Podcast Guests

At the Play to Potential Podcast, we speak to and learn from guests across diverse backgrounds. This includes Entrepreneurs, Artists, Scientists, Business Leaders, Sports champions and Coaches. We believe in diversity of thought and in connecting the dots across disciplines.

Conflict Researcher - Author

Dr. Jennifer Goldman Wetzler is a top expert on Conflict and Organizational psychology, with two decades of experience advising senior leaders at global corporations and institutions. She authored “Optimal Outcomes,” drawing on her expertise. She has worked at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and held a research fellowship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Leader at Google

Bill Campbell was an American businessman, who worked as a VP of Marketing and Board Director for Apple Inc and CEO for Claris, Intuit and Go Corporation. He became a renowned coach, working with prominent business leaders including Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page. His insights have been compiled in the book Trillion Dollar Coach, written by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle, who interviewed more than 80 leaders who knew and worked with Campbell.

Ex Army Officer

Raghu has worked in the Indian Armed Forces for 11 years before moving to the corporate sector, where he worked for another 11 years before becoming CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. During his time in the army, he served in active combat, was a UN peacekeeper, and taught leadership and strategy to officers. He has also worked for various companies, including Mahindra Group and Reliance Industries. Raghu is a frequent guest faculty, keynote speaker, and author.


Carol and David have authored Real-Time Leadership – Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High. In the podcast conversation they expand on the 4 step MOVE framework which lays out the various ways in which leaders can be deliberate in the way they go about playing the role of a leader.

Author - Trust and Inspire

Stephen M.R. Covey, author of “The SPEED of Trust” series, is an American speaker and writer. He co-founded CoveyLink Worldwide and was CEO of Covey Leadership Center. Notably, he’s Stephen Covey’s son, known for “7 Habits.” Covey’s books delve into trust, leadership, and unleashing greatness, reflecting his extensive experience.

Federer's Biographer

Christopher Clarey is a veteran New York Times Correspondent who has been covering Sports at an Elite level for more than 30 years. From Bjorn Borg to Serena Williams. He has recently published the book – The Master: the Brilliant Career of Roger Federer. He gives us a behind the scenes account of Roger’s journey starting from his childhood.

Author | Leadership Advisor

Michiel Kruyt, CEO of IMAGINE, possesses a background at McKinsey, where he focused on top team effectiveness and transformations. Co-founder of Aberkyn, he’s experienced in facilitating change. His co-authored book, “Deliberate Calm,” draws from neuroscience and psychology to offer practical leadership insights, reflecting his global leadership experience.

Professor at Stanford GSB

Jeffrey Pfeffer has been teaching at Stanford since 1979. He has Co-Authored or Authored 16 books, the last one being, 7 Rules of Power. He is in the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame, a list that celebrate the all-time greats in the world of Business that are moving the world forward with their original ideas.

Senior Lecturer at Stanford GSB

Stephen M.R. Covey, son of “7 Habits” author Stephen Covey, is an American writer and speaker. His book “The SPEED of Trust” emphasizes the significance of trust in personal and professional relationships. CoveyLink Worldwide, his co-founded company, promotes trust-building and effective leadership. He’s recognized for his work on trust and leadership development.

Author - Chatter

Ethan Kross is a leading expert on controlling the conscious mind and an award-winning professor at the University of Michigan. His recent book, “Chatter,” explores the voice in our heads and how to harness it, offering advice on how to educate, motivate, and reason with it rather than trying to silence it. His research has been featured in several publications.

Former IPS Officer

Manjari Jauhar is Bihar’s first IPS officer and one of India’s first five IPS officers. Her book “Madam Sir” tells the story of her journey to becoming the first woman from Bihar to join India’s elite police cadre, overcoming adversity and discrimination. The book provides an inside look into the Indian Police Service through a woman’s perspective and is set against significant events in India’s history.

Professor at HBS

Tarun Khanna is a professor at Harvard Business School, where he studies entrepreneurship in emerging markets. He has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. He also serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards in the US and India, and is a co-founder of several entrepreneurial ventures in the developing world. He was named the first director of The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard in 2010.

Guest Speaks

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Play to Potential" is an absorbing, insightful and indispensable guide for anyone searching for what’s next, making a transition or simply striving to reach their potential. I recommend it highly.
Ravi venkatessan
Philanthropist | Writer
Deepak's Play to Potential podcast is dedicated to helping listeners excel. I was featured and impressed by its meticulous preparation. The show features thought leaders and has a growing fanbase.
Ambi Parameswaran
Author | Brand Coach
Deepak created a safe space for me to share some of my life’s crucible moments in a way that was helpful to others. I like the way he builds intimacy in a conversation without intruding.
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Ramesh Srinivasan
Senior Partner - McKinsey & Co.
Deepak has captured the voice and thoughts of a diverse set of leaders in various walks of life. He has done this with great insights and sensitivity, making “play to potential” an excellent listening & learning platform.
Meher Pudumjee
You can never work towards your potential. You can only play towards it. Play to Potential is a podcast that connects the dots for me.
Abhijit Bhaduri
Talent Management strategy, author of Career 3.0 and illustrator.
I loved speaking to Deepak about my journey including the various inflection points. I like the way he dug deep around how I thought about Impact and how I transitioned to this world from my Corporate Career.
Ashish Dhavan
Ashish Dhawan
Philanthropist | PE Investor
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