Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel

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Welcome to Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel – a show where LinkedIn’s Jessi Hempel explores the changing nature of work, and how that work is changing us. What does work mean to us? Should we love what we do? How can we switch it up? Join Jessi as she talks with guests such as Anna Faris, Seth Meyers and Elizabeth Gilbert to unearth lessons that apply to our own careers. Season 2 debuts this September.

Episode Date
Elizabeth Gilbert on Careers vs Jobs
This week, Hello Monday hops in the way-back machine to revisit one of our very first episodes. Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert (EAT PRAY LOVE, BIG MAGIC, CITY OF GIRLS) shares her perspective on the nature of work and challenges Jessi on the idea that people should have careers.
Feb 17, 2020
Judd Apatow on Trusting Your Gut
Judd Apatow has known since childhood that he wanted his career to be in comedy. How he worked to become a force in the industry – and what that journey taught him – forms the core of this in-depth interview, which became the pilot episode of LinkedIn Editor in Chief Daniel Roth’s podcast, “This is Working.” Judd has solid advice about the importance of good mentoring, how (and how not) to make yourself indispensable to the room you’re in, and why sometimes you’re better off ignoring feedback and trusting your work.
Feb 10, 2020
Wonder Woman’s director on asking for more so you can, too.
After Wonder Woman made more than $800 million dollars at the box office, director Patty Jenkins fought hard to be paid equitably to direct the sequel. When she prevailed, she became the highest-earning female director in Hollywood. In this episode, featuring an interview with “This is Working” host and LinkedIn Editor in Chief Daniel Roth, Patty shares her career path, her artistic vision, and her personal mission – to ask for more, in order to help women who will be negotiating after her.
Feb 03, 2020
Making It in 2020 with Planet Money's Adam Davidson
The economy is shifting dramatically. Technology, automation, and rising inequality are restructuring companies and reconstituting our notion of jobs. Over several decades of covering the impact of these forces, financial journalist Adam Davidson has met some people who seem to have figured out how to harness these forces to power successful careers. These are people who've turned their own skills into careers that allow them to cover their bills and live well. People who are making it. In this episode, we unpack what he's learned about how to do this.
Jan 27, 2020
Thinking Like an Underdog with Troy Carter
This week, Troy Carter proves that being the underdog is a career superpower. Troy has always bet on underdogs, in his music career where he managed Lady Gaga and in his investing career, where he bet early on companies like Uber and Warby Parker. He recognized these traits because he's an underdog himself. He'll share the story of how he made it from West Philly to Los Angeles, and what it taught him about how to take risks.
Jan 13, 2020
Ben Horowitz on Shaping Culture
Ben Horowitz is a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Part of his work is identifying and investing in new companies, and that means he's gotten very good at picking winners. In this episode, Ben talks with Jessi about how much a company's culture can affect its success, how to shift an existing culture, and what the word "culture" even means.
Dec 30, 2019
Out of Office: A Hello Monday Holiday Special
This episode, Jessi takes a break from talking about work, and features her favorite vacation stories.
Dec 23, 2019
E-Sports is Growing – So Are the Jobs
It's 2019, and you can make a living in the world of e-sports. You don't have to be a professional video gamer, though – there will be a rise in new jobs such as physical therapists, lawyers, agents, writers, artists, and more. This episode, Jessi peels back the curtain on this underworld of nerd culture, explores what e-gaming is, and what jobs we can expect due to the rise of this new industry. Featuring Andy Dinh of Team SoloMid, as well as research from LinkedIn data scientist Brian Xu.
Dec 16, 2019
Satya Nadella: Don't Be Brilliant, Be Curious
Satya Nadella embodies a growth mindset – a philosophy that prioritizes the willingness to learn over the gift of being naturally brilliant. In this episode, the Microsoft CEO shares with Jessi why he's centered his career around curiosity, where he thinks Microsoft is going in the future, and what he thinks about the role of the modern corporation.
Dec 09, 2019
It's Never Too Late to Start Over
Lisa Congdon didn't start her career as a visual artist until she was 39 years old. This episode, hear Jessi interview the illustrator and author about what it's like to be a late bloomer in your career, plus tips on how to get started in a creative field.
