We spend so many hours at work and maybe even more time with our coworkers and bosses than with our family and friends. We’re bound to have disagreements, experience miscommunication, have toxic coworkers, be thrown into change, or feel left out or underappreciated. Alissa Carpenter, along with other experts share "out of the box" strategies to move past those sticky situations. You’ll learn how to be a better colleague, employee, peer and overall human that not only provides value but brings value out in others.
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Andrea Carey.
Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP), holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies and is a champion of inclusion. Andrea is Brene Brown “Dare to Lead” trained and leads courageously.
Andrea works to support clients to create cultures of belonging and inclusion for everyone to thrive and has worked extensively on inclusion and improved access for Indigenous peoples, Newcomers, persons with disabilities and women and girls. She brings extensive experience in business operations, facility management, human resources, strategic planning, marketing, group facilitation, curriculum development and in product development.
Her passionate, playful and engaging approach to inclusion provides a platform for understanding the challenges, to develop a strategy that aligns the organization’s needs with global trends and connects clients to tools to ensure successful implementation.
Andrea is a volunteer with the Canadian Paralympic Committee as a Board Director and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee; and sits on the Board of KidSport Victoria.
We chat about:
How cognitive diversity and neurodiversity shows up in the workplace
What type accommodations should a workplace provide
How can we advocate for neurodiversity
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Sara Evans.
Sara Evans serves as the Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development for Delaware county Community College (DCCC). Sara has over 20 years of diverse human resources experience and is known as a subject matter expert in the areas of employee engagement, change management, organizational development, HR compliance, and employment law.
Sara started her career working as a HR Assistant and became passionate about the work involved in human resources. Since then, she has continued to refine her skills by working in various HR leadership positions.
Sara Evans holds a B.S. in Business Management from Rosemont College in which she graduated with honors; and a M.S. in Human Resources Development from Villanova University. In addition, Sara currently holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP certifications.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys listening to music, walking, and reading books.
We chat about:
Observing the culture before making changes in a new workplace
Building trust and credibility with employees
Inclusivity among different departments
Getting employees on board with changes
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Laurie Olague.
With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer, intern, director, and advisory board member, Laurie has built a reputation as the epitome of a strategic partner who brings people together to achieve results that drive organizational growth. Her biggest passion is helping organizations be better at doing good. Her specialties include program development and evaluation, stakeholder and employee engagement, operations, and events (both virtual and in-person). When it comes to employee and stakeholder engagement, Laurie’s approach centers around stakeholder feedback, compassion, development, and flexibility.
As someone who holds a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University, Los Angeles, Laurie has spent years studying the mechanics of successful organizations. Her experience includes being a leader at some of Los Angeles’ top nonprofits, including Chrysalis where she currently serves as the Volunteer and Program Director, overseeing a team of 160 volunteers across four locations throughout Southern California. She has developed curriculum for and successfully started multiple new programs, launched new social enterprise business lines and is well versed in the area of corporate social responsibility having led activations for Fortune 500 companies.
Laurie’s core values are integrity, innovation, inclusion, and initiative. She believes that true and lasting social change lives at the intersection of collaboration, innovation, and cross-sector action.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Rob and their son, Robert Renegade (“Ren”). When Laurie isn’t helping organizations be better at doing good, she can be found cooking, (re)reading Brene Brown’s books, listening to her favorite podcasts, and exploring nature with her family.
We chat about
The difference between satisfied employees and engaged employees
Creating space for engagement
Recognizing the need to re-engage in your work
How leaders and staff members can help each other engage with their work more
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Katherine Plumhoff.
Katherine Plumhoff is a writer and content strategist who believes in the power of a well-told story. She writes for outlets like Slate and Teen Vogue on topics like technology, feminism at work, and the future of activism. She also partners with companies on their internal and external communication. Before working as a writer and strategist, Katherine worked for Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, where she managed a team focused on emerging markets. Prior to the pandemic, she had spent two years traveling around Latin America, working and writing from cities like Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Antigua. Her to-read pile is always growing and she has never said no to ice cream. Follow her travel writing at kathmeetsworld.com, find examples of her journalism and consulting work at katherineplumhoff.com, and follow her on Instagram at @KPlumhoff.
We chat about
how experiences become stories
when to share others' stories and when to share your own story
how to highlight others' voices
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dawn E. Christian.
Dawn E. Christian is a Belonging Speaker +Thought Leader who is unapologetically committed to her leadership as an IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Consciousness) Champion + Practitioner.
