When was the last time you had a conversation with someone who shared how grateful they were to get fired? That is the very view of Alan Andersen, leadership coach and partner of Shandel (pr: Shawn-Dell) Group. Alan states that next to faith and family, foreclosure on his first home and being fired from a “dream” job were the best things that happened to him. Learning from past mistakes is just one of the many experiences that impact his method for engaging, empowering, and equipping his clients to transform and thrive.
Episode: The Leadership of You
As a development coach, Alex Wright has more than fifteen years of experience at leading Fortune 100 companies and coaches senior directors, general managers, presidents, and their teams worldwide.
Alex’s coaching is distinguished by the use of emotional intelligence, consistency, and kindness to get the most out of people. He’s found that even in today’s technology-rich work environment, success in business is still based on functional interpersonal relationships.
From his earliest days as a cable TV personality to living in a remote Eskimo fishing village on. Alex received his education from the University of Washington, with a focus on English and Communications, a degree in Computer Information Systems from Bellevue College and multiple Leadership Development certifications.
Episode: Unpack Your Frustrating Job
Alina is an attorney and a human resources professional from San Francisco, CA who has spent the last 10+ years working in HR at Global Tech Companies. She is currently on a 1-year "Jobbatical" in Estonia building an international team and living out one of her dreams of combining work and travel - a Jobbatical.
Episode: Travel + Career
Managing Director - Major, Lindsey and Africa
Alisa Tazioli is a Managing Director in the Seattle office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. Alisa brings legal recruiting experience both from law firm and corporate settings, having lead corporate counsel searches, including for general counsel, for public and private companies based in the Pacific Northwest. She leads in-house counsel searches for clients throughout the Pacific Northwest market placing high-performing candidates in Fortune 500, publicly traded and privately held companies across a wide range of industries. Alisa makes her home in the Seattle area.
Episode: Negotiating the Offer
Amy Brown is the founder of SoDo Consulting, a consulting company focused on helping to unlock potential in individuals, teams and organization. Amy brings over two decades of experience in global recruitment, HR, organizational development, and business management along with an unparalleled commitment to excellence. She has designed and implemented global high potential and leadership development programs, coached senior level executives, driven executive communication strategies, and created and delivered management capability offerings. Amy is passionate about uncovering and serving client needs in a practical, actionable, and collaborative way. Amy is the proud mother of one smart, funny, and kind daughter. She is based in Seattle WA, and travels extensively.
Episode: Personal Homepages
Bridget Quigg believes that improvisational theater principles can help everyone feel more confident and engage better with others. A graduate of Stanford University, Bridget has taught improv at Stanford University’s Write Retreat, Applied Improvisation Network conferences, elementary schools, industry association meetings, software companies, and more Bridget studied and performed improv during college then played with several troupes after graduating, including Seattle’s first all-female improv group, LipSchtick. She has also produced five one-woman comedy shows where she combines original songs, games, video, and sketch comedy to offer her perspective on the world. Her most recent show, "Techlandia" sold out in Seattle and toured in Portland and San Francisco. She currently works as a trainer, writing coach, and emcee.
Episode: More Improv Please
Talent Management Specialist
Carol Hedly is a Talent Management Specialist who designs, facilitates, and leads leadership development and learning solutions aligned with business strategy. Carol has a specialty in identifying and creating development strategies for senior high-potential leaders and key talent.
Episode: Resilience During Job Search
Anderson became Construction Manager for the Snohomish Co. affiliate in November 2015 after volunteering for the organization a number of times earlier that year. He has assisted in completing three single-family home (from concept to dedication) since joining HFHSC. Prior to joining HFHSC, Anderson owned/operated a home inspection business for two years, which he started after retiring from a 22 year career as a Senior Business and Project Manager for a local high-tech firm. Prior to his career in high-tech, from 1980-1992, Anderson operated a home renovation service in Dallas, TX.
Client Services Executive
Dianna Winegarden is a client services executive who recently relocated back to Seattle after living and working abroad for the last three years. She has worked for a variety of companies including Microsoft and Point B, with her most recent venture being the Global Director of Client Services and Solutions for Investis Ltd in London. Dianna holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Drake University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Episode: Networking for International Careers
CEO, Author, Keynote Speaker
Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes, and was a Washington Post bestseller. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and is a consultant and speaker for clients such as Google, Morgan Stanley, and the World Bank. You can download her free 42-page Stand Out Self-Assessment Workbook and learn more at dorieclark.com.
