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Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground

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Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground is a weekly podcast hosted by Hire Ground Founder and CEO, Cloe Guidry-Reed and diversity and inclusion leader Adam Moore. Each week we will have an in-depth discussion with procurement leaders and supplier diversity teams, successful suppliers, relevant associations, historians, and economists. We make the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority, women, LGBTQ, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to corporations.

Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground is a weekly podcast hosted by Hire Ground Founder and CEO, Cloe Guidry-Reed and diversity and inclusion leader Adam Moore. Each week we will have an in-depth discussion with procurement leaders and supplier diversity teams, successful suppliers, relevant associations, historians, and economists. We make the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority, women, LGBTQ, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to corporations.

Location:

United States

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Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground is a weekly podcast hosted by Hire Ground Founder and CEO, Cloe Guidry-Reed and diversity and inclusion leader Adam Moore. Each week we will have an in-depth discussion with procurement leaders and supplier diversity teams, successful suppliers, relevant associations, historians, and economists. We make the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority, women, LGBTQ, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to corporations.

Language:

English


Episodes

Government Contracting 101 with Shakeia Kegler

10/12/2021
Shakeia Kegler is the Founder & CEO of GovLia, a company that helps state and local government agencies effortlessly implement and manage supplier diversity programs. Their goal is to expedite supplier diversity efforts without the traditional, time-consuming, paper-based processes. Before founding GovLia, Shakeia served for five years in the Navy as Aviation Ordnanceman Petty Officer 2nd Class. Following her career in the military, Shakeia also worked as a specialist in the government...

Duration:00:35:04

Breaking Barriers Celebrate its 50th Episode!

10/5/2021
Today marks our 50th episode, and to be honest, it doesn’t feel that long. What started as an exciting idea with good intentions is now making waves in the world of supplier diversity. We’ve met a lot of the industry’s best on supplier diversity, and we certainly learned much more than we ever could have expected. We have managed to make do with what we have despite challenging times, and it wouldn’t have been possible without you, our audience. For our 50th episode, we discuss some of the...

Duration:00:28:05

Successful Supplier Diversity Programs Create Internal Champions and Advocates with Sara Bodison at RELX Group & LexisNexis

9/28/2021
Sara Bodison is the Director of Supplier Corporate Responsibility and Risk at the RELX Group, a global provider of data and analytics for different professional and business customers across industries. Sara is responsible for developing and managing processes that ensure the suppliers adhere to ethical rules. In her 13 years with the RELX Group, she became a specialist in marketing services procurement, strategic planning and management, and supplier relationship management, among other...

Duration:00:31:50

Finding Inspiration with Zuzy Martin-Aly

9/21/2021
Zuzy Martin-Aly is the host of the Girls in Tech podcast, a nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate the gender gap in tech one episode at a time. She is an expert in brand strategizing and marketing and works with clients and agencies to promote their products or services in the most creative ways possible. Zuzy is also an award-winning filmmaker whose documentary film, Craving Cuba, was accepted to 13 film festivals. Craving Cuba inspects the Cuban-American experience, paying...

Duration:00:25:06

Leading with Intentionality with Mark Wilson, CEO of Chime Solutions

9/14/2021
Mark Wilson is the President & CEO of Chime Solutions, a company that prides itself in delivering one of the best contact center solutions in the country by focusing on customer care. Chime is socially driven, unlike other outsourcing companies, giving underserved communities the opportunities they deserve with every transaction. Before it was called Chime Solutions, Mark was the CEO of Ryla Teleservices, a telecommunications company, for over ten years. Mark joins us to share how Chime...

Duration:00:32:29

Helping the Underserved Win Government Contracts with Abraham Xiong

9/7/2021
Abraham Xiong is the President of Government Contractors Association, Inc., a national trade association of commercial contractors and government agencies. The organization's goal is to help small or minority-led businesses get their fair share of opportunities in the government market. Abraham is also the co-founder of Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, a membership-based organization supporting emerging cryptocurrency and blockchain industries. Abraham joins us to discuss how he and his...

Duration:00:51:54

Honoring the Past while Building for the Future; A Family's Legacy with Michael Russell

8/31/2021
Michael Russell is the CEO of HJ Russell & Company, a family-run construction service business founded in 1952. It is one of the country’s most prominent African-American-run businesses specializing in real estate development, program management, construction, and property management. HJ Russell & Company have completed over 500 projects and managed over 20 properties. As CEO, Michael is in charge of strategic planning and connecting with other minority-led businesses. Michael joins us to...

Duration:00:31:00

Developing GRIT Within Your Organization with Shannon Polson

8/24/2021
Shannon Polson is a leadership speaker, author, and the founder of The Grit Institute, a leadership consulting company. Unlike many leadership training companies, The Grit Institute’s approach stems from a combination of Shannon’s militaristic background and her corporate experiences. This allows her to provide leadership journeys in the most unique and engaging ways while remaining relatable. Shannon is also the author of The Grit Factor, where she talks about her experiences and insights...

