Silicon Valley based company Innovation Minds takes a crucial step in helping solve the new challenges of the post-pandemic global workplace. In AT THE EDGE, we interview a diverse offering of business leaders from around the planet on how to use innovation to engage the workforce, as well as how to innovate engagement using technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to humanize relationships in the new distributed workplace. Companies around the world are struggling with a new hybrid paradigm. As much of the workforce prepares to go back to the office after more than a year working remotely, how can leaders keep their employees engaged and collaborating successfully?“Innovation is about people, not technology,” says Innovation Minds’ founder and CTO Bala Balasubramaniam.“We believe that innovation OF the workforce is as critical as innovation BY the workforce. Innovation itself offers a critical solution. Innovation can be part of the daily work of everyone in a company, and provides a key to engagement as much as, or even more than, being an end in itself.""This podcast aims to help companies manage the new reality in cutting-edge ways."Michael Lee, host of the podcast and an internationally certified creativity and innovation expert and coach, adds: “Innovation and engagement are two of the most important issues in business today, period. It has been eye-opening talking to these experts – the world has changed very fast, and it’s essential for leaders to listen to our guests – they share so much amazing practical advice that needs to be implemented right away.” Innovation Minds is a leader in using AI-driven technology to engage employees through their philosophy of At the Edge, and decided to launch this podcast to promote the urgent need for engagement at this delicate time.You can read more at our website, and sign up for reminders to make sure you never miss an episode: https://www.innovationminds.com/podcasts
Jennifer Yi Boyer - Chief People Officer, FiscalNote - Flexibility is the Name of the Game
In this episode, Jennifer discusses:
- Her experience leaving one company and joining another in the middle of the pandemic;
- Using donuts and tacos to humanize employee experience;
- How to bring together leaders and employees as communication equals;
- Why “One and Done” is never enough;
- How video games can inform hybrid work;
- Why flexibility is the name of the game;
- And much more!
Jennifer Yi Boyer is Chief People Officer and SVP of DEIB at FiscalNote. She leads the FiscalNote People Team and their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Accessibility initiatives. Building creative workforce solutions that are responsive and relevant to both individuals’ career growth and enabling strategic business capabilities while operationalizing equity, creating community, and enhancing inclusive global leadership capabilities are cornerstones of her team’s work. Prior to joining FiscalNote, Jen served as the Chief Talent Officer at ACT where she led the transformation of the HR function to a contemporary, agile-based center of excellence. Throughout her career she has fulfilled various senior-level leadership roles in human resources, customer service, and TQM/quality management for global organizations across financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, and non-profit education. Jen focuses on creating agile, pragmatic practices within organizations to drive complex enterprise-wide change, talent integration, and strategic workforce solutions at FiscalNote. Her goal is that these practices will nurture belonging, inclusive teams, a coaching culture and leadership practices that invite all our team members to contribute in ways that fulfill their passions and purpose while providing measurable results that differentiate FiscalNote from the competition. Jen holds a BS from Cornell University’s Hotel School, a Masters in Leadership and Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard’s JFK School of Government.
Kate Isichei – Host and Producer, Engagement Express - Inclusivity is Everything
In this episode, Kate discusses:
- The pillars of internal communication;
- How hybrid work has exposed companies with toxic cultures;
- What we need to do to restore serendipitioius communication to the hybrid workplace;
- Why knowledge is actually power;
- The central importance of inclusion;
- And much more!
Kate Isichei is a global collaboration and internal communications consultant. She is also the creator and host of the Engagement Express podcast which has published over three dozen episodes so far. She has over twenty years of experience working with multinationals on technology implementations, transformation projects, and leadership visibility, including at Aon, Foundry, Ciber, Sage, Infosys, Medtronic, and the UK Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment. She has recently launched a new collaboration programme for organisations 'Collaboration Station' which is a simple 6-step process to increase collaboration, knowledge sharing and communities within the workplace.
Beatriz Coningham - Chief People Officer, Pan American Development Foundation - HR on a Mission
In this episode, Beatriz discusses:
- The different HR challenges of working in a not-for-profit “mission-driven” company’
- Why traditional Performance Management has run its course;
- How she sees HR as similar to customer service’
- The special challenges of remote and hybrid work in an international organization;
- What a fully virtual office should contain;
- The importance of researching what actually works;
- And much more!
