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Humanize Your Workplace

Humanize Your Workplace

By Alissa Carpenter
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.
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Cultivating Relationships
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Deb Kliman.  Deb Kliman (SHRM-CP, PHR) has been in the human resources field for almost 30 years and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources at Sabre Systems, Inc. an engineering and technology solutions company located in Warminster PA. Throughout Deb’s career, she has worked for companies ranging from a startup business to a Fortune 10 public corporation. Deb has also enjoyed the role of entrepreneur, starting her own recruiting business that ultimately transitioned into her current role at Sabre Systems. Deb has held various volunteer positions with the  Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association (GVFHRA) including Diversity Committee Chairperson, Summit Co-Chair, President Elect, President, and Past President.   Her next role will be on GVFHRA’s Sponsorship Committee.  Deb is an advocate for veteran hiring, and spoke on several panels to promote the transition of military personnel to corporate careers. She currently serves on Campus Philly’s Corporate Advisory Council, and previously served on Arcadia University’s Career Advisory Board.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arcadia University, and has completed the Michigan Ross School of Business’ Strategic HR Planning Executive Education Program. We chat about: Small talk strategies Behavioral interviewing Welcoming new employees Building relationships virtually
July 20, 2021
Empowering Our People
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Leigh Ober.  Leigh’s multi-career background brings a solid business perspective, combined with coaching and learning expertise, to her role leading talent development and HR. It’s this diverse experience across verticals (CPG, professional services, Telecomm and more), across disciplines (Public Relations, Customer Care, Sales Operations and Training, and HR) and within large and entrepreneurial organizations (ranging from Verizon to what’s now Nestle Waters), that drives Leigh’s consultative solutions approach, helping individuals and teams realize their potential. We chat about: Creating a safe space for employees to connect Using "what" questions as a non-judgmental approach Finding creative solutions
July 13, 2021
Finding Purpose
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Meg Nocero. Meg Nocero is a former Department of Homeland Security attorney. After 19 years of federal government service, she resigned to pursue her dream as a writer, inspirational speaker, a success coach, and attorney for justice. She is also the author of the upcoming book Butterfly Awakens, The Magical Guide to Bliss and Beautiful Butterfly, How Grief Enveloped Me, Transformed Me, and Freed Me to Live the Life I Want! We chat about: How to find purpose How to move forward when we are stuck Daily practices to help us move forward
July 06, 2021
Praising Progress
This week on Humanize Your Workplace, I am joined by Alana Hill.  Alana is an international change leadership expert, inspiring professionals to lead change in their lives and their organizations. She is a passionate energy industry veteran who has paved the way for women leaders, with a focus on women of color. Her experience as an engineer and certified Project Management Professional in talent development provides real‐world insight into how people and teams can excel. Throughout her career, Alana has led diverse teams and delivered high-impact workshops all over the world! With over 20 years of cross-functional leadership and training expertise, Alana helps individuals and organizations accomplish their goals by utilizing sharp analysis, strategic planning, and interpersonal skills development. She helps leaders balance cognitive ability and emotional intelligence to improve team dynamics and performance. Alana provides her clients with a combination of critical thinking and compassionate leadership, which she labels “Leading Change the Ms. Engineer Way®”. She has proudly served global Fortune 500 corporations, small technology companies, and non-profits. Her authenticity and adaptability make her an asset across the professional spectrum. Before establishing 2Hill Consulting Services, Alana enjoyed a colorful career with the international technology company Schlumberger advancing from a Field Engineer to a Program Manager. In her tenure with the oilfield services giant, she not only managed multiple technology implementations, but she also learned to drive an 18-wheeler!  