Dawn leads belonging, inclusion, and diversity initiatives by counseling and coaching senior-level executives on how to nurture and develop a culture of inclusion by way of building a sense of belonging. Dawn is a sought-after speaker, podcast contributor, and IDEAS advisor. She has been a recurring speaker, keynote, and panelist at The Global Fluency Summit, Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Diversity Summit, The ZeroGap.co, Global Leadership Summit, featured podcast guest on the Power Banking Podcast, In Other Words, Global Fluency Podcast. Dawn is a recurring Belonging, Diversity, and Inclusion thought leadership columnist on FairPlayTalks.com.
Inspired by two decades of corporate experience-often being the “only one in the room”—her methodology is anchored on a simple concept: I belong where I am. As am... This is her personal mantra which also serves as the charter for the birth of her social consciousness brand, I Belong Here.
I Belong Here is meant to both inspire and empower members of marginalized groups to evade the grasp of "the imposter syndrome". At the same time, the apparel brand is meant to be a conversation starter poised to ignite a visceral discussion that will evoke storytelling. Dawn believes that sharing your personal story creates human connections that eventually build trust across margins, identities, and backgrounds. She believes that every story embodies the gift of a lesson. Ultimately, her mission is to drive the idea that everyone belongs right where they are... As they are. I Belong Here is both a statement and a cause for empowerment.
Dawn is a wife and mother who holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MBA from The Johnson School of Management, and a Leadership Certification in Diversity + Inclusion from The International Labor Relations School at Cornell University. Her civic and community engagements include Ellevate, FORTE Foundation, INROADS, Management Leaders for Tomorrow, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
We chat about:
How the practice of diversity and inclusion is changing
What companies to do as they begin to examine policies that may be discriminating
How people can start to get to know others' stories
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Meg King.
As a leadership coach, consultant, trainer, and speaker, Meg works with a variety of clients across the country, from businesses and entrepreneurs to teams and individuals alike. Meg has a passion for creating exceptional customer service, starting with identifying a company's true D.N.A. (Dreams. Needs. Actionable Behaviors.)
She customizes each company's unique customer service journey, by uncovering gaps and missing opportunities for improved communication skills and generating new sources of revenue. Resulting in a positive impact that up-levels the culture and prosperity of the company and its team. You can find her on Instagram, schedule a 30 minutes strategy session, or email her.
We chat about
What customer service should look like
How leaders should reflect back before moving forward
Easing concerns as we merge into new phases of Covid-19 living
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jasmin Forts.
During the day, Jasmin Forts works as a HR leader and Working Mom Wellness advocate. She has sat in the HR space for over 15 years and uses her expertise and influence to help bring strategy and balance to workplaces. She is also the Founder of Jobbing With Jas, LLC and A Sisters Siesta, a career and support group services specializing in practical maintenance and mental health resources. She has been featured on several publications writing articles such as Black Enterprise and Teen Vogue sharing her insight on HR practices and anything supporting wellness. Jasmin has been invited to speak on several different platforms including Essence Festival and HER Village in Atlanta, GA. She is the author of “A Sisters Siesta: A Pocketbook Guide of Positivity, HR Protocol, and Vignettes for the Professional Black Woman.” Her personable and engaging style captivates audiences while educating them. She always looks for ways to share her expertise and personal experience aligned with industry best practice and compliance.
We chat about
Burnout at work
Finding rest in the midst of decision fatigue
Creating safe spaces within organizations
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Theresa Hummel-Krallinger
Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is a well-respected senior training professional and performance consultant, but it is her work as a humorist and motivational speaker that sets her apart. Known for her lively and interactive presentation style, she is a frequently requested speaker on topics of employee morale, professional development, performance improvement and workplace communications. Her experience as a professional stand-up
comedian enables her to add fun and humor to her consulting and training work.
No stranger to the corporate world, Theresa brings over 30 years practical business experience. She has held executive leadership roles in both the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. She is highly regarded for her ability to help organizations put in place meaningful performance enhancement processes that improve employee engagement and achieve financial results. She graduated from the prestigious leadership development organization, Women Unlimited in New York City, where she has served as a mentor to rising female leaders. With certifications in
Human Resource Management, Behavior Styles training/coaching, Instructional Design, Adult Learning, and Technical Writing, Theresa has a broad array of business tools and educational experience from which to draw. She is on the non-credit faculty at Temple University, where her popular course, “What’s Your Point?” is a key requirement for their Project Management and Leadership certificate programs. Theresa is the Past President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ATD (Association for Talent Development) and is the Past President for a local club of Toastmasters International. She was appointed to serve as a member of National Advisors for Chapters in ATD. She has been a featured speaker at numerous regional and international conferences for ATD, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), DIA (Drug Information Association), Training Directors Forum and others. She facilitates the monthly “Meet the Author at the Pyramid Club,” which has been named to the top 10 best networking associations in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal. She won an Emmy in 2019 for her work on PBS39’s talk show, “Counter Culture.” You can connect with Theresa on Facebook and LinkedIn.
