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22 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Redefining Safety - Abby Ferri
Join us for a conversation with Abby Ferri, who is Senior Risk Control Consultant at Gallagher, and she leverages social media, voice, and the latest technology to advocate for worker safety and equity. She is a frequent conference speaker, podcast host (Safety News with Abby Ferri) and guest, and author of "The Safety Habit: They can't take it away from you." and "The Safety Consultant Toolkit" books available on Amazon Kindle. Original music by Lynz Floren.
33 minutes | May 27, 2022
Envisioning the Future of EX - Deborah Hankin
Join us for a conversation with Deborah Hankin, who as Global Chief People Officer, takes a human centric, design-thinking approach to ensure a superior end-to-end experience for Connatix’s people. She and her team strive every day to envision and execute an exemplary employee experience that matches the wonderful client experience. Her deep knowledge of agency life, married with her work in innovation and management consulting, is a winning combination for Connatix. She received a B.A. in Communication Studies from U.C.L.A. and a M.S. in Marketing from Northwestern University and learned Japanese during her time living in Tokyo. She is a lecturer at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. Deborah is the author of numerous articles on talent including “How to Avoid Innovation Imposters” and was featured on Good Morning America discussing Me Too and Time’s Up in the workplace. Check out Connatix's latest video: We Don’t Talk About Cookies [AdTech Parody] - “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” Original music by Lynz Floren.
27 minutes | May 20, 2022
Storytelling for Organizations - Susan Morgan Bailey
Join us for a conversation with Susan Morgan Bailey, who is a high energy leader with more than 25 years of experience in health, benefits and education settings. In her role as Senior Vice President, Culture & Wellbeing Practice Leader at Marsh & McLennan Agency, she calls upon her experience to help organizations build sustainable business via supportive cultures that empower individuals to thrive. Prior to joining MMA, Susan consulted on and led culture and wellbeing initiatives in a variety of settings from manufacturing to healthcare. Susan is a Certified CultureTalk™ Partner, a Certified Intrinsic Coach, SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified and holds a BS in Science Education and a MS in Health Promotion. Recognized for her passion and enthusiasm, she is on a mission to elevate the vibe on planet earth by helping others live high energy, purpose-focused lives! For more with Susan, listen to her podcast The Growth Collective. The article 6 Rules of Great Storytelling (As Told by Pixar) is an accompaniment to this podcast. Original music by Lynz Floren.
29 minutes | May 20, 2022
The Future of Healthcare - Van Ton-Quinlivan
Join us for an interview with CEO at Futuro Health, Van Ton-Quinlivan. Van is a recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven track record for implementing large systems while fostering a culture of experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Her distinguished career spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Original music by Lynz Floren.
26 minutes | May 16, 2022
Just get on with it - Jean Marc Landry
Join us for a conversation with Jean Marc Landry, who is Chief Customer Officer at NB Power, and is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development of a customer-centric culture. He leads the customer relations team, energy efficiency services, product and service development and management, sales, marketing and corporate brand functions and serves as a key interface between customers and the Corporation. Original music by Lynz Floren.
24 minutes | May 16, 2022
Discovering your Catalyst Nature - Julie Vens - De Vos
Join us for an interview with Julie Vens - De Vos, CEO and partner at nexxworks since 2018. nexxworks firmly believes companies should invest 10% of their time in exploring the Day After Tomorrow. By bringing the right inspiration, stories and connections we help companies to find direction, sense urgency and build enthusiasm for the future. As a natural communicator with 5 years of experience in a corporate fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) environment, she understands how organizations not only have to focus on putting their customer first, but also on building the right organization to achieve that. She loves the world and is a big believer in human agency. She was once described as 'somebody with huge trust and positive belief in the future, hence also contributing to its creation'. Original music by Lynz Floren.
28 minutes | May 9, 2022
The Importance of Self-care - Saidah Nash Carter
Join us for an interview with Saidah Nash Carter, Co-Founder of Bright Insights Global. Saidah launched her new venture after a distinguished 20-year career at Thomson Reuters, most recently as former Head of Innovation, Africa. We caught up with her in her new hometown, Cape Town, South Africa. This article is a great companion piece further explaining her journey to the Colonizer Reparation Index work. Original music by Lynz Floren.
