The Collaborative Decade

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In this episode, we're interested in how collaboration works across a broad spectrum: from corporations to non-profit organizations to city governments to startups...even to artistic endeavors.

This podcast’s wide-ranging conversations reveal the value of collaboration among individuals as well as major institutions.  Just why does it work, and how do results differ from “go it alone” efforts?  

We also consider the pitfalls that result in failed efforts to collaborate.  Why do some attempted collaborations never get off the ground?  And further, how do we prevent collaborative “burn-out,” when people feel that efforts to collaborate are hindering rather than helping their efforts to be productive, when there are simply too many emails, too many meetings, too many time demands and the whole project gets weighed down in interactive activities rather than results?

We’ll look at these issues and more in this fascinating Episode 2 of the Reed Smith Conversations.

Our panelists on this podcast

Fredrik Anderson

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Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Customer Service, Sustainability, Pulp, and Business Development.

CellMark is an innovative global resource network trading on behalf of companies from every major market on the planet. We put buyers and sellers together, facilitating trade and business development in almost every industry. With expertise across all of the disciplines needed to master international, few other partners offer the same holistic approach to global trade. Or make it so quick and easy. Now we’re turning that global presence, expertise and experience into instant access to a world of opportunity.

Rob Cross


Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College. For almost twenty years, his research, teaching and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis ideas to critical business issues for actionable insights and bottom-line results. He has worked with over 300 leading organizations (companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations) across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness and talent management.

Ideas emerging from his research have resulted in three books, the most recent one titled, “Driving Results through Social Networks.” Rob has written over 50 articles, many of which have won awards. In addition to top scholarly outlets, his work has been repeatedly published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. His work has also been featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, The Financial Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Inc. and Fast Company.

Leonardo Drew

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Leonardo Drew is known for creating reflective abstract sculptural works that play upon the dystopic tension between order and chaos. Recalling Post Minimalist sculpture that alludes to America’s industrial past , as well as the plight of African Americans throughout U.S. history. One could find many meanings in his work, but ultimately the cyclical nature of life and decay can be seen in his grids of transformed raw material to resemble and articulate entropy and a visual erosion of time.

Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, Florida, and he grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His natural talent and passion for art was recognized at an early age, first exhibiting his work at the age of 13. He went on to attend the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and art in 1985. His works have been shown nationally and internationally and are included in numerous public and private collections. Public institutions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Guggenheim, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; and Tate, London, among others as well as  collaborating with Merce Cunningham on the production of “ Ground Level Overlay.”  New York Times art critic Roberta Smith describes his large reliefs as “ pocked, splintered, seemingly burned here, bristling there, unexpectedly delicate elsewhere. An endless catastrophe seen from above. The energies intimated in these works are beyond human control, bigger than all of us”.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Stephen Goldsmith

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Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizen. He also directs the Project on Municipal Innovation, a platform for cities' mayoral senior staff to share and adapt best practices and innovative policy ideas that increase efficiency and improve the lives of citizens, as well as the Civic Analytics Network, which accelerates the use of data and analytics in municipal governance through the sharing of tools and learnings between chief data officers. Additionally, he leads Operational Excellence in Government, a project for state and local governments that pinpoints opportunities for cost savings, recommends proven efficiencies and provides implementation guidelines. 

He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. He has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship; The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America; and, most recently, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. He is currently working on a new book on creating an operating system for government.

Kevin McCarthy

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Kevin McCarthy is a Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BNY Mellon. A member of the company’s Executive Committee, Kevin heads BNY Mellon’s Legal Department, and also has overall responsibility for Government Affairs, the Corporate Secretarial function and Global Corporate Security. He is the Executive Committee sponsor for VetNet, an Employee Resource Group that supports employees who are former military or have family members who have served. VetNet is one of six ERGs that reflect BNY Mellon's commitment to diversity and workplace excellence by supporting employees with shared interests.

Kevin was appointed to his current position in April 2014. He joined BNY Mellon in 2010 as Deputy General Counsel and led the Litigation, Enforcement and Employment Law functions. In 2013 he was appointed Senior Deputy General Counsel and assumed additional responsibility for the legal teams supporting the company’s Asset Servicing businesses and corporate center functions.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Kevin was General Counsel of Cowen Group, Inc., a diversified investment bank and financial services firm. From 2004 to 2007, he was a partner at Wilmer Hale, focused on securities and litigation matters. From 1996 to 2004, Kevin was at Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of roles, most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of Litigation. Kevin began his legal career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Mr. McCarthy received a B.A. from Siena College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Perry Napolitano


Perry's commercial litigation practice focuses on individual, derivative and class actions in the banking, consumer finance, investment management, and insurance industries, as well as class actions of all sorts, and representation of loan servicing operations regarding inquiries by the United States Trustee and Chapter 13 Trustees in bankruptcy. He also provides risk management counseling concerning such issues. He has broad experience in general commercial and other complex litigation. Perry has defended dozens of putative class actions in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

In addition, Perry has published and lectured on various topics in the areas of complex litigation, class actions and class action reform, financial services litigation, attorney-client privilege and diversity. He also makes private presentations for various clients on rules and risks regarding attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine in the in-house context. Perry has served as a guest lecturer on complex litigation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University Law School.

