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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Dec 13, 2016

For over 30 years, today’s guest has been challenging her clients to change old mindsets in order to meet the new challenges they are facing. She asks leaders thought-provoking questions - pushing them to find new ways to do old things - because she believes that if you ask great questions you will get great answers.

She is a “change expert” who has worked with senior leadership and middle management from a wide variety of industries, including financial institutions, healthcare, higher ed, and nonprofit. Her clients appreciate her ability to blend sound theory with a practical approach to complex issues - and they leave ready to apply what they’ve learned.

As the author of or contributor to more than 15 books, she teaches and writes about the dynamics of change, delivering effective feedback, dealing with conflict, and building high performance teams.

Her career began as a Sales Representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin. Just 8 years later she left the safety of an office job to become a professional speaker. She has certainly made her mark on this profession, becoming a Certified Speaking Professional in 1993, the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association; she served on the board of NSA for many years, including as President in 2000-2001; and most impressively, received the prestigious Cavett Award in 2014, an award named for the founder of the National Speakers Association and given to a member who exemplifies his giving spirit.

Please join me in welcoming Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 23.

Dec 13, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Clarke-Epstein, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week, I'll be sharing my journey from 9-5 employee to self-employed entrepreneur and how "weak ties" helped me achieve success.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - look for episode 24.

Nov 20, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Josh Packard, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week, I'll be sharing my tips on networking effectively at conferences, even when you don't have a strategic networking plan.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 22.

Nov 20, 2016

Today’s guest grapples with big life questions and tries to make the answers he finds, through his careful research, accessible for all people. He is currently the Executive Director of Social Research Lab at University of Northern Colorado, Director of The DeChurched Project, and an associate professor of sociology.

He studies institutional participation in America, and helps organizations to understand why their customers, clients and members have left… and what they can do to get them back. His research has appeared in numerous academic and trade publications, including a 2015 entry in the "Leadership Journal" titled, “Meet the Dones.” This refers to the growing number of people who have moved away from organized religion, but not from God. But, you don’t have to be an academic to read his work, his first book from The DeChurched Project, called “Church Refugees” is available on Amazon. He regularly speaks, consults and takes on research projects for clients who seek a better understanding of why people are just not enamored with large institutions anymore.

We met when he presented on the main stage at Influence 2016, the annual conference of the National Speakers Association. He was there to relay the news that we have to rethink our relationships in order to fully understand authority and influence in the modern era. It’s not just one industry that has declining membership - trust in institutions of all kinds are at an all time low.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Josh Packard.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 21

Nov 8, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny Blake, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week, I'll be sharing my tips for what to do during those first 15 minutes of a networking event.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 20.

Nov 7, 2016

Today’s guest is fiercely committed to helping people come alive through the pursuit of big ideas. She does this through her business as a career and business coach and international speaker, helping people move beyond burnout to build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One.

With two years at a technology start-up as the first employee, over five years at Google on the Training and Career Development teams, she combines her love of technology with her superpower of organizing information to help clients through big transitions.

Please join me in welcoming Jenny Blake.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 19.

 

Oct 24, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Keiko Zoll, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week, to help make networking less scary, I’ve created a simple tool to help you focus your time and get results. Brainstorm + Objective + Organize = BOO! Meeting strangers can be scary. It’s human nature to want to stick with what is familiar to us and stay within our comfort zones. The downside to this instinct? You’ll only know the people you already know and if they can’t help you find a job or identify new clients then you’re at a dead end. If you’re serious about achieving your professional goals you’ll need to get past your fear of meeting strangers.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 018.

Oct 24, 2016

Today’s guest has spent the last 6 years raising awareness of and creating community for couples dealing with infertility. What started as an anonymous blog chronicling her own journey to parenthood through the wonders of science, has grown into an internationally-recognized powerhouse within the online infertility community.

My guest has become known as a leading infertility and women’s health writer. Her writing and infertility story has appeared in Redbook Magazine, The Huffington Post, Disney Baby, among many other publications.

She has received several awards recognizing her tireless advocacy for both infertility-sensitive legislation and cultural empowerment for infertility patients. Her short film, “What IF: A Portrait of Infertility” received a Best Viral Video award from RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association.

