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April 18, 2020

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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience I talk to Rand Fishkin ‚Äď Founder of SparkToro


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We talk about the following


How he grew Moz from 7 to 134 people and was that the right thing to do.


His new company SparkToro.


His advice to marketers and founders in our new economic reality.


Why HR is important to small business and startups.


Rand’s Bio


Rand Fishkin is the cofounder and CEO of SparkToro. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his blogging, videos, speaking, and his book, Lost and Founder. 


When Rand’s not working, he’s most likely to be in the company of his partner in marriage and (mostly petty) crime, author Geraldine DeRuiter. If you feed him great pasta or great whisky, he’ll give you the cheat code to rank #1 on Google.


Rand’s Social Media


Company Website: https://sparktoro.com/


Rand’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randfishkin/


Rand’s Email: rand@sparktoro.com


Rand’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/randfish


Rand’s Advice


One of my big things that's proved valuable for me personally is if all the media and coverage and the environment you're swimming in and your peers around you are going in one direction. It can be really valuable to choose a different one. I'm a big believer in being the exception to the rule.




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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience, I talk to Prem Kumar CEO/Founder Humanly.io



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We talk about the following


What does it mean to help organizations to bring equity and efficiency to their hiring process.


How did writing become a passion of his.


How he became involved with HR Tech


Challenges small business owners have with HR.


Prems’s Bio


Prem currently is CEO and co-founder of Humanly, an AI platform that qualifies job candidates and answers their questions along the way. Previously to that, Prem led¬†the product management and design teams at TINYpulse, an employee engagement company that empowers organizations to build world class cultures with real-time people data. Prior to TINYpulse, Prem spent 10 years at Microsoft working in a variety of product capacities, in areas such as HR Technology, New Ventures, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 bringing countless products to market and being honored as a ‚ÄúKey Talent‚ÄĚ at the company.¬†


In addition to his day job, Prem loves sharing his ideas through writing, as a blogger for the Society of Human Resource Management for 5 years, representing the US as a Peter Drucker Essay Challenge winner in 2013, as well as receiving two ‚ÄúBest of ThinkWeek‚ÄĚ awards for white papers aimed at breaking down cultural barriers at Microsoft.¬†


Outside of work, Prem spends time with his two young kids and wife and enjoys travel and Seattle sports!

 

Prem’s Gift


We're doing a lot of offers and heavy discounts to help folks that are hiring through COVID-19. That includes our tool which will help with Screening and scheduling. It also includes building up your pipelines so that when you're done with your hiring freezes, you have candidates on deck. We're offering a lot of sourcing and it's not just through our technology. We have staff in the company so you'll have a real human working with you. If any of that's of interest, you can definitely shoot me an email at prem@humanly.io


Prem’s Social Media


Prem’s Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/premskumar/  

 

Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/humanlyhr/

 

Company Twitter: https://twitter.com/humanlyHR

 

Twitter - @premkumartweets 



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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience I talk to Frank Carbajal ‚Äď Founder of Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit at EsTiempo LLC


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We talk about the following


Why is it important to highlight successful Latinos?


Why is Diversity and Inclusion important in the early stages of a startup?


Importance of building VC relationships.


Why HR is important to small business and startups.


Frank’s Bio


Frank Carbajal is Founder and President of ‚ÄúEs Tiempo‚ÄĚ, the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership (SVLLS) Summit and Author of ‚ÄúBuilding the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation‚ÄĚ. An inspiring collection of success stories from the country‚Äôs most prominent Latinos, Building the Latino Future offers insight and advice for Latinos in any industry who want to succeed spectacularly.¬†


The SVLL Summit brings together the best and the brightest for inspirational discussions on everything from entrepreneurship, to politics, to executive management. ‚ÄúEs Tiempo‚ÄĚ is one common thread that aligns its speakers year after year. This unique event happens to cater to Latinos, particularly young up-and-comers hoping to build meaningful careers


As formerly part of the Ken Blanchard network of keynote speakers and a former member of the Silicon Valley Coaching Federation, Frank Carbajal provides small business owners, CEOs, executives, managers, and directors, with the framework and tools necessary to achieve their personal best.


Frank also advises many Diversity & Inclusion teams across the Silicon Valley and beyond.

Frank holds an MA, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management. Currently, Frank sits on the Advocacy Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Frank’s Social Media


Company Website: www.svlls.com


Frank’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-carbajal-a85621a/


Frank’s Email: frankjcarbajal@yahoo.com


Frank’s Email: frank@estiempo.com    


EsTiempo YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YToaPyI8dug&t=18s


Company FB: https://www.facebook.com/SVLatinoLeadershipSummit/


Frank’s Advice


Just don't fear the worst. Because if you fear the worst, then you're going to be discouraged to be the best. So always be empowered to not only your passion. But always be strategic in terms of pitching your idea. Those are the words I have.




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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Danny Noall ‚Äď CEO of Infuze hydration


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We talk about the following


Why he started Infuze and his vision for the company.


What is the difference between running a business and a non-profit.


What is the process of obtaining a patent.


His experience with HR as a small business owner.


Danny’s Bio


Danny Noall was born and Raised here in Cache valley, he married his wife, Britt, in 2012. He completed his MBA at the huntsman school of business at UTAH State in 2015. While he in the MBA program one of the projects was to create a business idea and business plan to launch a new product, from that the Infuze Hydration was started. 


Since then Danny has worked in Sales and Recruiting, has been the Executive Director for a Non-Profit, Developed and patented a new technology, was awarded a military contract, and sold 30k units in their first 12 months of business, gained and lost 40lbs, lost all of his hair, and still finds enough time to play with his 4 kids under 5 years old. 


Danny’s Gift


Your listeners can use the code Cavness for 20% off on anything they want to buy. You can just go on to https://www.infuzehydration.com/

use Cavness code at checkout, and it'll give him 20% off on their purchase. 


Danny’s Social Media


Company Website: https://www.infuzehydration.com/


Danny’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danny-noall-19034aa0/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/infuze-hydration/


Company Twitter: https://twitter.com/infuzehydration?lang=en


Company Instagram: @infuze_hydration


Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7TB29QxsnEw_z2DDtvcTNQ


Company TikTok: @infuze_hydration


Danny’s Advice


The only thing that would be left to be said is that if you think you can do it, you probably can. If you don't think you can do it, you won't do it. There's no reason to be afraid of putting yourself out there. 


There's no reason of being afraid of taking that leap. Because even if you fail there wasn't enough people that knew about you and they won't know you failed. Did you succeed? It looks like you did it overnight even though it probably took five years to get a profit in there.




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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Erin Longmoon, CEO Zephyr Recruiting 


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We talk about the following


What is a toxic workplace.


What are the challenges of having a remote company.


Zephyr Recruiting.


HR.


Erin’s Bio


Erin Longmoon‚Äôs mission in life is to eradicate toxic workplaces. She believes that everyone deserves to love their job and feel like they are contributing to a greater purpose. As the owner of Zephyr Recruiting LLC, she accomplishes this mission by matching great small businesses with their RIGHT FIT‚ĄĘ employees.


Erin has more than two decades of experience helping small businesses and has owned five businesses. From her work she heard a common pain point: how do I hire great employees when I don’t have the time or experience to do it myself, or the money to hire a traditional recruiter? Zephyr Recruiting solves this problem by focusing on culture and fit, as well as experience (i.e. your RIGHT FIT), for a flat fee. 


Erin dreams of changing people’s lives by helping them realize that they are deeply worthy. She also dreams about being the next Stevie Nicks and being friends with the Dalai Lama. Her magic powers are empathy, ability to read people, coming up with new and awesome ideas, and making a perfectly cooked filet mignon.


 As the owner of Zephyr Recruiting she oversees an amazing work-at-home team who shares her passion for supporting great places to work.

The passion to eradicating toxic workplaces comes from a place a lot of us can resonate with. 


When Erin was an employee at a company with a toxic workplace, she saw firsthand how the culture impacted everyone on a deep level. The toxic workplace reduced morale and productivity, followed her home, and led good employees to quit.  


For a small business to thrive and flourish, you and your employees must love what you do. Erin loves what she does at Zephyr Recruiting. Always looking for new ways to help great small businesses, Zephyr Recruiting has recently launched its new offering: Employment Brand Marketing, or EBM for short. EBM helps small businesses showcase why they are great places to work, allowing them to attract their RIGHT FIT employee when they are ready to hire. 


Erin’s Gift


We have this really cool employment brand marketing checklist. We spent quite a bit of time where we broke out all the different steps and phases. If you're interested in starting employment brand marketing, or even if you're doing it but you're not sure you're doing it quite thoroughly enough. Then this checklist will be a huge, huge help. You can find it at 


https://www.zephyrrecruiting.com/cavness/


We are doing a webinar on May 7 at 3 PM EST. It will cover various topics. The cost is $100. But if you email me at erin@zephyrrecruiting.com I will give you 50% off.


Erin’s Social Media


Erin’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/longmoon/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/zephyrrecruiting/


Company FB: https://www.facebook.com/zephyrrecruiting/


Erin’s Advice


I think that what I would like to share is something that someone said to me a couple weeks ago. I did a webinar the other day and the presenter said don't waste this quarantine. That really shifted my mindset in that moment. 


I'm going to commit to myself to make sure that I take this time and to not waste this quarantine. To do things that I've wanted to do to make commitments to my team. I have a little short list of things that I am now working on personally. Now is the time for me to do this. I'm making a commitment to grow from this.


 If I had advice, I would say, do what you can if you're in a position where you can seize this as an opportunity, grow from this experience.




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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Justine Reichman, Founder of NextGenChef


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We talk about the following


Why eating healthy is a basic human right


Her role with Founders Institute


NextGenChef


What part of HR takes up her time


Justine’s Bio


NextGenChef Progressive thinker Justine Reichman, founder NexGenChef, considers eating healthy a basic human right. ‚ÄúWe are empowering the next generation of culinary innovators dedicated to regenerative practices and making nutritious food more affordable,‚ÄĚ says Reichman, whose San Francisco-based platform supports socially minded entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their businesses and begin creating greater access to quality food products.¬†


The expansive network offers real tools, including and a directory of more than 1,500 culinary mentors, help with research and development, and dynamic community events. Reichman adds, ‚ÄúWe want to change the conversation, so that people everywhere demand a better food system.‚ÄĚ


Justine’s Gift


We are offering everyone that is interested in creating healthier food systems or learning more about building a business. Or just an end consumer and wants to know why they should make the healthier food choice to join NextGenChef. We're offering a three month free trial you can email me directly justine@nextgenchef.com 


Justine’s Social Media


Company Instagram: @NextGenChef


Justine’s Instagram: justinereichman


Justine’s FB: https://www.facebook.com/justine.reichman


Justine’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinereichman/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nextgenchef/


Company Website: https://nextgenchef.com/


Company Twitter: @_NextGenChef


Justine’s email: justine@nextgenchef.com 


Justine’s Advice


I think as entrepreneurs as people in this world, and going through these uncertain times, I think it's really important to take a few minutes and create some normalcy for yourself and give yourself a little bit of time to relax. I find I can constantly go through the days and the weekend, working. 


So what I tried to do and what I encourage everyone else to do is maybe try to stop working on the weekends. Try to actually take Saturday and Sunday off. Whether it's that you're going to go walk your dog, watch some movies, cook. But I feel for me, it's really made a huge impact and allowed me to be more efficient, effective, and hard working during the weekdays.



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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Tej Yale CEO/Founder of ThinkImpact1st

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We talk about the following


Tej’s company ThinkImpact1st


What is Digital Media


What people get wrong about social media


Why is HR importan

Tej’s Bio


Tej Yale is the Founder/CEO of ThinkImpact Inc, which was founded in June 2017 and ThinkHelping, a non-profit within ThinkImpact. ThinkImpact Inc. is based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan and works with organizations to help expand their digital footprint. 


In addition to helping companies expand their digital presence, ThinkImpact Inc. also provides Graphic Design, Website Development, Project Management/Coordination, Marketing Consulting, and Event Promotion.


Tej recently won the Young Alumni 10 within 10 Award from Oakland University, which recognizes business leaders that are making an impact in the local community. As a result of winning this award, it has opened doors for the company, such as a partnership with the local mayor‚Äôs office, being a keynote speaker at the Michigan Fashion Summit ‚Äď and also getting featured in the local press. The company serves a wide array of clients in various industries ‚Äď Tech, Diversity/Inclusion, 3D printing, Medical Technology, Property Management, AGV/Robotics, Staffing/Recruiting, Renewable Energy.


ThinkHelping works with local nonprofits providing marketing-related services but at a much cost ffective rate, and really prides itself on making an impact in the community. In the short time that this non-profit was found, ThinkHelping has secured clients in the Michigan area.


Tej’s Social Media


Tej’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tej-yale-b7053319/


ThinkImpact1st Website: https://www.thinkimpact1st.com/


ThinkImpact1st FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkImpact1/


ThinkImpact1st Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkImpact1st


ThinkImpact1st Instagram: @thinkimpact1st


Tej’s Advice


I would say for any aspiring entrepreneur out there to really be empathetic to the process as a whole. Actually secure a client rather than going through the checklist of securing the client because the process to get there is a long road. Be empathetic to each part of that trail to landing the client, and also think about how you can provide value to the client, rather than just thinking. Oh, it's a great client for me. 


Have a much more broad sense of how you can provide value even though it may not be something you may be familiar with, think about providing value. Because that's important at the end of the day.


Develop a Minimal Viable Product. That's a concept that's described in a book called ‚ÄúThe Lean Startup‚Ä̬†by Eric Ries. So basically, what my point here is to have a real business need, rather than turning a hobby into a business. Because the more solutions it can provide, the better it will be.



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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Ali Schwanke CEO/Founder at Simple Strat


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We talk about the following


Her two companies Simple Strat and BrandPlan


How she hired her first person.


Why people buy from people they trust


Why is HR important


Ali’s Bio


Ali Schwanke is the CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist of Simple Strat, a content marketing agency that helps B2B and SaaS companies break through the noise and get better results from their content marketing programs. 


She has 15+ years of experience in marketing, and as an entrepreneur -- Ali says she’s had her fair share of HR wins and challenges! Learn how she puts strategy first, whether that’s recruiting new employees or generating results for clients, PLUS best practices for your content to stand out from the competition.


Ali’s Social Media


Website: https://simplestrat.com/


Free marketing resources: https://hubs.ly/H0nCQlp0 


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alischwanke


Twitter: https://twitter.com/alischwanke


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplestrat/


YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/hubspothacks


Ali’s Advice


I'd say advice for marketing right now. If you're listening to this right now, in our current situation, one of the best things you can do is revisit what your marketing calendar looks like for the next year. I think people right now are hoping this is a short term thing. Which hopefully it is, but it's certainly going to impact how we communicate with people long term. 


So I think people's inboxes are still going to be overflowing. I think we're still gonna be inundated with content as we move forward out of this. So pare down what you're doing to the most essential value and the unique value you that can drive for your customers and then make sure that you have a way to track that. That's your analytics conversation to make sure that you're seeing what's coming from your efforts.

 



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On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience we talk to Elena Valentine, CEO/Cofounder at Skill Scout

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We talk about the following


How Elena started out in media.


What are some common mistakes when making videos


Her entrepreneurial journey


Why is HR important


Elena’s Bio


Elena is an expert in leveraging video stories in the workplace. With the motto ‚Äúyou cannot be what you cannot see‚ÄĚ Elena started filming jobs as a way to get young people excited about the world of work. Since then, her team at Skill Scout has since built a world class media company. Their films have helped clients like Nike and American Airlines engage candidates and employees alike. She was recently named ‚ÄúHR Superhero of the Year‚ÄĚ by DisruptHR Chicago. She is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective. A non-profit that elevates women filmmakers of color. Next up for Elena and her team is the Humans@Work.


Elena’s Social Media


Elena’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenavalentine1/


Elena’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elena_Valentine



Elena’s Advice


While we are working remotely while our lives are being uprooted. Right now is finding ways that we can stay creative and grounded. One of the things that I'm doing every day as someone who does video is I'm creating  a short video piece every day. I've committed to every time that we are in quarantine, to create one short video piece a day. This isn't necessarily about work. It's just to provide moments of pause for myself and for others if it happens to strike them.



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to  Gary Sheely - Founder/CEO of 1Eighty Consulting


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We talk about the following


Workplace violence


Workplace violence myths


Culture factors in the workplace


Skydiving


Gary’s Bio


Gary works with organizations that want to develop a proactive approach in preventing workplace violence. Gary conducts training sessions on raising awareness and standards for safety best practices. As a result of his work, clients often share a significant drop in cost and time associated with violence and bullying, and an improvement in building a safety culture. When Gary is  not speaking or writing he is helping people safely jump out of an airplane. 


Gary’s Social Media


Gary’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-sheely-b241614/


1eighty Consulting: https://1eightyconsulting.com/

Gary’s Advice


 I would say if you're a manager and a supervisor or supervisor. You want to really take a good look at reducing your risk of workplace violence. Look at that injustice factor, and focus on managing to engage with your employees. I can't emphasize that enough. So that would be my best bit of advice. Learn how to manage for engagement, and that instead of not doing certain things, I would say do that. It's going to put you on the right path to making your organization less likely to have workplace violence.




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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we  talk to Ellie Dailey of Intro30.com

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We talk about the following


Her company intro30


What has become better in recruiting


What has become  worse in recruiting


What do companies get wrong about hiring



Ellie’s Bio


Ellie is¬† the founder and CEO of an innovative online recruiting platform‚ÄĒ Intro30.com. The platform allows job seekers to record an online video introduction as part of a shareable profile including a resume. Candidates

can then submit these profiles to companies, add them to their resumes and have direct access to the jobs and companies on Intro30.


On the demand side, Intro30 will enable companies to view a candidate's 30-second elevator pitch, search the database by keyword, location or skillset and reach out to learn more about them. Companies can also list their jobs, market them and share them with QR codes, and attract candidates directly. Ellie has  been a recruiter all over the world, from the UK to the Middle East, to Asia and now Silicon Valley for nearly 20 years. Giving Ellie expertise in a variety of recruiting environments, including banking, sovereign wealth funds, tech, and finance.


Ellie’s Social Media


Ellie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliedailey/


Intro30 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/intro30-com/


Intro30 Twitter: @intro30


Intro30 Instagram: @intro30


Ellie’s Advice


With this coronavirus and also being stuck at home. This is actually a really good opportunity to get online. Maybe set up a side hustle. Finally get that website together. I think there's a lot of very good tools out there. I've written a quick article on that and  it's on my LinkedIn. 



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast I give an update on cavnessHR and other items

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Jason’s email: jasoncavness@cavnessHR.com

 

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We talk about the following


cavnessHR


Rebranding of cavnessHR podcast to The Jason Cavness Experience


Bunker Labs


Veterans in Residence


Jason’s Bio


Jason Cavness is a retired U.S. Army officer who served for 25 years, to include 8 years as an enlisted member.

 

He has previous startup experience with MyUnfold.

 

He is currently CEO/Founder of cavnessHR. cavnessHR delivers HR to U.S. companies with fewer than 50 people by automating the HR process while maintaining the human touch

 

He also hosts the cavnessHR podcast where he talks to small business owners, founders and the people who help them succeed.

 

He has also taken on the role of Seattle City Leader for Bunker Labs. Bunker Labs is a national nonprofit that helps to inspire, equip and connect the Military community to entrepreneurship

 

His personal motto is ‚ÄúBe Great Every Day‚ÄĚ

 

He does his best to add value, help to solve problems daily and to help others become better.

 

He has a Master’s in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is SPHR certified.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Dave Carvajal - Board & Executive Headhunter; CEO @DavePartners. Entrepreneur, Author, 5x IRONMAN & All World Athlete (Silver)


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We talk about the following


Dave’s company - Dave Partners


Building a culture of high performers


Dave’s two big passions in life


 The three imperatives of any leader or to create a common purpose, shared values and clear objectives.


Dave‚Äôs Book - ‚ÄúHire Smart From the Start‚ÄĚ


Dave’s Bio


Dave Carvajal is an intrepid builder of billion-dollar businesses and a thought leader in executive recruitment. As CEO of Dave Partners, a boutique executive search firm serving the high-tech sector, Dave leads an elite, special forces recruitment team that extracts and

secures the executive leaders that drive high-growth at venture capital & private equity-backed companies.


In 1997, he co-founded HotJobs.com and power built the fledgling startup to 650 employees, $125M in revenues, and a $1.2B market capitalization after its IPO. Dave continued his success at TheLadders.com, swiftly building it to 400 employees and $85M in revenues. He founded Dave Partners in 2009 as both a capstone venture and labor of love to help build the workplaces that create a better future for us all.


Dave Carvajal lives in New Jersey with his amazing wife, their twin sons, and Clover the Wonder Dog.


