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The HR Sound Off Podcast Show

The HR Sound Off Podcast Show

By Julie Turney
This podcast has been created to help shed light on some of the many misconceptions about the Human Resources profession. To show you who we are at our core and what we are passionate about, which is championing for the people in our organizations. You will learn of our struggles and our fears. You will see our human side and I hope that it makes us as real to you as you are to us.
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Let's Sound Off on Building #hrcommunity - Black Women In HR
I love to share HR communities with you because it is not easy being in this profession, and community is everything. This week, I have the privilege of magnifying the voice of Adese Okojie, who is the Founder of the Black Women in HR (BWHR) community. In this week's episode, we will learn: 🌟 Adese' HR origin story 🌟 The origin story of BWHR 🌟 What the BWHR community can do for you 🌟 The upcoming BWHR conference in November 🌟 The highs and lows of putting the conference together We will also learn about the biggest misconception about HR that bothers Adese. Adese' resources: Amend - Netflix Be sure to connect with Adese on LinkedIn and pick up your conference tickets using this link.
October 10, 2021
When HR Goes Gig
Known as authentic, transformational business leaders, Co-Founders Hema Crockett and Jamie Jacobs believe that people should do what they love and love what they do. Synthesizing decades of combined experience as business and HR executives across a broad range of companies and industries, Hema and Jamie provide their vast consultant and client base with the tools and resources they need to succeed. In this episode, we discuss: 🌟 Their HR origin stories 🌟 The birth of Gig Talent 🌟 The transformation of HR careers 📚 Their book Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures  Resources: 📚 Drunk tank pink - Adam Alter Check out Gig Talent Be sure to connect with Jamie and Hema on LinkedIn
October 03, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Supporting HR Pro's in Their Career Development
Ricklyn Woods is an HR Pro on a mission to support her fellow colleagues in landing the job they deserve and she does it with great passion and style.  Taking all of her knowledge and experience from her HR career, Ricklyn chose to pivot in 2020 during the pandemic to offer her services to the people supporting the people. In this episode, Ricklyn and I discuss: 🌟 Her inspirational HR origin story 🌟 Advice to young women on how to rise from unexpected detours in life 🌟 The impact of connecting with intention on LinkedIn 🌟 How her career pivot has changed her life and the lives of those she serves 🌟 Our petition to HR leaders to support the personal and professional development of their HR teams Listen to us put Tracie Sponenberg on the spot as we petition for our first HR Rebels retreat to be in Barbados. Ricklyn's Picks 📚 Betting on You - Laurie Ruettimann 📚 Own Your Career, Own Your Life - Andy Storch 📚 Redefining HR - Lars Schmidt 🎙 Side Hustle Pro 🎙 Switch Pivot or Quit Be sure to connect with Ricklyn on LinkedIn and check out her podcast show "So You Think You Can HR".
September 26, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Unconscious Beliefs in the Workplace
Sejal Thakkar is a woman on a mission to bring awareness to the many unconscious beliefs we hold in the workplace that limit our ability to create great relationships and experiences with others. Sejal is an employment law expert and currently holds the position of Chief Culture Officer at Nobody Studios in California. In this episode, I had the privilege of talking to Sejal about: 🌟 The inspiration behind her first TED Talk 🌟 Defining unconscious beliefs 🌟 Microaggressions and affirmations 🌟 The Power of making intentional connections on LinkedIn 🌟 Biases in recruitment 🌟 The HAT theory Listen out for us fangirling over Luvvie Ajai Jones and our shout out to Brian Bachand. Sejal's picks: 📚 Blank Canvas by Craig Stanland 🎙 How to be a Professional Trouble-Maker - Luvvie Ajai Jones Be sure to watch Sejal's TED Talk The Pain, Power, and Paradox of Bias and follow her on LinkedIn
September 19, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Demystifying Fat Phobia in the Workplace
Fat phobia is defined as the fear of fatness and fat people and is something that Dr. Joy Cox and I are no strangers to, unfortunately. Dr Cox joins me in this episode to discuss her book, "Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Our Own Communities," as well as to share her insights on how we can create a more inclusive workplace by showing support to employees who are fat. When I read Dr Cox's book there were many things that resonated with me about how I have been treated as a fat black woman by family, friends and work colleagues. I hope that our conversation moves you to become more educated about fat phobia and causes you to think about how you frame your conversations with us. Dr. Cox shares some practical tips for HR and leaders on how to make the workplace a more inclusive space for fat bodies and some words of encouragement to the fat community. Dr. Cox's resources: 🎯 Ragen Chastain - Dances with fat 🎯 Ivy Felicia - Fat women of colour 🎯 Dr. Veronica Garnett (LinkedIn) 🎯 Tigress Osborn (LinkedIn) 📚 Leah Vernon - Unashamed: Musings of a fat black Muslim (Amazon) 🎯 Jabbie (FaceBook) Be sure to connect with Dr. Cox on LinkedIn and Instagram @freshoutofthecocoon My favourite quote from this episode would be, "The magic that you (organizations) need is resting in the bodies you reject."
September 12, 2021
The ABC's on Becoming a Great Recruiter
Adam Posner describes himself as a human connector and has a firm belief that to be the best recruiter, you need to fully understand the needs of your client and the candidate. A formula that many in the talent acquisition space get wrong. In this episode, Adam and I discuss: 🎯 Adam's origin story into recruitment 🎯 Life as an entrepreneur and lessons learned 🎯 Why everyone cannot recruit 🎯 The impact of extended open roles on the employee experience 🎯 Reflections and advice to his younger self Adam also shares his thoughts on the "great resignation" and why he would prefer to refer to it as the "great migration." Poz's Picks 📚 Betting on You - Laurie Ruettimann 📺 Below Deck Meditteranean 📺 White Lotus 📺 Ted Lasso (Apple TV) 📺 Never Have I Ever 📺 Billions 📺 The Morning Show Be sure to connect with Adam on LinkedIn and check out the PozCast which is available on all podcast platforms.
