Podcast by David Hennessy
Podcast by David Hennessy
Episode 50 Graham Walters DraftKings
Dave and Graham Walters, CPO at DraftKings, hit this episode out of the park!
Graham talks about his wild ride to HR, from working in compensation to brewing up a craft beer company with his friends called Castle Island from his garage to the roller-coaster of ups and downs since he started at DraftKings.
We've probably all heard about DraftKings and their fantasy sports league, but many aren't fully aware of the scope of offerings and MVP talent at play (or even the logistics of what they do!). Graham answers all these questions and more from a business as well as an HR perspective.
Episode 49 Tracie Sponenberg The Granite Group
Tracie may be a heavy HR hitter these days — 2019 HR Hero Award winner, co-founder of DisruptHR - Manchester, NH, and generally revered speaker — but it wasn’t always this way. Her origin story is a relatable one, working behind the scenes with no interest in rocking the boat until she had to choose to overcome a fear of public speaking in order to ensure an employee’s story was accurately represented.
Tracie found kinship with fellow HR leaders from around the world through Twitter and LinkedIn communities. There she began sharing resources and insights and growing her confidence with each speaking engagement she participated in.
They do say practice makes perfect!
Tracie’s passion for the function and drive to build everyone around her up shines through in this podcast!
Episode 48 Dena Upton Drift
Dave joined Dena Upton at Drift HQ in "the most beautiful room to record the podcast yet!" The two connected at a Build event, where Boston teens participate in a Shark Tank mock-up and of which Drift is a sponsor, taking a stance to support STEM.
Dena's energy matches Drift's hyper-growth mentality. She is focused on building a living culture and constantly learning from new recruits. Work isn't the only place she gets her inspiration; her son helping her with Star Wars themed and meme-filled presentations.
Dena didn't actually begin in HR, but rather software programming; a past which allows her to connect with many of the "drifters" as she leads the people strategy.
Keep an ear out for Dena's hidden talent (you won't believe your nose)!
Episode 47 Siobhan McHale DuluxGroup
Our guest this week is based in Melbourne, Australia. Due to the recent fires spreading across the country, we ask that you consider taking a moment to support in any way that you can. If you don't know where to begin, our guest, Siobhan, recommends the Australian Red Cross and the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (links below). Thank you.
The podcast is going global!
Siobhan McHale is an HR powerhouse, having helped transform ANZ bank from the lowest performing bank in Australia into one of the top performing banks in the world through a radical shift in culture. She is currently the EGM of People, Culture & Change at DuluxGroup in Melbourne and the author of "The Insider's Guide to Culture Change," due to be published in February 2020.
Dave and Siobhan first met through a provocative article she posted to LinkedIn, discussed in the podcast. Dave was fascinated by her writing, sharing it both on social and around all of the Keystone offices.
The two discuss Siobhan's approach to culture change, the differences she found from acting as a consultant and advisor to working in the trenches of an organization, and how to prevent cynicism from taking root during a transformation.
Episode 46 Tim Sackett HRU Technical Resources
The final episode of our four part series from the NEHRA Conference!
Tim spoke to Dave the day after his keynote speech, discussing some of his most provocative outlooks and insights into the HR function. Tim had his 15 minutes of fame after a blog post he wrote on workplace hugging got picked up by the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner. Since then, Tim's posted to his personal blog every day for eight years.
Other topics the two touch on are: discovering HR blogging as an outlet to culture shock at a new job, the future of HR through AI, how to approach talent acquisition, and changing HR's perception, since its "job is not to eliminate risk," but mitigate and advise of risk.
Episode 45 Margaret Spence C. Douglas & Associates
The third keynote speaker in our series from the NEHRA Conference back in September, Margaret Spence is a nationally recognized, Florida-based HR leader looking to transform the C-Suite.
In her own words, Margaret focuses on closing the diversity gap for women and men by working within the "tiny space between making a difference and accepting the status quo."
Margaret is an eloquent speaker who is passionate about helping HR professionals develop talent, offering actionable advice and anecdotal experience.