Welcome to Behind the Podium, a podcast series produced by Fuson Learning Partners, formerly known as GTS Educational Events. Behind the Podium lets you hear what speakers are saying before or after the podium mic is turned on. Join me, your host, Jasper Appleton to find out what makes these speakers tick and discover new insights about topics that matter to you on each episode of Behind the Podium.
Behind the Podium Episode 9 - Jessica O. Matthews, Innovator and CEO, Uncharted Power
Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning, full-service power and data infrastructure company. The Company’s proprietary suite of technologies enables it to build, own and operate decentralized power infrastructure for communities with various applications for edge colocation, power, and sensing. Developing technologies in energy generation, transmission and storage, the Company also has mastered harnessing kinetic energy, enabling it to engineer consumer products for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and various international governments. The Company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old.
Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012. In 2016, she raised the second-largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder in history and was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna.
Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19. Her list of accolades includes Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Inc Magazine 30 under 30, and Harvard University Scientist of the Year.
Behind the Podium Episode 8 - Andy Zimney ,Principal Advisor and Team Performance Coach at Employee Strategies, Inc.
Innovation is not an initiative or a task force—it is a way of operating. To successfully ride the modern seas of change and ambiguity, leaders must cultivate a culture designed for innovation. Blending wisdom from top leadership practices, neuroscience, and applied improvisation, this session will equip you with the 4 key practices of innovative cultures. We’ll explore the key behaviors that change-oriented teams use to build bridges to greater value and the strategies that change-resistant teams use to defend the status quo.
Andy Zimney is a Principal Advisor and Team Performance Coach at Employee Strategies, Inc.—a boutique firm in Minneapolis that partners with leaders to create highly effective work cultures. He has two decades of experience in the conference room as an organizational executive and on the stage as a professional improviser. Andy has lead learning seminars and coached teams from a wide variety of industries across the country to help them adapt to change and support more innovative cultures.
Behind the Podium Episode 7 - Mandy Froehlich, Author & Education Consultant
The focus in education has zeroed in on student mental health issues and what mindfulness can do in the classroom, but the topic of teacher mental health and social-emotional support for educators still remains taboo. Listen as Mandy discusses why educator mental health is more important than ever, and how educators can take steps to build resilience, practice self-care, and help create a culture of understanding.
Behind the Podium Ep. 6 - Irina Fursman: Hue Life
In this episode of Behind the Podium, we explore through Irina's backstory, the powerful work she has accomplished in the U.S and in Ukraine and what the future holds for Hue Life.
Behind the Podium Ep.5 - Shawn Riley: CIO North Dakota
In today's episode of Behind the Podium, I talked with Shawn Riley, the Chief Information Officer for the state of North Dakota, about his journey through the IT sector, and the crucibles he was forced to overcome at an early age.
Behind the Podium Ep.4 - Hayley Cohen: IBM Security Command
In this episode of Behind the Podium, I chat with Hayley Cohen about a day in the life of a Threat Gamification Engineer and the inspirations that drove her towards working for IBM Security Command.