13 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 • 60 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.

    Elevating Experience: The Skill of Empowering Others and Leaning into Beauty

    Elevating Experience: The Skill of Empowering Others and Leaning into Beauty

    I am so honored to have had the opportunity to talk with Rebecca Walker and learn from her directly about her experience as a writer, feminist, and activist as well as the influence her parents had on her love of art, craft, and memorializing a life well-lived.

    In this poetic conversation, Rebecca Walker invites us to lean into beauty and to help empower others to use their voice to instigate change. Drawing from the rich lessons of the past, Rebecca reminds us to believe in people, the power of legacy and to stay curious. Always.

    Quote: “I like to be part of the creation of beautiful things.” -Rebecca Walker

    • 50 min
    The Skill Set Studio: The Stuff

    The Skill Set Studio: The Stuff

    I am joined once again by my producers, Adriana and Doug, to talk about “stuff” — the skills, experiences, memories and more accumulated over our lifetimes that give us purpose and mold us into who we are.

    • 27 min
    Legacy-Keeping: The Skill of Preservation and Curation

    Legacy-Keeping: The Skill of Preservation and Curation

    I’m honored and proud to call Llisa Demetrios — grandaughter of influential designers Ray and Charles Eames — a friend and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to learn more about her upbringing and how having access to such iconic industry changemakers impacted her experience and shaped her unique skill set.

    In this conversation, we discuss the skill of legacy-keeping as well the importance of “the finial” and keeping up the quality in our work.

    • 28 min
    The Top Floor: A Skill Set Vignette

    The Top Floor: A Skill Set Vignette

    In this short episode, which I like to call a "slice of life," I share a very personal story from my childhood that shaped who I am today and informed both my dignity and my defiance.

    • 8 min
    The Skill Set Studio: Bucket List

    The Skill Set Studio: Bucket List

    The Skill Set Studio: Bucket List

    My producers Doug and Adriana join me for a special episode in which I share my learnings from a recent keynote speaker and dive deep into bucket lists and their connection to our skill sets.

    • 23 min
    Storytelling: The Skill of Creativity, Self-Assuredness and Peacemaking

    Storytelling: The Skill of Creativity, Self-Assuredness and Peacemaking

    Storytelling: The Skill of Creativity, Self-Assuredness and Peacemaking

    J.D. Netto is what I would describe as a multiplicity of beautiful things — he is a best-selling author, artist, entrepreneur and so much more. J.D. firmly believes that art releases us to our destinies and he has used this admirable ideal to connect with those who may feel like misfits or outsiders as well as to discover and become more comfortable with himself.

    Through this conversation, J.D. and I discuss his life as a gay man and how it connects to his work as well as the importance of recognizing a person before recognizing their skillset.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 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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