together.
Jun 04, 2020
Jumping In with Scott Barry Kaufman on The New Science of Self-Actualization
Join Jackie and Leah in the arena with humanistic psychologist, Scott Barry Kaufman to discuss his latest book, Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization. In his book, Scott explores the research and stories behind Abraham Maslow's work, and reveals surprises about the human experience. He shares the  development of personal meaning, how you can find purpose anywhere and why each person deserves have the opportunity to reach the peak of their potential. 
May 22, 2020
Jumping In with Mike Robbins on Being in it Together
Join Leah and Jackie as they jump in the arena with motivational speaker and author, Mike Robbins. Just off the heels of launching his most recent book, We’re All in This Together, we discuss how showing up for our colleagues, teams and organizations is pivotal now more than ever. Mike shares some of the most powerful insights he brings to individuals and organizations such as the value of authenticity, listening to our instincts and the role empathy plays in fostering connection. 
May 08, 2020
Jumping In with Dorie Clark on Self-Reinvention
Join Leah and Jackie as they jump in the arena with Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You, Stand Out and Entrepreneurial You. Named an expert in self-reinvention by the New York Times, Dorie shares her transformative journey. Her work to support others in reinventing themselves personally and professionally will inspire listeners to move closer to the lives they want. 
Apr 24, 2020
Jumping In with Alyssa Merwin on the Journey of a Leader
Join Jackie and Leah for an in-depth conversation with Vice President at LinkedIn, Alyssa Merwin. She shares her unexpected & inspiring story about optimizing for what's most important to you, taking risks, making mistakes and self-development. You'll hear advice from her on how she's leaning into her leadership now and how reframing any situation can refresh your mindset.  
Apr 10, 2020
Thriving in Crisis
Join Jackie and Leah in the arena at home. They look at how Coronavirus has impacted them, their communities and the world. But then they turn to the choice to thrive in this time, wherever you are. 
Mar 27, 2020
Owning Your Career Story
Join Leah and Jackie as they candidly share their career stories. From failures to moments of clarity, following their hearts and finding meaning. Their discussion will inspire you to be proud of your own journey and propel yourself forward. 
Mar 13, 2020
Jumping In ​with Mike Romoff on Spiritual Transformation
Jackie Goldberg and Leah Smart jump in the arena with Mike Romoff, VP of Agency and Channel Sales, to hear his colorful and inspiring journey of spiritual transformation. From Tai Chi wannabe, to certified yogi and Buddhist practitioner, Mike hasn’t had a straightforward journey. He’s an inspiration to all of us to be more of who we truly are no matter where we go. ​
Feb 28, 2020
The Books that Changed Us
What books have had an impact on your life?​ Join LinkedIn employees Jackie Goldberg and Leah Smart as they discuss four different books that have impacted each of their lives today. Learn about their key takeaways and find lessons of your own as they share their reflections.​​ ​​
Feb 14, 2020
Jumping In with Scott Shute on Mindfulness and Compassion
We’re kicking off Season 2 of In the Arena with Scott Shute, LinkedIn's Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs. Get to know Scott’s unique and kismet journey that brought him to the work he’s doing today, the impact he envisions having and why mindfulness and compassion are crucial in our world right now. You won’t want to miss this one!
Jan 31, 2020
What's The Deal with New Year's Resolutions?
Why do some people gravitate towards new year's resolutions and others dread them? Join Jackie and Leah in the arena as they explore some of the challenges with setting resolutions, why people don't follow through and what techniques you can use to set and achieve your goals anytime of year. 
Dec 27, 2019
Looking Back on A Year In the Arena
Join Jackie and Leah as they reflect on year one of “In the Arena.” Together they share their learnings from launching a podcast and other "in the arena" moments. They'll offer advice for approaching what you envision in your life. 
Dec 13, 2019
Transform Yourself, Transform the World
Join us in the arena as we put a microscope on transformation. We're looking at why and how humans transform, what makes it so admirable and how micro moments contribute to us making lasting shifts in our lives. 
Nov 29, 2019
Let's Talk Family!
Join us in the arena as we look at families of all kinds (related and otherwise) and some of the biggest learnings we get from those closest to us. 
Nov 15, 2019
The Path to Mindfulness
Join Jackie and Leah in the arena to learn more about mindfulness, its impact on our lives and how to practice it anytime, anywhere. Become more mindful, become more you! 
Nov 01, 2019
What Can You Learn?