We chat about:
Assessing training needs
How to have a proactive training department
Designing workshops and webinars
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Kryss Shane.
Named by The New York Times and many national and international platforms as the go-to Leading LGBT Expert, Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW (she/her) has 25+ years of experience guiding the world's top leaders in business, education, and community via individual, small group, and full-staff trainings. She is known for making each organization's specific Diversity and Inclusion needs become more manageable, approachable, and actionable in financially realistic ways. This includes physical spaces, hiring practices, policies/procedures, and more. In addition to being known for her work in the LGBT+ field, she is almost equally known for her lifelong love of tie dye (making her easy to spot in a crowd or at an event) and her never-ending adoration of NYC pizza. You can find her book The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion here.
We chat about:
Making school curriculum move inclusive
Language people should know and use
Asking about pronouns
How to recognize and use your privilege well
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dr. Janice Gassam
Janice Gassam, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, LLC, a consultancy designed to help organizations create more inclusive environments. Janice facilitates workshops, delivers keynote speeches and "Awareness Talks" to spark important dialogue about workplace equity. Janice has collaborated with Yale University, Nordstrom, H&M, and Paypal/Venmo among many others. She is the host of the Diversity Dinner Dialogue, a free public workshop designed to address issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. She is a senior contributing writer for Forbes having authored nearly 200 articles. Janice has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business and psychology. She is a TEDx speaker and the host of the Dirty Diversity podcast where she discusses all things diversity, equity, inclusion, or lack thereof. She is also the author of the new book Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All
We chat about
Using appropriate terminology
What leaders can consider in order to make long term cultural changes
The power and importance of inclusive training
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Louise H. Reid.
Louise is a coach, leadership consultant, radio host, and loving partner and mum to 4 boys. Coaching professional women to achieve both career success and fulfillment in life is her calling and developing our next generation, industry 4.0 leaders is her passion. Residing in Ottawa, Canada, this HR expert has twenty years experience in fields of high-tech, aviation, utilities and non-profit sectors. Louise has skillfully integrated her industry experience with her bachelor of science degree and certifications in HR, emotional intelligence, coaching and mindfulness, now running her own consulting practice where her mission is clear- to build better lives by elevating women and humanizing workplaces. Continually leaving a positive impact, Louise has broadened her reach through her global radio show and podcast – ‘The Louise H Reid Show’. This in-depth, heart felt and insightful show highlights real people, real issues, real conversations. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
We chat about HR experience, how to humanize leadership, the four "C's" of leadership, establishing trust, and what employers can do to ease employee's fears as we navigate returning to work after COVID-19.
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Phil Mershon.
Phil Mershon is the director of events for Social Media Examiner where he oversees the signature event, Social Media Marketing World. He also leads the team that produces the Becoming Well-Known course. He's also a skilled conference speaker, professional jazz saxophonist, songwriter and idea catalyst. His upcoming course and book, “Unforgettable” teach you how to create memorable experiences.
We chat about
considering the client's journey at an event
making virtual events engaging
creating exciting, unforgettable experiences
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Erica Courdae.
Erica Courdae has dedicated her life to expanding how others interact with the world through powerful conversations. As an entrepreneur + certified coach her work is frequently focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), imperfect allyship, and imposter syndrome. This work has taken her across the country onto stages and into communities as a key speaker and educator. Erica also has a podcast that features open conversation and dialogue on the topics of her work and more, Pause on the Play. Her support and leadership facilitates engaged conversations within 6 figure communities, international podcasts, and live events to connect people and create change.
We chat about
How experiences shape who we are
Equality versus equity
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Julie Kratz.
Julie Kratz is a highly-acclaimed speaker and trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing her own career “pivot point,” she developed a process for women leaders to build winning plans. Promoting gender equality in the workplace, Julie is a Tedx speaker, a frequent keynote speaker, and executive coach. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, is a Certified Master Coach, and is a certified unconscious bias trainer. Her books include Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality, and Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion. Meet Julie at NextPivotPoint.com and watch her speaker reel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2XdGIK8TOY. You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter.
We chat about
Privilege and allies
How to recognize privilege and start change
How to be an ally in the middle of meetings
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jake Wax.
Jake Wax is a Senior Insight Associate at Olson Zaltman, a market research company focused on exploring the unconscious through metaphor. His background is in marketing and psychology through the University of Virginia. He is currently the head of Olson Zaltman’s internship program, leading both recruitment and management of interns.
For more about the unconscious frames around Covid-19 across Gen-Z and Boomers, watch this webinar.
We chat about
Keys to successful internship programs
Moving internships online during Covid-19
How to start a remote intern program
On this weeks episode we are chatting about and pulling back the curtain on How to Listen and How to Be Heard: Inclusive Conversations at Work. I share:
how I chose to go with traditional publishing
what resource I used to get picked up by an agent
why the book writing process was different from what I had imagined
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Emily Morgan.