September 07, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Intentional Leadership in HR
If you are an HR Manager, VP, Director, CHRO, how would you describe your leadership style? Are you approachable? Does your team like working with you? or do you rule with fear? This week, Lotus Buckner joins me to discuss what authentic leadership in HR means and what it should look like. Some key takeaways from this episode include: 🎯 How to build trust as a leader 🎯 The power of vulnerability in leadership 🎯 How to become more self-aware as a bad leader and turn behaviours around 🎯 How to have courageous conversations with a bad leader 🎯 When to give up and move on Lotus was very open about her HR career and the changes going on in her life and we also took the time to discuss the one misconception that people have about HR that really bothers her. Be sure to connect with Lotus on LinkedIn.
August 29, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Developing A Career in Industrial Relations
Judon Bowden is no stranger to Industrial Relations and Compliance. He gives credit to his mother for seeing something in him that moved him to develop his career in HR. Judon joins me in this episode, to touch on one of the most heated topics in the HR space at this time and that is the subject of mandatory vaccinations in the workplace.  In addition, we discuss: 🎯 Judon's career highs and lows 🎯 His thoughts on the future of men in HR 🎯 Why HR is not about people-pleasing 🎯 Judon gives his advice to HR professionals on how to handle delicate conversations around vaccinations Judon's references: 📚 The Pause Principle - By Kevin Cashman 📚 The First 90 Days - By Michael Watkins 📺 Manifest on Netflix 🎧 Essence - WizKid Be sure to follow Judon on LinkedIn and Twitter
August 22, 2021
Moving From Insight To Action In DEI
I met Darlene Slaughter earlier this year while I was moderating a panel discussing at the Hacking HR conference on moving from insight to action in DEI. I knew from that moment that we needed to continue the conversation we started from the panel, on the show.  Darlene is the VP, Chief People Officer with March of Dimes and her knowledge and experience in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion space is so great that we wanted to share it with you. In this episode, Darlene and I discuss: 🎙 How the Black Lives Matter movement has impacted her as a human and DEI practitioner 🎙 What DEI means to Darlene 🎙 Why having a heart of gratitude matters to Darlene 🎙 The misconception about HR that bothers her the most Darlene briefly shares her story of losing her husband to COVID, as we have a very vulnerable conversation about where do we go from here to create inclusive workspaces knowing what we know now. Darlene's resources: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Be sure to connect with Darlene on LinkedIn
August 15, 2021
Let's Sound Off On Building an Equitable Workforce With Intention
Aubrey Blanche is an absolutely incredible human being. Aubrey joins me today to talk about her journey in the DEI space and why she is so passionate about the work she does. Aubrey is the Director of Equitable Design, Product & People at Culture Amp and I am a huge fan of her and this organization. In this episode you will learn: What equity in the workplace means to Aubrey Aubrey's mental health story Why building a culture of belonging in the workplace matters What it means to bring your whole self Vs your authentic self to work Aubrey's resources The Calm App The Inner Work of Racial Justice - By Rhonda Magee and Jon Kabat-Zinn This Bridge Called My Back - By Cherrie Moraga Chicana Feminism books Also, listen out for our very open conversation about fat-shaming in the workplace. Be sure to follow Aubrey on LinkedIn.
August 08, 2021
Let's Sound of on Creating a Talent Acquisition Community for Evry1
Shannon Pritchett is the Head of Community at Hiretual/Evry1 and joins me this week to discuss the Evry1 community and why creating such a forum matters to her. In this episode, we will also discuss: 🎙 What sets Evry1 apart from other online communities in Talent Acquisition 🎙 What Shannon believes Recruiters should be focussing on to enhance the candidate experience coming out of COVID 🎙 Her experience of being recruited and how it has impacted her career as a recruiter 🎙 Qualities of a great Recruiter Shannon also shares her fangirl story of an encounter that she had with Drew Brees during a university scouting tour as a swimmer. Be sure to follow and connect with Shannon on LinkedIn and check out the Evry1 community. Shannon's resources: The Moment of Lift - Melinda Gates Below Deck on Bravo Marketing Podcasts 
August 01, 2021
Let's Sound off on Employee Wellbeing
Gethin Nadin joins me in the sound booth this week to talk about employee wellbeing through the pandemic and beyond. Gethin is an award-winning MBPsS Psychologist, employee wellbeing champion, author and speaker, and likely to be the one to walk up to your employees on the street to ask them, "do you believe that your employer cares about you?" In this episode, we talk about why employee wellbeing matters, what employers got wrong at the start of the pandemic and how we can move forward to intentionally include wellbeing in our organization strategy moving forward. Gethin's resources Your Honor on HBO The Truth Manifesto Connect with Gethin on LinkedIn
July 12, 2021
Let's Sound Off on HR Tech - Inside the World of Huler
Nicky Hoyland is the Founder and CEO of Huler and a very dear friend of mine. In this week's episode, we talk about the amazing platform that Nicky and her team have created and that we have now christened as the "Glastonbury" of platforms. I am truly honoured to have Huler as the sponsor of this episode and to be using this platform in my coaching programs. Want to learn more about how you can bring your organization closer together with Huler? Listen as Nicky explains why she created it, how it works and where you can plug in and get connected. Nicky also shares her HR story and you can learn more about Huler by clicking on this link. Nicky's resources: Transformational HR by Perry Timms The HR Social Hour Podcast Redefining HR Podcast Be sure to connect with Nicky on LinkedIn
July 04, 2021
Let's Sound Off on: The Confessions of an HR Pro
For episode 60, I am joined by the amazing Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid, who is taking over my show to interview me and discuss my new book and more. In this episode you will learn: My HR origin story 🔸 What inspired me to write my book 🔸 What makes me anxious and how I cope with it 🔸 Who really runs my business HR@Heart 🔸 My plans for the future My Resources I'm Judging you and Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott Gumbo by PJ Morton Thank you for sticking with me through 60 episodes. I appreciate you so much and look forward to sharing the next 60 and beyond with you. Be sure to pick up my book Confessions of an HR Pro: Stories of Defeat & Triumph available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.
