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53 minutes | May 28, 2021
Ep 208. Jason Harris: The Soulful Art of Persuasian
Jason Harrisis is CEO of the creative agency Mekanism, which has been named to Ad Age's Agency A-list and twice to their Best Places to Work. He’s the author of a recent book called The Soulful Art of Persuasion. Jason works closely with brands using a blend of soul and science to create provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Those iconic brands include Peloton, Ben & Jerry's, MillerCoors, HBO, and the United Nations. He’s been named in the Top 10 Most Influential Social Impact Leaders, as well as the 4A's list of "100 People Who Make Advertising Great." His methods are studied in cases at Harvard Business School.In this episode, Stew talks with Jason about building a trusting workplace culture and strengthening your reputation and your market power through persuasion, though Jason’s take on persuasion is not what most people think about when they picture what it means to be persuasive. He demonstrates with enlightening examples how the ability to persuade -- which we need in all parts of our lives -- results from being original, generous, empathetic, and soulful. And he provides super-practical tips for how to cultivate these qualities. Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode: What might you try to say or do that would reveal more of yourself to others, whether at work or in some other part of your life, and thereby build greater trust in your world? Share your reactions and your suggestions for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | May 21, 2021
Ep 207. Liya Shuster-Bier: Alula is Making Cancer Less Lonely
Liya Shuster-Bier is the founder and CEO of Alula, a radically honest platform for cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors. She is a cancer survivor herself. Prior to Alula, Liya built a career in community development and impact investing, partnering with mayors and governors across the country to create innovative financing solutions that improved community outcomes. She started her career at Goldman Sachs, on the corporate currency derivatives team. In addition to receiving her MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, where she was a student in Stew’s Total Leadership course, Liya is a proud Dartmouth alum, a native of Queens, NY, and an immigrant.In this episode, Stew talks with Liya about the story of her experience as a caregiver during her mother’s fight against cancer and about her own journey from the discovery of her own cancer to her current life as a survivor. With compelling examples, Liya vividly describes the trials and tribulations -- the physical, social, economic, and emotional challenges -- of living with cancer and how she realized, because she felt lost, the need for a resource that could help people with cancer and their caregivers deal with the realities of the world beyond hospitals. Liya talks about Alula’s mission, it’s fast-growing number of partnerships with product and service providers as well as investors, and how her company’s culture is focused on sustaining the real lives of all its stakeholders. Hers is an inspiring leadership story of how you can transmute an excruciating pain in your life into something of value to others.Here then in an invitation for you, if you or someone you care about is struggling with how to treat and survive cancer: Explore myalula.com and find help. Share your reactions and suggestions for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | May 16, 2021
Ep 206. Erica Dhawan: Digital Body Language
Erica Dhawan is author of Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection No Matter the Distance. She is also the Founder and CEO of Cotential, a global organization that helps companies, leaders, and managers leverage 21st century collaboration skills and behaviors to improve performance. She’s also co-author of the bestselling Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence. She was named by Thinkers50 as “The Oprah of Management Ideas” and featured as one of the Top 20 Management Experts around the world by GlobalGurus. She has degrees from Harvard University, MIT Sloan, and The Wharton School, where she took Stew’s Total Leadership course. (And when he wasn’t able to receive in person the Thinkers50 award for distinguished achievement in the field of talent, he asked Erica to do so on his behalf -- they’ve been friends for a long time.)In this episode, Stew talks with Erica about her latest book, written before the pandemic but even more important now that so many are working almost entirely in the virtual world. She shares lots of practical advice on such matters as when to write in all caps, with whom to use emojis, how to negotiate ambiguous time-to-respond issues, how to respond to passive aggressive emails, a method for analyzing your digital body language style, and more. Here then, is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation: Pause after drafting your next email, before you send it, and think for a moment about the emotional reaction you expect from the recipient. Does this suggest a change in what you wrote? Share your reactions to this idea, this episode, and suggestions for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | May 7, 2021
Ep 205. Katy Milkman: The Science of How to Change
Katy Milkman is an award-winning behavioral scientist and the James G. Dinan Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She hosts Charles Schwab’s popular behavioral economics podcast Choiceology and is the co-founder and co-director of The Behavior Change for Good Initiative, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania with the mission of advancing the science of lasting behavior change. This work is being chronicled by Freakonomics Radio. Katy has worked with or advised dozens of organizations on how to spur positive change, including Google, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Red Cross, 24 Hour Fitness, Walmart and Morningstar. In this episode, Stew talks with Katy about her new book, How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Katy shares her very practical advice about how to craft a way to get things done that is tailored to your own particular stumbling blocks whether it is failure to launch, impulsivity, procrastination, forgetfulness, laziness, lack of self-confidence, or a desire to conform to expectations. Katy describes some of her book’s evidence-based strategies for overcoming these obstacles to change -- strategies such as temptation-bundling, commitment devices, and cues -- and when and how to use them to increase your chances of successfully implementing change in your life. Here then, is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Think of something you’d like to change but haven’t yet and come up with a temporal link to your actually doing so by defining your starting time as a fresh start or reset in the creation of a new definition of who you are. Share your reactions to this idea, this episode, and suggestions for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Ep 204. Jordan Shapiro: How to Be a Feminist Dad