Emily Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Delegate Solutions, a premium Virtual Assistance Firm. She and her team at Delegate Solutions help entrepreneurial leaders stay productive without the hassles of HR. Their unique approach to support means that as you grow, you’ll never need to find, manage or train an administrative support resource again!
Emily Morgan and her remote team help leaders and their teams to strategically clear their plates so they can focus on higher impact activities. She is the founder of Delegate Solutions, a Strategic Support(TM) firm and the designer of the “Delegate Method” which helps leaders identify areas of their work they can delegate or automate for maximum efficiency. She’s helped hundreds of busy entrepreneurial leaders master delegation and design systems to support and grow their awesome businesses! In 2019, her team cleared over 30,000 hours of tasks off the plates of overwhelmed business owners.
Emily speaks nationally on the topic of virtual business, delegation, remote workforces and flexwork culture. She's the Philly Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year and has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, Inc., HuffPo, NY Times and NBC News. She is a Goldman Sachs 10kSB alumni and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Delegate Solutions is WBE certified and was recently ranked among the top 100 fastest-growing companies in Philly!
We chat about:
Talent acquisition for virtual jobs
Tips for being a cohesive virtual team
How to identify if working remotely works for you (even after the current pandemic ends)
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Rachel Milano-Davis.
Employed with innovative non-profit organizations, Values Into Action PA & NJ since 2009, Rachel Milano-Davis currently acts as the Director of Culture & Talent, leading organizational strategy and remote work teams serving people with disabilities across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Rachel holds a BSW from West Chester University and an MSW with a concentration in Management & Planning from Temple University. A social worker by profession and certified Human Resource Professional (SHRM-SCP), Rachel has been recognized for her unique perspective and expertise within the non-profit environment.
An avid volunteer within her community, Rachel is the current President of the Delaware County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, Delco SHRM, and serves on the Advisory Board for West Chester University’s Undergraduate Social Work program.
A restless explorer and admirer of humanity, Rachel enjoys immersing herself in different cultures, food and music. Rachel is married to her Elementary School Sweetheart and a mom to two wonderful kids.
We chat about
How to prioritize when to have a meeting
How to follow up on action plans made during meetings
Roles in meetings
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Toby Egbuna.
Toby Egbuna (Egboona) is a Co-Founder Dyversifi, a career reviews platform for diverse employees. He's also a Management Consultant, diversity strategist, and blogger. You can find Toby on Instagram and Twitter.
We chat about
The difference between equity and equality, and why the difference matters
The value of diversity in companies as well as strategies to incorporating diversity in companies
How to illustrate the importance of diversity without the burden falling on minorities
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, Alissa Carpenter is talking about COVID19 and its impact on the workplace. She is breaking down what employees are looking for in their leaders during these uncertain times.
On this weeks episode of Humanize Your Workplace, Alissa Carpenter is keeping it real and talking about COVID-19 and working from home while teaching her kids. She also provides five strategies to make diversity and inclusion a priority during uncertain times.
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Megan Prikhodko.
Megan Prikhodko is the author of the poetry collection, Leap, and the editor of Making Fake Star Trek and I am a Professional Metalhead. Additionally, she is a product and operations executive specializing in software. Megan was born in Colorado, but lived across the United States with her mother, father, and older sister. Megan holds a MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Maryland.
Megan lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. You can connect with Megan on Instagram and LinkedIn.
We chat about
Overcoming miscommunication in virtual teams
Building trust amount virtual employees
Strategies for being involved in virtual meetings
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jordan Gross.
Jordan is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate, a startup founder, a 2x TEDx speaker, and a #1 best-selling author. His upcoming book, The Journey to Cloud Nine, provides a new approach to the personal development world by using fictional storytelling to reveal some of life's most meaningful principles. Jordan has been blazing new trails for people around the world, and he cannot wait to share this with all of you! You can find his book on Amazon.
We chat about
Cloud nine moments
How to help others find their cloud nine moments
Jordan's concept of "imagitivitation"
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jeannette Fournier.
Before joining Caring for Friends, as Executive Director, she provided strategic management advice to nonprofits to help increase their capacity while at Dunleavy & Associates. Prior she served as Playworks Pennsylvania’s Executive Director, scaling the regional bullying prevention and school climate program to serve thousands of students in Greater Philadelphia. She has also worked on policy and advocacy at think tanks in Washington, DC and supported various start-up nonprofits. She has served as a member of the UNESCO-World Economic Forum education task force, on Girls Leadership’s Board of Directors, and is active in her church.
Jeannette received her BA in Political Science from Drew University and her Master of International Law with International Relations from Kent University. At home she enjoys oil painting, gardening, and cooking with her children, husband and friends.
