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Leadership With Heart
30 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
204: Leaders with Heart Connect People
In this episode, Heather sits down with Jane Grote Abell, the Chairwoman of the Board of Donatos Pizza. Over the last four decades, Jane has held a variety of positions at both Donatos Pizza and Jane’s Dough Foods, including Chief Executive Officer. Her father, Jim Grote, and their family built Donatos into a successful pizza chain, then sold it to McDonald's. After seeing it struggle under McDonald's, Jane convinced her family to buy the family business back. Since then, Jane and her family have dedicated both time and money to the chain restaurant’s home city of Columbus, Ohio. Jane has been named various titles, such as the YWCA Columbus Academy of Women of Achievement, CEO of the Year by Columbus CEO Magazine, and a Top 24 Women in Franchising by Franchise Update Magazine. Take a listen.
8 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
203: Leaders with Heart Write Out a Plan
In this episode, Heather talks with her listeners about an encounter she recently had with her son about his future. He was telling her how much he wanted to be a soccer player, but Heather points out that he isn’t really putting in the work he should be. Heather reminds him that people who want to reach their goals must put in the work and write out a plan. Hear her four steps for achieving your goals in 2022.
13 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
202: Leaders with Heart Move Forward
In this episode, Heather talks directly with her listeners about what 2021 brought for her and her business. From turning 50 to sending her first child off to college, to all the accomplishments and challenges she faced in 2021 - she sits down to reflect and share her thoughts. Plus, she shares a bit of what is to come in 2022 for caring leadership. Take a listen.
32 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
201: Leaders with Heart Ask the Right Questions
In this episode, Heather sits down with Misty Guinn, Director of Customer Advocacy at Benefitfocus, a data-driven, cloud-based software solutions for health care and benefits administration. Their mission is to improve lives with benefits that focus on people and culture. Misty believes that leaders can learn exactly what their people need by asking the right questions. After all, it all starts with listening. During her interview with Heather, Misty talks about her leadership journey, why she describes herself as a "recovering perfectionist," and more. Take a listen.
34 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
200: Leaders with Heart Trust Their Instincts
In this episode, Heather sits down with Whiting Dimock, her long-time friend, and former law school classmate. Whiting started her career in a big law firm, where she spent a few years before transitioning into a corporate setting. During that time, she worked for a commercial real estate company and eventually switched to work on the people side of the law business. After some years, she moved back to Boulder, CO to work as the dean of students, where she is currently. She's now preparing to transition out of her current role to start a law firm with her partner in January.
12 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
199: Leaders with Heart Don't Cause PTSD
In this episode, Heather sits down to discuss the recent news of the Better.com CEO laying off hundreds of employees through a 3-minute Zoom call. This has made headline news - and not for good reason. This CEO acted in the complete opposite of what we encourage on this podcast and showed absolutely no care. Let's break it down.
30 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
198: Leaders with Heart Solve Problems
In this episode, Heather sits down with Shawn Lalehzarian, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at The Red Chickz. The Red Chickz is a Nashville Hot Chicken franchise restaurant that Shawn founded in 2018. Before that, Lalehzarian spent over 20 years in the restaurant industry - starting off as a dishwasher and proving himself worthy at every position, ultimately leading him to where he is today. Take a listen.
37 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
197: Leaders with Heart Have a Commitment Worth Fighting For
In this episode, Heather interviews JC Hite, the founder, and CEO of Hite International. Hite International is a holding company focused on marketing & communications worldwide, and Hite Digital is a fast-growing digital marketing agency in the U.S. JC believes that his success is found in 3 core pillars: Truly caring about people, knowing how to balance work, family & faith, and having a commitment worth fighting for. Their sole purpose was to create stability in Latin America. Take a listen.
27 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
196: Leaders with Heart are Servant Leaders
Heather sits down with Lauren Fitzpatrick Shanks, Creator, and CEO of KeepWOL, an experiential talent development platform that maximizes cultural intelligence in the workplace. Keep Wondering Out Loud is a verified, measurable, and cost-effective talent development platform that fosters inclusion within remote, hybrid, and in-person teams. They use a digital library of live multiplayer games to enable guided immersive experiences that develop employees and cultivate engagement.
34 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
195: Leaders with Heart Make Businesses with Heart
In this episode, Heather sits down with Shafik Mina, President and Co-Owner of the Mad Science® Group and Co-Founder of 2inspireTM and Crayola® Imagine Arts Academy TM. Shafik’s company wants to inspire kids and get them interested in science, all while making it fun. He claims that they are “a business with heart” that wants to inspire children through science, and spark lifelong imagination and curiosity. Take a listen!