Jordan Shapiro is the author of Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad. He is a senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. His previous book, The New Childhood: Raising Kids To Thrive in a Connected World, focused on parenting and screen time. During the week, you can find him in the classroom at Temple University, where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program and developed the online version of the university's core curriculum.In this episode, Stew talks with Jordan about fatherhood in the modern world and the dilemmas fathers face at work and at home, stigmas that undermine divorced fathers, why patriarchy is harmful to men and to women, the importance of being a feminist, and what it takes to become a feminist dad -- critical consciousness, responsive fathering, removing locker-room gender essentialism, and rigorous inclusivity. Jordan offers practical advice on how fathers can adopt these principles in their lives, thereby liberating themselves and giving their children the love, support, and guidance their children need to thrive. Here then, fathers, is an invitation, a challenge, just for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. What can you do to demonstrate to your children a commitment to rigorous inclusivity and what, if you did so, would you expect to be the result for your children’s lives? Share your reactions to this episode and ideas for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Ep 203. Joann Lublin: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life
Joann Lublin was management news editor for The Wall Street Journal until she retired in April 2018, and she is still a regular Journal contributor. She shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for stories about corporate scandals and was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement from the Loeb Awards, the highest accolade in business journalism. Her new book -- Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life -- explores the emotional and professional challenges women face as they try to move forward in their careers while raising a family. She’s also the author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. In this episode, Stew talks with Joann about what she learned about what it takes to find harmony among the different parts of life from her own personal experience and from interviewing trailblazing women in her own cohort (Boomers, that is), their daughters, and executives who are mothers now. She describes the profound shifts that have occurred across the generations -- in technology, gender roles, and workplace expectations -- and how they have created new pathways for men and women. They discuss practical ideas for how to overcome the guilt that still hurts working mothers, the critical skills mothers develop that are of real value to their business and career success, and how a marriage contract can be a boon to a more egalitarian world. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. What small step can you take to reduce the guilt that a working mother in your life -- perhaps it’s you -- currently feels about her choices? Share your reactions to this episode and ideas for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Ep 202. Susan McPherson: The Lost Art of Connecting
Susan McPherson is the author of a new book -- The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships. In it she brings to bear 25+ years of experience in marketing, public relations, and communications.In this episode, Stew talks with Susan about the very best question to ask -- How can I help you? -- to build relationships of any kind, at work or elsewhere. They discuss the various types of communication modes and how they can be used effectively to strengthen bonds. Susan describes and illustrates her systematic approach to building networks of support, what she calls the “gather, ask, do” method, demonstrating in this conversation how connection is her superpower.Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. In an upcoming conversation today or tomorrow, lead with the magic question, “how can I help you?” and see what happens. Share your reactions to this episode and ideas for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Ep 201. Tsedal Neeley: Remote Work Revolution
Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, an accomplished scholar and author, and award-winning teacher. Her new book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere, could not have arrived at a more auspicious moment. Her previous book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations, chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years. Tsedal has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets about virtual work and large scale change. Her HBS case, “Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems”, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work.In this episode, Stew talks with Tsedal about the pros and cons of remote work -- for performance, well-being, and relationships in all parts of our lives -- and what we’ve learned about these pushes and pulls during the disorienting world of the pandemic. Drawing on research evidence across a number of fields, Tsedal describes tools any organization or individual can use to learn to thrive in remote work and offers insights about what the future of work will look like. Stew and Tsedal both talked about the great Richard Hackman’s profound influence on their research and teaching. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. How can you use relaunching as a tool for improving the effectiveness of a team with which you are involved? Share your reactions to this episode and ideas for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Ep 200. Darby Saxbe: What Happens to Us When We Become Parents?
