54 minutes | May 12, 2023
Navigating the AI Frontier with Paulo Kaiser
About the Episode Dive headfirst into a high-energy discussion with Paulo Kaiser, Plative's CEO, as we dissect the landscape of tech, AI, and innovation. Is the industry stalled or on the brink of the next game-changer? From Gen Z's digital habits and the imminent experimental phase of AI, to its profound impact on privacy, user experience, and industry disruption, this episode leaves no stone unturned. Ready to explore the AI-driven future and its potential to shake up the status quo? Don't miss out! Guest: Paulo Kaiser Paulo is an executive with over 20 years of global management experience. His expertise extends across a variety of areas, including software product management, engineering, operations, services, finance, sales, and customer support. With a proven track record in leading diverse teams and managing projects with budgets up to $20MM, Paulo has been integral to multiple software executive teams. His roles have varied from turn-around projects to growth and hyper-growth phases in companies ranging from startups to corporate organizations. In addition, Paulo has a deep technical understanding of software development and related internet technologies, further enriched by his role as an adjunct professor at a top-tier NYU graduate program. Paulo's Customer-Obsessed Picks: Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan "If" by Rudyard Kipling
65 minutes | Feb 24, 2023
The Wild West of Web3 and NFTs with Andy Thoe
About Andy Andy is a technology consultant, builder, and investor with 17 years of experience in the software industry. He has spent the last two years in the NFT ecosystem and 17 years in the Salesforce ecosystem consulting and providing solutions for a wide variety of customers ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He is passionate about promoting amazing experiences and helping to create a more equitable world. Andy's Customer-Obsessed Pick: We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Kates NFT & Web3 Resources: Bankless Newsletter The All-In Podcast Zora Manifold Web3 with A16Z
49 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
Future History with Randy Rodriguez
What can the past tell us about the future? Randy Rodriguez, one of Salesforce's first enterprise customers, dives into the ecosystem's storied past as a way to look forward. Hear how his experiences inform the present and shape the future of the technology industry. Plus, Eric, Erin, and Randy explore mental health and books that matter. About Randy Rodriguez Randy represents Volante Tech, the leading global payments provider to the banking industry in the market, focused on North America. He brings a Saas background and focuses on bringing customer success and business model innovation to North American banks and payments providers. An EQ mentor and leader who brings an execute-to-vision capability to both work and life. Authentic, driven, and dedicated, Randy drives success by bringing out the best in those around him, leading by example, and building success through nomadic, curious commitment. His strengths are situational leadership, the ability to aggregate talent, and a driven personal style. Customer Obsessed Pick: The Moth: All These Wonders The Secret History
53 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
The Gig CIO with Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn is a gig CIO, leading companies into the tech future one role at a time. Hear about his experiences at media giant News Corp, how he got into the world of higher education - and what needs to change in that industry - and why storytelling and tech innovation are actually perfect partners. About Tom Tom is a highly accomplished executive with extensive experience driving successful business outcomes across multiple industry sectors, including Financial Services and Media. With 20+ years as a CTO/CIO in News Corp and others, Tom is a recognized expert in large-scale enterprise technology transformation with deep domain experience in digital operating models and Cloud Services. He has successfully led high-profile digital transformations and driven profitable exits for Venture Capital Investors in technology start-ups. Since early 2016, Tom has been offering his know-how, hardened by real-world experience, to help CXOs in 6 key areas: Strategy Development, Digital Transformation, Digital Operating Models, rejuvenation of existing technology functions, Delivery, and Interim Executive assistance. He is a true Gig CIO. Customer Obsessed Picks The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
55 minutes | May 20, 2022
Charting Your Path with Sylvia Acevedo
Sylvia Acevedo is a rocket scientist, technologist, innovator, author, the former CEO of Girl Scouts, and continues to make an impact as a board director at Qualcomm. She has always found a way to chart her own path, never taking no for an answer. What were her career-defining moments? What’s next for CEOs with a global mindset? How do aspiring changemakers harness the power of self-determination to make their own future? We talk about this and a whole lot more—don’t miss it! Sylvia's Customer Obsessed Picks: The Young Galileo Speaks by Ray Bradbury The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
62 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Tech & Biz Evolution with Lou Fox
