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#79 Raising The Bar Of Sustainable Textiles

#79 Raising The Bar Of Sustainable Textiles

July 17, 2019

On this week's episode of The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, sat down with a self-made, fearless influencer and leader in the textile industry, Stephanie Benedetto. Through her business, Queen of Raw, Stephanie has found a unique marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles, aiming to reduce the amount of wastage and pollution that burning fabric and landfills entail. 

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For more information, visit www.queenofraw.com and follow Queen of Raw out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

#78 Riveting Exchanges: Managing A Bad Boss To Your Own Advantage

#78 Riveting Exchanges: Managing A Bad Boss To Your Own Advantage

July 9, 2019

On this week's edition of "Riveting Exchanges" on The WAM Podcast, hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace, talk about bad bosses. Everyone has had a bad boss at one point or another, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you don't know how to communicate with them, or you're trying to get past an obstacle they have placed in front of you. Either way, different personalities and work styles often play a role.

Over the course of a three-part series, Andrea and Desiree will be digging into the types of bad bosses and circle back to give you practical advice on how to deal with these individuals. We often believe that the only way to solve the problem is to quit the job, but a bad boss can be turned to your own advantage. The ladies also talk about how to push back in appropriate and subtle ways, and also how you can be clever about the information you share with a boss who is trying to take credit for the work you have done. It is ultimately important not to become disgruntled but rather to keep building your reputation as a person of action.


 
For more information on Olson's book, workshops, keynote speeches, or consulting, please visit pragmadik.comnodisruptions.com, and thecustomermission.com. Follow Andrea Olson on Twitter @pragmadik
 
Connect with Desiree Grace on LinkedIn.
#77 Managing Credit Risk

#77 Managing Credit Risk

July 3, 2019

This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Amy Nicklaus, is joined by Charity Forte, who is a leading client services manager for CreditRiskMonitor, which offers industry-leading financial risk analysis for credit, supply chain, and financial professionals. Charity and her team educate their clients on financial risk and show them how to use the service to mitigate the risk of vendors and suppliers as well as customers.

Credit risk is something that affects everyone, and prevention is always better than cure. Charity shares some details about the FRISK Score and the immense financial pitfalls it can point out and prevent, such as the imminent bankruptcy of a key vendor. She also speaks about her career history, as well as her family life and passion for rescue animals.


To learn more, visit www.creditriskmonitor.com or contact Charity directly at charity.forte@creditriskmonitor.com and connect with her on LinkedIn.

#76 Bring The MAGIC Of Your Whole Self To Work!

#76 Bring The MAGIC Of Your Whole Self To Work!

June 26, 2019

On this episode of The WAM Podcast, host, Barbara Trautlein, interviews Linda Mott, who has held a variety of roles in the male-dominated utility industry, including BC Hydro’s Employee Engagement Manager for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.  Linda advises us to bring our whole selves to work and is the perfect role model for how to do so which for her, includes her skills as an amateur magician! 

She shares actionable insights, including finding an employer that believes in diversity and supports you as a whole person, networking to identify companies and jobs that work for you, negotiating what you deserve, and discovering creative ways to build relationships.  For an incredible conversation with a woman who is unique and true to herself, don't miss this episode!


Connect with Linda Mott on LinkedIn.

#75 ASSP: Women At Risk In The Workplace

#75 ASSP: Women At Risk In The Workplace

June 19, 2019

This week on The WAM Podcast's special series with the American Society Of Safety Professionals, host, Jennifer McNelly, speaks with Dr. Katie Schofield, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Master of Environmental Health and Safety program. The ladies talk about how gender influences injury risk in the workplace and explore how the changing world of work, including precarious employment arrangements in traditionally gendered roles like teaching assistants or home healthcare aides, can create different risks that require new safety strategies, policies, and interventions.


Connect with Dr. Katie Schofield on LinkedIn and visit http://www.umn.edu/~kscho to learn more.

#74 Riveting Exchanges: 3 Key Principles For Laying The Foundation Of A Successful Business

#74 Riveting Exchanges: 3 Key Principles For Laying The Foundation Of A Successful Business

June 12, 2019

This week on The WAM Podcast's edition of "Riveting Exchanges," hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace, had the pleasure of talking all about entrepreneurship with their guest, Maureen Barsema, better known as Mo. Mo is the owner of her own financial and strategic coaching business called Outside Looking In LLC. Her company guides other businesses toward financial stability through savvy strategies.

Starting a business takes courage, confidence, capital, and community, but what is it that makes us take the first step and keep running? Mo started her own entrepreneurial journey 37 years ago and has learned a heck of a lot along the way! In this episode, we discuss the top three principles that enable Mo to build the foundation of her business and sustain it within a thriving community. Here, we uncover the value of networking and developing inter-personal industry relationships, the importance of capital, and the power of a solid business plan. Mo also shares her valuable advice for sustaining a coaching business and your own self-esteem in today's fast-paced digital world.


