Are you not sure what your next steps are beyond high school or college? Have you started your career but are thinking about a potential change? If so, then welcome to the ATL Career Journey podcast! I'm Paul Varnedoe and I started this podcast to help Atlanta-based individuals connect with successful professionals and learn practical mentoring advice. Whether you are college, military, or trade school bound, this podcast will help share life lessons and experience that can help you succeed in your personal career journey.
Episode 55 - Jacqui Chew, Innovation Enthusiast, TEDx
My guest for the 55th episode of the ATL Career Journey podcast is Jacqui Chew, who is known as an innovation enthusiast and has been a successful presence in the Atlanta start up community. She has more than two decades of experience delivering creative, data-driven strategies for venture-backed, high-growth companies. Jacqui is also a TEDx Licensee, active mentor, and board member of several organizations. Her career journey started in Singapore, landed in Hawaii for school and a start in the music business, then found her way to Atlanta and the growing technology industry. Jacqui shared some keys to success, including being curious, remaining open to new experiences, and taking risks when you are young.
You can learn more about Jacqui on LinkedIn.
Episode 54 - Amanda Anderson, Owner and Executive Producer, Circa Twenty Four Pictures
My guest for this episode of the ATL Career Journey podcast is Amanda Anderson, who is the owner and executive producer at Circa Twenty Four Pictures. I first met Amanda when she was in IT recruiting and she had already explored a couple of careers. She started out wanted to be a doctor, wound up working as a researcher and then realized she missed social interactions that are core to her personality. She wound up working in the staffing industry that led her to Atlanta and then pivoted to start a production company with her husband. She has always been incredibly smart, motivated, and has a genuine thirst for knowledge. It's been a blessing to watch her career evolution I hope you enjoy this episode!
You can learn more about Amanda on LinkedIn or her company website.
Episode 53 - Laura Hunnicutt, User Experience Lead, EY
My guest for Episode 53 of the ATL Career Journey podcast is Laura Hunnicutt, who is a User Experience Lead at EY. I met Laura at Manheim but we also spent time at Delta Air Lines. We talked about how her college experience as well as trip through Europe changed her perspective on life. We also talked about what user experience actually is and how she got her start. Along with being a great human being, Laura is great at what she does and I was happy to have her share her experiences!
You can learn more about Laura on LinkedIn.
Episode 52- Jackie Hoffman, Founder and Managing Director, CMB Associates
My guest for Episode 52 of the ATL Career Journey podcast is Jackie Hoffman, who is the Founder and Managing Director of CMB Associates. I worked with Jackie at Manheim on some projects in their digital space and saw her work ethic and customer focus in action. She took a couple of different paths before her corporate life took shape and now she's leveraging those experiences as a small business owner. Jackie shared some of her keys to success that include knowing your strengths, recognizing your weaknesses, and trusting your instincts. She also credits being flexible, taking action, and embracing change that have helped her to navigate the changing business landscape.
You can learn more about Jackie on LinkedIn.
Episode 51 - Steven Julian, Financial Advisor, Radio Host
My guest for Episode 51 of the ATL Career Journey podcast is Steven Julian, who is an Independent Financial Advisor as well as a Radio and Podcast Host. I met Steven through a mutual friend and he gave me some great advice when I started this podcast. Steven's career journey has several chapters and he walked me through the ups and downs to get where his is today. We also discussed some valuable career advice, including the importance of mentors, honoring commitments, and knowing the value of hard work. I learned a lot from this episode and hope you enjoy it!
You can learn more about Steven on LinkedIn.
Episode 50 - Missy Pitcher, President, CMIT Solutions
Welcome to the 50th episode of the ATL Career Journey podcast! Today's guest is Missy Pitcher, who is Co-Owner and President of CMIT Solutions of Atlanta Northeast. I've worked with Missy twice in my career at EarthLink and at Equifax and we both got started early in the project management arena. Her original dream was to be a lawyer but her career went through a few iterations before she settled in corporate life. Missy ultimately wanted to be a business owner and she and her husband made that dream a reality a few years ago. Some of her keys to success are to work hard, trust in your abilities, and to embrace the hardships that will give you life lessons to ultimately succeed. We also discussed some important social issues and Missy provided some great advice on allyship. I really enjoyed our conversation on a number of levels and hope you do too!
You can learn more about Missy on LinkedIn.
It is a great podcast for those of all ages looking to learn more about other’s careers and how they got to where they are!!