We chat about
What it looks like to be a creative leader
How we can bring play into our teams and the workplace
What tactics can leaders use to handle bullying in the workplace
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by John Lim.
John Lim is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and author. He has co-written two books ‘Making Fake Star Trek’ and ‘Making More Fake Star Trek,’ detailing his days as an actor and co-created an adult coloring book called ‘Corporate Cliches.’ John currently hosts two podcasts ‘Moving Forward’ and ‘Making Fake Star Trek’ based on his book series. You can learn out more at www.bemovingforward.com.
We chat about:
Navigating your company's benefits
The importance of and how to start investing
Diversifying your financial portfolio
Mistakes in investing
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Susan Freeman.
Susan’s goal is to help women in business communicate effectively with the world -- and to help men communicate effectively with women in business! Susan’s passion for helping women succeed is long-standing. She co-founded “Women’s Business Connection” in Massachusetts and “Girl Power”. She has also taught “Girls in Politics,” a program created to introduce girls to politics, policy, and the branches of government. Her enthusiasm for the benefits of building meaningful relationships has made her a great connector. She helps professionals communicate effectively in order to develop new business. She trains professionals to use client-centric insights to assess needs and identify solutions that meet strategic goals.
Susan has worked with some of the most prestigious law firms and financial services institutions in the world. Susan is the co-author of the book,
“THE ULTIMATE WOMEN ASSOCIATES’ LAW FIRM MARKETING CHECKLIST.” She has been published in California Lawyers Association and “The Art & Science of Persuasion” for “Legal Business World.” Susan has been a podcast guest on many shows, including Scott Love’s “Partner Podcast,” Good2bSocial’s “Legal Marketing 2.0,” “The Corporate Career Challenge” and the “Ellevate Podcast.” Susan also published an article in Rainmaker VT, “Good Questions Are More Powerful Than Any Answers.”
Susan was graduated with honors from Hawaii Pacific University with a Master of Arts degree in Communication and she was graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Journalism, with a minor in Marketing. She also studied Marketing at Northeastern University in Boston.
We chat about:
How men and women communicate differently
How women can combat bias
Action steps for men and women to take together in the workplace to help one another advance
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Deirdre K. Breakenridge.
Deirdre K. Breakenridge is CEO at Pure Performance Communications. As a 30-year veteran in PR, marketing, and branding, she has worked with senior leaders and organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, JVC, Kraft, Nasdaq, NBA Events & Attractions and the Public Relations Society of America.
Deirdre is a career-long storyteller and relationship agent, helping brands and professionals to get “unstuck” and ignite their communications. She’s been working with leaders for decades to create award-winning PR and marketing programs and building relationships based on loyalty and advocacy. Deirdre takes a proprietary approach to communications with her FEEL First communication model that encompasses the findings of a 52+ Week research project.
Deirdre is the author of six business books sharing stories about her communications journey. Her most recent book, “Answers for Modern Communicators,” was published by Routledge and was recently named among the Top 100 Storytelling Books in 2019 by Book Authority.
For 15 years, Deirdre has taught PR and social media courses, online and in the classroom for NYU, UMASS at Amherst, Rutgers University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also takes her passion for education into organizations with communication training programs and she speaks internationally on the topics of PR, marketing, branding, and social media communications.
Deirdre has been blogging at PR Expanded for over 10 years and she is also the host of the podcast, Women Worldwide, which in its 5th year has nearly 2 million downloads
We chat about:
The FEEL Model- how it came about and how to use it in your own growth
How to be more empathetic in the workplace
Phrases we can use to glean more information from co-workers in the midst of disagreements
You can connect with Deirdre on LinkedIn.
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Angelo G. Spenillo.
Angelo G. Spenillo is a husband, stepdad, metalhead, in-house attorney, and author of "I Am a Professional Metalhead." Angelo grew up in New Jersey where he began a lifelong obsession with heavy metal music - one that influenced his entire legal career.
In 2000, Angelo began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He left the practice of law several times to work in sales, marketing, account management, and product development, until he finally found his true calling working as a lawyer for software companies. Since then, he has built legal departments for several rapidly growing companies and finally found his dream career - unless, Sevendust has a need for a third guitar player in which case the law thing would be a great fall back gig.
Angelo earned his undergraduate degree from Union College and his law degree from Georgetown. He is currently in-house counsel at a fast-growing software company.
He resides in Savage, Minnesota with his wife Carol, two stepkids, and one guitar less than would be ideal.
We chat about
What to do if you find yourself in a job you do not enjoy.
How Angelo's passion for music helped him connect with his co-workers, employees, and clients.