Alana holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has been a valued champion for diversity & inclusion. Together with her husband, she has raised four handsome boys as part of a beautiful blended family. As a passionate ministry leader and teacher, Alana continues to pour God’s love into the children and youth she encounters. As an involved mother and mentor, she offers encouragement and advice to parents of children of all ages. Her faith, perseverance, and desire to encourage others fuels her speaking and writing. Her first two books use her gift of storytelling to help give meaning and purpose to many of life’s challenges:  Love is a Catalyst, where she shares her family’s faith during their trials and triumphs over cancer; and Love is a Catalyst: The Pain Behind the Purpose, her inspiring memoir of overcoming adversity and growing in her faith. Through examples and exercises in her newest book, What’s Your Catalyst? The Power of Managed Change, you will be taken on a journey to discover your passions, talents, and path to being a more effective leader at work and at home. Alana is a servant leader and member of the National Speakers Association, Project Management Institute, Toastmasters International, and the Association for Talent Development. As a strong advocate for corporate and personal philanthropy, Alana has donated her time and talents to local School Districts, Texas PTA, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and other civic and charitable organizations. When she is not traveling the globe, you will find her running and serving in her church and community. We chat about Transformation in the workplace Action bias Psychological safety
May 11, 2021
Employment Engagement
This week on Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by David Nast. David Nast is the CEO and Managing Partner of Nast Partners- based in the Greater Philadelphia area. David uses  artificial intelligence, workforce analytics, and science-backed data to help businesses stop guessing and erase  bias in their talent and execution decisions. He is a 3-time CEO, a Workplace Behavior Expert, and an Award-Winning Business Coach with over 30 years of  experience in Human Capital Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Talent Optimization,  Sales, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Training, Talent Management, and Executive Search. David holds certifications as a Workplace Behavioral Analyst, Business Coach, Talent Optimization Consultant,  Corporate Trainer, Leadership Architect, LOS-Organizational Health Expert, and Interview Architect. As a Recruiter, he placed over 500 CEOs in his career, and as a Coach he has worked with thousands of CEOs,  Business Owners, and Executives. Using proven analytics, systems and strategies, David partners with his clients  and delivers his services based on their unique needs. He is passionate about inspiring others to get results. David is a Top-Ranked Influencer on LinkedIn with over 25,000 followers. He writes for Talent (,  Raconteur, and the Business Section of The Huffington Post. David is also a collaborator on the #1 Best-Seller,  “The New ROI (Return on Individuals)” and he has been featured in Money Magazine and Fortune Magazine. We chat about: Metrics for determining engagement Talking to employees about what drives them Drives, needs, and behaviors
May 04, 2021
Sustainable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, I am joined by Jason Thompson. Jason Thompson is a thought leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, having spent the past  twenty-five years building DE&I programs in sports, health care, technology, and education.  Jason is currently the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Western  Governors University (WGU) one of the largest fully accredited online universities in the US with over 121,000 students. Thompson is regularly sought out for advice and leadership on how to create, grow, measure,  and sustain a DE&I program by DE&I officers across the corporate and non-profit sectors  struggling to have their DE&I efforts impact their organization. Thompson developed the initial  diversity and inclusion program for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and created the D&I scored cards to measure diversity within the US Olympic movement. As a result  of this path-breaking innovation the USOC became the first large sports organization in the US  to release their diversity data. The diversity and inclusion programs developed by Jason have won several awards at the local  and international level. Most recently the D&I Scorecard developed by Jason received the top honor in the 2016 International Innovations in Diversity Awards program from the Profiles in  Diversity Journal. Jason was also recognized as a 2017 and 2018 Diversity Leader by the  Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2015, the USOC D&I department received the Diversity  Champion Award for Excellence from the Colorado SHRM.  Jason has served on local, regional and national committees for multiple organizations, including  the founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC) one of the  largest sports organizations in the US with participation by the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA of  America and the NCAA. He also works with Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Oklahoma  Diversity Officers and Practitioners Consortium, and the Advisory Board and the Center for  African-American Health.   Thompson earned a master's and bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of  Wyoming. Jason’s work has been highlighted and quoted in USAToday, Washington Post, CNN,  The New York Times and The Guardian. We chat about: Equity and Equality Biggest challenge to equity and equality Metrics to consider as companies make long term changes
April 20, 2021
Building Community
