Thank God It’s Monday! Challenge

Webinar Series

Most heart attacks happen on Monday morning. No wonder we say Thank God It’s Friday! But after coronavirus turned the world we knew upside down and completely blurred the distinction between Friday and Monday, we would like to revisit our relationship with Mondays and turn them into an observatory of hope and inspiration.

The Thank God it’s Monday Challenge is a space where international thought leaders share with us their particular vision of how the world should change after coronavirus. A 30-minute eye-opening discussion to help us navigate this crisis with a more optimistic mindset.

And what’s the challenge? The chain of thought emerging from this webinar series will evolve randomly as each featured guest invites the next. Serendipity will be the architect that, one thought leader at a time, creates a thought stream that gives us x-ray visibility of the opportunities for humanity hiding behind the coronavirus.

Season 1 Interviews: The World After Covid19

13 episodes

Raj Sisodia

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman at Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Lesson #1: Human collaboration trumps competition

Neha Sangwan, M.D.

CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence

Lesson #2: We are part of nature, not its owners:

Bob Chapman

CEO and Chairman at Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.

Lesson #3: In times of crisis, people centric corporate cultures are more likely to survive:

Salim Ismail

Founder OpenExO and ExO Works/ Founding ED Singularity University

Lesson #4: The cognitive revolution that triggered progress requires now a consciousness revolution that prevents dystopia:

Nilima Bhat

Shakti Leadership Author

Lesson #5: A healthy balance of Feminine and Masculine values are the best GPS for navigating through crisis:

Susan Sobbott

Board Member, Advisor, Speaker and Former President, American Express Global Commercial Services

Lesson #6: Everything is interconnected

Jerry Michalski

Founder at REX (Relationship Economy eXpedition)

Lesson #7: In times of crisis, trust is the best fear-fighter

Kristin Engvig

Founder & CEO Global WIN & WIN Conference

Lesson #8: Diversity drives divergent thinking

Timothy Henry

Trusted advisor and business coach for CEO and executive teams

Lesson #9: Organizational resilience is going to be the new normal

Helen Eriksen

Business psychologist, int. speaker, expert in change and well-being

Lesson #10: We are witnessing the biggest consciousness revolution in history

Tom Haslett

Co-Founder Partner at TILT Investment Management

Lesson #11: Purpose will become the next money

Keith Ferrazzi

Founder/Chairman Ferrazzi Greenlight, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Lesson #12: Leading is dead. Co-elevation is the way forward.

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder and CEO of INK

Lesson #13: Small is beautiful.

Meet our speakers

Raj Sisodia

Raj Sisodia is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University. Raj has published eleven books and over 100 academic articles. His books include Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, Everybody Matters and The Healing Organization. He is on the Board of Directors at The Container Store, and a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Visit Raj Sisodia’s website

Nilima Bhat

Author, Speaker, Founder of The Shakti Fellowship, Director of Roots & Wings Consulting

Nilima is a visionary in the fields of Personal Mastery, Leadership, Gender Equality and Wellbeing. A corporate executive and entrepreneur, yoga teacher and trained dancer, leadership coach and trainer, her pioneering body of work is encompassed in her two books, Shakti Leadership and My Cancer Is Me. Together they outline holistic and integrated approaches to Leadership and Resilience. Nilima is currently focused on building The Shakti Fellowship, a global 9-month advanced leadership & entrepreneurship program for women, jointly certified with University of San Diego; with a vision to train 100,000 Shakti Leaders as change-makers by 2030.

Visit Shakti Leadership’s website

Bob Chapman

Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $3B capital equipment firm that he’s led since 1975, applying a unique blend of strategy and culture to build a global organization comprised of more than 100 acquisitions and 12,000+ team members. Over two decades, a series of realizations led Chapman away from traditional management to the concept of Truly Human Leadership, a transformation that inspired his best-seller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. Named Inc.’s No. 3 CEO, Chapman shares his message about business’s opportunity to become the world’s most positive societal influence to audiences including Conscious Capitalism, Fortune Scale Up Summit, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Danforth’s Seeds of Change, US Congressional Retreat, WorldBlu, and CEO Global Leaders Forum. Inspired by Chapman’s work, the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute was founded in 2015 to partner with other organizations looking to improve their cultures, develop outstanding leaders and inspire their people.

