Social Responsibility at Work
By Angela R. Howard
Social Responsibility at WorkJan 02, 2022
A New Chapter
Hello! Angela here - the host of the Social Responsibility at Work podcast.
I know it’s been a while, and you’re probably wondering where we’ve been!
The Social Responsibility at Work podcast has been integral to our growth (and my growth) over the last 3 years. So it might be surprising to hear: we've made the decision to retire it.
This decision was not made lightly, and it comes with mixed emotions as we reflect on the insightful and impactful conversations our show has produced.
It’s amazing to think back at what one podcast inspired during the COVID Pandemic led to:
> +100 episodes about workplace culture with a variety of guests, thought leaders, and experts that made us realize this discipline needs wider representation and more diversity of thought
> The start to a broader exploration about the role of employers and employees in creating a world we want to live in, and a blurring of the lines between culture at work and culture in the world at large
> A hard conversation, practice in accountability and title pivot
> The beginnings of a rebrand, which has continued to show us the company we want to become, the work we want to be doing, and the experiences we want to create
> The realization that our role in changing the way we all work, is to actually extend far beyond the “walls” of the workplace
The good news: all episodes will remain an active library of valuable content for you to consume at any time — you’ll be able to access the Social Responsibility at Work podcast through our website, on Apple, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are streamed, indefinitely. We just won’t be recording any new episodes.
Our team is still envisioning exactly what our audio content will look like moving forward, but one thing we know for sure is that it’ll emerge from the Culture Impact Lab — our in-person experience taking place in Chicago, IL May 15-16, 2024.
The only thing better than listening in on the conversations happening at this experience through recorded audio?
Being there in person: join the waitlist now, and be a part of this conversation with us.
Four Culture and Leadership Trends Derailing Your DEIB Efforts with Raymond Achille & LaTonya Wilkins, PCC
In this thought-provoking episode, join us as we bring together Raymond (Recovery Ray) Achille, Angela R. Howard, an accomplished CEO, and LaTonya Wilkins, the visionary Founder of Change Coaches and author of "Leading Below the Surface." Together, they delve into the current state of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) through a profound lens of culture and leadership.
In this engaging session, Angela and LaTonya dissect the intricate fabric of DEIB, sharing four prominent trends that are shaping the landscape today. From Angela's perspective, they explore the myth that success necessitates constant addition, unveiling the lack of strategy and operational focus that hinders progress. Angela's second theme, the gaps in commitment around behavioral change, sheds light on the vital need for consistent dedication to DEIB principles.
LaTonya, drawing from her expertise, shines a light on two pivotal leadership themes. The first, the "DEIB Backlash," addresses the absence of solid structures around leadership development, underscoring the importance of creating frameworks that sustain growth. Her second theme, the scarcity of psychological safety and growth, emphasizes the crucial role leaders play in fostering environments where every individual feels secure enough to flourish.
In this dynamic dialogue, Angela and LaTonya share actionable insights on how to navigate these trends within your organization, providing guidance for building a more inclusive and equitable culture. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies of DEIB, from both culture and leadership perspectives.
This session, brimming with invaluable wisdom, will be recorded for your convenience, and a link to the recording will be provided to all registrants. Tune in to gain exclusive access to the profound insights of Angela R. Howard and LaTonya Wilkins, as they pave the way for a more inclusive and empowered future.
Please note that this is a fictional podcast episode created based on the provided information about the dialogue between Angela R. Howard and LaTonya Wilkins. The purpose is to create a compelling podcast description, and no actual podcast or episode with this specific content exists.
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Crafting Thriving Workplaces with Aparna Rae
Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we dive deep into the world of intentional workplace design and its transformative impact on employee well-being and DEI
In this episode, we are thrilled to introduce you to Aparna Rae, a visionary pioneer in the realm of workplace culture and design. Aparna has dedicated their career to bridging the gap between employee aspirations and organizational action. Through data-driven strategies, they have transformed the way companies approach wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Tune in as we explore the essence of this new workplace contract. Employees today are seeking more than just a job; they're yearning for workplaces that prioritize their holistic well-being and foster an inclusive environment. It's a shift that demands employers to lead with wellness and DEI as integral components of their organizational fabric.
Aparna sheds light on how data serves as the bridge between employee voices and organizational transformation. By collecting both quantitative and qualitative data, companies can gain valuable insights into employee needs, sentiments, and aspirations. These insights, derived from thoughtful research, form the foundation of intersectional and actionable strategies that drive impactful change.
Join us as we journey through the intersection of data, research, and purposeful action, all aimed at nurturing workplaces where everyone can thrive. If you're an employer looking to embrace the new contract of wellness and DE&I, or an employee seeking insights into reshaping workplace dynamics, this episode is a must-listen.
And thanks, as always, for tuning in.
Great Mondays with Josh Levine
In this captivating episode, we sit down with Josh Levine, a visionary leader and culture expert, to explore his transformative work in building exceptional company cultures. As the author of the influential book "Great Mondays: How To Design A Company Culture Employees Love," Josh shares invaluable insights on creating workplaces that foster genuine employee happiness and success.
Join us as we delve into the essence of his tagline, uncovering practical strategies for designing a culture that inspires, engages, and unlocks the full potential of every team member. Get ready to embark on a journey towards building a better company culture that leaves a lasting impact on both your employees and organization as a whole.
Josh is an author, consultant, and educator on a mission to help organizations design a culture advantage. His book was listed as one of BookAuthority’s best culture books of all time.
As a consultant passionate about company culture, Josh has spent over fifteen years helping hyper-growth startups and global blue-chip organizations become more effective, aligned, and profitable.
From aligning values to fostering meaningful connections, Josh provides actionable steps for leaders and managers to implement positive changes and cultivate a culture where employees feel valued, heard, and inspired to do their best work. Whether you're a seasoned executive or a budding entrepreneur, this episode will leave you equipped with the knowledge and tools to transform your workplace into a space where employees not only thrive but also find genuine joy and fulfillment in their roles. Tune in to gain exclusive insights from Josh Levine's expertise and embark on a journey towards creating a company culture that employees truly love.
Connect with Josh: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akajoshlevine/
Great Mondays: https://www.greatmondays.com/
Empowering People to Own Their Voice with Diana YK Chan, MBA
Join us in this powerful and inspiring episode as we hear from Diana Chan, an Asian Canadian who fearlessly opens up about her college and corporate life challenges. From navigating cultural barriers to overcoming immense obstacles, Diana's unwavering determination led her to become a successful Self Advocacy Coach. Listen in as she shares her remarkable journey of resilience and triumph, inspiring us all to forge our paths against all odds.
