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  • Apr 26 2022

    In today’s episode, I chat with Kandi Gongora, Chief Transformation & People Officer at Goodway Group, a NYC-based full-service data-driven digital marketing solutions partner. 

    In the 2+ years I’ve known Kandi, from our time together in HackingHR, to her participation at the Global HR Summit - the world’s largest enterprise virtual reality conference - Kandi has always had a passion for learning, behavioural science & innovation. 

    Each are foundational elements of successful transformations. 

    Together we tackled a lot of fun topics; beginning with her professional journey; how she stitches together experiences in operations, technology & HR to enable transformation at a rapidly-growing digital marketing organization. 

    We discuss her firm’s use of virtual reality. Pioneered at the Global HR Summit in 2020 - still, amazingly, over a year later, the largest enterprise business conference ever presented in virtual reality - where Kandi was one of our 60 speakers; participating via VR headset as a panellist from her home just outside of Dallas, Texas, to an audience of over 800; nearly half of which were also in VR headsets. Truly remarkable.

    Today, Kandi is piloting the use of virtual reality in her own organization; purchasing over 400 VR headsets - one for each employee at the Goodway group - to enable activities ranging from team huddles, brainstorm sessions & recently, their first organization-wide meeting. New employees now receive one in their hiring packages. 

    Though traditional business metrics fall short in quantifying the returns from these investments. Employee Lifetime Value provides a framework to have these discussions. And it's an idea I wanted Kandi’s feedback on. As always, we had a lot of fun. And I hope you enjoy it. 


    Kandi Gongora
     
    Kandi Gongora is the Vice President of People and Organizational Excellence at Goodway Group, where she leads people experience, rev operations, strategic and organizational development functions. Kandi’s passion for learning, behavioural science, holistic well-being and business has led her on a non-traditional career path into “HR”. 
     
    With over 20 years of experience, she has held various leadership positions including Director of Organizational Excellence at Park Place Dealerships, where she led the large luxury automobile group to become the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and Quality Systems Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises.  She holds a BS, Multidisciplinary Studies from McMurry University and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s executive education program.

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    45 mins
  • Jan 27 2022

    In today’s episode, I chat with Alli Trussell, Chief of Staff at Wunderkind, formerly BounceX. Wunderkind is a leading performance marketing engine that delivers tailored experiences for digital clients at scale. And in her role, Alli oversees the execution of the organization’s high priority strategic initiatives, operationalizes their vision, and manages communications for the CEO, executive team, and all other enterprise-wide messaging. 

    It’s a dynamic role in a rapidly-scaling organization. 

    And she’s an interesting person to speak with for those of us interested in the future of work. 

    Discussions at the intersection of technology and humanity are a recurring theme on this podcast. And as organizations scramble to redefine their cultures, strategies, programs, tools, and processes, they’ll need to strike a balance between the two. 

    Can personal touch be scaled using technology? Can we scale ourselves? Can we move beyond "performance management" to "performance acceleration"?

    We tackled these questions, and many more in what was a really engaging conversation. 

    It was a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Alli Trussell

    Alli Trussell is Chief of Staff at Wunderkind, one of the fastest-growing SaaS and Marketing companies in the United States. With proven experience in people management, talent acquisition and departmental development, Alli is at the heart of Wunderkind's extensive internal operations. She is passionate about employee success and has a professional mission to make "Career Pathing" the new "Performance Management."

     Alli is an expert in strategic assistance, PR and relationship management, having served as right hand to Wunderkind's CEO in the past. Today, she executes some of Wunderkind's most important strategic initiatives and is constantly innovating ways to harness and boost talent across departments.

    With an unconventional story of success in the tech world, Alli Trussell captivates audiences with engaging stories about life and work in New York City, and managing relationships and people in fast-paced business contexts. Hosts and audiences alike will love her energy, vision and story. 

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    46 mins
  • Jan 11 2022

    In today’s episode, I chat with Tony Martignetti, Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspired Purpose Coaching, a Boston-based organization on a mission to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change. 

    Tony’s also the host of the Virtual Campfire Podcast, an Advisory Board member for a number of purpose-driven organizations, and an Executive Coach. 

    Together we talked about all things personal transformation. Tony was kind enough to share his own personal story, the anecdotes & lessons he learned along the way, as a roadmap for others who may be seeking greater purpose in their lives. 

    There’s an illusion that people are more unhappy than ever before. Granted, with the pandemic, the Great Resignation, and a 24 hour news cycle, its not hard to find examples of what’s not working. 

    The fact is as a species, if we look at measurements like poverty, infant mortality, and economic prosperity, we’ve never been better off. Then why are so many people unhappy. Left feeling directionless, uninspired and unfulfilled? 

    We dug into this topic, and many more in what was a really fun conversation. 

    In the end it’s about defining success for yourself and putting plans in place to achieve it. 

    We had a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Tony Martignetti

    Tony Martignetti is a trusted advisor, coach, experience creator, author, podcast host, and speaker. He brings together over 25 years of business and management experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.

    He loves guiding people to find clarity in their lives, so they are energized, fully present, and unstoppable. When leaders unlock their potential and lead from a place of inspired purpose, they impact and inspire everyone around them. He has dedicated himself to helping people live inspired lives.

    Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Coaching, he was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world's leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.

    Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of "Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life."

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    43 mins

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