26 minutes | May 9, 2022
Preparing the Next Generation - Jim Mayer
Join us for a conversation with Jim Mayer, who has been a daily newspaper journalist, a public administrator and a nonprofit executive. He is a farmer and environmental steward; a member of public and nonprofit boards; and a university professor, strategic advisor and community volunteer. He is irrationally optimistic, let's join him! Original music by Lynz Floren.
31 minutes | May 3, 2022
A Challenge Becomes an Opportunity - Kamiar Alaei
Join us for a conversation with Kamiar Alaei, who is a professor of global health policy and chairman of department of Health Science at California State University Long Beach. Dr. Alaei has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in prestigious publications including the Lancet Global Health, the British Medical Journal and AIDS. He is the principal investigator of a federal grant to develop culturally relevant public health information technology through a health equity lens. Article: They Dreamed Of Being Doctors. Now They Help Syrians With The Same Dream Original music by Lynz Floren.
33 minutes | May 3, 2022
Curiosity, Competitiveness, Creativity and Courage - Christopher Kennedy
Join us for a conversation with Christopher Kennedy, who is a commercial leader in the life sciences industry. He has spent the last two decades in executive roles within the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, Pharmacy and Clinical Research sectors. Christopher has been nationally recognized for his efforts in pioneering innovative healthcare solutions focused on getting new technologies from research bench to patient bedside. Original music by Lynz Floren.
26 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
An Inspiring Change - Jayshree Seth
Join us for a conversation with Jayshree Seth, who is a is a corporate scientist at 3M and has 72 patents for a variety of innovations. She is also 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate. She is an award-winning scientist, recognized thought-leader and prolific speaker who was also featured in the 3M docuseries “Not the Science Type.” Jayshree is the author of two books, with all sales proceeds going to a scholarship for underrepresented minority women in STEM administered by Society of Women Engineers (SWE): The Heart of Science: Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints & Imprints The Heart of Science: Engineering Fine Print If you would like to learn more, check out the following: 3M State of Science Index to understand the global perception of science Original music by Lynz Floren.
27 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
The Impact of Teamwork - Toby Eduardo Redshaw
Join us for a conversation with Toby Eduardo Redshaw, who is a global business & tech transformation leader focused on P&L impact, competitive positioning, and future-proofing. He is known for driving competitive advantage through innovative, real-world strategy and speed-of-execution in high growth, high service, and high technology environments. Toby consistently demonstrates that transformation anchored in technology creates sustainable growth. Let's hear how his journey helped him become a Catalyst! Original music by Lynz Floren.
30 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Leave a Mark with Your Work - Dennis Meister
Join us for a conversation with Dennis Meister, who has lived his entire professional life with one goal: "make a meaningful contribution to measurably improving the quality of life of at least a million people a day on a global scale". He worked as a Senior Vice President of Product Portfolio, Product Management and Clinical Development for Siemens Healthineers, and now he is focusing on Climate Change and finding the technologies that could the aid in the abatement of global warming, and leaving a mark with his work. Original music by Lynz Floren.
32 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Catalyst Superpowers – Virginia Hamilton
Join us for a conversation with Virginia Hamilton, Public Sector Innovation Catalyst who is former Regional Administrator at the US Department of Labor and advisor to the Obama Administration. Virginia is an experienced public policy expert who uses Design Thinking to improve policy. She is a change agent always searching for ways to involve more people, encourage creativity and bring truth to better lives. In this episode Virginia shares how at moments everyone can think she’s insane with her innovative ideas, but how at our heart Catalysts are problem solvers. She shares ways she has figured out how to fill up her energy tank, even in these times where travel and adventure are more limited. And she urges leaders to embrace Catalysts, providing them with constraints and thought partnership, rather than trying to tell them how to do their jobs. Hearing about trails Virginia has blazed can support us all on our own journeys!
