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Level Up Podcast

Nick Araco

This is the Level Up Podcast where we generate authentic conversations with business and industry trailblazers on how to bring growth, diversity, and leadership to the next level.

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Reaching Beyond the Sphere of Sports With Matt Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania
2d ago
Reaching Beyond the Sphere of Sports With Matt Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Matt Aaron is the President and CEO of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of sports to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Over the course of 13 years working for this statewide nonprofit, Matt has more than tripled annual revenues by fostering a strategic vision to expand and regionalize the organization. Matt has positioned the Special Olympics Pennsylvania as an innovator and a next-level performer. Prior to joining Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Matt established a career in the US Navy, gained valuable marketing experience within the Strategic Planning Division of Procter and Gamble, and honed his business skills through management consultancy work with Booz Allen Hamilton. He completed his MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from Yale School of Management. In this episode… As a sports organization, how do you allow athletes to engage in a meaningful way during the pandemic? When the dust settles, is it possible to build for the future to better engage and serve athletes across the globe? While the pandemic brought many challenges for businesses, it provided Matt Aaron the opportunity for innovation and reinvention. He and his team took action to effectively serve their athletes in the Special Olympics by implementing virtual events, challenges, and races. And after emerging from the lockdown, Matt knew that to boost the impact his organization brings to the community, he needed to create a new formula to rebuild. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Matt Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympic Pennsylvania, to discuss how to better serve the community and athletes with higher-quality programs. Matt talks about grappling with the challenges of the pandemic, strategies for embracing organizational change, and innovative ways to connect athletes across the globe.
Reaching Beyond the Sphere of Sports With Matt Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania
2d ago
Reaching Beyond the Sphere of Sports With Matt Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Matt Aaron is the President and CEO of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of sports to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Over the course of 13 years working for this statewide nonprofit, Matt has more than tripled annual revenues by fostering a strategic vision to expand and regionalize the organization. Matt has positioned the Special Olympics Pennsylvania as an innovator and a next-level performer. Prior to joining Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Matt established a career in the US Navy, gained valuable marketing experience within the Strategic Planning Division of Procter and Gamble, and honed his business skills through management consultancy work with Booz Allen Hamilton. He completed his MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from Yale School of Management. In this episode… As a sports organization, how do you allow athletes to engage in a meaningful way during the pandemic? When the dust settles, is it possible to build for the future to better engage and serve athletes across the globe? While the pandemic brought many challenges for businesses, it provided Matt Aaron the opportunity for innovation and reinvention. He and his team took action to effectively serve their athletes in the Special Olympics by implementing virtual events, challenges, and races. And after emerging from the lockdown, Matt knew that to boost the impact his organization brings to the community, he needed to create a new formula to rebuild. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Matt Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympic Pennsylvania, to discuss how to better serve the community and athletes with higher-quality programs. Matt talks about grappling with the challenges of the pandemic, strategies for embracing organizational change, and innovative ways to connect athletes across the globe.
How to Cultivate Relational Versus Transactional Connections With RJ Juliano, Senior VP, CIO, and CMP at Parkway Corporation
Jun 6 2022
How to Cultivate Relational Versus Transactional Connections With RJ Juliano, Senior VP, CIO, and CMP at Parkway Corporation
RJ Juliano is the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer at Parkway Corporation. He helps companies create environments where people want to work and customers enjoy doing business. In 2016, he began his career with Parkway as the Chief Information Officer, and in 2020 he was promoted to the dual role of Chief Marketing Officer. In 2021, he was also handed the Senior Vice President role.  Working in real estate, higher education, and investments, RJ has over 25 years of business leadership and consulting experience specializing in technology strategy, media and marketing, operations, team development, and business processes. RJ earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from The University of Delaware. In this episode… How can you ensure your message is delivered and embraced by employees across all career lattices? When you’re communicating internally and externally, how can you portray the value and culture of your brand? For RJ Juliano, showing integrity and vulnerability should be your foundation. By establishing trust and authenticity, you’re creating the substance and form of the information you’re communicating across all levels of your company. RJ recommends being vulnerable and asking questions, no matter your leadership status, to connect with your community and employees. An outstanding leader is always willing to learn and teach strategies and goals for the benefit of the company — and RJ is here to share his expert strategies for finding value and contributing to your company’s success. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with RJ Juliano, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer at Parkway Corporation, to discuss optimizing and balancing your relationships and experiences across all levels of business. RJ talks about the importance of clearly communicating information, how to avoid counter productivity, and developing a corporate culture that reflects your core values.