Darby Saxbe is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California’s David and Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Darby has two principle, interrelated lines of research: the impact of family environments and family transitions on parents and the impact of family environments on children. Her ongoing Hormones Across the Transition to Childrearing (HATCH) study, funded in 2016 by a five-year CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, follows first-time expectant parents from pregnancy across the first year postpartum in order to understand the factors that predict successful adjustment to parenthood. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Yale University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. In this episode, Stew talks with Darby about the implications of her research on what happens to men and women when they become parents, how the quality of marital relationships affect children, the importance of social support for new parents, how the pandemic has affected parents, the tendency for American mothers to assume they must shoulder rather than share burdens, and more. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. What can you do to provide support for a new parent in your life? And how, by doing so, would you be enriching yourself? Share your reactions to this episode and ideas for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Ep 199. Julie Kashen: Advocate for Change in Public Policy
Julie Kashen is the director for women’s economic justice and a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a progressive independent think tank that fights for economic, racial, and gender equity in education, health care, and work. Julie has spent her career working for more just and equitable public policies -- including women’s economic justice issues -- in federal and state government, including as Labor Policy Advisor to the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and as Deputy Policy Director for former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. She has helped to draft and build momentum for three major pieces of national legislation: the first national paid sick days bill (the Healthy Families Act), major child care legislation, and the national Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Julie holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s with highest honors in political science from the University of Michigan. She also serves as a senior policy advisor to the National Domestic Workers Alliance.In this episode, Stew talks with Julie about the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan, also known as the American Rescue Plan, and its implications for strengthening our nation’s care infrastructure. They discuss the economic and social benefits of a more robust child care system and the ways by which such a system would reduce inequality and injustice suffered by women and people of color. Julie describes how ordinary citizens, and not just policy-makers, can and must get involved to affect needed change in our cultural values, to truly invest in children and families. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Find an organization that advocates for the values you hold with respect to building a care infrastructure and sign up to support them. Share your reactions to this episode and ideas for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Ep 198. Anne Driscoll and Chris Schultz: Partners at Work and in the Rest of Life
Anne Driscoll and Chris Schultz are co-founders of an organization called Launch Pad. Anne serves as CEO and Chris is the Chief Community Officer and they are a married couple. Launch Pad was started in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Anne was a long-time Silicon Valley Executive. She was an early Google employee and post-Google she has taken her expertise to the Valley’s high-growth startup scene, championing emerging ecosystems and creating platforms to support small businesses such as Ning, Dwolla and GoDaddy. Chris was born in Nigeria to American parents (working in the Peace Corps) and he was inspired by the hustle, grind, and entrepreneurship he saw daily at the Nigerian marketplaces of his youth. He’s an active angel investor and has spent 15+ years bringing together the “doers” of the world—startups that have raised over $160 million in venture capital and created 5,000+ jobs.In this episode, Stew talks with Anne and Chris about how and why they started Launch Pad, the communities it serves, what they’ve had to do to pivot their business during the pandemic, what it takes for a married couple to run a company together, how their philosophy of investing in long-term relationships in growing their business affects their relationship beyond work, and more. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation, especially the part about how Anne and Chris like to “go long,” as they say. How might you take a longer-term view than you now have on a business relationship that matters to you and how by doing so would you benefit? Share your ideas and any reactions to this episode by writing to Stew at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Ep 197. Cal Newport: A World Without Email
Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, where he specializes in the theory of distributed systems. Cal is a New York Times bestselling author who writes for a broader audience about the intersection of technology and culture. He's the author of seven books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, which have been published in over thirty languages, and about which he talked with Stew in earlier episodes (# 7 and # 111) . He's also a regular contributor on these topics to national publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Wired, and is a frequent guest on NPR. His blog, Study Hacks, which he's been publishing since 2007, attracts over three million visits a year. Cal is the only guest to have made three appearances on the Work and Life radio show in the eight years it’s been on air. In this episode, Stew and Cal discuss his new book, A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload. Cal reviews the ways in which we as a human race need to adapt to the increasingly ever-present technology disrupting, as well as enriching, our world. He describes how this new book addresses what he’s learned since Digital Minimalism and enumerates strategies for harnessing email and related message systems (e.g., Slack) -- the “hyperactive hive mind,” as he calls it -- because they reduce productivity and make us anxious, distracted, and generally miserable. He introduces the concept of attention capital theory to help us understand the essential problem with email and, using examples from companies operating today, provides practical methods for bringing this theory to bear in our lives. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Think for a minute about your email workflow and try to identify one opportunity to reduce mid-task context switches -- when you have to interrupt your attention -- in that workflow. Share your ideas and any reactions to this episode by writing to Stew at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Ep 196. Martin Davidson: The End of Diversity as We Know It
