Leadership Happy Hour

By Chip Lutz, CSP

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Leadership Happy Hour is where we discuss leadership, team strategies, have a little fun and, also, a few drinks! Grab a cocktail and catch up with topical leadership issues here! Please drink responsibly….we don’t want you to damage your computer.

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79 - Remote Employee Engagement With Connor Gillivan

The times they are a changing....and we need to change with them!  Part of that change might be to provide a little more flexibility and bring on remote employees.  This can bring on its own set of special circumstances.  Or, maybe, you ARE a remote team member and you're looking for some ways to re-engage with the home team.  Whichever the circumstance, this week's guest, Connor Gillivan, has GOT THE GOODS on getting it done.  He's a thought leader, entrepreneur, and expert in what to do when using remote workers to get the job done.  Grab a cold one, sit back and get ready to take some notes.  CHEERS!

More on Connor..

Connor Gillivan is the CMO of FreeeUp.com. He has sold over $30 million online, has hired hundreds of freelancers to build his companies, is a published author, and is the owner of ConnorGillivan.com. He currently lives in Denver, CO. 

Make sure you check him out and don't hesitate to schedule some time with him to get the 411 first hand!

Aug 12, 2018
78 - Tighten Those Lug Nuts! With Rocky Romanella

Do you love a success story?  ME TOO!  This week's guest is not only a success story but also the story of a leader who has truly worked to make things better for those around him.  I had the great pleasure to interview Rocky Romanella this week about his life and about his new book, Tighten The Lug Nuts.  We talked about hard work and how it, without enthusiasm is just that....hard work.  We also talked about the power of leaving a legacy.  Actually, we hit on so many key leadership principles (that you'll be able to use immediately) that you'll want to listen to this one more than once.  Pop yourself open a cold one and ENJOY!  CHEERS!

More on Rocky (in his own words!)...

Currently, Founder, President and CEO of 3Sixty Management Services, LLC. And author of the book Tighten the Lug Nuts. 3Sixty Management Services is a complete management services company with seasoned professionals focused on, Thought Leadership, Leadership Development and Process Improvement.

Prior, I served as CEO and Director of UniTek Global Services based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. UniTek Global Services is a provider of engineering, construction management and installation services to companies specializing in the telecommunications field. In this role, I was responsible for leading restructuring and sales efforts along with rapidly building the enterprise brand and developing a culture needed to integrate past acquisitions, while creating a unified company with one vision and brand.     

Prior to UniTek I spent 36 years at UPS, a global corporation with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services, managing the flow of goods, funds and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

During my 36-year career at UPS, I served as President and General Manager, of UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Here, my responsibilities included the integration of over 20 acquisitions that became UPS Supply Chain Solutions, a global entity.

My responsibilities included the execution of revenue growth and business goals with complete P&L responsibilities in North and South America. This business unit provided global transportation, freight, logistics and distribution, and international trade services. As it’s leader I had to develop a distribution strategy among the many verticals we served and build an organic growth strategy.  The hallmark was the development and implementation of a health care distribution strategy that today is the growth engine for UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

During my career I also served as President of Retail Operations which included MBE & The Rebranding to the UPS Store Network. Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (MBE), a wholly owned subsidiary of United Parcel Service (“UPS”) of America, Inc., is the world’s largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc. ® together comprise nearly 5500 independently owned locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

This opportunity gave me the opportunity, insight and knowledge of franchising and franchising networks along with internet sales to compliment same store sales and new store sales.

Finally, during my traditional UPS career I held an array of positions including: Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the South California District, the Iowa and Update NY districts. I was President of the East Central Region and the Southeast Region where I had responsibility for all facets of the business in the 10 districts, throughout the nine states, along the eastern seaboard and District of Columbia that encompassed 72,000 employees.

I Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Executive Management from St. John’s University in New York. I am a two-time winner of the UPS Chairmen’s Award for Excellence and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business I have a Certificate in Competitive Marketing and Strategy and from Michigan State University a certificate in Transportation and Logistics Studies.

 Connect with Rocky AND BUY HIS BOOK here: https://www.3sixtymanagementservices.com/


Aug 05, 2018
77 - Servant Leadership DOES NOT Take a Title With Sarah Jones

I'm sure you've heard the term "servant leadership."  What the heck does that mean?  My guest this week, Sarah Jones, breaks it down for us.  She's a leadership expert who has been leading in the Navy for the past 14 years and she shares her insights with us this week!  Hold on to your hats!  This week's interview is an awesome one!  (Okay, admittedly, I think they are all awesome but this one really resonated with me).  ENJOY!


More on Sarah...

Sarah as spent the last 14 years engaging people on the high seas, high in the skies, and all over the world with the US Merchant Marine and US Navy.  It is here where her passion for people grew into life long dedication. In her new career as a personal and executive coach, she strives to guide others to realizing their true purpose, and potential, on the job and at home.

She holds Masters of the Arts in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Servant Leadership, from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. To date, Sarah has been the key note speaker at two WWII squadron reunions, two mentorship events with a local church ministry, and countless conversations with young service members inspiring them to pay attention to how they are being led.  Sarah lives in beautiful Alexandria, VA with an overseas move on the horizon. She is an avid long-distance runner, a bookworm to the core, and blogger. To stay up to date with the latest books Sarah has open, travel adventures, and occasional creative kitchen escapades.

Check her out and subscribe to her blog at inwiththenewblog.com.

Jul 30, 2018
76 - The Secrets Of Human Performance With Dr. Joe Weitzer

If you're like me, you've spent more than your fair share of time pondering perplexing performance.  What does it take to move the team past where they are at and get to a place where everything is operating at it's optimum level?  Well...you're in luck!  This week on the podcast I have a human performance expert on the show, Dr. Joe Weitzer.  Joe has spent more than 30 years researching and applying the strategies he shares with me this week.  We hit on motivation, taking care of yourself and getting back in touch with the passion that brought you to take on a leadership role in the first place (and MUCH MORE).  I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.  CHEERS!

More on Joe..

Joseph Weitzer has helped guide the transformation and strategic direction of public and private sector clients for nearly 35 years. He is described as a highly effective, strategic leader, who seeks to understand the strengths and assets of team members, supports individualized development, works to support alignment of resources and empowers individuals as a means to achieving results. As a catalyst for change, he has been instrumental in establishing a culture of continuous improvement in several organizations where he held senior leadership roles.

Weitzer’s disciplined approach is informed by his graduate education during which he focused on motivation and human performance. His career path afforded him opportunities to develop and apply knowledge in progressive leadership roles held in manufacturing, health care, government, food service, education and business service sectors.

Over the past 10 years, he has worked intricately with more than 40 businesses and organizations providing leadership support focused on strategic planning, executive/leadership coaching, process improvement and employee engagement and performance. Most recently, Joe joined BizTimes Media as its Executive Director for BizTimes Leadership Academy. He will bring the highly successful transformational leadership program he designed and brought to market through two institutions of higher education, expanding reach and impact by focusing on the development, performance and impact of leaders across the region.

Joe holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a graduate of the Chair Academy and Collegiate Management Institute’s Leadership Program. He is trained in Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making methodology and is a Certified Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt.

Jul 22, 2018
75 - Mad Men to #METOO With Sarah J. Gibson, CSP

The work environment can be tough.  It can be even tougher if you've got a team member that is pushing the boundaries.  This week on the podcast, I talk to my good friend, Sarah Gibson, CSP, about how far we've come as a society and (quite frankly) how far we still need to go to move from a "Mad Men" mentality to creating a culture of respect where team members flourish.  Sarah is an expert at helping leaders have those difficult conversations so everyone feels heard.  Check it out!  She's the BOMB!

More on Sarah....

In 2004, Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, a firm focused on creating stronger, healthier, and more emotionally intelligent teamss through professional development and communication skills.

Sarah’s unique ability to articulate the underlying patterns and concerns holding teams back, make her a much sought-after speaker and leadership consultant. Sarah’s specialty is giving teams tools and language, so they can create environments where a culture of trust and accountability can thrive.

Among the many tools Sarah provides, her book, Geezer. Punk. Whatever. has been used by individuals and organizations to navigate the impact of generational differences in the workplace.  

Sarah has worked with hundreds of organizations, leaders and individual team members across a variety of industries throughout the world.   

Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University.

Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

Get the 411 on Sarah on her website:  www.sarahjgibson.com


Jul 15, 2018
74 - ASK OUTRAGEOUSLY With Linda Swindling, JD, CSP

What's holding you back?  What are you afraid of?  Is it looking stupid, losing face, or not knowing?  Or, is it (like me) the fear of being told "NO!"  Regardless of what the fear is, my guest this week, Linda Swindling, is on spot to help you move past what's holding you back, ask outrageously, and get what you really want.  Tired of sitting in a puddle of was?  Wish you could do something (or get something) better?  Take a listen to Linda and live the life you've always wanted!

More on Linda...

From the courtroom to the boardroom, Linda Byars Swindling, JD, CSP, knows firsthand about high-stakes communication, negotiating workplace drama, and influencing decision makers.

Her specialty is helping people communicate powerfully so that others will listen.

Linda is an engaging and fun keynote speaker. She delivers take-home strategies which work in the real work environment. Her material is innovative, based on original research and more than twenty years of experience. You won’t hear anecdotal or intangible theories based on books she read. Instead, you get negotiation strategies that produce breakthrough outcomes and lasting results.

With a talk show host’s timing and advanced facilitator training, Linda is quick on her feet and customizes to get your message heard.

A frequent media guest and a TEDxSMU speaker, she is interviewed most often about her recent books, Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want and Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done. Linda is author/coauthor of several books and created the popular Passports to Success book series, which includes 13 titles to fast track your communication and leadership results in negotiation, coaching and counseling employees, customer service, change, goal setting and strategic problem solving. Clients like the additional value she provides.

A “recovering” employment attorney and business owner, Linda knows what works with business owners, boards of directors, organizational teams, organizational leaders and high potentials.

Her clients include the Fortune 500, companies from a wide variety of industries, governmental entities and many international associations. Linda served as a Vistage chair, a national officer and board member of the National Speakers Association and as president of the National Speakers Association/North Texas.

She first addressed employment and workplace communication issues as a successful attorney and a mediator, which led her to working as a consultant and an executive coach. When her book The Consultant’s Legal Guide (coauthored with Elaine Biech) was released in 2000, Linda left her legal practice to focus full-time on Journey On, her Dallas-based, woman-owned business offering speaking, original content development and communication and leadership programs.

In addition to real world experience, Linda is recognized as an expert in her profession and a leader in several industries. 

She has the credentials and awards. Linda holds the Certified Speaking Professional, the highest earned speaking designation, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is a Board Certified Coach. She is the recipient of the NSA/NT’s highest honors including the Zig Ziglar member of the year, the president’s award and the Joseph J. Charbonneau award. She was chosen as a Meeting Professionals International Platinum speaker and awarded the DFW Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Speaker of the Year three times.

Check out Linda (AND BUY HER BOOK) on her website: http://www.lindaswindling.com/

Jul 09, 2018
73 - Make a BOLD Maneuver! With Callie Cummings

You CAN'T win if you don't play the game!  But, what are the rules?  What are the plays?  This week, Callie Cummings, shares how to move past the barriers you face, lean in, and make a BOLD MANEUVER with the plays she's developed and written about in her new book.  And, she knows what she's talking about.  From leading troops on the ground in Afghanistan to fighting the battles in the corporate world, she's broken through the barriers put before her and kicked some ass!  Grab yourself a cold one and enjoy!

More on Callie...

Callie is dedicated to helping women become sought after leaders in their organizations and fields. Working with clients, locally, nationally, and abroad, she helps women become influencers and barrier breakers within their professions.

The majority of her professional career occurred within male dominant workforces where she became accustomed to being the only woman on the team. With leadership experience spanning international development and government intelligence, her journey to becoming a best selling author and success coach is one that involves surfboards and bombs, and a little of everything in-between.  

Over the last decade she's created systemic change in both the public and private sectors with a built repertoire in the financial, tech, and defense industries. She went from working on Wall Street, to becoming an Army Engineer Officer responsible for clearing roadside bombs in Afghanistan, to redesigning a global brand portfolio for a Fortune 100. 

Callie has discovered the magic sauce that has allowed the most successful women to break barriers while enjoying the journey. Through game theory and bold maneuvers, she is changing the game for women in the professional world.

Connect with Callie on her website: https://www.theboldmaneuver.com/

Jul 02, 2018
72 - Are You Crisis Ready? With Melissa Agnes

Are you ready for something new?  Or, how about something a bit different?  Then this week's episode is for you!  I was so excited to talk to my guest this week, Melissa Agnes, because it was a topic I had never covered on the show and something that was completely new to me.  Melissa is a brand and crisis communications expert and she knows her STUFF!  There is so much great content in this episode that you're going to need to listen to it more than once.  Melissa shares how to handle things when crisis occurs but, more importantly, how to be prepared to mitigate the fallout.  ENJOY!

More on Melissa..

Author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection.  Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.

As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events.

In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.

 Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.

As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

You can connect with her (and I suggest you do) at: https://melissaagnes.com/


Jun 25, 2018
71 - SMALL MAGIC! With Lisa Demmi

Are you tired of all of the angry people out there?  Are the pundits and pontificators starting to grind on you?  If so, then how about taking control of the environment around you and start practicing some small magic?  That's the topic this week with my good friend and small magic practitioner, Lisa Demmi!  LISA IS THE BOMB!  She's smart, funny and shares some awesome tips on how to make a difference for yourself and those around you.  Tune in as we discuss the power of being present and not dialing it in, how you can get in your own way AND how Donald Duck's girlfriend, Daisy, was a bitch (my words, not Lisa's).  I know you'll enjoy it so grab yourself a cold one and get ready!