This week on Humanize Your Workplace, we're joined by Alexa Carlin. Alexa Carlin is the Founder & CEO of the Women Empower X and a nationally-renowned Professional Speaker. Inspired by her own entrepreneurial pursuits, Alexa founded WEX with the mission to create a diverse and inclusive community of women entrepreneurs focused on collaboration over competition.  Since 2016, WEX has impacted over 20,000 women at their global events and through their online membership community, The WEX Inner Circle. Alexa’s mission with WEX is simple: help more women build profitable and impactful businesses they love.  After a near-death experience left Alexa with only a 1% chance to live when she was just 21 years old, and later followed with ongoing chronic health issues, Alexa has been focused on turning this obstacle into an opportunity. Alexa was featured on the cover of Meetings & Conventions Magazine as 1 of 15 “Young Millennial Go-Getters To Watch” and named one of the "Most Powerful Women In Fort Lauderdale" by Gold Coast's Fort Lauderdale Daily.  She has also been featured on Cheddar TV, FOX, ABC, CBS, OWN and in Entrepreneur, Glamour Magazine, Mashable, and TEDx among others. Alexa’s personal mission is to make a difference in at least one person's life every day. You can find Alexa on Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook. We talk about Building community virtually Building community vs building a following Building an inclusive, diverse community
April 13, 2021
Boundaries as an Entrepreneur
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Antoinette Minor. Antoinette is an entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host, content creator and CEO of TYP Social Media Co.  The journey to running a digital marketing firm began when Antoinette started focusing on marketing her blog. She used digital marketing to build an online presence and community which lead to her passion for creating digital content for social media. Soon after Antoinette began coaching and serving clients as TYP Social Media Co. Antoinette provides assistance to clients looking to expand via social media, educational workshops and also manages social media marketing for small businesses throughout the United States.  Antoinette is a Boom 103.9's 30 under 30 recipient and a member of the Leadership Philadelphia Keeper and Connectors. She has been a featured guest, speaker, and facilitator for events such as The NorthStar Conference, The Blog Connect, Made Herself a Boss, and Win Rock & Rule. A Philadelphia native and resident, Antoinette enjoys spending time with her "firstborn" puppy Maci, listening to audiobooks and filming Instastories. She also loves connecting those she meets with new contacts and resources as she is a true believer in building a tribe to better yourself. Antoinette holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Temple University and a master's degree in communications from Drezel University. You can find Antoinette on Instagram and Twitter. We chat about: Setting expectations and boundaries with clients Client's work emergencies Questions to establish a good fit with a client
April 06, 2021
On Being Strong Leaders
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Alain Hunkins. Alain Hunkins helps high achieving people become high achieving leaders. Over his twenty-year career, Alain has worked with over 2,000 groups of leaders in 25 countries. Clients include Wal-Mart, Pfizer, Citigroup, General Electric, State Farm Insurance, IBM, General Motors, and Microsoft. In addition to being a leadership speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach, Alain is the author of Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders (Wiley, March 2020), which was endorsed by leadership luminaries Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, and Marshall Goldsmith. A faculty member of Duke Corporate Education, Alain’s writing has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, and Business Insider. We chat about  Strategies for creating safe environment to ask questions and give feedback Skillsets of a facilitative leader Transitioning your style of leadership
March 30, 2021
Beyond Small Talk
This week on Humanize Your Workplace, we're joined by Frank Agin.  Frank Agin works to empower small businesses achieve more by helping them create dynamic professional relationships. He does this by operating a membership-based referral program (AmSpirit Business Connection) and shares insightful content via his podcasts, articles and book. Learn all about Frank at Frank is on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook We chat about  1. Relationship building using small talk 2. Optimal group size for small talk 3. Small talk strategies
March 23, 2021
Making E-Learning Work For Your Workplace
This week on Humanize Your Workplace, we're joined by Emily Justin-Szopinski. Director of Content Development and Innovation at the Chilean start-up RedSaberes – a micro-learning platform that helps LatAm educators  access industry trends and influencers, whenever they want and wherever they are. Emily has worked in adult education for 15 years, in e-learning for 10 of those. Her areas of interest are a mash-up of her sociology background and teaching practice – user behavior in online learning environments and product models that optimize learning outcomes and buyer budgets at the same time. Also, macro data analysis for all. She also has a podcast with Top Marketing Executive Carolina Pinheiro which you can listen to here. We chat about: What e-learning encompasses  What does e-learning done right look like Creating a learning journey for your targeted audience
March 16, 2021
