Vincent Edwards, CEO of Empire Builders, has been consulting businesses for 8 years. Mr. Edwards has a diverse background that includes 11 years with Procter & Gamble and years of financial experience in loans, financing, capital investments, loan negotiations, HR and more. He has helped businesses raise millions from investors and debt financing. He loves working with businesses and helping them conquer the challenges they incur. His top skill is problem solving. He has consulted well over 100 companies from various industries and business sizes. His current vehicle to help startups and entrepreneurs is about to disrupt the startup community and ecosystem. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky. He Loves coffee, bourbon, cigars, living life to the fullest and is deathly allergic to failure.
Bill Herling runs Seattle based HummingTree. A national advertisement content management platform. HummingTree creates and shares affordable template ads to reach targeted customers faster. Bill previously ran Dial Inc. An interactive imaging technology which was fortunate enough to be acquired. Bill has written a few patents, is a marathon runner and volunteer coaches a youth cross country team that just won the city title.
Robert Lee is a career entrepreneur who sometimes refers to himself as the Forrest Gump of high tech. His diverse adventures encompass computer programming and hardware design, marketing consulting, advertising and electronic payment systems. As the founder and chief strategist behind successful businesses in both the U.S. and Canada, Lee and his companies have received national media exposure that included coverage in the New York Times and the front page of PC Week (now eWeek).
Our guest on the cavnessHR Podcast is Melissa Williams. She is the founder and chief consultant at Carolina Consulting LLC, author of Essential Life Skills, founder and President of nonprofit organization- Hands and Feet 24/7, Navy veteran, wife, passionate follower of Christ, and mom to three awesome children. She served in the Navy from 2003-2007, after which she completed her undergrad at Old Dominion University majoring in Philosophy. Since then, she has studied at Notre
Dame, Villanova, and Oxford Universities as she is a hopeless serial
student. She has risen from foster care in one of the poorest counties in
rural South Carolina to being an established community leader, author, and entrepreneur who is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our most forgotten communities and citizens.
Our guest on the cavnessHR Podcast is Victoria Matey. Victoria is a business events professional with 15 years international experience in the industry. She has successfully delivered many business events with high profile. Such as an investment showcase in London and those on a smaller scale. In 2001, She received her first major in linguistics. From Russian University and worked as a product coordinator for various organizations. Over the years she has been involved in delivering business events and realized this was something she liked doing. She then decided to get an Events Management education. She's always been keen to share her expertise and she noticed in her home country of Russia, there was a lack of education and professional government opportunities for event specialists. So in 2015 she started Matey Events.
Joe Wallin focuses his practice on emerging high growth startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in Angel and Venture financing mergers and acquisitions and other significant business transactions. Joe also provides general counsel services for companies from startups to public.
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Derek Iannelli-Smith vCIO & Founder of Outsourced CIO, LLC works with growing companies to help design, structure and implement critical information systems and technology platforms. His clients say he helps demystify technology and remove the fears and uncertainties that many face in this area of their business. Outsourced CIO LLC simplifies technology. So you can focus on your business at hand. If you or someone you know has a growing company that could use an outsourced IT leader, please visit our “Contact Us” page.
David serves as an administrator for the Orange County Community College District. Where he has served as a Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for nine years. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Human Resources at College of the Desert and as a Chief Business Officer of the Oakland Community College District Auburn Hills campus. Dr. Bungay will move to a professor position in January 2019 at Irvine college. In the meantime he has been busy writing. His books include Zombie Dearest and musical comedy play and two poetry books. Naked Turtle Dances and Zami Dearest poems for young zombies. Dr. Bugay has a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior. The latest product which will hit bookstores around August and is titled "Backbonology: Tough Decisions at Work" is a practical hands on book. David resides in Orange County, California with his family and friends especially his wonderful wife Susan.
Tej Yale is the Founder/CEO of ThinkImpact Inc., a digital marketing company based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan. ThinkImpact Inc. specializes in Marketing Consulting, Marketing Research, Social Media Management, Website Management, Event Management, Business Support, Project Management/Coordination. The company was founded in June 2017 after Tej was approached by local businesses needing help with their Marketing/Branding strategies.
He has 3-4 years of experience within the Marketing Industry working
for different organizations that range from local government, sports and
entertainment, a large global corporation, and an automation company
specializing in Autonomous Vehicles for Industrial Applications.