Carolyn Pepper

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Carolyn is a partner at Reed Smith specialising in commercial disputes, media and intellectual property. She is also a keen advocate of diversity and inclusion and collaborative working practices. Her areas of expertise include: 
•    Commercial litigation
•    Intellectual property and media including trade mark, copyright, breach of confidence, libel, privacy and advertising. Carolyn’s intellectual property practice includes transactional work such as rights, IT and IP contract negotiations as well as litigation
•    Inquiries (in particular in the media industry) 
•    Social media
•    Media regulation
•    Publishing and broadcasting (television and radio) 

Carolyn was acting General Counsel for one of Europe’s largest media groups in 2013/2014. She is a member of The Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee and has sat on Reed Smith’s Executive Committee. 

Carolyn was one of the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Champions for 2016 and was shortlisted for Woman Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Law Society’s Excellence Awards. She won a Client's Choice Award 2017 after having been nominated by her clients. 

In 2015 Carolyn was named one of Brummell Magazine’s Inspirational Women 2015: City Champions of Diversity. 

Carolyn is on the leadership Board of Reed Smith’s LEADRS affinity group aiming to increase the numbers of people with disabilities in the firm. She is also an Aspiring Solicitors’ Professional Ambassador advising a diverse range of young people who are interested in joining the legal profession. 

Sai Pidatala

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Sai Pidatala has worked as an attorney at law firms in New York, Washington, D.C. and the United Arab Emirates. He concentrates in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, reorganizations, financing transactions (whether debt or equity) and other corporate & securities laws matters for domestic and international clients. His practice has included broad representation of public and private corporations, private funds and investment vehicles, family groups, investment offices, high net worth individuals, active shareholders and other entities in a variety of industries throughout the United States and globally, including in the Middle East-North Africa and South Asia regions.

Sai is one of the few legal authorities in the region who provides strategic counseling to early-stage, emerging and high-growth companies and their funders -- be they venture capital funds or angel investors. To this end, he is experienced in creating optimal corporate structures, drafting and negotiating operative agreements and facilitating financings of different values.

An experienced shipping attorney, Sai has advised on vessel sales and purchases, vessel financings, charterparty arrangements, sale-andleaseback transactions, ship arrests and other maritime regulatory issues. In 2014, he led the ship sale closings of 20 tanker vessels from a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco to the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia in a USD 1.3 billion merger creating one of the world’s largest shipping companies and resulting in the largest merger in the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, Sai advises individual and corporate clients with business interests in and related to India. Adept at advising foreign clients on entering the Indian market and structuring investments, Sai maintains relationships with legal and business contacts throughout India.

Prior to joining Reed Smith LLP, Sai was a founding Partner at a law firm based in Washington, D.C. where he represented food & beverage industry clients, e-commerce portals, franchises, startups, investors and new/digital media companies of various sizes. He was also a Senior Associate and interim head of the Corporate Department at an international law firm based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He commenced his legal career at a leading full-service law firm in New York where he represented investment advisors and focused on the structure and launch of private funds with up to billions of dollars of assets under management.

Before practicing law, Sai worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and at the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he assisted in United States federal prosecutions.

A member of various bar associations and professional organizations, he regularly publishes articles on cross-border legal matters in addition to speaking at global conferences and before prominent trade groups.

Sai is a member of the Asia Society where he is the firm’s Diversity Chairman (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) on the Asia Society’s Asia Talent and Diversity Council.

Sai is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates.

Rick Reed

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Rick Reed has been serving as a Senior Advisor to the Garfield Foundation since 2003. In 2004, he co-conceived and co-founded the RE-AMP Network with Garfield Foundation support. Rick’s career includes working as an organic farmer and serving as the program director for one of California’s most successful sustainable agriculture advocacy organizations. He started his own consulting firm in 1996, assisting foundations and non-profits focused on advancing sustainability, and later working with foundation clients interested in building collaborations.  Rick holds a BA in journalism and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an advanced degree in molecular biology from the University of California at Davis.

Steven Reubenstone

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Steven Reubenstone is the Founder & CEO of Collaborizm. Collaborizm is a virtual startup incubator and tech talent marketplace which pairs aspiring entrepreneurs from developed markets with technically savvy engineers in emerging markets (e.g., India) who are looking to build their online credentials, find jobs and receive help with their own startup ventures. Steven has a passion for providing new, more efficient ways, for entrepreneurs to bring their dream ideas to market. Steven is a Mechanical Engineer by trade, avid tinkerer, and physics aficionado.