June 20, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Building People First Cultures
This is the first episode in a series of shows that will focus on how companies can build intentional People first cultures. My first guest in Shannon Brodie from DTE and her company was listed in the top 20 companies in the US by a recent Gallup survey. In this episode, Shannon shares: 🔸 Her HR origin story 🔸 What it is like to be a part of the COLD Team  🔸 How the Disney Institute help them to create their culture code 🔸 Her top 3 culture-building tips Shannon's resources The Grid - By Gretchen Bakke You're Not Listening - By Kate Murphy That's What She Said - By Joanna Lipman Be sure to connect with Shannon on LinkedIn. Thanks to Hiretual for sponsoring this episode.
June 13, 2021
Let's Sound Off on How To Be An HR Boss
Jameela Hollingsworth, the HR Boss, joins me for this week's episode as we discuss her HR journey. In this episode, Jameela talks about what it is like to run her own business while studying 20 + hours a week, returning to her legal roots, and doing all of this while managing the HR department of one of the biggest tourism management companies in Barbados and, serving in five countries. Jameela shares advice that she has for young and aspiring HR professionals trying to enter the field. We also talk about being "Olivia Pope in real-life", working in politics and crisis management. Be sure to check out her recommendations for your reading pleasure. I know how she does it - Laura VanderKam You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero You Are a Badass at Making Money - Jen Sincero  Connect with Jameela on Social media at: LinkedIn  The HR Boss 
June 06, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Creating An HR Community As An Introvert
My introvert brother Erich Kurschat joins me for this weeks episode of the HR Sound Off Podcast Show. Erich and I first met over 2 years ago when we sat on a panel for the Hacking HR Global Conference. We discussed networking as introverts in that talk, and our introvert sister Tracie Sponenberg was part of that conversation. We have all remained great friends since making that first connection. It was great to have this conversation with Erich and to share with you his passion for making intentional connections in our HR community.  Join the conversation as we discuss: 🔸 Erich's HR origin story 🔸 Being a DISC nerd 🔸 Creating the HR Hot Seat Community Erich's Resources The Obstacle is The Way Getting to Yes Listen to the HR Social Hour Be sure to connect with Erich on LinkedIn and check our video short on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe while you are there.
May 23, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Occupational Safety & Health
Melony James lives and breathes occupational safety and health. Her passion for this profession exudes in our conversation today as we talk about why HR and occupational health & safety go hand in hand. In this episode, you will learn: 🔸 How Melony started her career 🔸 Why Melony believes that Health and safety should be an entrenched value in every organisation 🔸 Why lack of accountability from leadership can affect employee engagement 🔸 Steps HR can take to create a purposeful safety culture Connect with Melony on LinkedIn Melony’s resource: American Mental Health association Newsletter
May 16, 2021
Let's Sound Off on The 9 Faces of HR
Kris Dunn joins me in the sound booth today to talk about his book "The 9 Faces of HR". If you are struggling to figure out who you are in the HR space, this book is just what you are looking for. In this episode, Kris and I discuss: 🔸 His HR origin story 🔸 Building your career in HR 🔸 His prediction on returning to work Kris' Resources 🔸 The 9 Faces of HR 🔸 Betting on You -  Laurie Ruettimann 🔸 The HR Capitalist 🔸 Fistful of Talent Be sure to connect with Kris on LinkedIn and interact with his content in his newsletters.
May 09, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Effective Communication in HR
Monique Russell is a communications expert, trainer, podcaster and sought after keynote speaker. In this episode, we discuss how HR professionals can effectively communicate with their leadership team and cover the following: 🔸 The fundamentals of effective communication 🔸 Activating self-awareness 🔸 Effectively communicating with leaders driven by ego 🔸 Connecting cultures through storytelling Be sure to connect with Monique to learn more about how she can help you unleash the communicator within. Connect with Monique on LinkedIn Resources: Self Care Matters A Revolutionary's Approach - Anana Johari Harris Paris Lauren Ostrowski Fenton
May 02, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Innovation in HR
Danielle Tait is a huge advocate for innovation in HR in the Caribbean. It was such a pleasure to sit down and have this conversation with her about how we can move organizations in the Caribbean forward using the analytics available to them to create meaningful work. In this episode, we discuss: 🔸 The Interview JM and the 1 million interviews project 🔸 Her partnership with BambooHR 🔸 Why attending global HR conferences will help with your professional development 🔸 How to step up your game in HR Resources 🔸 Josh Bersin Academy 🔸 Work Rules by Laszlo Bock 🔸 AIHR | Academy to Innovate HR Be sure to connect with Danielle.
April 18, 2021
Let's Sound On: The Life of a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
What is a CHRO? How do they support the business? What keeps them up at night? Dr. Cassida Jones-Johnson joins me in this episode to answer these questions and more. Dr. Jones-Johnson has a career that has taken her worldwide and exposed her to numerous cultures. In her last role as CHRO at Grace Kenedy in Jamaica, she grew in leaps and bounds. Her presence is both commanding and heartwarming, and it was a pleasure to sit down with her to discuss: 🔸 The impact of the CHRO role on the business. 🔸 Why it is important to put your leaders in the driver's seat of their careers. 🔸 How to become a strategic thinker and partner. 🔸 Why you need to think like a CEO while in HR. I apologise for this episode's sound quality; I am sure you will enjoy it nonetheless. Be sure to connect with Dr. Jones-Johnson on LinkedIn.  Listen out for her explanation on why she uses LinkedIn.
