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What does the new world of work mean? I’m Aaron Levy, the Founder of Raise The Bar, and over the last decade I’ve been immersing myself in this question. Everyday I get to talk to fascinating leaders about what the new world of work looks like and how ther’re working to create it. I’m excited to start sharing those conversations with you all on this podcast, Raising The Bar on Leadership.


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What does the new world of work mean? I’m Aaron Levy, the Founder of Raise The Bar, and over the last decade I’ve been immersing myself in this question. Everyday I get to talk to fascinating leaders about what the new world of work looks like and how ther’re working to create it. I’m excited to start sharing those conversations with you all on this podcast, Raising The Bar on Leadership.






A one size fits one employee experience: Mariah Nagy | Head of People, Monte Carlo

In today’s episode, Mariah Nagy, the Head of People at Monte Carlo, a company that helps data engineers improve their data reliability and downtime, talks about how they maintain culture and connection across a global and remote team. Mariah was a college athlete turned public accountant turned seasoned people leader with 15 plus years of experience scaling high growth global companies. In this conversation, we talk about the vulnerability cycle, a one size fits one approach to employee experience, and all the other things that it takes to grow a fully remote global team.


The unsexy journey to success: Laura Luckman Kelber | CMO, Double Good

In today’s episode, Laura Luckman Kelber, Chief Marketing Officer of Double Good, a virtual fundraising organization, selling premium popcorn to fund teams and non-profits, talks about the non-sexy stuff that builds successful teams, from stamina to deliberate practice and saying no as the core tenets of what builds successful leadership and successful companies. Laura is a strategic catalyst, a marketing wiz, a revenue accelerator, and productivity orchestrator.


The changing face of HR: Anthony Onesto | Chief People Officer, Suzy

In today’s episode, Anthony Onesto, a leading expert and published author on culture, human resources, and talent, joins us to talk about the changing role of HR and Gen Z’s impact on the workforce. Anthony has this fantastic high level view of the people space, the HR space and function, and its role within the business, and how that role is changing and will continue to change in the next couple of years. Anthony is currently the Chief People Officer at Suzy, the author of The New Employee Contract: How to Find, Keep, and Elevate Gen Z Talent, and the creator of Ella The Engineer and the Ella Project.


The secrets of leading a successful team: Doug Kofoid | CEO, EDITED

Doug Kofoid, the CEO of EDITED, a global leader in retail intelligence, has had a myriad of experiences leading and scaling successful teams. Before Edited, Doug ran DialogTech and led them through a successful exit. In today’s conversation, Doug dives deep into his varied experience to pull out some common traits that you can use to help your team succeed.


Examining the stages of psychological safety: Dr. Timothy R. Clark | Founder & CEO; Author, LeaderFactor

In this episode, Dr. Timothy R. Clark, Founder and CEO of LeaderFactor, and international authority in the fields of psychological safety and innovation, large-scale change & transformation, and senior leadership development, explores the stages of psychological safety in an organization and its relationship to vulnerability. Dr. Clark is the author of five books, including his new best-seller, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation.


Creating career portfolios not paths: Caroline Werner | Chief People Officer, LogicGate

In this episode, Caroline Werner, the Chief People Officer at LogicGate, a fast scaling organization that provides a modern risk management platform for enterprise businesses, discusses the concept of career journeys or portfolios and how they create a common language for top talent in your organization. We dive a mile deep into the benefits, the challenges, and the way a good career journey supports the future growth of your business.


Removing the barriers to change: Loran Nordgren | Author; Professor at Kellogg School of Management

In this episode, Loran Nordgren, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and author of the bestselling book The Human Element: Overcoming the Resistance that Awaits New Ideas, explores why change often fails and how we can make change more aerodynamic by focusing on the barriers to change. Loran’s mission is to use behavioral science to make leaders and organizations better.


Why People Operations matter: Celia Balson | Founder & CEO, Work Friendly

In this episode, Celia Balson, the Founder & CEO of WorkFriendly, a people-first consulting agency that provides HR, recruiting and training support for companies as small as two people all the way up to Fortune 100 organizations, shares valuable insights she’s garnered from both her experience as a People Leader and helping organizations think and create their own people experience.


Building great teams: Ann Wauters | Keynote Speaker, Pro Athlete, Assistant Coach, WNBA Chicago Sky

In this episode, basketball champion Ann Wauters shares her lessons and experiences on what makes a great team - and she should know, as she’s played on many successful teams in her 20 year playing career. Now the assistant coach of the WNBA Chicago Sky, Ann mentors and coaches younger players. Ann shares her stories and lessons on what it takes to lead and be a part of high performing successful teams, both on the court and in the office.