Dec 02, 2019
When to be Quick, When to be Wise
Social scientist Arthur Brooks says that many successful careers start with generating new ideas, and then end with teaching with them. “You start off as an inventor, and you finish up as an instructor,” the Harvard Kennedy School professor says. This episode, hear Arthur’s research about how your strengths change as you age, and how knowing all this can help you plan your career moves more effectively.
Nov 18, 2019
Quitting Google: The Happiest Career Move This Exec Ever Made
Jessica Powell ran communications for Google, making her one of the most powerful voices in the PR industry – until she quit. This episode, hear a conversation about what it’s like to leave a job when you’re not sure what’s next. Plus, hear Jessica’s tips on how to decide a job is no longer working for you.
Nov 11, 2019
How to Get the Most Out of Your Mornings
Many of our guests share something in common: they have morning routines. So what's going on during these first hours of the day, and how do we get the most out of them? This episode, writer Dan Pink joins us, and he tells us about the three different kinds of people: the larks, better known as morning people, the night owls, and the third birds. Plus, hear his advice on how to manage your time more efficiently.
Nov 04, 2019
Why TaskRabbit's Founder Dared to Try Something New
Leah Busque Solivan founded TaskRabbit, the online marketplace where people get help with small jobs like cleaning, or building furniture. She built it into a multi-million-dollar business, and then in 2017, Ikea bought it. This episode, hear Jessi's conversation with Leah as they talk about what it's like to build a company from the ground up and then walk away from it.
Oct 28, 2019
Laura Linney on What Makes Good Criticism
Actor Laura Linney has played roles in everything from Ozark to The Truman Show, and she’s learned a thing or two about handling the critics. This episode, hear Laura talk with Jessi about what makes good criticism, how she approaches her creative process, and the advice she has for people wanting to get into the entertainment industry.
Oct 21, 2019
Spilling the Tea After 99 Years
This episode, Jessi gets out of the office and heads downtown to eat at a 99-year-old Chinese restaurant. Hear her conversation with Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, as the two talk about what it’s like to inherit a family business, how Wilson added his own modern touch, and how he grew a small family restaurant into a global brand.
Oct 14, 2019
Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist, Master Writer
In the decades leading up to her breakout book Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay wrote every day, not knowing if anyone was ever going to read her work. It wasn’t until she was 40 years old that she had her first taste of commercial success. This episode, hear Roxane and Jessi discuss how the writer persevered through all those years of rejection, how she teaches writing to her students, and what it’s like to write the deeply personal memoirs that Roxane has become known for.
Oct 07, 2019
Jerry Colonna: The Coach Who Tells You, “Yes, It Is You”
Jerry Colonna was called “the Prince of New York” by New York Magazine for his success as a venture capitalist. Then his life came to a hard stop when he fell into depression and realized that his work wasn’t all it was chocked up to be. He turned his life around when he started coaching CEOs, and found out that what those business leaders needed, he could give. Now hear the executive coach’s thoughts on how to mindfully bring emotions to work, and why tapping into pain points can improve leadership
Sep 30, 2019
Radio Didn't Kill This Video Star: The Anna Faris Story
Hello Monday is back for Season 2, and Jessi kicks off with a conversation with actor and podcaster Anna Faris. Anna's best known for her roles in the Scary Movie series and The House bunny, but starting a podcast changed things. She said, "I wanted a platform where I could feel like I was myself, that wasn't controlled by anybody else."
Sep 23, 2019
BONUS: Creating a Safety Net for Freelancers
Today, contractors make up a third of the workforce. We're talking about drivers, designers, even doctors. It’s a number that’s climbing steadily. So how do they get insurance? Sara Horowitz is working on just this. Having spent more than two decades cultivating the Freelancer’s Union, she's now the CEO of Trupo, a new benefits startup. Plus, a conversation between Jessi and her producer, Laura Sim, who is also a freelancer.
Aug 12, 2019
Drafting Teams with Former NFL Talent Scout Michael Lombardi
For the season finale, Jessi talks to former NFL talent scout Michael Lombardi about how to assemble teams, why you can’t teach someone to be more competitive, and how to weigh talent versus character. Featuring reporting from LinkedIn’s managing editor, Caroline Fairchild.
