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Do you want to learn how to build lasting and meaningful relationships in your personal and professional life? Do you want to hear from successful leaders who have positively impacted thousands of lives with their vision and values? Do you want to discover the power of Relationship Equity, a principle that can transform your career and your happiness? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to listen to Relationship Equity with Richard Walker, a podcast that explores the stories and insights of people who have mastered the art of connecting with others. In each episode, Richard Walker, the CEO of York Solutions a prominent IT consulting firm, sits down with guests who have made a positive difference in the world through their work, their passion, or their generosity. Relationship Equity is more than just a podcast. It’s a movement. It’s a mindset. It’s a way of living that can enrich your life and the lives of those around you. Join Richard Walker and his guests as they inspire you to invest in your relationships and reap the rewards of Relationship Equity. Subscribe today and don’t miss an episode!

Relationship Equity Richard Walker

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Do you want to learn how to build lasting and meaningful relationships in your personal and professional life? Do you want to hear from successful leaders who have positively impacted thousands of lives with their vision and values? Do you want to discover the power of Relationship Equity, a principle that can transform your career and your happiness? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to listen to Relationship Equity with Richard Walker, a podcast that explores the stories and insights of people who have mastered the art of connecting with others. In each episode, Richard Walker, the CEO of York Solutions a prominent IT consulting firm, sits down with guests who have made a positive difference in the world through their work, their passion, or their generosity. Relationship Equity is more than just a podcast. It’s a movement. It’s a mindset. It’s a way of living that can enrich your life and the lives of those around you. Join Richard Walker and his guests as they inspire you to invest in your relationships and reap the rewards of Relationship Equity. Subscribe today and don’t miss an episode!

    Soft Skills, Hard Impact: Mastering Communication with Andrea Markstrom (Part One)

    Soft Skills, Hard Impact: Mastering Communication with Andrea Markstrom (Part One)

    Richard is back with another insightful episode featuring Andrea Markstrom, Chief Information Officer at Schulte Roth Zabel and founder and CEO of iWill, a professional network advancing women's tech careers. In this candid conversation, Andrea shares her incredible journey from pursuing modern dance to becoming a global IT leader in the legal industry. Andrea's hard work, innate curiosity, and relationship-building skills propelled her career to remarkable heights despite not having a technical background. She emphasizes the importance of taking on extra responsibilities, asking questions, and cultivating relationships as key drivers of her success. Andrea openly discusses the challenges of being an introvert in a field that demands strong communication abilities. However, she provides invaluable advice on how to step out of one's comfort zone, create a safe space to develop soft skills and leverage the power of relationships to overcome obstacles. Richard and Andrea explore the essence of "relationship equity"—going the extra mile to help others, building a tribe of supporters, and understanding the profound impact relationships can have on personal and professional growth. Whether you're an introvert, a technical expert, or simply seeking to elevate your relationship intelligence, this episode offers profound insights that can transform your approach to life and work. Tune in to learn from Andrea's remarkable story and discover how investing in relationships can unlock doors to opportunities you never imagined possible.

    • 24 min
    Minnesota's Innovation DNA: People, Technology, and Progress with Jeff Tollefson (Part Two)

    Minnesota's Innovation DNA: People, Technology, and Progress with Jeff Tollefson (Part Two)

    In part two, Jeff explores the importance of intentionally developing one's network and connections. He shares how nurturing relationships has been integral to his personal success story and to fulfilling the mission and vision of the Minnesota Technology Association. Jeff provides insights into MnTech's vision to make Minnesota a global innovation leader and details how strengthening collaboration across the state's tech ecosystem is essential for advancing this goal. Tune in to hear Jeff's perspective on the power of shared purpose to drive both individual and collective achievement. He spotlights how technology connects us unprecedentedly and stresses why we must leverage these connections to embrace diversity, bridge divides, and co-create the future we wish to see. This wide-ranging exchange provides actionable principles for fostering innovation through an equity mindset and strategically investing in network-building.

    About Jeff Tollefson: Jeff leads the overall management and strategic direction of the Minnesota Technology Association, with a focus on enhancing member value and driving community impact.  Before joining MnTech in August 2019, Jeff held various leadership roles with Genesys Works, a national nonprofit helping low-income high school students achieve career success in the tech field through skills training and meaningful work experiences. Before founding Genesys Works’ Twin Cities program in 2008, Jeff spent 17 years in the venture capital industry, including 10 years as co-founder and General Partner of Crescendo Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with more than $1.1 billion under management and offices in Minneapolis, Palo Alto, and London. Away from work, Jeff and his wife, Jennie, love spending time with family and friends at their cabin in NW Wisconsin.