Dave’s Social Media


Dave’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davecarvajal/


Company Website:  https://davepartners.com/


Dave’s Personal Website: https://davecarvajal.com/


Dave’s Book: https://www.facebook.com/DavePartners/


Company FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/PlasticBank/


Company Twitter: @davepartners


Company Instagram: @davepartners


Dave’s Advice


I think we're living through interesting times. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the political theater or the coronavirus or things that are going on with us.¬† I would say look, the greatest value that you're going to create is to stay focused on your mission and on your great purpose in life. The wisdom that I want to share is that look, all things are possible. Keep the faith and work hard and you can change the world with what you're doing.¬† There's a great quote out there. ‚ÄúNever underestimate the power of a small group of people. In fact, it's the only thing that has ever changed the world.‚ÄĚ




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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Robb Lifferth, PHR, SHRM-CP ‚Äď VP of Human Capital, Co-Founder at Alta Scout


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Jason’s email: jasoncavness@cavnessHR.com


@cavnessHR  across social media


@jasoncavnessHR across social media


We talk about the following:


His company Alta Scout.


The startup and tech scene in Utah.


Why he went to an hourly rate for his recruiting company.


What is HR getting right and what is HR getting wrong


Robb’s Bio


Robb Lifferth is a self-proclaimed start-up HR expert. He has devoted most of his career to scaling start-ups and small businesses from their infancy up through IPO and beyond. Talent Management has a spectrum of needs in the small and medium business world. Robb has adapted to these needs and developed fluid practices and procedures that have resulted in award-winning company cultures. He has also cultivated tangible revenue increases and bottom line wins. Robb has held every HR job imaginable from HR generalist to Executive Vice President of Human Resources.

 

In early 2019, Robb co-founded a new venture called AltaScout. AltaScout is a recruiting platform that is specifically designed for start-ups, & small/medium businesses. AltaScout has redefined how the recruiting world should work by abolishing huge contingency fees and replacing them with a simple hourly rate. Flip on the switch when you need us, turn it off when you don’t. For more info, go to www.altascout.com


Robb’s Social Media


Company Website: https://www.altascout.com/


Robb’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robblifferth/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/altascout/about/


Company FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/AltaScout/


Company Twitter: @AltaScout


Robb’s email: robb@altascout.com



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Thomas Nimmo - CEO/CoFounder of Cyberfense


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Jason’s email: jasoncavness@cavnessHR.com


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@jasoncavnessHR across social media


We talk about the following


What is Cyber?


Why small companies are prime targets for cyber attacks.


Should small business outsource or hire an internal Cyber person?


Do all hackers come from Russia?


Thomas’ Bio


Thomas is a former U.S. Army Ranger turned executive cyber advisor. He is now the CEO of

Cyberfense that helps smaller businesses navigate the complexities of cybersecurity.


Thomas’ Social Media


Thomas’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-nimmo-1442aa23/


Company Website: https://www.cyberfense.com/


Company FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/cyberfense/


Company Twitter: @cyberfense


Company Instagram: @cyberfense


Thomas’ Advice


You know what really makes successful people different is that they take deliberate action. If you're doing any business, any business at all online, you just really have to pay attention to your cyber security and take action. Again, companies are going out of business and  just being absolutely humiliated online because they lost all their clients data. You don't want this to happen to you. You have worked too hard. 



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Shaun Frankson - Plastic Bank CoFounder and CTO - Making Plastic Waste Currency to Fight Ocean Plastic and Poverty


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We talk about the following


How Shaun created a system to strategize the _____ out of anything.


Gamifying plastic recycling.


Why are we addicted to plastic?


How they are helping the world’s bottom billion


Shaun’s Bio


Shaun Frankson is the co-founder and CTO for Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to FIGHT Ocean plastic while reducing global poverty at the same time. 

 

Plastic Bank creates ethically sourced recycling ecosystems that ignite a Social Plastic revolution, uniting & enrolling humanity for local action that creates a global impact.

 

Shaun is globally recognized as a leading authority on blockchain for good and designing systems for the world’s bottom billion. 

 

Shaun’s mission is to inspire others to live a life of purpose and love every minute of it.


Shaun’s Social Media


Shaun’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaunfrankson/


Company Website: https://plasticbank.com/


Company FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/PlasticBank/


Company Twitter: @plasticbank


Company Instagram: @plasticbank


Shaun’s Advice


I think one of the most intimidating things is thinking that you need to have all the answers. Anytime you're trying to do something big, you're not the person day one who can do everything you're trying to do. You just need to commit to become the person you need to be. Just figure it out as you go and  don't need to be intimidated by the fact that you don't have all the answers and that's a good thing.




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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Scott Rouse ‚Äď Body Language Expert Focused on Healthcare

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Jason’s email: jasoncavness@cavnessHR.com


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We talk about the following:


What is a Behavior Analyst and Body Language Expert?


What Makes a Great Pitch?


The Body Language Frankenstein.


Scott’s Bio


Scott is a behavior analyst and body language expert with a focus on healthcare. He holds multiple certificates in advanced interrogation training and has been trained alongside the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Military Intelligence, and Dept. of defense.


His extensive training, education, and practice of nonverbal communication has made Scott an expert and consultant to law enforcement as well as Fortune 500 CEO’s, attorneys, executives, wealth managers, financial advisors, and entertainers.


Scott was the lead interrogation trainer at iCenter in Nashville. He was also the Entrepreneur In Residence at The Nashville Entrepreneur Center from 2011 to 2017 where he helped create and headed, the Pitch Department. There, he taught startups and entrepreneurs how to create successful investor pitches.


Scott has used his skill set in Body Language and Persuasion to help startups across the globe raise well over $400 million dollars of funding. The Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial communities have honored him with the moniker ‚ÄúThe Pitch Fixer‚ÄĚ.¬†


Scott’s Resources


We've got a course that we that if I go out and give a talk that we have a course called body language tactics. This walks you through the basics of body language and a lot of the stuff we talked about here.


www.BodyLanguageReview.com


Scott’s Social Media


Scott’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottrouse3/


Scott’s LinkedIn: @ScottRouse3


Scott’s FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheScottRouse/



Scott’s Advice


There are no absolutes in body language. Just because you've heard on TV, read the magazine or seen a movie. That does not mean something every time when somebody scratches their nose or pulls their hair.


 Don't believe that it could be a myriad of different things. It could mean exactly what you think it means. But wait to see a couple other things around that. To help you make decisions about what you're actually seeing there. 


There's not one thing that will tell you somebody is telling or not telling the truth. I don't care what anybody tells you. So get that in your head and you'll be so far ahead of everyone else with that one little piece of information.



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Fabian Schwartz ‚Äď Managing Partner at Scrum Columbia

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We talk about the following:


What is Scrum?


When should a startup start thinking about Scrum?


His upcoming book ‚ÄúYour Scrum Playbook: It‚Äôs Poker Not Chess‚ÄĚ

 

Fabian’s Bio


20 years of experience

Has worked in Europe, Australia and the Americas

More than 30.000 people taught in Scrum

Has worked with companies of any size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies

Pioneer of Scrum outside technology (co-creator of the Scrum in Hardware guide)

Only Certified Scrum Trainer in Colombia

Has worked directly with Dr. Jeff Sutherland (co-creator of Scrum)

Public Speaker

University degrees from Germany, UK and Australia, including an MBA from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

Continuous Education from Stanford University, Harvard Business School

 

He is passionate about helping his clients to achieve their goals and improve their performance by leveraging agile approaches. Besides that, he is also a passionate scuba diver.


Fabian’s Resources


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Fabian’s Social Media


Fabians’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabianschwartz/


Company Website: https://scrumcolombia.org/


Fabian’s Twitter: @fabianschwartz



Fabian’s Advice


My recommendation on Scrum. Don't try to be too fast. Just practice the basic rules. But really do it according to the book before you start experimenting with adjustments.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to David (Ledge) Ledgerwood ‚Äď Managing Partner Add1Zero LLC

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@jasoncavnessHR across social media


We talk about the following:


Do sales really cure all?


What to look for when hiring a salesperson.


What characteristics make a successful salesperson?


Do salespeople or sales programs fail. 


David’s Bio


Ledge is a many-time founder with 20 years of experience in high tech businesses, and 10 years of direct sales experience. He’s a closer. He’s helped multiple companies break the $1M sales mark and has personally closed more than $34M of business for his employers, partners, and clients.


 Ledge co-founded Add1Zero with the express purpose of bringing senior sales expertise to B2B technology and services companies who are looking to leap from founder-led sales into 10x revenue growth.


David’s Resources


If any of this stuff resonates with you and you're a B2B technology services related type of company. I'd be happy to offer to your podcast listeners a 30-minute assessment. 


 I'll get on the phone, I'll answer any questions you want, or we'll get on video. Just hash through and I'll do some free consulting for you.


 So happy to do a free 30 minute assessment for anybody that wants to book one with me. Just say you heard about it from the cavnessHR podcast.


David’s Social Media


David’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidledgerwood/


Company Website: https://add1zero.co/


David’s Advice


I just think, man get out there and sell and promote yourself. Never forget you know people and that you can use your network and what you need to do is tell them what you're doing. Tell them what you're interested in.


 Whether that's LinkedIn or email or whatever, like all of us have piles of contacts and people who care. 


Just tell people what you're doing and what you're looking for. Everybody knows somebody. The worst thing you can do is sit around and wait an email or lead to drop or a phone to ring. If you have free moments and you want to grow your business, tell somebody about your business.




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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to David Bradford ‚Äď CEO FluentWorlds


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We talk about the following:


Advice to brand new entrepreneurs


How to use LinkedIn


Women’s Technology Council of Utah


His company FluentWorlds


David’s Bio


David Bradford is a proven business leader with over 35 years of experience in the computer industry. He has been fortunate to run not 1 but 2 of America’s 50 fastest growing tech companies. Today, David is the CEO of FluentWorlds which is revolutionizing Language training in 3D Virtual Worlds. He and his wife of 45 years, Dr. Linda Bradford, are using video gaming technologies for the purpose of actually learning something.   Imagine a classroom or training environment where instead of having video games interfering with classroom instruction, video game technology is at the core of your instructional paradigm. 

 

In 2019, David was given the ‚ÄúUtah Genius Award‚Ä̬†for¬†his life‚Äôs work in Technology by the Utah Genius Group.¬†

In 2018, Brigham Young University gave Mr. Bradford their Distinguished Emeritus Alumnus Award. 

In¬†2017, David was honored with the¬†2nd¬†ever¬†‚ÄúLifetime Achievement Award‚ÄĚ by Utah Business Magazine.

David Bradford has previously served¬†as CEO and Chairman of 2 remarkable companies ‚Äď Fusion-io¬†and¬†HireVue. Fusion-io¬†went public and eventually achieved a $3.6 Billion dollar valuation. While there, David recruited and hired the iconic Steve Wozniak. Co-Founder of Apple,¬†as¬†the Company‚Äôs Chief Scientist and BusinessWeek named the Company America‚Äôs most Innovative.¬†During his tenure at¬†HireVue, Company sales increased over 200%, the Company raised over $ 47 Million in capital, and was¬†twice¬†awarded the prestigious HR product of the Year becoming the de facto standard in digital interviewing.¬†¬†

In 2014, David authored the highly popular book- "Up Your Game- 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top" which has blessed the lives of many. 


In October of 2013, Bradford was inducted into the Utah Technology Hall of Fame.

David is known as the "Human Internet" to many with 30,000 connections on LinkedIn and 5000 Facebook Friends. He prides himself as the CTO of his companies - Chief Talent Officer. Among those David has brought into his companies as employees or advisors include, Steve Wozniak, Inventor of the Apple Computer, Nolan Bushnell, the Father of VideoGames, Larry King, the most famous interviewer on the planet, Steve Young, NFL law of Famer, and most recently, Jimmer Fredette, MVP Foreign Player of the China Basketball Association.


David’s Resources


I have this great book I mentioned earlier, ‚ÄúUp Your Game - Six Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top.‚ÄĚ

I'm happy to send a copy to the listener of your choice.


David’s Social Media


David’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbradford/


David’s Website: http://www.davidbradford.com/


FluentWorlds Website: https://www.fluentworlds.com/


FluentWorlds FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/fluentworlds/


David’s Advice


Just go out and do. You're going to make mistakes, you're going to trip over your feet, you'll fall down but you're going to get back up and just do do do.


Remember this? Perfect is the enemy of the good. That's kind of a subtle thing. But think about it. People will analyze things for months, months, months to get it just perfect to get it just so the best thing you can do is execute today.


General MacArthur once said that an unfinished plan violently executed today. It is way better than the perfect plan executed a month from now. Go out and do it today. Make mistakes, reiterate, reform yourself. Move forward.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Will McNeil ‚Äď Cofounder and CEO of Black Tech Jobs


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We talk about the following:


Does starting companies ever become easier.


Has his philosophy on hiring/recruiting changed?


His company, Black Tech Jobs.


Bunker Labs and Veterans in Residence.


Will’s Bio


Will McNeil is a veteran sales executive and serial entrepreneur. He’s held multiple senior sales leadership positions as a Director, Vice President, and Senior Vice President. He has launched/co- founded 7 different companies, the first when he was only 8 years old. His professional background spans a 20 plus year career in telecommunications, insurance, financial services, automotive, digital media, and technology.


Will is a 9-year veteran of the United States Army, which allowed him to attend college on the GI Bill. He started his family early in life and worked while in taking classes at night. At one point he held as many

as 3 jobs at one time. He earned an AAS in Accounting from the Community College of Aurora and holds both a BS in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Will is not one to stand still for very long. He is a father of 3 and has been a resident of Chicago for over 19 years. He is deeply connected to Chicago’s African American entrepreneur community and makes most of his community investments mentoring young people at both the K- 12 and collegiate level. He isa former member of the board of directors of Black Tech Mecca and is the co-founder of NewCarPromos.com and Espeedate.com. Currently he serves as the CEO of Black Tech Jobs, the fastest growing black tech talent community on the web. In his spare time you can find him on the golf course. On a good day he can drive the ball straight over 300 yards.


Will’s Resources


If you are following this and you're an HR professional, and you're trying to drive diversity. I want to give you 40% off your first ad.


So visit us at https://www.blacktechjobs.com/ and we're going to offer you a 40% discount on your first ad. If you decide to go small or you decide to go big, we want to make your experience with us a great one.


We're happy to do this. Because you are part of this community and you're following this podcast.


Will’s Social Media


Company Website: https://www.blacktechjobs.com/


Will’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willmcneil/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/black-tech-jobs/


Company Instagram: @black_tech_jobs


Company Twitter: @black_tech_jobs


Will’s Twitter: @willmcneil4


Will’s Advice


Two things one, if you're in Chicago, and you're going to be around Chicago, January 22, and you can come to our career building event. You do not want to miss this. We have an all star cast of tech professionals and recruiting professionals to give real world advice on finding a job in 2019. You can find that information at either eventbrite or visit us at www.blacktechjobs.com.


Then lastly, I will leave you with this. If you are building a business or building your career. Your resume is a key component of your success. I highly recommend using our tool. Then second expand your network before you need it. Meet as many new people as you can that can influence your career and be clear about the types of folks that you want in your network.


Make that a part of your 2020 plan to grow your network that will allow you to grow your career and grow your business.




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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Dr. Jeb Hurley is the co-founder and CEO of Xmetryx, a Team Relationship Management software company and author of Team Relationship Management: The Art of Crafting Extraordinary Teams.


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Dr. Jeb Hurley is the co-founder and CEO of Xmetryx, a Team Relationship Management software company and author of Team Relationship Management: The Art of Crafting Extraordinary Teams. Jeb began his career journey in the tech industry on new-product innovation teams in Europe and Asia followed by GM / VP and CEO roles at companies ranging from Fortune 500 to a VC backed startup. He has also co-founded three software companies.

 

Jeb regularly speaks and writes about team leadership and improving employee wellbeing. He is also the author of The ONE Habit: The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Engagement & Building Highly-Effective Teams, has published over 60 articles on team leadership. Jeb earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Walden University with a research focus at the intersection of human motivation, employee engagement, and team

effectiveness.

 

He holds an MBA from the Katz School, University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Gannon University. Jeb has also completed leadership programs at The Center for Creative Leadership, Harvard Business School, and The Aspen Institute.


We talk about the following:


His company Xmetryx


His book :Team Relationship Management: The Art of Crafting

Extraordinary Teams‚ÄĚ.


Can a team overcome a bad boss.


Is it easier for a bad team to become a great team or for a great team to become a bad team.


Jeb’s Social Media


Jeb’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jebhurley/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/xmetryx/


Company Website: https://www.linkedin.com/company/xmetryx/


Jeb’s Website: https://drjebhurley.com/


Jeb’s Resources


I want to offer my book ‚ÄúTeam Relationship Management‚ÄĚ to your listeners. If they go to the link below


https://drjebhurley.com/product/team-relationship-management/


they can get a 10% discount on the book from Amazon or Kindle. If they put in the code ship free 2019 the shipping is also free and it's a signed copy as well.


Jeb’s Advice


For both the HR community, which I think to a large extent is part of your target audience. As well as anyone who is an aspiring or in a leadership position. Focusing the lens of what you do on relationships and building strong trust in your relationships, and the behaviors associated with that is the key to building extraordinary teams in the 21st century.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Charles Max Wood ‚Äď CEO and Podcast host of Devchat.tv ‚Äď Reaching over 70,000 software developers each week.


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Charles Max Wood is the CEO and a podcast host at Devchat.tv. His mission is to create a podcast for every programming community that leads developers to successful careers and meaningful lives. He is the author of The MaxCoder's Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job. Charles is a soccer fan, Ruby on Rails developer, and podcaster. He lives in Utah with his wife, Heather and their 5 children.

 

We talk about the following:


Devchat.tv


Why are there so many unfilled software developer positions


Should future software developers go to a coding academy or obtain a 4 year degree


How should a non tech founder hire tech talent


Charles’ Social Media


Charles’ Twitter: @cmaxw

Charles’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesmaxwood/


Charles’ FB: https://www.facebook.com/charlesmaxwood


Website: https://devchat.tv/


Charles’ Advice


The one thing that I've been on lately just talking to people about is that I have people come to me and they give me all kinds of reasons for why they can't do what they want to do. Some people believe that because they are a certain minority or gender, they have some kind of disadvantage at doing this. Or, because they grew up poor. Because they don't have a four year degree or because their circumstances just didn't line up.


I don't have time because my time is tied up with other things. The reality is that I've seen people in all of the circumstances and the thing that overwhelmingly has been demonstrated over and over again. Is that if you want it and you'll work for it, you can have it. If you're disadvantaged financially, if you're disadvantaged educationally, if you feel like the deck in society these days really is stacked against you.


I could probably argue that point both ways and sometimes I do. Even if you're right, I've seen people come out of extraordinarily hard circumstances, to be successful software developers and what it really boiled down to is that they just got to work. If you're looking for some movement, some advantage to this, I mean, the biggest advantage is just to get to work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If If I can add one other thing is that I have a lot of people come to me and say, I'm 50 or older. I don't think I can learn to code.  I have seen so many people make the career transition. They were accountants for 30 years and it's like, and then I got into software development, and I made the transition and they're being successful. So you're never too old. You're never too poor. unless you have a real cognitive disability that makes it just impossible for you to grasp these concepts, you should be able to do it. Even if you're dyslexic or have some kind of learning disability, it really is just going to boil down to the amount of work you're willing to put in.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to John Richards - Entrepreneur Angel Investor Mentor Advisor

 

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John E. Richards is an entrepreneur, venture investor, mentor, and educator. His endeavors involve founding, operating, managing, selling, and investing in enterprises. Though he is a generalist, he mentors entrepreneurs frequently in software, Internet, mobile, blockchain, and consumer products. He founded Startup Ignition, an entrepreneur bootcamp. He served as Google Fiber’s Head of Operations as it launched in Provo, Utah.


He spent over a decade teaching entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he helped it achieve a #2 ranking and bring the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology to global prominence. He is listed as one of the Top 25 entrepreneurial educators in the United States. He was managing partner of Utah Angels, a venture investing group.


He co-founded BoomStartup, a leading tech seed accelerator. He has invested in hundreds of ventures and mentored thousands. Early in his career, he was president of a yellow pages publishing company and later created the first-ever online yellow pages that led to an initial public offering and multi-billion-dollar valuation as part of InfoSpace, Inc. John is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events. He and his family reside in Utah.


We talk about the following:


Startup Ignition


What do successful founders do


The importance of building a great team


Optimal time to approach investors


John’s Social Media


John’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrichards/


John’s Twitter: @johnrichards_ut


John’s Email: jrichards@startupignition.com



John’s Resources


Startup Ignition is an in person live boot camp that's held in Lehi, Utah. It's a booming Tech Center. We hold a boot camp there about every three months tuitions $1,999 or 2000. For any listener today that mentions that they saw this podcast if they want to attend and come in and stay in a nice, low cost hotel for three days and be a part of the three day boot camp. We will give a $500 discount so $500 down to 1500.


John’s Advice


In today's market, one of the most important things that you can do for yourself is to make sure that you are taking the time to understand what you're getting into as you think about launching a company or think about taking an idea to market. You need to be very careful when you're hiring people. The old saying, on hiring is, you know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So you know, be slow to hire quick to fire. Same thing with your customers. You need to make sure you understand your customers very well before you press on the accelerator and put too much gas.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Derren Burrell ‚Äď President and Founder of Veteran Ventures Capital


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Derren Burrell, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) is the is the Founder & President of Veteran Ventures Capital, LLC, an investment and consulting firm focused on scaling veteran-owned and led businesses. In this capacity he oversees all aspects of the company operations and fund management. Prior to this he served as the Chief Operating Officer for TAG Resources, LLC, a retirement service company with over $1.5 billion in assets under management. 


