The Two Piers Podcast

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The Two Piers Podcast is focused on discussions of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as providing tools and resources for individuals. We tackle the underlying systemic issues, while also giving the support needed in the short term for those facing challenging work environments. read less
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Episodes

Women's History Month with Historian Maya Rook
Feb 29 2024
Women's History Month with Historian Maya Rook
Welcome back to the Two Piers Podcast!In this episode, we delve into the rich tapestry of history with our guest, Maya Rook, a cultural historian and the driving force behind Illusory Time—a project making history enjoyable, accessible, and relevant.Join us as Maya unravels the fascinating narrative behind Women's History Month, exploring its evolution and the captivating stories it aims to bring to light. As an adjunct instructor at Southern New Hampshire University and the creative mind behind Firefly Studio in Bath, Maine, Maya adds a unique perspective to the academic and metaphysical dimensions of our past.Discover the journey of women’s studies in academia, the intricate dance of intersectionality with other movements, and captivating stories from the annals of history. From the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy to the influential Matilda Joslyn Gage and the compelling story of Anna Douglas, Maya sheds light on figures often overshadowed by time.Together, we unravel the purpose behind dedicating an entire month to women's history and ponder the inception of Women's History Month itself. Through this discussion, Maya introduces us to lesser-known heroines, prompting us to question: "Why is it crucial to spotlight these stories? How did Women's History Month emerge, and who are the unsung heroes waiting to be heard?"Join us on a thought-provoking journey as we explore history beyond the conventional narrative, seeking to integrate the diverse and profound contributions of individual women into the broader tapestry of our shared past. Tune in for an insightful conversation that transcends the confines of a calendar month, celebrating the profound impact of women on the ever-evolving story of humanity.
Culture Shift - With Kirsty Bashforth
Feb 15 2024
Culture Shift - With Kirsty Bashforth
This week, we're tackling the fascinating topic of Culture Change. Meet our guest, Kirsty Bashforth, a trailblazer in organizational change and culture shift, currently serving as the Chief People and Culture Officer at Delinian Ltd, a cutting-edge information services company. Kirsty's transformative journey began on the oil trading floor at BP, where she spent 24 years and played a pivotal role in leading the culture reset post the Deepwater Horizon incident.Beyond her role at Delinian, Kirsty holds influential positions on two FTSE 350 boards and chairs the Northern Superchargers cricket franchise team in the UK. Author of "Culture Shift" (Bloomsbury 2019), Kirsty delves into organizational culture, behavioral economics, change management, and communications.As a global C-suite executive and board director, Kirsty is renowned for driving business success through strategic leadership in commercial, people, communication, and ESG agendas. With a 30-year corporate journey, she excels in change leadership, stakeholder communications, and organizational transformation, making her a beacon in times of crisis, recovery, and transformation.Join us on the Two Piers Podcast as Kirsty Bashforth shares her profound insights into organizational change, navigating cultural shifts, and the dynamic landscape of leadership. Get ready for a deep dive into the world of corporate dynamics, strategy, and the transformative power of effective leadership.
Organizational Transformation with Lisa Carlin
Feb 1 2024
Organizational Transformation with Lisa Carlin
We're joined this episode by Lisa Carlin, a seasoned strategy execution mentor and co-founder of FutureBuilders Group.We delve into the dynamics of transformation, exploring how to support individuals in achieving impactful change at scale as Lisa describes the metaphorical jigsaw puzzle of multidisciplinary skills essential for driving successful transformations.This episode illustrates the significance of cultural mastery in finding one's voice, especially for underrepresented groups, and includes actionable strategies for effectively navigating and comprehending diverse cultures to foster empowerment.We also discuss Lisa's current offerings, including a membership academy tailored for business leaders eager to expedite their implementation of business, culture, and digital transformation.Tune in for a focused conversation on transformative insights, emphasizing the nuances of change, cultural understanding, and the path to achieving impactful transformations.Check out these additional resources from Lisa's FutureBuilders Group:Subscribe to Turbocharge Weekly: a free newsletter with tips on strategy execution, transformation, projects, and change with over 6,000 subscribers who are business leaders, innovators, and change-makers17 top transformation tips: which lists the secrets to a 96% success rate Turbocharge Your Transformation membership: a community supporting business leaders to accelerate their strategy execution, projects, and change.