Lessons learned from loving music
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Teresa Douglas. She has worked remotely since 2010 in a variety of management-level roles. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Based in Vancouver, Canada, she specializes in strategic analysis and operations management. She is also a co-author of Working Remotely: Secrets to Success for Employees on Distributed Teams
We chat about:
*Teresa's own journey of working in a traditional workplace to working remotely
*How to stay connected to your virtual team, and how to create more collaborative spaces with virtual employees
*What to consider before going remote
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Tiffany Tavarez serves as Vice President of Community Relations at Wells Fargo where she implements the company’s corporate responsibility priorities through strategic philanthropy, stakeholder engagement and team member volunteerism across the Northeast (PA, NY, NJ, DE, CT). Her career in community relations has included reputable organizations such as PECO/Exelon, Comcast, Temple University, First Person Arts & the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Numerous organizations throughout the region have recognized her work; some highlights include Philadelphia City Council, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, IMPACTO, Femme & Fortune, Hispanic Media LLC, Friends of the Urban Affairs Coalition & the United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey. In 2018, the Forum of Executive Women presented her with the Emerging Leader Award and most recently, she was named in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Top Forty Under 40.
Tiffany Tavarez serves on Governor Tom Wolf’s Pennsylvania Commission for Women; Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Esperanza; Chair of the Monument Lab Advisory Board and Member of the Temple Contemporary Advisory Council. She is a first-generation college graduate who has earned degrees from both Temple University (B.F.A.) and University of the Arts (M.A.).
We chat about:
3 ways to provide space and opportunity for employees to shine and grow
Identifying the cost vs. value of building relationships
The power of having a personal narrative and getting to know the narrative of others
In this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat with Kristy Wallace. She is the CEO of Ellevate Network and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a global community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate's Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate's impact.
Kristy is a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Kristy is also the host of the Ellevate Podcast, Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.
Kristy strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an Angel Investor with Pipeline Angels, and organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute.
Prior to joining Ellevate, Kristy was a founding team member of Zeel.com, where she oversaw operations, business modeling, brand development, partnerships, and fundraising. Prior to Zeel, Kristy served as VP of North America Ad Sales and then GM of International Operations at Vault.com.
Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University. Kristy lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three wonderful children.
* embracing networking and finding ways to connect with people (in and outside of your organization)
* making a commitment to bring your whole self to work
* providing a safe space (online and in person) for employees to share topics that are important to them
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On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Christie Lawler. She founded CJL CONSULTiNG in 2009 while completing her MBA as a way to stay engaged in her career while completing her studies. As Founder & Owner of CJL CONSULTiNG, Christie supports clients by creating beverage marketing and training programs for the likes of Alamo Drafthouse, American Social, Arcis Golf, Drive Shack and Flagship Restaurant Group. Christie is also the host of Lawler Out Loud: Mixing up the Mainstream – a weekly podcast featuring trendsetters and newsmakers around the hospitality industry.
Prior to the rebrand of CJL CONSULTiNG in 2017, Christie was consulting with AREAS, Smokey Bones and Shula’s after spending seven years serving as the National Accounts Manager for both Sidney Frank Importing Company and Lavazza. After managing more than 200 accounts across the U.S., she was excited to bring her knowledge of the sales side full circle to help her company’s clients drive their beverage strategy forward.
Before entering the world of sales, Christie worked as a newspaper reporter and went on to create the marketing office for MWR Europe covering Southern Germany while stationed overseas with her active-duty husband. Upon moving back to the U.S. in 2004, Christie got her first taste of national accounts beverage marketing while creating training and beverage programs for HMSHost, Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Outback Steakhouse and House of Blues.
In 2018, Christie developed the charitable side of her career founding The WITI Group, a 501(c)(3) foundation focused on empowering and supporting the women of the hospitality industry. She is also proud to serve as a CORE Ambassador as well as an advisory board member for “The Bar” with Datassential. CJL CONSULTiNG is WBENC Certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business. Christie also travels the U.S. for her speaking engagements covering marketing, branding, sales strategy and cultural development topics.
We chat about:
*how "bad bosses" can help you grow and learn
* the secret to landing top clients
* how to create memorable experiences and build relationships at work
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Dan Frutiger. Dan comes from the Mid-Western US while growing up in various places. Some of these places include Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. He has been in Southern California for many years and has made it his home.
After attending several schools growing up he acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Business.
Dan’s experience includes a career in developing and implementing mentoring programs, outside sales and Learning and Development with various organizations over the years. This experience has taught him to always stay in a learning posture. Also, to implement changes personally and professionally in order to stay relevant each day.
What inspires him the most is having the opportunity to contribute to the success of others. This is why training has become such a fulfilling passion for him and keeps him going and growing.