Connect with Mo on LinkedIn.

#73 The Customer Mission: Recruiting And Retaining The Right Employees

#73 The Customer Mission: Recruiting And Retaining The Right Employees

June 5, 2019

On this week's edition of "The Customer Mission" on The WAM Podcast, host, Andrea Olson, is advising listeners about talent attraction and retention, an important conversation for many manufacturers who have a hard time recruiting and keeping skilled talent in their organizations. Perhaps it's time to investigate whether we are approaching the hiring process correctly because attracting the right pool of candidates is crucial.

What we've discovered is that it is often in the smaller details where companies go wrong. The hiring landscape has changed so drastically that the strategies that worked twenty years ago are no longer applicable and new methods for finding the appropriate employees should be explored. A rigid checklist of qualities and qualifications often prove ineffective because the lane becomes too narrow and potentially great candidates can be discarded. Andrea shares insights on how to overcome these obstacles, discussing and providing solutions to the eight most common mistakes that companies make in the hiring process.


 
For more information on Olson's book, workshops, keynote speeches, or consulting, please visit www.pragmadik.comwww.nodisruptions.com, and www.thecustomermission.comFollow Andrea Olson on Twitter @pragmadik
#72 A Fearless Woman In The Metal Industry

#72 A Fearless Woman In The Metal Industry

May 29, 2019

This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano is joined by Edie Comminos, the owner of Alpha Metals Recycling Company in Chicago. Edie is a fearless and self-made woman who has established herself and her company as a force with which to be reckoned! In their conversation, the ladies talk about the metal industry and how it relates to the larger economic climate, the challenges that Edie has faced in a male-dominated industry, the lessons she has learned, and how finding your way to what you want often means taking note of what you don't like.

Edie was named Woman Business Owner of the Year in 2018 in Chicago and Alpha Metals Recycling Company is a certified WBENC Women's Business Enterprise. She discusses what has changed in her work over the years and what she looks forward to in the future. For all this and more, be sure to tune in!


To learn more about Edie Comminos and Alpha Metals Corporation, connect with her on LinkedIn, connect with Alpha Metals Corporation on LinkedIn, and visit alphametalsrecycle.com

#71 Riveting Exchanges: The Art Of Internal Selling

#71 Riveting Exchanges: The Art Of Internal Selling

May 22, 2019

On this week's edition of the "Riveting Exchanges" segment on The WAM Podcast, hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace, discuss the concept of internally selling and what to do to get buy-in from your boss or colleagues for your next big idea. They discuss examples from their own extensive work experience and how they managed to get buy-in on their ideas. The ladies highlight the importance of involving as many people as possible so that people who may be resistant can clearly see their role ina potentially-changing system, and they do not feel as though they will get left behind.

This is important because people who do not buy in can act as roadblocks in executing the idea. Collaborating and engaging with the multiple stakeholders will mean that rather than just accepting the idea, people will truly buy in and work towards a collective vision because they feel heard and valued. This is not easy, especially when dealing with lots of personalities who have different interests, but following some simple steps will make internal selling more manageable.


 
For more information on Olson's book, workshops, keynote speeches, or consulting, please visit www.pragmadik.com, www.nodisruptions.com, and www.thecustomermission.com. Follow Andrea Olson on Twitter @pragmadik
 
Connect with Desiree Grace on LinkedIn.
#70 The Spotlight On Supply Chains

#70 The Spotlight On Supply Chains

May 15, 2019

This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, speaks to Lisa Morales-Hellebo, an amazing entrepreneur who is challenging the traditional views of supply chain and spotlighting new and innovative ways to look at it.

In 2017, Lisa and her partner, Brian Aoaeh, launched The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, one of the largest and fastest growing grassroots-driven network of open and multidisciplinary meetup communities focused on supply chain, technology, and innovation.  It’s flagship chapter, The NY Meetup, is attracting well over 150 attendees to its monthly programs. Their operating model is unique – and free – to all supply chain professionals. Space is donated and Lisa and Brian focus their efforts on attracting influential speakers who are leveraging technology in all sorts of cool ways.

Lisa also founded REFASHIOND Ventures, a VC that champions companies who are reinventing supply chains in the retail sector. Lisa shares how she recognized a need for companies to pay more attention to the inner workings of the supply chain and how her company meets those needs. Lisa also shares her view on VC funding and the gender bias that still exists around it.


For more, follow Lisa Morales on Twitter @lisahellebo and Instagram @lisahellebo and connect with her on LinkedIn. Check out REFASHIOND at www.refashiond.com and follow the brand on Twitter @refashiond and Instagram @refashiond. Learn more about The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation by visiting www.tnyscm.com and connecting with the company on LinkedIn.

The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation is holding a new, free Supply Chain Innovation & Technology Conference June 19-20 in NYC, where the brightest minds in the industry will be discussing the reinvention of global supply chain networks.