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Conversations on Careers and Professional Life
45 minutes | a month ago
Austin Guyette on Pursuing a Career in Venture Capital
Austin Guyette, Foster MBA 2019, and investor with Voyager Capital talks about his career journey and how he successfully landed his dream job in venture capital. We also discuss the seattle startup and venture ecosystem, and even one of Austin's biggest regrets from his time at Foster.
39 minutes | a month ago
Prof. Warren Boeker on Innovation and Design Thinking
On this episode, I speak with Professor Warren Boeker, the Douglas Olesen/Battelle Chaired Professor of Management at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. I invited Professor Boeker on the show to talk about innovation and design thinking, and how MBA candidates can prepare for roles that involve innovation. Professor Boeker's recent research has examined the dynamics of strategy formulation and execution in organizations at a corporate and business level. His other work focuses on the innovation process and organizational creativity, including idea generation, developing products into profitable businesses, and diffusing ideas throughout the organization. We covered alot of ground in our conversation, from corporate venture capital, to the impact of the Covid Pandemic induced WFH trend on innovation and design thinking, to some of the key skills that can contribute to success in an innovation career. We mentioned the following resources during our conversation: MIT Technology Review MIT Sloan Management Review Harvard Business Review The After Hours Podcast Stanford Social Innovation Review The d.School at Stanford's Resources Designing Your Life IDEOU Wired Magazine Originals by Adam Grant
34 minutes | a month ago
Rebecca Lovell on Startups and Venture Capital in Seattle
On this episode, I speak with Rebecca Lovell. Rebecca holds an MBA from Foster, since she graduated her career has included roles with the City of Seattle office of economic development, Geekwire, the Northwest Entrepreneur's network, and Alliance of Angels. She teaches in the Technology Management MBA program at Foster, is a mentor for Techstars and the Female Founders Alliance and is a board director for the Washington Technology Industry Association. She also currently serves as the Chair of the national Center for American Entrepreneurship. When Rebecca and I sat down for this conversation in late February of 2020 -- as the threat of Coronavirus was beginning to become apparent but before the pandemic was declared and so much in-person work went remote -- she was the Executive Director of Create33, a membership organization and "founder-center" for high-growth technology entrepreneurs backed by Madrona Venture Group. She has since been named the CEO of Denali Financial Consulting which provides experienced, strategic, financial and operating leadership for growing companies. Because of the rapid shift to everything-from home, this was a conversation that got stuck in my edit queue. Rebecca and I discussed her work at Create33 along with other in-person activities and I wasn't quite sure how much would be relevant amidst the pandemic shutdowns. As I worked on editing it, I realized that so much of Rebecca's insights and advice are valuable to anyone interested in the venture and startup ecosystem here in Seattle. I did edit out some parts of the conversation that were no longer relevant. Rebecca and I talked about her experience in the MBA program, with the venture and startup community, and advice for students interested in pursuing a career that may involve working with startups. I hope you'll enjoy my conversation on careers and professional life with Rebecca Lovell. Rebecca shared the following events: Founders Live F-Bomb Breakfast Club WTIA Collaboration Institute - Ion And we both talked about the tremendous resource that is Geekwire, especially the Geekwire 200, a list of Pacific Northwest startups that are popular and trending among key online communities, and their Recent Fundings list. Rebecca shared so much great advice for students looking to engage with start-ups in Seattle. As we've heard so many of my guests say, "coffee meetings" are critical to building your network, and while we may still be a few months away from resuming in-person meetings, our students are having plenty of luck connecting with people over video conference for these informational interviews. Volunteering and getting involved in events that cater to the startup community, from conferences to meetups, again, many being held virtually because of the pandemic is a great way to meet and connect with people in the startup community. Thinking about the right time in a startup's life to engage with the company, for many tech startups, most of their hires are going to be on the engineering team until they get some seed or series a funding and have a headcount that has crossed into the double digits. And that hiring is likely going to be just-in-time. We also talked about how to assess startups as a prospective intern or employee, the importance of considering the type and quality of experience you will get, along with the executive mentorship opportunities, so you want to interview the company as much as they are interviewing you.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
Sam Ushio on Ikigai, CliftonStrenghts, and Purpose
