The Business Elevated podcast discusses what it’s like to live, work, and recreate in the great state of Utah from the perspective of the state's business, nonprofit, and government leaders. Since 2019, it has included the state's critical economic development topics, the day's pressing issues, and timely conversations with industry-leading guest experts. The Business Elevated podcast is a production of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.
Intermountain Health – 100 Companies Championing Women
Season 5 Episode 4: This episode features a conversation with Heather Brace, chief people officer at Intermountain Health, and Alecia Hart, Strategic Initiatives Program manager with the Innovation Center at Go Utah.
Intermountain Health, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is Utah’s largest private employer with almost 60,000 employees in seven states with the mission of helping people live their healthiest lives possible.
As part of the Inspire In Utah campaign, Intermountain recently received the designation as one of the 100 Utah Companies Championing Women. Listen as the duo discusses the company’s efforts to champion women in the workforce.
Brace discusses her role as chief people officer, operationally and strategically, for all things people-related, noteworthy programs and initiatives that support women in the workplace, and the organization’s goal to elevate more females in the leadership ranks. She also discusses Intermountain Health’s remote work strategy, which 60% of women participate in, the ability to live a lifestyle conducive to home and family, and the impact remote work has on the organization. Brace also expands on what female representation on leadership teams looks like at Intermountain, the importance of having male allies, benefits the organization offers its employees such as tuition coverage, her advice to companies looking to implement some of these women-friendly policies, and much more.
Clearfield City – 100 Companies Championing Women
Season 5 Episode 3: This episode features a conversation with Ricki Miller, the Human Resources manager at Clearfield City, and Alecia Hart, the Strategic Initiatives program manager with the Innovation Center at Go Utah.
As part of Go Utah’s Inspire In Utah campaign, Clearfield City recently received the designation as one of the 100 Utah Companies Championing Women. Listen as the duo discusses the organization’s efforts to champion women in the workforce.
Miller discusses the many benefits of working in the public sector, such as Clearfield City’s ability to champion programs focusing on women, the city’s family-friendly policies, and the significance of the nomination from a city employee. She also tells listeners why it is important for the city to participate in other organizations and associations championing women, Clearfield City’s recent launch of its leadership program, and investing in women-centered programs that cultivate young talent. Miller shares stories of women positively impacted by the city's programs, the realized gains in employee productivity, and much more.
Prosperity In Utah Starts at Home
Season 5 Episode 2: This episode features a conversation with Aimee Winder Newton, the first senior advisor and director of the new Office of Families and Pete Codella, Go Utah’s managing director of business services.
Last year, Gov. Cox established the office to support Utah families through proactive strategies and policies, including promoting what already makes Utah the best place for children and parents to thrive. The office recommends policies, legislation, and innovation to strengthen families at all economic levels.
Winder Newton tells listeners how earning a degree from the University of Utah in communications and public relations helped her prepare for her current role as senior advisor to Gov. Cox, her work on the Salt Lake County council for the past nine years, the goals of the newly-formed Office of Families, and how Utah's families contribute to the strength of Utah’s economy. She also shares the five priorities for her office, the top two challenges facing Utah families, lessons she learned so far in her new role, how the office’s success will be measured, and much more.
Insights From Engineering and Manufacturing Recruitment
Season 5 Episode 1: This episode features a conversation with Tina Hazlett, founder and CEO of Spectrum Recruiting Solutions, and Pete Codella, managing director of business services at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.
With Utah’s astoundingly low unemployment rate of 2.2%, finding talented and experienced employees is a serious assignment. Spectrum Recruiting Solutions partners with engineering and manufacturing companies to find exemplary talent for professional-level positions. Its match-making, unicorn-hunting team of experts specializes in finding ideal matches in the engineering and manufacturing job market.
Hazlett tells listeners about her passion for volunteer work and giving back to the community - notably the American Heart Association, founding Spectrum Recruiting Solutions in 2018, and the story of how she met with a recruiting firm and how they ended up hiring her. She tells about the satisfaction she receives when finding the right person for the position, why the recruiting company chose to focus on engineering and manufacturing, and the challenges her business faces with Utah’s historically low unemployment rate. Hazlett also shares her advice for job seekers, the trends she notices, what differentiates her recruiting company from others, and much more.
The Road Home - Stepping Out of Homelessness
This episode features a conversation with Michelle Flynn, the executive director of the nonprofit The Road Home, and Pete Codella, Go Utah’s managing director of business services. The nonprofit organization provides emergency shelter, supportive services, and housing assistance to help individuals and families step out of homelessness.
Flynn tells listeners why she has been with The Road Home for more than two decades, what first drew her to a service-oriented career, and shares the organization’s long-standing and rich history. She informs the public what the organization is doing to combat the affordable housing situation in Utah, the number of individuals The Road Home assists annually, and how the coronavirus pandemic impacted the organization. Flynn shares how the Salt Valley compares to other metropolitan areas regarding homelessness, tells listeners how they can get involved during this season of giving, and much more.
Clyde Companies - 100 Companies Championing Women
This episode features a conversation with Jeremy Hafen, president of Clyde Companies, and Alecia Hart, Strategic Initiatives program manager with the Innovation Center at Go Utah.
As part of Go Utah’s Inspire In Utah campaign, Clyde Companies recently received the designation as one of the 100 Utah Companies Championing Women. Listen as the duo discusses the company’s efforts to champion women in the workforce.
Hafen discusses the company’s noteworthy programs and initiatives that support women, such as participating in the ElevateHER™ Challenge, the women's employee resource group, and the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion program that works to ensure the company’s operational procedures align with its values. He also shares anecdotes demonstrating how employees benefit from company policies, his advice for companies looking to develop programs that benefit women, and much more.
Excited to see the roll-out of the “In Utah” campaign featured in episode 35.
This is a really great and insightful podcast for Utah residents to learn more about Utah’s business culture.