Jun 03, 2019
Vulnerability Lessons with Facebook's Carolyn Everson
Facebook's Carolyn Everson helped launch one of the most iconic startups of the Web 1.0 era: Pets.com. But before it even took off, and long before its catastrophic failure, she was fired. It was a shameful secret she kept for years. This episode, hear Carolyn's lessons on why leading with vulnerability takes courage. Featuring reporting from Caroline Fairchild.
May 20, 2019
Beyond the Open Office with WeWork’s Liz Burow
How did we get from the large private offices seen in Mad Men to the open desk plans we have today? This episode, WeWork’s VP of workplace strategy Liz Burow gives us a look at the office of the future. Featuring reporting from LinkedIn’s news editor Andrew Murfett.
May 13, 2019
Angela Ahrendts on Intuition
How do you balance calculated decision-making with trusting your gut? This episode, hear Angela Ahrendts talk with Jessi about how following her intuition has shaped her career, from Burberry to Apple. Featuring reporting from LinkedIn's senior news editor Maya Pope-Chappell.
May 06, 2019
Stepping into the Spotlight with Melinda Gates
After decades of keeping a low profile, Melinda Gates has begun sharing more about her own life. She talks about the experience of being a young woman working in technology, her desire to protect her children from too much public scrutiny, and her current journey as a philanthropist and speaker. Plus, Caroline Fairchild brings reporting on how to manage your professional identity.
Apr 29, 2019
Adam Grant on When to Help Others
This episode, workplace psychologist Adam Grant explains the secrets behind his wildly productive work life. He shares how he manages his time, plus how much of his time he gives away to help others. Plus, Caroline Fairchild brings listeners' tips on how to say no.
Apr 22, 2019
A Human-focused Take on AI with Fei-Fei Li
Stanford professor Fei-Fei Li is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. Her research helped lead to breakthroughs like allowing computers to recognize images. Now, AI has spread to every economic sector. This episode, hear Fei-Fei's thoughts on how humans can play a compassionate role in shaping AI's future. Plus, Caroline Fairchild brings reporting on some surprising jobs in this emerging industry.
Apr 15, 2019
Abby Wambach on How to Find Your Pack
Two-time Olympian and World Cup champion Abby Wambach made a name for herself playing soccer. Now, she’s helping businesses with her new rules on leadership, failure, teamwork, and confidence. Plus, a field guide for how to support women in the workplace by Caroline Fairchild.
Apr 08, 2019
Striking it rich in startups with Google’s first Chef Charlie Ayers
The myth of Silicon Valley is that anyone can land at a tech startup early and strike it rich. But let’s face it: this almost never happens. This episode, as a spate of tech companies prepare to go public, we bring you a conversation with Google’s first chef. Charlie Ayers won a cook-off to become employee #53 at the company. He reflects on how the Google effect shaped his next career move, and what it all means for him now, more than a decade after his departure.
Apr 01, 2019
How to Make it as an Influencer with Aminatou Sow
Among the jobs of the future? An Influencer. This week, Aminatou Sow explains what it takes to build a lucrative career, how to piece together SponCon and creative work, and how to prepare for an unknown future. Plus: a story from the wilds of dog Instagram.
Mar 25, 2019
IDEO’s Tim Brown on Idea Creation
Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, the international design and consulting firm. This episode, hear Tim's conversation with Jessi as the two discuss the process of gathering inspiration and coming up with new ideas.
Mar 18, 2019
Elizabeth Gilbert on Career Versus Calling
Jessi interviews Elizabeth Gilbert, author of books such as Big Magic, EAT PRAY LOVE, and City of Girls. The two discuss when to choose a job over a career, the secret to unleashing creativity, and the importance of making work for yourself, rather than for others.
Mar 11, 2019
Seth Meyers on Nurturing Talent
For Hello Monday's first episode, host Jessi Hempel visits Seth Meyers at his NBC offices to talk about how he manages his writing team. Plus, they talk about the importance of getting things wrong in order to get them right, and how he went from a cast member on Saturday Night Live to hosting his own show.
Mar 04, 2019
Introducing: Hello Monday
A new podcast from the editorial team at LinkedIn, featuring stories about how the nature of work is changing, and how that work is changing us.
Feb 21, 2019