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Team’s Pick: Who Takes Care of the Leader? (Andy Levitt)

  • Episode #35

To Lead Is Human producer Cynthia Lamb chooses a favorite episode of the season to run again during the holiday break. Hear how Andy Levitt leads as a pioneer while looking out for others — and unexpectedly paid a price for not looking out for himself.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Andy Levitt is the Founder and CEO of Brightly, a company with a mission at the intersection of food waste and climate change. Prior to Brightly, Andy was the Founder and CEO of the national plant-based meal company Purple Carrot.

“You feel that pressure, you feel that sense of responsibility … and say, ‘Oh, I’ll get to me when I’ve got the time to get to me.’ And you just may not have time.”

– Andy Levitt

Andy Levitt is the Founder and CEO of Brightly, a new first-to-market service, creating value at the intersection of food waste and climate change.

Prior to launching Brightly, Andy served as Founder & CEO of Purple Carrot, the first and only 100% plant-based meal kit company, launched in the fall of 2014. He scaled the business into a nationwide leading brand in the plant-based space before selling the company in 2019 and serving as CEO until 2022.

Andy earned his MBA from The Stern School of Business at New York University and his undergraduate degree from Emory University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their four children.

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy, and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Sharon’s website
Andy’s website:
Andy’s LinkedIn

Host: Sharon Richmond
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Assembled by: Andrew Chapman
Audio Post Supervisors: Evan Miles and Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music credits:
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist: Aaron Sprinkle
Writer: Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist: Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

Special effects credits:

24990513_birds-chirping_by_promission used with permission of the author and under license by AudioJungle/Envato Market.

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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.