The Powerful Art of Mentoring - with Melissa Olivadoti, PhD
Jan 4 2024
The Powerful Art of Mentoring - with Melissa Olivadoti, PhD
Embark on a journey through the world of mentorship in this engaging podcast episode with host Erica D'Eramo and returning guest, Melissa Olivadoti. Discover the power of reciprocal mentorship, where the exchange of knowledge flows seamlessly between mentors and mentees. Melissa challenges the myth that mentors must always be older, highlighting the enriching insights gained from mentors who are junior in age but rich in experience. Uncover the innovative mentorship model at Pfizer, a six-month program shaping the future of professional development.Delve into the importance of setting expectations in mentorship and the need for continuous relationship building. The conversation unfolds with cautionary tales, strategic insights, and the essence of being curious in mentorship. As the episode concludes, Melissa shares her unique approach, offering mentorship from strategic guidance to tactical support. Join this exploration of mentorship best practices, busting myths, and gaining valuable insights for mentors and mentees alike.Key Highlights:Reciprocal mentorship: A dynamic exchange of knowledge.Diverse mentorship: Breaking age and experience barriers.Pfizer's innovative mentorship program: Shaping future leaders.Setting expectations in mentorship: Clarifying roles for success.Continuous relationship building: Nurturing connections beyond sessions.Melissa's strategic to tactical mentorship approach: A commitment to success.Tune in for a captivating discussion that redefines mentorship, offering actionable insights for career growth and professional development.
A Veteran's Journey with Angela Parker
Nov 9 2023
A Veteran's Journey with Angela Parker
This episode we’re joined by Angela Parker, who shares her journey as a veteran and as a business leader. Angela Parker, a seasoned finance executive and former Army officer, boasts diverse industry experience, spanning technology, security, consulting, aviation, energy, healthcare, and finance. Her strengths include mergers, restructuring, turnarounds, high-growth initiatives, and performance improvement.She's set to take on a new CFO role, focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions and transforming finance with cutting-edge technology and processes.As former CFO of Allied Universal Technology Services, Angela led teams across 50 locations, integrating seven new entities and implementing vital automation. In the energy sector, she drove business strategy and marketing for Halliburton and Baker Hughes, leveraging global trends for success. At American Airlines, Angela guided strategy, managed capital projects, and led merger teams.A former Army officer, Angela holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in Literature and Computer Science Engineering from West Point. Her passions include travel, volunteering, running, yoga, and quality time with her grown children.Angela shares with us the challenges and successes that she’s navigated first in the Army, and then in the corporate world, reflecting on how those experiences have shaped her journey as a leader and sharing her insights and words of wisdom along the way.
Corporate Escapologist - with Adam Forbes
Jul 20 2023
Corporate Escapologist - with Adam Forbes
Today we're joined by guest Adam Forbes, the original Corporate Escapologist. He's here to talk to us about the possibilities beyond corporate and valuing the breadth of experience that corporate roles have given us. Adam spent 25 years working happily and successfully within the four walls of major corporates in marketing strategy, business development, and finance, ducking and weaving within energy retail, government, and consulting. Adam saw firsthand what happens when restructuring or other significant disruptions to the workforce result in individuals making the choice to leave or having that decision forced upon them, and observed how talented people from across all levels and roles often struggle to see beyond traditional corporate career paths. So in 2020, he made his own leap, establishing himself in a new career as a valued adviser to corporates, startups, and individuals as well as the founder of Familiarize, a marketing consultancy for startups and program director for Startup Bootcamp, which is an accelerator. Adam writes a successful blog as the Corporate Escapologist about his time leaving a leading corporate to start a new business and build a more varied dynamic career designed around his values and needs. Through his work coaching and advising fellow corporate escapologists preparing to leave corporate jobs through choice or redundancy, Adam has identified a simple method to help them effectively through the stage of disorientation, fear, and panic to a greater appreciation of their own capabilities and options for the next phase of their career.