Sam Ushio, founder of Ikigai Lab, host of the Ikigai Stories podcast and fellow Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach joins me for a conversation that will appear on both podcasts. We talk about how we both got to where we are today, the Japanese concept of Ikigai -- or your reason for being -- and moai -- a group of life long friends that support each other -- wellbeing, purpose and meaning and how it all relates to our work. Sam asks me about How students use CliftonStrenghts, and whether more students are seeking out purpose driven companies or impact careers. Visit ConversationsOnCareers.com for full show notes.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Tony Back and Larissa Benson on Mindfulness and Search Inside Yourself
Back in 2019, I had the opportunity to attend a two-day Search Inside Yourself training lead by Tony Back and Larissa Benson sponsored by the UW Resilience Lab. It was an amazing opportunity to learn about, and have the lived experience of brining mindfulness practices into my daily life and work. I wanted to have them on the podcast to talk about Search Inside Yourself and some of the mindfulness practices that listeners can try. I interviewed the pair remotely in March of 2020, just a few days before the Covid-19 Pandemic forced the shutdown of in-person instruction and closed the UW Campus. Due to some technical issues with the remote interview service I was using for the first time, the sound quality of the recording was less than ideal. Upon re-listening to the conversation, I decided that the content was still relevant today and did my best to clean up the audio, edit the conversation and release it here. Tony Back is a medical doctor, the co-director of the UW Center for Excellence in Palliative Care at the UW and a UW professor of Oncology and Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioethics and Humanities. He is also the founder of Vital Talk a training organization for clinicians seeking to advance their communication skills with seriously ill patients. Larissa Benson is a leadership embodiment coach, the host of the Government Joy Network, Is the president of the board of the Whidbey Institute and use to lecture at the Evans School of Public Policy here at the University of Washington. We discuss how they both came to Search Inside Yourself -- the mindfulness training program developed at Google -- how they bring mindfulness practice into their work and life, and some practices you can try in your life to be more mindful and communicate more effectively. Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute www.siyli.org Search Inside Yourself (the book) Joy On Demand (the book) The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda Magee (chair of SIYLI and law professor at U San Fran) Leadership Embodiment by Wendy Palmer My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem - for trauma informed healing and embodiment practices Rick Hanson’s online course the Foundations of Well-Being and he has tons of free resources https://www.rickhanson.net/ `If you’d like to try mindfulness on your own, you can check out apps like Calm, Headspace, Ten Percent Happier, and Waking Up all end up requiring a subscription fee after a few free sessions. Insight Timer has thousands of free meditations, Oak and Healthy Minds are also free(mium). You can also find guided meditations from the Whole U and FreeMindfulness.org. Other resources at the university include the Whole U Meditation Series a video series that helps to reduce stress, increase calmness, and promote happiness. All of them are great, but there are two short, guided meditations on gratitude that by UW Mindfulness Manager Danny Arguetty and UW Tacoma associate professor Jane Compson. You can listen to my conversation with Jane Compson from Season 1.
9 minutes | 5 months ago
Tips Improving Your Behavioral Interviewing
On this episode I share some tips for improving your behavioral interviewing. Find out more at http://conversationsoncareers.com
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Kristin Graham on Business Communication During a Pandemic
I speak with former journalist and current technology leader Kristin Graham about business communication advice for normal times and this moment in 2020/2021 when we are working and learning remotely during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Check http://conversationsoncareers.com for the full show notes.
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Foster MBA Career Coach Julie Boden on Reframing Rejection
Foster MBA Career Coach Julie Boden and I discuss reframing internship application rejection and put it into the broader context of an MBA career plan, and the application and review process. For more episodes, visit http://conversationsoncareers.com
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Dr. Alexandra Samuel on Networking During A Pandemic and More
On this episode, I speak with researcher, author, and speaker, Dr. Alexandra Samuel. Alex is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal and JSTOR. We talked about networking during the Covid Pandemic, digital wellness, and more. Find longer show notes at http://conversationsoncareers.com
45 minutes | 6 months ago
Steve Dalton on the 2-Hour Job Search
Steve Dalton, Program Director For Career Services at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and author of the 2-Hour Job Search talks about the method and how the Covid pandemic has impacted job searching with it. Visit http://conversationsoncareers.com for full show notes.
