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Companies today are facing a global war for talent. At the same time, the talent with the skills companies are fighting over wants more flexibility around the way they work and the way they live.
Talent now has a choice and this is pushing companies to change. We will bring together thought leaders, staffing experts, and top freelancers to talk about the changing nature of work and how companies can navigate these changes to attract talent that will alter the course of their business to ensure success as the pace of technological disruption increases.
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Companies today are facing a global war for talent. At the same time, the talent with the skills companies are fighting over wants more flexibility around the way they work and the way they live.
Talent now has a choice and this is pushing companies to change. We will bring together thought leaders, staffing experts, and top freelancers to talk about the changing nature of work and how companies can navigate these changes to attract talent that will alter the course of their business to ensure success as the pace of technological disruption increases.
Welcome to the The Talent Economy Podcast.

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    IBM: Fostering Innovation and Inclusion

    IBM: Fostering Innovation and Inclusion

    Founded in 1911, IBM has been at the center of the dynamic technology industry for decades. With more than 285,000 employees in over 175 countries, IBM maintains its position as a global leader and excels on the frontiers of hybrid cloud technology and artificial intelligence. 
    The company's commitment to employee satisfaction has earned IBM a place on Forbes' Top 500 Best Companies for Diversity in 2023, a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, and five stars on Newsweek's 2023 list of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity. IBM's dedication to innovation also extends to workplace culture, diversity, and inclusivity.
    Kitty Chaney Reed, IBM’s Chief Leadership, Culture, and Inclusion Officer, brings over 25 years of technology and business experience to the role. Chaney-Reed has consistently championed workplace diversity and inclusion, leading a global team in addressing societal issues that impact IBM employees and their communities. 
    Her accomplishments include being an alumnus of the Distinguished Leadership Atlanta program, receiving the Georgia Diversity Council's 2015 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award, and serving on IBM's Black Executive Council. Chaney Reed is dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment and leveraging the strengths of a diverse workforce to create a workplace where employees can thrive.

    Some Questions Asked:How does a diverse workforce foster continuous innovation? How has a history of more women in meaningful roles affected IBM's culture?Will AI impact job opportunities in the future?
    In This Episode You Will Learn: How companies can address societal issues affecting their employees and communities.How a robust mentorship and supportive culture allows employees to connect with mentors and peers, aiding career navigation and personal growth.How AI will enable employees to upskill and engage in higher-value tasks.
    Links: Kitty Chaney Reed - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
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    • 30 min
    Instacart: The Recipe for Remote Success

    Instacart: The Recipe for Remote Success

    Instacart is a same-day grocery delivery service that seeks to make grocery shopping accessible to everyone. Founded in 2012, Instacart experienced exponential growth during the COVID-19 pandemic and became a household name as the general public turned to the service amid lockdowns and social distancing measures. During the first two months of the pandemic, Instacart delivered more food than Walmart.
    Today, Instacart serves customers across the US and Canada, offering an extensive network of more than 1,200 retailers and spanning more than 80,000 locations.
    Instacart’s people-centric company culture has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the Bay Area. With a flexible remote work policy, take-what-you-need vacation time, and a “Four Year Fill-Up” program that provides four weeks off after four years of employment, the company continues to be forward-thinking in its employee support and talent approach.
    Christina Hall joined Instacart in 2020 as the company’s first CHRO. With more than 20 years of experience in HR, she has worked with renowned tech leaders like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Intuit. At Instacart, Christina is instrumental in driving the company’s growth and well-being while ensuring a thriving work culture for its employees and independent contractors.

    Some Questions Asked:How have you seen the talent landscape change throughout your career?As Instacart’s first CHRO, what steps did you take to establish the role and the culture?What is Flex First and what tools do you have in place to support your Flex First workers?
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:How a company’s values can be centered around a love for food.How a bespoke well-being approach can rejuvenate employees.How the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the landscape for Instacart.
    Links:Christina Hall - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
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    • 29 min
    LVMH: Preserving Heritage, Inspiring Innovation

    LVMH: Preserving Heritage, Inspiring Innovation

    Gena Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer of LVMH North America, joined Michelle Labbe, Chief People Officer of Toptal, on the latest episode of The Talent Economy podcast.LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is a renowned luxury goods conglomerate headquartered in Paris. The company’s diverse portfolio of brands includes household names such as Moët & Chandon, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Dom Pérignon, and TAG Heuer. LVMH operates as an ecosystem where each brand maintains its unique DNA and heritage while benefiting from synergies within the group.Smith plays a key role in fostering LVMH’s signature culture of creative excellence among the company’s 40,000 North American employees. Prior to joining LVMH in 2011, she spent more than a decade working closely with leading retail and luxury brands through notable industry consultancies. Based in New York City, Smith also serves on the board of the Fashion Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit association that supports young talent as they seek to realize their career ambitions in the fashion industry.

