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.
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.
May 8, 2019
This week on the first edition of The WAM Podcast's special 6-episode ASSP series, host and CEO of The American Society Of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Jennifer McNelly, speaks with Dr. Cori Wong, Assistant Vice President for Gender Equity within the office of the Vice President for Diversity at Colorado State University. The ladies discuss how prioritizing gender diversity and inclusion can improve occupational safety and health. Cori shares four powerful concepts she says safety professionals can use to reframe their thinking about gender in the workplace.
April 30, 2019
On this edition of "Riveting Exchanges" on The WAM Podcast, hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace, dive into the concept of intrepreneurship. Like entrepreneurship, it's all about innovation and innovating new ideas, but with the key difference that it takes place within an organization.
The ladies discuss the role of company culture in cultivating an atmosphere of innovation, the importance of knowing what the particular company's risk tolerance is, and what their expectations are. They also talk about the factors to consider before initiating change, the importance of being empathetic toward different perspectives, and why it is necessary to validate your plan of action. Tune in for some actionable tips for setting off positive change in your organization!
April 24, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, spoke with Lynn Kier, Vice President of Communications and Branding for the Schaeffler Group, USA, a leading, global integrated automotive industrial supplier. As you will hear, Lynn is an incredibly dynamic woman who has flourished and continues to make an impact in a male-dominated industry for many years in a variety of roles, from finance and sales to operations and HR.
The ladies discuss Lynn's professional journey where shares the different ways that she approaches challenges and keeps progressing in her career. Lynn has lots of great advice for other women (and men)— mostly to be their authentic self, despite the obstacles. She is a big advocate for mentoring and encourages everyone to practice this in their everyday life. Don't miss out on another great opportunity to learn how you can succeed as a woman in the world of manufacturing!
"As a female leader, we have our own style and we have to be our own authentic selves." —Lynn Kier
Visit www.schaeffler.us, connect with The Schaeffler Group and Lynn Kier on LinkedIn, and like & follow The Schaeffler Group on Facebook and Instagram.
For more, visit wampodcast.com.
April 17, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, is joined by the founders of The Second Shift, Gina Hadley and Jenny Galluzzo. The Second Shift is a platform for connecting experienced female freelancers to worthwhile companies with the right values around inclusion and diversity.
Throughout this fascinating and inspiring conversation, the ladies discuss the importance of the vetting process that an organization implements, their perspective on the role of big tech companies in the gradual transformation of the workforce, and how data-driven research helps their line-of-work tremendously. Our guests also offer a few thoughts on things that women could be doing differently to kickstart a change in the immediate vicinity.
They also discuss socialization and culture around gender and the tendency towards indoctrinated over-apologizing and the innate inferiority complexes that occur in the workplace, and why it is so important to celebrate success and vocalize triumphs as a woman. To finish off this great chat, Gina and Jenny look forward to what is on the horizon of The Second Shift and what that means for diversity in the workplace! For all this and a whole lot more, be sure to tune in!
For more information, visit thesecondshift.com check out The Second Shift feature on The Today Show and like & follow The Second Shift on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
April 10, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, is joined by Kathi Bond, President of CyroPlus, a successful cryogenic service provider for the past 25 years. Kathi's story is a testament to how fearless she is as a person, and we find out how her success can be attributed to recognizing an opportunity in the market and going for it with everything she had.
She shares the pros and cons of being a female in the industry, her heart for women in the community, and how her mother has always been her biggest inspiration. We get into some of her best sales techniques, what she considers to be the most important aspects early on in business, and what men can do to support women in the industry. Join the ladies for another encouraging episode!
April 3, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, was delighted to speak with Christen Graham, President of Giving Strong, a social impact consulting firm. Christen counsels companies on a variety of strategies to deploy their resources, whether it's in the area of corporate social responsibility, community reactions, philanthropy, and even reputation management.
Christen shares the journey that led her to start her own company and bridging the gap in the market of giving. Further, we discuss the elements of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and why it's important to define that social consciousness for your company. We also dive into specific case studies and clients that Christen has helped over the years. For an incredibly insightful conversation, be sure to tune in!
To learn more about Christen Graham and Giving Strong, visit her website, www.givingstrong.com, Giving Strong's LinkedIn, Graham's personal LinkedIn, and follow the firm on Twitter @givingstrong.
For more of The WAM Podcast, visit www.wampodcast.com
March 26, 2019
On this week's episode of WAM, host, Barbara Trautlein had the pleasure of speaking with Shonali Ditz and Tiernan Murrell, the founders and directors of SparkShop, an immersive, non-profit engineering education program that empowers children to see their futures as engineers. Shonali and Tiernan talk about their passion for working together in a team to apply their experience in hands-on projects. The ladies also share how they are approaching education differently to foster innovation and diversity of thought with their students. Be sure to listen in for an inspiring conversation!
To learn more about Shonali, Tiernan, and SparkShop, visit sparkshop.com, and like & follow them on Facebook @SEESparkShop and Instagram @SeeSparkShop
March 20, 2019
This week on WAM's edition of "Full Time," Amy Nicklaus sits down with fellow WAM host, Andrea Olson. Andrea is the CEO of Prag'madik, an operational strategy consultancy, and the Director of the Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of mid-market manufacturing in the US.
The two ladies dive into Andrea's background and how her experience in the manufacturing industry has inspired her latest book, No Disruptions: The New Future For Mid-Market Manufacturing. Amy and Andrea also talk about why it's so critical to never lose sight of what your customer wants, and how manufacturing companies can prepare for a big shift of employees moving into retirement. Tune in to hear Andrea's tips on how to get more done and change our perspective of success!
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