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Inside the Circles
36 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
What Pride Month means at Mastercard
We’re celebrating Pride Month on “Inside on the Circles.” For this edition, we’re joined by technical program manager Mark O’Looney and vice president, social impact communications, Allison Kahn. (You may also be familiar with Mark and his story through his ever-growing Instagram account ‘Two Men and a Surrogacy’). Mark and Allison will join host Latoya Bennett-Johnson for a discussion on their career journeys, the importance of equity and inclusivity in the workplace, what Pride Month means to them and Mastercard’s commitment to supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
33 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
It's World Environment Day! Let's talk ESG
On June 5, it's World Environment Day so host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats ESG with Jim Colvine, senior vice president, Product Management and Jennifer Merli, vice president, Corporate Sustainability. The acronym ESG that has taken flight across industries over the last few years and stands for environmental, social and corporate governance – non-financial ways to measure a company’s sustainability and social responsibility. Contributing to a more sustainable world is one of our core values. Through Mastercard’s Priceless Planet Coalition, Carbon Calculator and net-zero commitment, the company strives to make a positive change in the environment. “For Mastercard, this is connecting the ‘why’ of what we do, our purpose, with the ‘what’ of our fundamental business strategies,” says Jim. In other words, he says, “doing well by doing good.”
27 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
From the drilling platform to the C-suite: Ann Cairns and women’s leadership
“If you want something, reach for it.” A long career in male-dominated spaces forged Mastercard’s Vice Chair Ann Cairns’ personal credo, and continues to fuel it in her work to champion women in business. In the latest episode of “Inside the Circles,” Mastercard’s podcast about the future of work and the topics of now, host Latoya Bennett-Johnson sits down with Cairns to discuss her longstanding commitment to inclusion, diversity and mentorship, and the experiences that led her to this role. Cairns worked as a research scientist in the field of offshore oil and gas drilling before moving into international banking and finance, where she was often the only woman in the room. “It’s not all negative,” she says. “If you look different to everyone else, you get noticed.” She also saw that having different people at the table produced a greater array of opinions and ideas, sparking her passion to advocate for gender equity in business. Game show music: “Milton Intro Remix” by Timbre
34 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
A chat with Mastercard’s Chief Inclusion Officer Randall Tucker
An inclusive workplace that champions positive social impact inside and outside of its walls is not a nice-to-have – it’s a necessity, says Mastercard’s Chief Inclusion Officer Randall Tucker. In the latest episode of “Inside the Circles,” host Latoya Bennett-Johnson sits down with Tucker to discuss his career journey, Mastercard’s In Solidarity commitment to helping close the racial wealth gap, and the genesis of the initiative following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020. Floyd’s death sent shockwaves throughout the U.S. and beyond, and the protest movement that arose in its wake led companies to reevaluate how to better serve the Black community. At Mastercard, Tucker says he and other executives “dropped everything” to develop a genuine and thoughtful plan of action. To hear more from Bennet-Johnson and Tucker, including a lighting round of Black History Month-themed questions, dive into the episode now.
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Honoring our veterans
In honor of Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and Canada, the latest episode of the "Inside the Circles" podcast pays tribute to the brave men and women at Mastercard who have served in the armed forces. For this episode, host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats with Neil Parker and Jen Buckner. Buckner leads Mastercard’s Technology Risk Governance and Standards team. She’s also a recently-retired U.S. Army brigadier general who held numerous intelligence and leadership positions throughout her military career. Parker is a vice president in Corporate Security responsible for leading our Business Security Enablement team. Before joining Mastercard, he deployed to the Middle East as a corporal with the British Armed Forces. Tune in to hear more about their professional journeys, their experience moving from the military to civilian life and how they work on their mental fitness.
25 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Mastercard's Many Paths to Innovation
On the latest episode of "Inside the Circles," Mastercard’s podcast about the future of work and the topics of now, host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats with Eva Mudgal and Monica Agarwala about the company’s pathways to bring and keep more women in technology and innovation. Mudgal is an alum of Mastercard's global STEM program Girls4Tech that teaches programmers of tomorrow about algorithms, encryption, fraud detection, data analysis, digital convergence and more. Agarwala joined Mastercard in 2018 as part of "Relaunch Your Career," the company's program designed specifically for professionals who want to rejoin the workforce after a career break.