In addition to serving as CEO of ThinkImpact Inc., Tej also serves as a Marketing Project Coordinator for AIM Inc., an automation company specializing in Autonomous vehicles for Industrial Applications company based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Ninh is the Chief Relationship Officer and Co-founder of Hiretual, and is
also a SourceConERE MediaRecruiter.comUniversity of California, Berkeley, and author, and has spoken on various subjects such as “AI &
the Future of Recruiting”, “Today’s Sourcing Technology and Skills”,
“Recruiting Workflow Automation”, “Hacking Authentic Leadership for
Growth”, and “Selling is Human in the Digital World” at , Stanford
University, and global TA conference
As Cal alumni, Ninh founded Trucksome to help emerging local food economies thrive while creating thousands of jobs for the unemployed right here in the US. Then he went on to GoogleHireTeamMate Hiretual before co-founding an executive search firm where he leads the business and recruiting operations that placed hundreds under one year before
founding . Hiretual, a “Recruiter’s Best Friend” is an AI recruiting platform of choice, built by recruiters for recruiters.
Josh Kotoff is a SEO Expert and YouTube Strategist that teaches his craft virtually and in person through Snapchat and College Campuses. He's worked with national brands, like Live Nation where he manages their Talent database for rankings on booking your favorite bands, artists, or speakers for events with over 1,200 pages ranking on the first page of Google.
Taking his skill in SEO, he translates that into YouTube Strategy by helping channels grow, rank their videos, and perform programming schedules. He currently manages 5 major accounts grossing over 6 million views a month.
But most of all Josh loves to teach, share his story, and encourage everyone to turn their passions into their work and do it from anywhere in the world they want to be.
Poornimas was a founder of Femingeer and is an avid public speaker who gives talks around the world on topics ranging from engineering to entrepreneurship. She's also given a TedX talk and hosts a monthly web show called Build. Sponsored by Pivotal Tracker.
She's also been an entrepreneur in residence at 500 Startups and mentor in residence at Techstars and lecturer at Duke University's grad school engineering. She was the founding engineer at Mint.com. Where she helped build launch and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009.
She's also published two books on how to transform the idea of software products and co-authored "Present: A Techies Guide to Public Speaking. She holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering science from Duke University.
Between 1999 and 2010 Darrin helped start Amazon's on first mobile product initiative in 1999. Cofounded two more tech companies. Introduced the first instant messaging app for the iPhone in 2008. As a product lead mobile aim and ICQ at AOL. Help start the mobile product team at Expedia in 2010. More recently Darren served as a VP of products for Seattle based startup Glympse. And in 2015 was recruited by Microsoft . To help accelerate the culture change to the company. As product lead for one note.
Darren is active in the Seattle startup community and recently began co producing a podcast called a better show with two of his close friends.
Heather has over 15 years of experience in product management marketing at Intel and holds a Master's degree in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management. She has been PMP for over 12 years. Has won recognition awards. For a role as a software product launches and program management of several firms.
Most recently Heather joined a global diversity and inclusion team at Intel Corp. As a unit University partnerships manager. She drives partnerships with some of Intel's education partners. Such as Georgia Tech and six historically black colleges and universities. HBCUs. She manages a college student mentoring program. Prior to Intel Heather held management roles at Ticketmaster and Omediz. A patient portal startup and managed the product launch software product management processes for million dollar clients.
Heather is also a certified Intergral coach and certified VitalSmart Crucial Conversations Client Trainer and enjoys volunteering for children and women's organizations.
Bobby is the Founder and CEO of Parlay Ideas. He was born and raised in
Stouffville Ontario and is the middle of three boys. He comes from three
generations of Irish, Scottish and Italian immigrants and entrepreneurs,
most of whom came to Canada around the turn of the century.
After finishing high school in Aurora Ontario, Bobby studied International
Management at McGill University. While at school he spent time learning
Mandarin and studying in China. Afterward, he started a clothing line, worked in various roles at CI Financial, and finally as a Solutions Engineer for an Enterprise Software company called Resolver. His current venture (and the reason he is here with us today) - Parlay - was born out of a frustration with the lack of engaging dialogue in the classroom, and a simple but powerful realization that the only way to build a better world is through meaningful conversation.
John is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and Cleveland sports fan. In 2010, John started Willory, an award-winning organization focused solely on staffing and consulting for HR and payroll. His 22-year career has been focused on paying particular attention to understanding the needs of his clients, candidates, and partners. The Willory team helps clients transform their people, process, and technology by ensuring they have the best people in their HR and payroll departments, employee life cycle processes are efficient and compliant, and their HCM technology is optimized. John has made a name for himself through his board involvement with the Cleveland chapters of SHRM, APA, and IHRIM. He has presented across Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Married since 1997, John is a life-long Northeast Ohio resident. He spends time playing golf and with his kids, coaching their sports teams and encouraging their creative endeavors.
