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114 Episodes
What is talent looking for in an employer? What makes young professionals want to stay at their job, and want makes them want to leave? In this podcast, we are expanding on a conversation started on our Exploring Economies trip to Tampa where we heard from young professionals about their expectations of an employer. Hear from three YPs about the importance of professional growth, compensation, creativity, and authenticity in and out of the workplace. This podcast features:Solange Tricanowicz, Director of Corporate Engagement at UNC Charlotte and Young Professionals Board Chair for the CLT AllianceMichaelina Franks, Senior Venue Sales Manager for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and former YP Board Chair for the CLT AllianceAntoine Richards, Chief of Staff for the Institute for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM), and 2021 Chair of the Emerging Leaders Inclusion Group 
Why start and grow a business in the Charlotte Region? Nufabrx Chief Marketing Officer Jason Andree answers that question in this podcast with 704 Shop Co-Owner Chris Moxley. Plus, hear how collaboration drives innovation for both of these successful businesses and advice on how to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 
After years of experience building relationships and advocating for business in both Raleigh and Columbia, Joe Bost has now stepped into his new role as chief advocacy officer for the CLT Alliance. In this podcast, CLT Alliance Advocacy Committee Chair Kevin McLaughlin asks Joe about his biggest priorities for both his new role and the business community. Find out what policies Joe will lead advocacy efforts for and why Joe's previous jobs have set him up for success in building consensus with leaders. 
As the Charlotte Region continues to grow, transportation infrastructure must advance. In this podcast, Tony Lathrop, who sits on the N.C. Board of Transportation and chairs the board's Funding/Appropriation Strategies (FAST) Committee, discusses the vital connection between economic development and investment in transportation. Learn why our current road system is graded as "low/adequate," and what it will take to keep the region's competitive edge.
As we head into the new year, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Select CLT team is looking ahead to several projects and investments across industries. In this podcast, the CLT Alliance Lead Principal Economic Researcher Adrienne Hua sits down with the CLT Alliance Managing Director of Business Recruitment Jeremiah Anderson to discuss which industries are increasingly interested in our region and why FDI is likely to increase this year. Plus, hear how the Select CLT team is strategizing to set the region up for success despite talks of a potential recession. 
What steps can you take to make your workplace more inclusive? In this podcast, we sit down with Madison Hiatt, Chip Bryan and Justin Taylor from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to discuss how their organization has cultivated a culture of inclusivity and intersectionality. Hear about Madison’s journey to find belonging in the workplace as a transgender woman, how to have importance conversations about inclusivity, and the internal and external steps organizations can take to support the LGBTQ+ community. 
With the N.C. legislative short session in full swing, one item being closely watched is Medicaid expansion. In this podcast, Sen. Paul Newton shares his thoughts on the proposal along with other big changes across the state that he is keeping an eye on. 
The Charlotte Region is home to a growing and evolving workforce; young professionals make up a large piece of that talent. Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Young Professional Board Chair Kristerpher Smith and Vice Chair Solange Tricanowicz sit down to discuss how YPs (ages 21-39) impact the business community. In this podcast, hear tips on how to advance your career, grow your network and be a part of the Charlotte Region’s future. Sign up for CLT Alliance YP emails here.
Spiracle Media CEO Tim Baier was just named one of the CBJ’s Most Admired CEOs. His company has been named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ four years in a row. We asked Baier and co-founder Jarod Latch, former sports journalists turned award-winning video content producers, how they’ve created a culture where employees enjoy working for their company, and want to do so – together, in the office. Here’s how these professional storytellers hope their story is told.
As his time in the S.C. Legislature winds down, Rep. Gary Simrill has his sights set on the future. In this podcast, he discusses the legislative priorities for the remainder of the session as well as what comes after his 30-year career in politics. Plus, you will hear his thoughts on the impact of the planned Panthers facility in Rock Hill that recently hit a few snags. 