Impacting the Greater Good Through Corporate Social Responsibility With Regina Black Lennox, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Satell Institute
May 16 2022
Impacting the Greater Good Through Corporate Social Responsibility With Regina Black Lennox, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Satell Institute
Regina Black Lennox is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Satell Institute, a company well-known for a strong, supportive culture of accountability and dedication to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ed Satell founded and fully-endowed the groundbreaking Satell Institute, a “Think and Do Tank for Corporate Social Responsibility.” The Institute is focused on championing the interdependence of successful business organizations, the well-being of the communities they operate in, and the need they have for each other, recognizing an inescapable priority for business leaders — to make the communities they operate in better by partnering for-profits with quality nonprofits, for the greater good. As a consultant, speaker, and presenter, Regina has also worked with faith educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to provide global resources to help companies understand and maximize their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, training retreats, and motivational seminars. Her best-known presentations include: The Language of Leadership, Ways to Incite & Excite; Stay Proactive—Not Reactive; Communicate to Create;Called, Challenged and Gifted; and Implementing Change Powerfully and Successfully.Regina serves on several boards and advisory councils and has received The Distinguished Advocate Award issued by The Support Center for Child Advocates. In this episode… As a business leader, how can you take action and make a positive change in your community? Where can you turn to find workable strategies and resources to nourish people in need and your community? Regina Black Lennox knows that leaders need access to tools and resources to take actionable steps to impact workforce development to sustain the community and the people who live there. She has been at the forefront of actively engaging and encouraging leaders to create immediate — and lasting — change in their communities through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Regina advocates for people to remain authentic and connect to others with a deeper meaning and to hold true to Founder Ed Satell’s belief, model, and teaching of “Think we, not just me.” In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Regina Black Lennox, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Satell Institute, to discuss the importance of research and a commitment for doing good within the community. Regina talks about the sequence of connecting through research and education, ways to develop positive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and creating a sustainable future through the next generation. Stay tuned!
Positioning Yourself To Recreate the Future With Kendall Qualls, Republican Candidate for Minnesota Governor
Apr 25 2022
Positioning Yourself To Recreate the Future With Kendall Qualls, Republican Candidate for Minnesota Governor
Kendall Qualls is a Republican Candidate for the Governor of Minnesota. Before this, he was the Founder and President of TakeCharge Minnesota, an organization created to inspire and educate black and minority communities. He has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working as the Chief Commercial Officer and EVP for PotentiaMetrics and the Global Marketing Vice President for Covidien/Medtronic, as well as other roles for pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies. Kendall also served on the board of trustees at Nyack Hospital in New York City and the board of directors at Colorado UpLift. Prior to his career in politics and the healthcare industry, Kendall served as an officer in the US Army, Field Artillery. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in communications and economics from the University of Oklahoma. In this episode… The most accomplished leaders are focused on building relationships, cultivating success, and developing a valuable culture for generations to come. For Kendall Qualls, these values helped him achieve success when the odds were against him. So, how did he do it, and what steps can you take to grow professionally and personally? Before becoming a candidate for the Governor of Minnesota, Kendall built a nonprofit helping minority communities achieve prosperity. He learned through his career and life the importance of fair and equitable opportunities for people from all walks of life. Now, he is here to share his story of becoming a pillar of courage within his community, creating a culture that moves past differences, and recreating the future for the next generation of leaders.  In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Kendall Qualls, Republican Candidate for the Governor of Minnesota, to talk about advocating for a better future for generations to come. Kendall shares the motivation and lessons he learned from childhood, how to prioritize prosperity in minority communities, and the important traits a leader should have. Stay tuned!