Diana has been recognized as Top 15 LinkedIn Experts to follow in Toronto in 2023, LinkedIn Top Voice in 2022 & has been featured 3 times on the LinkedIn Get Hired Podcast. She is also a LinkedIn Learning Instructor with 5 FREE nano courses.
In this candid conversation, Diana takes us on a deeply personal journey, recounting the struggles she has faced navigating through college and corporate life. Despite encountering numerous obstacles and prejudices, Diana's unwavering spirit and perseverance propelled her towards her dreams.
As she shares her experiences of breaking free from societal norms and expectations, she reveals how she harnessed the power of self-belief and resilience to forge her path as a trailblazing entrepreneur. Her story serves as a beacon of hope for listeners, empowering them to embrace their unique identities and embrace challenges as stepping stones to success.
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Work-Life Bloom with Dan Pontefract
In this thought-provoking and empowering podcast episode we chat with Dan Pontefract about inspiring leaders to take a fresh look at a new coalescence between work and life.
In Dan's upcoming book, Work-Life Bloom: How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes, he takes a dive into integrating professional and personal lives. Just as a flower needs the right mix of sunlight, water, and nutrients to grow and thrive, team members need the right mix of work-life factors to create a fulfilling and harmonious existence. Through primary global research, interviews, and personal experience, Pontefract delves into the current state of work and life, offering practical solutions for leaders and organizations to create environments where teams can flourish.
There really is no such thing as work-life balance: our rigid attempts to achieve it don’t reflect current realities and are, in fact leading us to further burnout, stress, and unhappiness. Instead, he encourages a more holistic approach, promoting the idea of “blooming” in both work and life. Pontefract stresses that for people to succeed, they must reach fulfillment through the integration of work and the personal aspects of life. After all, people bring their work into their lives and their lives into their work; an improved integration is necessary.
Thanks Dan for your insights and for sharing with us your ground-breaking work.
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Unleashing Employee Potential with Jason Lauritsen
Jason Lauritsen is a renowned keynote speaker, author, and consultant who challenges conventional thinking and brings a fresh perspective to employee engagement and performance management. With his extensive expertise, he passionately advocates for creating fulfilling work experiences for every employee.
Jason's unique approach blends research, practical experience, and compelling storytelling to empower managers and leaders to make a positive impact on their teams. Drawing from his background as both a former corporate executive and entrepreneur, Jason has always been driven to build organizations that prioritize both people and profits.
Having led the research team for Quantum Workplace's Best Places to Work program for three years, Jason possesses deep insights into what distinguishes exceptional workplaces from the rest. His extensive study of the employee experience across thousands of companies has equipped him with valuable knowledge about the strategies and practices that engage employees at the highest level.
As an accomplished author, Jason has published two influential books: "Unlocking High Performance: How to use performance management to engage and empower employees to reach their full potential" and "Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships." These books delve deeper into his insights, offering readers comprehensive frameworks and practical tools for creating thriving work environments.
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The Neuroscience of Work-Life Balance with Nina Nesdoly
Achieving success doesn't have to come at the cost of burnout. Nina brings a unique blend of knowledge and expertise to the conversation with her interdisciplinary background in Management and Neuroscience, and currently pursuing a PhD in Management,
Nina's extensive experience as a speaker and workshop facilitator for various organizations, including conferences, private businesses, non-profits, and MBA programs, has equipped her with invaluable insights into addressing work-life balance and managing stress effectively. Having worked as a workshop facilitator for Apple, Nina knows how to engage audiences and make challenging topics like stress, mental health, and burnout both informative and enjoyable.
As a keynote speaker, Nina uses neuroscience-based insights to inspire individuals and teams to create a harmonious work-life balance. She shares practical strategies and evidence-based approaches to help audiences manage stress at work, find fulfillment outside of their professional lives, and foster resilience within teams. Her talks and workshops not only provide invaluable knowledge but also equip organizations with the tools to cultivate wellbeing at work.
Nina's commitment to research in the field of work stress further enhances her expertise. Her ongoing projects delve into the impact of leadership on employee stress experiences, how individuals interpret institutional messages about stress and resilience, and the role of neuroscience in advancing work stress research. By bridging the gap between academia and real-world applications, Nina's research adds depth and credibility to her insights.
In this episode, Nina Nesdoly dives deep into the neuroscience behind work-life balance, debunking myths and providing practical strategies for listeners to implement in their own lives. Her engaging storytelling and expertise in managing stress and burnout will leave you inspired and equipped to thrive in the workplace.
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Building a Culture-First Work Environment with Craig Forman
In this captivating episode, we engage in an enlightening conversation with esteemed guest speaker Craig Forman. Craig is a renowned work culture expert and a passionate advocate for improving employee engagement and creating thriving workplaces. His mission is to help the world work better by improving how we work.
Craig Forman is an individual deeply fascinated by the intricacies of human work dynamics, both at the individual and group level. Recognizing the substantial amount of time we dedicate to our jobs, Craig firmly believes that when we feel connected to and inspired by our work and workplace, we thrive as individuals, leading to the success of our organizations.
In this episode, Craig shares his profound insights on how to enhance work culture and foster employee engagement. He delves into the significance of leveraging data-driven approaches to make more human-focused decisions within organizations. Craig provides valuable strategies and practical tools for leaders and managers to create a culture-first work environment that values and empowers employees.
As a fervent advocate for change, Craig is devoted to making a difference one person at a time. He is an active community builder who aims to gather like-minded individuals, both online and offline, to collectively drive positive change in work cultures.
This podcast episode will inspire you to reimagine the future of work and equip you with the tools and mindset necessary to cultivate engagement and empowerment within your own organization.
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Level Up Leadership with Julianne Guinasso, LMFT and Poonam Natha, LMFT
In this inspiring episode, join us as we sit down with two remarkable marriage and family therapists, Julianne Guinasso, LMFT and Poonam Natha, LMFT. Both passionate advocates for reshaping the culture of work, they discuss the need for more empathy in the workplace and share their insights on how to create a more empathetic work environment.
Julianne Guinasso, LMFT and Poonam Natha, LMFT have dedicated their careers to helping individuals, couples, and families navigate the complexities of relationships. Recognizing the impact of work culture on people's lives, they have set out to redefine the way we think about work and promote a more empathetic approach through their company, Level Up Leaders Inc.
