Joy, Meaning, and Purpose

On this episode of Cocktail Leadership, your host, Kevin Withane talks to Diana Wu David.  Diana is the Founder of Future Proof Labs which provides online courses and masterminds based on Diana’s bestselling book, Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration. Diana is also

In this episode, Diana and Kevin talk about joy, meaning, and purpose.  Diana talks about how death led her to write her book, what it was like to have her first boss as Henry Kissenger, and how we are now in a cycle of stakeholder capitalism.

You can reach Diana on LinkedIn, on Twitter  (@dianawudavid), and on the Future Proof Labs website.  I highly recommend signing for the newsletters from Diana.

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As we approach the end of 2020, I would like to thank each and every listener for giving me your time, by listening to this podcast and supporting this passion project.  Also, I would like to say a massive thank you to all my guests so far.  I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and for 2020, may you all be well, be happy, and find peace.

The Cocktail

For this episode, Eloise Jensen’s Old Fashioned in honor of Diana’s mother.   

Serve in an old-fashioned glass.


  • 2 ounces Bourbon (use quality bourbon – I used Woodford Reserve)
  • A few dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Cointreau(25ml coffee liqueur, triple sec or simple syrup (use if you use simple syrup ))
  • 1 teaspoon liquid from a jar of (Luxardo) Maraschino cherries
  • orange twist, to garnish
  • Marachino Cherry – to garnish
  • Ice (preferably one-large ice-cube)


In an old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup, bitters, Cointreau, and Maraschino Cherry juice. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir about a dozen times. Add enough ice to fill the glass. Squeeze orange peel over the glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until the drink is cold and the alcoholic bite has softened – about a dozen times. Garnish with a cherry and orange peel.  Sit back and discuss Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration.

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