Duration:00:31:23

Aligning Supplier Diversity to Organizational Strategy with Kris Oswold from UPS

8/17/2021
Kris Oswold is the Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity at UPS, a global leader in logistics recognized for their innovations to the world of packages and delivery. As the Vice President of UPS’s Global Supplier Diversity program, Kris expands opportunities for diverse suppliers to transact and work with UPS. She is tasked with identifying where the company falls short of its targets and remedies them by redesigning various processes and metrics. Kris joins us to share how UPS...

Duration:00:47:14

Connecting Major Business and Challenges in the USAA with Wayne Shanks

8/10/2021
Wayne Shanks is a Leader, planner, military, and diversity advocate who adapts to solve complex issues and strives to keep giving back. With twenty-eight years of military leadership experience, Wayne was a second lieutenant and culminating as a colonel in the U.S. Army. He has seventeen years of experience in the communication field developing and implementing effective strategies to achieve complex goals. Wayne leads the Military Family Supplier Diversity program at USAA. USAA’s unique...

Duration:00:33:56

Juneteenth Do & Don't

8/3/2021
Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African slaves in the United States. Companies attempt to express their unity with the African-American community by participating in this holiday through various special services and items. However, it is imperative for companies to be mindful in their actions, as their efforts may be construed as insensitive to various cultures. Today, we describe what Juneteenth is, its significance in American culture, and how...

Duration:00:18:53

Employment Practices Every Employer Should Know!

7/27/2021
Joy White is a mindset and wellness coach, keynote speaker, and the founder and CEO of Flawed Masterpiece, a health and wellness business that wants Black women to adopt a lifestyle of self-care, healing, and inner peace. She has over 16 years of experience holding executive positions in non-profit boardrooms, international law firms, and small boutiques. Joy founded Flawed Masterpiece to help clients navigate professional roadblocks exclusive to Black women as they work in male-dominated...

Duration:00:35:03

The New Majority

7/20/2021
Diversity is often talked about within the context of minorities—especially citizens who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian Pacific, or Asian Indian. However, the increasing acceptance of minorities in society has led to a trend that may view the current minority as the “New Majority” in the next two or three decades. This means the present majority will be the “New Minority” in the future. How will this demographic change affect the way we talk about supplier diversity...

Duration:00:18:35

Evolution of the NGLCC

7/13/2021
Being part of the LGBT community can mean not having adequate support for your business goals, especially when there is some form of discrimination toward your identity. Fortunately, there are now organizations actively supporting LGBT-led businesses. One of these organizations is the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community and advocates for the expansion of economic opportunities and advancements for members of the LGBT...

Duration:00:20:04

Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks with Kevin Johnson

7/6/2021
Kevin Johnson is the CEO and security consultant at Secure Ideas, a cybersecurity company composed of security professionals with a deep specialization in data security for small companies. In addition to providing products that improve cybersecurity, they routinely do “attacks” to test whether a business’s security is robust enough for potential hackers and data thieves. Kevin specializes in Intrusion Analysis, Security Tool Development, Penetration Testing, and Vulnerability Assessment....

Duration:00:51:01

Leading a $55M IT Consulting Firm with Purpose & Passion with Eric Hardy

6/29/2021
Eric Hardy is the President and CEO of W3R Consulting, a 26-year old staffing and consulting firm based in Southfield, Michigan. Their services include talent consulting, advanced analytics solutions, and technology consulting to companies in various industries, including insurance, healthcare, and retail. As President and CEO, Eric oversees the company’s day-to-day operations and creates strategies that will allow the organization to generate over $100-million within the next five years....

Duration:00:39:46

Cyber Vulnerabilities And The New Threat Landscape

6/22/2021
There was a large-scale internet outage recently which caused major sites to be inaccessible to most users all over the world. While the cause of the outage was simply human error, it made the world ask about site stability. More importantly, it made people wonder what would happen if the outage was the result of a cybersecurity breach, and what would happen if their data - social, medical, professional, government - fell into the wrong hands. In this episode, we discuss cybersecurity and...

Duration:00:20:33

Mastering Supplier Development with Marilyn Johnson

6/15/2021
Marilyn Johnson is the Principal at MHJohnson & Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on managing and developing programs that cater to entrepreneurs and organizations. Their services include supplier development program implementation, team building group facilitation, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshops. Marilyn has over 25 years of experience in management and marketing and specializes in program development, strategic sourcing, and vendor evaluation and development. She...

Duration:00:33:42

Understanding The Diversity Movement In Our Country with Jackie Ferguson

6/8/2021
Jackie Ferguson is the Head of Content & Programming and Co-Founder of The Diversity Movement, a full-service DEI consultancy that provides diversity and inclusion content such as courses, videos, webinars, and podcasts. As Head of Content & Programming, Jackie manages all the content her company produces, especially when customizing them for each client. Her passion for diversity and inclusion started from her youth, having been an advocate for human rights and equality for more than 20...

Duration:00:28:25

Elevating Your Brand Strategy with Blair Brady & The WITH Agency

6/1/2021
Blair Brady is the CEO and Co-Founder of The WITH Agency, a company dedicated to helping brands with their marketing and branding strategies. Their goal is to help brands connect with their audience emotionally through content development, brand design, film and video production, and advertising. They’ve worked with some of the most iconic names in business, including AT&T, Coca-Cola, EQUIFAX, and The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Before founding The WITH Agency, Blair worked in account...

Duration:00:31:02