Martin Davidson is the Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and he currently serves as their senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer. He holds degrees from both Harvard and Stanford and was on the faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth prior to arriving at Darden in 1998. His book, The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diversity in organizationsIn this episode, Stew and Martin discuss the reasons the diversity and inclusion efforts often fail. Martin reviews ways that leaders can create diverse and inclusive organizations that work by, among other things, embracing the weird. He describes a proven, practical model for seeing real sources of difference, understanding them, and engaging in experimentation to create positive change that benefits collective interests. It can be done! And, as two bass players, they talk about how the purposes served by that musical instrument are analogous to those pursued by people striving to create meaningful dialogue and growth in organizations. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Ask yourself this question: What’s the most critical fissure in the social life of your work team or organization; what, in other words, really divides members in ways that subvert your collective goals? And what would you need to do to better understand the implications of that source of disconnection? Share your ideas and any reactions to this episode by writing to Stew at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Ep. 195.Erik Peper: Practical Tools for Coping with Tech Stress
Erik Peper, a professor in the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University, is an internationally known expert on workplace health, stress management and holistic health. His book, co-authored with Richard Harvey and Nancy Faass, is Tech Stress: How Technology Is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics.In this episode, Stew and Erik discuss how to cope with ever-present technology in ways that reduce stress and strain. Erik describes and illustrates, with Stew as his subject, some ergonomic strategies -- how to position our bodies at our workstations, for example -- and ways of re-framing our thoughts and feelings about how we work with the aims of increasing energy and avoiding burnout. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. For just one hour of your next work day, try stopping for a minute every 20 minutes or so, to breathe or stretch and to take stock of how you’re working. What do you discover? Share your ideas and any reactions to this episode by writing to Stew at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Ep 194. Lindsey Cameron: The Gig Economy and the Pandemic
Lindsey Cameron is an Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton whose research focuses on how changes in the modern workplace -- as algorithms/machine learning, short-term employment contracts, and variable pay -- affect work and workers. She recently completed a four-year ethnography of the largest employer in the gig economy, exploring how algorithms are reshaping the nature of managerial control and how workers navigate this new workplace. Previously, Lindsey spent over a decade in the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic communities as a technical and political analyst and completed several overseas assignments in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of Michigan, an MS in Engineering Management from the George Washington University, and an SB from Harvard University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She also studied Arabic intensively at the American University of Cairo.In this episode, Stew and Lindsey discuss the gig economy; how the pandemic has affected gig workers both on the job and in the other parts of their lives; the factors that influence employment choices gig workers make; what they (Stew and Lindsey) learned from their experiences as NYC taxi driver and janitor, respectively; and more. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. What might you do differently the next time you interact with a service provider operating in the gig economy? Share your ideas and any reactions to this episode by writing to Stew at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Ep 193. Kristen Shockley: Impact of the Rapid Shift to Remote Work
Dr. Kristen Shockley is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia. She has been studying how companies adapted during the pandemic, or how they haven’t adjusted, to meet the needs of worker productivity and well-being. She’s also been looking at how couples forced to handle childcare, housework, and their day jobs have divided the responsibilities. Kristen has conducted research aimed at understanding organizational initiatives to help employees manage competing life demands (like flexible work arrangements); the relationship between work-family conflict and health outcomes, including eating behaviors and physiological indicators of health; and understanding how dual-earner couples balance work and family roles. She also studies career development, mentoring, definitions of career success, and the consequences of career compromise. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia and has an MS and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida. In this episode, Stew and Kristen talk about how the rapid shift to remote work caused by the pandemic has affected well-being and performance. Her research reveals critical factors that influence the success or failure of the adjustments that individuals, families, and organizations have had to make. They discuss some practical implications for how to manage Zoom fatigue (which is a bigger problem for women than for men, according to her findings), how couples should communicate to enable bounded and focused attention by both, and how to reduce the debilitating effects of social isolation. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Start your next Zoom call by asking each participant to write a word or phrase in response to this question: How are you feeling right now? Share your ideas about what you discover, and any reactions to this episode, by writing to Stew at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Ep 192. Eve Rodsky: Creating an Egalitarian Partnership with Fair Play