In this episode, they delve into various topics, including the consequences of a lack of empathy in the workplace, the benefits of fostering a culture of empathy, and practical strategies for organizations to implement empathy-driven policies. Drawing on their extensive experience in therapy and their deep understanding of human relationships, they provide valuable insights on how businesses and individuals can create meaningful change.
Throughout the conversation, they share compelling stories that highlight the transformative power of empathy. They explore the role of leaders in shaping work culture and provide actionable tips for managers, employees, and entrepreneurs who wish to prioritize empathy in their organizations.
This episode will leave you feeling inspired and equipped with tangible steps to start reshaping the culture of work within your own sphere of influence. Whether you're a CEO, a manager, or an employee, tune in to discover how empathy can revolutionize the way we approach work and build stronger, more connected teams.
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People-Focused Leadership with Jill Katz
Leadership is hard, especially when you don’t feel you’re set up for success. You should be able to feel empowered to lead with authenticity and confidence.
My guest today is Jill Katz, who helps business leaders overcome their hurdles to create an authentic, people-focused business. She is the Founder & Chief Candor, Courage & Care Officer of Assemble HR Consulting, a talent strategy firm that offers custom leadership off-sites, learning programs, coaching, and fractional HR services in the areas of culture, change, communication and conflict.
It’s not just about writing a check. Employment is about focusing on unlocking the potential of your people. Jill places her stake in the ground by stating that people are more important than the revenue because when you take care of your people first, the business will fall into place. Stats show that high-performing teams come from a culture of trust, empathy, and collaboration.
Jill also shares with us her vision and mission to bring people-focused leadership to the forefront of the workplace. It was a privilege chatting with her and we can't wait to have her back on another episode.
Thanks, as always, for tuning in. We’ll see you next week.
Connect with Jill: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillbkatz/
Assemble HR Consulting: https://hrassemble.com/
Feeling Valued at Work with Laura Sukorokoff
Managers play a pivotal role in any organization, shaping the work environment, driving employee engagement, and ultimately impacting the bottom line. Yet, too often, the focus on technical expertise overshadows the significance of developing well-rounded managers with strong interpersonal skills.
Join us as we sit down with renowned management expert Laura Sukoroff, who dives deep into the critical role of manager training and the immense value of soft skills in driving business success.
Laura Sukoroff, a respected authority on leadership and talent development, shares her invaluable insights on the importance of investing in manager training programs that prioritize soft skills. Drawing from her vast experience working with diverse industries and teams, Laura emphasizes that a manager's ability to effectively communicate, motivate, and build relationships is the cornerstone of their effectiveness.
Throughout the episode, Laura explores various aspects of soft skills and how they directly contribute to business outcomes. She delves into the art of active listening, empathy, and emotional intelligence, revealing their transformative impact on team dynamics, collaboration, and productivity. She underscores the critical role of self-awareness in fostering a positive work environment and facilitating effective decision-making.
Did you know that only 10% of managers actually possess the skills they need to lead others? That means 9 out of 10 managers really need training. That's where Laura comes in. She provides soft skills training to managers, enabling them to confidently connect with, engage, and inspire their teams to do great work.
Thanks, as always, for staying tuned to the podcast!
Connect with Laura: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurasukorokoff/
Laura’s book: https://www.cchangelearning.com/it-s-not-them-it-s-you
Special Episode 100!
Hello, everyone. Angela here, host of Social Responsibility at Work and founder at Call for Culture. I am crashing this episode for a very quick announcement, so hang in there with me. You'll be right back to your episode in no time. The reason why I'm joining it today for a little bit is because we have some big news to celebrate.
The Social Responsibility at Work podcast just reached its 100th episode after three years of recording phenomenal guests and reach across almost 80 countries now. We're just so grateful that you're here with us. Thank you for your commitment to creating more inclusive, sustainable and regenerative outcomes for organizations, society and humanity. We have the momentum and the movement to change work as we know it, and your support means everything.
And if you haven't already, drop a review, share an episode so we can continue to expand this platform for the next hundred episodes. So thank you all so much for being here and cheers to 100 more.
Call For Culture: https://callforculture.com/
Subscribe to the Podcast: https://callforculture.com/podcast
Get In Touch: https://callforculture.com/discovery-call
Creating More Sustainable and Resilient Organizations with Gethin Nadin
Gethin is an award-winning psychologist who has been helping some of the world’s largest organizations to improve their employee experience and wellbeing for two decades. The last 10 years have been spent working as part of the senior leadership team at Benefex where Gethin leads our thought leadership in the market.
As a frequent writer and speaker on employee experience and employee wellbeing, Gethin has been featured in Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Financial Times as well as all major HR, Reward and Pensions publications. Gethin has been listed as one of the world’s top 101 Global Employee Experience Influencers for the last two years running, is listed on the Employee Engagement Powerlist and is one of LinkedIn’s top global contributors. Gethin is also a regular keynote speaker, Chair of the UK Government-backed Engage for Success Wellbeing Thought Action Group, a Key Stakeholder in UK Government Transport Employee Wellbeing KPI’s and a Fellow at the RSA.
His new book, ‘A Work In Progress,’ brings together evidence from more than 500 studies, exclusive contributions from leading global workplace experts, and captivating advice from in-house wellbeing leaders from organizations including Ocado, Philip Morris International and Serco. This book aims to support CEOs, HR, Reward, Benefit and Wellbeing leaders to fully understand what impact their organization is having on its people and uses some of the latest post-pandemic research and thinking to ensure we are building more sustainable and resilient organizations that employees want to work for and stay with.
I resonated deeply with the content of this podcast and hope you do as well. Thanks, as always, for your continued support and commitment to building a better future for work.
Connect with Gethin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gethinnadin/
Gethin’s latest book, A Work In Progress: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BGN8X8DQ?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_K6Z95KT4Q2N9CHABEXQN
Reimagine Inclusion with Mita Mallick
I’m so excited to share this in depth discussion with you. Mita Mallick shares insights from her new book, Reimagine Inclusion, where she debunks 13 myths that hold us back from transforming our workplaces. She delivers powerful storytelling combined with practical and hands-on ways for us to be more inclusive leaders.
In this episode she demonstrates that when we show up as more inclusive leaders, we have the power to change our organizations, ultimately creating a ripple effect across our ecosystem. She discusses how to understand, confront, and mitigate our own biases as we commit to do the work that starts with leaders.
