Archive for July 2019

We're joined by Kevin Hubbard for our first ever live in front of an audience recording of the show!  This was part of our session with the Emerging Professionals group at SHRM19 in Las Vegas.  Kevin is currently an Executive MBA - Human Resources Leadership student with the Jack Welch Management Institute as well as a Campus Coordinator for Strayer University in Columbus, GA.  We talk about why Kevin is pursuing HR as a career, getting involved in the online HR community, and more. 

Kevin's recommendation:

How to reach Kevin:

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

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In the mega episode, we recap our #SHRM19 experience (hint: it was great and included both of us having our makeup done). We then catch up with our friends Renee Robson, Mofota Sefali, and Anish Ararvind who we interviewed during last year's conference.  They tell us what they've been up to and how HR is changing in their respective countries.

How to reach Renee:

How to reach Mofota:

How to reach Anish:

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


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We had a great conversation with Minda Harts, founder of The Memo, LLC, a career development company for women of color. She is also a fellow podcaster at #SecuretheSeat and new author of “The Memo” which comes out August 20th, 2019 and we are thrilled to be giving away a copy. Visit to start entering today, all entries are due by 12:00 AM EST August 16.

Minda recommends you follow 
Don’t forget to follow Minda 

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Jon is joined by Heather Deyrieux, President of the HR Florida State Council and Tina Kuga Garrell, Conference Director.  We talk about what they have planned with keynotes, vendors, after hours fun, and more!  Heather and Tina also offer up ideas for first time attendees to make the most of their conference experience.

HRFlorida19 is being held August 25-28 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL.  Jon and Wendy will be there as part of the social media team!

To learn more and register for the conference, visit

If you're already registered and would like to check out the VIP packages available, go to

Where to follow HRFlorida:

Track the #HRFL19 hashtag up to and throughout the conference!

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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!

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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

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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.

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