Eve Rodsky is the author of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (And More Life to Live). She received her B.A. in economics and anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After working at J.P. Morgan, she founded the Philanthropy Advisory Group to advise high-net worth families and charitable foundations. In her work with hundreds of families over a decade, she realized that her expertise in family mediation, strategy, and organizational management could be applied to a problem closer to home – a system for couples seeking balance, efficiency, and peace in their home. Eve was born and raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children. In this episode, Stew and Eve talk about what led her to create a practical, now widely-used solution to the ubiquitous problem of inequality in our home lives, our most important organization, as Eve reminds us. They talk about how couples can figure out what’s important to them as individuals and as a partnership and then -- in concrete, specific, and fun ways -- how they can take small steps to more closely hew to their values. They discuss the sources of resistance to change, common mistakes couples make, useful tips for how to overcome these anticipated obstacles, and what it means to live in your “unicorn space.”Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Take a minute to think about how you might be undervaluing the attention required by your partner to do what they do. Then consider what small step you might take to make your partnership a bit more fair. Share your ideas, and your reactions to this episode, by writing to Stew at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Ep 191. Amina Gautier: A Writer's Work and Life
Dr. Amina Gautier is an associate professor in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Miami. Professor Gautier is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. She’s taught at Penn as well as Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s University, Washington University in St. Louis, and DePaul University. She’s published one hundred and twenty-nine short stories, including three award-winning short story collections -- Now We Will Be Happy, The Loss of All Lost Things, and At-Risk: Stories. Among her many honors, she’s been the recipient of writing awards, prizes, and fellowships. Her critical reviews and essays on 19th-century writers have been published broadly. Amina is a Brooklyn-born native New Yorker who currently divides her time between Chicago and Miami. In this episode, Stew and Amina talk about how her impoverished childhood, in which she split time living in two different parts of Brooklyn, affected her decision to become a writer. Amina describes her early obsession with writing and how, in a fateful conversation with a poetry professor, she realized her calling was as a writer of stories, not poems. She talks about her creative process, especially the importance of managing boundaries that enable her to focus on producing her art, and how her relationships with both students and readers enrich the meaning of her work. Hers is a compelling illustration of what it means to strive for harmony among the different parts of life and the benefits of doing so. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation, near the end of which Amina offers advice for would-be writers. Among this wisdom, she quotes John Gardner’s Art of Fiction: “If there is good to be said, the writer should say it. If there is bad to be said, he should say it in a way that reflects the truth that, though we see the evil, we choose to continue among the living.” If you are aspiring to a creative career, of any sort, or know someone who is, how might you use her advice? Share your ideas, and your reactions to this episode, by writing to Stew at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Ep 190. Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar: A Chief People Officer in Pandemic Times
Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar is Chief People Officer for Minted.com. He oversees and manages Minted’s People team, which includes human resources and facilities. After several years running a research lab in Silicon Valley, he went on to lead HR in multiple industries and various scales, from hyper-growth start-up to global Fortune 500, including stints at Sun Microsystems, Taco Bell, BlackRock, Gap and Old Navy, Starbucks, and Riot Games. Prior to his corporate career, he received his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, with his dissertation on organizational change and diversity. Jay considers himself a closet creative and maintains a weekly writer’s group and dusty art portfolio. He is an internationally lauded game strategist with a particularly large following in the Magic the Gathering community. In this episode, Stew and Jay talk about lessons he’s learned from decades of experience in cultivating meaningful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives; the disruptive impact of the pandemic on Minted’s business and people operations and how the senior team is responding to those challenges, especially in having to downsize and develop new revenue streams; the hurdles facing women in the gaming industry; how his experience as a self-described gaming nerd has influenced his career; and much more. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. How has your most significant non-work passion influenced your career and how might you teach what you’ve discovered about infusing your work with that passion from another part of your life? Share your ideas, and your reactions to this episode, by writing to Stew at email@example.com or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Ep 189. Jessica Calarco: COVID-19's Impact on Mother's and How To Mitigate It
Jessica Calarco is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. She earned her master’s and her PhD in sociology here at the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica’s research examines inequalities in education and family life, and she’s written about these inequalities for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Inside Higher Ed, and the Conversation. She’s the author of two books, A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum, which has just been published, and Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in Schools, which received a 2019 Scholarly Achievement Award for Best Book by the North Central Sociological Association.In this episode, Stew and Jessica talk about her latest research, which is about how the pandemic and its impact on childcare arrangements and schooling is having a disparate impact on mothers, compared to fathers. Jessica describes the emotional and financial costs for working women and the negative impact on their relationships with their partners as well. They discuss how to turn rage into action and some of the possible solutions -- at the individual, corporate, and societal levels -- women need to ensure they don’t lose the ground they’ve gained in the workforce. Here then is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation. Try taking some action that might help to make clear the structural or systemic forces that are causing distress for the working mothers in your life that results from the feeling of self-blame for failure to live up to impossible standards in pandemic times. Share your ideas, and your reactions to this episode, by writing to Stew at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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