Recognizing Women in Sustainability {a Panel Discussion}

Women have made great strides in driving corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; in fact, more female corporate leaders are found in sustainability governance than other corporate leadership roles. As sustainability and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) become more important for organizations, many women are leading the way to a more sustainable future. In honor of the intersection of Women’s HIstory Month and Earth Month, RTB Leadership Coach Kimberly Flood talks to two women sustainability leaders to discuss and celebrate the contributions women have made in this space and provide actionable tips for anyone who wants to become more sustainable in their work and life.


Why setting context matters: Peter Geiregat | Chief People Officer, TVH

In this episode, Peter Geiregat, the Chief People Officer at TVH, a global leader in parts and accessories with over 5,000 employees worldwide, shares his lessons with us and goes a layer deeper in sharing how he actually puts those lessons into practice with his team. Peter's journey has ranged from law school to nonprofit work in Eastern Europe, to the tech sector. As the former Chief People Officer of Showpad, all of this has played a role in teaching him lessons about life and what it takes to create safety on his teams and enable teams to perform at a high level.


Why being an authentic leader matters: Winnie Park | CEO, Forever 21

In this episode Winnie Park, the new CEO of Forever 21, shares both her vulnerability and her humanity in the journey to become the leader she is today. Winnie, who has had an impressive career as a brand builder for two decades, goes deeper as she talks about how to build trust in teams, why relationship building is so important, and how a leader needs to show curiosity and humility.


Banishing burnout by creating a culture of well-being: Kaitlyn Lyons | Executive Well-Being & Burnout Coach

When you are burnt out, the simplest task can seem like a mountain to scale. Executive Well-Being and Burnout Coach Kaitlyn Lyons experienced it firsthand; always a top performer in her career in the corporate world, one day, she just couldn’t muster the interest or enthusiasm she once had in her work. After making the appropriate changes in her life, she now enables others to recognize and heal from their own burnout.


A playbook for People Operations: Jim Conti | Talent Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners

Jim Conti, Talent Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners, shares his knowledge and experience in building and growing people operations at two fast growing software startups at dScout and Sprout Social. In his role, Jim provides strategic talent support and consulting to the firm and their portfolio companies. Jim talks about why it’s important to make clarity an integral part of your company’s culture and why taking a human-based approach to People Operations is a game changer.


Measure what matters in your organization: Mike Tassone | Co-Founder & COO, Own Up

In this episode, Mike Tassone, the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Own Up, talks about how a desire for more transparency in the home lending process led to a company built on the idea that technology can simplify the home financing process for consumers. Mike talks about the importance of measuring what matters and being intentional about what you say yes to and what you say no to in your work.


Building support for Black wellness: Ryan Mundy | Founder and CEO, Alkeme Health

In this episode, Ryan Mundy, former Super Bowl winning NFL player and tech investor, discusses his many past lives that have led him to where he is today as the the founder and CEO of Alkeme Health, a digital health startup rooted in black wellness, Before starting Alkeme, Ryan co-founded SWZLE, which was acquired back in October of 2020 and was also the managing director of Techlete. Ryan talks about his career as an athlete, his exploration of finding his identity when sports ends and his trials and tribulations with mental health and how that's helped to form his new business and the impact that he's having on the world.


RTB Coaches‘ Corner: Shiri Bade

In this episode, Raise The Bar Coach Shiri Bade talks about how to best give and receive negative feedback and prepare for difficult conversations. Feedback is a gift, even the negative type, and it’s important to set your mind properly to receive it.


On creating a better workplace: Aaron Levy | Founder & CEO, Raise The Bar

As Raise The Bar celebrates its 5th anniversary, the tables are turned. Founder and CEO Aaron Levy is interviewed by RTB's Head of Marketing and talks about his WHY, the evolution of their science-backed training methodology, and his role in helping create the future of a better workplace.


RTB Coaches‘ Corner | Kimberly Flood

Raise The Bar Coach Kimberly Flood, a transformational coach and organizational development consultant with nearly two decades of Fortune 500 work experience, talks about how to build resilience in yourself and in your team.


RTB Coaches' Corner | Natalie Guillen

Welcome to the Raise The Bar Coaches’ Corner, a new feature where our Head of Marketing interviews our coaches to gain tips, insights and strategies. In this episode, Natalie Guillen talks about the messiness of learning new skills and why leaders need a support system. Natalie is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach thru The Co-Active Training Institute, with over 15 years of experience working with some of the biggest brands including Google, PayPal, and Wells Fargo, helping companies define their strategic goals and aligning teams to achieve them.