29 minutes | 8 months ago
Foster MBA Career Management Coaches on Informational Interviews
I talk with Coach Elaine Newtson and Stacy Duhon about tips for informational interviews. Learn more at http://conversationsoncareers.com
26 minutes | 9 months ago
Peter Boyd on The Hunt: Charting The Path to your next career move
Guest Peter Boyd discusses his webinar, "The Hunt: Charting The Path to your next career move" from Yale Center for Business and the Environment and shares some great advice for thinking about, and preparing for a job search. Visit ConversationsOnCareers.com for detailed show notes with links to more information about Peter. Hosted by Gregory Heller
16 minutes | a year ago
Adam Schmidt Talks About His Career Pivot
In part 2 of 2 of my conversation with Adam Schmidt (Foster MBA 2020) we talk about how he achieved his double career pivot (function and industry). Visit http://conversationsoncareers.com for show notes
47 minutes | a year ago
Adam Schmidt on Credibility
Adam Schmidt (Foster MBA 2020) talks about the importance of credibility as an MBA candidate. He breaks it down with 5 stakeholder groups: fellow students, faculty & staff, alumni and employers. This is Part 1 of 2. In the second episode, Adam talks about his career pivot.
40 minutes | a year ago
Author Nikki Pava On Her Book, Green Wisdom and Career in Sustainability
I speak with author, speaker, consultant and friend Nikki Pava, about her career experiences, MBA and book, Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team which profiles initiatives at a variety of companies. Visit ConversationsOnCareers.com for the full show notes
34 minutes | a year ago
Prof. Ryan Fehr on Gratitude and Appreciation
Ryan Fehr's work focuses on building more positive organizations - organizations that leverage things like gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness to make work more fulfilling and enjoyable. In this conversation we talk about his research into gratitude, how and why you might want to work to increase your gratitude through interventions like journaling, the gratitude letter and acts of appreciation. We also talk about the relationship between gratitude and stress and gratitude and mindfulness. Ryan also introduced me to the idea of designing a gratitude "boot camp" which comes from a leading researcher on the subject, Robert Emmons. Both Ryan and I talked about keeping Thank You notes we've received as well as emails in place where they can be easily referenced when you need a little pick-me-up. The episode is full of great ideas for boosting your own gratitude and introducing more gratitude into your organization. A great resource to learn more about gratitude is Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley. Their website provides detailed instructions for many of the practices Ryan and I discussed like the gratitude letter and gratitude journaling. You can learn more on their website or podcast, The Science of Happiness. Books: Gratitude Works, by Robert Emmons, you can also read more from Emmons on The Greater Good Science Center. The Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, by Gary Chapman and Paul White
11 minutes | a year ago
Joel Graves and Dan Charbonneau (Evening MBA 2019) on How They Used MBA Career Management to Support Their Pivot
A short episode featuring a conversation with two Evening MBA 2019 Alumni about how they leveraged the resources of MBA Career Management at the Foster School of Business to make pivots in their careers.
50 minutes | a year ago
Prof. Andy Hafenbrack on Mindfulness, Stress, Self-Compassion
Visit ConversationsOnCareers.com for full show notes. I speak with Prof. Andy Hafenbrack about mindfulness, his research, stress, self-compassion and other related topics. Resources mentioned on the show: FreeMindfulness.org Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright Search Inside Yourself by Chade Meng Tan Mindful Work by David Gellis The Mindful Elite by Jamie Kucinskas McMindfulness by Ron Purser Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics and 10% Happier by Dan Harris Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff and self-compassion.org Podcasts: 10% Happier, Making Sense with Sam Harris Apps: Calm, Headspace, Ten Percent Happier, Oak, Insight Timer, Healthy Minds (healthyminds.org)
19 minutes | a year ago
Joel Graves and Dan Charbonneau Talk About the ACG Cup
A conversation with Foster School of Business, Evening MBA Class of 2019 graduates Joel Graves and Dan Charbonneau about their experience competing in -- and winning -- the 2019 ACG Cup Case Competition. Learn more about the ACG Cup at http://www.acgcupnw.org.
23 minutes | a year ago
Elaine Newtson and I Discuss Behavioral Interviewing
Foster MBA Career Coach Elaine Newtson and I have a quick discussion about strategic approaches to crafting behavior interview answers.
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