April 11, 2021
Meet the sponsor: Hiretual
Winona Rajamohan and Keke Mcclaney join me for this episode to talk about Hiretual. I am so honoured to have Hiretual as a sponsor, and I look forward to working with them for a long time. Hiretual was made by recruiters for recruiters and is the candidate search and data engine for your sourcing and recruiting efforts. Integrate with your tech stack for a complete top-of-the-funnel solution — source across 750M+ profiles, engage with personalized campaigns and rediscover lost profiles in your ATS. Winona and Keke discuss their stories on how they joined the team at Hiretual, what they love about the team and communities they have created, and I get them to share what they would tell their younger selves as young women of colour. Listen as they set the record straight on that one misconception that people have about recruiters that drives them crazy. Resources: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Emmanuel Acho The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age Beloved  Connect with Winona and Keke on LinkedIn Check out Hiretual
April 04, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Branding on LinkedIn
Jarrod Best-Mitchell joins me for episode 50, and this time, we take a little twist as we discuss branding on LinkedIn as an HR Pro. Jarrod is from the twin-island of Trinidad & Tobago and is known for sales, LinkedIn and his love for the colour yellow. In fact, Jarrod admits that if he could have a national colour to represent him, it would be yellow. Jarrod took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss: 🔸 The importance of a good LinkedIn profile 🔸 Intro video tips 🔸 Personal branding Many HR professionals are losing out because they are not marketing themselves properly on LinkedIn, so listen to why Jarrod believes that your digital presence on the most important digital platform for professionals should matter to you. Connect with Jarrod on LinkedIn Website Jarrod's resources Competitive Strategy by Michael Forde Favourite quote: "Your LinkedIn profile is your house."
March 28, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Career Coaching
Tisha Peters loves career coaching. You can see it in her face when you talk to her, and it was a pleasure to have this conversation with her. In this episode, Tisha and I discuss: 🔸 Doing what you love on the side 🔸 Her passion for training and development (L&D) 🔸 Creating your own fit 🔸 Personal branding Tisha's Resources: Find Your Why - Simon Sinek Vanessa Lau on YouTube Erin on Demand on YouTube Be sure to connect with Tisha on LinkedIn and check out Careercoach246. Favourite quote, "When you cannot find the right fit, make your own fit."
March 21, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Going From The Block To The Board Room
Khalilah "KO" Olokunola describes herself as an "Impact Architect", and I could not agree with her more. Her story will take your breath away and give you hope. She is the breath of fresh air we all need in HR, and I am so glad that I got this chance to share space with her. In this episode, which I can only describe as a rollercoaster ride you do not want to miss; Khalilah and I talk about: 🔸 How her past and pain has lead her to her purpose. 🔸 Why she measures "shots fired" on the job. 🔸 We break down her acronym for D-I-R-T-Y HR. and, 🔸 Why you should be creating "Bankable Blueprints." My favourite quote: "Your pride is not as important as your purpose."  Be sure to connect with Khalilah on LinkedIn. Khalilah's resources: Atomic Habits 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Watch Black Panther and Thor again because we said so... To receive the PDF Version of Khalilah's Purpose Plan, contact me at, and I will be happy to share it with you.
March 14, 2021
Let's Sound Off on: HR Put Yourself First!
Laurie Ruettimann is now on my official HR Hero list! It was an absolute pleasure and honor to interview this amazing woman, speaker, podcaster, and author.  The breadth and depth of Laurie's experience come to life in this episode as we discuss: 🔸 Her HR origin story. 🔸 Why doing the work of your life is important. 🔸 Why HR cannot fix work without fixing self first. 🔸 What the future of HR looks like. My favorite quote in this episode: "The sooner we get going with the work of our lives, the bigger the impact." 🔥🔥🔥 Be  sure to connect with Laurie on LinkedIn Listen to Punk Rock HR Laurie's Book Recommendation: Mindful money - by Johnathan K DeYoe Check out Laurie's book: Betting on You
March 07, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Creating a Robust DE&I Strategy
Torin Elis Joins me in this episode for a riveting conversation on how organizations can create a DE&I  strategy that is robust and holds everyone in leadership accountable.   Torin specializes in working with companies to create their DE&I strategy using a top-down/bottom-up approach and is very passionate about what he does.   Torin lays out the fundamentals of creating your DE&I strategy as:  🔸 Make a declaration to the organization stating your commitment to having a diverse workforce.  🔸 Allocate the necessary resources for your DE&I initiatives to succeed.  🔸 Hold people accountable and call out non-inclusive behaviors.   Connect with Torin on LinkedIn Website  Resources:  🔸 Russel Reynolds Inclusive Leadership report   🔸 Larry Fink Letter to CEOs 2018 🔸 Me and White Supremacy
February 28, 2021
Let's Sound Off On: Creating An Intentional Company Culture with Galen Emanuele
Galen Emanuele joins me in this episode to talk about why organizations need to be intentional about creating a culture built on a code of conduct that people can be proud of and can call each other out on when necessary.  Galen is a powerhouse, and he brings his passion and energy for culture to this discussion.  In this episode you can find out:   🔸 Galen's origin story  🔸 What a day in the life of team "Shift Yes" looks like  🔸 Why company culture matters  🔸 One misconception about HR that he is setting the record straight on   Connect with Galen on LinkedIn:    Subscribe to his YouTube Channel:    Galen's book recommendations: Traction Fierce Conversations
February 21, 2021
Let's Sound Off On Becoming Jobready2dey - Kurtis Tompkins
Kurtis Tompkins is the Owner of Jobready2dey out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and he is extremely passionate about recruitment. So much so that he wrote and published a book called "Resume Writing Simplified." In this episode Kurtis talks about: 🔸 Why HR professionals need to humanize the recruitment process 🔸 Tips on crafting a winner resume 🔸 His book 🔸 What he believes is the biggest misconception about our profession and more. Connect with Kurtis Resources: Resume Writing Simplified Escaping The Trap Project Help You Grow
