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A show that will focus on personal branding and business development to help individuals learn how to tell their story in the most compelling way. My aim for this podcast is teach you how to be magnetic, how to build relationships and bring value to your personal and professional networks.Join me in building your 5star brand so that you can experience 5-star success in your life and business.

Follow The Brand Podcast with Host Grant McGaugh Grant McGaugh CEO 5 STAR BDM

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 318 Ratings

A show that will focus on personal branding and business development to help individuals learn how to tell their story in the most compelling way. My aim for this podcast is teach you how to be magnetic, how to build relationships and bring value to your personal and professional networks.Join me in building your 5star brand so that you can experience 5-star success in your life and business.

    Season 5 Episode 10: Creative Conversation and Connection with Heather Maio-Smith, Co-Founder, President, and Chief Visionary Officer at StoryFile

    Season 5 Episode 10: Creative Conversation and Connection with Heather Maio-Smith, Co-Founder, President, and Chief Visionary Officer at StoryFile

     “As human beings our identity is made up of all the people that lived before us. The ability to have continued conversations with people either living or not in an interactive platform, is a blessing, “ Says my next guest Heather Smith.  She drives a deeper connection with family, business, and people through conversational video services. 
    Heather Smith is an experiential exhibit designer who has exhibited in Los Angeles, Cuba, and The United Nations. Heather was the concept creator and producer of New Dimensions in Testimony, the technology behind future generations being able to have a conversation with a Holocaust survivor. Heather partnered with USC Shoah Foundation on New Dimensions in Testimony to develop a new interview methodology. Heather now serves as the CVO of StoryFile, an interactive Conversational Video AI Platform that uses advanced natural language processing and artificial intelligence to make video interaction feel just like a real conversation. StoryFile’s technology will allow people to have conversations with video, removing the boundaries of time and space, so that we can experience all kinds of conversations and learn from individuals whenever and wherever we want. At the heart of Heather’s work is the underlying need to share, preserve and learn from the human experience. Heather’s work has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, The New Yorker, The BBC and on 60 Minutes.
    Heather had always intended to use the interactive concept she had created to preserve the stories of humanity for future generations.  In 2017, she launched StoryFile to create a cloud-based, no-code, automatic platform that would bring the power of conversational video into everyone’s hands.
    StoryFile is revolutionizing the way we connect with each other by introducing conversational video with Audio Visual technology at the forefront of this generation. StoryFile magically turns video into a conversation through the click of a button. This next generation of technology uses artificial intelligence to support video conversations on any device. StoryFile transforms traditional one-way video into a two-way conversation. This is the biggest audio-visual evolution since video was first created.
    Let us welcome Health Maio Smith to The Follow the Brand Podcast, where we are building a 5 STAR Brand that you Can Follow!

    • 45 min
    Season 6 Episode 8: Global Inclusive Leadership featuring Douglas Perry Freeman President of Global Reflections & Inclusive Leadership Practice at UniWorldGroup-a WPP company

    Season 6 Episode 8: Global Inclusive Leadership featuring Douglas Perry Freeman President of Global Reflections & Inclusive Leadership Practice at UniWorldGroup-a WPP company