Cultivating A Talent Navigator Mindset With Emma Pollard, Director of Global Talent Development at Teleflex
Apr 18 2022
Cultivating A Talent Navigator Mindset With Emma Pollard, Director of Global Talent Development at Teleflex
Emma Pollard is the Director of Global Talent Development at Teleflex, a global provider of medical technologies with more than 14,000 employees worldwide. With over a decade of experience in talent acquisition, Emma helps companies develop and engage their employees and customers at every part of the enterprise. She enjoys exploring international environments, organizations, and cultures. Additionally, Emma has a background in psychology that assists with her communication, analytic skills, and interactions. In this episode… How can you set your employees up for success? What can you do to improve your company culture while enriching your employees' experiences? For Emma Pollard, it’s all about cultivating skillful communication in the workplace. As a talent development expert, Emma has helped teams improve the performance and experiences of their people. She believes there is strength in understanding another person beyond what they can contribute to the workplace. It takes authentic and personal connections to create a positive experience. So, what does this mean for your organization? In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Emma Pollard, the Director of Global Talent Development at Teleflex, to discuss cultivating and aligning core values between employers and employees. Emma talks about generating authentic relationships in a remote team, the importance of a foundation rooted in communication, and how to set employees up for success in the workplace.
Empowering The Next Generation of Leaders With Dan Rhoton, Executive Director at Hopeworks
Apr 4 2022
Empowering The Next Generation of Leaders With Dan Rhoton, Executive Director at Hopeworks
Dan Rhoton is the Executive Director at Hopeworks, a nonprofit founded in 2000 to help Camden, New Jersey young adults return to school and create pathways for gainful employment. Dan is an experienced education and nonprofit leader with two decades of experience helping youth and adults achieve their dreams. With a focus on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, Dan and his team at Hopeworks provide a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty. In this episode… Everybody deserves a second chance, and you never know what an opportunity can lead to. As a leader, how can you help someone that’s struggling achieve their goals? And where can you find the right people to help you? As Dan Rhoton says, all you need to do is show someone the right path and opportunities for growth to build a stronger future workforce. It takes people that are bold and brave to seek out help from others so that they can bring their authentic selves to what they are doing. You don’t have to shoot for perfection — instead shoot for better and lead with purpose. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Dan Rhoton, the Executive Director at Hopeworks, to discuss how you can strengthen your business and community by helping other people achieve their goals. Dan shares his proudest moment at Hopeworks, how to create competence and confidence in the young workforce, and the three elements to look for when hiring.
[Year in Review]
Mar 14 2022
[Year in Review]
Nick Araco is the Founder and CEO of AchieveNEXT, a peer-led advisory network organization that empowers market leaders and their teams to meet ambitious growth goals. Over the last 20 years, Nick has helped facilitate a community of forward-thinking, entrepreneurial-minded, and financially educated C-Suite executives across industries. He serves as the voice of the CFO community, representing over 10,000 leaders and members of The CFO Alliance and The CHRO Alliance. Prior to founding AchieveNEXT, Nick served in growth strategy and business development leadership roles for companies including Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and RSM US. He is currently a renowned public speaker, a recognized global business leader, and the host of the Level Up podcast. In this episode… Creating and managing a business can be a daunting task. Where can you find industry experts to help you build your team and achieve next-level performance? For Nick Araco, interviewing today’s top leaders has given him an inside look at the biggest challenges affecting executives and their teams — and the tools to overcome them. This week, Nick shares key insights into cultivating a workplace environment that is inclusive, making your team feel valued, and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs to create a more diverse and connected world. There’s something for everyone in this episode. In this episode of Level Up, Rise25 Co-founder Dr. Jeremy Weisz sits down with host Nick Araco to talk about some of the major lessons and insights from Nick’s past podcast episodes. Nick shares how consistency and sincerity produce growth, the importance of cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment, and the key qualities that make a great leader.
Creating Impactful Experiences With Roy Schindele, President at RDS Advisers Corp
Mar 7 2022
Creating Impactful Experiences With Roy Schindele, President at RDS Advisers Corp
Roy Schindele is the President of RDS Advisers Corp and the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Mission Inn Resort & Club. He grew up in an entrepreneurial household and has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. Roy’s customer-oriented focus and strategic planning experience have played a key role in his successful career. Previously, he was the Founder of a fashion design company, a Consultant at Walt Disney World, and the Resort Director at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. In this episode… In the hospitality industry, the manner in which you treat your guests and employees can make or break your success. This same lesson can apply to almost every other field or sector. So, how can you uphold a standard of excellence within your business? And, as a leader, how can you inspire your team to deliver an outstanding performance? Roy Schindele delivers one-of-a-kind experiences to his clients and team through integrity, personalization, and an exceptional culture. As a leader in the hospitality industry, Roy knows that this experience is what can scale or crush a brand — which is why he specializes in helping people make unforgettable memories, not mediocre experiences. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Roy Schindele, the President of RDS Advisers Corp and the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Mission Inn Resort & Club, to talk about cultivating innovative and unique experiences to expand your brand. Roy discusses the importance of the client experience, strategies for creating impactful growth, and what exceptional leadership actually looks like.