Beatriz Coningham is Chief People Officer at the Pan American Development Foundation. She has lived, studied, traveled and worked in different countries in Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Her educational background includes English and Portuguese languages and literature, teaching English as a foreign language, psychology, and human resource development. Beatriz started her professional life as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Brazil, where she grew up. While living in the state of Mato Grosso, she cofounded and led a private language school, which offered her deep exposure to entrepreneurship and local capacity building. Her experiences in recruiting, training and developing teams led her to gradually transition into organizational development and human resources. In 2003, she moved to Washington, DC to pursue a doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at the George Washington University. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit sector in healthcare and international development. Beatriz is known for her dynamic and versatile leadership style, as well as her ability to work effectively in multicultural environments. Her passion is to create human resources functions that are vital to the organization through leveraging technology, great customer service, simplification and continuous improvement.
Khalilah Olokunola - TRU Colors - HR, Skydiving, Gangs, and Beer
In this episode, Khalilah talks about
How she works as the HR lead for a company staffed by active gang membersWhy skydiving is part of her onboarding process;How you can use the techniques of public interest HR for your corporation;Why the future belongs to impact companies;What she means by “Three the Hard Way”;How and why to make an individual purpose plan to help your company;And more!
Khalilah “KO” Olokunola is the Chief People Officer of TRU Colors, where she is the force behind defining a company culture that drives connection, team cohesion, personal & professional growth. She also oversees developing and executing a Re-Engineered People strategy for the seven main areas of traditional HR in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. She was born and raised in New York and spent much of her teen years on the streets with Brooklyn & Troy’s most notorious street gangs.KO remained adamant about the importance of education & making impact in the lives of others. KO is an advocate for workplace diversity, inclusion, and second-chance hiring. She has attended college both in NYC & NC and has completed additional coursework at MIT uLab & Harvard University on Entrepreneurship, Leading from the Emerging Future, and Deliberations of Social Change. KO has been named one of the top twenty influencers in the People Operations industry by Lattice & Top 22 leader by Conscious Companies. She has been featured online , in print and on TV notably in Forbes, on Good Morning America & Dr. Oz.
Sebastien Girard - Centura Health - Never Waste a Good Crisis
In this episode, Sebastien shares about:
- How employee experience is different from engagement, and why experience trumps engagement every time;
- How the health care industry adapted quickly to hybrid;
- How the pandemic has accelerated a talent crisis;
- The need for intentionality in maximizing the hybrid employee experience;
- What types of technology he believes are most important now and into the future;
- Why you should never waste a good crisis;
- And more.
Sebastien Girard is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Centura Health. A native of Montreal, Canada, Seb joined Centura from Atrium Health, where he served as the Senior Vice President responsible for workforce engagement and workforce operations. He previously served as the Chief Workforce Officer at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He spent nearly fifteen years with Randstad, a Dutch-based global human resources consulting firm, in executive and operations roles in both the United States and Canada. Seb has a Masters of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He completed Randstad’s international Senior Executive Program and the Human Capital Institute’s strategic workforce planning development program. He also serves as an advisory board member with three independent HR companies, innovating in nurse staffing, professional nurse development, and health care workforce-managed solutions. In addition to his professional experience, Seb is passionate in giving back to the community and has engaged in international humanitarian projects to recruit and attract some of the world’s best engineers to support those living in India with mobility obstacles.
Bridgett Hart - IBEX - Ibexology and Employee Experience
In this episode, Bridgett shares about the multiplicity of ways that hybrid work has changed the corporate culture, and how her own company has responded to it to transform and improve employee experience, in so many ways that she has given her company’s approach it’s own name: Ibexology.
Bridgett Hart is Senior Director of Communications & Change Management at IBEX. Previous to this, she was the US Director of Training, and before that spent more than twenty years in a variety of positions in the telecommunications industry including at Sykes, Travelocity, AT&T, and Frontier Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and completed her advanced studies in teaching/education at Western Carolina University. Bridgett has a teaching endorsement in both Virginia and North Carolina and recently received certification in Change Management. Bridgett is a HUGE supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where her son was treated and cured of leukemia at an early age.
Michael the man. The myth. The legend.
Michael truly brings a spectacular energy industry knowledge to this show! You won’t want to miss out on subscribing to every episode of this podcast!
The podcast to get you thinking
The At The Edge podcast is not just a regular leadership podcast—it’s a high quality production show that works hard to bring on quality guests that understand the power of innovation and thinking differently. Michael Lee along with his guests helps offer a unique perspective on how business owners/leaders that allow organizations to thrive and work at their best. This show is a resource I wish I would have had 10 years ago.
Great New Podcast!
It was an honor to be on At The Edge. Michael and team have some powerful and inspirational thought leaders. This is a must listen.