Ready to hear from Salesforce’s first developer? Tune in to our interview with Lou Fox, a technologist and innovator who has seen the evolution of Salesforce from its earliest days into a global powerhouse. During our conversation, Lou shares his origin story and unconventional path into the world of Salesforce and cloud technology. He reveals a game-changing moment in Salesforce development as well as how his approach (and priorities) in management and innovation have evolved to focus on people, storytelling, and communication first. Lou’s Customer Obsessed Picks: Bleeding Pinstripes: A Season with the Bleacher Creatures at Yankee Stadium The Best American Short Stories As we mentioned during the episode, here are resources and ways to help Ukrainians affected by the war with Russia. (Source: Global Citizen) 1. People in Need is providing humanitarian aid to over 200,000 people on the ground. For those most in need, they provide food packages, emergency shelter, safe access to drinking water, hygiene items, and coal for heating. Donate here. 2. The Ukrainian Red Cross does loads of humanitarian work, from aiding refugees to training doctors. Donate here. 3. The International Medical Corps is on the front lines and prepared to help citizens with emergency health care services, as well as mental health and psychosocial support. The agency is also keeping the pandemic top of mind throughout the crisis by prioritizing COVID-19 awareness and prevention services, to help keep displaced citizens safe from the pandemic. Donate here. 4. CARE is responding to the crisis by providing Ukrainians in need with food, hygiene kits, psychosocial support services, access to water, and access to cash. Donate here. 5. Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit that delivers aid packages to Ukraine with everything from baby food and hygiene products, to clothes and household supplies. Donate here. 6. UNICEF is repairing schools damaged by the bombings and providing an emergency response to children affected by the conflict. Donate here. 7. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has stepped up its operations and is working with governments in neighboring countries "calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection.” You can help support the UNHCR's work supporting refugees by donating here and take action here to send a tweet urging governments and businesses to support the United Nations' urgent appeal for $1.7 billion to deliver life-saving humanitarian support. 8. OutRight Action International is helping to support LGBTQ+ groups and organizations on the ground, setting up shelters, and providing safety for citizens. All donations made to OutRight will go directly to the cause. You can donate here. 9. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying emergency operations in Ukraine and surrounding countries to provide food assistance to those fleeing the conflict. Donate here. 10. Save the Children is working with partners to respond to meet the urgent needs of affected children and their families. It's ready to provide life-saving assistance, such as food, water, cash transfers, and safe places for children as people flee amid freezing temperatures and brutal conditions, and to scale up options to ensure children impacted by the crisis have the support they need. Find out more and donate here. 11. SOS Children’s Villages has worked in Ukraine since 2003 and is coordinating an emergency response to support families who are living in the conflict areas and those who have been internally displaced. Find out more and donate here. 12. Mercy Corps is mobilizing a team to the region to assess where help is most needed and is anticipating providing emergency cash assistance, as well as supporting local organizations that know their community needs best. Between 2015 and 2017, Mercy Corps provided humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine, reaching more than 200,000 people with emergency cash, food, water, and sanitation supplies, small business development grants, restoring war-damaged homes, and more. Find out more and donate here. 13. Medical Teams International is fundraising to send medical supplies to the region, with all proceeds going towards sending medicines and/or medical supplies. Learn more and donate here. 14. The World Health Organization Foundation is raising funds for WHO’s Health Emergency Appeal for Ukraine. An estimated $57.5 million must be raised to deliver urgent physical and mental health care to the 18 million people in Ukraine needing urgent humanitarian assistance, and more than 4 million refugees who’ll need protection and assistance in the coming months. You can donate here, and share the WHO Foundation's call for donations on your own social media, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 15. Alight is a humanitarian nonprofit that has sent teams of emergency response workers to Poland to assist with the burgeoning refugee population by helping to meet all of their material and psychosocial needs. You can donate here. 16. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is on the front lines of the world’s conflicts, natural disasters, and other crises, helping people recover from extreme hardship and put their lives back together. The IRC currently has a team dispatched to Poland that’s helping to provide food, medical care, and emergency support services to families who fled Ukraine amid the violence. You can donate here. 17. Team Rubicon mobilizes their highly skilled volunteers to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. As a World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team mobile unit, Team Rubicon has sent a small team to Poland, including physicians with expertise in pediatrics and maternal and reproductive health care. Donate here to help Team Rubicon rapidly respond to meet humanitarian needs. 18. Direct Relief is working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other on-the-ground partners to provide urgently needed medical aid, including emergency response packs intended for first responders, oxygen concentrators, critical care medicines, and much more. Donate here. 19. GlobalGiving has its Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, with all donations to the fund going to support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions. GlobalGiving’s network of over 30 grassroots NGOs are bringing relief to terrified and displaced communities, and they need resources to continue their life-saving work. Donate here.
