Champions of Growth

Helping CMOs boost their value throughout their organization.

Champions of Growth, a podcast of the ANA Network, focuses on the ANA Growth Agenda with the goal of helping CMOs navigate a post-digital world and bolster their value throughout the organization. The podcast takes an-in-depth look at the various aspects of the 12-point Growth Agenda, which encompasses society and sustainability, brand experience, creativity and media, talent and marketing organization and data, technology, and measurement. The agenda includes an accompanying subset of marketing disciplines designed to fuel growth and bolster CMOs’ overall value, ranging from recruiting new talent to trust and transparency.

C-level marketing executives from P&G, Liberty Mutual, PwC, and other major brands share their insights regarding the expanding number of challenges facing CMOs and how marketers must engage with other aspects of their business to drive legitimate change and improve their value in the eyes of the C-suite. Champions of Growth helps marketers enlarge their aperture and — as stakeholders hold brands increasingly accountable for their actions — provides real-world examples of how CMOs can play a more crucial role throughout their organization.


Hosted by Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz is senior manager of marketing communications at the ANA and host of the Champions of Growth podcast.

An editor and reporter for more than 25 years, Matthew has  deep knowledge of marketing, advertising, and PR. Matthew helps to manage ANA Newsstand, ANA’s suite of editorial products, including ANA Magazine and B2B Marketer, and also writes articles for Newsstand on a regular basis.

A lifelong New Yorker, Matthew is an avid reader of cultural history and an aspiring Dylanologist. He also enjoys biking, swimming, and exploring what’s left of old Manhattan.

Recent Episodes

How to Pump Up the Volume for Podcast Advertising

1 week ago

Bryan Barletta, a partner at Sounds Profitable, joins host Matthew Schwartz to discuss why analysts are lowballing the overall value of podcasting, how a downturn in the economy may affect the market, and why the industry has barely scratched the surface when it comes to ad creative.

The CMO Salary Slope

3 weeks ago

Nicole Balsam with Eastward Partners joins host Matthew Schwartz to discuss the results of the research firm's U.S. CMO Market Report released in 2022. Balsam talks about the trendlines in CMO compensation and why the growing pressure on CMOs to bolster their digital capabilities transcends tenure.

Brand Love: The Heart of the Matter

1 month ago

Aaron Ahuvia, author and professor of marketing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, joins host Matthew Schwartz to discuss the contours of brand love and how companies should think about it when it comes to getting their message out and growing their audiences.

Community Powered Marketing Takes on New Currency

1 month ago

Sue Frech, founder and CEO of Vesta, joins host Matthew Schwartz to talk about why community powered marketing could be the antidote to the demise of third-party cookies as well as the most effective way to refurbish customer loyalty programs that are getting long in the tooth.

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Hosted by Ken Beaulieu, the podcast casts a light on the leading voices in the purpose movement, including CEOs, CMOs, nonprofit leaders, authors, and academics.