You’ll also discover how to coach future leaders, how to be intentional about how you lead in your organization―both in public and behind closed doors―and how you can become an active participant in building your workplace’s culture.
Throughout the episode we discuss how leaders can:
Understand the individual's journey in your organization
Interrupt bias at every key decision point
Transform your organization’s systems, processes, and policies to improve inclusivity at every level.
“I believe diversity of thought doesn’t happen without diversity of representation. When you have all those points of views, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds coming together around a table. Colliding, clashing, and collaborating- that’s when magic happens. That’s when we come up with that one break through innovative idea, campaign, innovation- to authentically and purposefully serve customers and communities.”
Mita is currently the head of inclusion, equity and impact at Carta and is a top LinkedIn voice of 2020. Don’t hesitate to pick up her book today.
Connect with Mita: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mita-mallick-2b165822/
Mita’s Book Reimagine Inclusion: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1394177097
Brewing Equity with Melissa Villanueva
In this thought-provoking episode we sit down with the inspiring Melissa Villanueva, a visionary leader in the coffee industry and an advocate for social justice. Join us as we delve into the captivating world of coffee and explore how it can be a catalyst for building a more equitable society.
Melissa Villanueva is the CEO and owner of Brewpoint Coffee in Elmhurst, IL. Brewpoint Coffee has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Sprudge, and a number of other publications for their inspiring small business journey.
During our conversation, Melissa shares her personal journey and the experiences that shaped her passion for social impact. She delves into the challenges faced by coffee farmers, particularly in developing countries, and how their livelihoods are impacted by systemic issues such as poverty, gender inequality, and climate change.
Throughout the episode, Melissa shares inspiring stories of individuals and communities who have benefited from the transformative power of equitable coffee practices. She emphasizes the need for collaboration and collective action to create a fairer and more sustainable coffee industry that benefits everyone involved.
Tune in to this enlightening conversation with Melissa Villanueva, where we explore the incredible potential of coffee as a vehicle for positive change. Whether you're a coffee lover, an advocate for social justice, or simply curious about the intersection of business and social impact, this episode will leave you inspired to take action and support a more equitable world.
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Transforming HR From Paper-first to People-first with Tracie Sponenberg
People, not policies.
This is the major shift that our guest, Tracie Sponenberg, is looking to enact in HR departments around the world. Modern HR is more than just compliance, it’s about connecting with community and designing employee experiences so workers can do the best work of their lives and feel true satisfaction in their roles.
Tracie is Chief People Officer at The Granite Group and a highly sought after keynote speaker who specializes in helping HR departments move from a “paper-first” to “people-first” model. As a long time practitioner Tracie has over 25 years of experience helping organizations focus on culture, authenticity, and transparency. She is the recipient of the 2022 Boston HR Council Speaker of the Year Award, the global 2022 and 2021 OnCON Global Icon Top 50 Human Resources Professional Awards and the 2019 RY Perry HR Hero Award.
“HR needs to be passionate about the people experience. We can design journeys and implement employee feedback models to design experiences that they truly love.”
In this episode we get a glimpse into how Tracie found her place in HR and how she was able to move from “Karen in HR,” to “Caring HR” through empathizing with her workforce and building experiences that brought the best out in them.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. Thanks, as always, for tuning in to our show.
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Social and Emotional Resilience at Work With Allan Howard
I’m very excited to be featuring a very special guest and friend who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of Steam Learning, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and Mindfulness Coaching.
In this episode, I am joined by Allan Howard (not related) who will share insights and strategies for integrating SEL and mindfulness practices into Steam education. We discuss how he and his wife got started on this journey and explore how these practices can support the development of essential social and emotional skills, such as empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation, while also enhancing team cohesiveness and productivity.
Allan also provides tips on how to cultivate a more mindful and compassionate learning environment, where employees can thrive emotionally. We discuss the benefits of mindfulness practices, such as reduced stress, improved focus, and increased resilience.
Thanks again, as always, for tuning in.
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The Energized Workplace with Perry Timms
Lift Your Impact with Richard Newman
Richard Newman is on a mission to transform your mindset, influence, and future to elevate your work, team, and life. His new book, Lift Your Impact, shares the groundbreaking communication techniques that can help you gain the results and respect you deserve. He includes a toolkit of proven, thoroughly researched and tested techniques to help organizations thrive.
We had a great chat in this episode where he shares how he was inspired to take a gap year before college that completely changed the trajectory of his life. Since then he has trained over 60,000 people from 45 countries and works with over 100 corporate clients.
Lift Your Impact launches on April 28th and will provide you with a simple, practical approach that allows you to remove the challenges that are holding you back from success and build the future you truly desire.
He also had the chance to sing alongside Michael Bublé, which was a lifelong dream of his.
Thanks Richard, for your time and attention to these important topics.
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Richard’s New Book, Lift Your Impact
The Power of Vulnerability with Nick Jonsson
Being vulnerable at work can help create a more authentic, empathetic, and supportive workplace culture, which can lead to improved productivity, engagement, and overall well-being.
Vulnerability can help create a safe space for open communication. When you share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns, you can facilitate more honest and productive conversations with your colleagues.
My guest today shares personal experiences being vulnerable at work and how he works with executives to be more vulnerable as a competitive advantage in today’s ever-changing market. Nick Jonsson is the Managing Director of EGN who provides a safe haven for members to share their work-related challenges, receive support, and learn from each other.
He is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, podcast host, and award-winning entrepreneur who shares his personal highs and lows in the business world. Throughout his journey, he has learned the power of connection and support.
When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you're showing your authentic self, and that can help build trust with your colleagues. It can also encourage them to open up and share their own vulnerabilities, further strengthening trust and relationships…which is good for business.
Thanks, as always, for tuning in to our podcast.
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Healthcare Equity with Geoffrey M. Roche
My guest today is Geoffrey M. Roche, Senior Vice President at Core Education, public figure, strategist, connector and collaborator, who has leveraged his skills to develop and train healthcare professionals.
“We need to create a healthcare system that is equitable. We need to create the right providers and train them to meet the needs of different populations. To think that we are not there yet, in 2023, as a healthcare professional, is quite frustrating. Lives are literally at stake.”
According to Geoffrey, our healthcare system has some systemic, long-known issues that have significantly impacted various individuals and communities, not just in the United States, but across the world. He gives an example that the rate of maternal fatalities is significantly higher for African American women and even celebrities like Serena Williams have had to fight for their right to equitable healthcare.