Growing Your Team from Two to 200 With Myles Anderson, Founder and CEO of BrightLocal
Feb 28 2022
Growing Your Team from Two to 200 With Myles Anderson, Founder and CEO of BrightLocal
Myles Anderson is the Founder and CEO of BrightLocal. BrightLocal is a marketing technology business that provides solutions to local marketing challenges. Their tools and services have helped over 80,000 local marketers develop success for their brands and clients. The BrightLocal team has grown to more than 200 employees working in four countries. Before launching his business, Myles was the Product Manager and Marketing Manager for VideoJug and the Director of Business Development for eHarmony. In this episode… It’s one thing to manage two employees. It’s a different challenge when you’re leading a team of 50. But, it’s a whole new ballgame to manage over 200 people in multiple different countries. Myles Anderson understands this firsthand. As he says, a growing company needs growing leadership — not just in numbers of people with fancy titles, but with people who are actively learning to become better leaders. What kinds of skills does a good leader need? Where can you learn them? How will it impact your company? In this episode of the Level Up podcast, host Nick Araco is joined by Myles Anderson, Founder and CEO of BrightLocal, to discuss how he grew as a leader while his company expanded. Myles talks about why learning great leadership skills was a priority, the culture he developed at BrightLocal, and how his team’s eight core beliefs power every business decision.
An Innovative Approach to Sustainability With Stu Benton, President and CEO of Bradford Soap Works
Feb 14 2022
An Innovative Approach to Sustainability With Stu Benton, President and CEO of Bradford Soap Works
Stu Benton is the President and CEO at Bradford Soap Works, an international manufacturer of personal care products focused on sustainability. He has been with Bradford Soap Works for over ten years, serving as their CFO before expanding to his current position. Stu has held several executive manufacturing, distribution, and financial roles for companies including Northeast Security Inc., New Energy Alliance, Plymouth Rubber Europa S/A, and more. Stu holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Bentley University and an Executive MBA from Suffolk University. He is the Past President of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). In this episode… How do you run a successful, sustainable business? For Stu Benton, it’s about understanding the vision behind the company. As he says, building a long-lasting business begins with gathering like-minded individuals that are passionate about the company’s core values and mission. Stu is the leader of a manufacturer of personal care products that has dominated the market for more than 140 years. To grow in the industry, Stu knows that communication across all levels of a business is critical to cultivating an environment of passion and innovation. So, how can you mirror these core values in your brand? In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Stu Benton, President and CEO at Bradford Soap Works, to discuss the framework of a successful brand. Stu talks about his transition from finance to leadership, why supportive leaders are crucial for brand success, and how he builds on his company’s fundamental value of innovation. Stay tuned!
The Importance of Diversity to Business Success With Travis Shumake, the First LGBTQ+ Driver for NHRA
Feb 7 2022
The Importance of Diversity to Business Success With Travis Shumake, the First LGBTQ+ Driver for NHRA
Travis Shumake is a Licensed NHRA Funny Car and Super Comp Dragster Driver who is skilled in community relations, brand representation, and public speaking. Travis is the fastest LGBTQ+ motorsports driver in the world and the first openly gay racer licensed by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), which is considered one of the largest motorsports sanctioning bodies across the globe. Travis grew up in the drag racing world as the son of the late Funny Car champion, Tripp Shumake, and is an LGBTQ+ activist and a nonprofit fundraiser. In this episode… Are you in an underrepresented community and are looking to make a mark in your industry? What can you learn from other communities working together to drive success and influence others? Travis Shumake says that being inclusive is one of the most important components of business success in any field. As the first openly gay NHRA racer, he shares his story to inspire and encourage leaders and businesses to start working with more diverse people. Travis says success is not complicated — you only need to be open-minded. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Travis Shumake, the fastest LGBTQ+ motorsports driver on the planet, to talk about diversity and business. Travis discusses his experience as the first openly gay NHRA racer, the importance of asking questions as a leader, and how he deals with resistance. Stay tuned.
