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Michael Clinton, Founder & CEO ROAR Forward

Interviewed by Ludovic Lecomte

We welcome Michael Clinton, Founder & CEO ROAR Forward for a raw conversation on the turning points in his life that got him to where he is now and what drives him to keep going.


Michael Clinton is more than just an executive; he’s a true maverick. A writer, journalist, publisher, CEO, runner, mountain climber, and proud New Yorker – you name it, he’s done it! In this captivating podcast about his remarkable career, listeners are in for a treat.

Tune in to hear fascinating insights into his tenure at Hearst Magazine, where he navigated the bustling world of publishing with finesse.

But it’s not just about business; Clinton talks about the nuances of cultural differences in management at Hearst. He believes that, regardless of background, people share universal truths: the desire to be heard and respected for their contributions, and clear communication. His leadership philosophy? Be a stellar listener and empower your team. No micromanaging here; just clear goals and trust in seasoned professionals.

And for the young guns eager to carve their path, Clinton offers sage advice: Get in the office, soak in the company culture, and mingle with colleagues. It’s not about being chained to your desk five days a week, but about immersing yourself in the rhythm of organizational life.

Looking towards the future, Clinton’s book “Roar” offers a roadmap for the second half of your career. With life no longer following a linear path, he urges youngsters not to fret over the unknown. Instead, embrace the journey, whether it leads back to school, entrepreneurship, or beyond.

“Roar” isn’t just a book; it’s a manifesto for change. Clinton proves that regardless of wealth, anyone can reinvent themselves and seize control of their destiny. And as for retirement? Not on Clinton’s agenda. His unwavering passion and drive ensure he’s in it for the long haul – a comforting thought for us all. After all, as the American saying goes, “You can’t be it unless you see it.” So, here’s to Michael Clinton – a visionary, a trailblazer, and a force to be reckoned with.

We hope you enjoy our raw conversation with Michael

Editing and sound mixing of this episode was done by Clara Ernoult.