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The Leadership Cafe
20 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Sean Lydon, ISCM Inc
Sean Lydon is the founder and President of ISCM Inc, a consulting firm that specializes in the unique challenges of organizations with global supply chains.ISCM leverages that broad experience managing organizations that have garnered awards for their performance on projects
26 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Tim Murphy, Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care
Tim Murphy is the Business Category Leader for the software and services team within the Sleep and Respiratory Care group at Philips. This business offers a series of Clinical and Business management applications, software-as-a-service solutions, data sharing, and more to aid those who have sleep and respiratory disorders. In this episode, Tim talks about his experience in respiratory care for over 28 years and how Philips' business rapidly increased in production over the past year due to the global pandemic. Being able to quickly and efficiently change the work dynamic remotely and continue to serve the needs of patients in various countries.
24 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Cheryl Paxton-Hughes, Edgar Snyder and Associates
Cheryl Paxton-Hughes is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Board at Edgar Snyder & Associates. Prior to this role, Cheryl spent over 15 years in human resources and five years in project management and IT. Cheryl has used her background in various professional settings to put towards being vulnerable and learning agility for each business. As of finalist for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association Leader of the Year award, she talks about how her studies in Organizational Psychological and Development helped served as her foundation for a career in HR.
26 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Sonia Layne-Gartside is a multi-talented, results-oriented Global Consultant that is a certified Master Trainer, Change Manager, Strategist, and DEI specialist. Along with the list of her specialties, she is an International Speaker author of the book 'Workplace Anxiety: How to Refuel and Re-Engage.' Recently named 2021 Leader of the Year! by Pittsburgh Human Resources Associates, this Barbados native has focused her career on getting people to be the most productive self. Ensuring that the systems that they are working with are built for them to thrive in their position.
31 minutes | May 20, 2021
Jackie Dixon, Allegheny RAD board
Jackie Dixon is the former Vice President of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) at UPMC. She is well known in the Pittsburgh area for her long-time community leadership with companies like PPG and Giant Eagle Corporate. Jackie is a member of Allegheny County's Regional Asset District (RAD) Board, a seven-member committee appointed by the County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Though currently retired, she continues to make a positive impact within local communities and enjoys connecting with as many people as she can through her Facebook page. In this episode, listen to the multitude of stories that Jackie shares about the connections she has made throughout the years.
24 minutes | May 6, 2021
Corinne Ogrodnik, Maitri Medicinals
Corinne Ogrodnik is the cofounder of Maitri Medicinals. A dispensary that views Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program as an opportunity to help patients suffering from serious medical conditions, support intervention efforts to address the region's opioid crisis. Over the past five years, Corinne has led Maitri through its founding and start-up phase by securing two permits to operate in the highly competitive Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry and establishing the Company's grower/processor and three dispensary operations.
27 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Julie Gerdeman, HealthPay24
Julie Gerdeman is the CEO of HealthPay24, where she is leading efforts to drive significant change within the EngageSmart entity. The company's values are believing in using streamlined, intuitive technology to create comfort and clarity for both patient and provider. As the third oldest child of nine, Julie is surrounded by family members in the healthcare industry. She shares how seeing her dad's medical bag and the connection he had with his patients, impacted her journey in her career
26 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Arthur Hoopes, Capital Healthcare Solutions
Arthur (Art) Hoopes is the CEO of Capital Healthcare Solutions, a national healthcare staffing firm that provides a multitude of Healthcare organizations with qualified nursing professionals. In his 35 years as a certified public account, Art has received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked for an array of companies. Including a manufacturer where packages were made for Kellogg's cereal. In this episode, Art talks about the journey of becoming the CEO of Capital Healthcare Solutions, and the plans they have for the future.
26 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Mike Cherock, AE Works
Mike Cherock is the founder and President of AE Works, an architecture company that practices in planning + strategy, engineering, project services and security risk management to develop innovative, creative, and collaborative solutions to complex problems. In this episode, Mike tells the story of how AE Works became a blessing in disguise. Having been a start-up before the recession in 2007 located in Mike's basement, to expanding into three locations in PA and Arlington, VA. Though Mike claims himself to be an accidental CEO, he is happy and proud of what the company has become. Spending every day solving complex building problems for government agencies such as the National Institute of Health.
25 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Edwin K. Morris, Pioneer Knowledge Services
Edwin K. Morris is the President and Founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services (PKS), a non-profit organization with a charitable purpose in Western New York. Their practices involve clients in customizing knowledge solutions and training to cultivate an organizational disposition and culture that values knowledge as a sustainable asset. As a podcast host himself, Edwin discusses his leadership career and the tactics he learned both in and out of the military. Telling stories about advice he would receive from Vietnam War Veterans and how he flipped the advice to benefit his career decisions. Explaining how academic learning came to him at a later time in life.