We also discussed the aim of empathetic leadership, which is to focus on others first by building meaningful relationships and human-centered connections, always daring to think and go big while fostering prosperous environments for change, and facilitating ecosystem partnerships to drive new solutions and results.
If we lead with our hearts we can truly create a different model for the future of healthcare.
Creating a Vibrant Culture with Lori Michele Leavitt
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a quote I adore and the vibe I get when speaking with Lori on this week’s podcast episode. Lori Michele Leavitt is “The Pivot Catalyst” who has coached, consulted, and trained hundreds of leaders around the world to achieve their objectives and generate extraordinary momentum.
She speaks globally on catalyzing momentum, leading, pivoting, and workplace culture change. She also leads the 10x!® business and leadership private peer advisory groups. She is also founder and president of Abrige Corp., which offers the Aligned Momentum (A.M.)® program and software to help managers lead. A.M. transforms performance management into performance momentum.
In this episode we discuss how high performers can transform into the creative leaders needed, unlocking new strategies for growth, and discovering how, when, and why a company should pivot.
The world of work is constantly changing around us and it’s important to take risks and pivot when the “old ways” are no longer working. Lori has made many pivots in her career and is not afraid to drop practices that no longer serve her. It is a great lesson for all of us to constantly be moving forward.
Thanks, as always, for tuning in. We’ll see you on next week’s episode!
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Seeking Joy From Employment with Joey Price
Joey Price is one of my favorite HR influencers, I’ve been following him longer than he knows, and am so excited to have him on the show today. He has spent over 15 years in the HR Industry, starting as a Human Resources Assistant, who now runs Jumpstart: HR, an HR consulting for small businesses and startups.
Joey wants people more excited for Monday than they are for Friday. The ideal experience is that employees can go to a job that they enjoy and can feel happy and productive.
“HR is the glue that holds an organization together, and if it’s a messy organization, it’s going to be messy glue, but if it’s a nice, well run organization, it’ll bond well for a reason.”
Join us for a conversation around emerging AI tech like ChatGPT, modern HR practices, and how to embrace employee experience design to achieve a balance of productivity and fulfillment for your workforce.
Thanks, as always, for staying tuned to the podcast!
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Building Better Workplaces Through World-class Learning with Johnny Campbell
Some call them “soft skills.” I call them “hard AF skills,” because they transcend all roles and should be the center of all our talent development efforts. That’s why I got excited to hear my guest today call them “core skills,” which brings so much light to the importance of our work.
Johnny Campbell is Co-Founder and CEO of SocialTalent, the world’s most popular e-learning platform dedicated to hiring and talent management. Their industry-leading content enables organizations to find and hire top talent, engage and retain their teams, and build diverse, inclusive workplaces.
In this episode we discuss talent development across the three big HR verticals: hiring, onboarding, and development. Leaders have a transformative role at each stage of the employee lifecycle and Johnny lays out some practical steps to take to improve career mobility, development, and upskilling.
“Our goal is simple – we enable companies and teams with the skills and training to hire, onboard, engage, develop and retain great talent. With expert-led training content for every stage of the employee lifecycle, we empower you to attract, find and hire top talent and create engaging, inclusive workplaces where your teams can thrive.”
Thanks, Johnny, for your time today and we can wait to catch up with you on another episode.
Connect with Johnny: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnycampbell/
Upskilling the Next Generation of Talent with Emmanuel Trinity
Emmanuel is a social entrepreneur from Kampala, Uganda with a passion for upskilling the next generation of talent in preparation for jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in Africa. In this episode we dive deep into his story and the personal struggles he endured to make it out of the slums in Uganda and eventually lead era92, a youth creative agency training and employing Uganda's young adults in design, art, and technology.
“I believe that talent is equally distributed but the opportunity is not. I am an opportunity creator, committed to releasing the brilliance of millions of unemployed young people in Africa”
Achieving systemic change for low opportunity youth may seem like a gigantic mountain to climb, but I’m so grateful for the efforts of social entrepreneurs like Emmanuel who are on the front lines working to bring about these changes in today’s youth and beyond.
If you are interested in contributing to the movement that mobilizes young adults across Africa, connect with Emmanuel on LinkedIn and visit his website to find opportunities to educate and empower the youth of Uganda.
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Neuroscience of the Workplace with Jordan Zezza
The topic of psychological safety in the workplace cannot be emphasized enough. If we fail as businesses to create psychologically safe environments, all of our other design efforts will fall short. The strength of a good leader can be measured by their ability to create a safe space for employees. That’s why we are tapping into the neuroscience behind workplace psychology on today’s episode.
Our guest is Jordan Zezza, a Senior Manager and R&D Data Science Portfolio Management at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Jordan joined the healthcare industry after he discovered a deep passion to support his family and friends in leading a happy and healthy life.
If we are to achieve our ideals of an inclusive and productive workplace, we must build a foundation of psychological safety for all employees. This is the chief cornerstone of all healthy corporate cultures.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by my guest today do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the organization he works for.
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Making a Positive Impact on the Economy with Don Golden
At Call For Culture, we offer a fresh take on workplace culture consulting. If you’ve ever heard me speak, you know our mission is to foster workplace culture partnerships and communities built on meaningful connection, sustainable change, and regenerative outcomes.
Sustainable and regenerative. These are also terms our guest uses several times in this episode to show how the economy needs to evolve to better serve the people it was designed for. Don Golden is Founder at Just Capital Quotient LLC and Chief Impact Officer at Threefold Private Equity, a firm that invests in businesses that are seeking to make a difference in the world by developing a regenerative economic model.
In this episode we cover how partnerships will become more prevalent than ever before, giving more than we take, and leaving a legacy that is rooted in human centered design.
At the end of the day, business owners have a multidimensional platform to achieve a specific purpose. It’s important to get extremely clear on that purpose, regularly communicate it to employees, and constantly reconnect to the higher function of why the business exists.
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Secrets of Next-Level Entrepreneurs with Alex Brueckmann
The impact of strong leadership and culture on an organization’s success has already been well documented, and yet some companies are still struggling to implement even the basic culture initiatives for employees. Next level leaders empower their people. With me to discuss is strategy facilitator, board director, and speaker, Alex Brueckmann.
It’s great to have Alex on the show again where he shares some raw and exciting insights from his upcoming book, Secrets of Next-Level Entrepreneurs, 11 Powerful Lessons to Thrive in Business and Lead a Balanced Life. He presents a collection of practical and insightful resources that walk you through how to grow a profitable business while maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life. You’ll learn to run your company while, at the same time, contributing to and improving a community and world we all want to live in.