Episode: Reinventing You
Erin Ewart is a career coach and recruitment consultant. In over 15 years as a recruiter, she's developed an insider's perspective on what organizations are looking for in the hiring process, and she uses this knowledge to help you navigate your job search and land the job you want. Erin offers tangible, action-oriented coaching and feedback on everything from identifying your strengths and creating your elevator pitch to crafting a strong resume and preparing to interview. She has previously worked for a diverse set of organizations across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors including Google, the U.S. State Department, and KIPP, the nation's largest charter school network. Erin received her Bachelors Degree from the College of William and Mary and her MBA from Columbia Business School, and originally hails from the tiny state of Delaware.
Episode: Job Search Stalled?
Faith's career has always been at the intersection between business and technology. She started as a programmer for Ford Motor Company, graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA, was a manufacturing information technology consultant with KPMG, served as a project manager for Wells Fargo, and then staged a bloodless coup after joining the business her husband founded, College Recruiter.
Faith's passion for helping young adults find great careers is evident in everything that College Recruiter does. As its integrator, Faith is the hub around which the organization revolves.
Episode: STEM Careers
Heather is a marketing consultant who spent over 15 years in the staffing industry.
At Microsoft, she led staffing and programs teams and in 2004, gained some notoriety as an early pioneer in recruitment blogging. That early experience with social media sparked her interest and put her on a path that would eventually lead to her helping companies and organizations do a better job of having authentic and beneficial conversations with the people who will make them successful, including customers, job candidates and donors.
In 2011, Heather started Whiz Bang Solutions, a consulting firm that offers brand marketing and employment branding to companies and non-profits. She is currently working with Amazon, leading their employment branding efforts for their Consumer Division.
Jean is a Marine Spouse, the daughter of two Army Veterans, and a former FBI Special Agent. As an FBI Agent she focused on Russian Organized Crime. She transitioned out of Government service in 2014 and joined McChrystal Group, founded by General Stan McChrystal, where she was a consultant and recruiter. She founded Hire Served in 2016.
In her "spare" time, she is a Board member with Semper Fido, a non-profit which pairs veterans with PTSD and TBI with service dogs, and a volunteer with The Weekly Fight, an organization dedicated to bringing attention to the high rate of suicides in the veteran community.
Episode: Connecting Veterans and Employers
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker is rarely at a loss for words. She pursued a career in sports broadcasting after repeated comments of “talks too much” from teachers and family members. A 16-year sports broadcasting veteran, Jen currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter. She is also part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. In addition to her work on the sidelines, Jen launched Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and teaches business professionals how to improve communication and leverage fandom in business. She is the author of two books and a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
Episode: How Sports Boost Careers
John McConnell has combined corporate athleticism, outdoor education and embodied leadership into a truly comprehensive mind/body practice for building better executives. His approach integrates: corporate psychology, team-building, systems thinking, Emotional Intelligence, sports training, experiential learning and neuroscience principles. As a senior faculty member at National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for a decade, John trained instructors to run high stakes, real world professional training expeditions and his work helped take the NOLS curriculum to a new level, designing programs which led to NOLS signing NASA as a corporate client.
John is a Master Somatic Coach through Strozzi Institute and has a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. John was based within Microsoft for his thesis work, examining teamwork and leadership in rapidly changing high tech and entrepreneurial settings. He started his own personal and professional coaching company in 1997 (the Ascent Institute) and now is in partnership with his wife and fellow leadership coach Virginia Rhoads at Jempe Center.
Through his practice he has created a truly unique approach to leadership training, a meld of physical, mental and emotional to achieve elite performance in executives who then thrive in today’s challenges.
Episode: Getting the Most Out of Coaching
Judith Young has integrated mindfulness study and practice with her professional and personal life for the past 20 years, bringing greater presence, resilience, and engagement as a leader, manager, entrepreneur, coach, facilitator, and friend. After her career as a film and video producer and several years with Microsoft, her passion for waking up at work led her to gain a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science at The Leadership Institute of Seattle and to become a Certified Professional Coach and facilitator. Judith works with individuals, teams and organizations to help awaken creativity, insight, focus, emotional/relational intelligence, and engagement. Judith has coached and facilitated mindfulness globally to clients and groups at Microsoft, Amazon, Nordstrom, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as non-profits and medium-sized companies.
Episode: Being Centered At Work
Julia Freeland is an entrepreneur and a catalyst for change. She is dedicated to helping professionals, who have stepped away from their career to raise their children, understand their true value and launch the next phase of their lives. Julia coaches her clients through an innovative reinvention process to help them RE-Discover themselves, RE-Invent their identities and RE-Launch their careers and passions.