Hiring Individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Laurel Rossi. Laurel started Creative Spirit US in 2017, the first organization to match those with intellectual developmental and learning disabilities with the best companies in the world – unemployed at an astounding 85%. Laurel has a long history of nonprofit leadership serving underserved communities dating back to her board work for Wellspring House, the Williams Syndrome Association and professional organizations like the Advertising Club of New York where she also served as board chair. Laurel is a career marketer and is a sought after speaker on the subject of diversity and inclusion in the advertising and marketing communities. Laurel lives in Bedford, New York with her husband Joseph and her daughter Mia who has Williams syndrome, a rare condition that affects 1 in 10,000 people--her constant inspiration for demanding equity and inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities. We chat about: Define intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) How Creative Spirit-US works to decrease the unemployment rate How Creative Spirit-US works to disprove the myths about people with disabilities What employees should consider as they hire more diverse groups, specifically IDD individuals
March 09, 2021
Cognitive Biases
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dr. Gelb Tsipursky. An internationally-renowned thought leader known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Gleb on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases, which devastate bottom lines and bring down high-flying careers. His expertise and passion is developing the most effective and profitable risk management and decision-making strategies to empower leaders to avoid business disasters, maximize their bottom lines, and help their careers flourish. His proprietary methodology combines my pragmatic business experience with cutting-edge behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience research. The bestselling author of several books, he is most well-known for my national bestseller, Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters (Career Press, 2019). It’s the first book to focus on cognitive biases in business leadership and reveal how leaders can overcome these dangerous judgment errors effectively. He also wrote The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships (New Harbinger, 2020), the first book to focus on cognitive biases in professional and personal relationships and illustrate how we can defeat these dangerous judgment errors in our relationships. His new book is Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic (Changemakers Books, 2020). It helps organizations and individuals navigate successfully the major disruption of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and succeed in the post-pandemic world. We chat about: Defining cognitive biases How cognitive biases show up in the workplace What practical strategies to bring connectiveness
March 02, 2021
Building Trust in the Workplace
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jeff Nischwitz. Jeff Nischwitz is known as a Snow Globe Shaker (shaking things up) who’s on a mission to help people shift how they lead and thereby shift their leadership impact. He's an international speaker and personal transformation coach known for his unique perspectives, challenging traditional thinking, and delivering tangible shifts for leaders to grow their people, build their businesses and enhance their relationships. Jeff's the Founder of The Nischwitz Group, a speaking, consulting and coaching company that transforms people and organizations—one truth at a time! He's the co-founder of, a leadership development ecosystems that grows leaders and their impact. He also co-hosts the Impact Leadership Podcast ( Jeff has published four leadership and business books, including his most recent – Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail(Eagle Heart Press 2020). We chat about: What does trust look like in the workplace How does leader build trust How to call someone out when they break your trust
February 23, 2021
Goals and Accountability
On this week's episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Berta Medina. Berta Medina is an eternal optimist who believes in the power of generosity and is passionate about sharing her message that dreamers truly succeed! After years of building, operating and growing her own successful business, she ’ s taken her experience and love for philanthropy to travel to Africa on a harrowing climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro ’ s peak as part of a mission trip to change the world for Maasai children Since she reached the peak at 19,341 feet, she has re-envisioned the importance of goals and the power of generosity. Now Berta helps businesses and individuals connect genuinely, give generously, and reach a level of success and fulfillment that means more to her clients than just the bottom line. Berta is a Keynote Speaker, Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, Author, a certified Go-Giver Speaker, Thrive Through Accountability Expert and host of The Dreamers Succeed Podcast. As the founder of Dreamers Succeed, Berta believes that once the seed of a dream has been planted in a person ’ s heart, they already possess all they need in order to achieve it. Her passion is to bring people to fulfill their dreams and her workshops and keynotes help audiences realize their goals, find new paths to fulfillment, and motivate those who need a push to get their personal and professional lives moving toward a bright future. We talk about: A timeframe for making goals What does accountability look like What are accountability questions to ask ourselves What does a good accountability partner look like