26 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
What bravery means to these LGBTQ+ leaders
As we close out Pride Month, two of Mastercard’s LGBTQ+ employee leaders discuss what inclusion means to them and why it’s important to bring their authentic selves to work. On the latest episode, host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats with Mira Belgrave and Ashley Thomas, both of the company’s PRIDE business resource group, about the power of visibility, the need for intersectionality and the meaning of bravery.
28 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Attitude of Gratitude
During the nearly 18 months of constant anxiety, stress and fatigue, the pandemic has affected the global population in unimaginable ways. For millions, the line between work and life has been blurred, and there should be no shame in admitting that our wellbeing is sometimes suffering. On the latest episode of "Inside the Circles,” host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats with Mastercard's Chief People Officer Michael Fraccaro about the company’s approach to wellness: “We put our hand on people's back, not in their face,” he says. Even before the pandemic, wellbeing was a priority for Fraccaro. He noticed employees working long hours and travelling a lot, but there seemed to be a stigma against speaking up about feeling overwhelmed, he says. Once the lockdown hit, Fraccaro recognized that keeping the workforce happy and healthy was a key priority, so he and his team implemented meeting-free days to combat Zoom fatigue, shorter summer hours on Fridays and global benefits including COVID leave for employees to recover from the disease, to care for others, or to get vaccinated. Fraccaro says it has been an unprecedented year, and this whole wellness journey for employees comes down to a few key attributes: "Take care of yourself and find out what works for you," he says. "Look out for each other and then focus on what matters."
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
It’s not easy being green – but it’s essential
As the one-year milestone of the COVID-19 pandemic fades into the rear view, certain insights have crystallized. For starters, consumers are more willing to reduce their own carbon footprint, according to a recent global consumer survey commissioned by Mastercard, and they’re demanding that brands be more sustainable as well. On the latest episode of "Inside the Circles,” Mastercard’s podcast about the future of work and the topics of now, host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats with Sue Kelsey, the executive vice president who oversees inclusive and sustainable digital products for Consumer Solutions, and Paul Trueman, a senior vice president in Cyber & Intelligence Solutions who champions sustainable and eco-friendly cards. They discuss their personal career journeys and how they've blended passion, purpose and practicality into their daily roles to drive significant change – from curbing first-use plastic in payment cards to unifying the efforts of merchants, banks, cities and consumers to restore 100 million trees by 2025 through the Priceless Planet Coalition, which Kelsey leads for Mastercard. “A lot of what we’re trying to get done here is groundbreaking,” she says. “And it’s not always easy work. It’s the right work. It’s the meaningful work, but it doesn’t always make it easy.”
29 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
What does it mean to support woman at work? It’s more than just clearing a path for a few to the C-suite. It’s about creating a culture where woman’s perspectives are valued and where their needs are met. In the latest episode of "Inside the Circles,” Mastercard’s podcast about the future of work and the topics of now, host Latoya Bennett-Johnson chats with London-based Ronel Lundall, an executive vice president for customer delivery for Mastercard’s New Payment Platforms business, and Dublin-based Amy Neale, a senior vice president who leads global initiatives for fintechs. In honor of Women's History Month, they discuss their personal career journeys, the need for authenticity in leadership, and the role of mentorship in corporate life, both as mentors and mentees.
27 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Inside the Circles: What's in a Name?
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the Black community. At Mastercard, it’s also a time to celebrate our people, their efforts and our organizational commitments to equality and inclusion. Part of what that looks like is our In Solidarity commitment and building more partnerships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – helping us attract, attain and advance Black employees. Hosted by Latoya Bennett-Johnson, the first episode of the newly-relaunched “Inside the Circles” podcast featuring Alissa ‘Dr. Jay’ Abdullah, deputy chief information security officer and Les Matthews, executive vice president, Sales and Servicing, North America, chat about the impact and influence of HBCUs. Latoya chats about her days at Hampton University and asks Les about Clark Atlanta with Dr. Jay remembering her days at Savannah State.
2 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
We're back! Listen to the new trailer!
Welcome back to "Inside the Circles." We’ve learned a lot over the last 12 months. The value of connection with each other, the importance of real conversations and the need to think about both the here and now – especially when it comes to the future of work, life and culture. To help meet these needs, we’re re-introducing our podcast with a new host: Latoya Bennett Johnson of Employer Brand Marketing. She’ll bring you open, honest conversations with Mastercard employees and executives about a wide range of topics that matter in 2021. We'd love for you to join us.