Elevating Founders Into CEOs With Mike Krupit, Founder of Trajectify
Jan 24 2022
Elevating Founders Into CEOs With Mike Krupit, Founder of Trajectify
Mike Krupit founded Trajectify, a business and leadership coaching company, in 2013 to help entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed. He has been at the helm of eight diverse startups — including Real Food Works, Novotorium, and CDNOW — and is familiar with the highs and lows of running a business. He began his career as an engineer before discovering his passion for leadership and coaching. During his 30 years of experience, Mike helped a 15-year-old telecommunications company double its revenues to $25 million and spent a decade in Silicon Valley working with two innovative businesses: Verity and KnowledgSet. He moved back to the Northeast and was a pioneer for Infonautics and Knite Inc., a spin-out from Princeton University. He has also helped cultivate communities like the Philly New Tech Meetup and Bootstrappers Breakfast. In this episode… What are the ingredients of a great leader? As a founder of a business, how can you elevate your leadership and take your team to great heights? Great leaders are not sculpted overnight — they must be given the opportunity and tools to rise to the next level. Mike Krupit has the perfect recipe for crafting an effective leadership approach and evolving your business for growth. Are you ready to build your confidence and turn your organization into something exceptional? In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Mike Krupit, the Founder of Trajectify, to talk about growing as a business leader. Mike discusses the importance of communicating effectively with your team, why you should be cognizant of the stages of development within your organization, and how to make confident and timely leadership decisions. Stay tuned.
Work Smarter, Not Harder With Richard Polak, Global Business Advisor
Dec 13 2021
Work Smarter, Not Harder With Richard Polak, Global Business Advisor
Richard Polak is a global business consultant and renowned thought leader with over 40 years of experience. He has designed world-class and HR benefit programs for multinational firms, including leading hotel chains, Fortune 100 companies, and global technology brands. Currently, Richard serves as a senior global advisor for an advocacy group that advises Congress on benefit issues, as well as other prominent associations and consulting firms. Richard has helped hundreds of companies in more than 90 countries increase productivity, improve HR Forensics, and take their businesses to the next level. Previously, he worked as the Executive Vice President/Area President for Gallagher Multinational Benefits and HR Consulting, the President and CEO of IBIS Advisors, and the Senior Vice President for Johnson & Higgins/Mercer. In this episode… How can you take the leap and revolutionize your workplace to increase revenue? What if there was a way to create and sustain an environment of positivity and productivity in the workplace? Richard Polak knows the value and efficacy of empowering employees. He advises companies all over the globe on the importance of working smarter, not harder. As he says, people need to feel valued, and a relationship of trust between employers and employees can positively increase productivity — and promote balance and well-being. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco talks with Global Business Advisor Richard Polak about employee-building and developing a more sustainable and productive future. Richard talks about the benefits of empowering employees, how the pandemic presented an opportunity for leadership to evolve, and why you should surround yourself with people whose strengths complement your weaknesses.
The Key to Achieving Explosive Sales Growth With Mark Roberts, CEO and Founder of OTB Sales Solutions
Dec 6 2021
The Key to Achieving Explosive Sales Growth With Mark Roberts, CEO and Founder of OTB Sales Solutions
Mark Roberts has over 35 years of experience helping organizations drive profitable sales growth. He is the CEO and Founder of OTB Sales Solutions, where he uses a “no smoke and mirrors” approach to improve sales teams and boost profits. Mark has held senior roles in sales and marketing for SPARXiQ, The Timken Company, Gardner Denver, VMI, and Frito-Lay, among others. He is the author of Branding Backwards, the creator of the No Smoke and Mirrors blog, and a popular keynote speaker, trainer, and thought leader on LinkedIn. Mark has been awarded The Business Excellence Award from the National Association of Sales & Marketing for his contributions to the industry. When he’s not boosting sales and marketing for clients, he can be found volunteering for various community organizations. In this episode… What are some of the most common mistakes that lose a sale? Many potential clients feel disconnected from a sales pitch and choose to walk away. So, how can you drive, nurture, and motivate your sales team to expand its potential? What is the key to instilling a sense of value into your employees that translates across all parts of your company? Mark Roberts is an expert at helping organizations tap into their power and develop more effective sales teams. He has trained C-suite executives and sales teams to balance their roles and cultivate a culture of value — for both the company and their customers. Through his data-driven sales process, organizations have increased their revenue by as much as 10% to 15%. In this episode of the Level Up podcast, Nick Araco sits down with Mark Roberts, CEO and Founder of OTB Sales Solutions, to talk about establishing a formal sales process to boost profits and achieve exponential growth. Mark explains how to bridge the gap between your sales team and the consumer to increase revenue, the insightful interview questions that can help you develop a stronger team, and the benefits of valuing the high-performing sellers in your organization.