As a consultant, my guest helps her clients craft compelling narratives that ignites conversation and inspires action. She is also Director of Brand Strategy at Fertility Planit and News Writer for Romper.com, a new website for millennial moms.

Please join me in welcoming Keiko Zoll.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 017.

Oct 17, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing JoAnn Cox, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’m sharing networking tips for introverts. I'm helping answer a common question, "Can I go home yet?" Listen to this episode for 3 steps to help you leave in one hour and feel accomplished.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 16.

Oct 11, 2016

Today’s guest has experience in the world of fair housing and affordable housing. At the time of this recording, she had been working for the City of Boston since 2004 with ever increasing responsibilities. Her goal was to expand choice in housing for Boston residents. In early 2016, building on that experience and her previous roles in partnership management, marketing, promotions, and conference planning, she took on a Business Development role at Sumu, an innovative start-up working on housing search app.

Taking this leap has also allowed her to pursue her interests in writing and film and video production.  She is a Board member of Women in Film and Video-New England and freelances as a production coordinator and producer for creative and commercial film and video production, including with Good Natured Dog Productions.

Since 2007, she has served as a Founding Board member and Administrator for the Shirley Jackson Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Please join me in welcoming JoAnn Cox.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 15.

Oct 4, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Justin Kang, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’m sharing my thoughts on whether business cards are dead. Are they still relevant in a world of apps and smartphones?

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com

Sep 27, 2016

Today’s guest is a community organizer at heart. Within a few years of graduating from Brandeis University, he has established himself as a major player in Boston’s social impact community. His career began as an associate at MassChallenge where he learned the importance of community building. He later joined Opportunity Nation as a national organizer around economic mobility issues and then Yesware as a customer success manager. Currently he is the Executive Director of City Awake, a nonprofit organization focused on building the ecosystem of civic engagement and social innovation throughout Greater Boston. Established in 2014 City Awake hosts an annual 10 day festival with nearly 100 community events and supported by over 200 organizational partners.

He has been recognized by the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and the City of Boston for his work highlighting the city as a social impact hub. He is also on the Massachusetts board of Generation Citizen, an active Big Brother, and was a 2013 New Leaders Council Fellow.

Please join me in welcoming Justin Kang.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - look for episode 013.

Sep 19, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Heller, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’m sharing an open letter to networking event hosts. I’m sure you would agree that not all networking events are created equal. Too often, it feels like the decision to have a networking event was the result of not wanting to hire a speaker – and that’s the end of the discussion. Listen to hear my tips for creating quality networking events.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - look for episode 12.

Sep 12, 2016

Today’s guest has worked for more than a decade to create and preserve affordable housing in Massachusetts. Currently she is the Director of Public Policy at Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, previously she served as Chief of Staff and Housing Policy Director for former State Senator Susan Tucker and as a Senior Policy Advocate at Homes for Families. Most recently, she was the Director of Public Policy at the Alliance for Business Leadership, a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors working to promote long-term economic growth and prosperity for all. She is an alum of LeadBoston class of 2015.

Please join me in welcoming Rachel Heller.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 011.

Sep 5, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Senam Kumahia, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building.

These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’ll be talking about graceful exit strategies while networking.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 010.

Aug 27, 2016

I'm excited to have with me today, a member of LeadBoston class of 2015. LeadBoston is an executive education program, that focuses on the inner workings of Boston and socially responsible leadership. I'm proud to be a member of this year's class as well. My guest is also a member of the ONEin3 Council (relaunched as Spark Boston), a project of the Mayor of Boston, that aims to maximize the talents of Boston's 20-34 year old demographic, which is one third of the city's total population.

He is a consultant focused on creating opportunities for women and people of color within the world of real estate development. He works with developers to craft and monitor their diversity and resident employment objectives. He designed and manages a multi-year commercial real estate internship partnership between a real estate developer and the University of Massachusetts. He works at KAGE, a multifaceted consulting firm with expertise in diversity solutions. Prior to joining KAGE, he cofounded SportYourself, a new media company focused on creating a dynamic video platform.

Please join me in welcoming Senam Kumahia.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com.

Aug 22, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Mary Yntema, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building.