I appreciate Alex’s insights and that he truly practices what he preaches to make the world a better place.
And thank YOU for tuning in to another great episode.
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Generational Wellness with Raymond Achille
According to the Surgeon General’s workplace wellbeing report, 76% of U.S. workers reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition, 84% of respondents said their workplace conditions had contributed to at least one mental health challenge, and 81% of workers reported that they will be looking for workplaces that support mental health in the future.
This tells us that workplaces are contributing negatively to mental health, but they don’t have to. On the show to discuss with us today is my good friend, Raymond Achille. “Recovery Ray” is a Wellness Consultant, Health Equity Advocate, Speaker, and Podcast Host who owns a wellness and health equity firm called Balance Period.
Balance Period is focused on creating a world where generational wellness is accessible to everyone. They strive to create an environment where family systems and businesses pass down healthy habits from one generation to the next.
“When we think about our black and brown communities in the states and look at the data around their longevity and the different ailments they die from (diabetes, heart disease, hypertension), it is disproportionate to their white counterparts in this country. A lot of what contributes to these ailments is aligned with the habits we practice and the environments we are forced into with systematic racism etc…there is a lot of inequality.”
This is why one of my foundational tenets is to facilitate sustainable behavior change in organizations so we can take care of the humans that entrust us with 8 hours of their day.
Thanks Ray, for your wonderful insights.
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IRL: Changing Mindsets to Transform Behaviors with Reggie Butler
That is why we are kick starting the month of February with a powerful and influential figure who has dedicated his life to the movement. Reggie Butler is a highly recognized corporate consultant and public speaker with over 28 years experience in human capital performance management within the private and corporate sectors. As an educator, trainer and inclusion champion he has become a highly sought after speaker through his high energy and impactful delivery style.
“If leaders take, not just responsibility, but accountability, for their DEI efforts, we will see organizations make a difference on a deep, systemic level.”
The culture of an organization happens simultaneously from the top down and the bottom up. There is often a clear gap between what leaders are saying about the organization and the lived experiences of employees. We need to come down out of the clouds and see culture for what it really is if we are hoping to make lasting change.
Be sure to connect with Reggie and listen to their podcast, Care More, for more great insights and thought-provoking discussions.
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Systems Change with Dr. Jacqueline Kerr
Today we’re going to be talking about how systems change happens and how it’s actually just a culmination of micro progressions and behavioral shifts over time.
Dr. Jacqueline Kerr is a behavior change scientist.TEDx and keynote speaker, and podcast host. Our work intersects when organizations are looking for culture change and we teased out some important tenets when it comes to doing this effectively.
Jacqueline shares some of her journey with us, “I am on a mission to prevent burnout in other working moms and to change the narrative that burnout is an individual problem. It is a systemic problem that needs strategic multi level solutions. I host the podcast Overcoming Working Mom Burnout & I write and speak regularly about burnout and behavior change.”
As scary as systems change may seem, it’s by identifying and taking that first step that leads to healthier and more productive organizations. Thanks for joining us on the show today!
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Providing Equitable Experiences at Work with Erica Spitale
I have always been fascinated by the human psyche, especially at work. Have you ever noticed that people might behave differently in the workplace than they do in other environments? It’s called “code switching” and it’s something that two I/O Psych enthusiasts like Erica and I love to explore.
Erica is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the field for over 10 years. Her mantra is to remove obstacles and simplify processes to build scalable people practices that center the human experience and provide equitable opportunities for everyone to thrive.
In this episode we go deep on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and how it is more than just issues to solve through the DEI efforts of an HR department. It is a deep systemic problem that requires lasting change in the way we treat others at work.
You’ll see our passions come alive in this episode as two Chicago natives are working towards a better work environment for the under-represented. It’s these and the many other conversations we have on this podcast that keep me fired up for the work that we are doing. Let’s keep driving for more diverse and inclusive workforces.
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Web3 & Decentralized Work with Josh Drean
Web3. The Metaverse. Decentralization. You might have heard these terms thrown around by big tech companies like Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook or your 17 year old “crypto bro” nephew, but what does this new tech mean for the future of work? Is it a viable solution for some of the HR problems we are grappling with today? With me to discuss the challenges and opportunities that these technologies present is my good friend Josh Drean.
Josh is a web3 advisor at the Harvard Innovation Labs and Co-founder of DreanMedia, a web3 media agency. Josh is an HR Transformation and Metaverse expert who marries web3 technologies with workplace strategies. He hosts webinars in both the HR tech and web3 space and speaks internationally to bring market insights to digital-first leaders.
In this episode we discuss how emerging AI could potentially take over key HR functions, how “going digital” can lead work to be more human, ironically, and the privacy and security risks to be aware of should these technologies persist.
Regardless of emerging web3 tech and the metaverse, we are tasked with designing employee experiences that offer rich human interactions and purpose-driven work that brings out the best in our people. If these technologies help us get there, then let’s keep learning and growing together.
Thanks, as always, for joining us on these discussions.
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Authentically You Psychotherapy with Kendra Vargas
Today we’re talking about a crucial topic and experience that is often overlooked in the workplace and within the context of broader well-being and mental health conversations - perinatal mental health.
My guest today is a special one. Kendra Vargas, LCPC, PMH-C, is owner and founder of Authentically You Psychotherapy, PLLC. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional in the state of Illinois. Kendra is also a childhood friend of mine (our dads were besties), and the fact that we both have an opportunity to bring our work and experience together for this conversation gives me so much joy!
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common complications that can occur before conception, during pregnancy, or in the first 12 months after delivery (often also called postpartum depression).
We talk more about health disparities when it comes to general healthcare and underserved communities, what perinatal care is, and how it connects to the larger picture of the mental health crisis at work. We discuss where employers and leaders are missing the mark (due to lack of knowledge or acknowledgement) and how they can create an inclusive and flexible environment where parents and those going through family planning have the appropriate resources and support they need.
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2023 Employee Experience Trends with Qualtrics
Well that’s a wrap! It’s been an amazing year working with some of the most talented HR, DEI, and Wellbeing professionals on the planet.
We conclude 2022 with my favorite annual tradition by bringing in two top minds from Qualtrics to discuss employment trends for 2023. I'm so excited to welcome Haley Kuschman and Frank Laterza to the show.