More on Lisa (in her own words)..

’m a speaker, writer, storyteller, social media marketer and master egg poacher. I’ve had a very diverse career path which has spanned the spectrum from fishing supply salesman to professional touring musician to liquor store sign painter to marketing professional. Let’s just say I’m well rounded.

BUT, I didn’t stop there. I wanted something more.

I’ve always just known that I would make a big impact. I’ve always wanted to affect change and impact people on a grand scale. Well, that didn’t happen…or so I thought.

I realized that I HAVE helped people…thousands of them in many different ways. From giving them fishing equipment so that they can provide for their families to helping them see how much a 750 of Jack Daniels costs ( that’s a thing, isn’t it?) to providing them with entertainment (I suppose that depends on your definition of entertainment) to helping hundreds of businesses and organizations get more exposure and improve their positions.

I was already making a impact. AND I realized that this big impact was forged from years of small acts. I call that SMALL MAGIC.

Now, I want to use SMALL MAGIC to help you!

Whether it’s changing the world, your organization, your community or you, I’m all I and am ready to help you!

AND helping you achieve your dreams is my dream.

Connect with Lisa at: http://www.lisademmi.com/


Jun 18, 2018
70 - STOP DOING NOTHING! With Patrick Allmond

Need a kick in the pants?  I know that sometimes I do!  What I need most of the time is someone like Rocky's trainer, Mick, who jazzes me up and says, "You're gonna eat lightening and crap thunder!"  Well, this week, I got just that...a kick in the pants from my good friend, Patrick Allmond.  Patrick is the master of motivation and this week he shares some great tips on how you can stop doing nothing and get your ass in gear by quitting overcomplicating things and making a decision to act. We can be our own worse enemy in getting things done!

I know you're going to like this interview and will come away from it ready to take on the world!

More on Patrick...

Patrick Allmond is a 19 year veteran of the business world and creator of the “Own Your Empire” marketing system, his structured way of teaching businesses how to build evergreen lead generation systems for their growing businesses. Business owners come to Patrick to learn how to be rockstar marketers in their industry using the internet for lead generation, digital TV, social media and email marketing.

In addition to consulting he travels the country speaking at events showing people how to generate results so they don’t waste their time or money.  He is a also a frequent television contributor on ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX, has a weekly web TV and radio series, and writer for SUCCESS and Entrepreneur magazines.

Check him out (AND CONNECT WITH HIM) on his website: 



Jun 11, 2018
69 - ATTENTION PAYS! With Neen James, CSP

Are you paying attention?  If not, you should be!  Time is never on your side unless you're paying attention to it.  My guest this week is attention expert, Neen James, CSP.  She is the author of the new book, Attention Pays, and is (quite frankly) one of the smartest people I know.  Every time I have the opportunity to talk to her, the insights she shares completely blow me away and I never leave the conversation without a shift in my own mindset.  And this conversation is no different....and (lucky for you) you get to be privy to it!  In our interview, Neen shares some key concepts from her book on how attention pays, the power of quality conversations and strategies for strengthening your relationships through attention.  This is a great one so get some material to take notes!

More on Neen...

Neen James is the author of nine books including Folding Time™ and her most recent, Attention Pays™. In 2017, she was named one of the top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, BMW, and the FBI, among others.

Neen earned her MBA from Southern Cross University and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association.  She has received numerous awards as a professional speaker, is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global, and is a member of the prestigious League of Heroic Public Speakers.

Neen is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply personally and professionally, and meeting planners love working with her – they often describe Neen as the energizer bunny for their events.

With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations who want implementable strategies that will help their employees avoid distractions, stop interruptions, prioritize daily objectives and say ‘no’ to requests that steal time and focus from real goals and priorities.

Oh, did we mention that Neen is Australian? Why does that matter? Well, it means that she’s a bit mischievous, is pretty witty and a little cheeky.  She also considers herself an unofficial champagne taste tester … and a really slow runner. 

Get EVEN MORE info on Neen (and buy her book) at: www.neenjames.com


Jun 04, 2018
68 - Leadership Lessons From The "Hanoi Hilton" With Dr. Linda Henman

So, there I was, driving and listening to a recording from a conference that was done in 2000 (YES, 18 YEARS AGO!) and I found a presentation given by today's guest, Dr. Linda Henman.   I got so excited about the subject that she was sharing that, as soon as I got home, I found her, called her and asked her to be on the show!  Dr. Henman had the opportunity to interview 130+ of the Prisoners of War that were held in the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Viet Nam war during her Doctoral dissertation and she shares some of the research she did with them for us THIS WEEK!.  I know research can sound dull but, trust me, it's not and you're in for a metric buttload (technical term) of awesome information on this week's show....so awesome, in fact, that is destined to make a difference for you and your team (or your money back!).  Grab a pad and paper, you're going to want to take notes!

More on Linda...

Dr. Linda Henman, the Decision Catalyst®, is one of those rare experts who can say she’s an advisor, consultant, speaker, and author. For more than 35 years, she has worked with senior leaders in mid-sized companies that have revenues of about $30 million and with executives of very large companies that gross more than $30 billion, like Tyson Foods.  In fact, Linda was one of eight succession planning experts who worked directly with John Tyson after his company’s acquisition of International Beef Products, one of the most successful acquisitions of the 21st century.

In all cases, Linda helps those in the C-suite make decisions they have to get right because they just can’t afford to get them wrong. Executives like John Tyson hire her to help make sure a merger or acquisition goes smoothly. Or, the board of directors might hire Linda to help them select a new CEO, or a senior leader might need Linda’s help in formulating an aggressive growth strategy.

In her more than 35 years in business, she has never had a deal fail. That means her clients made money after the M & A deal; the CEO she recommended stayed in place and succeeded; and the growth strategy helped the company expand as much as they aspired to.

Linda owes her success to her ability to influence the pivotal decisions that ultimately explain a company’s success. For example, too often leaders approach an M & A deal from a technical perspective, forgetting that people and culture clashes will often cause a deal’s deminse. Or, when selecting a new CEO, the current CEO often hires a clone, even if the company of the future will need someone significantly different. Or, when setting strategy, too often companies do more of what they’ve always done, which seldom works either.

Linda takes a different approach. By combining her experience as an organizational consultant with her advanced education in business and psychology, she offers her clients solutions that are pragmatic in their approach and sound in their foundation. She also belongs to the Air Force Association and the Million Dollar Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and she holds the numerous certifications, including the Director of Professionalism, a designation given by the National Association of Corporate Directions.

Linda authored the following:

  • The Magnetic Boss: How to Become the Leader No One Wants to Leave, which Washington University and Texas A & M use in their curriculums,
  • Landing in the Executive Chair, released by Career Press in 2011,
  • Challenge the Ordinary, published by Career Press published in 2014,
  • Co-authored Alan Weiss on Consulting in 2013.
  • Tough Calls: How to Move Beyond Indecision and Good Intentions, published by Business Expert Press, 2017
  • Edited two editions of Small Group Communication: Theory and Practice.

She has also written peer-reviewed, published articles for trade magazines. Additionally, she contributes regularly to CEO Magazine and Corporate Compliance Insights. She lives in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at www.henmanperformancegroup.com.

May 28, 2018
67 - A Team That Plays Together, Stays Together! With Erica Swiatek

Did you know that there are 98 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day?  That's the "official" Summer season here in the United States (I'm making sure I clarify that for my international listeners).  This Summer, I have declared the Summer of Play!  It's an effort to forget the mess, leave the stress and have a summer that is more fun.  You can get more info on the Summer of Play HERE!

On that site, you can sign up to be a part of the celebration and will also get (FOR FREE) a "100 Ways in 98 Days" play guide.  Check it out and join in!

To help with the celebration, this week's guest, Erica Swiatek, shares with us how to incorporate play into our leadership and teams.  She is the Play Goddess and was SO MUCH FUN to interview!  We talk about easy things you can do to incorporate play into the workday, how play enhances teamwork, and some of the science of what happens when play is used as a tool to enhance learning.  It's a fun interview and I know you'll get a lot from it!  Enjoy!

More on Erica...

Erica blends her expertise in the fields of innovation, learning and development and playfulness to create accelerated activities, courses and programs. These courses give individuals and teams the tools and skills that transform their meetings, problem solving skills and team.

She has several years of experience working with large call centers and health insurance companies. She has helped companies revamp systems, programs and processes to be more efficient and effective.  Her work in learning and development has also led to publishing an article on how playfulness impacts learning in the Big Questions of Creativity book.

Erica’s work in the field of play also includes owning an escape room called 3600 Escape.  An escape room is an adventure game where participants find clues, solve puzzles to escape the room or accomplish a task. She has also combined this experience with a debrief or preference indicator’s such as Myers-Briggs or FourSight.

Erica graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. Her passion for the program led to becoming an adjunct faculty at the school where she teaches Creative Problem Solving classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Connect with her on her website HERE!


May 21, 2018
66 - Pick a Lane And Do The Work! With Travis Chambers

I love talking to super smart, authentic people!  This week's guest, Travis Chambers, is all that and more!  He's a guy that doesn't let any moss grow under his feet and has the moxy to make things happen.  He's an entrepreneur, leader, and shares a lot on this episode of what it takes to be successful, the keys to work/life balance and the power of being authentic in your leadership.  We also talk about how the 90's were ALL a lie (okay, some of it).  I know you're going to enjoy this episode...it's one of my favorites.  ENJOY!

More on Travis...

A Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Travis is Founder and Chief Media Hacker at Chamber.media, an agency that makes scalable social videos that drive millions in sales. Travis led distribution and content strategy for "YouTube's #1 Ad of the Decade," Kobe vs. Messi with 140 million views. He's worked with brands like Yahoo, Kraft, Old Navy, Coca-Cola, and Amazon among others, and has been featured in AdWeek, Forbes, HuffPost, and Inc. Magazine.  ravis regularly speaks about social/web video at conferences such as VidCon, VidSummit, ad:tech, Start Festival, CVX Live and Universities.

May 14, 2018
65 - What Does It Mean To Be Presidential? With Cash Keahey

I absolutely LOVE history!  I also LOVE leadership!  Put the two together and what do you have?  An interview MADE IN HEAVEN for me this week!  This week's guest, Cash Keahey, is a leadership expert and presidential researcher.  His new book, The Eight Leadertypes In The Whitehouse, is FANTASTIC!  (You can sense my excitement during our interview about his work).

Cash has profiled some of American history’s greatest leaders, EIGHT LEADERTYPES IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Discover and Leverage Your Oval Office Leadership Style looks at how the widely varying personalities of these presidents impacted their performance in the Oval Office, in each case leaving an indelible mark on the American presidency. The artfully constructed profiles—founded in the work of 120 presidential historians—and accompanying analyses, draw readers into the Oval Office as they identify with one or more of history’s monumental figures.....AND WE TALK ABOUT IT THIS WEEK!

If you're a history geek like me, you'll love this episode.  ENJOY!

More on Cash:

CASH KEAHEY is a global leader-architect with a natural gift for engaging audiences, facilitating learning and coaching leaders to greater effectiveness. He earned a bachelor’s in marketing as well as his MBA from the University of Houston. A 23-year professional career inside global Fortune 500s in diverse functions and industries exposed Cash to different corporate cultures with different styles of leadership. Through these experiences, Keahey realized the symbiotic relationship between leadership and culture: that leaders create a culture around them, but in order to succeed, must lead in a culture that values their uniqueness.

Over the past 18 years Cash has facilitated leadership workshops in 20 countries on six continents, including The Elements of Leadership™ workshop to help leaders visualize and better implement the fundamentals of leading.

Since being qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) in 1999, he has deepened his knowledge of Jungian psychology to become a leader in the type community. From Jung’s theory of psychological types, Cash developed eight LeaderType™ profiles. Cash’s predominant LeaderTypes are Proactive, Persuasive and Inclusive.

Catch up with Cash on his website: http://www.leadertype.com/

May 07, 2018
64 - Check That Attitude At The Door! With Matt Booth

You better check that attitude!  If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that I'd have like.....five nickels.  Just kidding, I'd be a jagillionaire (technical term).  This week, I have the distinct pleasure of talking with my good friend and attitude expert, Matt Booth.  Matt has dedicated his life and work in helping people make the best of bad situations and move forward no matter what the circumstances. 

Need an attitude adjustment?  Get some MATTITUDE!  We talk about how not every day is a good day, what you can do to shift your attitude and.....the best strategy for eating a live goldfish (that's at the end so you'll have to wait for it)!  Pop yourself open a cold one and ENJOY!

More on Matt...

Matt Booth is the ATTITUDE EXPERT. Matt is an engaging speaker and author who encourages people to chase their dreams. He is direct, thought-provoking, and inspiring. To achieve Personal Satisfaction and Professional Success, Matt’s philosophy is simple: You Must Be Yourself and Improve Yourself.

Check him out on his website!  http://www.mattbooth.com/

Apr 30, 2018
63 - FUNNY MEANS MONEY! With Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman, MSN, CSP, CPAE

What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino?  Wait for it.....Elephino!  A great joke from my youth and exactly what I thought when I first heard the term Neurohumorist!  My guest this week, Karyn Buxman, is a exactly that!  Plus, a speaker, author, TEDx presenter, and a really good friend!  We round out humor month talking about the neurobiology of humor, how humor can help you connect with and communicate with your team AND....Karyn's best scar story.  You're going to enjoy this episode!  It's funny relevant, and will give you strategies you can use today!  

More on Karyn....

Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her masters thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today Karyn helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.

More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world—and one of only 39 women—to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.


