21 episodes

What are the skills that inform your work, your life, your direction?
Call them street smarts, emotional intelligence, soft skills, or pure grit: beyond the degrees, certifications, and resume items lies a different — perhaps more important — world of abilities. These are the skills that truly make us good at what we do, and offer clues to who we are and where we might be headed.

Host Cheryl S. Durst, Executive VP, and CEO of the International Interior Design Association has spent a lifetime fascinated by the backstories that reveal where those foundational skills come from.

With SkillSet, she taps into those stories to uncover the not-so-apparent abilities that power success.

Ever wonder what a NASCAR pit crew chief, an orchestra conductor and a surgeon have in common? Pondering how to tap your team’s hidden talents? Considering whether your own skills might equip you for a whole other career (or a whole other life)? SkillSet explores the fascinating landscape of talent, creativity, and ability through a lens that’s set to “wide-open and deeply curious.”

Come join us — and discover your own SkillSet along the way.

The Skill Set Imagine a Place

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 63 Ratings

What are the skills that inform your work, your life, your direction?
Call them street smarts, emotional intelligence, soft skills, or pure grit: beyond the degrees, certifications, and resume items lies a different — perhaps more important — world of abilities. These are the skills that truly make us good at what we do, and offer clues to who we are and where we might be headed.

Host Cheryl S. Durst, Executive VP, and CEO of the International Interior Design Association has spent a lifetime fascinated by the backstories that reveal where those foundational skills come from.

With SkillSet, she taps into those stories to uncover the not-so-apparent abilities that power success.

Ever wonder what a NASCAR pit crew chief, an orchestra conductor and a surgeon have in common? Pondering how to tap your team’s hidden talents? Considering whether your own skills might equip you for a whole other career (or a whole other life)? SkillSet explores the fascinating landscape of talent, creativity, and ability through a lens that’s set to “wide-open and deeply curious.”

Come join us — and discover your own SkillSet along the way.

    Always a Bridesmaid: A Skill Set Vignette

    Always a Bridesmaid: A Skill Set Vignette

    In this episode, Cheryl shares a memorable story from her past that highlights unexpected twists and enduring reflections. Join Cheryl for a compelling conversation that touches on vulnerability, beauty, and the lasting impact of a single moment.

    • 12 min
    Sneaker Design: The Skill of Aesthetic Storytelling and Cultural Interpretation

    Sneaker Design: The Skill of Aesthetic Storytelling and Cultural Interpretation

    Cheryl Durst’s latest conversation is with Solomon Renfro, a talented sneaker designer at New Balance, who shares his unique journey from studying interior architecture to becoming a footwear visionary. Solomon and Cheryl dig into the psychology behind fashion choices and the cultural significance of sneakers. With keen observations on trends, human behavior, and the art of design, Solomon offers insights into the creative process of crafting sneakers that resonate with diverse audiences. From dissecting iconic styles to exploring the subtleties of materiality and color, this episode unveils the meticulous skill required to tell compelling stories through design. Join Cheryl and Solomon as they unravel the layers of meaning woven into every sneaker, celebrating the craft of transforming functional footwear into cultural emblems.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Skill Set Studio: Your questions get answers

    The Skill Set Studio: Your questions get answers

    In this special episode host Cheryl Durst and executive producer Adriana Morton listen to voicemails left by attendees for Cheryl during NeoCon 2023 in the OFS showroom. Cheryl answers questions on topics like staying inspired as a designer, the future of the workplace, and the difference between interior design and interior architecture. Tune in to hear Cheryl's in-depth responses these questions and many more!

    • 34 min
    Living in the Moment: The Skill of Perpetual Motion and Grace

    Living in the Moment: The Skill of Perpetual Motion and Grace

    An Olympian, a writer, a public speaker — Winter Vinecki has done it all. From a very early age, she has been in constant motion, pushing herself to be the best she can be and pursuing life’s next challenge. In addition to competing all over the world, she somehow manages to find the time to advocate and share her father’s legacy.

    Listen to Cheryl as she discusses Winter's perfectly appropriate name for a Winter Olympian, as well as her story and advice on how we can all be more present while practicing grace and composure.

    • 45 min
    Behavioral Profiling: The Skill of Mindhunting and Analytical Logic

    Behavioral Profiling: The Skill of Mindhunting and Analytical Logic

    Why are we as humans so fascinated by true crime and programs like “Criminal Minds” and “Mindhunter,”? Complex criminal behavior and understanding the “why” and the “who” behind violent crime, led me to an intriguing opportunity to talk with former FBI criminal profiler Mark Safarik. Now the president of his own behavioral science consulting firm, Mark has had a unique career with over 30 years of experience in criminal justice and law enforcement, analyzing the criminal mindset and helping to bring resolution to victims and their families. In this episode, Mark and I discuss the difficult nature of his work as well the skills required to explore and assess some of the darkest minds in history.

    • 51 min
    Conservation: The Skill of Stewardship and Advocacy

    Conservation: The Skill of Stewardship and Advocacy

    People, paperwork and polar bears — Nicki Boyd’s career revolves around these three things and much more. As the curator of applied behavior at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, she is responsible for educating and advocating for the animals and programs under her care.
    In this conversation, we discuss the characteristics of “the modern zoo” as well as what it means to build trust and be a steward of life.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

The Sly, The Slick, The Wicked ,

Timely and on point!

Such a timely reminder of why having a skill set matters. Cheryl’s approach to presenting professionals in a new light is just the tonic we need for living in a VUCA world. Many thanks and much respect!

AliOxley ,

I am loving this podcast!

Thank you for delivering amazing content!

PleaseUseOnlyLetters ,

Great Insight Cheryl

Your travels, conversations and observations make for rich thought about our behaviors. Loved the story about Art. Waiting for ep 2! RT

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