Julia is an accomplished speaker, leader, facilitator and people development strategist. She helps experienced individuals identify and achieve their goals by inspiring them to consider new perspectives, challenge old beliefs, break through stasis and open up to learning again.
Episode: Overcoming Extended Time Away
Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant
For over 20 years, Kelli has worked with innovative, industry-leading companies, including Microsoft, Google, Starwood Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels – as well as non-profit boards and start-ups. Kelli delivers highly engaging and results driven team communication solutions world-wide. She has delivered solutions to teams in cities across the globe such as Singapore, Seoul, Dublin, Brussels, London and Sydney.
Episode: Curating a Professional Legacy
Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Consultant
Kelsey has over 20 years of experience on the front lines of HR for organizations big and small.
Her career includes lengthy stints at complex, fast-paced companies such as Microsoft and Washington Mutual, a depth of experience with non-profits, and senior management positions at innovative high technology companies like Intellectual Ventures Management and RootMetrics.
Her intuitive understanding of the impact of talent acquisition and human capital initiatives on overall business goals makes her a highly effective business partner. Kelsey has become a sought-after talent acquisition and human resource expert by a growing number of venture capital, technology start-up and private equity leaders. Kelsey’s education includes studies in human resource management at Seattle Pacific University and National Employment Law Institute. Kelsey is a CPCC and ACC certified coach.
Episode: New Job, Now What?
Kevin Graybill is a Seattle based entrepreneur who splits his time between working as Director of Operations for the educational consulting group Socratic Seminars International, and operating as Founder/Director of consulting group Full Circle Dialogue.
Episode: Creating More Meaningful Dialogue
Lora Poepping is the President of Plum Coaching & Consulting, a firm that provides job search coaching; recruiting services; HR consulting; career transition guidance and LinkedIn expertise throughout the U.S. and abroad. Plum’s staff includes those with over 50 years of HR and staffing expertise in a variety of industries.
Lorrin Maughan is a personal leadership and compassionate accountability coach. Lorrin and her equine business partners, Gift and Fella, coach people to find their most authentic expression of personal leadership, and to achieve more meaningful connections with other humans and non-humans. Her mission is to support caring people as they create a more compassionate and sustainable world, starting with themselves.
She is a certified practitioner of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method™, and a certified Leading Out of Drama™ (positive conflict) workshop facilitator.
Episode: Networking for Introverts
Mel is Founder and Principal Strategist at Delightful Communications, a Seattle-based Modern Marketing, Branding and Digital PR consulting firm.
His mission is to educate and inspire businesses and individuals to make the most of the explosion of digital media and technology and successfully apply strategies that focus on Social Media, Influencer Marketing, Content Marketing, Digital PR, Employee Advocacy Programs and Personal Branding.
Mel has spoken about Digital Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media and Personal Branding at conferences and events in the UK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Toronto, Reykjavik, Dublin, Barcelona & Tenerife. He has also lectured on MBA, MSc and online marketing courses, advising syllabus decision makers at Cranfield School of Management, Birkbeck College – part of London University and regularly speaks at student events at the University of Washington > Foster School of Business.
Episode: Amplify Your Brand
Michele is a leadership coach specializing in helping managers build and lead high performing teams and in leaders developing their authentic style. In Human Resources at Microsoft, Michele worked with leaders across all levels and around the globe to develop talent to meet the needs of a dynamic, multi-discipline organization.
Michele has always been interested in human behavior, in particular workplace dynamics, and holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Science and a BA in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. She is a certified coach receiving this credential from the Coaches Training Institute.
Episode: Navigating the Performance Review
Director of Leadership Development, Seattle University
Michelle Etchart is a part of the Student Development team at Seattle University. As the Director of Leadership and Innovation she leads professional development programs and innovation efforts in support of students. Michelle worked at University of Arkansas & Colorado State previously, leading student leadership programs at both.
Michelle earned degrees in Sociology and Student Development from University of Oregon and Oregon State respectively. She has spent 20 years both professionally and as a volunteer, helping people discern their passion and develop their potential through personal development, training and skill building.
Global Services Executive
In 1999 Molly Stehr left the midwest for a cross-country journey to Seattle to join a start-up company amid the internet boom and the emergence of the online advertising industry. For 8 years as the industry and her company rapidly grew, and then rapidly shrunk, and then steadily grew again, she built and led teams responsible for a wide range of capabilities from account management to technical program management to client service operations. Microsoft acquired her company in 2007 and since then she has had a tremendous opportunity to lead teams and support customers at an incredible scale.