February 16, 2021
Humanizing Leadership
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Daelynn Moyer.  Daelynn is a Software Engineering Manager at Prior to moving into a leadership role several years ago, she was a 20-year software engineer, building systems in support of transportation and heavy manufacturing. She's built networks of electric vehicle charging stations, flight deck software for commercial jets, programming tools for heavy trucks, and control interfaces for electron microscopes. That deep technical background works in her favor as she builds and guides high-performing engineering teams on a foundation of empathy, trust, and authenticity. She and her wife live in the Portland, Oregon area where they obsess over their 1963 ranch home and all things mid-century modern. Her life's greatest achievement is teaching her cat to stand on his hind legs and turn a pirouette. We chat about: What it looks like for leaders to lead from authenticity Creating trust in employees Employees seeing leaders as human beings
February 09, 2021
Finding Your Career Path
On this week's episode, we are joined by Casey Hasten. Casey Hasten is the Director of Recruiting and Coaching with VIP, Podcast Host of the We Are VIP Podcast, and the Networking Ninja.   After being in the accounting world for over twenty years, she made the leap to recruiting those with similar backgrounds.  It is her goal to help others find their career passion using all the skills and networking outlets she has gathered.  Casey is an avid reader and consumer of knowledge and most of her conversations will start with “I just read a book” or “I just listened to a podcast.”   Outside of work, she is a long-distance cyclist and completed a huge milestone when she completed the Hotter ‘N Hell Century ride! She has one son, Garrett, who is proudly serving his country in the US Air Force. You can find her on LinkedIn and YouTube. We chat about Thinking critically about hiring talent Talent assessments Finding mentors to help find your career path
February 02, 2021
Creating Employee Community
This week on the podcast, we are joined by Brandon Laws. Brandon is the Senior Director of Marketing & Product at Xenium HR. He joined the team in October 2008. In over 12 years with Xenium, he has held the positions of Operations Administrator, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Senior Marketing Specialist & Business Analyst, Marketing Manager, Senior Marketing Manager, and Marketing Director. Brandon spearheads all marketing efforts with a focus on building the Xenium brand, lead generation, and overseeing product to contribute to Xenium’s growth. Brandon is the host of the popular HR and Leadership podcast, Transform Your Workplace, which has 540k downloads to date. Brandon is heavily involved in other company initiatives as well. He has contributed to the Xenium Culture Integration & Team Enhancement (XCITE) committee for 11 years and has sat on the Stoller Group wellness committee for four years. Brandon’s focus on personal growth is central to all he does and leads to his continual efforts to become a better person and a greater asset to the people around him. Brandon graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in 2008. Brandon enjoys staying productive outside the office, reading 40-60 books a year on business, marketing, economics, politics, and leadership; he occasionally likes to write on similar subjects. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and regularly attends games at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Brandon and his wife, Angela, enjoy spending time with each other at their home in Newberg with their son, Parker, daughter, Paisley, cats, and dog. You can find Brandon on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.  We chat about: Marketing yourself to take on new roles Internal workplace book clubs Strategies to determine what roles to take within the company
January 26, 2021
Disability Inclusion in the Workplace
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Jennifer Sarrett. Jen believes that inequity can be eradicated by the recognition of our shared humanity. She has spent the past 12 years researching and studying the concepts behind this work, the histories and perspectives of groups of difference, and ways to leverage her privilege and perspective for the good of everyone. From the classroom to training seminars, Jen has provided guidance in the concepts behind discrimination, privilege, and inequity to college students, medical students, business leaders, and the community. Her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, which focused on Disability Studies, Anthropology, and History, has prepared her to guide you and your organization to understand and utilize the concepts behind inclusion so that, together, you can work towards sustainable, ethical practices to ensure equity for all. You can find Jen on Twitter and LinkedIn. We chat about: Neurodiversity, disability, and ablelism Providing resources at work How to be a good disabilities ally
January 19, 2021
Trauma & Empathy
