Breaking down the complex issues of workers' compensation into bite-sized nuggets, one conversation at a time. Yvonne Guibert and Rafael Gonzalez approach workers' comp conversations from very different backgrounds: marketing and legal! But they also share many things in common, such as their love for family and friends and a passion for Latin culture. Join them as they chat with industry friends and colleagues to learn more about their roles and have some fun along the way. See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!
Steve Nichols: Navigating Texas Workers' Comp
Meet Steve Nichols who joins us from the Austin, Texas area. If you want to know anything about Texas legislative issues, Steve is your person. Get to know him and subscribe to his Texas newsletter. Currently working as a consultant, Steve, served for many years as the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) Manager of Workers’ Compensation Services.
Prior to joining ICT, Steve worked for the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission as the manager of medical dispute resolution, APA hearing administrator, and mediator. He also served 23 years in the military on active duty and as a reservist as a paralegal and military law office manager. Steve is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Troy State University.
Tune in as Yvonne and Rafael chat with Steve about how he got started in workers' comp and how he has navigated his career.
In this episode, you'll learn about Texas workers' comp, recent legislative issues, Steve's experience with lobbying and more! Listen to the end to hear about Steve and Yvonne's Panama connection.
For more on Steve's Texas newsletter visit: https://www.stevewnichols.com/
Bret Cade: Sports Broadcasting, Workers' Comp and Minoan Secrets
Bret Cade, senior sales executive with Ascential Care Partners, lives in the Greater Atlanta area and has enjoyed a successful career in the workers' comp industry. Recently he sat down with Yvonne and Rafael and chatted about his career in the workers compensation industry.
While he graduated from college with the dream to become a sports broadcaster, when that didn't pan out, he started working as a vocational rehab counselor for a company in Savannah, GA. That put him on a much different path. Listen to this episode to hear how Bret has navigated his career and how he ultimately ended up excelling at sales.
Bret shares advice on how to approach sales in workers' comp:
Do your homework on a client. What do they need? What problem can you solve for them? Get to know the business by getting to know your colleagues.Don't let "NO" keep you from building relationships. Rafael and Bret worked together in the past, so they share a special history and bond. Listen to them reminisce about working together as well as sharing their family stories.
Stay tuned to the end to learn about Bret's connection to Crete and a few Minoan secrets!
Straight Shootin' Work Comp With Ya’Sheaka Williams
If you don't know Ya'Sheaka Williams, you ought to! She is one of the absolute best in the business. She is young, already with a good number of years of experience under her belt, she is smart, honest, funny, kind and genuinely interested in doing the right thing.
In this episode, Yvonne and Rafael chat with Ya'Sheaka about her career, how she got started and some of the obstacles she has had to overcome along the way. Ralph goes straight to the heart of the matter, asking Ya'Sheaka to tell our listeners what it was like coming into a male-dominated industry as a black woman.
Yes HE did that! And her answers are full of good advice for all women in the workers' comp industry. Her outlook is amazing - so positive and focused on advocating for the injured worker. Ya'Sheaka often speaks at conferences and works hard to educate the industry.
Regardless of your role in the industry, Ya'Sheaka offers an honest and refreshing glimpse into her career as a defense attorney. She is based in Tampa, Florida and is the managing partner for the law offices of Eraclides, Gelman.
Ready for Salsa Dancing at WCI in December 21?
Heading into Labor Day Weekend, Yvonne and Rafael pause to wish you and your family a fun, safe and peaceful weekend. We have enjoyed our podcasting journey thus far and we hope you have too.
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Hasta luego amigos!
Brian Allen's Epic Adventure as a Work Comp Lobbyist
In this episode, Yvonne and Rafael chat with Brian Allen, Vice President Governmental Affairs at Mitchell Pharmacy Solutions. Brian is one of the smartest and fascinating individuals in our industry and he joins us from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tune into this conversation as we learn about the interesting and varied twists and turns of Brian's career. He has done many things including working in law enforcement, banking, and insurance sales to name a few. He has also served in the Utah legislature, and for the past 18 years, he has focused on lobbying and governmental affairs. This includes tracking legislation in all 50 states and working with state legislatures to ensure they understand the full impact of pending or proposed legislation.
If you'd like to learn more about what lobbyists do in our industry, and what Mitchell Pharmacy Solutions does, Brian gives a great overview and it is worth a listen.
Brian discusses the top legislative issues happening at the time of recording in the Summer of 2021 and offers some really good advice to those looking for their "spot" in the industry.
Listen to the very end to discover a big surprise about Brian that you may not know!
Accidentally Workers' Comp with Jennifer Wolf
In this episode, Yvonne and Rafael chat with Jennifer Wolf of International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions (IAIABC) founded 107 years ago. Jenn is the executive director of IAIABC. She is an absolute gem of a person and a delight to engage with in conversation. Our industry is so lucky to have her...she is smart, she has a wonderful sense of humor and she is so knowledgeable about workers' compensation and the industry at large.
Listen in as we chat about how she arrived in the industry, her memorable first day on the job, her podcast, Accidentally, and her thoughts about the important role of workers' compensation in society.
Jenn shares about what is the IAIABC and how they believe that bringing together people from all states and countries, to discuss, explore and debate the issues that exists in the workers' compensation system helps to improve and shape the system for the future.
She talks about the fragile balance between the two competing tensions in the system, that of the employer and employee, and why ensuring that both voices are well-represented in the system are essential.
We invite you to listen and learn from Jenn as she openly shares what she has learned and some of the obstacles she has overcome in her career.
BONUS: at the end we have a fun round-robin review of some workers' compensation acronyms!