The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast

HR pros Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey talk to other practitioners about connecting, giving back, and building your network. Join us each week for the podcast and the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM Eastern for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

We're joined by Valorie Kondos Field, recently retired head coach of the 7 time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18-time Pac-12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team.  "Miss Val" was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. The four-time “National Coach of the Year” was previously named “West Region Coach” of the Year, Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and “Coach of the Century” for her solid track record as a preeminent coach.

In this episode, we talk to Miss Val about how "making the ask" changed her career path, building winning coaching teams, her relationship with John Wooden, and what it was like for her to speak at her first Human Resources conference.  We were fortunate enough to hear Miss Val speak at HRRedefined earlier this year, big thanks to our friends at Namely for helping us put together this interview!

Miss Val's recommendation:

Find Miss Val's book "Life is Short, Don't Wait to Dance" and all of her social profiles at

Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

We're joined by Callie Zipple, Field Services Director for SHRM and host of the "Honest HR" podcast (our 3rd crossover show!).  We talk about her transition from practitioner to working for SHRM, dealing with negative feedback, and non traditional wedding dance songs (Callie and Wendy bonded over this).

Callie's recommendation:


How to reach Callie:

Note: We recorded this episode during SHRM19 in Las Vegas prior to the annoucement about Callie's cancer diagnosis.  Prayers, thoughts, and positive vibes are appreciated. If you'd like to contribute to her GoFundMe for medical expenses, go to

Janet Sullivan is the founder of Planted Leadership, a leadership coaching and HR consulting firm devoted to helping leaders embody exceptional leadership skills. She coaches in all industries and disciplines. We had a fantastic conversation!


You can reach Janet on Linked In.

We're joined by Ashley Valenzuela-Ruesgen, Director of HR for White Construction Group in Castle Rock, CO.  We talk about her experience as the first person to practice HR in her organization, the challenges women face in the construction industry, and how Ashley has partnered with community groups to improve the talent pool.

Ashley's recommendation: (Khalilah Olokunola)

How to reach Ashley:

Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

In this pre-conference episode, we talk all things SHRM19 and Las Vegas.  We'll let you know where we'll be hanging out, sessions we can't wait to see, and Jon shares his not so secret crush on one of the keynotes (don't worry, it's a good thing).

Be sure to join us at the Namely booth 1702 Sunday, 6/23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM local time for the monthly chat!

Check out the Bonusly article on conference prep here.

This episode is brought to you by CareerArc. Jon will be speaking at their first Embarc HR Innovators Summit, October 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA!  You can get a $250 discount on your registration for the event by using code HRSOCIAL.  Learn more here.


In this special SHRM19 episode, Wendy is joined by Caron Greaves, managing director of Choice HR Limited. We talk about reward & recognition and you will get a few great ideas from the conversation - but be sure to hit her session for more great ways to engage your employees.
Caron is speaking in a concurrent session on Monday, June 24 at 4:15 PM and will be signing copies of her book in the SHRM store immediately following her session (and I'm hoping to get her in a Facebook live session around that time as well so be sure you are following us on Facebook so you don't miss it).

In this special SHRM19 episode Wendy is joined by SHRM19 speaker S. Renee Smith, speaker, author & coach. She will be talking about personal brand and we have a great conversation around some of what she will be sharing in her presentation and pre-conference workshop.

S. Renee's mega session on Defining & Communicating your Personal Brand to Increase your Visibility, Credibility & Career Opportunities is Monday, 6/24 at 1:30 p.m.
The pre-conference workshop will help you develop your personal brand to make that leap to the executive level. There is an extra fee for this 15 credit session, which has sessions on June 22-24.
Connect with S. Renee via her website or via email at

We're joined by Laura Mazzullo, HR Recruitment Specialist and owner of East Side Staffing in New York, NY.  We talk about why Laura started her own company, the challenges third party and corporate recruiters often face with managers, as well as how social media has helped Laura engage with the larger HR community.

Laura's recommendation: (Marina Byezhanova)

How to contact Laura:

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Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

In our second crossover show, we welcome Brandon Laws, host of the "Transform Your Workplace" podcast and Director of Marketing for Xenium HR in Portland, OR.  We talk about marketing an HR consultancy, the issues Brandon sees occurring with Xenium's customers, and why he podcasts about our profession.  Jon also shares the biggest secret to date about the podcast.

Brandon's recommendation:

How to reach Brandon:

Check out our episode of "Transform Your Workplace" here.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption "Adoption Friendly Workplace" survey can be found here.

Be sure to join us for the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

Wendy & Anne talk to Natalie J. Egan, CEO of Translator, pioneering Diversity & Inclusion technology. Natalie identifies as a transgender woman and Anne had the opportunity to meet her at the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion conference in 2018. We had a fantastic conversation about why words matter and how HR can help staff be supportive of all employees, regardless of how they identify.
How to reach Natalie:

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