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From Where I Sit with Ben Almond
8 minutes | May 4, 2022
Episode 202: Forged In Fire
In this episode, Ben talks about what it takes to come back from a loss and to use it to make you and the people around you better than you were before. Hope you enjoy it!Original Score Artist: Jahzzar; Track Title: Fireworks, 2012. Mixed by Adriana MacDonald
40 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Episode 201: A Bridge To Connect Us with Ruby Littlechild
In today's episode, we meet Ruby Littlechild, National Director of Indigenous Relations for Engineering Services Canada at SNC Lavalin. She shares her story, the story of her family and their experiences both personally and professionally as a leader and as an Indigenous woman in our community.
10 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
From Where I Sit Season 2: I'm Back!...with a few changes
From Where I Sit Season 2 is here! Tune in to see what's been going on including the changes that have happened behind the scenes.
27 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 44: Come Along Let's Take A Ride
That's a wrap on From Where I Sit Season 1. In this last episode of 2020, Ben reflects on the year, highlights some favorite moments, and discusses the lessons we've learned along the way. Bring on 2021!
47 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode 43: Lifting People Up With Kate Kenny
This week on the podcast, Ben is joined by Kate Kenny, VP, Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, P&PS at Jacobs . We get to hear Kate's story and some advice we could all use no matter how long or short our careers are so far. This pandemic has allowed her to think critically about some pieces of “wisdom” she has received over the years. Ben and Kate discuss how now more than ever leadership is changing and how important it is that we create an environment where we can bring our whole selves to work.
6 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Episode 5: All Gave Some, Some Gave All
Today is Remembrance Day, also known as Veterans Day if you're in the United States. It's a pretty special day for all of us. It's a day we get to take a step back and think of those that sacrificed to create the world we have a chance to live in. Last year, Ben recorded this episode that starts off by sharing his family story on how he ultimately ended up in Canada and the shaping of his family's future.
51 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Episode 42: Be Courageous Like A Soldier With Katus Watson
In today's episode, Ben is joined by Katus Watson, VP and Geographic Operations Manager for Puerto Rico and Florida P&PS. Earlier this summer, Katus lead the effort to establish an action plan for social injustice and equality known now as the TogetherBeyond Global Action Plan for Advancing Justice & Equality. We get to know Katus’ story, dive into what has been going on around us, and what it took personally and professionally for Katus to make such an impact across our organization. Katus is a true leader with lessons for us all. We hope you enjoy today’s episode as much as we do.
50 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Episode 41: Waking The Unconscious With Nicole McKinney
In today's episode, we have serial entrepreneur and racial equality advocate, Nicole McKinney. At the top of Nicole's vast resume, is her non-profit organization, Waking the unConscious, where their mission is to encourage and create a greater understanding of societal differences created by Privilege and Marginalization and to continuously develop innovative initiatives that create sustainable behavioural and relational changes in individuals and organizations. Ben and Nicole share an impactful conversation on anti-racism in Canada and the United States with a focus on corporate responsibility and engagement in these social issues.
44 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Episode 40: Surviving To Thriving with Louise White
Louise White, Vice President, Global Marketing, Communications, and Brand, People & Places Solutions at Jacobs joins Ben on the podcast. In this conversation, Louise and Ben share their thoughts on professional development, mentorship, reverse mentorship and staying positive through the COVID-19 lockdown.
44 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Episode 39: Adaptability's Strategic Cousin With Carmen Holschuh
On today’s podcast, Carmen Holschuh, Principal Technologist, Environmental Planning, Federal and Environmental Solutions at Jacobs, joins Ben virtually from Victoria, British Columbia. Not only do we get to hear Carmen’s personal story, we learn about her thoughts on resiliency, self-awareness and vulnerability. We get into a discussion on the importance of having an open mind and really listening to other’s experiences and perspectives to take on the challenge of equality head on. I hope you enjoy!