57 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
The AI Optimist with Beena Ammanath
Beena Ammanath leads the global Deloitte AI Institute and is a self-proclaimed AI optimist. As automation and the metaverse are becoming prominent parts of our reality, Beena joins hosts Eric Berridge and Erin Acevedo to discuss her industry insight on the current and future roles of AI and other advancing technologies. Listen in to this episode that explores both the benefits and dangers of programs like facial recognition and hear how technologists like Beena herself are standing on the frontlines to tackle the ethical implications of advancing tech—triaging problems and solving them before they emerge. About Beena Ammanath Beena is Executive Director of the Global Deloitte AI Institute and leads Trustworthy AI & Ethical Tech at Deloitte. She is the author of the upcoming book releasing in spring 2022 – “Trustworthy AI” – which helps businesses navigate trust and ethics in AI. An award-winning senior executive with extensive global experience in AI and digital transformation, spanning across e-commerce, finance, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services, and industrial domains with companies such as GE, HPE, Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, Bank of America, e*trade and a number of Silicon Valley startups, Beena is also the Founder of non-profit, Humans For AI, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity in AI. Beena also serves on the Board of AnitaB.org and the Advisory Board at Cal Poly College of Engineering. She has been a Board Member and Advisor to several technology startups. Beena thrives on envisioning and architecting how data, artificial intelligence, and technology in general, can make our world a better, easier place to live for all humans. Customer Obsessed Pick: Trustworthy AI: A Business Guide for Navigating Trust and Ethics in AI by Beena Ammanath
47 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Modern Marketing: A Trapeze Act with Corinne Sklar
In this episode, we’re talking to Corinne Sklar, a brilliant creative mind in the world of business and marketing who is the Chief Marketing Officer for IBM iX. During our interview, Corinne busts a few persistent marketing myths that are holding businesses back when it comes to connecting with customers. She also shares how her background in art has influenced her approach to innovation and collaboration, especially when it comes to one crucial thing—join us to find out what it is and how to use it effectively.
54 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Reimagining Sales Culture with Gianna Scorsone
In this episode, we’re talking to Gianna Scorsone, the GM of North America at Aircall. During our interview, Gianna shares how she built trust and accountability with her new team remotely during the pandemic, why shifting from strict, traditional sales metrics to a supportive, collaborative approach is necessary for any company that wants to be customer-obsessed, and how she’s helping shake up diversity and inclusion at a company that, before hiring her, had an all-male leadership team. Gianna's Customer Obsessed Pick: Circe by Madeline Miller About Gianna As the GM and Head of North America at Aircall, Gianna empowers employees and oversees every department spanning the customer journey spectrum — from lead-gen to partnership and integrations. Gianna has a deep background in sales operations and management. Her past titles include COO at Mondo and VP of Sales Operations at Bluewolf. She serves as an advisor and mentor to leaders throughout the startup community. She also advises several startups and sits on the board of a Brooklyn-based non-profit, Read718.
40 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Education and the Future of Work with Evan Meyers
In this episode, we’re talking to Evan Meyers, an educator and the founder of the charter school, School in the Square. Evan shares his journey from a career in finance to a calling in education. His unique approaches to learning, collaboration, and student empowerment are as applicable in the business world as in schools. From building community and navigating power dynamics to fostering engagement and curiosity, Evan’s practices are critical for any customer-obsessed organization, and the future of education. Key Takeaways Some educational institutions still function like old-school big businesses, with a top-down 1950’s leadership style that is outdated. It may do better to yield to a collaborative approach in which students & stakeholders have equity. Voices and choices matter, in school and in business. When deciding whether to make a change (career, life, etc.) there is no predicting the future, and no perfect solution. Sometimes a leap of faith is the only answer. Education matters to business because schools are fostering future leaders and a creative workforce. We need institutions which value students as creative individuals who can think and speak critically, are resilient, and have space to learn and grow. Evan's Customer Obsessed Pick Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario About Evan Meyers Evan Meyers is an experienced and passionate educator and school leader committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity within the public education sphere. He is the founder and Executive Director of School in the Square Public Charter School located in Washington Heights, NYC. Under his leadership, School in the Square has expanded from a charter school initially approved to serve middle school grades 6 through 8 to include an elementary school that educates children in an immersive Spanish-English dual-language environment. Evan has worked tirelessly to ensure that School in the Square provides its families and the larger community with the economic, health and social welfare supports they need to provide children with the stability and security they need to thrive. As Evan’s vision of the role of public schools in underserved communities has become reality through School in the Square, the school has become an anchor institution in Washington Heights. Evan is a New York State-certified School Building Leader. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Evan received his Master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College. He began his teaching career as a founding History Teacher at the High School for Language and Diplomacy after a 20-year career in the financial sector.
