Born from the need to create deeply connected and collaborative communities, I’m Not Gonna Lie spun off from one of the largest coworking spaces in the SF Bay area, co-created by Danielle Stroble. With the belief that collaboration + community > competition, Danielle has inspired many projects through introductions and connections that have come from her recordings.
A self-professed amplifier of good sh*t, this creative space inhabitant feels most at home when curating inspired spaces, experiences and communities. Join her for a casual conversation, a drink and a laugh or two. In the end you’ll walk away with a smile and an appreciation for an unfiltered perspective that may just make you question your own.
012 - Lori Sussle Bonanni
In this episode of Hives + Vibes + Tribes, I am speaking with Lori Sussle Bonanni.
Lori Sussle Bonanni is the founder of elssus, LLC, a multi-disciplined communications consulting firm. Lori builds and grows companies’ reputations thereby increasing awareness, business results and credibility. Think of her as a nontraditional publicist for companies as early as startups and as established as Global 500s.
While working at multinational agencies and media companies, she always found herself working at the in-house startup and/or on the team breaking down silos.This dynamic helped fuel her entrepreneurial spirit, creating the perfect foundation for the launch of elssus.
This adventure loving human was candid and honest about how her experience working at media giant NBC is an example of how the workplace culture can vary from division to division and its not always the way we see it splashed in the headlines. And when she told the story of her solo sabbatical to 6 South American countries, I could help but be just a bit envious of her having chucked everything to follow a dream.
011 - Jonas Altman
In this episode of Hives + Vibes + Tribes, I am speaking with Jonas Altman.
Jonas Altman is a Canadian-British speaker, writer, and entrepreneur on a mission to make the world of work more human. As the founder of award-winning design practice Social Fabric, he creates learning experiences to elevate and grow leaders at the world’s boldest organizations.
Altman coaches leaders on culture change, speaks regularly at conferences about the future of work and travels the globe learning about the changing nature of work. He is part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship faculty at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. His chronicles have appeared in The Guardian, Quartz, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times.
My conversation with Jonas weaved in and out of life and work with a few laughs along the way. We dove into his various businesses and of course, the release of his new book Shapers, Reinvent the way you work and change the future. Talking to him was like sitting down for coffee with an old friend who's so generous with advice and anecdotes it makes you feel like you never want it to end.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
010 - Michal Levison
In this episode of Hives + Vibes + Tribes, I am speaking with Michal Levison.
Michal Levison is a speaker, engagement expert, the author of two Amazon five-star cookbooks and a leader in the Growing Healthy Communities revolution. She and her team empower individuals, businesses and communities to reconnect to food, cook together and return to the communal meal in order to achieve more fulfilled, productive, healthy and happy lives.
Michal really helped me understand the power of food and how it can connect us. She has some wonderful insight about how that concept can be brought into the workplace enabling organizations to connect more deeply, translating to increased collaborative experiences and even spiking productivity.
It was lovely to get to know this creative and inspiring human. I can't wait to be able to put some of her strategies into place at my own workplace.
009 - Celia Arias
In this episode of Hives + Vibes + Tribes, I am speaking with Celia Arias
Celia helps early stage entrepreneurs and small businesses to create deeper impact and grow revenue be leveraging easy workflows and processes that are best suited to their goals. She truly loves making all of the pieces of the machine work together and believes that investing in the right processes (instead of spending more money on marketing) is the way to 10x growth.
The conversation with Celia was all over the map - literally! She was born in Argentina, raised in the US and returned to her home country to work and learn more about the ways other cultures do business. My favorite part of the interview is her insight to how Tango and business relate - a story that I hope to hear again someday soon on a Ted Talk stage! It was lovely to get to know this human a little better and hope you love her as much as I do!
008 - Alison Coward
In this episode of Hives + Vibes + Tribes, I am speaking with Alison Coward.
Alison Coward is the founder of Bracket, a consultancy that helps ambitious, forward-thinking teams to build high-performing, collaborative cultures. She is a strategist, workshop facilitator, coach, trainer, keynote speaker and author of “A Pocket Guide to Effective Workshops”.
Alison works across corporates, start-ups, agencies and public institutions and her client list includes Google, D&AD, Barclaycard, Wellcome and Channel 4. With over 15 years’ experience of working in, leading and facilitating creative teams, Alison is passionate about finding the balance between creativity, productivity and collaboration so that teams can thrive and do their best work together.
Alison and I had a wonderful conversation about the facilitation work she does with teams and It was great to hear her perspective on what makes an effective facilitator and how the good one's usually make it look easy. Her idea that design thinking principles, based upon human centeredness and empathy, are not just for creative producers is a perspective I have always shared. I loved hearing the path that brought Alison to found Bracket and especially admire the work she's doing.
007 - Jessica Vibberts
In this episode of Hives + Vibes + Tribes, I am speaking with Jessica Vibberts.
Jessica Vibberts, is the Founder and CEO of Full Potential Ventures, an innovative leadership development and talent-strategy firm dedicated to strengthening mission-driven work. She has devoted her life to growing authentic and brave leaders and organizations, focused on the people who bring great ideas and powerful impact to life. Her two decades in roles as COO, CEO, and her favorite: Chief People Officer, in fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies, readied her to launch her own venture to speak to the lack of effective resources available to grow and sustain the incredible talent and drive found in purpose-driven companies.
Jessica is someone I have come to admire, not only for her bravery to choose real life adventures that connect her deeply to other places and cultures, but for her incredible talent to bring together incredible leaders and leave them feeling even more prepared to lead with greatness. Her sweet spot (some would say among many) is to work with mission driven organizations as they transition when a founder is stepping down. She even explains beautifully what she believes are the 3 distinct pillars that exist in building and maintaining culture in the workplace.
It's not the first time I've sat down with Jessica to talk life work and everything in between - and I sure hope it's not the last.
Fun Real Adult talk
These 4 ladies are magic fire!! I’m in love!
So much fun to listen! Long and winding roads is right!