Join Leah and Jackie in the arena as they discuss the many forms of learning, what happens when we grow and the power of learning through experience. 
Oct 18, 2019
Jumping in with Sumo Sleep Co-Founder Azka Malik
Join us in the arena as we sit down for an open conversation with entrepreneur and LinkedIn employee, Azka Malik. In 2018, her own persistent challenges with sleep caused Azka and her husband to build Sumo Sleep, a weighted blanket company based out of Europe. Hear about the peaks and valleys of starting a business, why sleep should be a top priority for all of us and how Sumo Sleep is changing lives.
Oct 04, 2019
You at Your Best
Join us in the arena as we share the different ways we connect to our mind, body and spirit to be the best version of ourselves. Explore what might be keeping you from being fully connected and ways we can truly improve our wellness everyday. 
Sep 20, 2019
A Walk Into The Magic Shop
Join us in the arena, as we discuss Dr. James Doty's 2016 New York Times bestseller: Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. This book takes us on a life-changing journey of heart based living, mindfulness, manifesting your dreams and coming back from major setbacks. You'll hear our takeaways and a recent appearance Dr. Doty had at LinkedIn.
Sep 06, 2019
Jumping In with Rosanna Durruthy
Join us In the Arena as we sit down with Rosanna Durruthy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging to talk about the power of our authentic stories, self-acceptance and what role relationships ​play in all our lives.
Aug 16, 2019
Infinite Possibility
Join us In the Arena as we share a framework to create anything you want in your life. We’ll discuss moving from unconscious reactions to cultivating a clear mindset and discovering what's most important to you. Anything is possible!
Aug 09, 2019
Jumping In with Nawal Fakhoury
Join us in the arena as we chat with Nawal Fakhoury, Senior Manager of Employee Experience at LinkedIn about why every organization should put their culture first.
Jul 19, 2019
Leggo Your Ego
Join us In the Arena to find out what stories you're making up and how they might be running your experiences and actions. Hear about 2 practices that Jackie and Leah use to keep their egos in check.
Jun 28, 2019
Play Without Purpose
Join us for some play time In the Arena! We'll explore research on the importance of play in our adult lives. Then we'll spend some time playing and reflecting on it. What could more play do for you?
Jun 14, 2019
Lessons in Self-Compassion
Join us In the Arena as we share stories and lessons on self-compassion along with a tool to help you cultivate more of it. Learn what it means to go easy on yourself for more inner peace.
May 30, 2019
The Many Sides of Giving
Join us In the Arena as we look at deeply at the act of giving. We'll reflect on large and small acts of giving, how privilege is connected to giving and what random acts of kindness do for all of us. 
May 17, 2019
Jumping In with Jeff Becker
Jump in The Arena with us as we sit down with Jeff Becker, a LinkedIn employee who is also a founder of 2 businesses. Hear how you can find your hustle, pursue it with joy and where its helped him in is role at LinkedIn. 
Apr 26, 2019
The Environments You Can Transform
Join us In the Arena as we take a look at our internal and external environments; how they shape our experience and the way we impact others 
Apr 12, 2019
Step Into Your Power
Join us In the Arena with a twist as we discuss stepping into your power and share very real examples of what we as people do to keep ourselves boxed in.
Apr 11, 2019
Your Inner Creator
Join us In the Arena as Jackie and Leah discuss the results of a LinkedIn employee poll on creativity. They'll look at the experience of creativity - how people tap into their creative side and what prevents them from doing so. Reflect on this: What can you do bring creativity into your day-to-day life? 
Mar 29, 2019
Community + Connection
Join us In the Arena as Jackie and Leah explore the history of communities; how community plays a pivotal role in our lives; and the power of human connection. Reflect on this: What communities in your life do you feel most yourself? And how can you create more of that experience?
Mar 29, 2019
Vision Through Values
Join us In the Arena: A LinkedIn Wisdom Podcast as we discuss the concept of vision and how to intentionally create your future. We'll look at what gets in the way of creating a vision and share resources to help you get clear. If you're sitting in a rocking chair at 85 years old, what would make you know you had a full life?
Mar 20, 2019
Saying Yes to You
Join us In the Arena as Jackie and Leah reflect on Scott Shute's interview with David Bruner, Senior Minister and Spiritual Director at the Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose, California. They'll share their takeaways from the interview including: saying YES to life; keeping your word; and discovering your core values. Reflect on this: What's one thing you can say 'yes' to that's outside of your comfort zone?
Mar 20, 2019