Lauren is a curiosity seeker with a deep desire to learn, share, help and laugh. From Lauren’s start as a certified international teacher of language, to her ever-growing collection of degrees, certificates and professional accolades, it’s her infectious ability to bring people into her world of curiosity and possibility, which has gained her success. A trainer, designer, facilitator, speaker, mentor, coach, and self-proclaimed pirate, she takes you on your own guided learning journey. Lauren creates with you, epic learning adventures and solutions, drawing on her 16 years of professional experiences that span the globe, industries, on land and at sea, and even sometimes in the air. She taps into the science, and fun of learning, while maintaining a sharp approach with intense dedication to the success of others.
Rob is passionate about helping companies succeed by leveraging technology to make employees successful. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – a software that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2018 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, has had the privilege of speaking in over 30 cities the past three years, and loves the opportunity to connect with passionate HR leaders across the globe. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveler and, in his own terms, a point-acholic. He likes collecting points for anything and everything.
Sapna brings more than two decades of domestic and international management consulting experience in sales and business operations in the technology, financial services, and telecommunications industries. She has significant experience in leading large-scale business and IT transformation programs to deliver consistent end-user experience in demanding and fast-paced environments. Sapna is known for her constant industry curiosity and new and emerging technologies that will enable different industries to be on the forefront of this digital revolution. She has the CanInnovate podcast that focuses on learning from Innovators that are crushing it in the industry. Plus she has a career coaching business, where she provides some tactical advice to get the results her clients deserve. She is a globally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change
Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.
Skylar Bjorn is an 18-year-old tech event blogger. Her interest in tech and
business begun when she was 14 years old. She started off with founding
an organic dog treat line called “Bjornies”. By the time she was 15, she
founded a club, had sat on a board for the past year, and got her first paid internship doing operations at a startup called Choctal. Her sales journey also began at 15 years old when Choctal had her sell at events, which led her to be recruited 8 times while in high School. By the time Skylar was 16 she had begun another job in sales and coded her first iPhone app called Closet Track. While a senior in high school, she programmed her second iPhone called Serene VR which is a meditation virtual reality app. Currently, Skylar is a freshmen at Loyola Marymount University, class of 2021, which is located in Los Angeles.
Dr Cheryl Ingram is the CEO and founder of Diverse City LLC and Inclusology and has specialized in diversity, equity and inclusion work for 17 years. Working with such clients as Netflix, University of Washington, Uber, Ada Developers Academy, and the Greater Seattle Business Association. Her expertise helps companies increase transparency and awareness. Ending the discriminatory practices and biases to create more positive, productive work environments. Cheryl has been awarded New Business of The Year in 2017 and is a finalist for the Advocate Award in the Champion Awards hosted by the Female Founders Alliance of Seattle.
Peter Pease is a UK entrepreneur who has created multiple businesses since graduating in psychology in 1987. He took one business from startup to IPO and sold his last one in 2011… It’s still going strong… they were all in the people bit of B2B services, things like L&D, HR, Recruitment, Vocational Education. He’s been responsible for the development of more than forty thousand learners and his businesses have worked with more than a hundred thousand job seekers.
He now works as a part time professor at Newcastle Business School – in the North East of England – his first experience of working for someone else since school.
He is currently undertaking research as part of a PhD looking at the
psychological journey of business founders. He’s developing a psychometric tool based on a global sample of business founders and is looking for people to take the trial version of the test. If you take the test you will get a free report showing how your Psychological Capital comp.
On today's episode we’re doing something a little different. Usually, I’m the one interviewing people. But today, we have five students from the Pacific Lutheran University HR Department that’s going to interview me today
Overcoming adversity is nothing new to Steven Matly. A high school dropout turned entrepreneur. He has twice created six-figure revenue generating companies with less than $5,000 startup capital. Raised by a single mother in the South Seattle housing projects. Steven entered the workforce at age fifteen and quickly recognized the limited resources, mentors, and role models available to families like his in the area.
In the years that followed Steven worked for both small companies and large corporations in a number of different roles. In 2014, Steven launched SM Diversity, a boutique hiring agency committed to helping businesses create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. By connecting them with community-based organizations, subject matter experts, and experienced recruiters, his clients are able to leverage a broader network of diverse talent.
Leo Novsky is a professional speaker, executive presentation coach at SPEAK with Power Consulting. Coming to the United States as a political refugee at the age of 12 from the Soviet Union, Leo experienced first-hand the challenge of not being understood. This challenge turned into a calling to master the art of effective communication. Leo has over 17 years of experience in communication, training, marketing and business development. His educational background includes a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
He is a published author, inventor and founder of several start-ups. In addition to his regular consulting business, Leo has taught Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Business Communication courses as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College and even in Washington State Prisons. He is fluent in English, Russian, and conversant in Japanese.