44 minutes | May 21, 2021
Leadership in Times of Turmoil with Erin Horvath
Early last year, the pandemic threw our world into crisis, and we still haven't reached the other side. The upheaval of “normal” working conditions has led to rapid, high-pressure innovation and transformation across all industries, all while dealing with new risks to peoples’ health and safety. We spoke to Erin Horvath, Chief Transformation Officer at AmerisourceBergen, and got a firsthand look into the challenges she and her team faced as they worked to maintain their vital healthcare supply chain. During the interview, she also gives insight into potential solutions for improving healthcare outcomes for disadvantaged communities and discusses how to mentor and support women at work to help them rise into leadership. About Erin Horvath As AmerisourceBergen’s Chief Transformation Officer, Erin Horvath partners with businesses across the enterprise to find new inflection points of growth, greater levels of scalability, and new go-to-market strategies. In alignment with the organization’s five-year strategy, she drives the execution of strategic and innovative initiatives and investments.
50 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
E-commerce and Digital Transformation with Mike Begg
In this episode, we’re talking to Mike Begg, co-founder of the fast-growing startup AMZ Advisers. At AMZ Advisers, Mike and his team help companies translate customer obsession into e-commerce success on the Amazon platform. Mike shares his insight into the current opportunities and risks of selling on Amazon and how companies can use innovations like AR to bring their brand experience to life. We also chat about the current state of e-commerce and customer experience in the time of COVID and how businesses need to crank up their creativity on these digital selling platforms to keep up with customer demands and expectations. Mike's Customer Obsessed Pick: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Subscribe to the Customer Obsessed Newsletter.
50 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
The Change Maker's Playbook: Unlocking Innovation with Amy Radin
In this episode, we’re talking to Amy Radin, an award-winning author, innovator, and corporate strategist. She was the Chief Innovation Officer for Citibank and E-Trade and was responsible for their early digital transformation. In our interview, we talk about how to innovate successfully, whether you’re at a startup or Fortune 500 company. Amy shares the connection between successful innovation and understanding your customers’ emotions and motivations, how to spot opportunities for innovation in your company, and how to make sure your ideas don’t get stuck in the quagmire of corporate bureaucracy. Find Amy's book The Change Maker's Playbook and learn more about her innovation strategies at amyradin.com. Amy's Customer Obsessed Pick: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman About Amy Radin Amy is a highly experienced, down-to-earth, visionary, and pragmatic innovation expert. She was Citi’s first Global Chief Innovation Officer, and also held executive marketing positions at American Express and AXA. She now works with leaders faced with the imperative to innovate, helping them pursue new sources of growth and value while reducing the inevitable risks. Amy has had the unique opportunity to lead or advise on digital, marketing, and innovation transformations at Fortune companies, privately-held middle-market businesses, early-stage startups and not-for-profits. She has produced results with a customer-focused, collaborative mindset and a willingness to question and depart from the status quo when what worked in the past constrains creating the future. Through her diverse experiences, Amy has created and pressure-tested the Seek, Seed, and Scale framework. What sets Amy apart is her understanding of the reality of organizational culture and complexity, and her realistic approach to what innovation success requires. She uniquely lays the path between market need and the internal mechanisms to deliver. The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation in Any Company is newly available in paperback, as well as hardcover, e-book and audio formats. In both the Playbook and as a keynote speaker, Amy shares her tremendous expertise and perspective, with her characteristically authentic voice, on what it takes to identify and create new sources of value and growth for any organization’s stakeholders. Amy is a graduate of The Wharton School and Wesleyan University. She lives in the New York City metro area.