Connect with Karyn on social media or check her out on her website at:  https://karynbuxman.mykajabi.com/

Email her for the special gifts of unspeakable value at:  highperformancehumor@gmail.com

Apr 23, 2018
62 - Make a CHOICE For Personal Leadership With Jacy Imilkowski

Life is FULL of choices!  It was Victor Frankl who said, "Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom."  This week, you're making a GREAT choice!  A choice to lead better by listening to my guest, Jacy Imilkowski.  We talk about personal leadership, knowing yourself and know how to connect with the people around you for maximum impact and performance.  Grab a writing gadget (technical term)...you're going to want to get this stuff down!

More on Jacy ...

Jacy Imilkowski PMP, CPCC, ACC is a captivating storyteller, self-admitted communication nerd, and champion of embracing humanity in the workplace. Through story, humor, and expertise she teaches everyday tools and skills for building the self-awareness and awareness of others; two of the key foundations of powerful personal leadership. Learn more at Building-Balance.com.

When not working Jacy is a community volunteer, food and flower gardener, dog lover, and avid speculative fiction reader and fantasy reader. She always appreciates suggestions for books with wizards or lasers (or both). 

Connect with her on Linkedin and check out her website at: https://building-balance.com/

Apr 16, 2018
61 - Leading With Purpose, Collaboration and Authenticity With Travis Thomas

Today's organizations can't survive without the ability to innovate.  Without innovation, your people, products and profitability are going to plummet!  (A lot of Ps).  What that takes is a LOT of trust and the ability to create an atmosphere where leadership minimizes fear and maximizes risk.  Perhaps trust and the latter two are interrelated but, one thing is for sure, it starts with YOU as leader.  This week's guest, Travis Thomas, knows how to get that done!  Join us as we explore the world of improv and how to decrease competition, increase collaboration and create a leadership world of YES AND!

More on Travis....

Travis Thomas is the Founder of Live,Yes And (www.liveyesand.com), sharing his interactive and inspiring message of purpose, authenticity, and collaboration to audiences and companies across the US.

For over 18 years, Travis has performed as an improvisational comedian and corporate training specialist. His coaching practice combines the principles of improvisation and personal performance to help individuals and organizations live with more purpose and authenticity. 

Travis has worked with elite athletes from around the world, such as the United States U17 National Soccer Team and NFL and NBA Combine prospects. Travis’ corporate resume includes PepsiCo, Under Armor, Gatorade, Cintas, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and the University of Georgia football.

In 2016 Travis created The Weekly Yes, And Podcast as well as publishing his first book, “3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And!” Travis lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife and three kids and continues to perform on stage and train athletes. 

Apr 09, 2018
59 - Bouncing Back and Being More Resilient With Courtney Clark

Have you ever gotten so far down in the dumps that you didn't know what to do?  What about getting hit with a barrage of issues where it was really messing up your plan?  I, personally, have had all of that and more! (And I know you have too).  We, as leaders, need to know how to bounce back and be resilient despite what we may be facing.   Not only for ourselves but also for our teams!

This week's guest, Courtney Clark, is a resiliency expert and she's got the intel on how to make a positive impact for yourself and the others around you when life is punching you in the face.  Aside from being smart and articulate, she is also hilarious.  I had so much fun interviewing her and I know you'll have fun listening.  Enjoy!

More on Courtney...

Courtney Clark is the luckiest unlucky person in the world.  After a series of major struggles beginning in her mid-20s, she has built two successful businesses and is the author of two books, including her most recent book The Successful Struggle: Powerful Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience.  She works with people who want to adapt faster and achieve more, and has spoken worldwide to organizations like Procter & Gamble, Dell, S&P, Humana, Cisco, and Cardinal Health.

Check her out on her website at: http://www.courtneyclark.com/

Apr 02, 2018
BONUS - Join The Humor Month Celebration! With Humor Month Director, Steve Wilson

I love to laugh!  I do it every day but, did you know, that there is an entire month dedicated to the promotion and celebration of humor?  YES!  April is National (International) Humor Month and this bonus episode of Leadership Happy Hour brings Humor Month Director, Steve Wilson.  Steve shares the origins of humor month, how you can find humor in all of life, and how you can join in on the celebration.  Let's face it, with all of the angry people in the world, there's never been a better time to bring humor into the mix.  Take a listen and enjoy!


National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. With Larry's blessings and our own sky-high enthusiasm, we look forward to carrying on the grand tradition of inviting all of the citizens of the world to join in celebrating humor, laughter and mirth for all of their redeeming and beneficial purposes.

Steve Wilson, Joyologist and Founder of World Laughter Tour, is the Director of National Humor Month.

 On June 28, 2008, Steve received the mantle of this auspicious position with all responsibilities, rights and privileges appertaining thereto (along with a big box of funny stuff) from Larry Wilde.

 We honor those who make us laugh, professionals and amateurs alike, as well as friends, neighbors, teachers, and relatives, including your Uncle Fred and Aunt Tillie.

 This is the place where you can come to share ideas about how to celebrate humor, information about the ancient roots of humor and the myriad contemporary expressions of humor.


Join the celebration at:  www.humormonth.com

Mar 28, 2018
58 - What Legacy Are You Leaving With Those Around You With Larry Cockerel

How's your 2018 going?  We're three months in the the New Year.  Are you getting where you want to go?  Are you making an impact where you can?  This week's guest, Larry Cockerel, has some amazing insights to share in living the life you want to live and in getting where you want to go.  Not only at work but also in life.  Larry is one of the most genuine people I know and he doesn't hold back in giving some great value during our time together.  Enjoy!

Larry’s friends call him the change guy, because he’s always gibing change a chance!

As a John C. Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer, Speaker and Coach, Larry has trainer on leadership and leadership value throughout the world, mostly in the great USA. A few other topics Larry likes to speak, train and coach on are’ Sales Development, Team Building and Development, Change and what Cancer has taught him about facing life’s obstacle course and living his best life.

Larry is the author of 3 books with his 4th booking coming out in 2018; Your Life Matters; How to Get Out of the Life You Don’t Want and Live the Life You Do Want. Larry and his life partner, best friend and Cancer-Fighting Specialist speak together at American Cancer Relay for Life Events throughout the Midwest and live their life encourages others to never give up and no one fights alone!

Larry lives in Cedarburg Wisconsin with Debbie his “Boss Lady” and their 7 kids; they call their home the “Cockerel Zoo”. Larry is on a mission of making a difference on purpose through his books, speaking, training and coaching. Larry believes you can live the life you want, you can do it, you’ll be all right along the way and that you will find your way!

Larry’s a southern boy from Arkansas, a simple guy, loves to read, write, listen to music, ride his Harley, cook, breath and serve others from the heart.

Something you really want to know about Larry is; you can book him for your next event, training or conference and you will be blown way with his enthusiasm, attitude and ability to engage and inspire your people to do their best and give their best!

Visit Larry on his website: http://larrycockerel.com/ 

Mar 26, 2018
57 - How Do You Get A More Positive Working Environment? With Paul Osincup

Have you ever eaten a Guinea Pig?  No?  Me either (although I would try it).  How about...have you ever wondered how to create a better working environment?  Yes?  Me too!  You're in luck!  This week's guest, Paul Osincup, has got the intel on how to do it and he shares it (free of charge) with us!  This is a REALLY FUN and content packed episode of Leadership Happy Hour so make sure you've got two drinks by your side (and something to write with).  ENJOY!

More on Paul...

Paul Osincup is an International Speaker and Positive Workplace Strategist who helps companies create engaging work climates. From his experience in Higher Education Leadership & Administration Paul’s previous roles had him addressing high-risk behaviors and threats to college campuses. A conflict resolution specialist, he was a consultant at the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention and still consults for several non-profit agencies. Despite the serious nature of his work, It’s Paul’s background in comedy that fuels his interest in humor as a competitive advantage in business. His TED Talk on Humor in Leadership has been viewed over 140,000 times, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and occasionally he even makes his wife laugh. Paul’s worked with hundreds of organizations from school districts and police departments to companies like NASDAQ and Kaiser Permanente. His work has been highlighted in SUCCESS Magazine, Training Magazine, and on his mom's fridge. 

Check out Paul on his website: 


Mar 19, 2018
56 - Don't Get Caught In Someone Else's Race With Eric McElvenny

Resilience!  What is it?  Do you have it?  Is it your ability to bounce back, your ability to not take "no" for an answer or a combination of the two (and an "ass ton" of other things)?  My guest this week is Eric McElvenney.  He's a combat veteran and an Iron Man Triathlete!  He shares his own story about overcoming obstacles, what it means to be resilient, and how you shouldn't get caught up in running someone else's race.  This isn't an average interview with an average person...it's a little bit (no A LOT) more!  Grab your notepad and enjoy!

More on Eric...

Eric is an endurance athlete living in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy while preparing for his service as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. Eric deployed three times as a Marine and on his final tour, an incredible experience in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, was wounded after stepping on an IED. Eric suffered the amputation of his right leg below the knee, a life-changing opportunity that began his next journey. 

Faced with a physical challenge and an uncertain future, Eric made a promise to himself to run an Ironman Triathlon. On his journey from the hospital bed in southern California to the finish line in Kona Hawaii, he realized that the challenge and adversity he was up against and the techniques he used to reach the finish line could be used against the challenges we all entertain. When not training, racing and delivering inspiration, Eric can be found with his wife, Rachel, and three children.

Check him out on his website: http://ericmcelvenny.com/

Mar 12, 2018
55 - EVERYONE Deserves To Be Respected, The Porcupine Principles (AND MORE!) with Steven Iwerson, CSP

It's always nice when you get to talk to someone whose leadership ideas and practices align so closely with your own AND you get to learn some new stuff along the way.  This week's guest, Steven Iwerson, CSP is the BOMB!  He's a seasoned leader who knows how to deal with "prickly" people and with "prickly" situations.  We talk about how everyone deserves to be respected, how to properly race a porcupine and his new book!  Check it out!  

More on Steven...

Steven Iwersen is the founder and owner of Aurora Pointe, LLC, a speaking and leadership development firm. He established the business after 25 years in leadership roles. Those experiences included work within a business news agency, employment recruitment, and the ministry.  He has served on numerous boards both locally and nationally. 

 As a Keynote speaker and leadership specialist, Steven speaks at conventions, conferences and in private training events for non-profit and corporate clients. His expertise is in leading people and organizations through change. Steven works with leaders in every level of the organization - first time supervisors, managers, directors, and executives. He believes that leaders are significantly more successful, and their employees more fulfilled, when they create a leadership culture.

 Steven is the author of:

  • The Porcupine Principles! How To Move Prickly People to Preferred Outcomes
  • Unplugged: Mindfulness and the Law
  • Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony at Work

Steven Iwersen is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and has been very involved with the National Speakers Association. He served as the Co-Host and producer of Voices of Experience (VOE) the association’s audio & video magazine.  He served as the Chairperson of the National Chapter Leadership Committee in 2013.  During that time he was presented the Presidential Award of Distinguished Service.

 Steven is the proud dad of three boys and now a grandfather to six little girls and two grandsons.  He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Brandy, where they enjoy excellent Jazz music and the world’s best BBQ.

 Check him out on his website:  https://www.steveniwersen.com/

Mar 06, 2018
54 - How To Move From Transition to Transformation With Susan Young

Ch-Ch-Ch- CHANGES!  We all face them!  Sometimes with courage and, yes, sometimes with cowardice.  (I know, I've been there).  Regardless, change is a constant part of our lives and we can either let it control us or we can look on how we can embrace it and and control our response.  My guest this week is transition expert, Susan Young.  She is not only an expert on helping people move from one place to another she is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet (even virtually via a podcast!).  If you have changes ongoing, upcoming or just need a life lift, this is the episode for you!  Enjoy!

More on Susan...

Susan runs the speaking and training firm, Susan Young International. She helps organizations leverage the power of change to improve positivity, engagement, and communications. Her keynotes and workshops empower people with tools to move from transition to transformation. Her clients include the United States Air Force, McDonald's, Boeing, Phoenix Tower International, Vector Aerospace, XPO Global Logistics, Mayflower Moving, Century 21, Northwestern Mutual, and numerous National and State Associations. 

With a Master’s Degree in Human Performance Technology, she is the author of Release the Power of Re3. . . 77 Ways to Create Positive Change & Transformation and The Art of First Impressions for Positive Impact. . . 8 Ways to Shine Bright to Transform Relationship Results.

As a result of her work, people share that they are able to shift their mindsets, shed what is holding them back and reach a new level of potential to live a life they love. When she is not speaking to audiences across the country, training global sales teams, or motivating the masses, she enjoys dancing, biking, movies, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Please visit www.SusanSpeaks.com to learn how Susan can educate, motivate, and engage your people.

Feb 26, 2018
53 - The Blueprint For Employee Engagement With Julie Ann Sullivan

Have you heard?  WE ARE AT WAR!  A war, for talent, that is!  We need to recruit and retain the best people and then...the hard part comes.  Keeping them engaged!  This week's guest, Julie Ann Sullivan, shares some tips from her new book, The Blueprint For Employee Engagement, on how to keep your team on point when you feel you're at the point of no return!  Enjoy!

More on Julie Ann...

Looking for a cure to retain good talent and increase productivity, problem solving and profitability? Julie Ann Sullivan has done the research and will show you how.

Julie Ann works with organizations that want to create a workplace environment where people are productive, engaged and appreciated. Julie Ann is a communication specialist, collaboration strategist and change steward.   She is the Founder of Learning Never Ends, a company whose purpose is to create a more positive culture, one person at a time.

Julie Ann Sullivan's diverse background gives her a unique perspective on your company.  She earned a BA in Psychology and an MBA in Accounting.   She earned the designation of CPA and spent decades involved in the financial world.  Julie Ann is a Professional member of the National Speakers Association, C-Suite Network Advisor and hosts the Mere Mortals Unite & Businesses that Care podcasts. Her newest book is titled, Blueprint for Employee Engagement, 37 Essential Elements to Influence, Innovate and Inspire.