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Dr. Alauna. Dr. Alauna is a board-certified Psychiatrist, Clinician Educator, Author, and Empathy Expert with the mission to education every person on how to heal from and break the trauma cycle to evolve our human species. She graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and obtained her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After a 12 year career treating thousands of US military veterans with PTSD, anxiety and trauma-related conditions, and serving as an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Alauna retired from clinical medicine. Her new role is to educate the world on how trauma connects us all.  In 2018, she founded the Dr. Alauna Trauma Recovery Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating trauma worldwide by providing trauma-informed public education and professional training in Empathy Skills Practice™ , a transformative method of understanding the power of one's Sacred Self. ESP is a reflective and interactive "Skills over Pills" approach, combining education with mindful actions that resonate with any audience, regardless of age, profession, education or circumstance. Her message of healing is designed to empower people to move from simply surviving in the face of trauma, to thriving in Your Best Self. You can find Dr. Alauna on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. We chat about: Redefining trauma  Recognizing the signs of trauma How leaders can provide support Empathy strategies
January 12, 2021
Virtual Management
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Carrie Krott. Carrie is currently a Senior Talent Specialist at Benco Dental Supply Company specializing in talent acquisition, associate relations, compliance, and performance management. With over 9 years of experience in the HR field, Carrie is experienced working across all levels of an organization, delivering excellent customer service to internal and external clients. Carrie has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Legal Studies with a Concentration in Human Resources Compliance from Drexel University. Carrie holds a current SHRM-CP certification and is an active Notary Public for the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, Carrie is an active volunteer in her community. Carrie is currently on the Board of Directors for NEPA SHRM and has held advisory board and co-chair positions at United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and Penn Foster. Carrie is also a religious education teacher and youth sports coach. We chat about: Advocating for employees Setting expectations for performance reviews Virtual performance management Gauging performance improvement with metrics 
January 05, 2021
Negotiate Anything
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Kwame Christian, M.A., Esq. Author and speaker Kwame Christian is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a respected voice in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. Christian has conducted workshops throughout North America and abroad, and is a highly sought after national keynote speaker. Host of the world’s leading industry podcast, Negotiate Anything, Christian is dedicated to empowering others through the art and science of negotiation and persuasion. Now downloaded nearly two million times, Negotiate Anything has a dedicated and growing following with listeners in more than 180 countries. Christian’s TEDx Dayton talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was ranked the most popular TEDx Talk on the topic of conflict in 2017, and has been viewed more than 150,000.* His best-selling Amazon Book, Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety and emotion often associated with difficult conversations through a branded framework called Compassionate Curiosity.™ (*September, 2020) In addition to his role at ANI, Christian is a business lawyer at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP. He represents businesses in a broad scope of legal needs including contract negotiation, business formation, transactions, employment, and general business and legal counseling. Christian serves as an adjunct professor for Otterbein University’s MBA program, as well as The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in its top-ranked dispute resolution program.  To access the free Ultimate Negotiation Guides from the American Negotiation Institute, visit the website.  We chat about: Empathy's role in negotiation Joint problem solving Preparing effectively for negotiation
October 20, 2020
The Importance of Workplace Policies
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Rebecca Southern Mills. Rebecca Southern Mills is passionate about helping leaders navigate the complex world of people management and cultivate high-trust workplace environments. She’s had over 9 years of HR experience working in nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she spent over 4 years at Wellstar Health System, one of the largest healthcare systems in Georgia with over 24,000 employees, as a Sr. HR Consultant supporting their corporate departments. She’s had the privilege of partnering with hundreds of leaders and departments including IT, Finance, Supply Chain, and clinical departments, and a wide range of employees and leaders from hourly to salaried, on-site to remote, front-line supervisors to SVP’s, and first-time leaders to seasoned ones. Her experience includes hundreds of investigations, disciplinary actions, and very direct conversations, but she’s gotten to do fun things too! She’s conducted leader training classes, guided leaders in building