    Some Questions Asked:How is LVMH leaning into internal mobility?How do you make employees feel safe enough to take creative risks and contribute their ideas?How do you ensure that LVMH’s heritage brands remain relevant and inspire people today, while still honoring their history?
    In This Episode You Will Learn:The core values of LVMH and how they are honored.How LVMH manages talent and creativity by engaging the next generation of craftsmen in the luxury industry via programs like Métiers d’Excellence, DARE, internal mobility and much more.How LVMH maintains its dedication toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).
    Links:Gena Smith - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
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    • 36 min
    VMware: Unlocking Human Potential With AI

    VMware: Unlocking Human Potential With AI

    Laura Heisman, VMware’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer , and Michelle Labbe, Toptal’s Chief People Officer, met at Collision 2023 in Toronto to discuss VMware’s core principles and the latest developments in AI and the tech industry.
    VMware is a leading software company that specializes in virtualization and cloud computing solutions. With a keen eye on innovation, VMware has established itself as a trusted partner for organizations worldwide.
    As one of its leading lights, Laura Heisman has played a pivotal role in shaping VMware’s marketing vision and driving impactful initiatives. Heisman is a highly accomplished technology executive with more than three decades of experience in marketing and communications. Her leadership philosophy revolves around communicating effectively, unlocking human potential through generative AI, and fostering community. Heisman’s dynamism and commitment to innovation continue to shape VMware and drive its success in the tech landscape.

    Some Questions Asked: Should humans fear AI replacing jobs? How do Heisman’s three core principles of communication, human potential, and community tie into VMware's overall strategy?How does VMware create and foster a sense of community?
    In this Episode You Will Learn: How AI is an accelerant of human potential.Why companies such as VMware should focus on building communities rather than just marketing to developers. How job roles will adapt as AI continues its rapid progression.
    Links: Laura Heisman - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast

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    • 16 min
    Standard AI: Amplifying the Retail Experience

    Standard AI: Amplifying the Retail Experience

    Jordan Fisher, founder and CEO of Standard AI, joined Michelle Labbe, Toptal’s Chief People Officer, at Collision in Toronto on The Talent Economy podcast. Fisher discussed the company’s groundbreaking “checkout-free” shopping solution and other achievements of Standard AI. 
    With a diverse background spanning computational fluid dynamics, securities regulations, video games, machine learning, and retail, Fisher has dedicated his career to product research and development. Standard AI has reached many significant milestones under his leadership as the field of artificial intelligence becomes increasingly competitive.
    With Standard AI, customers no longer need to scan their items or pay at a kiosk. Instead, they simply scan their phones at the exit and a series of AI-powered cameras generate a receipt based on the items that customers picked up.
    Utilizing its next-generation technology, Standard AI aims to continue augmenting human interactions within physical spaces while providing tailored product experiences. Its approach has the potential to revolutionize retail and expand to other industries.
    Some Questions Asked: Why is it important for entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to attend tech conferences?How does Standard AI define its vision, and what are the company’s next goals?What does the future of retail look like from Standard AI’s perspective?
    In This Episode You Will Learn: How society has shifted from “humans adapting to technology” to “technology adapting to humans.”Why “data is dead.”How AI opens up possibilities for new experiences in brick-and-mortar stores. 
    Links: Jordan Fisher - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast

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    • 16 min
    Life is Good: Do What You Love. Love What You Do.™

    Life is Good: Do What You Love. Love What You Do.™

    Life is Good is the original positive lifestyle brand, dedicated to spreading the power of optimism through art and messaging. Co-founders and brothers Bert and John Jacobs originally set out to design T-shirts that inspired people to celebrate simple pleasures, and focus on what’s right in the world and our lives instead of what’s wrong. In 1994, after five years of disappointing sales and with just $78 to their names, Bert and John designed their first Life is Good tee and discovered how those three simple words could help people to focus on the good.
     
    For almost 30 years, Life is Good has been building a “culture of optimism” through its online shop and 4,500 retail stores. Life is Good’s mission “to spread the power of optimism” isn’t just a marketing angle—it influences every part of the brand, from company culture to philanthropy.
    Tom Hassell, president of Life is Good, joined Toptal’s Chief People Officer Michelle Labbe on The Talent Economy podcast. 
    For the past three years, Hassell has overseen the Life is Good e-commerce business as it has grown from $30 million in annual revenue in 2017 to over $86 million in 2020. Outside of his role at Life is Good, Hassell has served in leadership roles at a diverse group of companies, including Lord & Taylor, Perry Ellis, Ann Taylor, and Eastern Mountain Sports. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the President of Life is Good, where spreading the power of optimism is both the company mission and his personal passion. 
    In this episode, Hassell discusses his journey in the apparel industry, his work at Life is Good, the power of optimism, Life is Good’s social work through the Life is Good Playmaker Project, and more.
    Some Questions Asked:
    How does Life is Good maintain its optimistic culture throughout all levels of the company? (8:26)Who develops Life is Good’s creative designs? (17:57) Among the positive letters the company often receives from its customers, is there a particular story that moved you? (21:24) 
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    How Life is Good believes in rational optimism. About Life is Good’s social work, the Life is Good Playmaker Project. How founders Bert and John Jacobs continue to lead the company. 
    Links:
    Tom Hassell - LinkedInMichelle Labbe - LinkedInToptal - LinkedInThe Talent Economy podcast
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    • 26 min

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