February 08, 2021
Let's Sound Off on Building Your Legacy in HR
Believe it or not, Tim Sackett was born into HR. His early career in the recruitment space started with his mother who was a recruiter and entrepreneur and he is proud to share that she taught him everything he knows. Today Tim runs the family business started by his mother and has recruited in various industries through out his career. It is his great passion for what he does brings him to the sound booth to discuss: How to be a self taught Recruiter His worst recruiting experience Striking the balance as an HR Pro Recruitment tech tips Humanizing recruitment Also, hear Tim clear up the biggest misconception about HR that really bothers him and why the other Tim Sackett may not be so pleased with him. Connect with Tim: Tim Sackett on LinkedIn Tim Sackett on Twitter Resources: The Tim Sackett Project Malcolm Gladwell Books Workday The Prof G Show The Economist
January 25, 2021
Let's Sound Off On Employer Branding - Alex Her
Alex Her joins me in the sound booth to talk about employer branding and how we can succeed as a department of one or more. Are you maximizing your branding strategy to attract the best talent to your organization? While most companies in the Caribbean may not be rated on Glassdoor or other company rating sites, we are not far away from this becoming a part of our culture. Alex shares insights on how to boost your employer brand as an HR pro and why this matters and he drops some serious bombs on why reviews on these rating sites matter. Be sure to connect with Alex to learn more. Resources: Give and Get to Employer Branding Talent Chooses You James Ellis Employer Brand Magazine The Boys
January 19, 2021
Let's Sound Off On Bullying In The Workplace - James Guilford
James Guilford joins me in the sound booth to discuss this very relevant topic. In a time of pandemic, racism and sexism, it is abundantly clear that people are no longer willing to tolerate toxic behaviours for a paycheck. James has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with organizations with toxic cultures and has even been known to work with a bunch of clowns. In this episode, James and I discuss: What is workplace bullying and why does it exist? The consequences of a toxic work environment Why you will lose your top talent and  Male privilege. Connect with James Resources: The Happiness Advantage
January 11, 2021
Let's Sound Off on DEI as a Movement not a Moment - Mandisa Diggs
Mandisa Diggs joins me in the sound booth to close out 2020. In this episode she shares: Her HR origin story Why she believes that DEI is a movement and not a moment Points from her article: I am NOT OK: A Grief Stricken Confession from a D&I Professional Mandisa shows an admirable strength and vulnerability in this episode that will make you look at DEI in a different light and hopefully give you a new appreciation for what we do in HR. Resources: How to be an Antiracist Inclusive conversations Black Fatigue The Inclusion Paradox How to be an Inclusive Leader HR Girlfriends Cornell University 1:1 with Mandisa
December 28, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Self-awareness
How self-aware are you? As HR professionals, we are conscious of giving to others but how do we take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to be of service to others? In the Soundbooth with me to discuss this and more is author and speaker Eliot Kelly. Eliot is recognized as a Serial Entrepreneur, and has been featured on CNN, BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss, and an extensive list of magazines and articles. His four books have been translated into over 7 languages and are sold in 29 countries, recently being shortlisted for Best Self-Help and Best Advice Books 2019 by The Author Academy. In this episode we discuss: Dealing with loss and burnout as an HR Professional Feeding your why Humanizing the interview process during Covid-19 Eliot had lots of information to share. Be sure to connect with Eliot and to check out his books. Eliot Kelly TV Eliot Kelly books
December 22, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Holistic HR
Aura Telman is one of my nearest and dearest of friends. She is one of the kindest and gentle people I have ever met and it was a pleasure to have this conversation with her. She is the Founder of the now rebranded Aura Telman Consulting formerly Huresources Consulting. In this episode, Aura and I talk about: Holistic HR Authentic Inclusion The Be Human Hour Her HR origin story is going to blow you away and she also shares her true passion in life, and be sure to check out her new Leadership Spirit Quiz at the top of her website using the link below. Connect with Aura Website: Resources: Brene Brown
December 16, 2020
Let's Sound Off on #hrcomunnity
Over the last year, I have had the awesome privilege of getting to know Tracie Sponenberg. Tracie is smart, humble, and very knowledgable in the HR space. I have learned that we have many things in common and our biggest commonality is that we are both introverts. Despite this, we are able to build relationships, champion for the people in our organizations, network and speak publicly. As a result of all that we do, we both have had occasions where people speak in disbelief that we are introverts. In this episode, Tracie and I discuss: Networking as an introvert Tracie's HR origin story The power of building your HR Community What HR really is Connect with Tracie Resources The Memo HR On Purpose HR Rising How to Be an Antiracist HR Social Hour Not the HR Lady
December 07, 2020
Let's Sound Off on HR Tech
The amazing Yonica Squires joins me in the sound booth to discuss why it is important to find the right tech for your business. Yonica is passionate about ensuring that companies have the right tech and that there is a smooth transition into utilizing the systems purchased. Yonica is determined to break the stigma of being a black woman in tech and it is a firm belief in herself and having faith in the process, that she continues to persevere in the field. In this episode we discuss: Why it is important to be curious about HR Tech Why you cannot throw tech at your problems Mental health apps yay or nay? Quote "the problem is the solution" Connect with Yonica Orbis Human Capital Resources: Hack recruiting  Down to Earth Subscribe to her YouTube Channel
November 24, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Organizational Transformation