We go deep on the research Qualtrics has produced in its Employee Experience Trends report to help you kick start the new year with vigor and employee-centric focus.
Trends we cover:
- Employee Engagement
- Intent to stay
- Inclusion & belonging
- Experience vs. Expectations
- Reclaiming boundaries
- Managing burnout
- Connected to purpose
As we transition to a new year, it’s more important to listen and understand than to have the perfect plan. If you don’t know where to start, ask for feedback on where you should start, communicate your results, and, as always, be caring and transparent. This is an iterative process and I am so excited to be on this journey with you.
Have a great end to your year and we’ll look forward to seeing you again in 2023!
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Diverse Teams Win! with LinkedIn’s Rosanna Durruthy
I couldn’t be more excited for this special episode with Rosanna Durruthy, Vice President of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn.
Rosanna gives us an inside look at her journey, which started as a child of a Cuban dad and Puerto Rican mom who came to America in search of greater opportunity, to now running one of the biggest DEI departments in the world.
“How are we forming relationships that not only allow us to feel at ease in the environment, but also give us access to understanding our careers? The work of LinkedIn is to acknowledge that professional development is ongoing, we are always learning, and part of that learning is access to information, development of skills, connection to a community, so that we can all be more socially responsible.”
Companies exist to better employee experience, not just customer experience because we believe that human-centered workplaces create stronger communities and societies. When you adopt the social responsibility of enabling employees to go home happy and create impact in their communities, better outcomes are created — at every level.
If we are all imbued with the ability to see differences, not as a threat, but as a possibility, that allows younger generations more opportunities. Diverse teams win.
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Urban Equity Planning with André Darmanin
I grew up in a multiracial home in the diverse neighborhood of Roger’s Park, Chicago. It wasn’t until I entered corporate America and grad school that I realized that I was different. I realized I was disadvantaged because I was putting in a lot of energy trying to be someone I am not. We need to do better for the next generation, to enable them to be their authentic and real selves at work.
That’s why I am so eager to chat with my guest today, André Darmanin. André is an inclusive leader, people manager and systems thinker with two decades of diverse international experience in matrixed environments. He is a disruptor and relationship builder focused on equitable and strategic organizational solutions.
André makes the argument, “we need systemic, urban solutions to provide more opportunities to our employees and the people we lead.” Change can happen on several levels at an organization and André is thinking big.
The truth is, building a culture around work should not be a thing, we should be building a culture around culture. Meeting our people where they are and giving them the opportunity to shine, regardless or race, age, or sexual orientation.
Thanks for bringing your best to the podcast today, André.
Also, get excited for next week as I interview Rosanna Durruthy, Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn.
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The Conscious Communicator with Kim Clark
It seems like we are faced with current and global events that impact us on a weekly basis, which can shake our confidence in our systems. Some employees trust their employer more than they trust their government, so we have an important role to capture those communications. As conscious communicators we have to respond and be that source of truth.
That’s why I am excited to welcome Kim Clark to the podcast today. Kim is Co-author of the Amazon #1 bestseller, "The Conscious Communicator: The Fine Art of Not Saying Stupid Sh*t," She is a Speaker, DEI Strategist, and “Perpetual Learner”
“What is an organization, but a whole bunch of people working towards a common goal?” Kim reminds us that all our business activity is a vessel to achieve greater heights in humanity. We need all of us in order to achieve great things.
We all play a critical role in the DEI efforts of our organization. Let’s make sure to be conscious of our communications to provide a safe space to explore our unconscious biases to ensure a team’s communications are supporting an inclusive environment.
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BONUS: Equity is Providing Equal Outcomes with Angela Howard
You might remember Jim Young from a few episodes ago. I was invited to his EI EI EI Oh! Newsletter where I got to share some insights around diversity and inclusion.
“Creating equity requires us to get to know and understand other people and to come from a sense of humility, that we’re not always right.“
It's a lesson I'm learning everyday and a lesson for all leaders who are seeking to build people-centric work environments.
It’s so great to build relationships with my amazing guests above and beyond my own podcast. We are building a better world of work together!
As always, thanks for staying tuned and we'll look forward to wrapping up the year together.
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Live For Yourself with Dr. Benjamin Ritter
Fear. It holds us back. It makes us doubt ourselves. It keeps us from advancing in our careers. So how can we overcome such an omnipresent obstacle that stands in the way of our success? Joining me today is none other than Dr. Benjamin Ritter to help us navigate this topic.
Dr. Benjamin Ritter is the founder of Live for Yourself Consulting, a leadership coach and podcaster who’s passionate about guiding leaders to be the leader of their own career and create a career they love.
“Leadership isn’t easy. It can be challenging and scary, but you have it within you to overcome your fears and accomplish great things for the people and organization you lead”
I continue to drive this home in EVERY conversation I have, leaders are first and foremost responsible for creating psychological safety and trust among the people they lead. If you are creating fear, you are sowing distrust. If you are creating unity, you are sowing trust.
We must understand how important it is to make this a priority so workers can overcome their fears and achieve what they are capable of.
Thanks again for another great conversation, Ben, we’ll see you all next week!
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Creating Purpose Driven Employees with Brandon Peele
“There’s got to be more than this.”
That’s the big question employees are starting to ask themselves, as, in recent years, their employers have shown their true colors behind all this “purpose” talk. Employees have come to value life outside of the office more and have awoken from their stupor that chasing a career isn’t all that it’s made up to seem. That’s why instilling and living a true purpose at work is the best way to bring meaning to the individuals doing the work.
Brandon Peele is Co-Founder of Unity Lab, which empowers organizations to solve their retention, engagement, inclusion and mental health challenges. They create cultures of purpose, empathy, and trust and empower each employee to feel a sense of belonging no matter where they work.
"If you've worked alone long enough, and seek connection and greater impact through collaboration, I invite you into a vibrant community of purpose professionals like you.”
Enjoy this podcast episode where I share some of my culture learnings from my recent travels to Europe and we dig in about how to develop global purpose leaders.
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Financial Literacy with Pablo Torres
My guest today is a Chicago native and Founder of @pablowealthtalks, Pablo Torres sees the opportunity to educate newer generations and break down systemic poverty so all can be compensated fairly for the value they add to society.
What can organizations do to help? Start by recognizing this as a problem, align yourself with financial values that allow employees to get educated and build financial literacy, a skill we often take for granted, and work towards a brighter future for all communities, regardless of race, sex, or generation.
We are very grateful for Pablo’s time and attention to this important topic.
