The Power of Empathy

Michelle Obama recently gave a speech and said that there is an empathy deficit among many people in power in our country. I feel that truth in my bones. Empathy is something so primal, yet so hard to achieve.  Mimi Nicklin is an author and podcaster who has dedicated her life to driving the conversation…

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Culture First with Damon Klotz

I can’t say that I’m mentored by a lot of people because I’m a difficult individual. But if there’s one person that I learn from, that I grow from, that I actually pay attention to, and try to figure out which way the wind blows, it’s Damon Klotz. I have known Damon for over 11…

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It’s Time to Defund HR

HR oversees a system with rules that they don’t control and might not even agree with but can’t change, and they rarely see people at their best. For the past 40 years, we’ve been pumping money into human resources and we are not getting the ROI we deserve. For all the time, money, and attention…

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Improving The Employee Experience

From an HR perspective, we often look at employee experience through the lens of the organization. However, we must begin to understand the employee experience from their perspective.  The employee experience is made up of thousands of micro-experiences that we all experience from day to day. The primary role of leaders, then, is to influence…

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Zach Nunn on Amplifying Black and Brown Voices

The recent antiracism movement in America has stirred many to pursue change. Systemic oppression is being challenged at every step as people realize the destructive patterns our country has operated by for so long. More than ever before, black and brown voices are getting amplified. Zach Nunn has witnessed and participated in this movement first-hand.…

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The Future of Business Conferences

Many of us have questions about how speakers are doing and what the future of live events will look like. We are so unsure about what it means to have a conference in an age when you can’t stand within six feet of someone. Lauren Davis was a marketer, community organizer, and record store owner.…

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