43 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Innovative Investing: Index Funds, Stakeholder Capitalism, and Stewarding Public Trust with Mark Makepeace
In this episode, we’re talking to Mark Makepeace, founder of the stock market index company FTSE Russell and current CEO of Wilshire. In our conversation, Mark shares the history of FTSE and how it changed how we invest in the stock market, the give-and-take relationship between private and public companies, and how and why companies around the world are beginning to invest more deeply in sustainability and stakeholder capitalism. Hosted by: Erin Acevedo & Eric Berridge Produced by: Erin Acevedo About Mark Makepeace Mark Makepeace is Chief Executive Officer of Wilshire. Prior to joining Wilshire, Mark was Group Director of Information Services of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and Chief Executive of FTSE Russell, the global index provider. Mark started his career in financial services in 1985, when he joined the London Stock Exchange to coordinate “Big Bang” (the deregulation of securities trading in the City of London). In 1995 he founded FTSE International (a joint venture between the Financial Times and LSEG) and grew the index business from a small UK start-up with nine staff to become one of the largest and most successful global index providers today. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in developing successful joint ventures. He has successfully forged alliances with stock exchanges, academics, and leading industry groups establishing substantial businesses around the world. He was a founding member of the Index Industry Association and its first chairman. Mark has been a long-time supporter of the children’s charity UNICEF and currently serves as an honorary Vice President of UNICEF UK. Mark is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Centre for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) and the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX). He is the author of FTSE: The Inside Story. Customer Obsessed Pick: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray Sign up for the Customer Obsessed Newsletter
48 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Making an Impact: Sustainability, Diversity, and Mentorship with Jolene Chan
Sustainability must become more than a buzzword. Jolene Chan, Chief Impact Officer at Traction on Demand, shares how she is using her new role to promote and scale sustainability efforts inside and outside the company. She also shares how she and her team are creating new opportunities to participate in the growing knowledge economy to increase diversity and create more inclusive communities. If you want to help your company make a positive impact—environmental, social, or otherwise—Jolene’s stories will inspire you to take action and give you some helpful ideas and frameworks to get started. About Jolene Jolene is the Chief Impact Officer at Traction on Demand. She brings 15 years of global management experience in professional services, recruiting, talent management, sales, and customer support to the role. She is a passionate entrepreneur with a keen focus on strategic execution, helping to grow organizations from $3M - $200M+. She is the co-founder of the Women Innovators Network and throughout the course of her career has mentored over 200 consultants, technologists, and innovators who are continuing to drive positive change in their industries and throughout the Salesforce ecosystem. Jolene's Customer Obsessed Pick Play Bigger: How Rebels and Innovators Create New Categories and Dominate Markets Subscribe to the Customer Obsessed Newsletter for exclusive updates and content
45 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Finding Fulfillment with Susie Zachman
In this episode, we’re talking to Susie Zachman. She is the founder of the nonprofit Better Beginnings, which focuses on early childhood nutrition to help parents and kids establish lifelong healthy eating habits. During our interview, Susie shares her unexpected journey from corporate law and finance to the world of nutrition and nonprofits, and shows how pursuing your passion and deviating from what’s expected can lead to greater happiness and fulfillment. We also dive into the relationship between physical health and wellness and mental performance at work and in your personal life. About Susie Susie Zachman, MS, RDN, is the founder of Better Beginnings. Susie was a global business leader with 16 years of experience in legal, finance, and HR functions and operational management. Traveling for work, she became increasingly disturbed by the growing number of young children she saw with weight problems and decided to try and do something about it. Susie returned to school and as a part of her master’s degree, she researched and designed a nutrition education program for parents of young children. This program was the foundation for Better Beginnings. Susie has a Master of Science with a concentration in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her dietetic internship through Columbia and became a registered dietitian nutritionist. She also has a BA in Economics / Business from the University of California, Los Angeles, a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. Susie’s Customer Obsessed Pick The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
50 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Growth-Focused Financial Planning with Vaibhav Nalwaya
In this episode, we’re talking to Vaibhav Nalwaya, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Wave Crest Growth partners, a private equity firm in the B2B tech market. During our interview, Vaibhav shares his unexpected journey from engineering to finance and how he and his team at Wavecrest are helping the next generation of tech entrepreneurs achieve success. We also dive deep into how to translate your company vision and strategy into an actionable, achievable plan and the common missteps made during this crucial execution phase that can determine your fate as an entrepreneur. About Vaibhav Vaibhav (“V”) Nalwaya is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Wavecrest Growth Partners. Prior to launching Wavecrest, Vaibhav’s experience included both private equity and growth investing as well as operating roles in two high-growth, founder-led B2B technology companies. Vaibhav served as CFO of Bluewolf, the leading independent Salesforce.com consulting and advisory firm where he played an instrumental role in the company’s highly successful acquisition by IBM in early 2016. Prior to Bluewolf, Vaibhav served as CFO of Bullhorn, a cloud CRM software company that was backed by Vista Equity Partners and was ultimately acquired by Insight Partners. Both firms were led by their respective founders while being institutionally backed by private equity firms. Prior to taking on these operating roles, Vaibhav was an investor at Vista Equity Partners’ Foundation Fund I and previously was a Principal at Key Venture Partners, a B2B tech-focused expansion stage capital firm backed by KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY). He started his career at Deloitte, where he advised multinational clients on software/ERP strategies. Vaibhav graduated with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has lived in multiple cities and countries across the globe, and continues to travel to many more with his wife and two young daughters. He enjoys golfing and skiing, is passionate about global cuisine, and is constantly on the hunt to prove to skeptics that Boston is indeed a foodie’s paradise. V's Customer-Obsessed Pick: Siddartha by Hermann Hesse Sign up for the Customer Obsessed Newsletter.