We chat about:
Resources for bilingual workforces
Essential elements to mentorship programs
Difference between a "manager" and a "leader" 4 elements of customer service
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Jen Brown. Jen is the Founder of The Engaging Educator (EE), a women-owned and operated company dedicated to helping people find their unapologetic, authentic and best voice, communication style and self through improv-based education. She also just released a new book Think on Your Feet: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job.
We chat about:
what improv is and how it can help you gain confidence in your interactions at work
how to incorporate play with your team
why it's important to role play new communication styles
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On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Kate Athmer. She leads the growth team at a B2B data intelligence company. Kate's responsible for educating prospects on the many ways Intent data can improve the ROI of marketing and sales efforts, while guiding them toward more sustainable marketing practices.
Kate is also co-author of Millennial Reboot, a book designed to help the go-getters of her generation overcome Millennial stereotypes and lead corporations through the technology revolution.
We chat about:
What to think about before joining a remote workforce
How to connect with your team and employees as a remote leader
How to stay in touch with your supervisor
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Brian Wallace. Brian is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present.
We chat about:
what an infographic is
how infographics can help your organization land clients, sign larger contracts and bring people together at work
the power of LinkedIn to build relationship capital
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Julie Gessin, PA-C. Julie is a licensed Physician Assistant and in the executive suite at Schweiger Dermatology Group where she serves as the Chief Operating Officer. She oversees 600 employees in 50 office locations and leads the business growth efforts through acquisition integration and starting new offices. She also oversees and founded the pathology department, business intelligence, in-house call center and the centralized training & onboarding program.
We chat about:
how to identify company-wide goals
how to cascade and communicate these goals throughout the organization
how to hold yourself and employees accountable for reaching these goals on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and year end basis
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Sonya Smith. Sonya is the Associate State Director of Programs & Policy at Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers at Kutztown University. We chat about:
free and reduced resources available to small business owners
how internship programs can lead to full-time offers
how to help your employees see the value of their work play out within your community
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Caitlin Magidson. Caitlin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Career Coach providing both counseling and career coaching services in the Washington DC region and remotely to clients around the world.
We chat about:
what can trigger a quarter life crisis
signs of anxiety and depression
opportunities for employers to enhance the well being of their employees
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat about ways to get face time with a senior leader and how to become an accessible leader. Employees want to know who they work for, what they believe in and how they’re going to move the company forward. But getting to know people in a large organization takes time and effort. We break down a few ways organizations are leading the charge
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace we are joined by Brian Blackburn. Brian is the COO of Score Shuttle. We chatted about:
inventive ways to communicate with your employees
strategies to welcome new team members to the organization
how to push your ego aside and do what is best for the company
In this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Janine Zangrilli. She is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Republic Bank. We chatted about:
small tweaks to make to enhance the culture of an organization
ice breaker to kick off a leadership development program
how to make even the most difficult situations positive
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Raquel Arredondo. She is the Associate Director of Outreach, Engagement & Professional Development at Lebow College of Business. We chat about:
the importance of networking (especially in college)
how to become an ally
how employee resource groups (ERG) can play a vital role in recruiting and retaining talent
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Lynn Buschman, Learning and Development Manager at Almo. We chat about:
Bridging silos to create effective company-wide trainings
How to create "aha" moments for employees across departments
How to be an effective learning facilitator by making your employees the featured experts
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Tesha L. Nesbit Arrington. She is the Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Community Outreach at Erie Insurance Group and the Principal at Phoenix Rising Coaching, LLC. We chatted about:
the difference between Employee Resource (ERG) and Affinity groups
what to consider before starting these groups
the value of participating and supporting ERG and affinity groups
what to do if you want more responsibility within your current role
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Joan Burns. She is the executive vice president of Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, and chief diversity officer at IDB Bank (IDB). We chatted about:
the importance of sponsorship
creating and embracing vision and values as an organization
weaving your organization's vision and values during the recruitment process and in performance management
being an accessible and approachable leader
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we’re joined Scott Miller. Scott is a 23-year associate of FranklinCovey and serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. His new book, Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow is an Amazon best seller. We talk about:
three messes you will face during your first 90 days in a leadership role
how to initiate difficult conversations with your team
how to become more self aware as an employee and leader
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat about the power of social impact and how giving back to the community can help build relationships with peers and managers. We also talk about some easy strategies to implement and some that can leave an even longer impact.