Visit Truly Human Leadership’s website

Salim Ismail

Futurist and best-selling author of Exponential Organizations and Exponential Transformation, Salim Ismail has been building disruptive digital companies as a serial entrepreneur since the early 2000s.

Salim is Founding Executive Director of Singularity University and Co-founder and Chairman of OpenExO, a global transformation ecosystem that connects world-class professionals with organizations, institutions and people who want to build a better future through cutting-edge ideas and actionable methodologies. The ExO consulting ecosystem consists of more than 155 certified coaches and advisors from 29 countries doing business in 24 different languages.

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Neha Sangwan, M.D

Neha Sangwan, M.D., is an internal medicine physician, culture transformation expert, executive coach, TEDx speaker and author who combines the science of medicine with the art of communication to address the root causes of stress and illness. She is the author of TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health and Happiness.

You can learn more about her at

Susan Sobbott

Former President, Global Commercial Services – American Express
Customer zealot, Board Member, Leader

Susan Sobbott is on the Board of WEX (NYSE:WEX), a global payments company; and Red Ventures, a privately held digital marketplace and customer acquisition engine for Fortune 500 clients.  She also is a board member of IDEAS42, a behavioral economics thinktank, providing practical solutions to address a range of social issues from sustainability to hunger relief. She also is an advisor to several mission driven start-ups serving small and large businesses, and One Love, a nonprofit focused on educating our youth on healthy relationships.

Previously Susan served as President of Global Commercial Services, where she was responsible for the $10 billion division dedicated to serving the payments and cash flow needs of small and mid-sized businesses, as well as, large and global corporations. An officer of the firm, Susan held various executive positions at American Express, over a twenty-eight-year career.

Jerry Michalski

Jerry Michalski is the founder of Open Global Mind, a project to help humans make better decisions together. 

Jerry was on the front lines of the tech revolution for a dozen years as a tech-industry trends analyst during the dot-com boom, writing the newsletter Release 1.0. He also advised corporate advanced-technology groups on whether and where to deploy exponential technologies like machine intelligence. 

One of the 4,000-plus startups Jerry interviewed had a useful mind-mapping app called TheBrain. Intrigued, Jerry began curating his Brain then, 22 years ago. Now it’s the world’s largest. You can consult that same Brain online, for free, here

In the mid-90s, Jerry realized the word “consumer” was a linchpin to understanding many of today’s dilemmas. Following “consumer” led him to the concept of trust, specifically the many ways that consumer capitalism has broken trust. More optimistically, he also found groups around the world rediscovering trust to solve thorny problems. 

From this mix of movements and ideas, Jerry is creating Design from Trust, a process that can be applied in many different domains. DfT’s home base is Open Global Mind.

Kristin Engvig

Kristin Engvig is a pioneer and thought leader in the field of creativity, feminine and authentic leadership. She embraces global responsibility through innovative leadership events and personal speaking engagements to inspire women worldwide to become agents of possibility. She was named among Diversity Global Magazine’s Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity and won the International Alliance of Women Award.

She has dedicated the past 22 years to women’s leadership and organizational change in order to inspire others to create a world where business flourishes and societies thrive. She created WIN in 97’ to bring alive a vision of a more feminine, global and sustainable way at work, in communities and life. 22000 individuals and hundreds of companies have attended WIN’s live meetings, expanding worldwide.

In her early career she worked for big companies such as JP Morgan, Citibank and Innovation Norway, EU and as an international strategy and marketing Consultant. Educated a business economist (BI, Oslo) with an MBA (Milan’s Bocconi) and extensive studies in acting, communication and women’s development.

