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Author: Matt Burns

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A show where we discuss innovative ways organizations, and their leaders overcome complex issues at work 

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In today’s episode, I chat with Andrea Herron, Head of People at WebMD, an HR executive leader, published author of "There's an Elephant in Your Office," and host of the award-winning podcast The HR Scoop. Andrea was recently selected as one of Ragan’s Top Women in Wellness and HR, an Agent of Change in American Healthcare Leader magazine, and a Top Leader in DEIB by Mogul. She lives in Portland, OR with her family and french bulldog Norman.Our conversation began, as many do, with a candid di...
In today’s episode, I chat with Jess Weems Thibault, VP of Growth at HireEducation, a talent service firm that supports education and EdTech partners in the Early Childhood, K12, Higher Education, and Workforce sectors. A former-teacher-turned-marketer, Jess works with industry leaders to strategically grow executive, sales, marketing, and product teams in organizations of all sizes with the goal of providing equitable access to education and economic mobility. Jess spent over a decade w...
In today’s episode, I chat with Jim Stroud. With over a decade of experience in recruitment and sourcing, Jim has consulted for companies such as Microsoft, Google, Siemens, and a host of startup companies. During his tenure with Randstad Sourceright’s Global Head of Sourcing and Recruiting Strategy, he alleviated the sourcing and recruiting headaches of clients worldwide. Jim has created and sold five online properties, managed an award-winning blog, published a weekly newsletter for jo...
In today’s episode, I chat with Terrance Cooley, Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Special Projects for the United States Air Force "Joint All-Domain C2" R&D Center, steering the agency’s strategic vision, people-first culture, digital security posture and advanced warfighter technology development. A champion of inclusivity, he shapes high-performance, cross-functional teams that model and inspire a workplace based on trust, curiosity, integrity and excellence.&nb...
In today’s episode, I chat with Verdell Walker, a seasoned consumer-oriented content and marketing professional and board director. Verdell is highly regarded by her peers as a thought leader and someone who fosters an inclusive environment, demonstrated by her effectiveness in leading and working collaboratively with teams. She serves on the board of directors of Scholastic, Inc, and has held roles at Spotify, Mattel, and Sesame Workshop - the makers of Sesame Street. With stints at suc...
In today’s episode, I chat with Martyn Redstone, Conversational AI & Generative AI Consultant at PPLBOTS. With close to 20 years of recruitment industry experience, and nearly 7 dedicated to the exploration of automation and AI in recruitment, Martyn is a leading thinker at the intersection of talent and technology.He believes strongly in harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to create more efficient, equitable, and enjoyable recruitment processes. And our discussion followed a ...
In today’s episode, I chat with Lydia Di Francesco, CEO & Workplace Wellness Specialist at Fit + Healthy 365. With over a decade of experience in the wellness industry, Lydia's insights into creating a harmonious, productive work environment are invaluable for organizations adjusting to new realities in a post-pandemic world. We discussed the significant shift in employee wellness programs since 2020. How organizations are now recognizing the critical need for holistic wellness...
In today’s episode, I chat with Julius Probst, European Labor Economist at AppCast. A PhD graduate from Lund University in Economic History, Julius brings a unique perspective to the table, combining his knowledge of historical economic patterns with current macroeconomic trends.Julius starts by sharing his journey, from his early passion for macroeconomics and monetary economics during his bachelor's and master's studies, to his role at Appcast. The conversation then shifts to the heart...
In today’s episode, I chat with Tami Rosen, Chief People Officer at Pagaya to explore the ins and outs of HR transformation. Tami formerly held leadership roles with Goldman Sachs, Apple, and Atlassian. And our discussion was a reunion, of sorts. Tami and I first met during the Global HR Summit in 20202, where she was kind (and brave) enough to join us as one of 60 speakers - in a virtual reality headset. Our discussion started there, with a look back at the Global HR Su...
In today’s episode, I chat with Enrique Rubio, HR, Tech and Future of Work expert, keynote speaker and founder of Hacking HR, a global learning community at the intersection of future of work, technology, business and organizations, with thousands of members of all over the world. Enrique is also the Head of Global Community at Transform. Enrique and I have been friends for many years now. We met in the days before the pandemic, and found easy alignment with our shared passion for making...
In today’s episode, I chat with Candace DiCresce, the Senior Director of Safety & Accessibility at Rogers Communications, where she leads a talented team that is driven by a passion for supporting employee safety and well-being. Candace has over 25 years of experience in occupational health and safety, wellness and well-being, working in consulting with Deloitte, industry at MDS, and the public sector with the Toronto Transit Commission. Her broad view afforded some ...
In today’s episode, I chat with Cole Napper, the Vice President of People Analytics & Product Evangelist for Orgnostic, an innovative people analytics, generative AI, data orchestration, & employee listening platform. Cole Napper is also the Co-Host of Directionally Correct, a People Analytics Podcast that leverages his 12+ years of rapidly escalating experience building HR centers of excellence from the ground up to scale — with an expert focus on People Analytics. &n...
In today’s episode, I chat with Susan Hanold, HR HCM Strategy Executive, Speaker and Board Director, Formerly Vice President, Strategic Advisory Services, encompassing the organization’s talent, DEI and M&A practices for ADP, a Human Capital Management technology organization. Susa helped ADP establish their first Human Capital Management Consulting practice, working with executives at the likes of Chevron, Oracle, Cisco, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon on myriad transformational ini...
In today’s episode, I chat with Arthur Petropoulos, Founder & Managing Partner at Hill View Partners, a Providence-based investment firm that specializes in mergers & acquisitions, business sales/exits, and capital advisory services for middle-market and lower middle-market companies. Arthur founded Hill View Partners in 2016 after a successful tenure on Wall Street as an Investment Banker, Private Equity Investor, and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development ...
In today’s episode, we delve into the world of organizational culture with @Lorne Rubis. From the rinks of the @National Hockey League with the @LA Kings to the digital buzz of the dot-com era, to leading HR functions in financial services at @ATB and in education at @Norquest College, Lorne's professional story is one of developing leaders. He believes successful organizations are 'People First and Customer Obsessed'. He believes successful leaders are eternally curious. And in weighing...
In today’s episode, I chat with Julia Pollak, Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace. Her team uses data from the ZipRecruiter marketplace to measure the health of the US labor market, identify hiring trends, and helping employers and job seekers prepare for the future of work. Their research is frequently cited in leading media outlets, like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR.In the simplest of terms, in North America there are more people leav...
In today’s episode, I chat with Bobby Humes, an experienced executive and leadership coach with a wide range of expertise in human resource operations and organizational change strategy. Bobby previously served as chief HR officer for the City of Seattle, providing executive leadership consultation to executive cabinet members and their HR teams.Bobby’s also a friend. We met during the early days of the pandemic. I messaged him out of the blue to pitch an idea for an HR virtual reality confer...
In today’s episode, I chat with Dorie Clark, the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and the award-winning Stand Out, named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine.She’s one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world according to Thinkers50, was honored as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards, and is one of the Top 5 Communication Professionals in the World, as g...
In today’s episode, I chat with Katy George, McKinsey’s chief people officer and a leader in the firm’s Operations Practice. In her role, Katy is responsible for McKinsey’s global people functions, including professional development and learning, recruiting, human resources, performance evaluation, and people analytics. She is also a member of the Shareholders Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and their 15-person global leadership team.In recent years, Katy has focused...
In today’s episode, I chat with Kevin McDonald, Vice President, People Services & Insights for The E.W. Scripps Company. Kevin has over 25 years of experience working with large and mid-market companies in HR operations, technology strategy, vendor governance, implementations, and merger & acquisition integration.In addition to his professional accomplishments, Kevin serves as the varsity assistant coach for the girls’ basketball team at Fairfield High School and volunteers as a...
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