These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’ll be talking about my #1 networking tip: croissants vs bagels.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com

Aug 15, 2016

Today’s guest has extensive international experience and has worked for more than 20 years to improve nonprofit performance. She has served in an executive leadership capacity for several organizations, including as interim executive director of the Boston Center for Community and Justice, where she executed an historic program merger with YWCA Boston; she was also executive director of the Courageous Sailing Center of Boston; and founding executive director of United Way Moscow, where she resided for eight years.

Her corporate experience includes institutional equity sales at Brunswick UBS Warburg and Pioneer Securities, and running a sales department as vice president of the Center for Business Skills Development, all of which were located in Moscow. She has also served as a volunteer on the boards of several organizations, including United Way Moscow, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, the Brattle Film Foundation, and the Boston Center for Community and Justice. She currently is on the board of MassEquality. In May 2014, she became President & CEO of WorldBoston, an essential convener on international topics affecting Boston and the world since 1949.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Yntema.

Visit www.OntheSchmooze to listen, subscribe, and read show notes.

Aug 6, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Juan Martinez, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building.

These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’ll be talking about The Downside to Being a Unicorn.

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com to listen, subscribe, and read show notes.

Jul 31, 2016

Today’s guest brings over 20 years of strategic leadership experience to companies focused on improving people’s lives. When this podcast was recorded he was the Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer at GLSEN, the nation's leading education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. He recently founded JMart Strategies were he works with clients using his experience as a strategist, change agent, and turnaround specialist.

Prior to GLSEN, he was the Vice President of Strategic Communications at Sesame Workshop, was a Senior Consultant for Teach for America, and a Senior Program Officer for Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

My guest also had the honor of working for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, first as the Communications Director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and then as the Governor’s Press Secretary.

We connected because he and I were both accepted into LeadBoston, he is an alum from the class of 2004. LeadBoston is an 11-month experiential executive education program, that focuses on the inner workings of Boston and socially responsible leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Juan Martinez.

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com for show notes and related links.

Jul 21, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Charley Francis, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building.

These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I’ll be talking about the endless cycle of collecting and recycling business cards and how to Stop Wasting Time Networking.

 

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com for show notes and related links.

Jul 18, 2016

Today’s guest is a housing and community development professional with diverse, multi-sector experience. Early in his career he was an AmeriCorps*VISTA for two years which is where he launched an “Urban Service Experience” series and led efforts to conduct a neighborhood risk and resource assessment.

His interest in urban planning led him to The Heller School at Brandeis University where he received his Master’s in Public Policy and then to work for 5 years as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He led efforts in Massachusetts to implement HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, a program that allows expiring use multifamily properties to be preserved as long-term affordable housing. He also provided strategic support to State partners on high-level issues such as public housing governance reform and addressing Veteran’s homelessness statewide.

He was a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2010 and Director of the Boston Chapter from 2012-2014. This interview was recorded when he was Director of Policy at Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. He recently became Assistant Director of Leased Housing & Rental Services at Rhode Island Housing.

Please join me in welcoming Charley Francis.

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com to read show notes and view related links.

Jul 16, 2016

I'm excited to have with me today, a fellow member of LeadBoston class of 2015. LeadBoston is an executive education program, that focuses on the inner workings of Boston and socially responsible leadership.

I met my guest initially through his work at Fenway Institute which was launched in 2001 by Fenway Health as an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues, especially related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Currently, he is the Vice President of Multicultural Initiatives and Health Equity at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, where he is focused on engaging and cultivating community partners in the fight for equitable health outcomes within communities of color.

Please join me in welcoming Benjamin Perkins.

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com for show notes and related links.

Jul 16, 2016

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows.  My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.  Interviews are with talented people from different fields.  We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders.  I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started.  Solo shows are shorter episodes every other week where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away.  Podcast inspired by business and marketing guru Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, Jonny Nastor of Hack the Entrepreneur, and Dale Carnegie.

In today's episode you will learn a bit about me, my expectations for this podcast, and what to expect from the first three episodes. I believe the best way to demonstrate why you should subscribe is to share solid content in this introductory episode, so I also shared my 8 Steps for Successful Networking.

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com to read show notes and related links.

Jul 16, 2016

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Benjamin Perkins, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building.

These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week I'll be talking about a vexing problem that affects many professional women. When will women win the right to pockets?

Visit www.OntheSchmooze.com to see this episode's show notes which include a link to download a transcript.

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