85 episodes

Podcast by I Choose the Ladder

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    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Podcast by I Choose the Ladder

    Ep 85 - Discussing Race At Work

    Ep 85 - Discussing Race At Work

    In this special crossover episode, I Choose the Ladder Founder & CEO Watchen Nyanue shares tips on how to discuss race at work. As we continue to navigate tragedies that impact our entire society, Watchen shares some best practices she has seen over the years of working with some of the world's best leaders.

    • 23 min
    EP 84 - Leveling Up In Your Career w/ Watchen Nyanue

    EP 84 - Leveling Up In Your Career w/ Watchen Nyanue

    When it comes to leveling up professionally, the focus seems to be on leveling up financially. Still, in this episode, I Choose the Ladder Founder & CEO Watchen Nyanue shares a few other career areas you will need to level up if you plan to pursue leadership roles.

    Enjoy!

    • 11 min
    EP 83 - Navigating the Challenges of a Career Change

    EP 83 - Navigating the Challenges of a Career Change

    In this episode, I Choose the Ladder Founder & CEO Watchen Nyanue discusses the five areas that often hold you back from being able to quickly and smoothly navigate a career change. These challenges are relatively simple to address but not always very easy. So grab your I Choose the Ladder notebook, a pen, your favorite beverage, and get ready to get to work.

    • 14 min
    EP 82 - Meet Melissa Donaldson, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer of Wintrust Financial Corporation

    EP 82 - Meet Melissa Donaldson, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer of Wintrust Financial Corporation

    In this episode you meet, Melissa Donaldson. Melissa Donaldson, a self-described business leader with a heart for human capital, is the first chief diversity officer at Wintrust and responsible for developing diversity and inclusion strategies for increasing competitive advantage while positioning Wintrust as an employer of choice and responsible corporate citizen. The heart of her practice is that advancing diversity, equity and inclusion should be business-owned and leader-led to promote shared responsibility in action.

    A direct report to the CEO, Melissa established the ubiquitous “One Wintrust” masthead as a unifying guidepost. Noted accomplishments include: establishing the annual executive diversity forum assembly of top senior executives, co-designed 360°Inclusivity multicultural segment framework, launched Paired to Win hybrid mentorship-
    sponsorship program targeting underrepresented leaders, regular Board of Directors engagement, and contributor to ESG reporting. Prior to joining Wintrust, Melissa led inclusion practices as a director with both Walgreens and CDW LLC, which received the Exemplary Voluntary Efforts Award from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2008. Skilled in communications, strategic planning, stakeholder management and innovative high-impact programming, Melissa is a versatile change agent who enjoys collaborating with internal and external partners to drive results.

    Crain’s Chicago Business named Melissa among Top Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Executives and Most Influential Women in Commercial Banking. Chicago United selected Melissa to the esteemed 2021 Business Leaders of Color, to name a few of her accolades. Melissa is a Leadership Greater Chicago Daniel Burnham Fellow, and member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and The Links, Incorporated. A prolific
    writer and speaker, she has contributed to numerous industry publications, conferences, podcasts, radio and other media outlets.
    Melissa holds an MSC from Northwestern University, MSA from Central Michigan University, and a BS Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business. She has guest lectured at Northwestern University and serves on a variety of boards and councils.

    Some of the things we discussed that stood out to me were:

    - Following the steps that you think you are supposed to when make career choices.
    - How a layoff shifted her perspective on being left behind professionally.
    - Understanding your path and the ability to cheer on the success of others without envy.

    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    EP 81 - Dealing with Disrespect At Work

    EP 81 - Dealing with Disrespect At Work

    We have seen a few different responses to people feeling disrespected at work in the past couple of weeks.

    In this episode, I Choose the Ladder Podcast Host, Watchen Nyanue, shares some context around disrespect at work and tips for both people managers and individual contributors on handling disrespect at work.

    Enjoy!

    • 21 min
    EP 80 - Meet Elizabeth Campbell, Senior Director, Marketing Cultural Engagement Strategy, McDonald's

    EP 80 - Meet Elizabeth Campbell, Senior Director, Marketing Cultural Engagement Strategy, McDonald's

    In this episode you meet Elizabeth A. Campbell. Elizabeth is a +20 yr marketing veteran with a proven track record of successfully cultivating consumer insight to deliver integrated marketing programs that drive consumer demand. In September 2019 she was chosen to lead McDonald’s Cultural Engagement Team into its next evolution. Her responsibilities include managing a $30M budget to elevate McDonald’s Cultural Strategy in the areas of Music, Sport and Entertainment, amplifying McDonald’s social media presence and driving forward our Multicultural Youth marketing strategy. Elizabeth uses her cultural curiosity and her ability to partner with the McDonald’s franchisees to build cultural brand experiences that touch the consumers passion points.

    Elizabeth has led some of the brands most iconic platforms to advance the brand with consumers including; McDelivery with UberEats; Dorado with J. Balvin; The Saweetie Meal; The Mariah Carey Meal; Future 22 Black and Positively Golden and the brands most recent steps in to the Metaverse through a partnership with Humberto Leon and IWG to celebrate Lunar New Year.

    Prior to joining McDonald’s, Elizabeth honed her business acumen at Kraft Foods, New York in Brand Management and as an Account Executive with the Coca-Cola USA Fountain Division of The Coca-Cola Company. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the Purdue University, Krannert School of Business and a Master of Business Administration from the Clark Atlanta University, School of Business. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan.


    Some of the things we discussed that stood out to me were:

    - The freedom that career tenure has given her
    - Mistakes that young Black women are making
    - How the next generation of leaders can help their mentors and sponsors help them
    - Being at the same company for 18 years
    - Dealing with impostor syndrome
    - Being an example of what Black excellence is
    - The pressures of a seat at the table as a Black woman

    Enjoy!

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

The Esteemed ,

Incredible Listen

This pod is worth listening to, whether or not you’re black, a woman, or otherwise. The stories here exemplify what it takes to survive in a world that may not always value you, but that benefits from your experience. Awesome stuff.

Lahlee312 ,

We lift as we climb

For Black women, leadership isn’t optional, it is necessary for us to exist. But how we reach our goals, what success for us looks like and feels like and how we empower each other has had to be innovative, inventive, and nonconforming. This podcast delivers the stories of many different journeys and pathways. It uplifts the resilience, brilliance and determination of these women leaders and, in doing so, guides listeners to blaze their own paths. The lessons are many and for anyone with ambition to improve this world. Add to your “must listen” list now!

Daniel Danger Brian ,

Something for everyone

I understand that the focus of the podcast is on black professional women, but I’m a white gay man and there really is so much here for anyone interested in furthering their career and professional development. Highly recommend giving it a listen!

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