46 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Episode 38: Hone Your Leadership Skills with Bob Pragada
On today’s podcast, we were lucky enough to get Bob Pragada to sit down with Ben. We get to learn about Bob’s career and personal growth as he takes us through lessons that have stuck with him over time from his childhood through to where he sits now as Jacobs' President and Chief Operating Officer. Bob shares his thoughts on eliminating racism, generating equality, and learning to thrive and succeed during trying times. Hope you enjoy!
57 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 37: Lead Like An Offensive Lineman With Tom Price
For almost 10 years, Ben's been lucky to work alongside Tom Price, SVP Global Growth, Strategy & Solutions. In this episode, we all get to learn more about Tom and his thoughts on leadership. They have an open discussion about their personal awakening as white men in leadership positions to what’s going on around us with respect to racism and what they are going to take on personally to continue the journey towards equality.
39 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Episode 36: A Safe Place For Equality With Ron Williams
This episode is another eye opening and important conversation in Ben’s quest to learn from others and the past to help shape the future. Ben was lucky to have his friend and colleague, Ron Williams, SVP, P&PS Americas West Regional Director, join him on the podcast and provide his insights and experiences as they look at both our history and the current reality of racism. In this conversation, Ron shares stories from his life and perspective as an inspiring leader. We hope you learn as much from this conversation as we did!
17 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Episode 35: Back To Bias
In today's podcast, we are re-releasing the first episode of this podcast, A Journey Into Unconscious Bias, with a different intro and outro than the original episode. Ben shares a personal experience where he was on the receiving end of the unconscious biases of others. Over the past few months, Ben's eyes have been opened to what conscious and unconscious biases people have that are baked into our systems in society. While his experiences are markedly different than those that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour are facing, the intent of re-sharing this podcast with a different lens than a year ago is to help us all recognize and confront the biases we all hold, unconscious or not.
61 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Episode 34: Now You Know Better, Do Better With Sharon Jean-Baptiste
In today’s podcast, Ben virtually sat down with Sharon Jean-Baptiste, Vice President, Growth and Sales US Mid-Atlantic P&PS at Jacobs. They have an open conversation where he learns from her experiences to be a better person, an ally, and a leader. They talk about racial inequality, inclusion, leadership, and being vulnerable, authentic and bold.
27 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Episode 33: Learning Through Stories
Over the past several weeks, Ben has been listening to and learning from the worldwide anti-Black racism movement. Ben has made a promise to not be silent. He will be an active learner and participate in driving improvement in any way that he can. In today's podcast, Ben shares the stories of his colleagues and friends to allow you to see things you might not have seen and hear things you might not have heard before. His hope is that through this storytelling and critical questioning of the behaviors and interactions in each story, you can consider for yourself how we all can be better allies.
27 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Episode 32: Agility, The Great Equalizer
In today's episode, Ben discusses agility and adaptability. Being agile and adapting to our environments are two game changing characteristics we should all embody to thrive while managing our way through change and times of uncertainty.
36 minutes | May 25, 2020
Episode 31: Change Machine
Change is our new normal. Today, Ben does a deep dive into managing change and how we can use change to drive us forward. He shares personal lessons he's learned from some major events that have happened in his life and some real world experiences we can all learn from. Hope you enjoy!
50 minutes | May 19, 2020
Episode 30: Bet On Yourself With Ken Gilmartin
In today's episode, we welcome Ken Gilmartin, SVP, Global Operations People and Places Solutions at Jacobs. We hope you enjoy this great conversation between Ben and Ken as we learn about Ken's history, where he came from, and some of the things he's learned along his interesting career path. Ken's transparency and authenticity really shine through in today's episode. Thank you again Ken for taking the time to join From Where I Sit.
10 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 29: Lookin' Backward To Move Forward
Today's episode is a throwback for some of us at Jacobs, bringing back one of Ben's favourites: Blake's Take by Blake Jeffcoat. He shares what he took from Blake's lesson and he briefs us listeners on the direction of the podcast for the next little while. Hope you enjoy!
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