Jacky is a wife, mother, sister and friend. When she is not busy fulfilling those roles, she is deeply immersed in her passion for human capital development as a learning leader. Jacky’s career spans the fields of Education, Human Resources Management, Tourism Management, and Marketing. Her roles have included: Director of Recruitment for the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas; Director of Development and Vice Principal for a leading K-12 school; adjunct faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and UWI's Project Liaison for HR.com's Inspired Leadership simulcast.
She currently shares her talent for people development through her role as Training Manager for the AML Group in The Bahamas, where she has oversight for the design and facilitation of the Group’s leader development programme. AML Foods Limited, with some 1,000 employees is the parent company for the chain of Fresh Market and Solomon’s grocery stores, the Cost Right club stores, as well as the Domino’s Pizza franchise.
Jazmine Wilkes is an HR Assistant in Huntsville, Alabama, she currently
works her full-time position, she has also joined the 2018 Northern
Alabama Society of Human Resources (NASHRM) Board as the VP of
Membership, she is a blog writer for her personal HRJazzy Blog, and a
contributor to Workology and SHRM Blog. Jazmine is a Millennial HR
Professional who brands herself as, "Just Trying to Get It Right". She's
been in HR for two full years and hopes to continue taking the HR career
field by storm and creating new positions and provide help to HR newbies.
Bruce Bjorklund is a senior software architect, entrepreneur, and US Army veteran. Having moved to the Pacific Northwest after a sudden military career sickness, and like a stroke of luck Bruce got his foot in the door of the video game industry at Gas Powered Games as an entry level production assistant. Upon teaching himself how to code in his spare time, Bruce was taken under the wing of then CEO Chris Taylor, where he was put in charge of his R&D projects. He then continued building games and prototypes for companies like Disney, Microsoft, and Wargaming. Where his beloved gaming studio suddenly lost all contracts. Bruce was selected to stay behind to run a kickstarter to save the company, but was ultimately bought out by Wargaming before the conclusion of the campaign.
Ready to move on to the next challenge, Bruce quit his dream job to chase another dream - starting his own business. After crashing his first startup within the first year, and battling personal life issues. Bruce
Janelle is a Human Resources Consultant for a nationally recognized payroll & HR outsourcing provider and the President for SHRM Affiliate chapter, Staffing Management Association of South Florida. She has 15+ years human resources experience in various industries such as high speed technology, power management and payroll & HR outsourcing. Janelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in HR Management from the University of Central Florida, College of Business [Go Knights!] and holds both PHR & SHRM-CP certifications. Janelle has been a member of several human resource organizations including: SHRM, SMA of South Florida, HRABC and GMSHRM. She has entered her seventh year on the Board of Directors for Staffing Management Association of South Florida and is excited to be serving her first full term as Chapter President.
Russ Elliot, an expert on organizational culture, is the founder of the Conscious Culture Group, a consulting and executive coaching company committed to linking culture to performance by creating ownership for culture and fully understanding the employee experience. Working closely with leaders, Russ helps create organizational changes that build more effective and intentional cultures holistically. Russ brings his 32 years of HR practitioner experience to his consulting practice.
While serving as a SVP HR Director, his organization was recognized as a Best Place to Work in Silicon Valley and nationally as one of the top 40 Best Banks to Work For. Russ, SPHR certified, is on the faculty of UC Berkeley extension, Global Institute of Leadership Development and Women in Leadership. Russ’ articles have been published in national HR magazines and he has been interviewed as an HR/culture expert for national HR articles. Russ holds a BS in Business and an MA in HR.
Matt Burns’ nearly 20-year corporate journey has taken him around the world, supporting companies with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. He’s presently the Head of HR for a global retailer and leads a team that was recently recognized for the: ‘Most Innovative Use of HR Technology’ in Canada.
Matt is also in the midst of a mid-career renaissance. He’s passionate about innovation and knows things need to change in the Corporate World. He’s in his own words: a “recovering corporate hack’, having recently discovered that his true passions lie, not in personal success, but in engaging and enabling the success of others.
He’s documenting his experiences, using his enrolment in an International Executive MBA program as the backdrop for a transformative change journey that began this past summer in Vancouver, and recently took him to Sao Paulo. Future stops in Mexico City (January), and Nashville, this Spring (April) are sure to incite further learnings, convers
Paul Maskill is a business coach, consultant and inventor focused on helping service-based business owners go from Business Operator to Business Owner and CEO. Paul's focus is on putting systems, processes and people in place so that the business can thrive on a day-to-day basis without the owner.
Our guest today on the cavnessHR podcast is Laurie Litwack. She is a problem solver, a mother of daughters, a compassionate geek, and an expert coach with a passion for leadership and creating greater impact for women in tech.