52 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
EQ and the Art of Storytelling with Kim Morrow
In this episode, Kim Morrow shares why emotional intelligence is the foundation of effective leadership, how business leaders can inspire employees to embrace their company vision, and the essential qualities of good stories and storytellers. About Kim Morrow Kim Morrow is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and public speaker, as well as the co-founder of Forté Consulting and Inside Journey podcast. For 15 years, Kim has coached and consulted with leaders at Fortune 500 organizations in a variety of roles, from C-suite executives to sales teams, financial analysts to creative directors, engineers to Olympic athletes, and many others. She helps clients prepare for high-stakes events such as pitches and presentations, conferences, strategic planning meetings, and media interviews. She also partners with leaders to address critical internal issues related to employee engagement, professional development, and performance management. Additionally, Kim delivers keynote presentations at conferences and off-sites across the United States on topics related to communication and mindset. Fueled by an inimitable optimism and love of people, Kim partners with her clients to understand their business needs and then delivers tailored solutions focused on developing their most valued asset – their people. By focusing on the critical skills, strategies, and beliefs, Kim sets a roadmap for organizations to achieve and then maintain extraordinary performance. Before founding Forté Consulting, Kim was a principal consultant at rogenSi, a global sales and leadership consultancy, where she built and managed the company’s west coast operations. Kim's Customer Obsessed Pick: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Don't forget to subscribe to the Customer Obsessed Newsletter for updates and exclusive content.
49 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Organizational Wellness with Kate Visconti
We’re talking to Kate Visconti, CEO and Founder of Five to Flow, a global collective that builds integrative organizational wellness solutions to help individuals and companies achieve and sustain peak performance. Kate shares the five key areas of organizational wellness and why they’re crucial for employee and customer obsession, what a flow state is and how to tap into it to improve performance and productivity, and the ties between physical and mental fitness and their importance for a balanced, fearless life. About Kate As the Founder and CEO of Five to Flow, Kate focuses on fostering executive and organizational alignment on business strategies, streamlining processes, and designing solutions to help businesses achieve and sustain peak performance. Prior to founding Five to Flow, Kate was a Partner in Technology Consulting at PwC New Zealand, an enterprise Managing Director at Acumen Solutions, and Senior Director at Bluewolf—all Global Strategic Salesforce partners. For the last decade, Kate has overseen Salesforce and executive and business strategy practices as well as creating organizational change management practices and developing sales strategy & effectiveness solutions as part of Global Services teams. During her tenure in the Salesforce ecosystem, she also developed effective business advisory, executive alignment and visioning workshops, specific solutions for financial services and other vertical areas of expertise, and has expanded strategic offerings across all verticals and geographies due to her focus on customer outcomes and end-customer satisfaction. In addition to delivering on business strategy and Salesforce ROI, she has consulted at an enterprise and individual coaching level on change management, organizational wellness, communications, training, process optimization, and sales effectiveness best practices for hundreds of prospects and customers around the world. Kate's Customer Obsessed Pick: On the Beach by Nevil Shute Take the Five to Flow Wellness Wave Subscribe to the Customer Obsessed Newsletter
48 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Inspiring Cultural Commitment During Covid-19 and Beyond with Stan Slap
Stan Slap is a NY Times best-selling author and president of the international consulting company SLAP, renowned for achieving maximum commitment in manager, employee, and customer cultures. Stan has been helping business leaders understand and get commitment from these three groups for thirty years and shares with us how leaders can reframe the pandemic to move beyond survival, what an employee culture is, how it operates, and what it needs from its leaders, and why going to market based on value is ultimately a losing proposition. SLAP Whitepaper: Tough Times, Tougher Teams Stan's Customer Obsessed Picks: Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin The Roaches Have No King by Daniel Evan Weiss Sign up for the Customer Obsessed newsletter for updates, bonus clips, and exclusive content.