Check her out on her website: JulieAnnSullivan.com

Feb 20, 2018
52 - Make An Impact With Your Story With Kelly Swanson

There are some times when I'm having so much fun that time has no meaning...that was this week's interview with story expert, Kelly Swanson!  Kelly took me through the process of making a story better and she delivered!  It was hands on, it was insightful and (most importantly) we laughed A LOT!  Stories, as leaders, are what help us leave a real impact and a real legacy..get yours down!  Kelly goes rapid fire in this application based interview so...get your note taking equipment ready and rewind if necessary.  

More on Kelly...

Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker, Huffington Post Contributor, and cast member of The Fashion Hero television show airing on Amazon Prime. She is also author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale, The Land of If Only, The Story Formula, and The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. She was a featured entertainer for Holland America Cruise Lines, keynote speaker for the International Toastmasters Convention, and has keynoted major conferences and corporate events from coast to coast. Kelly’s wacky wit and powerful stories have charmed hearts and tickled funny bones for over 15 years.

In addition to her role as a funny motivational speaker, Kelly teaches people how she does it by sharing what she has learned about connecting and engaging to have more influence in business, through the use of one tool – strategic storytelling. Sharing her own powerful journey through story and the formula she discovered, you come to that magical place where the art of story meets the business of persuasion.

For more about Kelly go to www.MotivationalSpeakerKellySwanson.com

Feb 13, 2018
51 - Be Feisty, Be Fearless, Be Fun! With Pegine Echevarria, CSP

Are you looking to move from being a good leader to a great leader?  Then you'll want to listen to this episode with my special guest, Pegine, Echevarria, CSP.  (Or, just Pegine...if it's good enough for Cher...it's DEFINITELY good enough for Pegine!).  Pegine is a seasoned leader who knows HER STUFF!  Grab a pen, paper and get ready for feisty, fearless and fun leadership tips from this thought leader!

More on Pegine...

“Pegine is a powerhouse of inspiration. From the gangs of New York to the Boardrooms of government and corporations, she ticks some pretty big boxes!”

Pegine makes leaders great. Pegine has spoken to and produced leadership experiences for tens of thousands of people. Clients include ten percent of the Fortune 100 global corporations, twelve percent of Direct Selling News North American Top 50 Companies and all branches of the US military.

She goes by her first name, Pegine, if first names are good enough for Oprah, Beyoncé and Shakira it is good enough for her.

She walks the talk. Pegine is the only Latina and one of eight women inducted into the 60-member Motivational Speaker Hall of Fame, others include Anthony Robbins and Jack Canfield. Her company was named the #3 Fastest-Growing Privately Own Companies in North Florida. Pegine was honored at the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Conference by Macy’s and Minority Business Enterprise Magazine where she was named one of three 2016 Women Who ROCK IN BUSINESS, she was the cover story.  Her company received the Department of Defense’s CPARs (Contractor Performance Assessment Reports) rating of EXCELLENT for quality, service and mission success for contracts over a million dollars (extremely rare). Named by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) the world's largest HR professional society, as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion. She makes leaders great!

Pegine coaches some of the nation’s leading women in government, politics, entrepreneurship and the military. She works with her clients on influence, impact and the ability to inspire action using professional role players, high level media training and a dose of tough love.

A former Bronx gang member, kicked out of her first high school, she is a true American success story. Her story and wisdom is featured in many books including "The American Dream Revisited" by Gary Sirak; "The Art of Bouncing Back" by Zelda Greenberg; "Speak and Grow Rich" by Dottie Walters; "Breaking Through: Getting Past the Stuck Parts of Your Life" by Barbara Stanny; Secrets of SuperStar Speakers Lilly Walters and Powerful Self-Confidence: Developing Unshakeable Confidence (Made for Success) with Zig Ziglar ,Chris Widener (Author), Laura Stack (Author).

Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes among others. Pegine was called a cutting-edge opinion leader by one of the top political public relations firms.

Her company, Team Pegine produces the "Global Women's Executive Leadership Experience™ " a simulation and situational training exercise for women leaders. The memorable experiences prepare women executive leaders for high stress, high-value moments, where they gain influence and confidence. Rated as one of the most profound leadership experiences by women participants from around the world. The program produces results 22% of participants received promotions within 6 months of completing the program.

Pegine is the author of 'Sometimes You Need to Kick Your Own Butt', 'Bragging Rights: Transform Your Team in 21 Days' and 'I've Got the Power To Lead & Think Big', "50 Success Secrets of Feisty, Focused, Fearless, Fun Female Leaders".

Check Pegine out on her website: https://www.pegine.com/

Feb 07, 2018
50 - I Just Need A Cat To Kick! With Sarah Gibson

It's the 50th episode AND our year long anniversary here at Leadership Happy Hour and that means.....tap water for everybody!  This round is on us!  It did, however, make me reflect on how many awesome guests I've had over the past year and how much I've learned from them.  And, this week is NO EXCEPTION!

Sarah Gibson and I talk this week on Leadership Happy Hour about the dysfunctional team, team members, what you can do to create an awesome team AND how, sometimes, you just need to kick a cat!  What' that about?  You'll have to listen and find out!  She's got the GOODS!

In 2004, Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, a firm focused on creating stronger, healthier, and more emotionally intelligent teamss through professional development and communication skills.

Sarah’s unique ability to articulate the underlying patterns and concerns holding teams back, make her a much sought-after speaker and leadership consultant. Sarah’s specialty is giving teams tools and language, so they can create environments where a culture of trust and accountability can thrive.

Among the many tools Sarah provides, her book, Geezer. Punk. Whatever. has been used by individuals and organizations to navigate the impact of generational differences in the workplace.  

Sarah has worked with hundreds of organizations, leaders and individual team members across a variety of industries throughout the world.   

Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University.

Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

Get the 411 on Sarah on her website:  www.sarahjgibson.com

Jan 29, 2018
49 - Communicating For Success With Beth Mund

If Darth Vader knocks a tree down in the forest is he using the force of nature or for nature?  Okay, that's not a question we tackle this week with self proclaimed space geek and communications expert, Beth Mund, but it is something to contemplate (okay, maybe not).  We do, however, hit on communicating the team's language, setting your boss up for success AND putting butter in your coffee?  The last one sounds suspect to me but you'll get tons of great strategies from Beth on this week's Leadership Happy Hour podcast!  Enjoy!

More on Beth...

Beth Mund is a keynote speaker with a powerful personal narrative (U.S. Space Camp attendee and Space Academy Instructor turned NASA Civil Servant), with over 20 years of experience in speaking & executive speech writing. At NASA, Motorola, and United Airlines, Beth worked to convey complex technical information to a wide variety of stakeholders, including the public and media. Beth has implemented communication strategies with Fortune 500 CEO’s, astronauts, dignitaries, community leaders, educators, and business owners. 

She is the founder of Stellar Communications, LLC,  providing a global perspective for people, companies and associations wanting to manage risk, remain mission-focused, and create opportunities to invest in our future. 

You can get EVEN MORE info on Beth on her website: http://bethmund.com/


Jan 23, 2018
48 - How Do You Handle a Toxic Work Environment With Jen Olney

Toxicity...well, it's toxic!  It can be the environment you work in, the co-worker that sits next to you or even the boss that wants his TPS reports yesterday....no matter, it sucks!  It can impede your productivity, your morale and sometimes your health.  This week's guest, Jen Olney, knows about how to work with them, around it, and what you need to do to create an environment where people want to be.  Grab your fountain pen and some post its!  You're going to want to write stuff down!  Enjoy!

More on Jen...

Over the course of my sales and marketing career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development to tackle their challenges that affect their performance and organizational growth. I have served as a VP of Marketing, Partner, General Manager and Sales Manager working in the trenches to define problems, develop processes and tools and identify areas of improvement to help these organization achieve their goals and improve their bottom lines. Currently, you can find Jen on LinkedIn, she serves at the Senior Digital Marketing Manager for PVI Office Furniture in Frederick, Md

Jan 17, 2018
BONUS - Do You Want To Get Past The Crap? Hosted By Phil Gerbyshak

I am SO excited about my new book that I wanted to share a little bit about it on the podcast so, instead of just rambling on myself, I asked my good friend, Phil Gerbyshak, to guest host and interview me.

Phil has his own podcast, Conversations With Phil, and has been a good friend for many years.  We talk about the new book, some strategies for getting past your own crap and how to make a positive difference for yourself and those you lead.


You can get the book at www.getpastthecrap.com

Jan 10, 2018
47 - It's NOT About You With Dr. Catherine Warren, PHR

So....you've got that person that is pushing your buttons EVERY day...what do you do?  This week, my guest is Dr. Catherine Warren, PHR, HAS THE ANSWERS!  She is a seasoned leader and knows how to deal with the day to day issues that face most of us, as leaders, and how you can deal deal with the person that is not doing what you want...and get more done in the process!   Grab your notepad (and a beer) and listen up...you'll like this interview!

More on Catherine:

Catherine Warren is a retired Navy Human Resource Officer where she proudly served for 27 years.  Her time in the military took her across the county and around the globe.  Leading military and civilians at a variety of levels she  learned the importance of creative leadership,  effective communication, organizational management and having fun in the workspace.

Catherine earned her Doctoral Degree in Strategic Leadership and is currently combining her education with her experience as a professor at Southeastern University and Wave Leadership College and as a public speaker.  She specializes in leadership and organizational development, effectively developing teams, and bridging the communication gap through generational and cultural differences.

Her passion is helping individuals and organizations see past barriers to create healthy environments where intentional changes lead to desired outcomes.

Catherine volunteers her time supporting military members and their families, mentoring young women and is actively involved in her local church.  Her passion is helping individuals and organizations see their potential and realize their capacity for greatness while removing barriers in order to create healthy environments where intentional changes lead to desired outcomes.

Connect with her on Linkedin here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemwarren/


Jan 09, 2018
46 - New Year...Same You With Julie Creffield

Good bye 2017....HELLO NEW GOALS!  2018 is bound to be a great year and this week's guest, Julie Creffield, has (literally) written the book on how to push past your fears and achieve the goals you want to reach. 

I got to meet Julie this past summer at a National Speaker's Association convention and was immediately drawn to her drive, ingenuity, and want to help people live bigger, fuller lives.

She describes herself as a "plus sized" marathon runner and, having struggled with weight my entire life (I've gained and lost 10 people during my 50 years on this earth) I appreciate how she helps people get past their image issues to get fit.  I even bought her new book, "The Fat Girls Guide to Marathon Running."  Available on Amazon here.

I think you'll really enjoy this interview and I purposely saved it to air the first week of the year to help put 2018 in focus!

Get more info on Julie on her website and connect with her ALL over social media!  She's amazing!

Website: https://juliecreffield.com/

Jan 02, 2018
45 - Leading a Startup...Triumphs and Tribulations With Pete Reitano

We tend to glamorize the role of leader and it is rewarding...however, it's not all cotton candy and lollipops.  It can be even more important to hone your leadership skills when it's personal and, quite frankly, nothing is more personal than leading your own company.  This week's guest, Pete Reitano, is uniquely qualified to share some strategies with us on the tribulations and triumphs of leading your team when it is  your own business (and he's done it more than once).  He shares, quite honestly, some of the lessons he's had to learn and how he used that learning to catapult his team to the next level when the opportunity came again.  Turn the volume up and get ready to get WOWED by this incredibly smart leader!

More on Pete...

Peter Reitano is a marketer, entrepreneur, and investor.

He's passionate about helping companies accelerate growth. Over the last decade he's worked directly with some of the world's largest blue-chip / Fortune 500 brands and award winning agencies in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.

An active participant and early adopter in the digital space, he has strong insight into online behavior / tech trends, and is a regular speaker at conferences and industry panels around the world.

His previous agency, Spark, was recently acquired, and he's now Co-Founder and CEO at Abacus; a VC-backed specialized Facebook advertising agency. Abacus helps brands grow and acquire customers with advanced data-driven performance marketing.

Peter is also an instructor at Bitmaker, where he teaches digital marketing, and co-founder of Bellwether, a not-for-profit which brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in Toronto's startup, tech, media, and advertising space for collaboration and innovation.

Check out Pete at Abacus here:  www.abacus.agency


Dec 19, 2017
44 - Lessons From The Battlefield With Shawn Rhodes

Want some lesson from the battlefield that are destined to increase profits and productivity? Now’s the time to set the wheels’ in motion to get 2018 off to that kind of start and there’s no one better to share strategies than my guest this week, Shawn Rhodes. He’s an author, internationally known speaker, podcast host and syndicated columnist AND this guy’s got the goods! Grab a notepad and pen…you’re going to want to get every bit of this down. Enjoy!

More on Shawn…

Shawn Rhodes is an international expert in dramatically improving the performance and profitability of organizations. His two degrees, international study of organizational execution on-site in more than two dozen countries and multiple combat deployments as a Marine Corps War Correspondent prepared him for the battlefield of business. As president and founder of Shoshin Consulting, Shawn has consulted organizations ranging from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to start-ups.

In 2014, Shawn was named one of the top 20 public speakers in the world by Toastmasters International. In addition to his hundreds of published articles, videos, nationally-syndicated business column, podcasts and TEDx talk, Shawn and his work has been featured in TIME, CNN, NBC, INC, and hundreds of media outlets around the world.