23 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
194: Leaders with Heart Really Care for Them
In this episode, Heather sits down with Mareo for the second time to discuss his new book and what it's all about. His book, Really Care for Them, is all about changing the way sales is done. Mareo's full-time job is the Revenue Leader for the software firm Movemedical where he leads the Customer Success, Sales, and Marketing divisions. He's had over 15 years of experience in sales. He's very interested in the intersection of organizational health, individual success/performance, revenue, and how they all interact with each other. By focusing on those three things and how they connect he feels that he will add the most unique value to the people he interacts with. He believes sharing knowledge is the second half of learning, and he reads over 100 books a year!
37 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
193: Leaders with Heart are Self-aware
In this episode, Heather sits down with Susan J. Schmitt Winchester, the CHO of Applied Materials. On paper, Susan has an impressive corporate success story. With over 30 years of upward trajectory, her succession of increasingly powerful roles reflects her growing influence. Her presence and career trajectory have been remarkable. But, she claims that the people who know her best know that she spent her days and years in deep fear. She now teaches executives and professionals how to succeed by discovering greater self-acceptance, fulfillment, and joy at work and in life.
22 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
192: Leaders with Heart Create Equal Opportunities
In this interview, Heather sits down with Jahanzaib Ansari, the Co-founder and CEO of Knockri. Jahanzaib's company, Knockri was founded because of the discrimination he faced in the hiring process because of his ethnic name and his desire for others not to experience any discrimination. He really wanted to make the hiring process as equal as possible for all candidates. His company is an AI-powered behavioral assessment tool that diminishes systemic bias at scale by creating a more diverse and equal workforce. Take a listen.
18 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
191: Leaders with Heart are Willing to Adapt
In this episode, Heather interviews Matthew Raidbard, Ed.D. the College Athletics Administrator at Hartford University, author of "Lead Like A Pro" and owner of Raidbard Sports Leadership Consulting. Dr. Raidbard completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Chicago State, with his dissertation focusing on determining the best leadership style and behaviors for athletic coaches to practice. His findings were the inspiration for his book, “Lead Like A Pro,” where he helps inform coaches about leadership practices and teaches them how to align their perceived and actual leadership styles and behaviors, allowing them to become more intentional and effective leaders.
24 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
190: Leaders with Heart Share with Others
In this episode, Heather interviews Nick Lopez, the founder of Lime. LIME Painting is the first and only national high-end painting company. LIME is a franchise brand with a social enterprise in LIME Light Outreach, Inc. that gives franchisees a platform to give back to their local community's youth through LIME Light's Four Pillars of Knowledge: Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Prosperity. Take a listen.
35 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
189: Leaders with Heart are Life-long Learners
In this episode, Heather interviews Rich Gassen, a Print Production Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He’s also a friend, supporter, and devoted life-long learner. In 2018, Heather and Rich had the pleasure of having Rich as a guest on episode 32, and in this episode, they reflect on how much they've grown since. Rich considers himself a life-long learner and even went back to college at the age of 40.
19 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
188: Leaders with Heart Care for All
In this episode, Heather sits down with Peter Carlson, a Partner at Pet Evolution Franchising. A franchise that focuses heavily on “Helping Pets Live the Good Life!" by providing the best food, care, and supplies for pets. Located in the cities of Arden Hills and Woodbury, MN, they provide all-natural pet food as well as a wide variety of interactive toys that keep pets fit and active. Caring leadership isn't just about humans. Take a listen!
25 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
187: Leaders with Heart Give Hope for the Future
In this episode, Heather interviews Dr. Kimberly Townsend, President and CEO of Loretto Management Corporation in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Townsend is an expert in the fields of healthcare management, board governance, and leadership. She is also the author of leadership books Lifecircle Leadership: How Exceptional People Make Every Day Extraordinary and Lessons in Lifecircle Leadership: A Guide to Pragmatic Altruism. In this podcast, you’ll hear all about what Dr. Townsend and her company are doing to help their current staff and ensure that the generations after them are economically secure. Dr. Townsend gives hope.
36 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
186: Leaders with Heart Assume Positive Intent
Heather interviews Barbara Lovejoy SHRM-CP, PHR, who is the Director of Human Resources at Otelco. Barbara's parents instilled in her a passion for leadership and caring for others at an early age. Today, as Director of Human Resources, she strives to remain true to that behavior. As a leader, Barbara believes everyone has the best of intentions - and that's how she approaches her work. Plus, Barbara asks Heather two juicy questions as part of a new segment called “Ask Heather Anything”.
37 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
185: Leaders with Heart Show their Intent Everyday
In this episode, Heather interviews Jana Cinnamon, the COO of an accounting firm. Many people assume that Jana must be an accountant or CPA herself, but her background is actually in Human Resources. Leading is her passion, and she takes pride in equipping her people with the right tools to succeed. Her lens of view as COO is one in which she considers the implications of her decisions on her people. This 35-minute conversation is full of wisdom, advice and is a human-to-human conversation about what being a leader really is.
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