Meighan Newhouse is a powerhouse! She is smart, funny and an amazing advocate for people-first cultures.  In this episode, Meighan shares: Her HR Origin Story and claims that she is #newtohr. What the future of work looks like. Why she struggles with change. What she has learned about her white privilege. We also connect on why rocking the boat matters and how we can do this is a positive way. Connect with Meighan Resources Indistractable How to be an Anti-racist Born A Crime
November 16, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Performance Coaching
As leaders, you want to ensure that you are getting the best out of your team and that does not happen with rigid processes and procedures. Research shows that teams thrive when they understand the organization's strategy, where they fit in the big picture and finally they need to know that they belong. My guest Marjorie Wharton is a Transition Specialist, Host of LinkedIn Local Barbados, and legend in her own right. In this episode, Marjorie and I discuss why coaching matters, why we need to move beyond managing a bum in a seat, and how her company Breakthrough Performance Coaching can help your organization to thrive. Connect with Marjorie Resources: Abundance Now - Lisa Nichols The Code of the Extraordinary Mind - Vishen Lakhiani Mind Valley Talks
November 10, 2020
Let's Sound off on Career Transitions
In this episode, we answer the question of how you can make that transition from your current career into HR. My guest in this episode made a transition from the pulpit to HR and I believe that he has some great advice on how to make the transition. Brian Bachand is the Founder & CEO of evolution evolution but he started his working career as a priest in a small parish, transitioned to the Vatican, decided to pivot, and enter the world of work. How do you articulate to potential employers why you want to be in HR after being a priest? Brian shares some tips on how to articulate your dialogue in interviews, restructuring your resume, and putting that winning formula together to transition to the career of your dreams. Connect with Brian Resources: The Monk Who Sold his Ferarri 
November 05, 2020
Let's Sound Off On Meaningful Connections
Tiffany Jones not only connects people to jobs but she connects mentees to mentors and so much more. When I first met Tiffany, I was amazed at how much she loves recruitment and that she was intentional about putting the right people in the right jobs for the right organizations. She is the Managing Director of The Job Connect, the company she passionately calls "her baby" which she started in 2018 after seeing a message from a frustrated job seeker on social media who was ready to end it all. Tiffany is one of the most kind-hearted and giving people I have ever met and she does it without expecting anything in return. Her focus and dedication to her side hustle while working a steady nine to five with a very demanding role is nothing short of impressive to see in someone so young. I expect to see even more amazing things from Tiffany in the future as she is definitely a young entrepreneur to look out for. In this episode, Tiffany shares the joys and struggles of her journey, what keeps her up at night, and clears up what she believes is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about HR Professionals. Connect with Tiffany: Tiffany's resource corner: Recruiting 101 Sincere apologies for the sound quality in this episode.
October 26, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Organizational Development
Dr. Tana M. Session joins me on this episode to share her thoughts on Organizational Development. I am a huge fan of Dr. Session, she is an organizational development strategist, author, speaker, and in 2017, she was recognized by as a top business leader speaking out about D&I. We are both products of the amazing Cher Jones and so we spend a few moments talking about how awesome Cher truly is. In this episode we discuss: Why you should have a mentor that pushes you to be the best. How to get your start in HR. The top 3 people you need to know in your organization to help you understand the business of the business Dr. Session's LinkedIn Live show "HR in the News" What is Organizational Development? and much, much more. Be sure to follow Dr. Session and learn more from her. We hope you enjoy this episode. Connect with Dr. Session
October 19, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Talent Acquisition in the Medical Profession
Wendy Dailey is an awesome Mum, avid blogger, Cohost of the HR Social Hour & HR Wonder Woman podcast shows, and she loves talent acquisition. In this episode, Wendy and I talk about: Navigating your career in talent acquisition. White privilege Why she does not interview people that are not a part of the #hrsocialhour community. The challenges of talent acquisition in the medical profession.  Wendy and I had a great time talking about all of these things and many more and we hope that you enjoy this episode. Connect with Wendy: Wendy's recommendations:
October 13, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Connecting Recruitment to Marketing
Jon Thurmond joins me in the sound booth this week and we talk about his passion for recruitment and why he believes it is connected to Marketing. Jon has a wealth of knowledge to share including his experience in union negotiations and we have a blast as he shares some of his stories. Jon is a fellow podcaster and co-hosts the #hrsocialhour with Wendy Dailey who will be in our next episode. Join Jon and me for this thought-provoking discussion which also includes his thoughts on: Why you need people in your life that will challenge you Why you should not be in HR because you "love people" Why you should start a podcast His love for comics and more... You can connect with Jon on Twitter and LinkedIn and be sure to join the HR Social Hour community on Twitter. Jon Thurmond HR Social Hour Jon's recommendations include: Punk Rock HR Hostile Work Environment
October 05, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Becoming an HR Consultant
Charlene Pedro, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Conventus Consultinc  joins me in the sound booth for this episode. When is the right time to step away from the business and start your own firm? Should HR Pro's even consider consulting?  Charlene shares her story and is very vulnerable in doing so, she shares her challenges and triumphs and why she is optimistic about the future. Conventus Consultinc is a human resource company with one simple mission-helping organizations and people grow. Conventus Consultinc helps organizations address their people and performance challenges. They design and execute customized human resource solutions to drive organizational and personal performance and growth.