trust with their teams and creating healthy environments, and helped employees understand their value. After her daughter was born, she wanted to continue providing HR support for leaders but with more flexibility. In March 2020, she founded Simplecated and became a freelance HR consultant. As you can imagine, Rebecca has gained an endless supply of (very entertaining) stories, and it’s tough to completely shock her. She also knows what kinds of situations managers can find themselves encountering at 10:00am on a Tuesday and how to help them sort through it. Rebecca believes that having high-trust work environments is key to truly succeeding as a company. How managers treat their employees and respond to situations sets the tone for the workplace. She also understands that people are complex; laws and company policies can be intricate and cumbersome. Her goal is to simplify this complicated world of management by breaking down complex scenarios into practical, realistic steps and solutions that effectively lead to positive, healthy workplace cultures. She holds a Bachelor’s in HR, a Master’s of Divinity, and a PHR certification. If you can’t find her, she’s rounding up another cup of coffee. Check out her Simplecated blog, and connect with her on LinkedIn. We chat about  Anti-discrimination and harassment policies Policies that protect the company and employees Holding employees accountable
October 13, 2020
Utilizing Humanity in the Workplace
On this week’s episode of Humanize Your Workplace, we are joined by Charisse Fontes. Charisse is the Founder of Culture Circle, where she creates healthy and inclusive workplace cultures. Her focus is Humanity in the Workplace, which is anchored by her mission-driven project called Humanity Power, which is dedicated to ending the 'isms that plague our Humanity. When Charisse isn't doing this work, she is an active mother of five, studying cultures, religions, and tribes and serving her community as a Birth Doula. You can find her on LinkedIn or send her an email.  We chat about: Signs that employees don’t trust leadership Overcompensating in the workplace Long term investments vs overnight results
October 06, 2020
Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace
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 
September 29, 2020
Providing a space for work/life balance for your remote employees
Role modeling Work/life management
September 22, 2020
Providing Instrumental and Emotional Support For Your Team
Current state of the workplace Instrumental support Emotional support
September 15, 2020
How to Lead Your Team Through Changes at Work
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
September 08, 2020
Encouraging Employee Engagement
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
September 01, 2020
How Stories Empower Others
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, find examples of her journalism and consulting work at, 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 . 
August 04, 2020
The Power of Telling Our Stories
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, 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 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
July 28, 2020
Customer Service Leadership
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
July 21, 2020
Professional Siestas
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 
July 14, 2020
Proactive Human Resources
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 Zoom fatigue Designing workshops and webinars
July 07, 2020
A Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion
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
June 30, 2020
Fostering an Inclusive Work Environment
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
June 23, 2020
Humanizing Your Leadership
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. 
June 16, 2020
Creating Unforgettable Events
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
June 09, 2020
The Importance of Being an Imperfect Ally
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 Imperfect allyships Equality versus equity Inclusion statements
June 02, 2020
How to be an Ally in the Workplace
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 and watch her speaker reel at 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
May 26, 2020
Running a Successful Intern Program During Uncertain Times
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
May 19, 2020
Behind the Scenes of How to Listen and How to Be Heard
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
May 12, 2020
Engaging Your Customers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On this episode, I give updates on life in the COVID-19 pandemic, book launch updates, share ways to virtually engage customers and how to check in with your employees.
May 05, 2020
How to Work Together as a Virtual Team
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)
April 28, 2020
How to Have Productive Meeting
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 Virtual conferences How to follow up on action plans made during meetings Roles in meetings 
April 21, 2020
The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
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
April 14, 2020
What Employees Need from Leaders During Uncertain Times
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.
April 07, 2020
How to Make Diversity and Inclusion a Priority During 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.