16 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Inside the Circles: Dual Managers
SPECIAL EDITION: Since this special edition of "Inside the Circles" revolves around the dual manager relationship, we thought it would make perfect sense to chat with two execs who are no stranger to the above - especially during this time of objective setting. Recorded inside Mastercard's Storylab, guest host Chris Meyrick, executive vice president, Human Resources, International Markets chats with Jennifer Rademaker, executive vice president, Global Customer Delivery and Carlo Enrico, president, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. So why are dual reporting lines so vital? Carlo sums it up nicely. "We are a global company because we are in a global business. We have a global brand. We have global products and solutions and we need to have a global organization to run our global strategy," he says. "At the same time, however, we need to serve local needs and cooperation across business lines is the name of the game. The dual management infrastructure is definitely a key tool." Grab some java because Jennifer and Carlo bring us some fabulous insight and will surely spark inspiration for your own objective setting. It's a must-listen...
13 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
Inside the Circles: Self-Evaluation Season
We understand the kind of dread that self-assessments can drudge up, so don't worry... Navigating the choppy waters of corporate life isn't easy, but good news! We’re here to help. Self-assessment season is about to get less scary. We’re psyched to debut the fourth episode of “Inside the Circles,” our popular advice exchange podcast produced inside Mastercard’s Storylab and hosted by Kerri Warner. Since our fourth episode revolves all around self reviews, we thought it would make perfect sense to have an executive who is highly skilled in both giving and receiving feedback - Parag Mehta, executive director for Mastercard's Center for Inclusive Growth. He chats with Brianna Thompson, an associate analyst in Products and Innovation. From advice on how to ensure you're thinking about your self-evaluations all year long to how to get comfortable talking about yourself in the first place, Parag and Brianna's insights will surely spark some great inspiration for your own self-reviews -- all in roughly 12 minutes. It's a must listen.
12 minutes | Aug 21, 2019
Inside the Circles: Risk Taking
We’ve all been told bring 'your best self to work' but what does that really mean? How do you ensure that you step forward with your best foot? Navigating the choppy waters of corporate life is not easy, but good news! We’re here to help. We’re psyched to debut the third episode of “Inside the Circles,” a new advice exchange podcast produced inside Mastercard’s Storylab and hosted by Kerri Warner of Employee Communications. Since our third episode revolves all around taking risks, we thought it would be a lot of fun (not to mention apropos) to have someone on the show who focuses on taking risks in their daily role -- Deb Barta, senior vice president, Innovation and Startup Engagement. She chats with Will Garrity, an associate specialist in Employee Communications. From advice on how to ensure you're calculating and taking the right risks in your career, to thinking creatively to finding out what Deb and Will's biggest risks were, they cover just about everything. It's a must listen.
13 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
Inside the Circles: Your Personal Brand
We’ve all been told bring your best self to work. But what does that really mean? In this episode of Mastercard's advice exchange podcast ’Inside the Circles,’ we talk personal branding. And we can’t think of anyone better to chat about the subject than the company's Executive Vice President of Product and B2B Marketing, Greg Boosin. He chats with Emily Anne Stepper, an analyst in Cyber and Intelligence Solutions. From discussing how to be the best version of yourself at work to working without a brand (is that even possible?), Greg and Emily cover everything you’ll need to know. It’s a must-listen.
12 minutes | Feb 6, 2019
Inside the Circles: Leadership
Let’s face it. We all move in fast forward. Work is stressful. Life is stressful. Our commutes are stressful! Good news: We’re here to help. We’re psyched to debut “Inside the Circles,” a new advice exchange podcast produced inside Mastercard’s Storylab and hosted by Kerri Warner of Employee Communications. Whether you’ve been navigating corporate life at Mastercard long before the first iPhone or are just walking through our turnstiles, this podcast will shine a light on work-related topics for the aspiring, ambivalent and curious among us. Our first episode features Jennifer Rademaker, executive vice president, Customer Delivery and Kaitlin Triano, director, Product Market Management sit down for a quick chat. The topic? Leadership. From coaching to inspirational reading to what unlikely cable show Jennifer finds inspiration, it’s a must-listen.
1 minutes | Dec 31, 2018
Inside the Circles: Trailer
Hosted by Mastercard's Kerri Warner, Inside the Circles is a short advice-exchange podcast designed to shine a light on work-related topics for the aspiring, ambivalent or curious among us. Whether you're navigating the uncharted waters of a new role, plotting your move to your next one or leading a team through culture change, this pint-sized podcast will introduce you to both new and tenured Mastercard employees who've been there. Isn't your personal and professional development worth a few minutes? Subscribe today!
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