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On disrupting and being disrupted: Dr. Ari Levy | Founder & CEO, SHIFT (Life)

On disrupting and being disrupted: Dr. Ari Levy | Founder & CEO, SHIFT (Life)

July 22, 2021

Dr. Ari Levy, Founder & CEO of an organization that is disrupting the traditional healthcare system, is a Doctor and MBA, a Crain’s 40 under 40 honoree, a personal mentor, friend and my brother. Ari has been laser focused on working to fix a broken healthcare system and now in his second business, SHIFT (Life), he has made strides in developing a model for just that. In today’s episode, Ari talks to us about the SHIFT model and how he’s been able to grow his business and team despite the pandemic.

Re-imagining our institutions: Dorie Blesoff | Former Chief People Officer & Talent Advisor, Relativity

Re-imagining our institutions: Dorie Blesoff | Former Chief People Officer & Talent Advisor, Relativity

June 3, 2021

Dorie Blesoff, the former Chief People Officer and Talent Advisor at Relativity, joined Relativity when they had 200 people and helped the company grow and evolve to where they are today at around 1,200 employees around the world. Dorie is also Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, a role she’s been in for over 20 years. Dorie is deeply passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about the future of work, social and racial justice, and its role in our development as people and a society.

Building a diverse and inclusive workplace: Shaniqua Davis | Founder & CEO, Noirefy

Building a diverse and inclusive workplace: Shaniqua Davis | Founder & CEO, Noirefy

May 10, 2021

In this episode, Shaniqua Davis, the Founder & CEO of Noirefy, a diversity advancement platform that connects diverse professionals with high growth companies, discusses how Noirefy was born out of her own encounters with bias during a job search. Shaniqua talks about how they consult with companies to build out structures to help tear down the barriers to a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Designing the employee experience: Elles Skony | Head of People, XSELL Technologies

Designing the employee experience: Elles Skony | Head of People, XSELL Technologies

April 2, 2021

Elles Skony was recently brought on as the Head of People at XSELL Technologies, a fast growing company that uses Artificial Intelligence to transform the way businesses interact with their customers. In this episode, Elles discusses her process for building her people department and walks us through her three pronged action plan. 

Hiring for will: Monica Royer | Founder & CEO, Monica + Andy

Hiring for will: Monica Royer | Founder & CEO, Monica + Andy

February 27, 2021

In this episode, Monica Royer, the founder and CEO of Monica + Andy – a company that provides organic essentials for kids and babies, along with kids’ classes and events for new and expecting parents in their Guideshops around the country and virtually, talks about how she and her team pivoted their business successfully during the COVID pandemic. Monica believes it’s key to hire the right people and embrace a humans-first culture in order to meet the challenges. Monica also talks about her personal mission to empower other female entrepreneurs and young girls to reach their potential through The Monica + Andy Girls Foundation.

 

Why psychological safety matters: Dr. Amy Edmondson | Novartis Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School

Why psychological safety matters: Dr. Amy Edmondson | Novartis Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School

January 11, 2021

In our very first live podcast, Dr. Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and foremost expert on Psychological Safety, talks about why trust, candor and psychological safety are integral for a high performance team and culture, and why this concept is gaining such momentum as a key component in the future of work.

Build trust with your team: Peter Lynch | Head of People & Culture, Cardinal Group Companies

Build trust with your team: Peter Lynch | Head of People & Culture, Cardinal Group Companies

November 30, 2020

Peter Lynch, a noted Fortune 500 executive, TEDx Speaker, and performance coach, joined Cardinal Group Companies as the Head of People & Culture to help them build a culture that embodies the future of work. Peter talks about the first two steps to take when leading a new team and highlights the importance of owning your own weaknesses as a way to be a more powerful leader.

Growing and gifting with intention: Jonathan Legge | Co-Founder and CEO of &Open

Growing and gifting with intention: Jonathan Legge | Co-Founder and CEO of &Open

November 19, 2020

Cultivating a gifting strategy that builds bridges between organizations and their customers is hard, and is what inspired Jonathan Legge to start &Open. In today’s episode, Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Legge talks about how they bootstrapped their company and grew it purposely and organically by hiring slowly, hyperfocusing on their numbers, and staying true to their values and mission.

Change is the only constant: PJ Bouten | Co-Founder & CEO, Showpad

Change is the only constant: PJ Bouten | Co-Founder & CEO, Showpad

October 14, 2020

In this episode, PJ Bouten, Co-Founder and CEO of Showpad, recognized a need to empower sales and marketing teams to deliver a better buyer experience. Since 2011, PJ has helped build a global company with more than 1,000 customers in 50 countries and grew the organization to 350 team members. But when the pandemic hit, he was faced with difficult decisions in order to save the company as a whole. PJ talks about the importance of finding a great co-founder, investing in your managers, and treating your people with compassion and empathy.

A plan for crisis: Tim Schumm | Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners

A plan for crisis: Tim Schumm | Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners

September 16, 2020

Tim Schumm, the founder and president of Lucas James Talent Partners, started and grew the organization to a team of 32 people in just 20 months– then COVID hit. Tim shares the step by step process he took to lead his team through this crisis, what it takes to build a culture of feedback, and the daily practices he follows to make sure he shows up at his best for his team and his family. 

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