He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Certified Defense Financial Manager, and Level 3 Certified in the Secretary of Defense Financial Management Program. 


Prior to his transition to the private sector in 2015, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Burrell was the Resource Director of the White House Communication Agency. He worked directly with senior White House (WH) staff, Congressional, comptroller, United States Secret Service, Dept of State, and Defense Information Systems Agency staff in all aspects of financial and contract management in support of POTUS. While in this position he was selected for the rank of Colonel but decided to retire from his 21-year military history and transition to the private sector. 

Highlights of his military career include being deployed to Iraq as the Deputy Comptroller, United States Forces ‚Äď Iraq and in Afghanistan as the Resource Director, NATO Air Training Command ‚Äď Afghanistan. In this joint capacity he led the 34- person J8 directorate (Iraq) and the 4-person J8 office (Afghanistan) in planning, resourcing, and executing $20 billion + in U.S. appropriated funding in support of U.S. operations within the Iraq and Afghanistan Joint Operations Areas.¬†


He was also stationed at the Pentagon as the flying operations analyst for the Air Force, where he was responsible for the largest Operations & Maintenance budget account in the Air Force, over $15 billion. He has been a squadron commander for both finance and wing staff agencies, and was a deployed Comptroller on the front line in Operations SEA SIGNAL, SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, NEW DAWN, and ENDURING FREEDOM. 


He is a graduate of the Citadel and past recipient of several awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Budget Officer of the Year twice, Air Force Financial Management Officer of the Year, Comptroller of the Year, and USAFE James E. Short Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mentorship and Career Development. 


Derren is married to the former Gloria Frey and they have 5 children: Lydia, Luke, David, Rebekah, and Nathanael. 


We talk about the following:


His company, Veteran Ventures Capital


Why it is important to invest in Military Veteran led companies


How to do your pitch deck


What makes him say yes or no to an opportunity to invest


Derren’s Social Media


 Company website: https://www.veteranventures.us/


Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/veteran-ventures-capital-llc/


Company Twitter: https://twitter.com/VenturesVeteran


Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/veteran_ventures/


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Bobby Quinn, Founder/CEO of Raven Spatial

 

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Founder & CEO, Raven Spatial, Inc Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL Lives in: Oldsmar Age: 38 Hobbies: beer league ice hockey, recreational flying, running slowly, hiking About: Bobby is the Founder and CEO of Raven Spatial. Bobby spent 13 years in the Air Force followed by a few years of running various businesses, including an aerial imagery company. He spent 2 years in Afghanistan as a contracted drone pilot for the US Navy. After leaving Afghanistan, Bobby worked for DigitalGlobe as a geospatial analyst where he used satellite imagery for location intelligence. He created Raven Spatial to address an industry need to leverage drones and smartphones as tools in time-sensitive mapping. Fun Facts: ‚ÄĘ Bobby built a child-sized Zamboni that he called the ‚ÄúZambabi.‚ÄĚ It was discovered by the Tampa Bay Lightning and was quickly adopted by the team. Bobby‚Äôs son Kai was known as the Zambabi by the team and staff, and rode the ice during intermission for two seasons.


We talk about the following:


His company, Raven Spatial


Drones and privacy


Different Drone rules


Bobby’s Social Media


Bobby’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyaquinn/


Raven Spatial LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ravenspatial/


Raven Spatial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RavenSpatial


Bobby’s Resources


Sign up for access to the Raven Spatial Beta: https://ravenspatial.com/pixel


Bobby’s Advice


Everybody today is wrapped up in politics and the small ideas. We talk about other people, and it's just it seems like a lot of wasted energy, right? So I challenge everybody out there. There's challenges that affect man all around us every day. Instead of wasting energy thinking about people, think about ideas, think about a way to change the world and inspire yourself to change the world. Anybody can do it. Everyone has the capability and the potential to do that. Imagine if we put out the same energy and to make the world a better place. So the same energy we do knocking people and

being at odds with our friends


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to LeShane Greenhill ‚Äď CEO and Co-founder of Sagents and Founder of SalesCocktail.com


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A native Nashvillian, LeShane is CEO and Co-founder of Sagents and Founder of SalesCocktail.com. Prior to his current ventures, LeShane Founded Pishon Sales Outsourcing. In 2016, he was selected by Google and Code2040 to serve as an Entrepreneur In-Residence at Googles Tech Hub.


¬†A graduate of the University of Memphis, LeShane received his BBA with a concentration in MIS. LeShane also completed the ‚ÄúBuilding High Performing Businesses‚ÄĚ Executive Education program at Dartmouth‚Äôs Tuck School of Business.¬†


He has served and currently serves on numerous non-profit boards including: Metro Nashville Municipal Auditorium (Commissioner), The Exchange Club Family Center, Young Leaders Council, and Girl Scouts of Middle TN, Dan and Margaret Maddox Foundation, Trustee; Nashville Chamber Leadership Connect, Vital Signs Task Force; WorkIT Nashville, Ambassador; Belmont University Business School Ethics Advisory Board; Alignment Nashville Tech Team, and YPNashville, Founding committee member.


LeShane served as President & Chairman of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2008. As a facilitator for the Kaufmann Foundation FastTrac program, he also helped design and facilitate a 10-week entrepreneurship program for New Level Community Development Corporation. In 2017

  

He is a 2005 graduate of Nashville Emerging Leaders and a 2009 graduate of Young Leaders Council. LeShane is also a member of the 2008 Leadership Nashville class. Nashville Business Journal named him a Top 40 under 40 in 2010 and Power 100. In 2013 LeShane was awarded the Spirit of the Chamber Award by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.


LeShane has been a featured speaker for Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, International Business Innovation Association, Vanderbilt School of Engineering, SXSW, MTSU, Pathway Women’s Business Center, Karen Hunter Show on Sirius XM Radio, and many other outlets


LeShane is married to Gealita Greenhill. Together they have a daughter and son.


We talk about the following:


His companies, Sagents and Salescocktail.com


The importance of public speaking


Why it is important to give back


Reasons to adopt SaaS


LeShane’s Social Media


LeShane’s Twitter: @LSGreenhill


Sales Cocktail Twitter: @SalesCocktail


LeShane’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leshanegreenhill/


LeShane’s Resources


I've put together a PDF form of 15 different SaaS platforms that we've used personally within our company. For your listeners who want that PDF file, they can just text us sales cocktail, the word sales cocktail 615-510-6364 . 


LeShane’s Advice


I mentioned earlier, one of the reasons why small businesses don't use technology is because when they Google it, they get so many options. They don't know which one is best for them and they just give up. On our website Sales Cocktail, we have a recommendation engine. Where we ask questions, like the size of your company, the industry that you're in and the type of software you're looking for and then your name and email. 


It spits out a recommended list of platforms from the criteria you just entered in in there and there's no cost for that. The reason why we did that is because we want small businesses to get over this analysis of trying to figure out what to do and what to use. So, I guess that that's a long way of saying, use technology to increase your bottom line.

 



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Victor Brown Founder & CEO at Xcellent Life


Victor L. Brown is a seasoned leader with extensive experience within both large global and start-up companies that deploy enterprise class software and sensor-based applications. Victor has driven business success as a leader and as a hands-on practitioner of best-practice approaches.  


Currently, Victor is the CEO of Xcellent Life, an early stage Digital Health Analytics Company, which has launched an innovative mobile software platform to improve the quality of life by improving healthcare with better consumer engagement and analysis of health using artificial intelligence.


Victor started his career with Schneider Electric a $35B company operating in 120 different countries & 144,000 Employees, as an engineer. After 5 years, Victor transitioned to a marketing role. 


As a marketing leader, Victor had ownership of a line of software products & solutions where he spent another 6 years driving product growth year-over-year. After Schneider Electric, Victor joined his first start-up BPL Global, where he built an international product marketing team driving triple-revenue growth in a 3-year span.  


He has also worked as a consultant, where he founded APEX Strategy & Marketing to help small to mid-size companies develop go-to-market strategies and provide them with deep insights to best-practice approaches for growth and product commercialization. More recently, and previous to founding Xcellent Life, Victor served in various VP roles where he drove business growth at startups. 


Additionally, Victor has participated in national and international thought-leadership events as a speaker discussing emerging technology trends and the processes to getting technological innovations adopted. Victor enjoys his downtime by spending time with family and staying active in the gym.


We talk about the following:


His company, Xcellent Life.


Are people ready for AI in the health industry.


The challenges, struggles and rewards of startup life.


Victor’s Social Media


Victor’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorlbrown/


Xcellent Life Website: http://www.xcellentlife.com/


Xcellent Life FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/xcellentlife/

 

Xcellent Life Twitter: @XLCompany


Victor’s Advice


I think the one advice I would do is that if you have an idea that you want to move forward in and you want to be an entrepreneur. I think it's very important that you are passionate about what that idea is about and what you're doing. 


Because the journey of being an entrepreneur is very challenging, and it won't be very rewarding in terms of financial rewards in the early stages. I know it can be longer term, but in the early stages. 


You need something that is more tied to passion that drives you forward past some of the challenges that you deal with. So do something that you're passionate about. And when you find that, I think it makes the road and journey much easier.




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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Nicole Kato, CEO of Puddy

Nicole has been a working in the hotel & hospitality space for 10+ years. She started her career working for the Disney Parks and eventually became a property manager in Destin FL.


She has two Bachelor degrees from Swarthmore College, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California and is currently working on an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.

Nicole started a company called Puddy,which provides guests with up-to-date information about their vacation rental

while giving hosts peace of mind throughout the process.


We talk about the following:


Her company Puddy.


Her life as a CTO and in STEM.


Bunker Labs.


Nicole’s Social Media


Puddy Website: https://www.puddy.io/


Nicole’s email: customer@puddy.io


Puddy FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/puddy.io

Puddy LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/puddy/


Puddy Instagram: @Puddy


Nicole’s Advice


I think just keep chugging is really something that I learned at Disney is we love to push the boulder and we push it forward. And I think a lot of software people are entrepreneurs at some point they give up. And what really stood out to me at Disney that I do take in every day is just keep pushing forward.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Nicole Solis


Nicole is dedicated wife to an active duty Airman, mother to a very active 2 year old boy, business owner over at Canolie Creations, Fort Sam Houston’s Military Spouse of the Year, and overall wearer of many hats.


We talk about the following:


The challenges of being an entrepreneur and a Military Spouse.


The challenges of moving as a member of the U.S. Military.


The process of building her company.


Nicole’s Social Media


Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/canoliecreations


Canolie Creations FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Canoliecreations


Canolie Creations FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalkmilitarylife/


Canolie Creations Instagram: @canoliecreations


Nicole’s Advice


As  you are listening to this and you're a small business owner and entrepreneur. I really urge you to specifically write down what your priorities are and that's not just for your business. I want you to prioritize every single aspect of your life, because I struggled a lot with priority management. When I started listing out my priorities, I realized what came first to me. Like I mentioned before my family is what comes first. So when you list out your priorities, you'll see very clearly where you need to put most of your focus. So that's my biggest piece of advice for fellow entrepreneurs.




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cavnessHR¬†Podcast Show Notes ‚Äď A talk with Chuck Blakeman


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We are in for a real treat with a transformational discussion on how we as business leaders can rehumanize dentistry by giving everyone their brain back. We are thrilled to have serial entrepreneur, best-selling author and world-renowned business advisor, Chuck Blakeman with us today. Be sure to check out Chuck’s weekly Inc. Magazine articles and his TED Talk on the Emerging Work World.  


Chuck’s first book, Making Money is Killing Your Business was named the #1 rated Business Book of the Year and his most recent book, Why Employees are ALWAYS a Bad Idea has been named Top 10 Business Book of the Year.  Both are required reading with several University MBA and Entrepreneurial programs. He’s currently working on his next book, Rehumanizing Dentistry by Giving Everyone Their Brain Back.


Chuck started and built twelve businesses in 25 years in the U.S. and internationally, and now uses his experience to help business owners and executives create success. His company, Crankset Group, inspires and transforms your approach to business and your future. Chuck is a rare combination of successful business owner, speaker and author who inspires leaders and provides simple tools to transform their business.


We talk about the following:


1.Is the U.S. really the best country for entrepreneurship? 


2.The future of work.


3.Why hiring employees are always a bad idea.


Chuck’s Social Media


Twitter: @chuckblakeman


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckblakeman/


Website: https://chuckblakeman.com/


Email: chuck@cranksetgroup.com


Chuck’s Resources


I'd love to give anyone who connects with me on my website at Chuck blakeman.com or my email at chuck@cranksetgroup.com a free hard copy of either my first or my second book.


¬†My first book ‚ÄúMaking Money is Killing your Business‚ÄĚ was the top rated business book of 2010 and ‚ÄúHiring Emloyees are Always a Bad Idea‚ÄĚ was a top 10 book of 2014.


 So whichever one might be interesting to you, I'd love to send you one of those and I'll send you a free copy and take care of the shipping. You buy those on Amazon for $30. but we'll give you one for free.


Chuck’s Advice


I'm kind of manic about this. What do you, what are you alive for? Mark Twain didn't actually say this. But I love this statement that he gets attributed. The two most important days of your life are the day you're born and the day of figure out why. If you haven't figured out the second day, go take a long walk and figure out why.




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Joe Scalise is the Founder and Co-Owner of VRHQ, LLC, which stands for  Virtual Reality Headquarters, a virtual reality arcade in 

Wintersville, Ohio. Joe is also soon to be the Co-Founder and Co-Owner  of VRIQ, LLC, which is a start up company dedicated to blending 

VR/AR/XR technologies into schools and education. Joe’s current mission is to raise the bar on education by using VR/AR/XR 

technologies to give students exciting hands-on ways to explore educational subjects mixed with emotion and the gamification of 

learning. His goal is to use these tools to increase participation, engagement, retention, problem solving, and emotional awareness in 

students. The coming 4th Industrial Revolution will change the landscape of the job market forever. Joe’s overall vision is to 

prepare students for the coming merger of A.I., robotics, and humans  in the workplace of the future.


We talk about the following:


1.      The future of AR/VR/XR


2.      AR/VR/XR in the educational space


3.      Time that kids spend on tech


Joe’s Social Media


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VRHeadquarters/


Website: http://www.vrhq.biz/


Joe’s Advice


Get your kids ready for the next generation, if you've got kids, you cannot skimp on their education, you can't not pay attention to whether or not they did their math homework, they gotta get A's. They gotta they have to fall in love with learning.


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cavnessHR Culture Podcast Show Notes ‚Äď A talk with ShaRon Rea


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ShaRon Rea, certified life and family coach, author, speaker and owner of The Whole Family Coaching, is a compassionate woman with a strong business background in communications, education, childcare, and public service. ShaRon is an expert in solutions for families raising teens, moms and dads co-parenting after divorce, grandparents raising grand-kids, multi-generational families and every caregiver ready to enhance the bonds within their immediate and extended family. She is also on a serious mission to make the world a better place as founder of the global movement¬†No Judgment. Just Love.¬ģ¬†¬†inspiring us all to live together with unconditional allowance‚Ķone courageous action at a time.¬†


When you connect with ShaRon, she helps you know for sure that -

"Peace in your family and in the world. Both are possible!"


We talk about the following:


1.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Family and Relationship coaching‚ÄĒhow co-parenting after divorce is totally different from parenting inside a couple‚ÄĒneed a new culture plan.¬†


2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†No Judgement, Just Love‚ÄĒa saying and a movement to raise healthy happy children in transition¬†


3.      Families need to have a motto (mission statement) to build their family culture around. 

Sharon’s Social Media


The¬†¬†No Judgment. Just Love.¬ģ¬† Coloring Journals, both left and right handed are on Amazon

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Twitter ShaRon

Rea

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Facebook

ShaRon Rea https://www.facebook.com/sharon.rea.10


The Whole Family https://www.facebook.com/thewholefamily/

No Judgment Just Love https://www.facebook.com/nojudgmentjustlove


ShaRon’s Resources


I create a comfy couch of no judgment. Just love for anybody who wants to chat with me. So please, I'm offering a free mini session. Just get to me through my telephone number or email. I'm on almost all the social medias. There's Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter and Instagram. If you do call me and we have this conversation where anything you can ask I can help you

I will provide you with a free parenting CD, which talks about some of the things that we explored in the show.


ShaRon’s Advice


You matter. Every single one of you live from that place. We need you to be you and we appreciate who you are. But we can't do that until you appreciate who you are.


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cavnessHR Podcast Show Notes ‚Äď A talk with Cassandra Gholston


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Cassandra is responsible for the strategic vision of PartnerTap. Prior to founding PartnerTap Cassandra spent her career in software sales as a top performer at market leading SaaS companies. During her tenure, she led her division in total annual recurring revenue and obtained consecutive President's Clubs and annual awards. Today Cassandra is driven to make the jobs of salespeople more lucrative through PartnerTap. Cassandra is passionate about giving back with a focus on charities around autism and youth.


We talk about the following:


PartnerTap


What makes a great salesperson?


Is all sales the same?


Advice for struggling Salespeople.


Cassandra’s Social Media


Cassandra’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassandragholston/


PartnerTap website: www.partnertap.com


Cassandra’s email:cassandra@partnertap.com


Cassandra’s Twitter: @cassis23


Company Twitter: @partnertap


Cassandra’s phone number: 206 778 0971



Cassandra’s Advice


Just remember that sales cures all so keep selling.


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cavnessHR Podcast Show Notes ‚Äď A talk with Katia Paramonova, CEO and Founder of Centrly ¬†www.centrly.com¬†


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Katia is a MIT Entrepreneur making better partnerships through data-driven networks. Katia is an international catalyst and has experience working and living in five countries (US, Russia, Switzerland, India and Ghana) and three industries (energy, education, and robotics). She's a third-time entrepreneur, having helped bridge Russian and US universities at Hexagon and build a community for European energy students (YES-Europe). She is now launching a new venture dedicated to accelerating tech development by using data to match companies across industry and country borders.


We talk about the following:


The concept, network of networks.


Working in different countries.


Entrepreneurship in different countries.


How she became interested in STEM.


Advice for females in STEM



Katia’s Social Media


Katie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eparamonova/


Katia’s Advice


I would say similar to the podcast spirit be great today. Every day is an exciting opportunity. Somedays might be pretty challenging, uncertain, frustrating. But know that things will change and just sort of be patient with it. Be persistent with where you want to go in the end and sort of through the ups and the downs. Eventually you'll get there.


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cavnessHR Podcast Show Notes ‚Äď A talk with Ellia Harris. She is the Chief Organizing and Productivity Coach at her company Mindful Organizing


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Ellia Harris. She is the Chief Organizing and Productivity Coach at her company Mindful Organizing


Ellia Harris is Chief Organizing and Productivity Coach through her company Mindful Organizing. She works with professionals who are stressed by their messy home, scattered brain, or project deadlines. By working either side-by-side or virtually Ellia helps her clients change their habits so they have more time and quality of life in their home and their work.


Ellia is also a Corporate Trainer, Coach, and Speaker through her sister company The Potential Center, which she is currently re-launching. Ellia first launched The Potential Center in 2002, where she used group training and executive coaching to help businesses and nonprofits in the US and the UK improve problem-solving, leadership and team-working.


She was recently drawn back to corporate training as a result of being asked to create the course ‚ÄúBoost Productivity Using Creative Problem-Solving‚ÄĚ for NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) where it is currently available online at NAPO University.


Both Mindful Organizing and The Potential Center support Ellia’s passion for helping people live up to their potential. And, as a member of the NAPO Education Committee, Ellia also contributes to the ongoing education of productivity consultants.


We talk about the following:


1. Discussion of the importance of creative problem solving.

2. How to create an environment that stimulates critical thinking

-let teams arrange their own offices

-Choose a section of each floor to be the ‚Äėcreativity corner‚Äô

-Experiencing the unfamiliar purposefully‚ÄĒtake a day to explore externally


3. Secret to-do list mastery checklist‚ÄĒavailable on Ellia‚Äôs website


Ellia’s Social Media


Ellia’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliaharris/


Ellia’s Website: https://www.mindfulorganizing.net/


Ellia’s Resources


When you sign up for the Mindful Organizing Newsletter. You will receive the free guide, “The Secret To-Do List Mastery?


Ellia’s Advice


We've been talking about fun and creativity. So, my last piece of advice is to bring fun into the workplace. Nothing opens up the brain like play. And unfortunately, as we've got older, learning by playing decreases, and this is a real shame, because actually play helps the neurons in our brains make communication better between the left analytical side and the right creative side. So you know, play is a really nice way of opening up those connections. So go play.



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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Diana Wilson, CEO of ProFile Sports LLC and ProFile Sports.TV


Founder ProFileSports.TV, Diana Wilson is the first female sports network owner, has worked with several Fortune 500 companies including Adidas America, Hewlett Packard, Disney and Intel. Over 25 years at the helm of Media companies, Design firms and Live Corporate Events. Diana is passionate about empowering athletes to take charge of their own careers by managing their public image effectively, early and to help families afford higher education and sports opportunities for their athletes. ProFileSports.TV - Watch more - Win more.

Previous Boardmember of the Phoenix Advertising Federation and the Phoenix Film Foundation since 2010 http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/

Specialties: The Big Ideas...As Doug Daggett, owner of Henry V says; "Diana is a one-woman creative dynamo". 


We talk about the following:


The advantages of live streaming your kid’s events.


The tech behind the platform.


Her entrepreneurial journey.


Diana’s Social Media


ProFile Sports FB: https://www.facebook.com/ProFileBasketball/


ProFile Sports Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProFileSports1


ProFile Sports YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUlsggYxfhnFRxfUJT2UWdQ?view_as=subscriber


ProFile Sports Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/profile_sports_app/


ProFile Sports LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/profile-sports-llc/


Diana’s email: https://www.linkedin.com/company/profile-sports-llc/


ProFile Sports website: https://www.profilesports.tv/


Diana’s Resources


Try our app for free. Go to profile sports.tv and click the video tab and you will have the option to download either the Android or the iOS version of the app. Just remember that the first question is going to be which club do you want to join. Just put in profile sports and we'll pop right up and you'll get notifications whenever we're live.


Diana’s Advice


I would just say that video is so valuable. As a learning tool. We hope that you will use video and enjoy it with your sports, not just for a keepsake for your family. But to improve at your game because it's visual. It's auditory. And it will help you understand what Coach has been telling you all week. So I guess my in a nutshell, my advice would be listened to your coach.


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On this episode of the cavnessHR podcast we talk to Caleb King, host of the People in Tech Podcast


Caleb King is a Software Developer and Entrepreneur. Pursuing his Doctorate in Cybersecurity, Caleb has a passion for technology, constantly trying to expand his technical skillset. With 10+ years of development experience, he works with clients and business partners to create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. He is the host of the People in Tech podcast a technology show helping people understand the current state of technology in society. 


Caleb’s work experience spans multiple industries including health care, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, financial, media/communication, and government. Caleb has lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, where he was involved in e-commerce development projects, gaining extensive experience in assisting companies and entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their digital presence. Caleb resides in Arizona, and spends significant time working on software related projects.


We talk about the following:


The top tech skills in 2019.


How junior developers should find their first job.


The People in Tech Podcast


Caleb’s Social Media


People in Tech website: https://www.peopleintech.us/


Caleb’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/calebking3/

People in Tech Podcast Instagram: @people_in_tech


People in Tech Podcast Twitter: @people_in_tech


Top Tech Skills in 2019: https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/top-skills/the-skills-companies-need-most-in-2019--and-how-to-learn-them


Caleb’s Resources


I'm available. If you have questions, concerns, you have an idea and don't know how to get started. I do quick consulting. Depending on how it is and where you're at, we’ll help you get in the right track or pointing in a direction to get you started. Don't hesitate to reach out.


Caleb’s Advice


My advice for anybody out there is technology is a tool to solve problems. So, if you look at companies like Airbnb, they're the biggest hotel company with no hotels. Uber, the biggest taxi service, but no taxi drivers. So, if you can solve some global problem, then you probably have a good idea and I would say pursue that and not let anything stop you.


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For this episode of the cavnessHR podcast. I was interviewed by Tyler Davis Jone of the Rise Seattle Podcast. We talk about how I became involved with startups, my time in the military, Bunker Labs, Linked:Seattle and other subjects.
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Keirsten’s Social Media!!


Twitter: @traprecruiter

Facebook: @traprecruiter

LinkedIn: @traprecruiter

Instagram: @traprecruiter


Keirsten’s Resources!!


One of the things that I offer through Trap Recruiter, LLC is career coaching. I will offer a 20% discount on for say, 10 of your listeners. If they sign up for career coaching sessions.


Jason Hello, and welcome to the cavnessHR podcast. I'm your host Jason Cavness. Our guest today i Keirsten Greggs. Keirsten are you ready to be great today


Keirsten I am.


Jason Keisten is a talent acquisition consultant and career coach. In 2017 she founded Trap Recruiter LLC. A small business committed to bridging the gap between the job seeker and organizations committed to tracking hiring, developing and retaining diverse talent and fostering inclusive, equitable cultures. During her 19 year career, she has implemented creative recruiting strategies for Defense Intelligence, federal and civilian contract portfolio. That accumulated a full range of talent acquisition experience, including full lifecycle recruiting, executive hiring, talent acquisition operations, training, development and delivering. Talent acquisition, Product Management, college recruiting, internal staffing. Always focused on relationship building. she engages with a broader audience via her blog as a guest speaker and as a guest in various podcasts, facilitating workshops and training Keirsten, thank you for being here today. I really appreciate it.

Keirsten Thank you for having me.


Jason What are you focused on now?


Keirsten Right now I do focus primarily on a contract that I have with a company to staff their global trade compliance group. So that is my quote unquote, nine to five job, that will be your regular full lifecycle recruiting. Then I still do some of my independent things on the side. I am grateful and so very thankful that this company is very amenable to my schedule, allowing me to continue to do Trap Recruiter work as long as their good work is completed.


Jason A lot of recruiters like have a niche, they only do construction or tech. But it's like you have a broad and general based recruiter.

Keirsten Initially, I was a tech recruiter, because I started in 1999. Because of the area that I live in, a lot of companies were popping up and the way that I got into government contracting, was that the company that was one of our customers. They actually did not have a recruiting department. So they brought three of us over to be their internal recruiters instead of paying us that heavy fee that they paid for each hire. So then they just paid us salaries, then it saves them a lot of money. Somehow I transitioned that into the more Intel space, or the Intel portfolios for the companies that I worked for. But again, that work was very broad. It could be in a executive hire, it could be a contracts person, it could be a security person, it could, it could be an IT person or an engineer. So the only difference was, in a lot of cases, I was adding a clearance to the requirements for the jobs I was hiring against.


Jason Keirsten, you do both defense and civilian recruiting, correct?


Keirsten Yes.


Jason So what are some of the differences between the two is one easier or more challenging?

Keirsten Defense is definitely more challenging. Again, because you only have so many folks that are not only used to the culture of a defense contractor. Especially, when you're talking about people that are going to be sitting on site at a government site, or at a military installation. So that is a little bit more difficult when you add the caveat that they not only have to know the programs, and the little nuances of the culture, but they also have to have a security clearance


Jason Can you explain your passion for recruiting?


Keirsten I love helping people, there is a wonderful feeling that you get when you help someone get a job. I know what it's like to be unemployed. I didn't at the time that I started recruiting. I thought it was going to be more like a sales type of thing. I had this idea, the same that I think we see on memes now where you know, it's like what people think I do. It's like this lavish lifestyle, we're on boats, and yachts drinking champagne, and that's not really it. We really are doing work. So I had this idea of what it was going to be like to be a technical recruiter. But the more I got into the actual strategy of it, being a relationship builder, building trust, helping people get a job. Creating the organizational culture with the people that I was hiring, making sure I was hiring the best talent that we could. That's what really, you know, drives me and gets me excited every single day,

Jason What do most job candidates get wrong about working with a recruiter,


Keirsten Sometimes they can be a little bit abusive. Sometimes, if recruiters don't set boundaries, or if they try to be everything to everyone, and that's not just the candidates, but the hiring managers, or the customers that they're supporting, recruiters can sometimes get burned out. They think that we don't have anything else to do but attend to them.


Jason So some of them are expecting 24, seven access to you and that's not a reality, that's not realistic.


Keirsten It's not realistic, and I do my best, as I've gotten older and more mature to really be the one that sets those boundaries and cuts the lines of communication after a certain time. Because people will try to have access to you 100%. Especially, now you can email me which used to be the only way where you could call me and then we have cell phones. So you can call me on my cell phone, you can call me at work, you can text me, you can email me. Now you can reach out to me on social media and tell everybody in the world that I did not respond to you in a manner that you know, as timely as you would like. Now you've embarrassed me, and you probably talked yourself out of a job because maybe I was busy. I just didn't get to you yet. Or maybe your timeline wasn't my timeline. There's a lot of ways that a recruiter has to be very, very aware of how they are managing their time and the people that have access to it.


Jason I have to think if a candidate has a recruiter on their side, that's really the best thing for them. Because everyone will change jobs eventually. If you have a recruiter on your side. They call you and say, I'm probably leaving my job in six months. That has to be a value add for that person, I would think.


Keirsten It definitely is. I think the biggest challenge that I have, from speaking in general terms. There are always those one offs, but it's with the people that know me personally, and my family is the ones that take the most advantage. Because I get crazy requests of things to do because I have certain accesses to stuff and I'm just like, no, that's not appropriate. Like, don't ask me to do that. I'm not doing that for you. Or, you know what, I don't have time to do that right now. Because I do actually have a job that makes me do the things that you're asking me to do.

Jason Keirsten how often is it that a hiring manager gives you a job to fill. You send them some candidates based on the requirements and then the hiring manager says that they are changing the requirements. How often does that happen?


Keirsten A lot. It happens a lot in organizations that are new, and I'm working in an organization as 100% new. I was actually hired to staff the organization completely. That group of people I should say because it is a large company, but this group is new. So there is not a lot of confidence in what they need. Because there's no precedent already set and the things that went wrong with the previous group there. I think they're far too focused on not repeating those mistakes. That they're not really looking at what went right and what can we replicate? How can we move things forward quickly. So it happens to me, unfortunately, a great deal where I'm revising things. I'm redoing things, most of the time, it's because of the level of the position that they described. They put out one thing, and I think they want it to get away lot of responses, or see what they get back. There's a lot of that, what will I get back, they cast a wider net, and then they start to draw it in. When we do find the right person, we end up having to do a lot of administrative work in the background to correct the level of the position. It is one of my pet peeves in recruiting because you don't level people, I feel like you level up level positions.


Jason Most of the companies that start off hire the people they know. But that person probably isn't the best person to do marketing and they usually hire people that look like them.

Keirsten Yes.


Jason How do you convince people that maybe your best buds not the best marketing person. Maybe look for other people who don't look like you. How do you convince people to do that?


Keirsten It's not easy. We talk a great deal about diversity, inclusion, and equity today, every single day. I have added. I believe in deliberate diversity, I believe in intentional inclusion. I think a lot of people are deliberate in wanting to have a diverse workforce. They're intentional in going to diversity, job fairs, or reaching out to veteran organizations or going to different conferences. Bringing in interns every summer. So they're intentional, but they don't empower and allow for equity to come into the organization. So that's why they lose a number of their diversity hires Whey can't retain diversity hires at the rate that they would like, and why the workforce remains, you know, very, very, very, for lack of a better term. Vanilla.

Jason Tell us something about owning your own business that you did not expect.


Keirsten I did not expect to do so much work that has nothing to do with recruiting. I have always been adamant that I did not want to be branded as a recruiting agency. But there are so many things that go into owning a business, but I just was not prepared for and I just was not ready for.

Jason So from your point of view, what makes someone a great recruiter?


Keirsten Number one, I think passion for recruiting, you really have to, to love it, you have to have a very thick skin. You have to be able to change your course very quickly. You're not going to be able to follow a script every single day. You're not going to be able to be a to z one to 10 methodical, methodical every single day. You are going to have to change your priorities over and over and over again. If you can become okay with that, with having multiple personality disorder and OCD pressed upon you, then you're going to be a great recruiter.


Jason Keirsten how often or what percentage do people ask you to do something unethical? or illegal? How often does that happen? As a recruiter.

Keirsten I don't get those because I come from an environment that was highly bureaucratic. Where we did have to follow a lot of rules. Sometimes I felt like there was a lot of self imposed governance that I myself was trying to get away from. Trying to get around to make my life a little bit easier, not that I was doing anything unethical or illegal. But I think some of the controls that we put into the process can sometimes make things more difficult than they should be. I don't get any outright blatant requests to do something illegal. If I get something that is unethical or that it's out of compliance, I'll say that is probably the word that I will use. If I get something that that's not compliant, we'll make it compliant. If at all possible, for example, we know that we want to hire Joe Smith for this role. But our policies and procedures say that we have to interview three people. So we interview three other people and we do that. But I'm also the one that's trying to make people be aware that no, I didn't give you just three people that I know you weren't going to hire. I gave people that could either build the pipeline or them may knock Joe Smith, out of the running for this position. I'm going to do my due diligence. So I don't allow any, anyone any organization to put me in a situation where I don't feel like I'm being morally sound. Now, I won't do that.


Jason So from my point of view, I think it's easier to find a job nowadays. The reason because before when I was coming up, it was newspaper ads? But nowadays you can go to the website. Companies advertise jobs on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram. There are all these places people can find jobs. So do you think it is easier or harder for people to find jobs now?


Keirsten I think it's easier for people to get connected to companies. But it's not necessarily easy to fill the jobs. But if we're not filling them with the right people. I think it's, it's up to the organization's to make sure that we are doing enough to say what kind of workforce we're going to want in the future, not just for today.


Jason Keirsten in your time in recruiting? What have you seen the candidates consistently do wrong? Then what do you do when you see the companies do wrong when trying to fill those jobs?


Keirsten Candidates, I think they sometimes for me, they oversell just because of the industry that I'm in. I think they oversell themselves. They put too much on the organization in terms of what they're going to do for them. I think organizations are a little bit naive in the sense that they don't think that employees will ever leave them or that the employee needs them. So they're like you need I think that's the change that's happened in the workforce completely is that it's no more of what can you do for me, it's what can I do for you?

Jason I mean, at will works both ways, right?


Keirsten It does.


Jason Can you talk a little bit how recruiters are paid?


Keirsten Well, I have been a corporate recruiter most of my life, so I was paid like an employee. You get bonuses for meeting goals. There are third party recruiters that can be retained for specific roles. They would get a percentage of the higher salary paid by the organization. There are recruiters that get paid by job seekers to help them find a job who actually go out and look for jobs for them. There are recruiters who are on retainer who make a monthly or quarterly amount for supporting an organization and giving them candidates across different positions. Then there are recruiters who help people who supply contingent workers or temporary workers. They get paid a percentage of a person's bill rate, they get a bill rate, and they end that company pays the employee,


Jason I'm guessing the best method depends on the recruiter and another variables.


Keirsten It depends on number one the position. So there's an abundance, you will always have work filling, manual labor jobs. There's a lot of those, and it helps the organization and it helps, those third party recruiters stay employed to hire their people on a temporary basis. Especially, when you don't have an organization that's very competent in their hiring practices. It's better to do that, that temp to perm type of deal. So that you get to try and buy before you commit to the person. Those companies are the ones that are doing the work for you. So you again, they are they're keeping a pipeline. If Joe Smith doesn't work out, then they can send Amy Jones.

Jason Keirsten, I understand you have something for our listeners today.


Keirsten Yes. So one of the things that I offer through Trap Recruiter, LLC is career coaching. I will offer a 20% discount on for say, 10 of your listeners. If they sign up for career coaching sessions.


Jason Keirsten, can you share your social media with us so people can reach out to you?


Keirsten I can be found everywhere. Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook. Did I miss any? @traprecruiter


Jason For our listeners will have the links her gift offer and her social media links at www.cavnessHRblog.com Keirsten we are coming to the end of our talk. Can you provide our listeners any last minute advice on any subject you want to cover?


Keirsten For recruiters, I want to encourage all of us to please just be good people. We are the ones who are creating the culture and organizations. If we aren't doing our due diligence and bringing in the best people and doing good hiring practices. Then we are going to continue to have trash garbage companies like we have now. So let's just be better people. Let's not continue bad behaviors that we see all over an let's try and change the perception of what a recruiter is.


Jason Keirsten, thank for your time today. I really appreciate it. You have done a lot of great things for everyone. Thank you very much.

Keirsten Thank you.


Jason To our listeners. Thank you for your time as well and remember to be great every day.


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Daniella Larry is the President and Chief Operations Officer for Naylor 2 Enterprise. N2E is a Veteran and Minority-owned small business that provides corporate training, development and administrative management consulting services to U.S. and international organizations. At N2E, he's responsible for the conduct and business operations of global transformative leadership and consulting service initiatives. Earlier in his career, Larry gained extensive leadership experience while serving 20 years as a commissioned officer in the army, where you retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He spent 13 years with L three Technologies, Inc, a $10 billion company where he was the Director of Training and operations for global trade and master trainer. Responsible for providing leadership training to 38,000 employee infrastructure. So Larry is like super leadership guy. He's probably the most qualified leadership guy we've had on our podcast so far. He's got a bachelor's, Master's, all kinds of training certificates, most recently got a coaching certification from Georgetown, I believe. Larry is very active in several different organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, Association of United States Army, and the Society for International Affairs. So Larry, can you tell us something that you are working on these days? That is super exciting?


Larry Absolutely Daniella, I would have to say several things are going on right now. But what most exciting is to be able to work specifically for a law enforcement agency. We are working to put together a leadership program. What that program does is it's transforming the department. To see that happening right in front of your eyes, where people from the sheriff down to the sergeant are realizing that there is a better way to do things and to watch them self transform. To recognize that wait a minute, I am. I am I'm different. Because I see myself now I'm, this is amazing. It's exciting, not barring the fact that leadership when you look at the essence of leadership, and when you sit people down and talk to them about the importance of it, and how you can see the lights come on. 


Daniella It's so interesting that you mentioned law enforcement, and people tend to think of law enforcement teams, military teams, as some of these very high-speed organizations as Oh, they're just great teams, right? They're great teams, they have great leaders, they don't need to work on it. But you're saying that they do need to work on and they are working on it, which is great.


Larry Absolutely. I think most organizations realize once someone comes in, and there's a moment of silence, and it allows them to reflect on who they think they are, as opposed to who and what they should be. They do realize that we probably could do some changing here. Especially in law enforcement organizations. Maybe we should think about looking at another way of doing things, approaching people talking to people and things like that. I think the military is doing that and, of course, I'm a few years removed now. But I'm hearing out there in the winds that the winds of change are starting to blow where the old school military of because I said so is changing now to be more encompassing of the group. Bottom line the mission still needs to happen. But just because you ask others, instead of just telling them and commanding them. Once you ask them, they will probably follow you with the same zeal, purpose and commitment. Because they feel like you love them enough to ask them their opinion and allow them to do it. So I think that's where we're headed.


Daniella It's interesting, the bottom line is the mission still needs to happen in any corporation, right. But a strong culture and a strong team is going to get you to your mission so much faster. I think what the modern sort of leadership is starting to learn, and it's starting to realize. think in the military for the longest time in the in sort of the special disciplines, we already knew that. Right? So in intelligence, which is what I did, we knew that I can order how much can I order my guy to analyze and give me the best information? Not much, right? If he's not motivated to do it he can order a bare minimum of outcomes. But you can inspire kind of a lot more and if you let the experts live in their expertise like they will give you so much more information than you even want.


Larry Yeah, that's true. That is true.

Daniella Okay, so Larry, you became an Officer in the Army, the year before I was born. You retired a few years before I commissioned. Which means for the listeners that even though Larry and I are comrades in arms, we both served in pretty different militaries. As Larry kind of already alluded to. So Larry, as we heard, is now basically a leadership expert. He was telling me about some of the changes that he's noticed in the definition and practice of leadership over the years. Can you tell us a little bit more about that, whether that was your time in the military or your time in the corporate sector.


Larry So as you said, Daniella, I started out in 86 and my first assignment was in Germany. That's the whole Cold War era. I'm a 23 year old kid out of college. I was taught and bred to do what needs to be done, salute the flag, make it happen. I grew up through that time, from the wall, the Cold War, the wall coming down, and then through Gulf War One, and into 911 and deploying into Afghanistan, 101st, in 911. So I think my career spans a lot of different things in there. A lot in a short amount of time. In that 20 years, we went from cold war all the way to post 911. 


Larry So what I've what I learned as I continue to mature in the military, I grew up in an environment where you just do what you're told to do. You don't necessarily question, you just execute. You do that, well, you succeed. Then you go to the next level, and you expect everybody under you to do the same thing and they execute and it just works. I will say, when I moved from Afghanistan, coming into the Department of State, I spent about five years there at State Department, I had just left Afghanistan, and I flew back to the United States. There I was, and the environment was different. The language was different and the actions were different. 


Larry I struggled because I didn't understand that there was a transformation that was taking place from the military side to coming to the United States Department of State. The leadership styles were different and then from there, I went to corporate America. The leadership styles were absolutely different. I would say that I kind of lived through that to state government, local government, excuse me to federal government, and then to defense contracting. I realized that leadership is distinctly different in each one of those areas. But ultimately, today, after I had an opportunity to teach leadership, to, as you said, a 38,000 employee organization. I live leadership and probably didn't even realize how much you learn and gleaned out of being a military person over the years being thrust into it. Today, after understanding and believing that this is my calling, now. I do see that there are different ways to lead. I have started to look at the transformational leader.


Larry If you can't love me, you can't lead me. Now, most people would say, I don't believe in that touchy feely part of things. Just do what I say, well, love has a big meaning. Love means, do you love me enough to whereas the leader, would you sacrifice yourself for me. Would the leader sacrifice themselves, so others may gain versus sacrificing others so that they gain? That's one of the things that I think is really important. As we get into this new type of leadership, we start to realize that you can't lead the way you used to. We're in an organization, we're in a time where four generations are together, and therefore generations worth of fault. There are all kinds of diversity things that are going on now. That same square hold leadership is probably not going to fit in today's round hole. So I have started to realize that a lot of changes that are taking place in leadership, and we're at the cusp of this transformational leadership shift. It is great to be there and I have a lot to offer. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting in front of even more people and explaining to them and getting them to realize that there is an another more effective way lead people to the things that you want them to accomplish.


Daniella Now it's interesting, Larry, that you said people find talking about love and leadership to be touchy feely. Most people would probably categorize military leadership as not touchy feely. But the first thing we learn as leaders in the military is that leaders eat last. The whole concept of that is exactly what you said, you through eating last are signaling. I am willing to not eat if there's not enough food, which means, you know, going way way back to homo sapien fighting for food. I am willing to die for you are in modern day 2019, signaling to these people. I'm willing to die for you. Will you let me lead you? That's a very hardcore, not touchy feely concept. 

Larry It's funny, you should say that Daniella, I use that term a lot. When I'm teaching leadership, leaders eat last. For some people, it's like what I have to eat first because I need to have nourishment to be able to lead the people. it is a sign of sacrifice, a sign of devotion to your people. So grasp that leaders eat last. So good, good point.


Daniella I think probably for all of us, you mentioned being a 23 year old kid right out of the Academy, right or out of ROTC?


Larry Out of ROTC, that's correct.

Daniella I had a similar experience 22 year old kid out of a commissioning program and you are obsessed with being the best. You think you need to outperform everyone else? How long do you think it took you to realize that being a leader was not about you, but was about your team?

Larry It's funny that you should ask that question because there is a paradigm in there. Back, in those days, there was the zero defect army. I mean, you have to be near perfect, or you walk on water, and you just get wet to the ankle. I mean, you had to be that person. So what it caused is this, do not mess with me, don't touch me, because I got to be perfect. So micromanagement was a huge thing. All kinds of things came into play that caused people to be that way. Now, that's one end of the pendulum. The other end was that people started to realize in that era, what it caused was people's inability to feel like they could make a mistake. Or feel like they can allow their people to do things and use their own intuitive nature and ideas. It created this environment where you just felt like you couldn't do anything other than got to be perfect. It's got to be spot on. It causes you to grow up in an environment and a culture where you struggle with making a mistake. 


Daniella You're speaking to my heart because there's so much danger in the zero defect environment. By the way, it's still a zero defect environment for women in the military, and a lot of other industries, of course. But I am very glad to hear that these great leaders like you and leadership trainers are thinking about this.


Larry We're teaching a law enforcement organization here in a few days, called women in leadership. I am starting to realize even more as a black man. I used to feel like I've got to do 110%, just to be equal with everybody else. Now I'm thinking about what it must feel like sometimes and in a workplace environment, as a woman. Who is intelligent, who is absolutely capable of doing even more than many others. I wonder if they have that same feeling that I have that I really can't explain and articulate.


Daniella I think I can articulate it. So when you are a member, this of course my personal belief. When you are a member of a minority group, of which women are still considered one. You represent that entire group in a way that a member of the majority doesn't. So, for example, when you Larry, as a man in the military, messed up. Did something wrong made a mistake, you were Larry, the soldier making a mistake. When I mess up and make a mistake, this is why women shouldn't be in the military. Right? So Daniella Young had to carry the weight of representing all females on her shoulder in the military because we're such a minority there. You probably had this experience as a black man in corporate America or somewhere else that you represent all African American people in all of your actions. That is far too heavy of a burden for any of us to carry.


Larry Also with that, because it is true, where you feel like you are representing as a leader. You're representing the greater organization or people. So everything you do is going to maybe impress others that are watching to have a perception of everybody that's like you that. So it causes you to feel like you have to ensure that you present yourself the best at all times. Which comes back to part of that theme that works within you as as a leader where you feel that has to be the case, and you're constantly making sure you push yourself to do that. Because you're you're representing something much bigger than you.

Daniella I'd be interested to get your opinion on this. When you allow people to see holes that you have or places where you're not perfect? Well, other people might have skills in those areas that are on your team that have a specific skill in that area that you wouldn't have known about.

Larry There are five principles that I kind of adhere to, when I'm doing training. Empathy, esteem, support, share, and involve. Most of the time, leaders will give someone responsibility to do something. But because there's zero defect mentality, or they feel like it can't be done, as well as if I if we're not doing it. They tend to remove the responsibility to the individual. Because Okay, if they turn in a 50% solution, you're like, okay, I'll tell you what, I'll work on it from here. Most of your subordinates realize that's what you do. So they only do half anyway, because you know, you're going to take it and do it. 

Larry But if you can figure out a way to involve your people, to where they take that as their own, and they actually feel great doing it. That's what makes the difference. A lot of times, leaders do not realize that you cannot function. These people are the wind beneath your wings. They are the literal air that you breathe. So if you do not empower them, and give them and involve them in the opportunities to do great things, without removing the responsibility, allow them to do it. If it's not done to exactly what your standard is, based on your perception of what right looks like, it's okay. As long as it's ethical and legal, moral and safe. Because what's going to happen, it's going to snowball, it's going to pay bigger dividends down the road. 


Daniella Larry, we're gonna have to wrap up soon. Unfortunately, I know. We could go forever. We'll have to have you back on in the future.

Larry I would love it. Thank you.


Daniella So Larry, are you providing a gift or a discount for listeners today?


Larry Yes, I am. As a matter of fact, I would love to, for anyone that reaches out to us. Let us know that they're looking for an opportunity to receive some awesome transformational leadership initiatives in their organization. If they contact us, and let us know that they heard this in relation to this podcast, we are going to provide discounts to them for that.


Daniella Perfect, and 

what's the best way to contact you, Larry.

Larry So the best way to contact us is if you would, you can go to our website, it's www. Naylor2 enterprise.com or you can actually look me up on LinkedIn, Larry Naylor, I'm out there. You can actually see a lot of the information that we have. But if you go to our website, you can see some of our capabilities in leadership and in coaching, as well as international and global trade compliance and things like that. We'd love to come and talk to your people. We love what we do. We're passionate about it, because it makes a greater greater America, greater culture, greater world that we're living in. So we're so looking forward to doing those types of things.


Daniella Perfect and all of the links and how to get in contact with Larry will be on our show notes, which are found www.cavnessHRblog.com. Okay, Larry, 20 seconds, what's one piece of advice for our listeners?


Larry One piece of advice for our listeners. Leading is an art form. Leadership is a gift, but the ability to portray that so that your people will follow is where the magic actually happens. So I would empower all of the leaders who are out there, and it goes back to the beginning of what I said. Leadership Is loving your people, sacrificing yourself so that others may gain. Then in the end, you will realize that was what you were set out to do from the very beginning. Leaders lead from the front and leaders eat last. 


Daniella Larry, thank you for so much for sharing so much value on our show today. Can't wait to have you back on and thank you to all of our listeners Remember to be great every day.


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Listeners can go to my website at www.awakenyourgreatness.guru There's a couple leadership resources that are available. There's my crunchy conversation tool kit. It's 28 pages that will walk you through how to have any difficult conversations.


Whether it's at work or in your personal life It's free, please download it, please use it. It's super important that we have these conversations out in the world. I also have a team member profile available there as well. Where it's just a really good way to understand who you're working with. So you can work better with your people that you lead and that you manage. Both of those are free gifts available on my websites to your listeners.







Daniella Hi, this is the cavnessHR podcast and I'm your host, Daniella Young. Our guest today is Aubrey. Aubrey are you ready to be great today?


Aubrey I am thanks for asking Daniella.


Daniella Aubrey is a leader, business owner, trainer, speaker and a woman on fire about elevating leadership. Particularly women's leadership and changing how business is done. Her background is in leadership and human resources. She has served both as a direct employee as well as consulting with hundreds of organizations over the last 20 years on how to accomplish their business goals while tending to their greatest assets, their people. Having worked with large corporations for Fortune 50 companies, as well as smaller startups and everything in between. Aubrey is well versed in the challenges that business face today. She brings her fresh approach to help businesses do business differently in a way that feeds the people and the bottom line.


Daniella So before I even asked you what you're excited about. I just want to say I love that I love that last line in the bio that we've got to feed people and the bottom line. Because little known fact, they both matter. I've been talking about this a lot lately on our websites and on our blogs and all of this stuff. But you know, culture and profit are directly related to each other. Directly related to each other. Harvard published a study that said culture increases your profits 756%. This was a 22 something year study. So it's hugely, hugely effective. But you don't know what you're missing. If you don't work on it, right? It's very much like my background is security in the military. we only know what happened on Pearl Harbor because it happened, right? We wouldn't if we had avoided it, we wouldn't have known. So it's like you never know, really the downsides or the upsides of culture unless it's really bad or really good. So it's just one of those things that you have to be working on. So awesome. Love it. Aubrey, can you tell our listeners something that you are working on these days? That is super exciting.


Aubrey I would love to thanks for asking. I'm super thrilled to be here. So thanks for inviting me to be on your podcast. I feel honored to be amongst so many wonderful people that you've had on here. The really the big thing that I've been that's been working me and so that I've been working it and bringing it out to the world is going into organizations and teaching them how to have what I call crunchy conversations. It's those places, whether it's boundary setting and upholding those boundaries. Whether it's from the leadership down to their people. Or for the people up to their leadership, and really teaching people how to have these awkward, terribly uncomfortable conversations that are really essential to the organization's health and well being. That's the big thing that I'm really excited about. I offer those, both open format where anybody can come and then I also do specialized sports, business specific needs, and go on site and work with their teams. It's super rewarding.


Daniella That's great. I love I love crunchy conversations. Very, very Seattle, right? Because we're all about the hippies. Actually, one thing I really love about Aubrey, and if you're listening and not watching, you can't see her. But she has fun curly hair, purple glasses, amazing earrings made out of feathers, and she's wearing pink. All of these things are things that serious business women in the past, couldn't do and be taken seriously. So, but of course, she's this incredible, badass, 20 years of business experience, and she coaches business leaders. I love that. I love that our culture now is changing to where you can bring who you are to the workplace. That's what everybody should be doing. So thank you, thank you for being on our podcast. Thanks for showing up as you. Let's jump right into that executive experience as a woman with executive experience. I would love it if you could talk a little bit about exactly that, being a powerful woman in the workplace and she share your thoughts.


Aubrey First, I want to say it's not easy to be in an executive shoes period. It's less easy for, for women and particularly women of color. It's really difficult to show up in most of the business world is very masculine, it's very much the old, the old man's game. Historically, what women have done is they've tried to play the man's game and make themselves into men and adopt the way businesses is being done. I did that I was one of those women, I was sitting at the executive table and I was miserable. I mean, it was not uncommon to find me, literally hiding in the corner of my office where nobody can see me through the window crying, but trying to do it really quietly. So the CEO next door, couldn't me. It was so miserable, that I got to a point of, of I couldn't, I just couldn't do it anymore.


Aubrey Like my soul would not allow me to continue this masquerade of trying to be something or someone that I wasn't. I had a total and complete breakdown, I'll be really honest, I had a breakdown, I just was like, I cannot do this, and I will not do this anymore. That opened the doorway for a huge, like personal evolution of my own self. But I think in order for a woman to be powerful in the workplace, she has to feel powerful within her own self. There has to be a certain amount of personal work and personal development. So that I could do that piece and then reemerge confident in who I am confident in the skills and the value that I bring that I know my worth. I no longer question my worth anymore. I'm not like tiptoeing around that. I think that as women, particularly, it's so important for us to do our own personal work so that we can show up fully. Even when our voices quiver.


Aubrey Even when we muster up the courage to say the thing that needs to be said. Nobody else is saying in the room, to stand with your knees knocking and your voice quivering, and still stand there. And know that you have an impact, even if it doesn't feel like it. I just I think it's a important time for women to really elevate themselves and rise up and invest in themselves. As women, we need to rewrite our relationship with each other. You know, part of that old paradigm is we are conditioned to tear each other down. I see that in the workplace all the time, particularly here in Seattle tech is really big. I hear story after story after story of women in tech, about how they tear each other down. I'm just I have an invitation for everyone listening or watching particularly for the women. Let's rewrite that story and how do we stand next to a woman and support her in a way that really builds us all up. All women know how to build community, we know how to tend to the greater whole for the betterment of all.


Daniella What's so interesting about that is I think I really relate to what you're saying. I think that it's seen as a thing that women are catty, and women tear each other down. But I think so much of that comes from the outside. So I noticed during my time in the military, and I was a female officer. So that's fairly rare. percentage wise, right? Like, we're like 11%, or something. So people would come up to me like the men, whenever a new woman got to the unit, the men would walk into my office and say, Oh, have you gone and seen your competition yet. It was always funny to me, I'm like, No, I'm going to go meet my new friend, I'm going to go walk down the hallway and say hi to my new colleague. But it was interesting to me of this idea that women are going to fight with each other and it wasn't coming from the women. It was coming from the men.


Daniella Something else that I heard from you that I think, you know, it's kind of, it's so important for women to be able to be their whole selves in the workplace. So for the leaders listening that means when we say we talk a lot of equality right now, in our society. These movements for l women are equal, minorities are equal, diversity is good. That's all true, but equal doesn't mean the same. What has been in previous generations. It's women, you can be here you can be equal, but really you have to pretend to be a man. When in reality as leaders, we all need to realize that, like, know, and be a woman. We learn things completely differently and we need to be able to bring exactly who we are, to the table. Use that, because of course, that's the actual impact of diversity, right? Or the value of diversity is your entire your entire life experience.


Aubrey Well said. I think it's, it's not a better than or worse than to you. So I want to be really clear. I'm not proposing here that women are better than men. What I'm sayin is that women in the wholeness of their womanness, an element is missing in business. It's an element that is leading to where we're at in business and why business needs to be done differently and I can go on and on.


Daniella Absolutely. Well, and there's so many ideas that have just never been thought about right. So I love you know, two great examples is Rent the Runway and then Sara Blakely's Spanx. That were two ideas that were scoffed at by men in the industry. Sara Blakely tells the story where she couldn't figure out why hosiery was so uncomfortable. Until she couldn't get anyone to make her prototype because the entire hosiery industry was only men. Then she had a light bulb moment, she was like, Oh, this is why hosiery is so uncomfortable, because it's conceived of and made by people that don't spend 12 hours a day in it.


Daniella She, of course, made her product, owns her entire company by herself, because nobody believed in it. Now she is a billionaire. Similar story with Rent the Runway. It was this idea that the ruling business elites could not even understand, because it was a product for 30 year old women, and they were not 30 year old women. Now it's the unicorn, now it's the newest billion dollar company which is amazing. There's just so many opportunities like that. We saw it in the military, we put women in combat, how quickly that changed our our positive outcomes. e see that like you said, in Seattle, we see that in tech, oh my god, right, with the differences, the changes that women make in the tech industry, which is amazing. When we talked earlier, you mentioned you work with clients on changing the way that businessis done, tell us about that process?


Aubrey Well, I first I want to say that has to be the correct kind of clients. I'm actually picky about who I work with, there's a certain foundation of who I will even entertain working with. It has to be the kind of client that genuinely they want to do good. They want to do good by their people and they want to be a good leader. As they're sitting in their business, and they're looking around. Usually it's reflected in their bottom line. So they're seeing it in their financials, they're seeing it in a personal way, like how it just feels to go to work. They know that something isn't, isn't working. But they have no idea what to do or what to fix it. So that's the starting point is there has to be a genuine desire to be to be a great leader and to build a great company.


Aubrey Then from there, you can talk about changing how the business is done. So there has to be a certain openness and willingness first and foremost. I find that those leaders that they're so they're so hungry for it. I'm a pretty intense person, I have stamina and going power, and I can just go go go. I have to really gauge my clients and say, Hey, you get to tell me when enough's enough for today. You could just say no. and my way is I ask them. I say I have something for you. Do you want to hear it right now? They have full permission and autonomy to say yes or no or no, I've had enough of you today. Thank you very much go find somebody else to work with today. Which happens to, there has to be that willingness. From there, what I do is I do that executive coaching upwards. When you're sitting at the top, it's really lonely up there.


Aubrey People might complain about what you do, but nobody's actively working with you to help grow you. I insert myself into the middle of the business, and I grow the top level executives up through the executive coaching. I work downward to their next level of leadership and I serve as a bridge. I know with the president, the CEO, or whoever is really wanting for their business. Then I become an extension of them. I get deployed out to work really in depth with their teams, to coach to elevate to problem solve, to brainstorm, and then bringing them together. Making sure communication is happening. Because often businesses are so fast paced, that communication is not happening. Which leads to some of the frustration that's happening in the organization.


Aubrey Then I work with the employee group to raise them up as well and really speak to here's what we're creating here. Is everybody so busy, like making the widgets of the business, right? No, but there's usually a lack of a leadership voice of saying, here's our vision. Here's what we're creating, and every day speaking to that, and that's how you grow a business. Then I get in there and do like hands on technical stuff. So it might be crunching numbers with people it might be looking at financials with the CEO or the president. It might be like elbows deep working side by side with one of the leaders to help them fix the problem. So it's not as though I'm a consultant, just telling people what to do. I work with them. Then I actually get in there side by side and do it with them. Then I bring in some of the personal development stuff, where we talk about growth mindset, and we'll do lunch and learns with the staff to really help them understand what is the growth mindset? versus the fixed mindset? How does that apply to their business? What's their biggest business challenge and how can we take this concept and actually apply it to the challenge and actually moved the needle into it quickly?


Daniella That's such an important part, right? Is the there's a lot of abstract concepts. We're talking about how, for example, everyone says, You got to start with values, right? What are your values? What are your company's values, that's a very abstract concept. Actually, what people like, well, both you and I do with clients, right is show them here's what that means. Here is a physical tangible example of how you take a value and use it when you're making decisions. Then also, the other thing I heard you talk about was getting in there with the leaders and sort of helping be their guide. This has kind of been a theme I've been hearing a lot lately that it has to be the right kind of person.


Daniella That really, what it comes to, I believe, is that the best leaders study leadership, and the best cultures come from people that study culture and care about culture. It has to come from that person, and I hundred percent agree with you, like, if it's not the right, not the right client for you. Or if you're a business leader, and it's not the right coach for you, Or you're not the right business leader, for them, it's not gonna it's not really going to work , and with, with culture and leadership, specifically, it's very interesting to me. As I talked to all these different guests, because I think iit's like psychology and therapy, like the people that need it the most are never going to get it because they don't even know that they need it. So the people that I'm sure you find this with your clients. The people that seek you out and want your help, you sort of mentioned this already, they already know there's a pain point. They're already seeing it in their in their financials, and they know that this sort of what some people consider to be soft, woohoo, stuff. That is a culture and leadership and personal development is a actually really hardcore stuff that is affecting their day to day business.


Aubrey It's super hardcore stuff, it takes a lot. It takes a lot for somebody to be willing to look at their stuff, their own styles, and instigate that change and stick to it to build those new habits. As you're talking about the right fit, whether it's the right fit for a client or the right fit for a coach. It's making that into the business place. I think that this is a place where leaders can grow is they need to be more discerning about who's the right fit for their business, and to not tolerate bad behaviors. That's a big piece that I see out there, especially right now is being an HR, there's this talent shortage. They're like, if you're breathing we will take you is what a lot of businesses are doing because they're so desperate. Well, that's a reflection of leadership, if you have great leadership, you're going to have great talent.


Daniella  I think so important to re emphasize this point of you need the right people. You have to be the right people for your company, or your leadership style. Just because they're not the right people for your company, doesn't mean they're not great, amazing people that will be right for somewhere else. I compare it sometimes with my clients to dating, right? Like, women get told a lot that they're too picky, especially professional women, right? The answer to that is well, you only need one. You're only looking to find one. Of course, all of this work that you do with the leaders is just going to help them become more and more self aware about who they are. What are their values, but also their business values are which I'm sure you would agree, right helps them find the right people?


Aubrey Well, absolutely. Even helping that's part of that, like side by side work that I do with them. Let's identify who is the correct person for you to hire and bring into your business. So when you're hiring new people. Are we hiring, not necessarily the most talented person or the smartest person or any of those things? Like I let them take care of the technical aspects and I really focuse on the person, do they have the kind of mindset that will allow them to help you grow your business? Are they willing to be in these crunchy conversations? Are they willing to instigate them and have them and speak up? Because if we don't have people that are willing to speak up, you're not going to grow your business and maintain it the way your vision is and your desire? I just I think being picky is good. We want to pack that a little bit to make sure you're being picky for the correct reasons and in the correct way.


Daniella Because you definitely want to make sure you're not being picky just to hire only people like you. Because that of course creates an even worse problem. I do just have to point out that if you're not watching the video, you probably don't see this. But our Aubrey's title is Greatness Guru, which is phenomenal. We've had man we've had the Executive Shaman, we have the Greatness Guru. I love these titles. That's so awesome. I wanted to give you the opportunity to talk for like a minute about Women's Business Organization.,


Aubrey Absolutely!!! So WBO is the Women Business Owners Organization, it's here locally in the Seattle;Bellevue area. It is a phenomenal networking group of high powered women that come together. We have a couple events we do every month. It's really about building relationships, and supporting each other. It's not one of those where you get sold to or anything like that. It's really powerful women coming together to support other powerful women and enjoying ourselves along the way. So WomenBusinessOwners.org for anyone who's interested. We do a lunch and a happy hour every month. Come see me there.


Daniella Yes, I need to make it to one soon. But networking for women by women. Aubrey our time is basically over it went super fast. It always does because all my guests are just so great. Were you providing a gift or discount today for listeners?


Aubrey  I am so if the listeners can go to my website, so it is awakenyourgreatness.guru  So again, we're changing how business is done. So awaken your greatness guru, they can go on there. There's a couple actually leadership resources that are available. There's my crunchy conversation tool kit, it's 28 pages that will walk you through how to have any difficult conversations. Whether it's at work or in your personal life and applies there to. It's free, please download it, please use it, it's super important that we have these conversations out in the world. then I also have a team member profile available there as well, where it's just a really good way to understand who you're working with. So you can work better with your people that you lead and that you manage. Both of those are free free gifts available on my websites to your listeners.


Daniella I'm downloading that right now. What is the best way to connect with you on social media?


Aubrey Instagram has been my favorite place to hang out lately. So you can find me on Instagram at greatness_guru.


Daniella I need to learn more about Instagram myself. I'm gonna go connect with you. Listeners, please connect with her if you heard stuff that you liked and want to engage more. She's so energetic and inspiring. Thank you so much. All of the links will be available. Everything she mentioned all the links all the different ways you can connect with her on social media will be available in the show notes and those are found at www.cavnessHR blog.com Thank you so much Aubrey and remember to be great every day


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Jonathan Mills is the founder of Corporate Culture Specialist, an organizational culture strategist, and Agile change expert. Formerly an IT process and automation developer for clients at Department HS and DOJ, he leverages the connection between process design and

meaningful purpose. The apex result is values-based culture strategies and Agile implementation, delivering iterative short-term wins that lead to lasting change.


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Dr. Krystal White, is a leadership psychologist that improves the performance of organizations, teams and individuals. She facilitates programs that raise the efficiency of leaders, assesses and enhances team dynamics, and is a motivational speaker, coach and consultant for forward leaning transformational corporations. She is also Author of "The Letter Code: Deciphering Why You Love the Way You Love"




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Sarah Morgan is a practicing HR Professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in the light industrial and retail industries. She currently the Chief Excellence Officer of BuzzARooney LLC, where she provides consulting and coaching surrounding organizational culture, comprehensive health & total wellness benefits, and executive leadership. Sarah still also serves as an active HR practitioner as the Senior Director of Human Resources for an international home security dealer headquartered outside Raleigh NC.


Sarah has Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Organizational Communication and Leadership from the University of Richmond as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Strayer University.


In 2011, Sarah began blogging under the pen name ‚ÄúBuzz Rooney,‚ÄĚ a spin on her childhood nickname. Then in 2013, she made the decision to retire the nickname and cartoon avatar; she began to write and speak under her real name. Her blog, The Buzz on HR, is now 8 years old and has over 10,000 subscribers. Sarah has also amassed more than 20,000 followers across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.


In 2017, Sarah created the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge, a 28-day writing challenge about the unique hurdles faced by African-Americans and Women in the workplace. The challenge has continued as a hashtag movement that keeps driving conversation and sharing about diversity, inclusion, equity, fairness and belonging in our workplace and world. In 2019, Sarah added #BlackPodsMatter to her hashtag movement arsenal to expand the conversation to include the growing area of podcasting.


Also in 2019, Sarah launched her podcast, Leading in Color, where she provides advice and interviews experts about cultivating intentional, positive workplace experiences and environments thru a lens of diversity, equity, fairness and inclusion. 


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"David Endean is an entrepreneur, based in Silicon Valley, working at the intersection of people and technology. Before building an enterprise software platform that helps companies measure employee engagement levels, he built a psychometric evaluation that helps individuals better communicate their humanistic skills. When not engaged in this work, David can be found training for and racing triathlons, including the famous Ironman World Championship in Hawaii."




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Erin began being an entrepreneur in 1989 when she realized that she had a penchant for doing things ‚Äúher way‚ÄĚ.¬†Charging ahead 3 decades and 4 businesses later, she now is the very humble and proud owner of Zephyr Recruiting LLC.¬†


As with all her businesses, Zephyr is a disruptor, bringing the human element back to finding the right match for their clients.¬†All recruiters say they source ‚Äútop talent‚ÄĚ, but Zephyr does not make this ridiculous and unrealistic claim. Instead Zephyr‚Äôs claim is that they will be a match-maker for the right fit for you, your team, your company‚Äôs values and culture, and for where you want your company to go.¬†

They only work with small businesses, purposefully giving them a leg-up in this competitive job market.


Erin is driven by her mission of eradicating toxic workplaces in the small business community. And she comes to us today by way of Cleveland, OH where she lives with her daughter, her husband, their dog and a huge family of deer that live part-time in their yard. 


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For this episode of the cavnessHR podcast, the CEO/Founder of cavnessHR and the host of the cavnessHR podcast, Jason Cavness is interviewed by Megan Torgerson of Business Impact NW. The mission of Business Impact NW is to grow businesses that create jobs in underserved communities.


Be sure to listen for our special offer for companies within Business Impact NW.



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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Cory McKane. In 2015: The story of PerFIcT (the former name of WeStrive) begins in Cheney, Washington. The idea of creating a social personal training app sounded like an easy task at the time...but Cory, discovered just how hard his journey would be.
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Amir Bormand is the Co-founder of Elevano, a California- based recruitment company, who helps hundreds of people find more fulfilling jobs every year.


Amir is unique to the recruiting industry because he is a former engineer himself‚ÄĒ and could still jot out a few lines of code! He‚Äôs seen the technical recruiting game from both sides, and during his engineering career, he constantly saw agency recruiters take shortcuts and use deceptive practices all for their own benefit.


That’s why, in his current position as Co-founder of Elevano, he encourages a candidate-centric approach to every aspect of technical recruiting and sales. His overriding desire is to smash the negative stigma left by current recruitment strategies, and replace it with a more transparent, honest and empathetic service offering.


When he’s not working, Amir enjoys spending time with his families and traveling. He and his wife have a 5-year-old daughter, who keeps him busy with the latest trends in Disney cartoons... You might just catch him humming Disney movie theme songs!


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Reena Gupta a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, interestingly dove into entrepreneurship when most women take a career break, after her first child was born. Her first foray into entrepreneurship started with a staffing company, Avankia, following which she established a technology company, TargetRecruit. At TargetRecruit, she achieved many milestones in the Salesforce Ecosystem, including being the first to be incubated by Salesforce and developing the first ATS and WMS on Salesforce platform. She successfully exited from TargetRecruit in early 2018.


As a leader in the technology SMB space, Reena’s passion has always been to give back to community. Recognizing the gap in job opportunities for stay at home moms, she started Mom Relaunch - an organization that empowers women on a career break to get back into the workforce, with a focus on IT and HR. She finds fulfillment in transforming the lives of women and enabling them to be financially independent. An active advocate and spokesperson on entrepreneurship, she mentors and nurtures the next generation of entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley Youth Coders Club. Reena also leads a Salesforce Women In Tech (WIT) Users Group, with the aim of fostering a network of like-minded women to learn and exchange ideas.


Reena has been featured as CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel, in Entrepreneur Magazine, Power 50 Solution Providers and much more. She is a regular speaker at various Women In STEM conferences, was one of the three finalists of DreamPitch - a Salesforce event - and has her interviews published at WinWin@Work, B2B Next, The Other 50% and many other online and print media. Mom Relaunch was also shortlisted as one of the top 10 companies for the startup pitch contest at Grace Hopper conference in Sept 2018.


For Reena, success is beyond setting up a profitable business; it is being able to give back to the community and to do her bit for women who need support. She plans to continue supporting and mentoring women who want to rejoin the workforce or who are seeking to embark on their entrepreneurship journey, acting as the voice of evangelism for these women.


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Sapna brings more than two decades of international management consultant experience in sales and business operations in the technology, financial services and telecommunication industries. She started her career at Accenture and became the global business change in organizational practice lead. She also teaches introduction of management consultancy at George Brown College in Toronto. She is also a globally recognized Certified Management Consultant and Charter Professor Accountant. She truly believes that education and awareness are instrumental in overcoming any obstacles and perception challenges, both globally and locally. She started the CanInnovate podcast, focused on Canadian innovators that have changed the game and hosting massive classes deepen our knowledge and skills. You can find her walking, hiking and exploring new areas and trying to win the Aunt of the year award and discovering new places to brunch and inventing her new recipes.
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Mary Pat Knight is a Leadership Transformation and Emotional Intelligence expert. Her 30-year career has spanned executive leadership positions in marketing, operations, strategic planning, human resources, development and executive coaching. 


Drawing on her C-level experience, she has developed a simple, yet powerful system for creating Emotional Intelligence that creates healthy teams, inspires leaders and transforms cultures. Thousands of clients have experienced powerful life and business transformation by committing to this system.


Mary Pat is the Founder and CEO of Leaders Inspired, helping leaders lead from the heart while creating phenomenal business results.



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Melissa Strawn is the CEO & Founder of MyPeopleNow.com - a worker-first gig community for discovering new service providers and the inspiring stories behind why they do what they do. Melissa blogs at FromWelfareToMillionaire.org and is on a mission to transform the social services system into one that encourages and supports efforts toward meaningful self-sufficiency.



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Chris Schmitt recently retired from 30 years of service as a United States Army Special Forces ‚ÄúGreen Beret.‚ÄĚ Since retiring, he has successful founded his own company, Azimuth Consulting Group, to capture the lessons learned from Special Forces in combat and seamlessly translate them to the corporate sector.¬†


Chris speaks on his experiences as a career Green Beret and how ‚Äúkindness‚ÄĚ was the most effective weapon in his kit bag. He conducts face-to-face executive coaching and advising with leaders from Fortune 500 Companies like Starbucks, Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson Bay Company, and Costco Wholesale and International Not-for-Profits like The Nature Conservancy.¬†


Additionally, he facilitates leadership workshops and leads a wilderness-based leadership development treks called ‚ÄúThe Traverse.‚Ä̬†


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Colin is the owner of Beyond Social Conditioning. This is his coaching company where he focusses on your perfect self. This is the rawest and most pure version of you. Simply imagine that you’re alone on this planet, there is nothing left, no parents, no teachers, no friends, nothing.   How would you behave differently? if nobody judges you and the only person you need to make happy, fulfilled, and at peace is the person in the mirror. (Dramatic pause ;) )   

He believes that big changes don’t have to take longer than 12 weeks and is a true expert in creating measurable behavioral change that’s aimed towards your perfect self.



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This is episode zero of the cavnessHR Culture Podcast - Our host will be Daniella Young who is the Senior Development and Cultural Strategy Advisor for cavnessHR. Dainella will interview stand out leaders across industries and sectors to learn their best shared secrets for cultivating culture and developing the leaders of tomorrow.


Daniella Young is an organizational behavior and culture strategy advisor and a renowned international speaker and leadership coach. She helps CEOs and business leaders develop and employ an intentional growth culture strategy in their organizations. She gets very granular with her clients on how to strategize and execute a culture strategy, as well as how to employ tools, tactics and checkpoints along the way. Ao that they don’t get off track. Daniella has unparalleled insights into Organizational Behavior from real world experience.


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Alicia is a founder and CEO of Equilibria, a 14 year old operations management firm, specializing in business infrastructure for fast growing small business. It's here where she first formulated the KasennuTM methodology for business infrastructure. She has since successfully applied this method in over 30 different industries and counting. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University, and an MBA from Tulane university. She is also certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and has authored over 23 articles, case studies, videos, and white papers in the areas of business infrastructure, process improvement, and operational excellence. As part of a mission to provide access to operations resources for small businesses. She has started and hosts a weekly business infrastructure, Curing Back Office Blues podcast. Her most recent accomplishment lies in her new book, "Behind the Facade: How to Structure Automated Company Operations for Sustainable Success?" Was debuted on Amazon as a number one new release for business books in the production operations category. She is committed to do the right things right away. Her mantra is, "Leave it better than you found it."
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CEO and founder of Talent Function, Elaine Orler has been developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. With a keen analytical eye and passion about helping companies enhance their talent acquisition processes, she is uniquely able to identify how talent acquisition impacts both workforces and employers. One of the talent acquisition industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, Elaine has helped global organizations transform their recruiting processes with actionable strategies and technology implementations that optimize talent acquisition for HR professionals, hiring managers, job candidates and the company overall.


Often quoted in leading HR and business publications, including Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive, and Talent Management, Elaine is well-respected as a talent acquisition and talent management expert and takes an active role in industry events and associations.

Elaine is always tuned into the latest trends and is the former Conference Chair of the Recruiting Trends and Talent Tech Conference. She continually works with practitioners and serves an analyst to the solution provider community to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered.


She is invested in all aspects of the market that improve recruiting performance from candidate experience (co-founder of Talent Board, the founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards) to optimal candidate selection with TalVista (owner).

She has presented one-of-a-kind recruiting and candidate experience thought leadership at some of the industry’s most innovative and popular events, including the HR Technology Conference, the SHRM Annual Conference, ERE, and HRO Today Forum among others.



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Yannick Rault is CEO of Sheetgo; a cloud-based platform that allows people to build entire automated workflows, even ERPs, right from their spreadsheet. In 2018 winner of the most innovative IT startup in Spain & Portugal as well as the Most Scalable Startup and SaaS of Europe at the South Summit, and part of Blackbox in the valley.In parallel, he's in the board of two fast-growing co-working organizations focused on the impact to society with spaces in Spain & Brazil helping 100s of innovators.He was previously CEO at Abramar, Best company FOR the world in 2015 according to B-Corp, which built low income, environmentally friendly residential buildings & neighborhoods in Brazil, optimized with his mathematical models for thermal, construction, living comfort, CO2, transport & light. Before he spent a decade as a leader in the corporate world focused on online enterprise software at Ariba (SAP), Arthur Andersen, and FedEx. He is a published author and has been a regular featured speaker at major conferences like TEDx, Universities like Columbia University and leading companies like Google, as well as featured in dozens of publications such as The Economist. Yannick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration on International Finance and Marketing, with minors in Industrial Engineering and Computer Information Systems. In his spare time, he practices sports, designs, and writes.
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Lee McEnany Caraher is the CEO of Double Forte PR & Digital Marketing, a national agency headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York. An acclaimed communication strategist, Lee is known for her practical solutions to big problems. Her company works with some of the top consumer lifestyle, digital life, technology and wine brands in the country. Lee serves on the board of directors for the Public Relations Council, the national association for public relations agencies.

Lee’s the author of Millennials & Management based on her experience with epically failing and then succeeding at retaining Millennials in her business. Her second book, The Boomerang Principle: Inspiring Lifetime Loyalty From Employees provides a practical guide to building positive, high performing workplaces.

 

Lee has a reputation for building cohesive, high producing teams who get a lot done well and have fun at the same time. She is a straight talker who doesn't hold too many punches, although she does her best to be pleasant about it. Her big laugh and sense of humor have gotten her out of a lot of trouble.

 

She started her career in communications in Boston and then moved to California, working with high profile and groundbreaking companies along the way. She moved to the Bay Area in 1995 to serve as the Vice President of Corporate and Consumer Communications at the $1.6 Billion SEGA of America. She then served as Executive Vice President of The Weber Group and Founder and President of Red Whistle Communications, both Interpublic companies.

 

Lee is active in the community and currently serves on the Public Advocates Board of Governors and Grace Cathedral’s Board of Trustees. Previously Lee served as vice chair of the Board of KQED Public Media, Chair of the Board for Community Gatepath, Menlo College’s Board of Trustees, and was the founding Chair of the Board for the St. Paul’s Choir School. She consults with other non-profits on effective board organization and practices.

 

A graduate of Carleton College, with a degree in Medieval History, which she finds useful every day, Lee lives on the San Francisco Peninsula with her husband, two sons, and a blind cat.


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Natalie Michel (Michelle) is the founder and CEO of ‚ÄčNouvel AgeMedia‚Äč(noo-velleagemedia). A d‚Äčigital marketing agency that helps clients develop custom integrated digital marketing strategies for their brand to efficiently and effectively target their audiences while generating valuable long-termbrand-customer relationships.The g‚Äčoal behind harvesting‚Äč these types of relationships is to reach the goals marketing objectives, and potential while at the same time supporting the brands mission.

Nouvel Age Media‚Äôs objective is to serve as a ‚Äčdigital marketing guide‚Äč for their clients so they can maximize their organization‚Äôs goal in a unique way that solves their customer‚Äôs problems by utilizing a social cause. The motive behind their social cause strategy is to help their clients‚Äč devise and execute unique digital marketing strategies that aid the planet, people, passion and profit.¬†


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Janine is the Owner/Chief Innovations Officer for Talent Think Innovations, LLC, a business strategy and management consulting firm. Her career spans fourteen years in HR and Talent Acquisition that has taken her through the world of pharmaceuticals, healthcare, staffing and R&D. Janine is a dynamic speaker, entrepreneur, and an important and respected voice bringing both a human touch and business savvy to the companies and businesses she works with.


It is through the trials and tribulations of her career travels and her passion for Business, Technology, Digital Transformation and Talent Management that she created Talent Think Innovations in January 2013. Her aim is to provide practical and sustainable solutions, programs and strategies that are a catalyst for innovation. Through her work she is using her experience to get businesses and individuals from surviving to thriving allowing them to succeed in an age of rapid transformation.


Janine doesn’t just preach innovation-she lives it. A globally-known figure in Human Resources and Business, she has contributed for: Performance I Create, Switch & Swift, TLNT.com, and IRIS.xyz and more. Janine is a rare professional who isn’t afraid to tackle the obstacles and issues facing us as a society and global marketplace. She has been quoted by HBR, Bustle, The Cut, Atlanta BlackStar, Newsday, SHRM, USA Today and has been featured by Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Black Enterprise and Ebony Magazines. In 2013, Mrs. Truitt was also named one of the Top 100 Most Social Human Resources Experts on Twitter by Huffington Post and one of 50+ Unstoppable Women in HR Tech by Clear Company.


Additionally, she was a part of the first-ever IBM + Purematter VIP Futurist Project. Janine is currently in the process of transitioning her knowledge and work in HR into a technology company that will address the challenges the differently-abled community has in becoming gainfully employed. She proves that humility, innovation and practical thinking has value and is fast becoming the new business imperative.

Visit her blog ‚ÄúThe Aristocracy of HR‚ÄĚ. Follow her tweets on Twitter @CzarinaofHR. Catch her in action every Thursday at 10pm EST on her Periscope show: Ask Czarina Live and on AnchorFM for her ‚ÄúGrowth on my Terms‚ÄĚ podcast: anchor.fm/growthonmyterms.


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Deepak Shukla is the Founder and CEO of Pearl Lemon, a multi-award-winning SEO agency in London. Deepak bootstrapped the business from his mum’s house to a £275k company in less than 24 months. He’s since gone on to invest in algorithmic trading, launch 5-figure online courses and continues to grow. Bootstrapping>aggressive growth>automation are key tenets of anything Deepak will start. Deepak Shukla has featured in TEDx, SemRush, BBC, Chelsea FC, Appsumo, Bright Talks & more. When he's not running his agency, you'll find him running marathons (24 so far) completing Ironmen (2 so far), getting inked (40% body coverage) or playing with his cat Jenny.



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After growing one of his first PPC clients from 25 to 250 employees. Jacob realized he had a gift for using paper click marketing to drive dramatic business results. After helping more companies succeed online. Jacob founded Disruptive Advertising. A PPC and CRO management agency that has helped hundreds of companies realize unprecedented growth and profitability from online advertising. In the four years since its founding, Disruptive Advertising has grown from 2 employees working in Jacob 's basement to a flourishing agency with more than 120 employees and a run rate of over 18 million, putting it number 145 on the 2017 Inc. 500 list. As a business owner and speaker, Jacob Baadsgaard’s really thoughtful and general approach to pay per click advertising makes him a compelling leader in the disruptive marketing arena.
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Amani is the Chief Musical Curator of The Amani Experience, a boutique DJ company, that provides music at various events or venues across the world.


Amani is also a Executive Consultant for Rodan + Fields where I am committed to assisting people on the journey to have better skin


Amani is the Principal for Woodside Media Group. This company focuses on emerging technology solutions for a wide range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, award winning authors and musicians.


In addition to his professional endeavors, Amani is a board member of LA's Best Friends (a leading after school enrichment program).


Amani is a graduate of Howard University.


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When United States Marine Corps veteran, award-winning business developer, and philanthropist Sonny Tannan was offered the opportunity to become one of LinkedIn’s first video content creators, he began developing a LinkedIn article and video series called Through the Eyes of Om.

Lessons taken from raising his son encourage others to approach the world with a little more creativity and curiosity. As ‚Äúfans of 3,‚ÄĚ Sonny and Om capture moments of insight from their day-to-day lives and give readers three takeaways to encourage others to focus, collaborate, and inspire.

Their first book, Through the Eyes of Om: Exploring Malaysia is set to release March of 2019. They use curiosity and insight to tell the story of Om’s very first visit to his mother’s home country. Their hope is to inspire children and their parents to live life with curiosity and enthusiasm for what’s to come.


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As a communications consultant Christina helps professionals and companies figure out what they're trying to say and helps them say it well. Through workshops, seminars and one on one coaching. Christina works to build messaging development storytelling and public speaking skills with her colleague Brian Rutberg, Founder of 3C Coms. As well as subcontracts with local agencies. Formerly an active volunteer in the startup community. Primarily through pitch coaching with organizations like 1million cups and Founders Live. In 2019, Christina is focusing her volunteer time on social justice causes. She's State Coordinating Committee member for the Washington State Poor People's Campaign. A national call for a moral revival. She has a diverse background in Marketing, Advertising, Sales and Journalism and played college basketball while earning a Communication degree with a business minor. She generally wants to everyone to make it. Christina believes being able to get your message across as a major key to success. Communication is skill you can learn and always improve on.
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Samantha Hartley of Enlightened Marketing works with overwhelmed women consultants who are too busy to grow; spending too much time with clients or engagements that are too small and under-earning relative to their value.

She helps them double (and sometimes quintuple) their businesses without exhaustion by attracting perfect clients and making $100K+ offers. As a result, they become more profitable, joyful business owners. 

Before starting this business, Samantha worked in international marketing for The Coca-Cola Company in Russia and its Atlanta headquarters. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, their cat and two big dogs.


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Our guest today is Mike Lui. Mike is CEO at G&G Laboratories. Mike is a first generation, Chinese-American born and raised in NE Philadelphia.

He majored in Economics in Penn State in 1998. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age of 19 after his sophomore year at Penn State. He joined for a mixture of gratitude and service to his country. He also wanted to stretch is personal boundaries and he wanted to engage with people he wouldn’t have normally met.


Mike served as a Civil Affairs Specialist. The part of the Army that engages in nation building and reconstruction during and after conflicts.


 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_affairs#United_States_Army


Mike deployed to an area south of Baghdad for his combat deployment, where he managed Civil Affairs team and engaged in reconstruction efforts. You can find more details here.


  https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelluiprofile/


Mike left the Army in 2008, shortly before starting his MBA program at UCLA

Mike has been a management consultant, product manager and a technology researcher. Mike has a broad business and technology foundation.

He has a good idea on what drives performance in teams, organizations and businesses.The next logical step for Mike was to start a business of his own and make it one that he could be proud of and that stands for something.


For Mike, Healthcare is a natural fit because everyone is affected by their personal health. G&G Laboratories deals with proprietary R&D in the cannabis space. The compounds within cannabis yield much potential as traditional health therapies. But not enough research is being done to determine the exact effects and to tailor products to treat specific conditions.






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Dan is the Co-Founder and a portfolio manager of Triple Summit Advisors, LLC. Dan brings institutional asset management, wealth management, and client service experience to the team. Prior to Triple Summit, Dan worked in business development and operations at Zipline, a venture-backed robotics startup. Previously, Dan worked as an investment associate at Prudential Capital Group, where he conducted credit analysis and portfolio

management for a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of investment grade, high-yield, and mezzanine debt. Dan also served as a field artillery officer in the

U.S. Army, with overseas service in Iraq and Korea. Dan graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and

holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Dan lives in the Seattle Area with his wife, daughter, and their

lively Yorkie, Casey.



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Jessica Vittorio is the Managing Attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio, an Adjunct Professor of Business Law, and host of a weekly

business related podcast. She received her B.A. from Southwestern University, and earned her J.D. from Baylor Law School. Her practice is

based in Dallas, TX and focuses on providing startups and small business owners with the insight and experience they need to properly

grow their business. Jessica is active in the startup and entrepreneurial community throughout Texas, and regularly helps to advise companies on formation, fundraising, M&A, governance, and other daily operational issues. Jessica is a strong believer that  by understanding a company’s philosophy and values she can empower her clients to establish and grow their business in ways that will enable future success. In addition to her work within the business community, she also serves on the Board of various organizations, and is an active member of the Law Practice Management Committee of the State Bar of Texas.




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Christopher Molaro is a 2010 graduate of USMA where he graduated with a degree in Engineering Management and commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He deployed with the First Cavalry Division as a platoon leader to Iraq in 2011 and was awarded a Bronze Star. Concurrently as a Captain in the Army he co-founded the non-profit Things We Read focused on enhancing the quality of lives of his Soldiers and inspiring them to pursue a lifetime of learning. In 2017 he earned his Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He is now the founder and CEO of NeuroFlow, a digital mental health technology company that was recently named a top mental health company by MedTech Boston and most innovative technology by the 2018 Psych Congress. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Erica.




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Steven Matly of SM Diversity was recently named one of Seattle's most influential people for 2018 by Seattle Magazine.

This is a rerelease of a previous episode we did with Steven to help celebrate this.


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Daniella Young is a speaker, writer and the CEO of Cultural Forté, a culture and innovation consulting firm. 

Daniella works with CEOs who are frustrated by turnover, employee conflict and lack of productivity to help them build strong teams, with creative individuals‚ÄĒby creating a supportive and positive culture that everyone loves.


After growing up in a seriously bad religious cult, Daniella became a Captain in the US Army, and one of the first women on a ground combat team in history.


After military service, Daniella consulted at Microsoft, before founding Cultural Fort√©, to help organizations, small teams, and individuals embrace innovative thinking, cultivate strong teams, and avoid the dangers that can plague even the most dynamic leaders. Her Cults, Combat and Culture‚ĄĘ seminar helps senior leaders to proactively engage in building high-passion/high performance teams, strong organizational culture and a place where diversity and personal strength are actively cultivated.

 

Amongst her clients are CEOs of large companies and small startups, government, military and non-profit leaders. Daniella will help you make culture your forté.

 



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Victor Prikhodko is a Business Advisor within the Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovations (OTIPI) which supports the National

Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and administers a $40M/Y Small Business Program. Victor Prikhodko is cofounder of two startups and previously held management positions at ABL, RHT Consulting and Aeras Global. Victor graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in

Microbiology and an MBA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


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Robert Shaye opened his first IRA at age 15 and has been fascinated by personal finance ever since. He attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served 10 years on active duty, including two tours at sea conducting search and rescue missions in the North Atlantic and counter-narcotics

missions in the Caribbean Sea. He is now a USCG Reservist in Seattle and sails on board the Barque EAGLE, ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs Tall Ship,‚ÄĚ during the

summer training season. While at sea he teaches cadets and crew members about navigation as well as personal financial management.

After leaving active duty in 2015, Robert was an early employee at FutureAdvisor, a digital investment advisor, which was later acquired by

BlackRock. He worked for BlackRock for three years before leaving to start his own investment education company called Fireside Finances,

LLC.¬†Robert holds an MBA from UC Berkeley‚Äôs Haas School of Business and is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER‚ĄĘ certificant.


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Dr. Kathryn Bingham partners with highly talented, highly motivated executives, entrepreneurs and professionals facing or seeking change to elevate leadership, increase impact, and achieve desired results in organizations, start ups, projects, and careers. Through her coaching, courses, and workshops, leaders identify critical paths, align focus, address barriers, and execute with passion and purpose in life and work. Kathryn’s

expertise spans multiple functions across the domains of government, business, higher education and nonprofit sectors. She led strategy development, organizational change and business turn-around efforts, and provided recognized thought leadership in the areas of leadership development and talent management. Kathryn completed her Executive MBA at Pepperdine University and her PhD in Leadership at the University of San Diego. She brings multiple coaching methods to support her clients, including Leadership, Appreciative Inquiry, and Stakeholder Centered Coaching. Her ongoing research focuses on transformative experiences in the leadership development journey of business professionals. 


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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Shahriar (Shah) Chowdhury. Shah is the Co-Founder of Assault Forward, a Veteran-owned apparel and accessories company. He also works in finance for a Fortune 500 financial services company.


Shah, who was born and raised in NYC, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the Fordham University ROTC program on 9/1/2001, ten days before 9/11. He served on active duty as a Field Artillery Officer from 2001 to 2005 and deployed to Iraq for 15 months during OIF 1. He served as Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, and Battery Commander in Baghdad.


Shah has been active with IAVA on Capitol Hill for Veterans’ issues such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Veteran suicide, and Burn Pit Legislation. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. 


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Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP is the Vice President of Human Resources for LaRosa's, Inc. - a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio with 13 locations and over 1,100 Team Members.

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Steve has been an HR professional for 30 years and has worked in the Hospitality, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Professional Services industries in various HR roles.


He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors and has been a member of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative for the North Central Region of SHRM and Past Ohio State Council Director. He facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable as well as an HR internet forum, called the HR Net, which reaches over 11,000 people globally each week.


Steve is an accomplished speaker who has been featured at local, regional and national Conferences, Chambers of Commerce, HR chapters and businesses. 


He‚Äôs very active in Social Media and has a nationally recognized HR blog ‚Äď Everyday People. (http://sbrownehr.com) He also has authored a new book called ‚ÄúHR on Purpose !!‚ÄĚ which looks at Human Resources from a fresh, positive and intentional perspective.


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Bernard Cruz is a transformative, Human Resources Director and Human Resource Business Partner who designs and executes strategic initiatives that accelerated the complex challenges of the global talent market ‚Äď touching organization, operations, culture change, leadership, performance management and succession planning. Leverages a collaborative leadership style, international career, depth and breadth of experience, and an innate ability to root out existing and/or potential problems to quickly create enduring solutions that align with business plans, human capital needs and strategic direction especially in India and China. Builds a foundation of trust and connectedness among internal and external stakeholders ‚Äď building bridges with cultural sensitivity across oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, engineering and IT environments.
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Dr. King is currently the President of Senior Options LLC, a senior services advisory company. She has served as an executive in health care for over 25 years. In addition, Dr. King has served as adjunct faculty at The Ohio State University School of Public Health. To write her book "Fired: How to Manage Your Career in the age of Job Uncertainty." Nancy spent five years traveling the country interviewing 65 people who were let go. Her research produced significant patterns and insights on the ramifications of job loss. The recovery that follows and tips for practically managing your career.
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NextShift Robotics was co-founded by Mary Ellen Sparrow. Mary Ellen first began creating material handling robotics systems for the Semi-Conductor industry while at PRI Automation (which was brought by Brooks Automation). Mary Ellen focused on all layers of software and her teams

were responsible for deploying 30+ systems in Fabrication plants across the world for Intel, IBM, AMD, Motorola, Promos, etc. She has held software management positions at Brooks Automation, AS&E, Symbotic, and Veeco, where she managed software, systems, controls, software

quality, field service, and program management teams; was a member of the companies’ strategic planning boards; and company representative for several semi-conductor standards committees. The products shipped were diverse from automated material handling systems to networked X-ray image stationary and mobile systems scanning bags, people, vehicles and large cargo containers to supply chain material handling automation to thin film magnetic heads tools used by hard disk manufacturers. 


In 2015, she joined Harvest Automation, to create an e-retail warehouse material handling system using collaborative mobile autonomous robots. When Harvest decided to sell their warehouse robotics so they could focus on their original market (agricultural robots), Mary Ellen and Stephen

Toebes started NextShift Robotics buying the technology from Harvest Automation. Mary Ellen took the helm at NextShift which has completed a product beta test, and is looking for seed capital. She has 30+ years in the material handling & robotics industries leading cross functional in-house and out-sourced international teams. Mary Ellen is member of the ASTM standards F45 committee for “Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial

Vehicles.‚Ä̬†Using her master‚Äôs in Computer Science, she has developed patented and trademarked traffic management software for material

handling systems.




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Vincent Edwards, CEO of Empire Builders, has been consulting businesses for 8 years. Mr. Edwards has a diverse background that includes 11 years with Procter & Gamble and years of financial experience in loans, financing, capital investments, loan negotiations, HR and more. He has helped businesses raise millions from investors and debt financing. He loves working with businesses and helping them conquer the challenges they incur. His top skill is problem solving. He has consulted well over 100 companies from various industries and business sizes. His current vehicle to help startups and entrepreneurs is about to disrupt the startup community and ecosystem. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky. He Loves coffee, bourbon, cigars, living life to the fullest and is deathly allergic to failure.
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Bill Herling runs Seattle based HummingTree. A national advertisement content management platform. HummingTree creates and shares affordable template ads to reach targeted customers faster.  Bill previously ran Dial Inc. An interactive imaging technology which was fortunate enough to be acquired. Bill has written a few patents, is a marathon runner and volunteer coaches a youth cross country team that just won the city title.
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Robert Lee is a career entrepreneur who sometimes refers to himself as the Forrest Gump of high tech. His diverse adventures encompass computer programming and hardware design, marketing consulting, advertising and electronic payment systems. As the founder and chief strategist behind successful businesses in both the U.S. and Canada, Lee and his companies have received national media exposure that included coverage in the New York Times and the front page of PC Week (now eWeek).


Robert currently lives and works in the Seattle, WA area. 


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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Melissa Williams. She is the founder and chief consultant at Carolina Consulting LLC, author of Essential Life Skills, founder and President of nonprofit organization- Hands and Feet 24/7, Navy veteran, wife, passionate follower of Christ, and mom to three awesome children. She served in the Navy from 2003-2007, after which she completed her undergrad at Old Dominion University majoring in Philosophy. Since then, she has studied at Notre Dame, Villanova, and Oxford Universities as she is a hopeless serial student. She has risen from foster care in one of the poorest counties in rural South Carolina to being an established community leader, author, and entrepreneur who is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our most forgotten communities and citizens.



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Our guest on the cavnessHR Podcast is Victoria Matey. Victoria is a business events professional with 15 years international experience in the industry. She has successfully delivered many business events with high profile. Such as an investment showcase in London and those on a smaller scale. In 2001, She received her first major in linguistics. From Russian University and worked as a product coordinator for various organizations. Over the years she has been involved in delivering business events and realized this was something she liked doing. She then decided to get an Events Management education. She's always been keen to share her expertise and she noticed in her home country of Russia, there was a lack of education and professional government opportunities for event specialists. So in 2015 she started Matey Events.
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Joe Wallin focuses his practice on emerging high growth startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in Angel and Venture financing mergers and acquisitions and other significant business transactions. Joe also provides general counsel services for companies from startups to public. 
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cavnessHR is competing in the Business Impact NW Pitch competition.


Please vote for the cavnessHR video once a day and once per IP address from September 4 to September 12 at


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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast isDerek Iannelli-Smith¬†¬†vCIO & Founder of Outsourced CIO. Derek helps growing companies to help design, structure and implement critical information systems and technology platforms. Derek's clients say that he helps to demystify technology and remove the fears and uncertainties that many face in this area of their business.¬†Outsourced CIO simplifies technology, so you can focus on your business at hand. If you or someone you know has a growing company that could use an outsourced IT leader, please visit our ‚ÄúContact Us‚ÄĚ page.¬†


Derek, while in the Army held a Top Secret Clearance and completed training as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO), later, an IT Consultant/Computer Systems Analyst, after that as a vCIO-Project Manager (over 4,500 hours of PMP experience), and later a CIO and vCIO for a large Healthcare Company. Previous clients started to overwhelm him with requests for consultation and vCIO services, after conferring with a mentor, he started Outsourced CIO LLC November 2017. 


Derek's specialties reflect extensive knowledge in the technology sector.  In between reading, writing, discipleship-evangelism, keeping up with technology, and dating my wife, I try to find time to get on the elliptical, listen to trance/dance/techno/80’s/90’s music, play magic, fish, serve our neighborhood and hang out with my Ragdoll Siamese cat, Niko.


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Dr. David Bugay serves as an administrator for the South Orange County Community College District where he has served as a vice chancellor for human resources for nine years. Prior to that he served as vice president for human resources at College of the Desert and as a chief business officer for the Oakland Community College District Auburn Hill‚Äôs campus. Dr. Bugay will move to a professor position in January 2019 at Irvine Valley College. In the meantime, he has been busy writing. His works to date include: Zombie Dearest, a musical comedy play and two poetry books Naked Turtle Dances and Zombie Dearest: Poems for Young Zombies. Dr. Bugay has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Union Institute and University accompanied by an MBA from Oakland University. His latest project which will hit bookstores around August and is entitled Backbonology: Tough Decisions at Work. This is a practical, hands-on book which deals with ‚Äúboots-on-the-ground‚ÄĚ material on the development and

implementation of tough decisions in the workplace. David resides in Orange County, California with his family and friends, especially his wonderful wife, Suzie Bugay.



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Tej Yale is the Founder/CEO of ThinkImpact Inc., a digital marketing company based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan. ThinkImpact Inc. specializes in Marketing Consulting, Marketing Research, Social Media Management, Website

Management, Event Management, Business Support, Project Management/Coordination. The company was founded in June 2017 after Tej was approached by local businesses needing help with their Marketing/Branding strategies.


He has 3-4 years of experience within the Marketing Industry working for different organizations that range from local government, sports and entertainment, a large global corporation, and an automation company

specializing in Autonomous Vehicles for Industrial Applications. In addition to serving as CEO of ThinkImpact Inc., Tej also serves as a Marketing Project Coordinator for AIM Inc., a automation company specializing in Autonomous vehicles for Industrial Applications company based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan. His responsibilities include -working with global marketing team to develop marketing collateral for company-wide events, developing website

content, and developing corporate brochures/presentations for Senior Level Management. 

 

Tej received his Bachelors, BS and MBA with a specialization in Marketing from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. 

 

Tej’s interests are Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Travelling, and Cooking.



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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Ninh Tran. Ninh is the Chief Relationship Officer and Co-founder of Hiretual and is also a¬†SourceConERE MediaRecruiter.comUniversity of California, Berkeley, and¬†author, and has spoken on various subjects such as ‚ÄúAI & the Future of Recruiting‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúToday‚Äôs Sourcing Technology and Skills‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúRecruiting

Workflow Automation‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúHacking Authentic Leadership for Growth‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúSelling is Human in the Digital World‚ÄĚ at¬†,¬†Stanford University, and global TA conference As Cal alumni, Ninh founded Trucksome to help emerging local food economies thrive while creating thousands of jobs for the unemployed right here in the US. Then he went on to¬†GoogleHireTeamMate¬†Hiretual¬†before co-founding an executive search firm¬†where he leads the business and recruiting operations that placed hundreds under one year before founding. Hiretual, a ‚ÄúRecruiter‚Äôs Best Friend‚ÄĚ is an AI recruiting platform of choice, built by recruiters for recruiters, that continually proves to make the Internet recruiting friendly and your life easier. Hiretual‚Äôs Vision is to make the internet recruiter friendly, find what cannot be found, and

empower 10x faster talent sourcing.



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Josh Kotoff is a SEO Expert and YouTube Strategist that teaches his craft virtually and in person through Snapchat and College Campuses. He's worked with national brands, like Live Nation where he manages their Talent database for rankings on booking your favorite bands, artists, or speakers for events with over 1,200 pages ranking on the first page of Google. Taking his skill in SEO, he translates that into YouTube Strategy by helping channels grow, rank their videos, and perform programming schedules. He currently manages 5 major accounts grossing over 6 million views a month. But most of all Josh loves to teach, share his story, and encourage everyone to turn their passions into their work and do it from anywhere in the world they want to be.



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Poornima was a founder of Femingeer and is an advid public speaker who gives talks around the world on topics ranging from engineering to entrepreneurship. She's also given a TedX talk and hosts a monthly web show called Build. Sponsored by Pivotal Tracker. She's also been an entrepreneur in residence at 500 Startups and mentor in residence at Techstars and lecturer at Duke University's grad school engineering. She was the founding engineer at Mint.com. Where she helped build launch and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009. She's also published two books on how to transform the idea of software products and co-authored "Present: A Techies Guide to Public Speaking. She holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering science from Duke University.
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Our guest Darren Austin is a consumer product executive who helped pioneer many of the innovations in technology that we take for granted today - including including e-commerce, mobile apps, social messaging, location-based products, and cloud services.  


Between 1999 and 2010, Darren:

· helped start Amazon's first mobile product initiative in 1999, 

· co-founded two small tech companies,

· introduced the first instant messaging app for the iPhone in 2008 as the product lead for Mobile AIM & ICQ at AOL,

· helped start the mobile product team at Expedia in 2010.

More recently Darren served as the VP of Products for Seattle-based startup, Glympse, and in 2015 was recruited by Microsoft to help accelerate the cultural change at the company as the product lead for OneNote.


Darren is married to Mardee, his wife of 17 years, and they are parents to two Boston Terrier rescue dogs, Maggie and Sophie. Darren is active in the Seattle-area startup community and recently began co-producing a podcast called The Better Show with two of his close friends.



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Heather brings over 15 years of experience in product management, marketing and IT to Intel, and holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Kellogg School of Management. She has been PMP certified for over 12 years, and has won Recognition Awards for her roles in software product launches and program management at several firms.

Most recently, Heather joined the Global Diversity & Inclusion team at Intel Corporation as a University Partnerships Manager. There, she drives partnerships with some of Intel’s education partners, such as Georgia Tech and six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and manages a college student mentoring program.

Prior to Intel, Heather held Product Management roles at Ticketmaster and Omedix, a patient portal startup, and managed the product launch and software product management process for multi-million dollar clients.