Check out Shawn on his website: http://www.shoshinconsulting.com/

Dec 11, 2017
43 - Humor That Works With Andrew Tarvin

Humor has always been a part of my life.  Not just my regular life but also my leadership life.  It has been the one tool that has helped me connect with others, be more approachable and also more likeable (when what I had to do could have pushed it in another direction).  This week's guest, Andrew Tarvin, is the expert on scientifically (and strategically) using humor to make the work you do and the workplace you do it in, more effective and enjoyable.  I know you'll enjoy this interview as much as I did.  He's smart and hilarious!  

More On Andrew....

Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun.

Through his company, Humor That Works, Andrew has helped more 25,000 people at 250+ organizations—including P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, PepsiCo, and the International Association of Canine Professional—learn to be more productive, less stressed, and happier. Combining his background in business with his experience as an international comedian, his programs are engaging, entertaining, and effective.

Prior to starting his company, Andrew was a top-rated project manager at Procter & Gamble, managing million dollar projects for a $350 million business. He is also an accomplished comedian, having performed in more than 1,000 shows all around the world.

Andrew is the best-selling author of Humor That Works: 501 Ways to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany, and his TEDx talk has been viewed over 100,000 times. He has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 1 planet (Earth). He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.

Check him out on his website (and bring him in to speak!): http://andrewtarvin.com/

Dec 04, 2017
42 - Creating a Culture of Respect With Mike Domitrz, CSP

Have you been watching the news?  From Harvey Weinstein to Senators, we are living in a time where leading with respect isn't the norm, it's been overlooked.  In my opinion, my friends, there's never been a better time to have a conversation about creating a culture of respect then right now and there's no better person to have it with than my guest this week, Mike Domitrz, CSP.  Mike has made it his life's mission to help people and organizations create that kind of culture.  Get your notepad and pen....you're going to want to take notes on what Mike is sharing in this episode.  Enjoy!

More on Mike...

For over a decade, Mike Domitrz has been inspiring individuals with his hilarious sense of humor and his uncanny ability to draw hard-hitting emotion from audiences. Schools, organizations, military bases and more constantly rave about what a lasting impact he has with his audience.

Why does Mike have such an intense passion and drive to share with people of all ages? In 1989, he received a phone call that his sister had been raped. As he held the phone tightly to his ears, he simply could not believe what he was hearing. Mike decided to make a difference. As he researched the issue of sexual assault and dating on college campuses, he constantly heard students complaining that most sexual assault seminars were boring and depressing. Mike knew what needed to be done.

With his background in entertainment, he created “Can I Kiss You?” – a fun, interactive, and thought-provoking program that focuses on why “asking first” makes all the difference. Since 1990, Mike has been motivating and igniting change around the world. Today, he is one of the most sought-after speakers, authors, and subject matter experts.

Find more out about Mike (AND BRING HIM IN TO YOUR ORGANIZATION) on his website:  https://www.datesafeproject.org/

Nov 28, 2017
41- How To Increase Your Happiness With Dr. Kristin Layous

To quote Don Draper from the hit series, Mad Men, "What is happiness but that moment before you need more happiness?"  It's a practice. It is something we should be mindful of every day and there are things we can do to make ourselves more (and less) happy during the holidays.  Dr. Kristin Layous, professor and happiness expert, shares her tips on real things you can do this season to get past the crap and live a little happier.  Grab a pen and paper...you're going to want to put her strategies into practice immediately!  ENJOY!

More on Kristin...

Kristin Layous has a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from University of California, Riverside and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, East Bay. Her research primarily focuses on activities that promote happiness like expressing gratitude and performing kind acts. Specifically, she explores how and under what conditions these activities boost happiness, as well as who they are most likely to help.

Read her research and connect with her on her website: http://www.kristinlayous.com/

Nov 20, 2017
40 - Leading Your Sales Team To Victory With Fatima Zaidi

Smart, articulate and knows SALES!  That's my guest this week on Leadership Happy Hour, Fatima Zaidi!  Fatima hails from up North in Canada where she is blazing a trail for others to follow.   She's the VP of Business Development at the Eighty-Eight Agency, been named Marketing Magazine's TOP 30 marketers under 30 in Canada and also reigns as one of Flares top 100 Canadian Women!  She gave so much information so fast it was hard for this "old guy" to keep up.  We talk about the heart of entrepreneurship, what it means to contact your prospect with a purpose and her 6 keys to selling into today's competitive marketplace!  Sit back, grab a pen and hold on!  She's got the goods!

More on Fatima..

Fatima Zaidi has had ten years of experience in Business Development/Sales, Marketing, and Strategy. Her expertise in sales effectiveness, and partnerships led her to the role as VP of Business Development for Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency. Prior to Eighty-Eight she was Head of Business Development at retail company Rent frock Repeat (who were on Dragons Den in Season 7) and was responsible for the overall management of all strategic business development, marketing, and customer relationship activities nationwide. Fatima is a commentator for Global News, chair for the DYPB conference, and a content writer for Globe and Mail, BetaKit, and Huffington Post. She was named Marketing Magazines top 30 under 30 marketers and brand developers for 2016 and spends her evenings teaching Sales/BD workshops at local tech schools like Red Academy and Camp Tech.

To connect with Fatima, check her out at the Eighty Eight!



Nov 13, 2017
39 - What Would Get You Through? With POW Captain Charlie Plumb, USN (RET), CSP, CPAE


Once in a while you get to meet someone that completely changes your perspective on your life, your issues, and how you can deal with the trials that life hands you.  That was my experience in talking with this week's guest on Leadership Happy Hour, US Navy Captain Charlie Plumb, CSP, CPAE.  Charlie was a prisoner of war in the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War for over six years.  Through it all, and after, he was able to persevere with a strong faith, the support of the people around him and a strong purpose.  He is one of America's great heroes (even though he wouldn't say it) and I trust you'll get as much from his wisdom as I did.  Enjoy!

More on Captain Plumb...

Captain Charlie Plumb has lived what he believes to be the American Dream. As a farm kid from Kansas, he fantasized about airplanes, although he felt certain he would never have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy who afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Plumb completed Navy Flight Training and reported to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as “TOP GUN.” The next year, Plumb’s squadron the Aardvarks launched on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk with Fighter Squadron 114 to fly the Navy’s hottest airplane, the F-4 Phantom Jet. Code named “Plumber,” Charlie Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam and made over 100 carrier landings.

On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, Plumb was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in an 8-by-8 foot cell. During his nearly six years of captivity, Plumb distinguished himself as a pro in underground communications. He was a great inspiration to all the other POWs and served as chaplain for two years.

Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.

Since his return home, Plumb has captivated more than 5,000 audiences in almost every industry around the world with stories that parallel his POW experience with the challenges of everyday life.

To this day, Captain Plumb continues to fly left seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned eight airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.

Get even more info on Captain Plumb (and his book) on his website: https://charlieplumb.com/

Nov 08, 2017
39 - What's Your Story? Leading With Story With Park Howell

What's your story?  We all have one.  Nothing is more powerful than a story to connect with people and help move together towards a common goal.  This week on LHH, I had the great pleasure of talking with Park Howell.  Park is an world renown expert in advertising/marketing and also in how to get your story on point with what you're trying to get done.  He knows his stuff and you'll not want to miss one minute of this interview on how to align your story with your brand, how to address the "anti-story" of the audience,  and what three questions you need to address when crafting your story.  Check it out!

More on Park (in his own words)...

My heart has always been in helping purpose-driven organizations clarify their story to grow revenue and amplify their impact. For instance, our Story Cycle system helped the 30-year-old community health center, Clinica Adelante, create a new brand story of Adelante Sustainable Healthcare. They’ve grown by 300 percent in the past five years.

Goodwill of Central Arizona used our story guidance to grow by more than 400 percent. They now help record numbers of Arizonans find jobs through their workforce development programs.

We launched Water — Use It Wisely, North America’s largest water conservation outreach program placing residents at the center of the story. Our call to action: “There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.”

Coca-Cola started an Ecodriving program with their more than 60,000 fleet drivers and staff telling the story from their point-of-view. They doubled projected fuel savings in the first three months of the program.

We’ve had so much success helping purpose-driven brands grow that Arizona State University asked me to create and teach a communications curriculum in its Executive Masters of Sustainability Leadership program. I now train international executives how to use sustainable storytelling to advance their social initiatives further, faster.

I love the challenge, because purpose-driven companies are different. You’re creating a thriving business and changing the world, as if one wasn’t hard enough.

But your stories aren’t being told well – in marketing that converts into more sales, in aligning your teams and partners and making a greater impact.

Believe me, I know how exhausting the struggle is.

That’s why I left the ad business to go to the CEO side of the table. Now I consult, teach, coach and speak on story marketing. I have a proven 10-step process called the Story Cycle, that is based on the universal model of telling stories that works every single time.

I am a proud graduate of Washington State University. I combine my degrees in communications and music composition and theory – with my endless curiosity about the fundamental mechanics of story – to help business leaders and communicators achieve epic growth.

Contact (AND GET MORE INFO ON) Park on his website: https://businessofstory.com/

Oct 30, 2017
38 - How Do You Handle Conflict Effectively? With Randy Keirn, CSP

Have you ever met someone and immediately thought...."I know I like this person!"  That's the way it was when I first met Randy Keirn, CSP this past summer.  (For the record...I've also met people and immediately known I didn't like them too).  Randy is one of the most authentic people I've met and he knows leadership!  This week he and I talk about how to deal with the toxic person that pulls down morale, how to get people on board with what needs to be done and HIS five step model for coaching people for maximum results.  It's a little longer than the normal episode but is well worth the investment of your time.  Take a listen!

More on Randy...

Eandy Keirn is a Training Professional and Leadership Expert with more than 25 years of experience in Fire Services. As an accomplished Chief Officer, Instructor, and Community Educator, Randy has dedicated his life to instilling leadership in every professional and personal capacity.
In addition to delivering thought-provoking presentations and training sessions across the country, Randy still serves as District Chief, Training Officer, and Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Lealman Fire District in Pinellas County.
As District Chief Randy manages and directs emergency personnel and equipment at three fire stations that respond to more than 10,000 emergency incidents annually. As the Department’s Training Officer, Randy trains all new firefighters. He provides continuing education as required by laws and standards to over 60 firefighters each month.
Randy is a lifelong learner, sharing his passion for personal and organizational growth with corporate, non-profit, government and educational organizations.
Clients include Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Transitions Optical, Multiple Fire Departments in the South Eastern United States, Citrus County Mosquito Control District, and Eckerd College, among many other organizations of all sizes.
From Leadership Development and Executive Coaching to Conflict Management and Cultural Transformation, Randy confronts some of the most difficult tasks that organizations and leaders face today and in turn empowers clients with new and exciting ways to thrive.
Check out Randy on his website at: http://randykeirn.com/


Oct 23, 2017
37 - A Call For Courage With Mike Dilbeck, CSP

At some point in your life you're either going to be in an unwanted situation or witness something you know is wrong.  What do you do?  Where do you find the courage to step in?  This week, Mike Dilbeck, shares the strategies to do just that.  Mike is (what I consider) a people advocate.  He helps people make a difference...one courageous step at a time.

I had originally scheduled this episode to air a few weeks from now but with all of the Harvey Weinstein allegations of sexual harassment and abuse coming out, I thought it was more appropriate this week. Mike shares strategies on what you can do if you find yourself in that kind of situation. 

Mike calls on us to take response ability and react to any everyday life issue by going beyond our shame and fear to show courage and honor dignity in momentary choices. Mike is on a mission to change the way individuals, organizations, companies, and communities react when someone is being adversely impacted by inappropriate, abusive, or unhealthy behavior.

The impact of inaction is that way too many people are being mistreated, abused, violated, and even killed, while others look on and do nothing. Or, don’t do enough. The violations of dignity in our world lead to disengagement, not feeling worthy, and retaliation.

More on Mike...

In 1990, after serving for two years as Assistant Executive Director for Sigma Nu International Fraternity and producing more than 20 video programs and two international conventions for the fraternity, Mike established a reputation for creating and producing effective and powerful video presentations and special events. After working with executives from other organizations, Mike realized there was a market needing his skills and expertise. BECK & CO. was founded to provide high-end video/film and special event production services for its clients. Since 1990, Mike has produced over 60 educational, promotional and fundraising video presentations for clients and won numerous awards. RESPONSE ABILITY is the latest, and most successful, project Mike has produced.

In 1998, Mike expanded his expertise and entered the world of non-profit fundraising where he was instrumental in raising millions of dollars for people living with HIV/AIDS. He has served as the Director of the inaugural Texas AIDS Ride, Director of Special Events for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), and Program Director for the first three years of the National AIDS Marathon Training Program and for the inaugural year of TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) – both endurance training programs benefitting AFC. He most recently served as National Director for T2 and resigned in 2011 to devote himself full-time to RESPONSE ABILITY.

Check out Mike and his programs on his website:  http://www.mikedilbeck.com/


Oct 17, 2017
36 - Can You Say YES To Something Different? Laurie Guest HiJacked My Podcast!

There I was ready to interview Laurie Guest and she hijacked my podcast and interviewed me!  It was great to share some of my own leadership experiences and philosophies and talk with someone so smart!  Seriously, Laurie is one of the smartest business people I know AND we're both from the same area in Illinois (so we have a mid-west bond).  Take a listen to this week's episode. You'll enjoy it!

More on Laurie...who is this woman who hijacked my podcast?

  • Entrepreneur, author and motivational keynote speaker.
  • Owner of Guest Enterprises, a speaking and training firm founded in 1997. The firm focuses on customer service and staff development topics presented in an entertaining format.
  • Member of the National Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 12% of speakers worldwide and one of only 204 women to currently hold the honor.
  • Top-rated keynote speakers for corporate events  association meetings and business retreats.
  • Author of Wrapped in Stillness: A Personal Retreat Guide.
  • Graduated from Palmer College 1983
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician from 1986-2001
  • Assistant Administrator for a regionally known ophthalmic surgery center. Responsible for sales, marketing, volunteer programs and referring physician relations.
  • Community hospital marketing team member.
  • Award winning columnist on the topic of customer service for an industry trade publication.
  • A Midwest farmer’s daughter from Northern Illinois with a passion for people and with a sarcastic sense of humor.
  • Wife, mother, golfer, board game lover, autograph collector, sea glass gatherer, metal detecting fan, geocaching hobbyist and Netflix binge watcher.