Redefining Talent and Executive Recruiting with Bob Blumenthal, Talent Acquisition and Human Capital Strategist
Nov 29 2021
Redefining Talent and Executive Recruiting with Bob Blumenthal, Talent Acquisition and Human Capital Strategist
Robert (Bob) Blumenthal is an Independent Human Capital Consultant who consults for companies and investor funds on everything related to people and talent acquisition. He has over two decades of experience in leading C-suite talent acquisition and human capital strategy, and has recruited senior executives and board members for major corporations and private equity and venture-funded companies within the industrial, consumer, retail, healthcare, and technology industries. Before this, Bob began his career in sales and marketing at IBM Corporation where he was a platform speaker and motivational marketer. As a branch manager, Bob ran the number one branch in the United States for AT&T Data Systems Division. He then became the president of New Jersey’s premier consulting firm where he coached senior executives on career strategy. Later on, he assumed partner and leadership roles at two of the world’s premier executive search firms. Bob has 8+ years of experience leading human capital for control investors, including a private equity fund, and a large family office. In this episode… There are so many things to consider when you’re on the market for the perfect candidate, and not everyone knows how to filter through the list of individuals who are submitting their application. So what exactly should companies be on the lookout for when choosing the right candidate? And what value can the right talent acquisition strategy bring to their company? Bob Blumenthal has a wealth of experience in recruiting C-suite talent and has coached and led senior executives into understanding their company’s needs as far as their human capital and career strategies go. He has helped organizations find the right person for the chair by using strategies to match candidates with the roles that needed to be filled. And he is the person that you want to be talking to if you want to find the right people for your company. In this episode of the Level Up podcast, Nick Araco sits down with talent acquisition and human capital strategist, Robert (Bob) Blumenthal, to discuss key metrics of the recruiting process and why companies need to have these nailed down. Bob talks about the best psychometric tools for acquisition and matching, why candidates should be able to demonstrate their problem-solving skills and how these align with company needs, and his best practices for hiring and interviewing candidates.
Turning Your Employees and Customers Into Loyal Fans with Ruby Newell-Legner, Founder of 7 Star Service
Nov 15 2021
Turning Your Employees and Customers Into Loyal Fans with Ruby Newell-Legner, Founder of 7 Star Service
Ruby Newell-Legner is a Fan Experience and Employee Engagement Strategist and the Founder of 7 Star Service. She specializes in inspiring new service cultures in sports, leisure, and entertainment industries to create the ultimate fan experience. Ruby has worked with over 66 professional sports teams and several international sporting events ranging from the Olympics to the Super Bowl. Ruby has presented approximately 3,000 staff development sessions in 24 countries and has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 1995. Previously, she was a swimming coach and recreation facilities manager for over 20 years, which taught her the importance of teamwork, leadership, and following your passion. In this episode… What is the science behind being a good leader? Are you searching for a way to increase customer satisfaction and employee retention rates while boosting your revenue? Ruby Newell-Legner has designed customized training programs to provide businesses with the tools they need to turn employees and customers into loyal fans — and she’s here to share her methods with you. As a fan experience consultant, Ruby knows that creating customer loyalty and retention begins with employees. Her unparalleled passion for coaching has helped her develop key strategies for boosting the employee experience — and in turn promoting customer ratings, retention, and satisfaction. So, what is Ruby’s advice for leaders looking to attract and retain more employees and consumers? In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Ruby Newell-Legner, a Fan Experience and Employee Engagement Strategist and the Founder of 7 Star Service, to discuss how to boost customer loyalty and retention through talent management. Ruby talks about creating a better colleague experience, the importance of articulating your vision, and why examining your perception and attitude can improve your team’s performance.