March 31, 2020
Strategies for Virtual Workplaces
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
March 24, 2020
The Journey to Cloud Nine
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"
March 17, 2020
Creative Leadership in the Workplace
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
March 10, 2020
The Importance of Financial Literacy
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 We chat about: Navigating your company's benefits The importance of and how to start investing Diversifying your financial portfolio Mistakes in investing
March 03, 2020
Understanding Gendered Communication
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
February 25, 2020
How to Engage with Empathy in the Workplace
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. 
February 18, 2020
How Your Passions Can Influence Your Career
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
February 11, 2020
How To Be Successful While Working Remotely
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
February 04, 2020
How to Empower Others and Give Them a Chance to Shine
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
January 28, 2020
How to Provide a Safe Space (Online and Offline) for Employees to Bring Their Whole Selves to Work
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, 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 Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University. Kristy lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three wonderful children. We cover: * 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 To follow Ellevate on social media: Instagram: @Ellevate_Ntwk  Twitter: @EllevateNtwk 
January 21, 2020
The Secret to Landing Top Clients in Any Industry
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
January 14, 2020
What You Need to Know to Be a More Inclusive Bilingual Workforce
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
January 07, 2020
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 To listen to this week’s episode, head over to Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher, check it out below.
December 17, 2019
How to Lead and Succeed in a Remote Workforce
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 
December 10, 2019
How Infographics Can Humanize Your Organization
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
December 03, 2019
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
November 19, 2019
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
November 12, 2019
How and Why Leaders Should Have Conversations Around Well Being
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
November 05, 2019
How to Be an Accessible Leader
 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  
October 29, 2019
Communication is the Key to Enhancing Company Culture
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
October 22, 2019
Creating a Culture Where Your Employees Are Your Biggest Fans
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
October 15, 2019
Why Everyone Should Network Both In and Outside Their Organizations
 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
October 08, 2019
How to Create Professional Development Programs Your Employees Actually Want to Attend
 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
October 01, 2019
What You Need to Know About Employee Resource and Affinity Groups
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 
September 24, 2019
How to Incorporate Your Organization's Vision and Values into the Hiring and Performance Management Process
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
September 16, 2019
Embracing Your Mess as a 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
September 09, 2019
Humanizing Through Social Impact
 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. 
September 03, 2019
Why It's Important to Be Intentional About Diversity and Inclusion
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 transgender awareness  diversity and inclusion strategy (and what to think about) 
August 28, 2019
How to Build Authentic Relationships That Increase Charitable Giving
 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
August 26, 2019
How to Lead With Your Heart and Your Head
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
August 20, 2019
How to Bring Hospitality to the Tech Industry
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 
August 13, 2019
How to Spot and Empower Up and Coming Leaders
 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)
August 05, 2019
Why Managers Should Care About Student Loans (even if they don't have them)
 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
July 30, 2019
Leadership Qualities Needed for the Future of Work
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
July 25, 2019
The Missing Piece in Technology Training
 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. 
July 23, 2019
How to Empower Others By Identifying Their Strengths
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
July 18, 2019
How to Embrace and Learn From Feedback as a Senior Leader
 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
July 15, 2019
Tricks to Enhance Creativity on Your Team
 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.   
July 09, 2019
How to Efficiently Onboard Your Employees on Day One
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.
July 02, 2019
How to Connect with Your Virtual Colleagues
 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
June 24, 2019
Increasing Impact by Being More Human
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
June 18, 2019
Why Mind Reading Doesn’t Cut it at Work
 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. 
June 11, 2019
The Universal Way to Start a Conversation
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!
June 03, 2019
What Hiking Can Teach Us About Building Authentic Relationships
 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. 
May 28, 2019
Is Ghosting All That Bad?
 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.
May 21, 2019
Humanizing the Interview Process
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.
May 08, 2019
How Expressing our Emotions at Work Can Lead to Stronger Results
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.
May 08, 2019
Welcome to Humanize Your Workplace
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."
May 06, 2019