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Wiping Out Bad Leadership with Matthew Sandel
I’m willing to bet you’ve had more bosses that you’ve struggled with than bosses you were actually excited to work for. Honestly…it’s not their fault. We’ve designed work systems that promote top performers and not the employee with the top leadership skills. It’s time for a change and I am so excited to discuss this with today's podcast guest.
Matthew Sandel’s goal is to wipe out bad leadership. He leverages neuroscience to create better leaders who promote positive culture to change the workplace. I’ve had the privilege of working with his firm, DX Learning, for a while now and I can say that it is the best leadership development training program that I’ve seen. It’s rich, research-driven and empirical.
DX Learning creates learning experiences that lead to new and compelling acts of leadership. This in turn drives visible and immediate change within the organization. DX experiences are quickly and easily adapted to your own company’s values and leadership framework. The focus is not on sharing ever more models and new knowledge, but on embedding vital skills that will motivate people at every level in the business, to achieve more.
All in all, connecting our hearts, hands, and minds will allow us to develop better leaders, strengthen work cultures, and drive forward a regenerative and sustainable leadership model that brings out the best in our people.
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Values-driven Culture with Fresia Jackson
My work is focused on building human-centric companies. I want to help drive organizations to truly put culture first and help leaders worldwide to build profitable, sustainable, and regenerative ecosystems at work. That’s why I get excited when I connect with like-passionate individuals like Fresia on the podcast.
Fresia Jackson is Lead Researcher at Culture Amp and kindred I/O Psychologist so you might notice our excitement escalating the more we talk together 🤩
Culture Amp is a values-driven company whose mission goes beyond just building a business tool. It includes a commitment to providing the education, community, and support companies need to bring a culture-first approach to their employees..
Just listen to Fresia present some of her research around company culture and you’ll see why it is crucial that we keep moving and keep pushing for change. We can build a lasting culture if we dedicate ourselves to the cause.
Thanks, Fresia and Culture Amp, for the foundational work you are doing. Take this quiz to know which direction your company culture is headed.
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Catalyzing Real World Change with Eric Ressler
If you’ve seen the news lately, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the problems we are currently grappling with. Economic downturns, racial injustice, wars on distant shores, natural disasters that ravage the lives of the innocent.
In times like these, I like to turn to my “why,” or the purpose that is driving my work forward. I can be encouraged to know that, at least in my own little corner of the world, I am doing some good to improve people’s lives at work.
That’s why I’ve enjoyed my conversation with today’s guest, Eric Ressler, who has a keen eye for macro changes and helps individuals take action in micro ways that have a big impact.
Eric is Founder of Cosmic, a Social Impact Creative Agency that empowers social impact in organizations to catalyze real world change by helping them nail their impact story, build brand awareness, and inspire action.
When we focus on what drives us, we can do great things, no matter the challenges. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!
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Self-worth at Work with Aiko Bethea
When you think about what makes us great as humans is that we have the capacity for deep emotional connection. The biggest travesty, however, is when we, as individuals, buy into the concept that our self-worth should be tied to the work that we produce. Aiko and I agree that it is wrong and we are here to address it.
Aiko Bethea, Esq., PCC, is Founder of RARE Consulting and Coaching LLC who specializes in providing leadership coaching and workshops for underrepresented individuals. She has been working with leaders for decades who have a desire to create equitable and inclusive teams, want to develop an awareness of their blindspots, and recognize behaviors and circumstances that create barriers for underrepresented individuals.
“The amount of workplace suicide has gone up 39% since the year 2000. Everything that we talk about in terms of workplace psychology and the workplace being a place where people can thrive is because we are wired to show up with our full selves in the workplace, not just a piece of us.”
Your self-worth is not tied to the work you do. It is reflected in the life you choose to lead.
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Leading Bold DEI Conversations with Valerie Williams
At their core, DEI professionals are change experts. They own the challenge of shaking the foundation of traditional corporate cultures to help leaders confront subconscious bias.
I usually talk to white male leaders who recognize that they are entitled and privileged, they will say “I’m the last person you should be talking to about DEI,” but that’s not true! For what they lack in lived experiences, can be made up by actively deciding to use that privilege to do better. We need everyone for diversity to flourish.
That’s just what Valerie sets out to do. Valerie Williams is Founder and Managing Partner at Converge Firm, a diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) advisory that helps organizations design and implement DEI strategies and have bold conversations. Converge aims to address equity issues at scale and drive systemic change within the workplace.
In this episode, we cover:
- Keeping an eye on the 30,000 level view
- Always coming back to your WHY
- Staying strategic as possible
- Leveraging the ability to improvise
We need to meet people where they are and not where we think they should be. DEI is a function where people can bring so many perspectives and value to work. Let's unleash this potential by giving them a voice.
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Creating a Culture of Wellbeing with Matthew Jackson
How do you measure wellbeing at work? Is it the number of company retreats each year? The number of positive comments among coworkers? Is it how well employees can memorize the company values?
Being someone who works daily in the culture space, a lot of people reach out to me with “symptoms,” but there is a huge gap between the responsibility of direct leaders and the implementation of company culture. We need to look at our day to day behaviors and make sure they match the values that we proclaim to hold at the organization. Wellbeing is the byproduct of a leaders’ behaviors at work.
My guest today is Matthew Jackson, a subject matter expert in the global HR & benefits SaaS space. Matt is passionate about mental health in the workplace with a proven success record at building high performing teams. Matthew believes in better, empathetic leaders, who are bringing the wellness epidemic to the forefront of productivity management and creating healthy programs for companies to take care of their people.
Wellness programs are not an add-on. They are about fixing fundamental business practices to include human experience at work.
Thanks for listening and be sure to catch new episodes every Wednesday morning.
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Harnessing the Power of Underrepresented Leaders with Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, Ed.D
Underrepresented leaders have a vast array of talents and skills that they bring to the table, but traditional leadership rhetoric has kept these critical contributions to a minimum.
This is why today’s guest launched Untapped Leaders to create a space for those contributions to be named, validated, and amplified.
Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, Ed.D. is a leadership facilitator and writer with a long-time interest in leadership stemming all the way back to being a 5th grade elementary school elected official. As a biracial Black/Latinx woman, her leadership journey has been bumpy, invigorating. challenging, and a life's work.
From established executives at large corporations to early career professionals beginning their leadership journeys, unlocking these untapped capacities is necessary to move underrepresented leadership to the forefront of modern leadership.
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