19 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Catalyst Connection – Saidah Nash Carter
Join us for an interview with Saidah Nash Carter, Co-Founder of Bright Insights Global. Saidah launched her new venture after a distinguished 20-year career at Thomson Reuters, most recently as former Head of Innovation, Africa. We caught up with her in her new hometown, Cape Town, South Africa. Saidah shares how General Colin Powell helped her realize her Catalyst nature early on – realizing that she thinks and works differently from others. He helped her articulate the importance of Noble Purpose in her life. Saidah discusses how relationships play a key role in successfully creating change. She explores the importance of compassion both for self and others as an antidote to frustration. She shares the tools and practices she has developed to help her reduce cycles of burnout. And for those managers of Catalysts, she has some great concrete advice. Saidah outlines her new venture, Bright Insights Global, which helps purpose driven companies to do better business through a prism of innovation, inclusion and impact.
25 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Catalyst Iteration – John Morley
Join us for an interview with John Morley, Business Design Strategist Hitachi. He has been a wicked Catalyst in some of the world’s largest companies including EMC and Hitachi, AppDynamics and Symantec. John describes how an open, iterative process can help organizations uncover new value. He described how he starts by using his Catalyst superpowers of sensing what needs to emerge through conversations, research, and reading lots and lots. He then identifies the mutual wins with a broad set of stakeholders and then co-creates a new vision. John shares the power of systems thinking in the iterating process and how he’s learned to leverage rejuvenation as a key support in not rushing headlong into action. One of John’s superpowers is being a super connector which also give him energy and sustains him on his journey. He speaks about the power of creating Catalyst networks both internally in large organizations as well as across organizations. Connecting with other Catalysts gives John the energy and insights to create impact.
16 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Catalyst Action – Shakeya McDow
Join us for a conversation with Vice President, Ethics and Compliance Strategy, Intelligence, & Operations at Kaiser Permanente, Shakeya McDow. Shakeya is a thought leader and positive disruptor in the world of ethics and compliance who thrives when working on gnarly and complex problems. In this episode Shakeya explains how clarity and stillness have allowed her to become the leader she wants to be and shifted how others respond to her. She also shares a counterintuitive learning that giving voice to her burnout allowed her leadership and teams to value her more and allow the entire organization to work together in a more powerful way. Dive into Shakeya’s Catalyst journey to guide your own!
33 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Catalyst Vision – Michael Bloxton
Join us for an interview with Michael Bloxton – CEO of both Nebula Space Enterprise and Bloxton Investment Group where he shares his story about how an early transformative tragedy sent him on his path to becoming a Catalyst and creating massive change. He moves at lightning speed. He creates massive change. When we talk about a range of catalyticness, Michael is on the hyper-end. He spent his 20s creating the financial freedom to pursue his big Purpose, which he now knows is helping humans become a multi-solar system species. Even as he is a double CEO, he discusses with vulnerability the challenges of imposter syndrome, the importance of leveraging your team and burnout. His advice: Don’t waste your Catalyst gift. Go Big! “Go way bigger than you’re thinking! We can’t waste Catalysts on small problems!”
29 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Catalyst Leader – Van Ton-Quinlivan
Join us for an interview with CEO at FuTuro Health, Van Ton-Quinlivan. Van is a recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven track record for implementing large systems while fostering a culture of experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Her distinguished career spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In this episode Van shares the transformational impact of making time for mentors and the importance of listening to their feedback to help you progress, “You need to give up who you are, in order to be who you can be.” In addition, she discusses how she minimizes burnout cycles with a foundational belief that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” And she closes by sharing how she found bosses that supported her as a Catalyst throughout her career. 30-minutes packed with sage wisdom!
24 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Catalyst Self-Discovery – Chelsey Glasson
Join us for an interview with Chelsey Glasson, Qualitative User Research at Facebook, where she shares how she had struggled with friction between her and her organization and how this friction had caused cycles of burnout. She just couldn’t fully explain the experience until she understood what it meant to be a Catalyst. Even as the concept of Catalyst was resonating early in her journey, she struggled to own the term Catalyst because of how big the word felt. Chelsey describes what it means to be an introvert Catalyst. She shares what she’s learned about herself since learning about being a Catalyst and how she’s leaned into creating big change. She’s taken on Google over pregnancy discrimination, changed laws to protect women, and is launching her new venture. Chelsey also shares the struggles of being a Catalyst and a parent of young children in a COVID world.
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