Category Archives: Podcast

Karen Hough: Corporate Training with an Improv Twist

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We’ve all sat through that mind-numbing professional development seminar, the one where a presenter clicks through an uninspiring PowerPoint presentation while you daydream about being absolutely anywhere else. Karen Hough is on a mission to transform that experience, combining the principles of improvisation with neuroscience and psychology to bring fun and meaning to corporate training.

Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, an award-winning business training company that is changing the way we learn,

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Dr. Helen Turnbull: Getting Past the ‘Illusion of Inclusion’

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A lot of us are well-intentioned and don’t believe that we are biased toward others in any way. But it is naïve—delusional, even—to think that we don’t harbor unconscious bias. In fact, the issue of inclusion is an incredibly complex one, and until we recognize those complications and actively pursue change, the ‘illusion of inclusion’ will persist.

Dr. Helen Turbull’s interest in diversity and inclusion was ignited after her move from Scotland to the US,

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Lisa Marie Platske: Design Your Destiny

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Women in male-dominated industries like tech, finance and law enforcement may feel like it’s unacceptable to reveal any vulnerability at work. This leads to compartmentalization, having a ‘work self’ that’s different from the real person on the inside. But this simply isn’t working. Not only does this approach make us seem unapproachable, it leads to burnout and perpetuates the myth that we have to behave a certain way in order to lead.

Lisa Marie Platske had a ten-year career as a Federal law enforcement officer,

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Kristi Faulkner: Promoting Gender Equality with Consumer Awareness

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Many of us were moved by the 2017 Audi Super Bowl commercial featuring a girl racing a boxcar, while the inspiring voice over touted the company’s commitment to gender equality. But as a consumer, how would you know whether the company really supports women’s empowerment? Where could you go to find out about their policies around family leave or how many women serve on the board?

Veteran creative director Kristi Faulkner teamed up with journalist Amy Cross to design the Gender Fair mark,

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Natalie Franke: Empowering the Creative Community to Rise Together

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There may not be anything wrong with a little healthy competition, but at the end of day, human beings are social creatures with a need to connect and build community. Natalie Franke is on a mission to transform the way creative entrepreneurs see each other, moving away from a model of rivalry and opposition to one of collaboration for the common good.

Raised by a single mother, Natalie Franke started photographing weddings in high school to earn supplemental income.

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