    Every 37 minutes of an hour, advertising in the world is done by a WPP company. According to my next guest Douglas Freeman. From eCommerce business development to delivering DEI speeches in the United Nations, Douglas Freeman frames a unique story of his rise to prominence.
    Missed diversity opportunities led him to understand how to leverage diversity for valuable returns for cost-saving, productivity gains, and revenue. Specifically leveraging diversity to show business impact. Diversity best practice dialogues allowed him to work globally by focusing on impactful global frameworks. His job is to scale out the knowledge and shift the mindset about the DEI success model. 
    Douglas C. Freeman is the President of the Global Reflections and Inclusive Leadership inclusion practice at UniWorld Group, Inc. a global, multicultural, communication and advertising firm. UWG at 51 years old is the oldest Multicultural/DEI firm in the United States. Global Reflections is a sophisticated line of client offerings that provides corporations with a deep portfolio of holistic diversity and inclusion best practices, customized to the client’s specific business needs. Mr. Freeman and UWG have completed diversity and inclusion projects for some of the world’s leading organizations, from Disney and Major League Baseball to Morgan Stanley and the European Union Commission in Brussels.
    Mr. Freeman has served as Vice Chairman of the United Nations Gender Equality Experts Panel, was named a 40Under40 business leader by the NYC Network Journal, and is a former board trustee of Georgetown College (US educational partner of Regents Park College, Oxford University). He recently served on the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
    Mr. Freeman holds a master’s in public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, an MBA Essentials credential from the London School of Economics, along with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Freeman attended Harvard University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, completed his graduate degree focused on International Trade and Finance, and received the top grade (“A”) for his master’s thesis work.
    He is a two-time British Columbia Under-19 Rugby All-Star; is a two-time Canadian Universities “All-Canadian” (Ontario Universities) and was selected for the Canada Under-21 team as a Rugby All-Star. Mr. Freeman is the son of Emmy Award-winning conductor Maestro Paul Freeman, the first African American to lead a Canadian Symphony Orchestra.
    Let us welcome Douglas Perry Freeman to the Follow The Brand Podcast where we are building a 5 STAR Brand that You Can Follow!

    • 53 min
    Season 6 Episode 7: The People’s Executive featuring Stonish Pierce, Chief Operating Officer - Holy Cross Health

    Season 6 Episode 7: The People’s Executive featuring Stonish Pierce, Chief Operating Officer - Holy Cross Health

    What do Lloyd Dean, Bernard Tyson, and Gene Woods have in common? First, they all share unique talents and abilities delivered for their organizations in innovative ways as top CEOs.
    My next guest Stonish Pierce also possesses unique skill sets that connect his mission, vision, and values for innovation through patients, physicians, and employees. His primary brand was crafted through key stretch assignments to make critical administrative decisions that get results that matter. 
    The forethought of utilizing resources innovatively by looking at the data to t gain. Non-traditional operational wins are his hallmark. Pierce says to research what is possible. Through Continuous learning paths in reading industry news and non-industry publications. As problems emerge, you want to leverage your network to solve critical business issues. Get your skills up to date in many areas of healthcare delivery and stay on the pulse of the industry.” 
    Stonish has a people-centered approach and collaborative leadership style in improving healthcare delivery. 
    Pierce is a board-certified healthcare executive with diverse clinical and leadership experiences in acute and ambulatory operations from not-for-profit, public, private, government, academic/teaching, and faith-based hospitals to integrated delivery systems and for-profit physical therapy sectors.
    Before joining Holy Cross Health, Pierce was System Vice President, Specialty Services for Beaumont Health, Michigan’s most extensive health system based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. During his tenure there, he recruited more than 150 physicians, co-led the transition of the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency to internal oversight, transitioned the employed hospitalist program to a value-based model, facilitated top decile divisional employee engagement and transitioned more than 700 physicians to telehealth amid COVID-19.
    Regular speaker for ACHE, Becker's Healthcare, HFMA, World Healthcare Congress, and World Research Group. Industry perspectives have been featured by Modern Healthcare, Becker’s, ACHE, Creighton University, and the Positivity Academy and heavily invested in professional development, professionally trained with practical experience applying the Malcolm Baldrige criteria, service as a statewide examiner, and leading system-wide category committees for organizational performance excellence. In 2021, I was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Emerging Leaders (formerly Up and Comers) in Healthcare.
    A three-time recertified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Pierce is also a recipient of ACHE’s regional Early Career Healthcare Executive Award and Distinguished Service Awards. He was also recognized by his alma mater, the University of Southern California (USC), with the Price School’s 90 Pioneers of 90 Years Award. Pierce earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Health Administration degree with a graduate certificate in management, all from USC.
    Let us welcome Stonish Pierce to the Follow The Brand Podcast, Where We are Building a 5 STAR Brand That You Can Follow!