September 29, 2020
Let's Sound off on the need for HR Girlfriends
Joining me in the sound booth for this episode is Sana' Rasul who is the Chief Girlfriend at HR Girlfriends LLC. One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do, so the song goes. HR Girlfriends is a community that ensures that you are never alone and Sana' explains how the network and portal work and extends an open invitation for you to join the community. Sana' shares her story, why the community exists, how it works and what is next for HR Girlfriends. Connect with Sana' and join the community today, using these links:
September 21, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Amplifying DEI
Vivian Acquah joins me in the Sound Booth this week to talk about why she felt the need to champion for workplace wellness and how questions from her son forced her to create a virtual summit that she has dubbed the Netflix of DEI. There is vulnerability in spades in the episode. Vivian bares her soul on a bad workplace experience that almost caused her to take her life and why she never wants her son or anyone else to go through what she went through. A strong DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) mission within the workplace is one of the most important pillars for business success and employee wellness. The Amplify DEI 2020 Summit will feature 60+ guest speakers who will be: imparting knowledge on what successful DEI is; sharing experiences highlighting why DEI is important; providing evidence on why DEI needs to be a part of the DNA of any company. Implementing successful DEI should not be treated like a one night stand or as a checklist. It’s a long term program and a never-ending commitment to making the workplace a safe and prosperous place for anyone and everyone. Click on the link to register today:
September 14, 2020
Let's Sound off on the CaribHR Forum
In this episode, Francis Wade of the CaribHR Forum joins me to discuss why he and his beautiful wife saw the need to form this online community and their upcoming virtual conference. Francis believes that now is the time for HR to put on their own mask to develop themselves to be of true value to their organizations. The CaribeHR virtual conference takes place from September 17 - 19, 2020 and we hope that you will register and join us to see 40+ speakers coming together to discuss pertinent topics relating to the development and growth of the HR community. Please also take this opportunity to join the CaribHR Forum today and network with HR professionals throughout the Caribbean.  You can register here: Individual access: Multiple access:
September 07, 2020
Let's Sound Off on GIG HR - When HR get's it's own platform
In this episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Emma El-Karout from One Circle an online HR consulting platform. Emma gives us the tea on why she created One Circle, how it works, and how you can get involved. Emma is an amazing and warm person and we had such good fun talking about how HR professionals can consult using her portal. If you are currently unemployed in the HR space and looking for new ways to develop and grow, One Circle is just what you have been looking for. Join the community today
September 02, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Agile HR
Joining me for this episode is my dear friend and mentor through my Agile HR journey, the amazing Natal Dank. Natal has the most infectious bubbly personality you will ever come accross and is the exact person you need to bring energy to such a topic. Natal has a passion for helping leaders, organizations and brands build awesome places to work, where talented people want to be. She has worked with organizations both great and small to embrace the Agile mindset, redefine their culture and co-create healthy, happy and financially successful working environments. So just what is this Agile mindset and why must we as HR start to embrace it? Join Natal and myself on this episode to learn more.
August 24, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Employee Experience
Joining me in the Sound Booth on this episode is Anthony Vaughn fellow podcaster and host of the E1B2 (Employees 1st Business 2nd) podcast and we are talking about the highs and lows of Employee Experience. What does this phrase mean and how can HR professionals ensure that they are creating authentic experiences for the people their organizations with the collaboration of leadership. Anthony is also a dynamic entrepreneur with a passion for helping others succeed through purposeful collaborations and we hope you enjoy this episode. 
August 09, 2020
Let's Sound of on Finding the "Best Fit"
The multitalented Rochelle James joins me in the Sound Booth this week to talk about her HR origin story, recruitment, and writing her first HR book on recruiting called "Best Fit". Rochelle is an advocate for recruiting using LinkedIn, using practical scenarios in the interview process and she is the brainchild behind the Caribbean Society for HR Professionals (CSHRP).
July 26, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Innovating the Workplace
Bill Banham the Co-Founder of Innovate Work, joins me in this episode to talk about the event series that is fast sweeping the world and heading to the Caribbean. Bill talks about what it takes to create an HR magazine while sharing his story of how he developed his passion for the HR function. Innovate Work takes place on July 30th 2020 and you can feel free to use this link to register
July 20, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Reinventing HR
Joining me in the Sound Booth this episode is Lucy Adams. Lucy is the CEO of Disruptive HR based in the UK and she has a wealth of experience in the HR field which has led her on this new journey to disrupt the way we as HR professionals practice HR in our organizations. Lucy shares her story with me and gives some sage advice on how we can bring HR into the 21st century and beyond. I also encourage everyone to check out her book Disruptive HR on Amazon. 
July 13, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Reigniting HR
In this episode, I sound off with Steve Browne, HR Guru and author of the book HR On Purpose. We are talking about how HR can be reignited, by becoming more visible in the organization, finding new purpose in our role. What opportunities are open to our profession as a result of Covid-19 and what #hrcommunity means to him.
June 29, 2020
Let's Sound Off on Sexual Harassment
In this episode, I Sound Off with Simmone L. Bowe from the Bahamas on the topic of Sexual Harassment in the workplace. What is Sexual Harassment? Does it only happen to women? Can it happen in the HR space? How do we help employees who have been harassed? What can HR professionals do to improve the experience an employee has when they go through the grievance process? Simmone shares her personal experience of being sexually harassed and how she came out on the other side as well as what she is doing to create a safe space for employees to engage with her and how we can learn from her.
June 22, 2020
Remote Working Now and for the Future
This episode I sound off with Dessalen Wood who is the Chief People Officer at Thought Exchange. Dessalen and I talk about her experience working 100% remotely while leading the people experience in her organization, what keeps her up at night and how Thought Exchange can benefit your organization.