Timothy’s purpose is to catalyze and coach leaders and organizations to accelerate the journey to becoming Conscious Capitalist organizations. His experience and focus is on developing practical approaches to executing company strategies,
while coaching leaders to lead change and build great cultures to
ensure longer-term success.

He has more than 30 years of experience working as a trusted business advisor to clients; from Fortune 20 to entrepreneurial, owner-managed businesses, across the globe. He is a former Principal at Booz, Allen and Hamilton and has helped develop and grow two start-up consulting firms and served as CEO of another. He is one of the co-founders of Conscious Capitalism, served as a Trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. for 12 years and is the co-author of “The Conscious Capitalism Field Guide: Tools for Transforming Your Organization”.

Helen Eriksen

Thought leader, author, business psychologist, international speaker, change & well-being expert, mother of two grown-ups, founder and CEO of The Eriksen Institute for Interconnectedness – bridging science and consciousness and BEYOND – centre for business, consciousness and sustainability – a company whose mission for the last 30 years has been to support individuals, leaders, companies and institutions all over Europe at creating sustainable human and financial development, transformation, and organizational change, finding their purpose, and inviting them to have a look at what wants to emerge.

Tom Haslett

Tom co-founded TILT to develop a new investment paradigm with its clients to regenerate the social and environmental capital that has been over consumed. TILT provides Tom with the opportunity to integrate his experience developing investment processes and supporting social enterprises. He is motivated by his passion for learning, integrating the lessons from past failures and successes, and believing that financial capital can be a force for “good.”

In the first half of his career, he built and managed institutional portfolios in both developed and frontier capital markets: most recently Putnam Investments. In 2008, Tom led an unsuccessful effort to launch a private equity fund: the Africa Health Care Fund. Over the last decade and a half, Tom has founded a number of social enterprises serving children in Sub Saharan Africa and India: e.g., Bantwana and the Central Square Foundation.

TILT brings Tom’s passion together with his investment management and social enterprise expertise.

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is a #1 NYT bestselling author, who wrote Never Eat Alone, Who’s Got Your Back, and most recently published Leading Without Authority. He’s an entrepreneur, Founder & Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and an executive team coach to some of the most prominent organizations in the world. He’s a thought leader and frequent contributor at publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, WSJ, and Fast Company. Recently, Keith has been at the forefront of remote team transitions since his published research in 2012-2015 appeared in Harvard Business Review.

Lakshmi Pratury

Lakshmi’s penchant for community-building and technological innovation led her to found INK which stands for INnovation and Knowledge. INK is also a metaphor for building a platform where we write our future together. INK is known for events like its flagship annual INK Conference and its programs like INK Fellows wherein stories of game-changing innovations are curated to reach far and wide.

As a speaker, Lakshmi addresses large corporates and leaders where she instills cutting-edge insights and moonshot style of thinking to bring innovative business practices into the company. Lakshmi speaks widely on the topic of storytelling, specifically the vital role that stories play in businesses and institution-building. Her long experience in this area dates back to her time at Intel where she harnessed the power of storytelling to help the IT giant transform from a chip company to a leader in the computing industry through programs like Intel Inside. She also talks passionately about redefining success in terms of breathtaking moments and not billions of dollars.

Lakshmi has a tremendous stage presence built over years of speaking at global conferences such as TED, DLD, and WIRED; hosting over ten major INK events across Asia; and acting in theatre in the US.

Prior to INK, Lakshmi spent over two decades in the US in leading roles in technology (Intel), venture capital (Global Catalyst Partners), and shaping initiatives for non-profit organizations (American India Foundation). She attended IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Mumbai and was a gold medalist in undergraduate mathematics. Having waded through domains like math, venture capital, and technology where women are under-represented, Lakshmi is an ardent advocate of women at work. Among many awards and recognitions she has been conferred on, Lakshmi was listed in Forbes’ ‘Women to Watch in Asia.’

Lakshmi moved back to India to disseminate the holistic India story to the rest of the world. She is based in Bengaluru and her portfolio can be found on her website: