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Virtual Coffee

By Estie

Discussions on leadership topics, bits of wisdom for leaders across all industries.
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Everyday Leadership with Drew Dudley

Virtual Coffee Oct 22, 2020

The Power of Mindfulness with Wade Brill
Nov 17, 202344:15
"Building a Thriving Company Culture and the Transition to being Employee-Owned." A Conversation with Noah Everly of Ghilotti Construction

"Building a Thriving Company Culture and the Transition to being Employee-Owned." A Conversation with Noah Everly of Ghilotti Construction

Noah Everly is the Chief Positivity Officer at Ghilotti Construction. He also serves as Co-Chair on the Ownership Culture Team which was established in 2023 and plays a major role in managing the company’s transition to employee-owned. I asked Noah to be a guest on Virtual Coffee. This month I am focusing on interviewing individuals who work for organizations that live their values. When I saw the “Day in the Life” videos that Ghilotti and Noah produced and also noted that he was the first ever “Chief Positivity Officer” I had ever met, I had to learn more. Join our conversation! I think you will enjoy it!

Nov 17, 202337:24
Teaching and Learning EQ and Resilience with Kim Bilyeu
Apr 03, 202332:38
Unpacking Neurodiversity with Amber Dawn

Unpacking Neurodiversity with Amber Dawn


Amber Dawn is a neurodiversity advocate, writer, and coach. She works with neurodiverse people of all ages to support them in building processes and applying tools for resiliency, stress and anxiety reduction, self-knowledge, compassion, and self-advocacy. She self-identifies as gifted and autistic. She is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and a certified Organic Intelligence Practitioner. Through the process of learning to better support her daughters and strengthen herself, Amber discovered Organic Intelligence. Organic Intelligence is a protocol she now integrates into her work for building neurological resilience and expanding capacity to support healing and embodiment with her clients.


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Nov 14, 202129:30
Leveraging Agile Strategies for Navigating Personal Change

Leveraging Agile Strategies for Navigating Personal Change

I’ve been hearing a common narrative from friends and family. We are all in some state of re-defining who we are and how we are perceived as our post-pandemic selves. I recently had the chance to sit down and re-interview Melanie Franklin; Melanie is an experienced practitioner, trainer, and agile change management consultant. Along with running her own global change consulting business, Melanie is the chief examiner for the agile change agent certification, which I completed and received April of 2021 and enjoyed immensely. Listen to our discussion to learn tips for applying agile change methodology in personal and professional settings. Share your thoughts, and if you enjoy this episode, share it with a friend who's going through change. 

Thank you for listening!

May 03, 202146:04
Everyday Leadership with Drew Dudley
Oct 22, 202034:03
Values Based Leadership with Ann Rhoades

Values Based Leadership with Ann Rhoades

This episode's guest is Ann Rhoades. Ann is the author of “Built on Values”: Creating an Enviable culture that outperforms the competition.

I had firsthand experience working for a company where we put the suggestions in the book to work for us. The result was a truly values-based culture, where we had specific, measurable behaviors that supported our company's core values. These values were the core of an employee recognition program, they were woven into our performance review and development programs, and they could be cited by any employee across the organization.

I thought it was one of the most impactful ways I’ve seen an organization live its values. I highly recommend the book and the practice of tying measurable behaviors to your organizational values. I reached out to Ann, to see if she’d be willing to let me interview her, and to my delight, she said yes!

Ann is now the founder and PRES (which stands for Person Responsible for Extraordinary Service), for People Ink.  where she provides the inspiration and strategic direction for creating values-centric cultures for clients.

Aug 15, 202028:02
Agile Change Management with Mel Franklin

Agile Change Management with Mel Franklin

Melanie Franklin is the author of several textbooks on agile change management, and the director of Agile Change Management, LTD. Mel and I had a great discussion on change fatigue, resistance, building empathy, and finding silver linings. Check it out!

Aug 06, 202040:13
Values Based Leadership with Ken Perry

Values Based Leadership with Ken Perry

In this episode of virtual coffee, my guest is Ken Perry, CEO, and President of the Knowledge Coop. Ken also leads twice a year mission trips to serve with Forever Changed International - a nonprofit that provides emotional, educational, and spiritual support to families and orphanages in Guatemala. 

Ken and I have a candid conversation about leadership, taking care of your team, and finding joy. 

Join us!

Jul 30, 202038:08
Values Based Leadership: Akua Nyame-Mensah
Jul 18, 202037:43
Being an Effective Leader During Times of Crisis
Jul 12, 202046:53
Emotional Intelligence and Change Management

Emotional Intelligence and Change Management

In this interview, Normandy and I discuss the role emotional intelligence plays in a leader's ability to successfully implement change. 

With Estie Briggs and Normandy Gamboa

May 31, 202030:52