You can get EVEN MORE info on Laurie and her programs here: http://laurieguest.com/

Oct 10, 2017
35 - Do You Have The Grit To Make It To The Next Level? With Alan Stein, Jr.

Do you have what it takes to make it to the next performance level?  Success is a mindset and, sometimes, it's just one push away!  This week, I had the great opportunity to talk with veteran performance basketball coach, Alan Stein, Jr.  Alan shares what he's learned over years of working with top athletes on how they got to the top of their game and still pushed harder.  We talk about grit, grace, and how keeping your mind where your feet are can propel you to the next level.  Sit back and enjoy!

More on Alan...

Alan Stein, Jr. is a veteran basketball performance coach, corporate speaker, podcast host and social media influencer. He has spent the past 15 years working with the highest performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant). Alan delivers high-energy keynote performances to develop genuine leadership, authentic team cohesion and true mental toughness. He inspires his audiences to take immediate action and improve their mindset, habits and productivity. In other words, Alan teaches organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes and coaches use to perform at a world-class level. He is an amicably divorced father of 7-year-old twin sons (Luke and Jack) and a 5-year-old daughter (Lyla) and lives just outside of Washington, D.C.

Check out Alan on his website: https://www.alansteinjr.com/

Oct 03, 2017
34 - Did Cersei's Big "BUT" Bolster Bureaucracy? With Avish Parashar

Does the big "BUT" bolster bureaucracy?  YES!  This week we conclude our Game of Thrones series with improv expert Avish Parashar.  Avish has spent years helping organizations adapt and lead change using the principles he honed on the improv stage.  We discuss how to build trust with your team, how Cersei's big "but" kept her with the status quo, and how to ride your dragon to VICTORY!  Pour yourself an EXTREMELY large Deep Eddy's Vodka and tonic and ENJOY!

Get tons of information about Avish and his programs on his webiste, www.dinghappens.com.  Seriously, watch the videos...they're hilarious!


Sep 26, 2017
33 - What Would Ned Stark Do? With David Dye, CSP

Still going through Game of Thrones withdrawals?  ME TOO!  So, this week on Leadership Happy Hour we continue the discussion with my good friend, David Dye, CSP.  David is an award winning author and speaker and we share some great strategies on how to lead with integrity.  You'll get some tips on how to create a cultural oasis, talking about what you can't talk about and how, if you're going to pass the sentence you had better be prepared to swing the sword!  Pour yourself a glass and listen in!  It's a good one!

More on David...

David works with leaders around the world who want to achieve breakthrough results without losing their soul (or mind) in the process.

He gets it because he’s been there: a former executive and elected official, David has over two decades of experience leading teams, building organizations, and working with Boards of Directors to transform their effectiveness. He is the award-winning author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results Without Losing Your Soul and The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say.

Known for his optimism, for making difficult concepts understandable, and for moving leaders to immediate, practical action.

David’s keynotes and training programs help leaders across industries to increase their influence, solve common leadership frustrations, and improve productivity through practical leadership inspiration.

David has a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado and a Masters Degree in Management from Regis University.

He and his partner, Karin Hurt, are dedicated to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells, which provides clean water wells to communities struggling with access to safe water throughout Southeast Asia.

David lives outside of Washington, DC. He loves the meditation of a hiking trail, the reward of high mountain peaks, and is proud of the impact his children are having around the world.

Get EVEN MORE on David on his website: http://letsgrowleaders.com/

Sep 19, 2017
32 - Was Jon Snow Born To Lead? With Thom Singer, CSP

It's the age old debate of nature versus nurture!  Was Jon Snow born to lead or was it his environment that made him?  This week on Leadership Happy Hour we continue our Game of Thrones discussion with Thom Singer, CSP.  Thom is a leadership thought leader, speaker, author and (all around) COOL GUY!  He shares his insights on stepping into the leader you were meant to be, knowing your team and how you can't commoditize human relationships.  You're going to want to listen to this one more than once!  Enjoy!

More on Thom...

Thom Singer's first job was a busboy at "The Big Yellow House Restaurant" in Southern California. It was in this role that he discovered the importance of customizing his work for whomever he had the honor to serve. From the vast number of customers who dined in the restaurant, to the three or four wait-staff whom he helped each night, Thom realized that you have to make personal connections and find ways to relate differently to each audience if you want to find more success. 

Having worked as a keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies for almost ten years, he has become an advocate for creating strong experiences for conference attendees. He has come to see the role of a speaker as more than a commodity that fills a space in the agenda.  He knows that the speakers can set the tone for the whole event, and he takes his job very seriously. 

In today's distracted work environment there is a disconnect between social media "likes", "links", "shares" and "follows" and real meaningful business connections. Thom's work centers around helping people get back to the basics of relationships that lead to better opportunities and more sales.  He focuses on the importance of helping everyone get closer to their own potential, and that of their organization. 

He has authored twelve books on the power of business relationships, sales, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firm and convention audiences. He sets the tone for better engagement at industry events as the opening keynote speaker or the Master of Ceremonies. His Conference Catalyst Program has become a “meeting planners” favorite in how it transforms the conference attendee experience.

As the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and others who possess an extra dose of the entrepreneurial spirit. The information complied from these compelling interviews is shared with his clients, as he challenges people to be more engaged and enthusiastic in all their actions.

Thom earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 2014. The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry’s international measure of professional platform skill. The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) only on those speakers who have earned it by meeting strict qualifying criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name identify that speaker as a speaking professional with a proven track record for understanding and delivering value from the platform.

After being a couch potato for most of his life, Thom is now an avid runner and completed his first half-marathon in 2017.

You can get EVEN MORE info on Thom on his website: http://thomsinger.com/

Sep 12, 2017
31 - What's Your Army Of The Dead? With Ken Okel

Was the Game of Thrones season too short for you?  ME TOO!  So, I thought I'd keep it alive  by talking about GOT and leadership.  There are so many lessons to be gleaned from this show and this week I get to kick off this podcast series with Ken Okel.  Ken knows about getting things done under pressure and getting it done right.  We discuss how we each have a dragon, how taking a drink and being quiet can help us, and how each of us leaders needs to think about what our Army of the Dead is.  Kick back, pour yourself some ale, and listen in!

More on Ken...

For more than a decade, TV audiences watched Ken on the news. At several stations, they saw him perform as a TV news anchor, a reporter, a weatherman, and even a talk show host. Ken covered natural disasters, school shootings, and grieving families. It wasn’t always sad as he got to meet celebrities, find out what makes unforgettable people tick, and get paid to do things like free fall 70 feet, ride through the streets in a motorized armchair, and be safely attacked by a police dog.

Ken then moved into the nonprofit world for several adventures. These saw him do everything from running a professional ballet company to organizing more than 100 hurricane relief volunteers. Through it all, he understood the value of helping those in need.

Today people know Ken for his leadership presentations to companies and associations. Audiences are engaged and entertained as they receive the tools necessary to transform their professional lives. Some enjoy taking part in Ken’s famous Paper Hat Exercise.

How could Ken pass up a chance to be a part of the online world? People around the world listen to his award-winning podcast, The 2 Minute Takeaway. Ken is also know for his weekly column, The Whiner of the Week.

Check Ken out at: http://www.kenokel.com/

Ken is a Past President of the Florida Speakers Association and a member of the National Speakers Association. He’s a proud member of the Last Minute Speaker Florida Network.

Sep 06, 2017
30 - Organizational Alchemy With Izzy Gesell, CSP

Need something different to connect with your team and get stuff done?  If so, then you're going to want to listen to Izzy Gesell, The Organization Alchemist, share how to do it with style, ease and humor on this week's episode.  We talk about the law of attraction (as it applies to humor), simple ways to inject fun into a team for better results and even contemplate the question of "Where does Superman change if there aren't any phone booths?"  Sit back, pop open a cold one, and enjoy this episode of Leadership Happy Hour!

More on Izzy:

Izzy Gesell, MS Ed, CSP is an "organizational alchemist" who helps individuals and organizations transform their thinking from commonplace to extraordinary. Through his keynotes, trainings, coaching, and facilitated sessions, Izzy offers imaginative, intuitive and immediately useful insights and programs. He is skilled at delivering meaningful in a way that makes participants enjoy their time with him.

Izzy was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed from Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Humor Me: America's Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators Handbook. His latest project is a deck of cards with improv games on them.

He has worked with dental association members to help foster their leadership skills, helped Aetna Insurance custmer reps learn to manage their stress, facilitated NASA engineers on enhancing their leadership skills and guided Hewlett Packard global managers to communicate more effectively.

Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA's 4.000 members are CSPs. The International Facilitators Association (IAF) regularly calls on him to train facilitators in his techniques.

A former stand-up comedian and public school teacher, Izzy was raised in Brooklyn, NY, where commonplace thinking was frowned upon. He has earned a BA in Psychology, an Ms in Education and a P... thats 1/3 of a PhD and now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Check him out at: https://www.izzyg.com/

Aug 29, 2017
29 - Clearing Up The Millennial Confusion With Erin Bury

I love to getting the chance to speak with wickedly smart people and, this week, I got to talk with Erin Bury!  She smart and knows her stuff!  Both in the marketing world and what this strange creature called the "Millennial" is (I only say it like that because I'm old).  She shares some great strategies on how to connect and retain this AWESOME group of people!  Sit back and enjoy...it's a great interview!

More on Erin...

Named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”, Erin Bury is a marketer, former technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. A monthly columnist for the Financial Post and a tech commentator on CTV News, Erin shares the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship, marketing to millennials, creating a killer personal brand, and how to harness the latest digital trends, from chatbots to VR. If that’s not all, her other claim to fame is she’s been re-tweeted by Oprah – twice.

Currently the Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a creative communications agency that works with consumer brands and technology companies to tell their stories, Erin has worked with brands including Sony Pictures Television, Torstar, Yellow Pages, and PayPal, as well as with countless startups. Erin was formerly the managing editor at startup publication BetaKit, and the director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011.

A journalism graduate, Erin has also written for publications such as The Globe and Mail, Mashable, Marketing Magazine, Strategy Magazine, and VentureBeat. She comments frequently in the press about marketing and entrepreneurship, and has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, The Toronto Star, and Canadian Business.

Erin has spoken at events across North America with up to 1,000 attendees, including at Haste & Hustle, CTAConf, Content Marketing Conference, and the Profit W100. She has also hosted events for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Square Canada, Microsoft Canada, and several entrepreneurship organizations, and is a frequent event host and emcee who has interviewed leading executives and entrepreneurs on-stage, including Shark Tank entrepreneur Mark Cuban.

You can get more on Erin here:  https://www.speakers.ca/speakers/erin-bury/

Aug 14, 2017
28 - The Potential Principle (AND MORE) With Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE

Who do I have a "man crush" on?  MARK SANBORN!  Yes!  I have been so excited to air this episode because I had the opportunity to talk leadership with a hero of mine and it was AWESOME!  We talk about the Fred Factor, principle based leadership and Mark's new book, The Potential Principle.  You are going to want to listen to this one more than once...so pour an extra shot and listen in!

More on Mark:

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change.

Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner, including having served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Cavett Award, the highest honor the NSA bestows on its members, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the speaking profession. Mark is also a member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable, made up of 20 of the top speakers in America.

He has created and appeared in 20 videos and numerous audio training programs. His video series Team Building: How to Motivate and Manage People made it to the #2 spot for bestselling educational video series in the U.S.

Mark’s list of over 2400 clients includes Costco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FedEx, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, KPMG, Morton’s of Chicago, New York Life, RE/MAX, ServiceMaster, ESPN, GM, IBM, Avnet, Sandvik and John Deere.

“We each know how good we have become,” Mark says, “but none of us knows how good we can be. One of the most exciting opportunities we get each day is to pursue our potential.” Mark Sanborn challenges his audiences with this message and provides insights for extraordinary living.

Get EVEN MORE info on Mark at www.marksanborn.com and BUY HIS NEW BOOK!

Aug 01, 2017
27 - The Lens of Leadership WIth Cory Bouck

Do you want to be a great leader?  If so, then you need to know how to follow!  This week on LHH I get to talk to my longtime friend (and shipmate), Cory Bouck!  We talk about his award winning book, The Lens of Leadership, and a myriad of other things that are sure to make you lead better today!  That is, if you choose to implement them.  Sit back, pop a cool one, and enjoy!

More on Cory...

Cory Bouck is the Regional Business Director for the Asia-Pacific Region at Johnsonville Sausage and is the author of The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others WANT to Follow, published in April, 2013 by Aviva Publishing, New York.      

He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, and also served there as a leadership instructor. Cory graduated in the top 1 percent of student leadership ranks as a Midshipman. As an instructor, he led a team of civilian PhDs and military instructors in managing the content and delivery of the advanced core leadership course.

Cory is a former Naval Flight Officer. He led a P-3 Orion combat aircrew across the world, including missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina. His crew was twice named #1 of 48 crews in the Atlantic Fleet.    

He led brand and event marketing teams at General Mills, Newell-Rubbermaid, and Johnsonville Sausage. Cory led the team that developed a NASCAR strategy for the Chex cereal portfolio with Richard Petty Enterprises. At Newell-Rubbermaid’s Little Tikes toy division, the product development team he led earned a Parent’s Magazine “Best Toys of the Year” award. The Johnsonville brand team he led more than doubled net-margin dollar growth in two years and grew household penetration by 10 percent. That team also earned an “EFFIE” from the North American Marketing Association for effective advertising.    