22 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Greg Spencer, Randall Industries
Greg Spencer is the President and CEO of Randall Industries, a manufacturing company that provides chemical-based cleaning solutions domestically and internationally. In 2006, the company acquired the assets of Space Chemical Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturing firm that has been operation for over 25 years. In this episode, Greg discusses his vast resume and how he went from attending HBCU Wilberforce University to joining the Air Force and working for US Steel for 22 years. He also discusses how Randall Industries came to be about. Seeing that there were only three minority and veteran-owned chemical manufacturers in the United States at the time of acquiring the company.
22 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Kevin Jenkins, Manchester Bidwell Corporation
Kevin Jenkins is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. A non-profit organization committed to working with individuals to transform lives in the building, strengthening, and enhancing communities for about 53 years. In this episode, Kevin talks about the four branches of the organization and how they all come together, especially MCG Jazz. A program created by Manchester Bidwell to help preserve and promote the Pittsburgh jazz community.
27 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Stephanie Doliveira, Sheetz
Stephanie Doliveira is the Vice President of Human Resources for Sheetz, Inc. A family-owned convenience and food retailer based in Altoona, PA. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Places to Work for Women, and Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture. She is responsible for strategic planning and execution of employee-related initiatives. In this episode, Stephanie talks about how March 13, 2020, will be a day she never forgets. As the state of the nation and the business because unknown, team members came together at Sheetz to prepare for what was next. Saying that relying on the company values established in 1952 by Founder, Bob Sheetz is what helped the most.
25 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Ed McCallister, UPMC
With more than 30 years in technology and information services, Ed McCallister is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at UPMC. As a leader of a team of more than 2,000 IT professionals; McCallister is responsible for the technology strategy and infrastructure that supports UPMC's world-class clinical care, insurance services, international operations, and research. In this episode, McCallister talks about the early days of the UPMC Health Plan and the start-up environment it had. Showcasing how the company skyrocketed to developing 20 new hospitals in a span of seven years.
24 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund
Chad Quinn is the CEO of Dollar Energy Fund, a regional non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for households experiencing hardships by providing utility assistance and other services that lead to self-sufficiency. In this episode, Chad discusses the history of Dollar Energy and how it turned from a small business in a basement, to providing $165 million in utility assistance grants.
23 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Tony Richards, Impact Dakota
For the past 6 years, Tony Richards has served as the President/CEO of Impact Dakota; a manufacturing extension partnership program through the National Institute of Standards and Technology, based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Tony is also the founder and Principal of the Tony Richards Leadership Academy, a certificate-based leadership development program working with organizations in Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, Haiti, and Pakistan. In this episode, Tony discusses his focus on working with organizations to look at their leadership today, what are their needs, how will they prepare for the future, and the kind of leaders they will need to build relationships.
25 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Dr. Tuesday Stanley, Westmoreland County Community College
Dr. Tuesday Stanley is President of Westmoreland County Community College. Joining the institution in 2014, becoming the first female president in the 50 years that the college has been open. During her time at Westmoreland, the college has been awarded a Title III, $2.5 million grant to strengthen online educational services and student services to ensure a full spectrum of services to all of the communities the college serves, Westmoreland, Indiana, and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania. In this episode, Dr. Stanley discusses what it was like when the pandemic first hit and how quickly the school had to switch from the primarily in-person institution, to primarily online. She also discusses how the importance of communication and finding bigger ways to communicate throughout the institution played a big role in the acceptance of changing to online education.
25 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Nicholas Kuhn, NanoGrip Technology
Nicholas Kuhn is CEO of NanoGrip Technologies; Carnegie Mellon University spin-off that produces microfibrillar dry adhesives. NanoGrip s the first commercial manufacturer of dry adhesive technology providing micro-fibrillar polymer-based dry adhesives and surfaces for a wide range of product applications. In this episode, Nicholas talks about the plans that NanoGrip has to expand the business into other industries; such as sports gear. As well as the advice that he has when it comes to young entrepreneurs and "stepping up to the plate." https://nanogriptech.com/about/
29 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Nick Vizzoca, Vincentian
Nick Vizzoca is President & CEO for Vincentian, one of the largest faith-based providers of senior care in Western Pennsylvania. His passion for healthcare started at an early age after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 13 years old. He is a recognized leader in the senior care space, has partnered with organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC). In this episode, Nick discusses how Vincentian created a Clinical Excellence team, a group dedicated to figuring out how to prepare and handle the pandemic. Including the decision of taking in patients who had testedd positive for COVID-19.
26 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Geoffrey Hall, Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital
Geoffrey Hall is CEO of Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital, a center committed to the provision of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation programs and services to maximize the health, function, and quality of life to those we serve, ultimately returning those persons to their communities. In this episode, Geoffrey talks about the changes faced in 2020 with recruiting new staff members and how the hospital learned to become more flexible when accommodating staff needs.
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