    • 39 min
    Season 5 Episode 9: The Corporate Climb featuring Christopher Kunney Senior Vice President Digital Acceleration - Divurgent

    Season 5 Episode 9: The Corporate Climb featuring Christopher Kunney Senior Vice President Digital Acceleration - Divurgent

    Welcome to the Follow The Brand Podcast I am your Host Grant McGaugh CEO of 5 STAR BDM Where we help you to build a 5 STAR Brand that people can follow!
    Technology, business strategy, thought leader, and disruptor Christopher Kunney who was the 1st African American promoted into the C Suite in the 120-year history of Piedmont healthcare joins me as my special guest on the Follow the Brand podcast.
     He asks " What is your success plan?"
     What is your personal brand strategy to position yourself for the next great opportunity?"  Are you a technical/operational CIO or are you a CIO that understands the business and how you leverage technology to support the business?" 
    Many times you will need to reach outside your current organization to gain the skill sets and grooming needed for promotion into senior leadership. Kunney learned to cultivate strategic relationships which have helped him to lead transformation efforts in the organizations in which he has served.  He has learned that technology is a component of every executive decision in the business enterprise.
     He strives to educate and demystify the technical component so that executive staff can better understand they are a digital company that delivers healthcare.
     Christopher Kunney currently serves as Senior Vice President of Digital Acceleration for Divurgent.  He's responsible for developing new business and expanding existing contracts, In addition, he initiates and executes solution strategies, win themes, and partner strategies. He recently served as Chief Strategist & Business Development for DSS, Inc.'s Juno EHR product line. 


     As an experienced healthcare information technology executive and strategist Kunney works with hospitals, health systems, accountable care organizations, clinically integrated networks, ancillary service providers, and physician-owned entities to provide guidance and insights specific to emerging healthcare technology offerings, compliance-related issues, and technology adoption. 


     As a valued member of senior management teams, he has contributed a seasoned, broad-based perspective with the maturity to lead IT transformation efforts in all areas of the healthcare business. His business philosophy is to create practical IT strategies and implementation plans designed for maximum return.
     He has appeared as a subject matter expert at numerous healthcare IT industry conferences and events and in a variety of publications including The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Modern Healthcare, Who's Who in Business and Industry, and Who's Who in Black Atlanta.   Christopher was most recently identified by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as a "2019-2020 Industry Change Maker". 
    Let us Welcome Bernard Key to the Follow The Brand Podcast Where we are building a 5 STAR Brand That You CAN Follow! 

    • 47 min
    Season 5 Episode 8: Mission Possible featuring Bernard Key- Director Of Technology Operations at Youth & Adult Technology Center and CEO of Nubian Media

    Season 5 Episode 8: Mission Possible featuring Bernard Key- Director Of Technology Operations at Youth & Adult Technology Center and CEO of Nubian Media