Cory joined Johnsonville's OD&L team to create a leader-development system. In three years, the internal promotion rate for leadership positions increased from 40 percent to 70 percent. He now leads the OD&L function and is responsible for employee development, technical training, and executive coaching.

He is active in leadership outside of work. Cory served two terms as an elected city councilman, chairing several committees while working with state and federal legislators. Cory is a pilot and youth mentor in the Civil Air Patrol. His personal purpose is “to help coach the people whose lives I connect with to high achievement in whatever drives their purpose.”  

Check him out at http://www.corybouck.com/

Jul 18, 2017
26 - Vertical Lessons With Manley Feinberg

Who can climb HUGE mountains in single bound?  MANLEY FEINBERG!  This week I get to talk to someone who has been there, done that, and has the battle wounds to prove it....not to mention is just a really cool guy, Manley Feinberg.  Manley and I discuss what it means to be intentional in your leadership, going on belay, and what the most important questions are that YOU need to ask as a leader.  Kick back, pop a cold one and listen in as we get some Vertical Lessons from Manley!

More on Manley...
Manley is recognized as an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader, and author. He served two terms as the President of the National Speakers Association, St. Louis chapter; and is a member of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Leadership Development Staff.
During Manley’s eleven years with Build-A-Bear Workshop, his leadership direction helped take the revolutionary retail concept from 40 stores to over 400 worldwide, realizing revenue growth from 55 million to over 474 million, and a successful IPO on the NYSE.  He built an award winning reputation for implementing business solutions and support that produced measurable results every day. Manley’s leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row.

It is this expertise that he shares by applying lessons learned in business and adventures to life’s daily challenges.  The authentic, sincere and deep interpersonal connection Manley makes with your audience enables him to deliver practical and proven content to help organizations maximize their opportunities and develop their most valuable asset, their employees.   Through custom developed programs and support ranging from 60 minutes to 12 months, he will leave you with many actionable techniques, frameworks, and insights.   Most importantly, he can engage your organization in a way that sustains true results that last well beyond the presentation, and ultimately affect long term change.

Manley’s inspirational keynotes are brought to life through his national geographic photography and riveting stories culminating from a lifetime of adventure through 25 countries, to over 400 outdoor destinations.   Manley vividly shares compelling lessons from his adventure and leadership experiences in a way that allows you to relate to your mountains.  He will have you hanging beside him surviving in the Himalayas, struggling to communicate in Uzbekistan, and immediately transfer the experience to moving you forward in your courageous efforts.

You can get EVEN MORE information on Manley at:  http://verticallessons.com/

Jul 05, 2017
25 - Leading From Gate To Plate With Michele Payn, CSP

Have you ever walked into the grocery store, looked around and gotten confused by all of the different options?  What does organic and non-gmo actually mean?  This week on Leadership Happy Hour I talk to THE EXPERT, Michele Payn, to debunk the myths out there and bring some clarity to what you're buying when you're at the store.  Some people lead people and others lead causes.  Michele leads the cause to help you make the right decisions and connect you to your food in today's noisy world. 

More on Michele...

Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for global agriculture - and antagonizing people into action. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded the weekly online Twitter conversations, AgChat and Food Chat. She is the author of two books, No More Food Fights! and Food Truths from Farm to Table, an Amazon #1 best seller. Michele's degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her daughter on a small farm in central Indiana, where they enjoy Registered Holsteins, MSU Spartans, sports, and arguing about science while cooking. Michele connects conversations between the food and farm communities at www.causematters.com and socially through @mpaynspeaker. 

You can find EVEN MORE out about Michele on her website, www.causematters.com

Jun 27, 2017
24 - Ethics and Leadership With The Ethics Guy, Frank Bucaro, CSP, CPAE

Ethics are ethics and this week, Frank Bucaro shares his 30 + years of ethics experience with us.  You won't want to miss a minute of this interview.  Frank shares the difference between compliance and ethics, how to make ethical decisions, the four moral dilemmas that all leaders face and MUCH MUCH MORE!  I learned a lot listening to Frank and I know you will too...so...kick back, pop a cold one, and listen in!

More on Frank...

If you are interested in working with someone who will provide the dynamic spark for your meeting and someone with notable platform excellence, then Frank is an outstanding choice for your event. This platform veteran holds the prestigious award of CPAE, Speaker Hall-of-Fame (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) and the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation through the National Speakers Association.

To date, fewer than 220 speakers worldwide have been awarded the coveted CPAE, voted on exclusively by peers in the speaking industry. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform skill.

Frank continues to WOW his audiences with outstanding program outcomes through up-to-date research, easy to implement tools, and his uniquely humorous stories and powerful examples. Frank’s customization techniques further ensure that the presentation will provide relevant and useful information and will help to ensure that your event exceeds expectations.

Frank continues to herald the benefits of ethics, values and high road behavior for business and personal success. For over two decades clients, meeting planners and speakers bureaus continue to turn to Frank when they need just the right mix of information, inspiration, motivation and humor focused on these key issues impacting businesses and educational organizations today.

You can get EVEN MORE information on Frank and his programs here:  http://www.frankbucaro.com/

Jun 13, 2017
23 - The Questions You NEED To Ask To Innovate With Bob Roitblat

Are you stuck in a rut?  Are you doing the same thing over and over again...expecting a different result?  If so, you'll want to listen to this conversation with Bob Roitblat, where he shares his experiences in asking the right questions to get to a different result.  Today's world requires that we continually examine what we're doing and how we can do it better...which requires (more often than naught) that we do it different.  Kick back and listen in as Bob shares how you can do just that!

More about Bob...

For more than three decades, Bob Roitblat has innovated, nurtured, developed and successfully exited more than a dozen businesses.  He uses his experience as the CEO of Mainsail Consulting Group combined with his experience as a competitive sailor to draw parallels between building and leading a winning yacht racing team and building and leading a winning business.

Bob helps current and emerging leaders develop business skills that are effective whether the seas are calm or storms are raging.

“Yacht racing is the perfect metaphor for business success. Businesses, like race boats, require leadership, teamwork and rapid decision-making to be successful.

“Miles from land, you have only those resources you brought with you and your knowledge of the environment and your competition to eke out as much advantage as you can in a dynamic environment.”

~ Bob Roitblat

Audiences easily connect with Bob because he is interactive and fun. He is able to think on his feet and engage the audience with thought-provoking stories, examples and humor.

You can get MORE information on Bob at http://www.roitblat.com/

Jun 06, 2017
21 - HR Undercover: Retaining Them Once You Recruit Them With Nora Ann Burns, SPHR

You've gone through countless candidates, done interviews, made offers and NOW have the ideal candidate for the job.  They accept and now...what do you do?  Nora Burns, SPHR, from HR Undercover shares this week on Leadership Happy Hour on what YOU need to do to onboard them, motivate them, inspire them and, ultimately, keep them on the team!  She also shares her thoughts on there being no "justa" jobs.  Kick back, turn it up, and enjoy!

More on Nora...

Since stepping into the world of human resources more than two decades ago, Nora A Burns, SPHR has interviewed and on-boarded thousands of candidates and new hires for positions ranging from file clerk to executive vice president. Along the way, she decided to study and evaluate the hiring process from a different perspective, by participating in job interviews across the country. She did this not in her usual role of interviewer or hiring consultant, but as a candidate for administrative, supervisory and managerial roles.

As The Undercover Candidate™, Nora has participated in over a hundred interviews to gain insight into the hiring process from the candidate’s perspective. Professional curiosity then took her a step further as she recognizes that effective hiring is only the first step toward building a great workforce, Phase two of her research involved spending a year working “undercover” for a variety of large, well-known organizations as a customer-facing employee in entry-level positions. 

Nora shares insights learned through speaking engagements while continuing to experience and oversee interviews and on-boarding processes of client organizations who looks to HR-Undercover, LLC to “mystery shop” their employee experience. Nora is passionate about helping associations and corporations hire and develop top talent to advance their overall mission and strategy. Her engaging, no-nonsense style and sense of humor has captivated retreat, workshop and conference audiences across North America. She tailors every keynote, workshop and session to her client’s specific needs. 

A strong believer in community involvement, Nora is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Gathering Place.  Originally from the Midwest, she lives in Denver, CO with her exceptionally cute labradoodle, Bella.

You can get more info on Nora and her programs here: http://www.hr-undercover.com/

May 30, 2017
20 - HR Undercover: What Hiring Managers Need To Know With Nora Ann Burns, SPHR

Are you a hiring manager?  Do you interview people?  Heck, do you want to know what you should and shouldn't say during an interview?  If so, then you MUST listen to this interview with Nora Ann Burns from HR Undercover.  Nora shares what she learned from going through 100 different interviews and what the person on the opposite side of the table did right, didn't do so right, and what you should do when interviewing candidates.  Plus, we had a lot of laughs along the way.  Check it out!

More on Nora...

Since stepping into the world of human resources more than two decades ago, Nora A Burns, SPHR has interviewed and on-boarded thousands of candidates and new hires for positions ranging from file clerk to executive vice president. Along the way, she decided to study and evaluate the hiring process from a different perspective, by participating in job interviews across the country. She did this not in her usual role of interviewer or hiring consultant, but as a candidate for administrative, supervisory and managerial roles.

As The Undercover Candidate™, Nora has participated in over a hundred interviews to gain insight into the hiring process from the candidate’s perspective. Professional curiosity then took her a step further as she recognizes that effective hiring is only the first step toward building a great workforce, Phase two of her research involved spending a year working “undercover” for a variety of large, well-known organizations as a customer-facing employee in entry-level positions. 

Nora shares insights learned through speaking engagements while continuing to experience and oversee interviews and on-boarding processes of client organizations who looks to HR-Undercover, LLC to “mystery shop” their employee experience. Nora is passionate about helping associations and corporations hire and develop top talent to advance their overall mission and strategy. Her engaging, no-nonsense style and sense of humor has captivated retreat, workshop and conference audiences across North America. She tailors every keynote, workshop and session to her client’s specific needs. 

A strong believer in community involvement, Nora is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Gathering Place.  Originally from the Midwest, she lives in Denver, CO with her exceptionally cute labradoodle, Bella.

You can get EVEN MORE information on Nora and her programs here:  http://www.hr-undercover.com/

May 23, 2017
19 - The Commandments Of Teamwork With Sean Glaze

Got Teamwork?  If you answered yes or no...it's no matter...YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE!  I have the privilege of talking (very candidly) with Sean Glaze.  Sean is a teamwork expert and he shares some insights from his new book and how he learned (sometimes the hard way) on how to build, maintain, and motivate a team.  I appreciated his honesty throughout the interview as we laughed, shared stories and learned about the Frozen Dinner Syndrome!  Check it out!

A little more on Sean....

After taking over a basketball program that had won only three games in two years, Sean’s enthusiasm, techniques, and terrific staff led the program to the most wins in school history.  

At another school, the team jumped from 5 wins to 19 wins in only his second season.    

And one of Sean’s teams finished with a 12-0 undefeated sub-region record… after losing the region player of the year to a knee injury one week before the season began.

Sean’s experiences as a successful teacher and coach provide many of the deliverable ideas he shares to help groups just like yours improve teamwork and performance with fun team building events and interactive motivational keynotes.

Sean maintains a membership with the Association of Experiential Education and the Southeast Association of Facilitators, and as director of programs for the Georgia chapter of the National Speakers Association, he was chosen as the 2015 Member of the Year!

He earned his Bachelors Degree in English at Georgia Southern University, and then added Masters and Specialist Degrees from Jacksonville State University. 

As the author of The Unexpected LeaderRapid Teamwork, and The 10 Commandments of Winning Teammates, Sean is passionate about helping organizations build better teams and develop team leaders..

When he is not on stage delivering stories as a conference speaker or inspiring laughter as a team building workshop facilitator, Sean enjoys being home in Atlanta with his wife Amy, their three kids, and two very lazy dogs.   

You can get EVEN MORE information about Sean and his work on his website:  http://greatresultsteambuilding.net/

May 16, 2017
18 - Super Humor Power With Steve Wilson, CSP

April was National Humor Month and I can’t think of a better way of closing it out than with a discussion with the National Director, Steve Wilson, CSP.  Steve is a very close friend and mentor of mine and has been sharing insights on creating positive working environments through the use of humor longer than anyone I know (and I know a lot of people).  If you’re looking for solid strategies on motivating and encouraging your team, this is the episode for you!  Sit back, pour a long one, and enjoy!


More on Steve…

World Laughter Tour, Inc., is the brainchild of psychologist and self-proclaimed “Joyologist” Steve Wilson, who describes his role as “Cheerman of The Bored.” The creation of World Laughter Tour was an idea that came to him during a 1998 lecture tour to India, after participating in the Juhu Beach Laughter Club at the Arabian seaside in Mumbai. In India, Laughter clubs were referred to as ‘Hasya Yoga’.

Nevertheless, for Steve Wilson, this first introduction was the spark to initiate a clear vision of bringing Laughter Clubs to the United States, of course with certain adaptations to suit the Western mentality. As he imagined, certain laughter and attitudinal practices could be systematized and taught as a means to influence health and peace, while promoting happiness and longevity. Hence, he sought out to connect with these gurus, recognizing the enormous potential that existed in applying a systematic approach to laughing without using jokes, under the guidance of a trained leader and motivator.

Struck by a noble impulse, Steve flew an Indian physician to the United States, whereupon he delivered a series of lectures and demonstrations. The reaction to a laughter exercise program in the U.S. was both startling and telling, growing instant curiosity and support from the participants and the media. With the encouragement of his wife, Pamela, the World Laughter Tour was officially launched in July of 1998.