Heather is also a Certified Integral Coach¬ģ, a certified VitalSmarts¬ģ Crucial Conversations Client Trainer, and enjoys volunteering for children‚Äôs and women‚Äôs organizations. She is a member of a book club that has lasted nearly a decade, and her favorite foods are bacon, vegan cupcakes and other vegan, gluten-


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Bobby is the Founder and CEO of Parlay Ideas. He was born and raised in Stouffville Ontario and is the middle of three boys. He comes from three generations of Irish, Scottish and Italian immigrants and entrepreneurs, most of whom came to Canada around the turn of the century. After finishing high school in Aurora Ontario, Bobby studied International Management at McGill University. While at school he spent time learning Mandarin and studying in China. Afterward he started a clothing line, worked in various roles at CI Financial, and finally as a Solutions Engineer

for an Enterprise Software company called Resolver. His current venture (and the reason he is here with us today) - Parlay - was born out of a frustration with the lack of engaging dialogue in the classroom, and a simple but powerful realization that the only way to build a better world is through meaningful conversation. 



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Join us for the 50TH episode of the cavnessHR podcast. We thank our previous guests. We talk about the process of going from episode zero to episode 50 and we talk about what is in the future for cavnessHR
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John Bernatovicz is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and Cleveland sports fan. In 2010, John started Willory, an award-winning organization focused solely on staffing and consulting for HR and payroll. His 22-year career has been focused on paying particular attention to understanding the needs of his clients, candidates, and partners.

The Willory team helps clients transform their people, process, and technology by ensuring they have the best people in their HR and payroll departments, employee life cycle processes are efficient and compliant, and their HCM technology is optimized.


John has made a name for himself through his board involvement with the Cleveland chapters of SHRM, APA, and IHRIM. He has presented across Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.


Married since 1997, John is a life-long Northeast Ohio resident. He spends time playing golf and with his kids, coaching their sports teams and encouraging their creative endeavors.


Listeners can register to enter a contest to win a significantly discounted HR audit by going to willory.com/Cavness.



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Lauren is a curiosity seeker with a deep desire to learn, share, help and laugh. From Lauren’s start as a certified international teacher of language, to her ever-growing collection of degrees, certificates and professional accolades, it’s her infectious ability to bring people into her world of curiosity and possibility, which has gained her success.


A trainer, designer, facilitator, speaker, mentor, coach, and self-proclaimed pirate, she takes you on your own guided learning journey. Lauren creates with you, epic learning adventures and solutions, drawing on her 16 years of professional experiences that span the globe, industries, on land and at sea, and even sometimes in the air. She taps into the science, and fun of learning, while maintaining a sharp approach with intense dedication to the success of others. Her current focus in the studies of neuroscience and how the brain learns, has played an eminent role in helping individuals and corporations navigate through the creations of what she calls learning legacies.


These studies have also given rise to the strategies relevant to the confusions and challenges of the current cross generational workforce. Lauren is a CTDP (Certified Training and Development Professional), has certifications in the fundamentals of neuroscience from Harvard, has recently completed a certificate in medical neuroscience from Duke, is a Designated Communication Coach and Trainer, and is an advisory board member of the NCCA (National Communication Coaching Association of Canada).


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Rob is passionate about helping companies succeed by leveraging technology to make employees successful. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango ‚Äď a software that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2018 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, has had the privilege of speaking in over 30 cities the past three years, and loves the opportunity to connect with passionate HR leaders across the globe. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveler and, in his own terms, a point-alcoholic. He likes collecting points for anything and everything.
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Sapna (SUP-NA) Malhotra (MAL-HOT-RA) brings more than two decades of domestic and international management consulting experience in sales and business operations in the technology, financial services, and Telecommunications industries. She has significant experience in leading large-scale business and IT transformation programs to deliver consistent end-user experience in demanding and fast paced environments. Sapna is known for her constant industry curiosity and new and emerging technologies that will enable different industries to be on the forefront of this digital revolution. She has the CanInnovate podcast that focuses on learning from Innovators that are crushing it in the industry, plus she has a career coaching business, where she provides some tactical advice to get the results her clients deserve. She is a globally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She also holds certificate in Change Management Leadership, Lean Six Sigma accreditation and DevOps & UX Design foundation certifications and about to be Blockchain Business Certified.  
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Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.
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Skylar Bjorn is an 18-year-old tech event blogger. Her interest in tech and business begun when she was 14 years old. She started off with founding an organic dog treat line called ‚ÄúBjornies‚ÄĚ. By the time she was 15, she founded a club, had sat on a board for the past year, and got her first paid internship doing operations at a startup called Choctal. Her sales journey also began at 15 years old when Choctal had her sell at events, which led her to be recruited 8 times while in high School. By the time Skylar was 16 she had begun another job in sales and coded her first iPhone app called Closet Track. While a senior in high school, she programmed her second iPhone called Serene VR which is a meditation virtual reality app. Currently, Skylar is a freshmen at Loyola Marymount University, class of 2021, which is located in Los Angeles. Since college started, she has begun another job as an assistant for an entrepreneur in Playa Del Rey, California, her new tech blog @skylarbjorn, and is a social media manager.

Skylar has also been working on her new startup called ‚ÄúCloset Spark‚ÄĚ which uses fashion AI.



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Dr Cheryl Ingram is the CEO and founder of Diverse City LLC and Inclusology and has specialized in diversity, equity and inclusion work for 17 years. Working with such clients as Netflix, University of Washington, Uber, Ada Developers Academy, and the Greater Seattle Business Association. Her expertise helps companies increase transparency and awareness. Ending the discriminatory practices and biases to create more positive, productive work environments. Cheryl has been awarded New Business of The Year in 2017 and is a finalist for the Advocate Award in the Champion Awards hosted by the Female Founders Alliance of Seattle.
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Peter Pease is a UK entrepreneur who has created multiple businesses since

graduating in psychology in 1987. He took one business from start up to IPO

and sold his last one in 2011… It’s still going strong… they were all in the

people bit of B2B services, things like L&D, HR, Recruitment, Vocational

Education. He’s been responsible for the development of more than forty

thousand learners and his businesses have worked with more than a hundred

thousand job seekers.


He now works as a part time professor at Newcastle Business School ‚Äď in the

North East of England ‚Äď his first experience of working for someone else since

school.


He is currently undertaking research as part of a PhD looking at the

psychological journey of business founders. He’s developing a psychometric

tool based on a global sample of business founders and is looking for people to

take the trial version of the test. If you take the test you will get a free report

showing how your Psychological Capital compares with other founders around

the world and a workbook on how to develop it.


You can find out more at http://research.peterpease.com/research/ or go

direct to https://peterpease.typeform.com/to/lg6A4g to complete the survey.

 


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So, on today's episode we’re doing something a little different. Usually, I’m the one interviewing people. But today, we have five students from the Pacific Lutheran University HR Department that’s going to interview me today.
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Overcoming adversity is nothing new to Steven Matly. A high school dropout turned entrepreneur, he has twice created six figure revenue generating companies with less than $5,000 startup capital. Raised by a single mother in the South Seattle housing projects, Steven entered the workforce at age fifteen and quickly recognized the limited resources, mentors, and role models available to families like his in the area.


In the years that followed Steven worked for both small companies and large corporations in a number of different roles. In 2014, Steven launched SM Diversity, a boutique hiring agency committed to helping businesses create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. By connecting them with community based organizations, subject matter experts, and experienced recruiters, his clients are able to leverage a broader network of diverse talent, ultimately resulting in an expanded marketplace. Steven has become one of the up and coming thought leaders in the area of

diversity and inclusion employment practices.


He was recently featured in the Seattle Times October 2016 issue around ‚ÄúUntapped Talent‚ÄĚ and was selected to be a speaker for TED TALKS at University of Washington in May 2017 as it relates to organizational behavior and Inclusive Leadership. He has conducted ground breaking workshops such as their HACK Diversity & Inclusion Program to serving on panels alongside organizations such as SHRM, Tech Inclusion, Seattle Interactive Conference, Chase Startup Week, WTIA, Uber, F5, Boeing, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Bank Of America, Amazon, Zillow, Expedia, Wells Fargo, Slalom, Progressive, Seattle Police Department, Starbucks, BECU, Comcast, IBM, and other Fortune companies.


In his quest for continued education, Steven successfully completed his Cornell University’s online Strategic Human Resource Leadership program focusing on diversity & inclusion in the workplace. Steven also completed the Business Certificate Program at University of Washington Foster School of Business in August 2017 and serves as a Partner at SDS Consulting in September 2017 to focus on providing end to end resources towards current and future Professional Cleaners.



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Leo Novsky is a professional speaker, executive presentation coach at SPEAK with Power Consulting. Coming to the United States as a political refugee at the age of 12 from the Soviet Union, Leo experienced first-hand the challenge of not being understood. This challenge turned into a calling to master the art of effective communication. Leo has over 17 years of experience in communication, training, marketing and business development. His educational background includes a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Dallas.


He is a published author, inventor and founder of several start-ups. In addition to his regular consulting business, Leo has taught Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Business Communication courses as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College and even in Washington State Prisons. He is fluent in English, Russian, and conversant in Japanese. 



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Jacky is a wife, mother, sister and friend. When she is not busy fulfilling those roles, she is deeply immersed in her passion for human capital development as a learning leader. Jacky’s career spans the fields of Education, Human Resources Management, Tourism Management, and Marketing. Her roles have included: Director of Recruitment for the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas; Director of Development and Vice Principal for a leading K-12 school; adjunct faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and UWI's Project Liaison for HR.com's Inspired Leadership simulcast.


She currently shares her talent for people development through her role as Training Manager for the AML Group in The Bahamas, where she has oversight for the design and facilitation of the Group’s leader development programme. AML Foods Limited, with some 1,000 employees is the parent company for the chain of Fresh Market and Solomon’s grocery stores, the Cost Right club stores, as well as the Domino’s Pizza franchise.  Jacky is a native of Jamaica and has lived in The Bahamas for over 20 years. She is an avid reader, a fan of international cultural expressions through travel …and a certified choc-o-holic.


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Jazmine Wilkes is an HR Assistant in Huntsville, Alabama, she currently works her full-time position, she has also joined the 2018 Northern Alabama Society of Human Resources (NASHRM) Board as the VP of Membership, she is a blog writer for her personal HRJazzy Blog, and a contributor to Workology and SHRM Blog. Jazmine is a Millennial HR Professional who brands herself as, "Just Trying to Get It Right". She's been in HR for two full years and hopes to continue taking the HR career field by storm and creating new positions and provide help to HR newbies. 


Jasmine's Twitter: https://twitter.com/HRJazzy

Jasmine's Blog: https://hrjazzy.blog/

HRJazzy FB Page https://www.facebook.com/HRJazzy/

HRJazzy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hrjazzy/



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Bruce Bjorklund is a senior software architect, entrepreneur, and US Army veteran. Having moved to the Pacific Northwest after a sudden military career sickness, and like a stroke of luck Bruce got his foot in the door of the video game industry at Gas Powered Games as an entry level production assistant. Upon teaching himself how to code in his spare time. Bruce was taken under the wing of then CEO Chris Taylor, where he was put in charge of his R&D projects. He then continued building games and prototypes for companies like Disney, Microsoft, and Wargaming, where his beloved gaming studio suddenly lost all contracts. Ready to move on to the next challenge. Bruce quit his dream job to chase another dream - starting his own business. After crashing his first startup within the first year, and battling personal life issues. Bruce found himself living out of his mini cooper with his wife and french bulldog. He immediately pivoted and landed himself in enterprise consulting while quickly becoming the go-to consultant for all the high profile contracts; assisting companies like Microsoft, Disney, and Concur. Bruce’s mentor, Steven Anderson, broke off to start yet another company; Sirrus7, where Bruce left Disney Interactive to take ownership of building an internet-of-things platform from the ground up - Elevat, IOT. Bruce quickly earned the title of chief architect for Elevat. Where he has played a critical role in architecting, designing and building a next-generation internet-of-things platform that has successfully raised series A, and was the driving force for over $3 million in revenue. The entire time Bruce was driving success for his clients, he was also building his next startup - Hyxus, INC, a next-generation agriculture logistics and traceability system that is planned to be released later this year.
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Janelle is a Human Resources Consultant for a nationally recognized payroll & HR outsourcing provider and the President for SHRM Affiliate chapter, Staffing Management Association of South Florida. She has 15+ years human resources experience in various industries such as high-speed technology, power management and payroll & HR outsourcing. 

Janelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in HR Management from the University of Central Florida, College of Business [Go Knights!] and holds both PHR & SHRM-CP certifications. Janelle has been a member of several human resource organizations including: SHRM, SMA of South Florida, HRABC and GMSHRM. She has entered her seventh year on the Board of Directors for Staffing Management Association of South Florida and is excited to be serving her first full term as Chapter President.


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Russ Elliot, an expert on organizational culture, is the founder of the Conscious Culture Group. A consulting and executive coaching company committed to linking culture to performance by creating ownership for culture and fully understanding the employee experience. Working closely with leaders, Russ helps create organizational changes that build more effective and intentional cultures holistically. Russ brings his 32 years of HR practitioner experience to his consulting practice.  While serving as a SVP HR Director, his organization was recognized as a Best Place to Work in Silicon Valley and nationally as one of the top 40 Best Banks to Work For.   Russ, SPHR certified, is on the faculty of UC Berkeley extension, Global Institute of Leadership Development and Women in Leadership. Russ’ articles have been published in national HR magazines and he has been interviewed as an HR/culture expert for national HR articles. Russ holds a BS in Business and an MA in HR.
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Matt Burns‚Äô nearly 20-year corporate journey has taken him around the world, supporting companies with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. He‚Äôs presently the Head of HR for a global retailer and leads a team that was recently recognized for the: ‚ÄėMost Innovative Use of HR Technology‚Äô in Canada.

Matt is also in the midst of a mid-career renaissance. He’s passionate about innovation and knows things need to change in Corporate World. He’s in his own words: a “recovering corporate hack’, having recently discovered that his true passions lie, not in personal success, but in engaging and enabling the success of others.

He’s documenting his experiences, using his enrollment in an International Executive MBA program as the backdrop for a transformative change journey that began this past summer in Vancouver, and recently took him to Sao Paulo. Future stops in Mexico City (January), and Nashville, this Spring (April) are sure to incite further learnings, conversation and debate. You can find Matt sounding off on all things on tech innovation, future of work and HR on LinkedIn or Twitter:@CdnHRConsultant


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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Paul Maskill. Paul started his first service-based business in 2011. Before he knew it, he was working 60-80 hours a week. Until he realized that he had no freedom and the business needed him to survive. So Paul started to systematize everything. By putting systems, processes and people in place, his revenue doubled to almost $500k while the number of hours he worked dropped below 40. Paul then sold his business for 3x net profit. He’s now a coach, consultant and investor for small businesses ready to break free and achieve the income & freedom they sought when they started their business.
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Laurie Litwack is a problem solver, a mother of daughters, a compassionate geek, and an expert coach with a passion for leadership and creating greater impact for women in tech. Her business is called Today Is Your Day. She provides inspiration and accountability coaching, helping women in tech find more time, solve life & career problems, and set themselves up for success. Laurie’s degree in Electrical Engineering came from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her problem-solving and organizational development skills served her well in her career from IBM and Bell Northern Research, to Merlin Guerin in France, and through two decades at the Microsoft Corporation.
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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Janice Long Coe. Janice is the President of Limelight, LLC. Janice has 20 years of experience as a federal government executive manager. As well as experience as the Executive Vice President of a full-service communications company focused on training and informational productions. Janice is a certified coach and has successfully coached at the executive level.
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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Charlie Judy. Charlie forged a successful career over 25 years as an HR Executive with some of the world's most prominent professional service organizations. Charlie is now CEO and Founding Partner of WorkXO, a workforce technology company.
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Kevin Goldsmith is the Chief Technology Officer at Avvo in Seattle. Kevin oversees all Development Data, Dev Ops and IT teams. Previously, he was the VP of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify in Stockholm, Sweden. Where he led the development of the product and streaming services. Kevin was at Adobe Systems for nine years, where he was Director of Engineering. Where he led the Adobe Revel Product group and Adobe Image Foundation Group. Kevin also spent eight years at Microsoft in the Windows and Research Teams.
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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is William Tincup. William is President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology. William serves on the Board of Advisors for companies such as: Weave, Vervoe, Brazen, Talent Ninja and SmartRecruiters to name just a few. William has also written over 200 articles and spoken at over 150 HR and Recruiting conferences.
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Our guest is Dr. Tim Baker. Dr. Baker is a thought leader, international consultant and successful author. Dr. Baker was recognized by the World HRD Congress for doing extraordinary work in the field of HRD.
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Our guest is Todd Dean. Todd is a natural deal maker and has been connecting people and businesses in the entrepreneurial investment community for years.
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Our guest Ben Eubanks is the principal analyst at Lighthouse Research and Advisory. Ben has authored dozens of reports, eBooks and more than 1000 articles. He maintains UpstartHR. A blog that has touched the lives of more than 900,000 business leaders.
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Chris Oltyan, CEO of Rebric, has started and sold over nine companies and helped bring over 30 software products to market. A Certified Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner, he is a strong advocate of agile and lean practices.
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Our guest is Maja Karlsson. Her company Silver Rain Coaching and Consulting is based in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Coming at her work from a place of huge curiosity. Maja weaves in concepts of wellness, leadership and emotional intelligence into all things she does.

 

 


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Our guest on the cavnessHR podcast is Nick Tran. Nick is Manager, Community and Veteran Affairs for Schlumberger Limited.
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Our guest is Jeff Kramer. Jeff is currently the Assistant Vice President of People (CHRO) at 1st Global.
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Our guest Adam Haberer, Esq. has experience counseling small businesses and startups. Adam is currently an in house Attorney at NSS Labs out of Austin, Texas
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Our guest today is Greg the anonymous founder of the anonymous employee feedback platform, aSuggestion.

Through aSuggestion, Greg and his team are able to draw forth constructive and meaningful commentary from employees across the country. Helping employees to share feedback and become more engages both at work and in their personal lives as well

 


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Our guest is Kina McAllister who is CEO/Founder of StemBox. StemBox is a monthly subscription box that makes STEM fun and accessible to girls 7-13.
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Our guest Zachary Rozga is the founder of Swurveys. Swurveys is the premium real time insights and lead qualification product for events and trades shows.
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Cecilia Clark (Cici) is the Talent Acquisition Manager at NextOp. NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into Industry careers.
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Our guest Sandy Fiaschetti Ph.D is Co-founder of Magnet Consulting. She brings over 20 years of HR experience as a thought leader and internal and external consultant to many small, mid-sized and Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries.
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Our guest today is David Siler, SPHR, GPHR, SPHRi, PHRi and aPHR is the Managing Partner of the firm of Distinctive Human Resources, Inc. (DHR)
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D.L. Brouwer is the author of The Return on Leadership. A book that defines and quantifies the impact of the leader on growth in people, teams and markets.
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Our guest Anna Hoobler, along with her husband Brandon are the principals and cofounders of Seattle Benefits Consulting.
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Our guest Paige Whitmire is the founder of Cognitive Change. She has 20 years of experience successfully leading teams in change management.
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Our guest Melissa Washington is President and Founder of the Women's Veterans Alliance. She is a disabled Veteran small business owner, speaker, podcaster and award winner who is passionate about connecting women Veterans across the nation.
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Mikaela is a native Seattleite, who's spent the last 15 years in HR leadership roles at Seattle based companies. Including Microsoft, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015, she founded UniquelyHR. Which provides flexible HR for fast growing companies.
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Tovargii "Tru" Pugh is the Veteran, Minority founder of Dawg-Box and the creator of the Dog Relief Station. (DRS)
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Joshua Walton is a recovering Trekkie, full time entrepreneur, life long investor, part time writer and once upon a time combat medic. He is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Health Hat. A healthcare technology company that assists hospital networks and clinics quickly mitigate operational problems. Thereby increasing revenue and patient satisfaction. He is an alum of both John Hopkins University and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Jessica Light is Co-Founder of JJ Social Light. JJ Social Light is a premier social media service that connects to businesses to help them better connect with others.
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Jackson Calame & his agency, J Cal Digital, teach entrepreneurs about sustainable revenue growth.
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Lee has more than 10 years of experience working in both public and private companies. Lee is the Founder of Venture Catalyst at Cascadia Venture Catalyst Group. He is Co-Founder of Startup253 and Director of Business Development at Seattle Startup Week.
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Our guest for episode 1 of the cavnessHR Podcast is Dr. D. Anthony Miles. He is an entrepreneur, award-winning researcher, award-winning professor, statistician, legal expert witness and best selling author. Dr. Miles is a nationally known expert in the fields of entrepreneurship and marketing. He is CEO and Founder of Miles Development Industries Corporation, a consulting practice and venture capital acquisition firm. He has 10 years experience consulting startups. Dr. Miles is a nationally known startup and marketing expert in the media. He has been featured on nationally syndicated media outlets such as: Forbes, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, Money Matters with Chris Hensley, The Earl Cobb Show and The Michael Dresser Show.
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Episode zero of the cavnessHR podcast.
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