GO Getters Podcast
a Lehigh University Podcast
Go-getters put ideas into action, creating change that has impact on our communities and our world. Join us for straight-up, no-nonsense conversations with leaders on the forefront of change — within and beyond the university — who are dedicated to bringing direction to a dream.
When he’s not exploring the origin stories of Lehigh GO Getters as a podcast host, Joe Buck, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, spends his days getting to know alumni and connecting them with transformative university initiatives they’re passionate about. Under his leadership, GO: The Campaign for Lehigh has raised $700 million — and counting — to support students and faculty and advance the university’s top priorities.
Buck became the host of GO Getters in spring 2021, taking over for President John D. Simon '19P. Simon launched the podcast in 2019 as a way to share insights into the motivations and journeys of Lehigh people making a difference in our world.
Adrian Suarez ’22 was only 13 when he lost his father, but he was old enough to appreciate the shortness of life and the need to make the most of the opportunities before him.
With the help of a Lehigh scholarship, Adrian has since navigated the challenges of being an international, first-generation college student to become a philosopher, a social entrepreneur, a business consultant, and even a stand-up comedian. With host Joe Buck, follow Adrian’s journey to hear what motivates him, the connection between comedy and resilience, and the ways his adventures are still unfolding.
After graduating from Lehigh, New York native Ann Lewnes ’83 reinvented herself on the west coast with a job at Intel.
Then, she went on to reinvent Adobe, Inc. as chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy and development. With host Joe Buck, Ann discusses her appetite for risk, perspectives on up-and-coming talent, and her next big bet on the future of marketing.
James Maida, president and CEO of Gaming Laboratories International, Class of 1985, and member of the Board of Trustees, has trouble sleeping at night if there’s a problem that needs to be solved.
With John Simon, he talks about his experience as a computer science engineer-turned lawyer-turned entrepreneur, how he’s guiding his international business through the pandemic, and Lehigh connections that span generations.
Eduardo Gómez is an internationally known expert on global health and political science, a frequent contributor on major news networks, and one of the founding professors in Lehigh’s new College of Health. But, he admits, he was a less-than-dedicated high school student.
Listen as Gómez talks with President John Simon about developing personal discipline, his passion for academics, and how he finds himself making societal change happen at the intersection of political science and health.
When COVID-19 disrupted the end of the spring semester, Student Senate President Julia Pardee ’21 had to navigate unfamiliar territory from a familiar space: representing the student body to Lehigh administrators.
President Simon talks with Julia about how she represented student concerns during the pandemic, the importance of communicating, and her student leadership experiences.
In March 2020, Lehigh took 1,000 courses and programs online in just four days.
Hear from Greg Reihman, vice provost for Library and Technology Services, about how decades of experience informed the transition to remote learning, ways faculty and students have adapted, and how the shift to new technology will shape the future of education.
Khanjan Mehta, inaugural vice provost for Creative Inquiry and director of the Mountaintop Initiative, has a motto: Get stuff done. President Simon explores what drives Khanjan's passion for problem solving, his frustrations with the “tyranny of content,” and how he guides students to tremendous successes — and spectacular failures — so they can change the world.
Stay tuned after the episode to hear how student projects have continued remotely since the disruption of COVID-19 and how creative inquiry can help us navigate in a vulnerable, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous world.
When Martin Harmer, Alcoa Foundation Professor of Material Science and Engineering, isn’t driving a revolution at the intersection of AI and electron microscopy, you may find him fishing hundreds of miles offshore or practicing his latest slight-of-hand trick. Join President Simon as he uncovers where Martin gets his ideas and how he puts the magic into engineering, literally and figuratively.
After the episode, Martin shares what it’s like teaching remotely from his boat, where he found himself stranded after COVID-19 shut down the country.
As a top business student, rising computer scientist, and field hockey star, Maddie Monahan ’21 seems like she has it all figured out. But that hasn’t always been the case. Join President Simon as he talks with Maddie about her insights on overcoming failure, how she’s pursuing her passions, and what the art of passing on the field has taught her about leadership.
Stay tuned after the episode to hear how Maddie has navigated her semester since Lehigh moved to remote learning due to COVID-19.
Fresh from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lehigh University Art Galleries Director William Crow talks neuroscience and Nirvana with President Simon as part of a far-ranging conversation about art and the role it plays in interdisciplinary education and research.
After the episode, stay tuned to hear how William has taken the work of the galleries online since the advent of COVID-19, and his perspectives on the value of art in uncertain times.