You can find EVEN MORE on Steve at:  www.worldlaughtertour.com

May 02, 2017
17 - Why Leaders Fail With Commander Mary Kelly, USN(Ret), CSP, PHD, CSP

What's that?  You want to know why some leaders soar and others fail?  Well, my friends, you're in luck because this week we talk with Mary Kelly, author of the book "Why Leader's Fail and The 7 Prescriptions for Success".    Since we're both retired Navy people, we talk some about the Navy but mostly we talk about what you NEED to do to lead better and succeed.  You won't want to miss this episode with a leader who's been there, done that, and (literally) has the uniform to prove it.

Something About Mary…
Internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication and business to improve profit growth.

Author of many books, including award winning and best selling Master Your World, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in any Economy, and Money Smart; 360 Degrees of Leadership, Stop the Barking, and In Case of Emergency Break Glass.

Something MORE About Mary….
In her 21 years as a Naval Military Officer (retiring as a Commander), she trained over 40,000 military civilians and personnel.

Born in Texas, Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has Master’s degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics. With over 20 years combined teaching experience at the Naval Academy, Hawaii Pacific University, and the Air Force Academy, she taught economics, finance, history and management. She has experience in academic development, human resources, finance and organizational management. Mary has a track record of success as a leadership expert.

Through her work in college teaching and in the military, Mary discovered the need to make the principles of leadership and communication available to all types of businesses. Her book, Master Your World became a bestseller and launched her career as an author and speaker.

After publishing more books on leadership, productivity, communication, business growth, and organization, Mary Kelly wants to make leadership fun and fulfilling. Leadership sounds easy, but leading well is difficult, and the mistakes are costly.

Mary Kelly is affectionately called the “fun leadership economist” by her fans. Using her experience as a Navy commander, she learned how to create productive, happy work environments even in the most stressful situations. She believes in leadership that sets expectations and boosts the morale of those she supports, encouraging people to perform better at their jobs.

Today Mary spends her time showing business owners, CEO’s, managers, and team leaders how to do the same. “Great leadership is tough. Let’s make it easier.”

You can get EVEN MORE INFO about Mary at:  www.productiveleaders.com

Apr 25, 2017
16 - Leading From All Sides With Craig Price

Who has TWO awesome podcasts and talks Leadership?  Craig Price, that's who!  This week on Leadership Happy Hour I talk about leading from all sides with my good friend, Craig Price.  Craig is a realist and doesn't pull any punches.  You always know where you stand with him and what's on his mind.  I think you'll really enjoy our conversation.

More on Craig....

A realist by nature and a professional speaker, consultant, and podcaster by trade, Craig Price has helped thousands of people learn to find the value in negative thoughts and emotions. He has a background in customer service, entertainment, telecommunications, and safety. A former professional stand-up comedian, Craig won the coveted title of “Houston’s Funniest Person.” He is also an actor with television, voice-over and national radio program experience. He lives in Houston with his understanding wife and two remarkably lazy dogs.

You can get more on Craig and his programs at:  http://therealistsguide.com/

Apr 18, 2017
15 - Staffmanship, Customer Service and Getting Things Done With Laurie Guest, CSP

Do you want some keen insights on preparing your future leaders for success?  It starts with teaching them how to follow.  On this week’s Leadership Happy Hour, Laurie Guest, shares some keen insights on just that subject.  Or, what she calls, staffmanship.  She also shares some great strategies on customer service and thinking strategically Okay, we talked about a LOT of stuff but it’s ALL good and you won’t want to miss a moment of this episode.  Laurie was a lot of fun to have on the show and is one of the smartest business people I know.  Kick back, grab a drink and enjoy!

More On Laurie…

Laurie Guest, CSP is a highly sought after speaker who meeting planners call upon event after event to deliver top notch content with a good dose of motivational laughter. She is well known for her imaginative ideas and entertaining style. This Chicago area native motivates and invigorates audiences in the Midwest and beyond with lively, empowering messages.

Laurie is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 10% of speakers worldwide. To earn this distinguished honor, Laurie speaks to thousands of people and consistently receives stellar ratings. Her ability to blend real-life examples with proven action steps leads to encore appearances for over 75% of her audiences. She frequently speaks to associations, medical practices, hospitals, municipal groups, banks and education professionals.

Twenty four years of experience in the healthcare industry and years as a business owner, give Laurie unique insights into the challenges facing businesses and the impact of an apathetic staff. She expounds on the lessons she’s learned along the way to help others in their professional and personal lives, overcoming obstacles and increasing positive outlooks and productivity.

You can find Laurie at:  www.solutionsarebrewing.com

Apr 11, 2017
14 - Letting Go Of What Was and Moving Forward With Dave Rodriguez

Do you have stuff left in your pack?  Get rid of it and move forward.  This week on LHH, I get to talk to my good friend (and Shipmate), Dave Rodriguez.  It's a shorter episode but the simple things Dave shares with me have helped me enormously. 

Dave is a Navy Chaplain and has done multiple deployments with the Marines in combat areas.  He's actually deployed again, right now, to the Horn of Africa.  Deployments come with a toll; both physically and mentally and each deployment is different.

Dave shares his experiences with deployment and how walking the Camino helped him unload his pack.

Send a few prayers his way (he, literally, is doing the Lord's work).

Apr 04, 2017
13 - Leadership, Expectations and Brotherly Love With Matt Lutz

You can't be upset if people don't meet your expectations if you don't let them know what your expectations are.  Sadly, most people fail to communicate those expectations.  This week, I get to talk to my older brother (and Navy Leader) Matt Lutz.  Matt is a leader's leader who has lead teams in and out of uniform. 

Matt shares the keys to expectation management, we have a few laughs and share some personal stories in this week's episode.  It's a fun glimpse into two leader's views and also a lifetime friendship.

Mar 28, 2017
12 - Enhancing The Customer Experience With Jeannie Walters

There are very few people I've laughed so hard with after just meeting them as I did with Jeannie Walters.  She's smart, industrious, and knows about engaging customers in a real, substantial way.  Take a listen as she shares some real ways to make an impact with the people you need to keep engaged!

Jeannie Walters is the Chief Customer Experience Investigator™ and founder of 360Connext, a global consulting firm specializing in the cornerstones of customer experience: customer engagement, employee engagement and connections like social media. 360Connext serves mid-market companies and larger by helping them evaluate their true customer experience. The evaluations always lead to improvements which then lead to results like increased online conversions or loyalty.

Walters started her career consulting to some of the most prestigious institutions in education, the arts and healthcare to help them launch or improve their fundraising efforts. She later joined Vox, a customer experience consulting firm, and became President and partner by the time she left 12 years later, when she founded 360Connext. Walters has worked with a wide range of organizations, including universities and prep schools, banks and credit unions, technology companies, some of the largest financial services companies in the world and countless entrepreneurs.

You can get WAY MORE info on Jeannie on her website: http://360connext.com/

Mar 21, 2017
11 - The Linkedin Power Formula With Wayne Breitbarth

Linkedin is like the tinder of the business world...you need to have a great profile if you're gonna hook up in the business world.  Luckily, we've got great people like Wayne Breitbarth to help us make the most of our time on the site.  This week on LHH we had a lot of fun talking about Linkedin with Wayne (fun and Linkedin...is that possible?).

Once a skeptic and now an outspoken proponent of LinkedIn, Wayne Breitbarth is passionate about helping business professionals—from entry level to CEO—learn how to combine their previous experience and relationships with this innovative tool in order to more successfully brand and market themselves and their businesses.

Wayne's critically acclaimed book "The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search" has helped tens of thousands access the full power of LinkedIn.

Wayne is a Certified Public Accountant and received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from Marquette University. He is the CEO of Power Formula LLC and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Get more info on Wayne at wayne@powerformula.net or (414) 313-7785.


Mar 14, 2017
10 - Winning Well With Karin Hurt and David Dye

How exciting it was to talk to a team of two whose views on leadership parallel mine so well!  This week I got to talk to David Dye and Karin Hurt.  We discussed teamwork, engagement and, of course, winning well (their best selling book!).  Take a listen...I think you'll find it's worth the time!


Here's just "a little" about the team!

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders, helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul in the process. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR.  She was recently named on Inc’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association’s 50 Leaders to Watch.  She’s the award winning author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss


David Dye

David M. Dye works with leaders to get their team to the top without losing their soul (or) mind in the process. He is the award-winning author of The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results Without Losing Your Soul.

Want more on this dynamic duo?  Go to http://letsgrowleaders.com/

Mar 07, 2017
9 - Women Kicking Ass In Life With Cheri Neal

Cheri Neal knows about getting things done in life...and she's done a LOT! We had a lot of laughs and lessons in this episode of Leadership Happy Hour.

Cheri has served in full-time elected office since 2001. She’s served on boards and commissions. Is an award-winning champion for community engagement and collaboration. And smart. She holds a double Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Behavior in Society and a Master’s Degree in Management with a Certificate in Leadership. She’s a certified and accredited Life Coach an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner and a TED* practitioner.

She’s passionate about life. People. Family. Monarchs. Zinnias. Golfing. Half-Marathons. Pit crewing for hot air balloons. And mostly? Helping others live their BEST life!

You can find TONS more on Cheri and her work at www.cherineal.com.

Feb 28, 2017
8 - Change 101 With Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

I LOVE CHANGE!  Okay, I love the changes I think of...not so much yours.  Change is a constant for all of us.  As leaders, we not only have to embrace the change ourselves but also have to help our teams through it.  This week I get to enjoy a few drinks and talk change with Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP.  What a freaky treat!

Chris believes that if you ask great questions you will get great answers.  For 20 years, she's asked today's leaders thought provoking questions - pushing them to find new ways to do old things, changing old mindsets to meet new challenges, and supporting those leaders as they search for creative solutions to long-standing problems.

After you listen to the interview, check out Chris at www.change101.com.

Feb 21, 2017
7 - Serving Your Team With Rob Bell, CSP

What a treat to get to share WOW teamwork experiences with Rob Bell this week.  Rob works with organizations that want to create a culture of loyalty so their customers come back again and again.  He is one of my favorite speakers and a really good friend.  I think you'll get some good tips from him this week!

More on Rob can be found at http://robspeaks.com/.

Feb 14, 2017
6 - Getting Strategic With Robert Bradford, CSP

Hope IS NOT a strategy!  This week I get to talk to strategic planning expert, Robert Bradford.  He shares some easy ways to move forward and get things done.

Starting as a software consultant in 1981, Robert worked at the forefront of information systems for six years before joining the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning. His past clients include a top supplier of management training services as well as two of the world’s largest banks. One of Robert’s earliest projects was a successful strategic management software product which continues to sell today. Subsequently, he headed up the operations planning department at a giant Japanese bank where he spearheaded the computerization of North American operations. Later, he moved to a major US money center bank where his innovations dramatically improved the bank’s interest rate swap portfolio management techniques.

You can get GREAT CONTENT and learn more about Robert's work at http://www.cssp.com/RobertBradford.php.

Feb 07, 2017
5 - Combatting Workplace Stress WIth Eliz Greene

This week I have the distinct pleasure to have a few drinks and discuss the NUMBER ONE productivity killer, Workplace Stress, with my good friend Eliz Greene!

Eliz Greene was seven-months pregnant with twins when she suffered a massive heart attack. Her life changed — not only did she survive a ten-minute cardiac arrest, the cesarean delivery of her daughters and open-heart surgery, all on the same day — she gained new perspective and passion for life.

You can get more information on Eliz Greene and resources at www.embraceyourheart.com.

Jan 31, 2017
4 - Leading The Family With Derek Deprey

This week I get to talk with good friend and author, Derek Deprey.  Derek is the founder of Move Results, LLC and a leader's leader.  He, like me, is also a father and actually enjoys spending time with his family.

We discuss the parallels between leading at work and leading at home over a few drinks.

Jan 24, 2017
3 - DIversity in Leadership WIth Sporty King

Sporty King is my brother from another mother!  This week we discuss the ins and outs of leading a diverse workforce.

Sporty King is the Master of Listening and, quite honestly, one of the most genuine people you'll ever meet.  He shares his soul in this episode and the trials he's gone though in leading and being lead.

Jan 20, 2017
2- Leading the Generations WIth Scott Lesnick

This week we talk to Scott Lesnick, the "Never Give Up Guy!"  Scott shares his insights on leading the generations and we share some laughs along the way.

Currently, there are more generations simultaneously working together than ever before.  Scott shares easily actionable strategies for breaking down barriers and getting along.

Jan 20, 2017
1 - Karaoke Leadership With Phil Gerbyshak

In this ACTION PACKED episode, I get to talk to one of my great friends and very smart business man, Phil Gerbyshak.

Phil shares his thoughts on leadership and how it relates to Singing Karaoke (which he always does when he has the opportunity.

Phil Gerbyshak is a speaker and a trainer, who delivers programs on the power of technology, social selling and connection. With a unique speaking style—part technology and sales expert, part entertainer—Phil keeps his audiences awake and engaged while providing micro-tactics to help you get more leads, earn referrals, and improve your business. When he’s not traveling, speaking, or making new connections, Phil writes. He’s published 5 books, including 10 Ways to Make It Great and #TwitterWorks, more than 2,500 articles, and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, and more.

Jan 20, 2017
0 - Leadership Happy Hour With Chip Lutz, CSP

Leadership Happy Hour is where we discuss leadership, team strategies, have a little fun and, also, a few drinks!  Grab a cocktail and catch up with topical leadership issues here!

Please drink responsibly….we don’t want you to damage your computer.

Jan 18, 2017