In Raleigh, Columbia, and Washington, the public and private sectors are working together to improve the Charlotte Region. In this podcast, we hear from Duke Energy Vice President of Governmental Affairs and External Relations Kevin McLaughlin. He explains how advocacy starts in an elected leader's hometown before it's ever brought to a capitol. Find out how his work at Duke Energy and as the vice chair of the CLT Alliance Advocacy Committee has led to historic legislation in the Carolinas. Plus, find out what legislative priorities lie ahead for the business community.
During the CLT Alliance's Exploring Economies trip to Austin, business and civic leaders from Charlotte got a first-hand look at what makes the Austin regional economy thrive. In this podcast, find out how the Charlotte Region stacks up against Austin in areas including talent, transportation, entrepreneurship and affordability.  EY Central Private Leader and Charlotte Managing Partner and CLT Alliance Chair Malcomb Coley and CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar discuss what they learned, why the Charlotte Region is competitive and how we can continue to make Charlotte a great region for all to work and play. 
The Charlotte Region is quickly growing with new talent moving here every day. In this podcast, Truist Chief Teammate Officer & Head of Enterprise Diversity Kimberly Moore-Wright describes the banking company's recruitment strategies and how they changed during the pandemic. Plus, hear her thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion as well has how Truist is advancing the community and economic mobility.
In this podcast, we get an inside look at global manufacturer DMG MORI. General Manager of Southeast U.S. Christoffer Stigsby explains why the company chose the Charlotte Region for its new regional headquarters and shares his message to other businesses looking to relocate. Plus, hear his vision for the future of manufacturing in the U.S. and across the world. 
Are you an entrepreneur looking to scale your business? Listen up. Chairman of EO Accelerator Bryan Delaney explains his successful entrepreneurial journey and how he is working with the CLT Alliance to help the entrepreneurs in the Charlotte Region. Through Scale Up CLT, a scholarship program to help diverse entrepreneurs, and the EO Accelerator program, entrepreneurs are transitioning from working for their business to working on their business. Learn more about the program and hear tips for entrepreneurs in this podcast. Learn more about Scale Up CLT and EO Accelerator by visiting or
Are you a high-potential professional? If so, listen to Director of Corporate Operations for Security at Atrium Health Phillip Kemp describe how he’s growing professionally in the Emerging Business Leaders program. Find out how this program is helping a dynamic and diverse group of professionals enhance their leadership capabilities and connect with high-performing peers from across the Charlotte Region. Hear why Kemp joined the program and his message to others looking to become a leader in their industry. Learn more about the EBL program here. 
Regional Director of Government Affairs for American Airlines Tracy Montross shares an update on the airline industry amid the pandemic and the latest on changes at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Plus, Montross details her goals as the 2022 chair of the CLT Alliance Advocacy Committee; those goals include a bi-state agenda advocating for legislation related to hate crimes, transportation and Medicaid expansion. Read more about the 2022 CLT Alliance Advocacy Agenda here. 
In this podcast, hear how the newly announced partnership between the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and NASCAR came to be after years of work. Plus, Chad Turner, the chamber's president and CEO, explains how inclusivity is evolving in the Charlotte Region and what businesses can do to change culture. 
The Queen City is adding a new jewel to its sporting crown with the Jumpman Invitational.  The two-day event will feature both of the men's and women's teams from four of the original Jordan Brand-sponsored programs. In this podcast, leaders from the Charlotte Sports Foundation share how this one-of-a-kind sporting event came to be and what sports fans can expect this December. 
As we near Election Day, we are focusing on the $226 million Charlotte city bond package on the ballot. In this podcast, City of Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Braxton Winston and President & CEO of Lumin Strategies and Vote Yes for Bonds Campaign Manager Brian Francis detail the impact these bonds could make on city streets, housing and infrastructure. Find out how this bond package is different than in elections past and how voting 'yes' could impact neighborhoods from University City to Ballantyne.
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