    • 24 min
    Minnesota's Innovation DNA: People, Technology, and Progress with Jeff Tollefson (Part One)

    Minnesota's Innovation DNA: People, Technology, and Progress with Jeff Tollefson (Part One)

    This week, Richard welcomes Jeff Tollefson, the President and CEO of the Minnesota Technology Association, to discuss driving growth and innovation. Jeff brings over 25 years of experience in the technology sector to his role leading MnTech. Before this position, he held leadership roles with several impactful organizations, like Genesys Works, where he focused on providing skills training and work experiences for underserved youth. He co-founded the venture capital firm Crescendo Ventures, leading investments in dozens of early-stage startups. In his current capacity at MnTech, Jeff steers the strategic direction of an organization that has powered Minnesota's innovation economy for over 30 years. With decades of investing in people and enabling cutting-edge technologies, Jeff has valuable insights to share. Tune in to hear Richard Walker engage Jeff in an inspiring dialogue about relationship-building within the technology ecosystem and reaping the rewards that meaningful connections can bring, personally and professionally.

    About Jeff Tollefson: Jeff leads the overall management and strategic direction of the Minnesota Technology Association, with a focus on enhancing member value and driving community impact.  Before joining MnTech in August 2019, Jeff held various leadership roles with Genesys Works, a national nonprofit helping low-income high school students achieve career success in the tech field through skills training and meaningful work experiences. Before founding Genesys Works’ Twin Cities program in 2008, Jeff spent 17 years in the venture capital industry, including 10 years as co-founder and General Partner of Crescendo Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with more than $1.1 billion under management and offices in Minneapolis, Palo Alto, and London. Away from work, Jeff and his wife, Jennie, love spending time with family and friends at their cabin in NW Wisconsin.

    • 26 min
    Chasing Dreams and Honoring Relationships: Erik van Rooyen's Journey (Part Two)

    Chasing Dreams and Honoring Relationships: Erik van Rooyen's Journey (Part Two)

    In the second part of this compelling premiere episode, the conversation transitions to Erik's personal life and the incredible family he has built since coming to the United States for college. He opens up about the profound experience of meeting his wife at the University of Minnesota and their immense joy in starting a family together away from his home country of South Africa. Erik provides a heartwarming look into this pivotal relationship and how Rose's unwavering support has allowed him to chase his dreams on the PGA Tour while being a devoted husband and father. He also shares the immeasurable pride of having his parents watch him compete at the highest level of professional golf. With a vulnerability seldom seen in pro athletes, Erik describes the indescribable feeling of looking out from the tee box and locking eyes with the people who have unconditionally loved and backed him from day one.  Erik's insights underscore the paramount importance of nurturing familial bonds and cherishing the relationships that enable one to pursue one's calling. This is a truly inspiring testament to the power of cultivating strong Relationship Equity.

    • 14 min
    Chasing Dreams and Honoring Relationships: Erik van Rooyen's Journey (Part One)

    Chasing Dreams and Honoring Relationships: Erik van Rooyen's Journey (Part One)

    In the gripping premiere episode of Relationship Equity, Richard Walker sits down with rising PGA Tour star Erik van Rooyen. The South African golfer discovered his love for the game as a teenager and went on to earn a scholarship at the University of Minnesota, paving the way for his two PGA Tour victories thus far. However, this candid conversation goes beyond Erik's professional accomplishments on the course. He opens up about his deeply personal journey of chasing his dreams for both his career and family life. Erik also reflects on the emotional impact of his 2023 Worldwide Technology Championship victory in Mexico, which took place as his close college teammate and friend Jon Trasamar was courageously battling cancer at the time, before ultimately passing away. With raw vulnerability, Erik shares how he has dealt with such profoundly challenging life experiences by nurturing his key relationships and staying faithful to his overarching passions. This powerful premiere showcases how prioritizing authentic human connections can provide strength even in the darkest moments. Tune in for this poignant discussion that will inspire you to invest wholeheartedly in relationships and pursuits that truly matter.

    • 25 min

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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The first of many soul filled episodes!

Sir Richard Walker has a unique perspective on life and the world. He will do an amazing job lining up guests to make us all think differently about life and serving others.

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