Leadership and the Longing to Belong with Jerry Colonna

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
Published on
October 23, 2023

In this episode

Jerry Colonna is the CEO and co-founder of, and for nearly 20 years he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others to lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity.

Today, in particular, we are discussing his new book, Reunion. You can order it now from our show notes if you like. It’s available for pre-order until it releases on November 14. Reunion is a life-altering guide for today’s complex and divisive world. Its wise insights and practical advice will help create an inclusive and welcoming workspace, discover the best of who we are, and nurture and support those whom we are privileged to lead.

Our Discussion

Leadership, belonging, and personal growth. 0:00

The importance of being accepted and belonging to live their "big self."

Personal responsibility and complicity in social issues. 10:00

Complicity in power structures, with Chad emphasizing the importance of acknowledging one's role in perpetuating systems of oppression.

Race, identity, and belonging. 22:37

Jerry explores their family history and how they became racialized as white in the US.

Near-death experience and disconnecting from oneself. 28:01

Personal growth and overcoming toxicity. 36:26

Empathy, kindness, and shared experiences. 44:22

Empathy, belonging, and personal growth. 51:23

The importance of self-reflection and personal growth in creating a more sustainable and equitable society.