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Joanne Lockwood. Jo is the founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice specializing in providing Transgender Awareness and support to organisations and businesses. We chatted about:
engaging in conversations with people different from yourself
diversity and inclusion strategy (and what to think about)
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Brady Smith Director of Development for NW Works. We chat all about:
transactional to transformational relationships
seeing people for more than their title
treat people like you want to be treated
using the 5 love language concepts at work
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, I had the pleasure of speaking with Rani Mani. Rani Mani is the Head of Global Employee Advocacy at Adobe. She's passionate about cultivating and nurturing communities and coaching others to do the same. We chatted about:
the incredible person that has made her who she is today (a must listen to segment)
the power of positivity
how to move away from trying to do everything and focusing on a few things
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dylan Serota. He is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Terminal, a startup that helps build remote technical teams and offices for high growth companies. We chat about:
The benefits of working for a startup
Interviewing techniques to personalize the process for each candidate
How to bring hospitality into the tech industry
Why it's important for businesses to get involved in the community
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Shanna Hocking. Shanna is the Founder of Be Yourself Boldy. We chat about:
Why it's important to create an "Atta girl" folder
How to spot up and coming leaders
How to align professional development opportunities with your employees
Why it's important to show gratitude to your employees (and how to give it)
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we’re joined David Carlson. David is the Founder of Young Adult Money and the Author of Student Loan Solutions. We chat about:
why it's important for organizations to take a more active role in student loan repayment
how to start and have a conversation with an employee facing debt
how to embrace side hustles and promotions for even your best employees
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Darren Raycroft. He is a Partner at The Bedford Consulting Group/TRANSEARCH with a focus on executive leaderships. We talk about:
the qualities and skills needed to stay relevant as a leader
how AI can impact and enhance the hiring and talent management process
how to demonstrate your aptitude during the interview process
In this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we take a deep dive into the trainings offered when we bring in new technology. When our company's provide trainings, they often share how to use it but not when and why. We chat about what can be included in training programs as well as the assumptions people make about others and their ability to understand and use new technology.
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by former Eagles player and current CEO of Jersey Man, Ken Dunek. We chat all about:
how one conversation changed the direction of Dunek's professional life
what it's like to work with your kids
why building relationships and authentic connections is crucial in business
On this episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Terry Rowinski. Terry is the CEO and President of Health Payment systems. We chat about:
Embracing and learning from feedback
Employee and vendor recognition programs
Creating core values
How to better understand and serve your client's pain points
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat all about team creativity. One of the biggest concerns of some of my clients is their teams ability to think on the spot and come up with new ideas. I share examples of how we were able to push teams forward and what you can do to enhance creativity amongst your team.
The first day on the job is so important and can determine whether or not someone will stay within an organization. On today's episode we chat with Drew Albert, Manager of Culture and Development at Merakey about their new Day One programming. Their updated experience gives employees the opportunity to meet other new hires, reviews their mission and vision and helps them to better adjust to their new roles.
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we're lucky to be joined again by Ryan Foland. This time we chat about making eye contact with the camera, sharing virtual stories, and how to be an active listener. Video is something that is becoming increasingly more important but one of the most overlooked aspects is connecting with the audience (your peers and supervisors) on the other side of the lens. Ryan covers:
why human connection is so important in today's workplace
easy ways to be more human in a virtual workforce
tips for translating your whole self online at work
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we're joined by Ryan Foland, Author of Ditch the Act. We chat about how to increase impact by being more human. Ryan covers:
how to build a personal brand
why companies should support building personal brands of their employees
what people can do if their companies don't support their personal brand building
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace we chat about the importance of speaking up at work. As much as we might believe people understand what we're thinking, it's not always the case. We need to make an active effort to verbalize out opinions, thoughts and concerns in a productive way.
Getting to know our managers, colleagues and employees can be beneficial not only to our careers but the organization as a whole. But how can we do it?
In this episode, we're going to chat about the universal way to start a conversation. HINT: you may already be doing it three times a day!
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we chat about how hiking and staying in Arizona gave me a fresh perspective on building authentic workplace relationships. Learning "simple" tricks from hospitality professionals and strangers when hit with adversity.
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we talk about ghosting. We break down what it is, why people are doing it, and why it can damage your career.
We also talk about the difference between ghosting and forgetting. And how to follow up with someone when you've accidentally missed a meeting, call or an interview.
If you've ghosted someone in the professional space or have been ghosted, I would love to hear from you and have you on a future episode. Just sent me an email or tweet @notokthatsok.
One of the essential parts of the workplace we forget to humanize is when we bring new people in.
In this episode, we talk about why it's important to create a memorable experience during the interview and application process and how this can lead to more engaged employees.
We all express our emotions differently. Some people yell at their coworkers, other skip work, and some just hide in the background. This week we'll talk about how my 9yo's expression of anxiety over taking a standardized test relates to how we communicate at work and what to do to take our emotions (and projects) to the next level.
Welcome to Humanize Your Workplace. A new podcast with Alissa Carpenter. Each week we'll uncover ways to become more self aware, build better work relationships and take your career to the next level.
Today we'll talk about moving past "Treat others the way they want to be treated" to "Treat others the way they want to be treated."