Molly currently holds the role of Microsoft Global Services Director accountable for leading a cross-functional organization who provides services to global SMBs who advertise with Bing Ads and support for consumers using Microsoft products worldwide. She puts into practice every day the philosophy that the most important role of a leader is to foster an environment where talented and passionate people choose to work and to invest in helping them to realize their full potential. Throughout her career she has seen that talented, passionate people who are well supported can achieve the unimaginable.
Episode: Feedback Doesn't Have To Hurt
Nancy McSharry Jensen works as ReBoot’s Seattle program director, and as an account director with Sterling Communications. She loves to get new and emerging businesses off the ground when she’s not training for a road race, or ferrying her school-age children around town. Past successes include opening International Data Corporation’s West Coast research office, growing non-profits like Girls On The Run, and overseeing an $800,000 education non-profit. She worked with dozens of student projects at UW's PCEO Software Product Management program, and launched operating system, server and early SaaS products at Microsoft, including SharePoint's initial market introduction.
Episode: Accelerate Your Return To Work
Sandra Fischer is the creator of Relationship Reveal™: 64 Cards for Discovery, Skill-Building, and Growth, a new card game that gets to the heart of what matters in happy, healthy relationships. Using Relationship Reveal is an active, engaging way to get to know yourself and identify your value and provides a language to allow for greater vulnerability as we explore. Sandra writes for businesses, creates fiction, and consults specializing in communications, people development and optimizing organizational effectiveness.
With 25 years of experience working for companies including Microsoft, Amazon and AT&T, her experiences have been as unique and broad as managing the homepage for Amazon.com to developing an online marketing campaign for a literary novel launch.
Sara Harvey Yao is the founder of Yao Consulting Group and has personally developed more than 4,000 leaders across the globe including executives at Microsoft, Coinstar and Brooks Athletics. She specializes in helping leaders strengthen their presence, by tuning into the present moment. Sara is the author of Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage and Get Present: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Head and Lead More Powerfully. She is also the host of The Whole Leader Podcast and her work has been seen on MSN, SELF Magazine, Seattle Times, NPR, Wall Street Select and more.
Executive Recruitment Consultant
Suzanne Daymond has been in the recruiting industry for over 28 years, sourcing world class talent around the world in a variety of roles from Recruiting Manager to Executive Recruitment Consultant for global companies including Microsoft, Expedia and British Airways.
Episode: Resume Recon
Thea Kelley has more than 20 years' experience in coaching, career services, writing and editing, and holds several relevant certifications including Certified Employment Interview Consultant. She provides coaching on all aspects of job search, from resumes to interviewing, serving everyone from senior executives to recent graduates, nationwide.
Episode: Authentic & Strategic Interviews
Tim Sloane is an accomplished executive with extensive experience building, leading and retaining talented teams. Tim is a hands-on, ‘get it done’ leader with a passion for achieving results. Tim has navigated a successful career across start-ups, Fortune 100’s and government agencies in the technology and media industries. He has a unique blend of driving strategy, operations, customer success, business process, and project execution.
Clients benefit from Tom’s 20 years of experience at leading organizations like Microsoft and Razorfish. He’s built and managed global teams from scratch, interviewing thousands of candidates and hiring hundreds of full-time employees. Tom understands the magic when professionals find the right role in the right company. He uses those factors to guide each client through the development of a Professional Story and a super clear Career Plan. When individuals know their Professional Story and their Career Plan, they gain both clarity on their career next steps and confidence in how to present themselves.
Tom is also an avid athlete who’s completed half marathons, marathons and bike races and is a certified spinning instructor. He’s based in Seattle.
Virginia's business career started in the 1980s on Wall Street as an investment banker, followed by brand management at Frito-Lay and General Mills, and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth. In the early 90s she bought a one-way ticket to the Himalayas and didn’t look back. After a trekking season in Nepal, she returned to the US and became an instructor for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, designing and facilitating adventure-based leadership programs for executive teams all over the country. She hung a shingle out as a leadership development coach and was snatched up first by Nike Global to assist in their leadership programs. She then built a thriving coaching practice with C-level executives of progressive fast-growing Seattle-area companies.
Along the way, Virginia took an MA in Psychology at Antioch University and taught leadership and management courses at two of Seattle’s universities.
She reconnected with her passion for horses and received training in the ancient art of dressage, an athletic mounted dance with horses. A few years ago, Virginia combined this equine training with her leadership development practice and now offers Equine-Guided Coaching where her clients are literally learning with and from the horse. She and her husband John McConnell are business partners and run the Jempe Center at Pegasus Ranch on South Whidbey Island.
Episode: Equine Guided Coaching