    What is your idea of a Black Superhero? Do you want to learn how to create your own dynamic episodes using Unity and Unreal Engine? These are the questions posed by Nubian media CEO Bernard Key.
    Bernard teaches K-12 students how virtual worlds in the metaverse are created by using a free curriculum behind most video game technology for summer youth programs.
    Nubian media fosters Community technology adoption to generate more black businesses. The program enlightens uplifts and educates our youth. and creates opportunities for disenfranchised technologists.  He sees the gaps where we can build as a community to change the game.  His works speak for themselves as many parents are advocating for virtual world development courses in every classroom.  It is crucial for our youth to engage in positive social communities and understand how to engage with the opensea market, convert their artwork into NFT’s and how to mint auctions to build commerce centers with customized engineering. 
    I ask again What is your idea for a Black Superhero? 
    Bernard Key, CEO, of Nubian Media, has been involved in the community and schools for over 20 years. As a consultant, he was one of the lead project managers responsible for deploying wireless technologies in Chicago schools in the nineties. Mr. Key implemented, designed, and deployed WIFI solutions for over 1700 public and private schools and community centers. His wireless infrastructure design is now a standard for all inner-city schools. As a result, students are not confined to the classroom, desk, or building. During project deployment, Mr. Key recognized the need to implement technology, engineering, science, and math in inner-city schools. Forward to today, in collaboration with publishing and media companies, Bernard is responsible for the development, building, and creation of content for STEM City USA and STEM City Chicago. As a result of his creativity and innovation, XR Today Magazine awarded STEM City USA “2022 Top Finalist for Best Metaverse Solution” and “Most Commented Metaverse Award”.
    Let us Welcome Bernard Key to the Follow The Brand Podcast Where we are building a 5 STAR Brand That People Will Follow!

    • 39 min
    Season 6 Episode 6: Wishing to Winning featuring Alvin "Joe” D’Angelo V.P. of Operations at Johns Hopkins Medicines’ Suburban Hospital

    Season 6 Episode 6: Wishing to Winning featuring Alvin "Joe” D’Angelo V.P. of Operations at Johns Hopkins Medicines’ Suburban Hospital

    Do you fully realize your full potential and breadth of experience? Are you encouraged to seek new experiences and opportunities within your purview? These are the questions answered by my next guest Alvin “Joe” D’Angelo.
    To possess a long-lasting successful career you must have a playbook that outlines your steps to succeed Says D’Angelo.  He has written a book to help healthcare executives to gain a competitive edge and reach their full potential.
    He understands the power of mentors, complacency in career and business, and why you need to have a clear focus for upward mobility. He understands that growth comes with patience and challenging yourself to keep learning.
    Alvin J. D'Angelo is a highly qualified and experienced healthcare/engineering professional with over 7 years of applicable experience in the areas of project management, quality assurance, process engineering, health information technology, and financial management. Professional, dependable, and service-oriented, Alvin offers a unique combination of creativity and analytical skill with the ability to assess both vantage points for creating practical solutions to complex technical issues involving internal and external stakeholders. Mr. D'Angelo's prior educational and professional background has provided him with a solid foundation in the sciences and mathematics. This has afforded him the opportunity to apply and utilize various problem-solving techniques while gaining practical experience in positions that require extensive knowledge in the areas of but not limited to Production and Data Analysis, Professional Management, and Critical Decision Making. Additionally, Mr. D’Angelo is a graduate of the prestigious Johns Hopkins University where he completed his Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering. Alvin currently serves as the Vice Preside of Operations for John Hopkins hospital, where he leads a team of healthcare systems engineers, nurses, and analysts, while also providing direct support to the Executive Leadership Team of Duke Raleigh Hospital.
     He has served in several key leadership capacities at Emory and  Duke University Health System, where he provided leadership and operational oversight for multiple hospital-based surgical clinics that included 18 different specialties and subspecialties.
    Joe received his formal education from the University of South Carolina where he graduated from the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology, shortly followed by a Master of Healthcare Administration. As a firm believer in STEM, Joe later earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with Honors. He has also completed advanced training and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt practitioner and a Kaizen – Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) Facilitator, both from North Carolina State University.
    A recipient of many professional awards and recognitions, Joe is an active member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and the Parliamentarian and Executive Board member for the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – Atlanta Chapter. In 2021, Joe became a published author with the release of his book ‘From Wishing To Winning - 21 Approaches to Unleashing Long Lasting Success.
    In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family to different countries, writing, DIY projects, and spending time with close friends and family. Above all, Joe governs his life by Matthew 6:33 and is a firm believer in the quote "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe
     Let US Welcome Alvin “Joe” D’Angelo to the Follow the Brand Podcast Where we are building a 5 STAR Brand That You Can Follow!

    • 35 min

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