June 14, 2020
We are Hacking HR
Joining me in the Sound Booth this week is Enrique Rubio of Hacking HR. In this episode, we discuss how he came up with the concept for Hacking HR, where this movement is to date, and where it is heading in the future. Come and learn how Enrique got into HR and what he believes is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about HR that he wants to set the record straight on. #hrsoundoff #letssoundoff #hackinghr #futureofwork
June 08, 2020
When Recruitment and Culture Converge
In this episode, I talk to Madison Butler about the special ingredients to recruiting right. Madison is the VP of People & Culture at Sourced Craft Cocktails. She is a huge advocate for building inclusive organizational cultures and creating a highly engaged workforce. On this edition in the Sound Booth, we hear the "Blue Haired Recruiter" talk about how she got into HR, how she feels about recruiting with purpose, what she believes is the biggest misconception that people have about HR and how she plans to keep on making an impact in the HR space. 
May 31, 2020
Let's Sound Off on HR & The Gig Economy
What is the Gig Economy and what are the chances of this being the way forward for companies coming out of COVID-19? Here to discuss this topic with me in the sound booth is Dr. Rochelle Haynes. Dr. Haynes is very passionate about this subject and brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the fore. HR professionals, need to engage in discussions that lead to recruiting talent for the smooth and effective operations of companies. Coming out of this pandemic one of those conversations will surround, does everyone need to go back to the office, and if not which jobs can continue to work from home or anywhere in the world? In addition, what positions can you now consider recruiting for outside of your country and benefit from the immediate expertise of a candidate you would have once dismissed? Join Rochelle and me in the sound booth for this engaging episode.
May 18, 2020
The rebellious side of employee engagement
In this episode, I talk to Debra Corey, Co-author of the book "Build It: The Rebel Playbook for World Class Employee Engagement". Join us as Debra shares her story of how she got into HR, why it is important to think outside of the box when engaging employees, the misconception about HR that bothers her the most, and what she is up to next. Welcome to the rebellution.
May 03, 2020
The Future of HR is Disruptive
In this episode, Jennifer McClure visits the sound booth and we discuss DisruptHR. The speaker event series that she started with her friend Chris Ostoich in 2013 to engage HR and business professionals in her home town of Cincinnati.  What started as a potentially one-off event to fill a need for professionals in their home town, has exploded into a global rebelution.  What inspired them to create this event? What is the format? How global is it? Jennifer answers these questions and more as we sound off in this disruptive episode. Want to learn more about DisruptHR go to
April 21, 2020
Living Through Tough Times - COVID-19
2020 has gotten off to a very rocky start. Everywhere we turn we are bombarded by news reports, WhatsApp messages, e-mails and other forms of social media messaging as it relates to COVID-19. Businesses have been forced to lay off, reduce salaries and find other ways to keep their day to day going or shut down altogether. Families are reduced to waiting on government grants and other contributions to keep things going and at the heart of all of what is happening are the HR professionals who are working non-stop to process paperwork, give consoling messages and work with leadership on damage control. This podcast focuses on positive ways to get through each day, despite the difficult times we are going through.
March 30, 2020
Digital Upskilling and Reskilling
In this episode, I talk to Joanna Robinson on the topic of digital upskilling and reskilling. As we think of the future of work and the skills that will be required for the future of work which is now, how do we engage our employees to learn and grow? How do we challenge them to think about reskilling when the possibility of their current role becoming obsolete is in sight? Managing technology and data has changed dramatically and Joanna is going to walk us through how we can manage these changes and coach our people to shape and grow with the organization.
March 10, 2020
The "Bhranding" Equation - Branding + HR = Bhranding
In this episode, I sound off with Ron Johnson who is the Co-Founder of Blueprint Creative Inc. a branding agency in Barbados. we talk about this formula that he has created that sees the marriage between branding and HR and why organizations should want to include HR in their branding strategy meetings. We also sound off on company culture, employee engagement, Disrupthr Barbados and a misconception about HR that bothers us both, So listen now as we sound off.
February 24, 2020
The Robot-Proof Recruiter
In this episode of HR Sound Off, I speak to the amazing Katrina Collier about her book "The Robot-Proof Recruiter" and the importance of keeping the "human" in the recruitment process despite the increasing use of AI. We talk about DisruptHR and as always misconceptions about the HR profession that need to be put right. Katrina is a native Australian based in the UK and we talk about the impact the Australian bush fires have had on everyone. Should you wish to donate to the recovery of this beautiful country and it's wildlife, you can click on the links below to learn more.
February 09, 2020
Mental Health In The Workplace and You
In this episode, I talk to the very passionate Ms. Jolene king of 246 King Consulting on the topic of mental health in the workplace. The numbers are in from numerous reports around the world and they all say that mental health needs to be a higher concern on the agenda for employers. What can we as HR practitioners do to help remove the stigma and increase awareness? Jolene and I sound off on this and more.
January 26, 2020
HR Transformation
In this episode, I explore the world of HR transformation with Perry Timms. Why does HR need to transform? What are we missing and how can we close the gap to give organizations what they require while achieving self-fulfillment? What in the world is an HR Hackathon? This episode will disrupt you in a great way.
January 15, 2020
Digital Transformation is not important in HR until...
In this episode, I sit down with Katrina Sam to talk about the recent digital transformation that she and her team at the Caribbean Development Bank are undergoing to streamline their HR processes and procedures. Join us as we sound off on the highs and lows of her journey.
December 29, 2019
Let's Sound off on Men in HR
According to statistics there are more women in HR than men. Why is that and what can we do to draw more men to the profession? Joining me to sound off on this topic is Shane Howell.
December 15, 2019
Let's Sound Off On Agile and HR Sitting In a Tree - Rishita Jones
In this episode I talk to the very talented Rishita Jones about why HR needs to become more Agile. Known for working in the tech space Agile has become the new way to bring teams together to create products over a shorter and faster time, but can this really work for HR? Join Rishita and I as we sound off on this topic. Connect with Rishita on LinkedIn NRG HR Agile People Principles
December 02, 2019
Welcome to HR Sound Off
In this introduction, I explain why I created this podcast and what you can look forward to listening to in the many episodes to come.
December 02, 2019