Welcome to MENTOR dna

Welcome to MENTOR dna, a leadership podcast hosted by Meesh Pierce. I welcome you to drop in as I talk to my c-suite friends about what makes them tick, lessons they’ve learned through their career successes and failures, and memories we share through the decades spent growing up in our careers. MENTOR dna is your backstage pass to learning how to reach your next career goal - whether as a manager or serving on a board.

Recent podcast guests

Danny Sonenshine

Danny Sonenshine: Wingstop and Dunkin’ Donuts

Danny Sonenshine trained as a lawyer and left after 5 years, realizing he needed to do something that he loved. He’s a dynamic leader who insists on 15 minute meetings. We shared a crazy nanny but won’t tell that story on air, but it’s a great story that brought our families together.

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Bill Schlough SF Giants CIO

Bill Schlough – CIO SF Giants

Bill Schlough is a humble, servant leader who’s incredibly thoughtful about everything he does. Whether he’s talking about team development, mentorship, or providing the Giants’ fans with a great experience, you can bet that Bill has read, researched, and thought about his approach to all aspects of his life. Bill and I spent two years in business school together, and now get a kick out of similar stories our kids’ experience playing competitive baseball!

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Dave Liu Wall St. tech veteran

Dave Liu – Tech Investment Banker, CEO Advisor

Dave Liu has an incredible story; one filled with moments of grit, perseverance, and tenacity. He calls it desperation, but I KNOW it’s what we all want to see in ourselves, our teams and kids. He battled through adversity and found his way through critical observation and study of the human psyche.

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MENTOR dna's host

Meesh Pierce is a former executive who’s worked with fantastic leaders throughout her career in tech, entertainment, and corporate and non-profit boards. MENTOR dna brings these leaders into the spotlight to share their stories. Consider MENTOR dna your VIP coaching session with  hard-to-reach executives across a variety of industries.  

Leadership books

Following is an extensive list of recommended leadership books from my podcast guests. 

  • Getting to Yes

    Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.

  • The Goal

    The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

  • Stocks for the Long Run

    Stocks for the Long Run: The Definitive Guide to Financial Market Returns & Long-Term Investment Strategies

  • Team of Rivals

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

  • The One Minute Manager

    The New One Minute Manager offers a way for you to succeed sooner with less stress in changing times—both at work and at home.

  • Good to Great

    Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't