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An Innovation Minds Podcast – Season 2

On Hybrid Work and Employee Experience

The nature of work has changed, impacting both the workplace and the workforce. In this new WFH/hybrid paradigm, how do we keep our employees engaged with the organization’s mission and values, as well as each other? In this podcast, we interview business leaders and hear their stories and viewpoints on how to use innovation to engage the workforce.

Episode 12 - Flexibility is the Name of the Game

Jennifer Yi Boyer, Chief People Office, FiscalNote

Coming soon!

Bonus Episodes

Episode 0A - CFO Actually Means - Chief Fun Officer

Rosemary Rein, SVP Product, Innovation Minds

Episode 0B - Hybrid Work Is Not Going Away

Bob Pulver, Global Head of Business Development, Innovation Minds

Episode 0C - Actually Humans Want To Collaborate

Susannah Childers, Global Partner, Innovation Minds

New Episodes Weekly: Every Tuesday @ 10 am Pacific

Frequency: In 3-month “seasons” of 12 episodes

Length: Approx. 30 mins


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Meet The Host

Michael is SVP of Marketing at Innovation Minds. He is an internationally accredited Master of Creativity and Innovation Coaching and Master NLP Practitioner as well as a certified Executive, Thought Leader, Abundance, Life and Laughter Coach, as well as a Coach Trainer certified by the ICR. He is also a working creative professional with more than two decades of experience in the film and TV industry in the US, Europe and Africa.

Podcast Season 2 – Episodes

Shweta Bandi

Shweta Bandi

Director, HR Technology & Employee Experience at Adobe

Shweta Bandi is the Director of HR Technology and Employee Experience at Adobe. Previous to this she worked as the Director of People Technology and Systems and in other positions at Clorox for more than a decade. An innovative strategist and thought leader in Employee Experience and HR Technology, she has been an instigator in bringing the workplace and workforce technology together to deploy a digital mindset and drive a unified experience with employees at the core.

Episode 1 - Employee Experience is like Ice Cream

Shweta Bandi, Director, HR Technology & Employee Experience at Adobe

David Burkus

David Burkus

Bestselling Author on Business & Leadership

David Burkus is the bestselling author of four books about business and leadership, including most recently and relevantly, Leading From Anywhere, a primer on hybrid and remote work. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning.

Episode 2 - Leading From Anywhere

David Burkus, Best Selling Author, Leading From Anywhere

Awo Quaison-Sackey

Awo Quaison-Sackey

Africa Regional Vice President, HR, Newmont Mining

Awo Quaison-Sackey is Regional Vice President, Human Resources, Africa Region, at Newmont Mining. She has forty years of experience in the manufacturing, insurance and mining industries. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana, and Master of Laws, LLM and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Temple University, Pennsylvania.

Episode 3 - What Glitters is People

Awo Quaison-Sackey, Africa Regional Vice President, HR, Newmont Mining

DR. Wade Larson

DR. Wade Larson

President of Optimal Talent Dynamics

Dr. Wade Larson is President of Optimal Talent Dynamics. He is on a personal mission to overcome mediocrity and help others achieve the best versions of themselves. Dr. Wade has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals as a consultant and HR executive to do more, achieve more, and be more.

Episode 4 - You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Know

DR. Wade Larson, President of Optimal Talent Dynamics

Bridgette Wilder

Bridgette Wilder

CHRO at the California Institute

Bridgette Wilder is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at the California Institute of the Arts since June 2021. Prior to her appointment at CalArts, she served the Albany State University in the role of CHRO, and before that in the dual role of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Safety Officer/Senior Manager at the City of Memphis. Additionally, she has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Media Fusion; Deputy Director of Human Resources/Chief Diversity Officer at The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina.

Episode 5 - Hybrid Work in Higher Education

Bridgette Wilder, CHRO CalArts

Elizabeth Power

Elizabeth Power

CEO of EPower & Associates

Elizabeth Power, M. Ed. is the CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. She is a speaker, facilitator, teacher, and consultant via the EPower Change Institute and The Trauma-Informed Academy. She is a subject matter expert on trauma-informed care, trauma-responsive systems, change and resilience and is also an Adjunct Instructor in Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Power develops cross-cultural adaptations of models of care for the mental health community.

Episode 6 - It’s the People Stuff

Elizabeth Power, CEO of EPower & Associates

Bridgette Hart

Bridgette Hart

Sr. Director, HR at IBEX

Bridgett Hart is Senior Director of Communications & Change Management at IBEX. Previous to this, she was the US Director of Training, and before that spent more than twenty years in a variety of positions in the telecommunications industry including at Sykes, Travelocity, AT&T, and Frontier Communications.

Episode 7 - Ibexology and Employee Experience

Bridgette Hart, HR Senior Director at IBEX

Sebastien Girard

Sebastien Girard

Sr. VP & Chief People Officer at Centura Health

Sebastien Girard is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Centura Health. A native of Montreal, Canada, Seb joined Centura from Atrium Health, where he served as the Senior Vice President responsible for workforce engagement and workforce operations.

Episode 8 - Never Waste a Good Crisis

Sebastien Girard, Sr. VP and Chief People Officer at Centura Health

Khalilah KO Olokunola

Khalilah KO Olokunola

Chief People Officer of TRU Colors

Khalilah “KO” Olokunola is the Chief People Officer of TRU Colors, where she is the force behind defining a company culture that drives connection, team cohesion, personal & professional growth. She also oversees developing and executing a Re-Engineered People strategy for the seven main areas of traditional HR in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization.

Episode 9 - HR, Skydiving, Gangs, and Beer

Khalilah KO Olokunola, Chief People Officer of TRU Colors

Beatriz Coningham

Beatriz Coningham

Chief People Officer at Pan American Development Foundation

Beatriz Coningham is the Chief People Officer at the Pan American Development Foundation. She has lived, studied, traveled and worked in different countries in Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Episode 10 - HR On a Mission

Beatriz Coningham, Chief People Officer of PADF

Kate Isichei

Kate Isichei

Global Consultant on Collaboration & Internal Communications

Kate Isichei is a global collaboration and internal communications consultant. She is also the creator and host of the Engagement Express podcast which has published over three dozen episodes so far. She has over twenty years of experience working with multinationals on technology implementations, transformation projects, and leadership visibility, including at Aon, Foundry, Ciber, Sage, Infosys, Medtronic, and the UK Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Episode 11 - Inclusivity is Everything

Kate Isichei, Global consultant on collaboration and internal communications

Jennifer Yi Boyer

Jennifer Yi Boyer

Chief People Officer & SVP of DEIB at FiscalNote

Jennifer Yi Boyer is Chief People Officer and SVP of DEIB at FiscalNote. She leads the FiscalNote People Team and their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Accessibility initiatives. Building creative workforce solutions that are responsive and relevant to both individuals’ career growth and enabling strategic business capabilities while operationalizing equity, creating community, and enhancing inclusive global leadership capabilities are cornerstones of her team’s work.

Episode 12 - Flexibility is the Name of the Game

Jennifer Yi Boyer, Chief People Office, FiscalNote