Building a Diversity-Friendly Startup Ecosystem with Terence Craig, Startup Investor and Advisor
Nov 8 2021
Building a Diversity-Friendly Startup Ecosystem with Terence Craig, Startup Investor and Advisor
Terence Craig is an startup investor and advisor with expertise in AI, SaaS, Big Data, and more. He works with organizations like Astia, The Capital Network, the Investors of Color Network, and Toyota Ventures to support diversity and boost growth. His specialty is investing in and creating opportunities for diverse teams and companies. Terence graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. He started his career as a pioneer in the technology space before taking on the role of advisor for startup entrepreneurs. In this episode… How can you change the framework around how entrepreneurs raise capital in order to be more inclusive and equitable? Developing a career as a minority entrepreneur typically comes with its fair share of roadblocks and discrimination. So, how can you continue to support the growth of minority-owned startups? Terence Craig is shattering the barriers of racism and bias that exist in the entrepreneurial world. He is an experienced business leader, investor, and advisor who is on a mission to empower minority entrepreneurs and companies. Today, he’s here to share his advice for navigating the startup ecosystem as a woman or person of color and explain what investors can do to make the corporate world more diverse. In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco talks with Terence Craig, an experienced advisor and startup investor, about creating a diversity-friendly space for entrepreneurs to succeed. Terence shares the lessons he learned while navigating his early career, the value of shifting to revenue-based financing, and how you can support minority-owned startups today. Stay tuned.
Empowering a Relationship-Driven Team with JJ Laforet, ​​Senior Director of Operations at Good Eggs
Oct 18 2021
Empowering a Relationship-Driven Team with JJ Laforet, ​​Senior Director of Operations at Good Eggs
JJ Laforet is the Senior Director of Operations at Good Eggs, an industry-leading grocery brand that delivers sustainable and fresh products to your door. His first job out of business school was with Carpedia International, an implementation consulting firm, where he learned the skills and techniques to make businesses and company cultures better. JJ earned his BS in operations and political science from Stony Brook University and his MBA from Marymount University. He is also a former Division I lacrosse player and Division III coach, which taught him the importance of leadership, teamwork, and performance. In this episode… Are you looking for strategies to optimize your current workforce and build a solution-driven team? Perhaps you’re searching for a better way to connect departments in order to effectively execute your company’s goals. If so, JJ Laforet is here to share his methods for successfully building foundational relationships to drive your company forward. In his role at Good Eggs, JJ is revolutionizing the food system by understanding the relationships that make it tick. His unparalleled passion for delivering quality and authentic food products has helped him develop strong teams across departments and constructively grow the business. So, how can you start connecting and building relationship-driven teams to achieve long-term success at your organization? In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco talks with JJ Laforet, the Senior Director of Operations at Good Eggs, about optimizing the connection between people and operations — and breaking down the barriers that prevent teamwork. JJ discusses his strategies for improving company culture, the value of investing in people and relationships, and the importance of adopting a learning mindset. Stay tuned.
Leading Future Generations with Dr. Yung Lie, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Oct 11 2021
Leading Future Generations with Dr. Yung Lie, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Dr. Yung Lie is the President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that supports the next generation of leaders in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. She is an experienced scientist, an advocate for cancer research, and an executive board member for The Chemical Probes Portal and Health Research Alliance.  Dr. Lie began her professional journey with a degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley. After earning her PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University, her passion and the thrill of discovery led her to pursue postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco. In this episode… How can you give younger generations the opportunity to succeed in their careers? When there are numerous variables for professional success, what are the tools and resources necessary for unlimited progress? Dr. Yung Lie is passionate about providing the next generation with the opportunities they need to grow and succeed — and she accomplishes this by bringing together great minds in her field. Her cancer research foundation instills a sense of camaraderie and mentorship in the medical community. Through her leadership, Dr. Lie promotes great relationships in order to help scientists grow professionally and provide future generations with the tools for success.  In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco is joined by Dr. Yung Lie, the President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Together, they talk about creating an information-driven workplace for future generations, how to make a more significant impact in your field, and the value of surrounding yourself with a team that is dedicated to a common goal. Dr. Lie also talks about the importance of collaboration in order to achieve breakthrough ideas.